Temperature Drop

Temperature Drop

Blame it on La Nina, but the temperature drop last night was significant.  We got our first snow of the season (see my season watch).  I didn’t take a picture of it because it’s lack luster.  In a picture you’d think it was a heavy frost.

Tim Horton’s

We went to Tim Horton’s for lunch because I had a gift card for the place.  I’ve been a couple of times for doughnuts.  We decided to try it for lunch.  I’m not impressed, and neither was Elizabethe.

If given the choice between Dunkin Donuts and Tim Hortons, I think I would go to Wegmans for donuts, and Burger King for lunch.   I know coffee drinkers who like one or the other.  However, since I’m not a coffee drinker I can’t find anything at either donut shop to draw me in.

A few years ago Burger King and Tim Hortons merged.  I can’t say I’ve noticed much of a change in Burger King, and I wasn’t a big enough fan of Tim Hortons to say if anything changed there.

Well, that was our date for the day.

Shoot Tomorrow

I need to get ready for my shoot tomorrow.  I’m going to set the heater tonight so that it will be warm for the morning.  The shoot is first thing in the morning.

Sauders Sandwiches

Sauders Sandwiches

It is a tradition with us now.  We take friends and family to Sauder’s, then to the Peter Whitmer farm for a picnic and tour, and then to Watkins Glen.  Today was Becky’s turn.

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Becky and Bethe at Sauder’s

We visited at the Whitmer farm with a family from Sandy, Utah.  Dad was originally from New Zealand, and mom from Australia.  They were fun to visit with.

Watkins Glen

As we drove through the Village of Watkins Glen, I nearly missed the park.  They are doing construction and the entrance doesn’t look the same.  Parking was too far from the entrance so Elizabethe didn’t have an enjoyable time.  It was also hot today.

Becky and I walked about 1.5 miles into the canyon to see the falls.  She kept saying, “Glen is going to be so jealous.”

I must admit, Watkins Glen is a beautiful place.  It was also crowded today.  Lots of people crammed the trails

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Becky Cooling Off

Because of the heat, Becky decided to drench her hair in one of the falls.  I decided to keep my camera dry, so I passed.

Drive Home

The drive home was uneventful.  Everyone was tired.  We stopped at the Burger King drive-thru and picked up ICEEs and drove straight home.

Workshop’s Last Day

Workshop’s Last Day

Today is workshop’s last day. We watched a couple of slideshows of Jim LaSala’s work and some of the students’ work.

Workshop's Last Day
Jim LaSala’s Class

Luncheon for Tom

We got out a little early which meant I didn’t have to rush to attend a luncheon we held for Mary Chapman.  Several of us met at Burger King in Williamson and treated Mary Chapman to a lunch in honor of Tom.

Attending was Mary Chapman, the Collie’s, Harris’, Dick Holstead, Gary Morse and Elizabethe and me.  While Burger King doesn’t sound like a fancy lunch, it was a place Tom liked to go. The people at the Williamson Burger King always made Tom feel welcome.

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Friends of Tom Chapman

Sam Patch

Tomorrow we are planning on going on the Sam Patch Cruise.  After that, we’re planning on going to Hill Cumorah Pageant.  Sounds like tomorrow will be a busy day.

This means I need to head to the hill early tomorrow to save our seats.  I then need to check my e-mail and we’ll have to head to Pittsford to catch our cruise.  There isn’t much time left.  I think we will be very tired by the end of the day.

Tom Chapman

Tom Chapman

My dear friend Tom Chapman has gone on to his next estate. I learned today that he passed away last night. Tom and I would go to lunch on Wednesdays and he’d talk about Guantanamo Bay and being a Navy Seabee.  In addition, he’d talk about his adventures with other mutual friends like Bart Dahneke and more.
 
The people at Burger King and Subway (our regular stops) got to know Tom too. They’d tease him asking if he wanted onions (which Tom hated with a passion). Tom would laugh and say, “You put onions on my sandwich and I’m outta here.” Then he’d walk to the door pretending to leave.  And even up to the end, he enjoyed a good, roast beef sandwich or a Burger King Whopper.
 
Looking back, we started our Wednesday lunches back in April last year. Tom’s dementia was increasingly getting worse. Myself and a few others started taking him to lunch so his sweet wife, Mary, could get a break. I enjoyed spending time with him. Yes, because of the dementia he’d repeat stories, but that was okay with me.  As a result I could see how happy it made him to be able to tell someone about himself and his past experiences.
 
One day when I came to get Tom Chapman to take him to lunch, his wife met me at the door and told me Tom had been having a bad day. When she fetched him, I could tell he was a bit on the grumpy side. Mary reminded him that he likes going to lunch with me, and then she said, “He always does better after going to lunch with you.” That in itself was it’s own reward.

Alzheimer’s

Tom got in the car and as we drove down the driveway, he said, “I got some bad news today.” I acknowledge his comment, and he continued, “Do you know what my wife said to me?”
 
I had no idea what he was leading up to, so I encouraged him to go on.
 
“She told me I have Alzheimer’s. Do you know what that is?” he asked.
 
I told him I knew what it was