Car Lag

Car Lag

You hear people talk about jet lag, but never car lag.  Car lag is that feeling you get from having felt road vibrations for too long.  Today I’m suffering from car lag.

I have so much junk to unpack.  It is a mess.  Uneaten snacks, dirty clothes, clean clothes, supplies, camera equipment, it all has to find its way back to where they belong.  This isn’t fun.

Computer Problems

After a month of being gone, I’ve discovered www.beckwithmansion.com is not accessible.  I called GoDaddy and they said to wait and give it a try later.  They are doing some updates.

I have plenty to keep me busy after the trip, but it bothers me nonetheless.  After all, that’s where this blog is hosted.

So Little Time

I have so much to do and so little time.  My first priority is to get all the Route 66 images backed up.  It’s about 2TB of data.  That’s over 2000GB, which is over 2,000,000 MBs.  That’s a LOT of data.

The plan is to post regular updates of stories from Route 66.  Once I have the files organized I will start at Chicago and work my way to L.A. telling the story that goes with the pictures along the way.

I also cleaned and returned the rental car today.  Not bad.  It was a little over $1000 for 33 days and 7,500 miles.  That’s a lot of wear and tear on a car.  I’m glad I didn’t drive mine.

 

Home Safe

Home Safe

I’m home safe and sound. Paul and I left South Bend, Indiana, about 10am this morning and headed straight home.  It’s been a fun month, but I’m so happy to be home.

We left on September 4th, and here it is October 4th and our trip has come to an end.   In the last 4 1/2 weeks we have seen the sublime, the absurd, the funny, the sad and more.  We’ve seen president’s graves, and birth places. Temples of the Lord and old abandoned places were on our route too.  We’ve seen it all.

It is probably too soon to ask if I’d do it again, but under different conditions, I think I would.  One would be to have Elizabethe come with me.  Perhaps we’ll figure out a road trip where she won’t get bored to tears.

The Drive Home

The drive home started last week after reaching the end of Route 66 in Santa Monica, California.  We got up the next morning and drove to Scotts Valley, California.  The day after that we drove to Reno, Nevada, where we spent the night with my old high school buddy Jack.  After Reno we headed to my daughter Amber’s house in Saratoga Springs, Utah.  Our next stop was Cheyenne, Wyoming for the weekend.  (I served in Cheyenne 40 years ago in 1977!!!)  We got up Monday and headed to Omaha, Nebraska.  Tuesday we stopped in South Bend, Indiana, and now we’re home.

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Me and My Daughter Amber’s Family

Busy on Route 66

Busy on Route 66

If you’ve noticed I’m not posting lately, I’m busy updating a blog on Route 66 — Route 66 Photographers.  Visit it, click on BLOG (top menu), then select 2017.

It is just too much to do two blogs while I’m on the road.  Besides, much of it would be redundant.  I am posting daily there until I return home (early October).  Once I get home, this blog will resume.  However, until then, please read my Route 66 blog at http://www.route66photographers.com.

You can also join our Facebook Group.

We’ve been attempting to do YouTube videos, but it is just so slow (YouTube, that is).  Our YouTube channel – http://youtube.route66photographers.com is where you can see them.

For Now

For now, just go to our last post (click here) and then look at the calendar to see updates for specific dates.

Here’s some teaser photos so you can see why you should join our Facebook group and watch our blog.

Sharing a Frozen Custard

 

A Sense of Humor

 

He is Walking Across America

 

So…

So, go to Route66Photographers.com and check it daily.  I’ve put a lot in to posting nightly.  In fact, I’ve been up to midnight nearly every single night posting photos and writing about our adventures.  Please make it worth my while.

Pickup Car Tomorrow

Pickup Car Tomorrow

I pickup the car tomorrow.  Knowing this has quelled my anxieties a bit.  Tomorrow night I start putting stuff in the rental car.  We leave on Monday for Route 66.

Our networking meeting today was a wash.  Our speaker didn’t show up.  The cage needs rattling again.  If you live in West Wayne County, or anywhere close, consider joining us.  It is a great way to find new clients and customers.

Packing

Progress is made.  I found a couple of missing batteries.  The other memory cards appeared. My missing battery pouch were under a protective padding in my camera bag.  As a result, things are looking better.

Many of the bags require better organization.  Right now, things are thrown in and not organized.  Elizabethe is really good at doing that stuff.  Perhaps we’ll watch a show while she organizes bags.

Unlike going on a normal trip, we need to bring power strips, various chargers, USB cords, laptops, in addition to our camera equipment.  My camera bags are fairly organized.  The bags with the cords and miscellaneous stuff are my concern.

Lego Lens Keeper

I am gluing lego lens keepers to my tripods.  Basically, you glue a Lego to your lens caps and tripods.  When you remove a lens cap, you attach it to the Lego.  As a result, you do not lose your lens cap while shooting.

The idea isn’t mine.  I saw it in a magazine years ago.  I am just getting around to implementing it.

As an added bonus, it covers the camera logo on the lens caps.  Why advertise for a company that isn’t compensating you in some degree.

John Kidd

I called my friend John Kidd.  We talked for a while.  He’s making pens and I told him he can have all the black walnut he wants.  I also have maple and who knows what else.

He asked if I could bring a chunk as I pass through that area.  If we have room in the car, I will.  It can be cool to have a pen made from wood from my property.

We talked about working in the temple, things that don’t change based on where you live, and other stuff.  Of course, we talked about camera stuff.  He joked that he was told he needed a hobby, as if photography wasn’t enough.

 

Route 66 Haircut

Route 66 Haircut

I got my Route 66 haircut today.  It is no different than what I usually get.  It’s just the last haircut I’ll get before I return home in October.

Lens Repair

I’m waiting for my lens repair on my 18-55mm Fujinon lens.  I called and all they would say is it takes up to 10 working days.  I counted the days and that puts it at 8/31.  I may not see it before I leave on Monday.

Looking at my gaps in lens coverage, I ordered a 27mm pancake lens.  I want this lens, and so I might as well get it now.  Placed on my X-E1 it looks like a Leica rangefinder.  It arrives today.

One thing I can say about Canon is this… Their service is the best.  Better than ANY camera manufacturer out there.  So, @fujifilm, if you’re listing, you should take note.  When I ship my Canon equipment for repair, it is back in FIVE working days — without fail.  Because I am a professional photographer, they put my repairs as a priority!

Finding Stuff

I have to relax and believe as I pack I will find stuff.  This anxiety is a killer, and I want this trip to be FUN.  So, deep breath, Brent.  Things will appear as you pack.

20 Wonderful Years

20 Wonderful Years

Elizabethe and I have been married 20 wonderful years.  She is the love of my life and supports me in my crazy pursuits.  (Like driving Route 66 for 5 weeks.)

We celebrated with lunch at our favorite restaurant with our favorite waitress.   Stephanie at Longhorn in Victor always treats us well.

Elizabethe ordered her usual.  I had a coupon for a burger, fries and a drink for $10, so I went for the Kobe burger.  (It was GOOD.)  Because it was our anniversary, they brought us dessert (on the house).

Evening at the Temple

We are spending the evening in the temple.  I had a wonderful experience (not suited for posting publically).  The evening was busy, as a result time passed quickly.  It is my last shift before my Route 66 trip.

Other Preparations

Preparing for a 30+ trip is exhausting.  Looking for misplaced items is the bane of my existence.   I search everywhere.  It makes me crazy.

I am missing a pouch that carries 2 batteries.  For the life of me, I cannot figure out where it is.  Looking everywhere, I am ready to give it up.

Wildey Children

Elizabethe watched the 3 Wildey children this morning so their mom could go to the temple.  She excitedly prepared checklists for them.  The children are excited too.

Temple Missionary Shoot

Temple Missionary Shoot

I have a temple missionary shoot this evening.  I am doing a lot to prepare.  These things always make me anxious, but I know things will go well.  Anxiety is what keeps me safe.  (Or, so I tell myself.)

Speaking about anxiety…

Never assume depression is because someone brought it upon themselves.  Anxiety and depression can be organic as the color of your eyes.  Successful people often find ways to let it drive them in positive directions, while unsuccessful people let it force them in to bad decisions.  The rest of us are somewhere in the middle.  For me, it drives me to over prepare.  That’s why I was so good at network engineering and system programming.  On the other hand, it often leads me to avoid risk taking.  (Risk taking can be good if managed right.)

The Shoot

The shoot went very well.  Here is the group picture.  And, here is one of the couples.

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Temple Missionaries Summer 2017
copyright 2017 db walton - temple missionary shoot
President and Sister Miner

Can’t Take Seriously

I cannot take someone seriously when they attempt to argue and their message reads like, “U dont no what your taking about.”

I admit that I often misspell words, or use the wrong homonym.  The latter isn’t because I don’t know the difference, but I get hasty when picking auto-type words on my phone.

How do you tell people, in a polite way, they look stupid when they use “U” for “you”, for get punctuation, and consistently write stuff in that manner?

 

Likes Curry

Likes Curry

She likes curry!  Okay, my wife really doesn’t like curry, but she liked the curry I made for dinner tonight.   It was very mild, mostly turmeric, and she liked it!

In fact, Elizabethe liked everything I made for dinner.  (I should install a “like button” in the placemats.)  The zucchini/eggplant mix was a hit (seasoned with cumin, garlic, and mustard powder).  The green beans (seasoned with ghee and fennel) was liked too.  As a result, I will make these dishes again.

Sister Missionaries

We sent the sister missionaries home with lots of leftovers.  We have so much zucchini and stuff like that we figure we won’t eat them before they rot.

Elizabethe gave them a tour of the house.  Sister Cahoon is new to our ward, and therefore, this is her first time seeing the house.

Stake Priesthood Meeting

A throbbing toe (I stubbed it) is a good reason to stay home.  But, I couldn’t.  As much as I would rather prop my foot and rest, I decided I should go.

I am glad I did.  President Woodworth gave an excellent talk.  I needed to hear it.  He talked about the natural and spiritual man.   He explained it in ways I’ve never thought about.

Perhaps my toe will heal faster because I did the right thing.

Repack the Trunk

Repack the Trunk

It’s time to repack the trunk.  After yesterday’s detail, the stuff has to go back in the car.  However, some of the stuff stays out because it will go in the rental for the Route 66 trip.

I made a run to Staples to return the briefcase that claimed to be able to hold a 17″ laptop.  (But, in reality will only hold a 15″.)  The guy at Staples when I told him why I was returning it, before I could say my 17″ didn’t fit said, “It didn’t fit, did it.”

Swiss Gear needs to relabel their product!

Storage

I went to Home Depot next to find some storage options for my trunk.  They had plastic shoe boxes for 99 cents, as well as small fliptop boxes for about $3.  I stocked up.  My trunk we be the best organized trunk… okay… only if Elizabethe organizes it for me.

My brain doesn’t think in spatial organized ways.

In fact, I’m starting to get anxious about the Route 66 trip.  It’s not about the trip, but the packing of the car.  I know, that sounds silly, but here’s how it works…

I stop to take a picture.  Because of the scenery, I want to use my 55-200mm lens.  I can’t find it.  Where did I pack it?

That’s what makes me anxious about the trip.

Six Hour Car Wash

Six Hour Car Wash

It really wasn’t a six hour war wash, but two 3 hour car detailings.  We took both cars for detailing.  Each took about 3 hours.  So, in  a sense it was a six hour car wash.

While waiting for my car, we hit several stores in Henrietta.  We ate lunch at Taco Bell (Elizabethe’s choice), and returned to the car wash just as my car was being completed.

We then had another 3 hours to kill.  As a result, it ran in to dinner time and we ate at DiBella’s (my choice).

Whole Day Affair

It was a whole day affair.  I can’t think of any other way to do it.  It seems silly to drive 40 minutes back home and then have to turn around in an hour to go back.  If we had them start on both cars at the same time we would be restricted to where we can walk.

The wait was worth it.  Both cars look nice inside and out.  Every inch is clean.  They even cleaned inside the wheel wells.

Swiss Gear Bag

I bought a Swiss Gear bag for my big laptop.  It says it holds 17″ laptops (which mine is).

Upon getting home, I immediately tried it out.  The stupid bag will barely fit a 15″ laptop.  Oh, I’m angry at Swiss Gear.  As a result I am returning the bag.  (I measured the inside… 10×15.25 inches.  My laptop’s outer dimensions are 17×11 inches.)

I went on to Amazon and found a bag that had positive reviews and comments about holding 17″ laptops.  I order it.  It was about $50 MORE than the Swiss Gear Bag.  I’m hoping it does the trick.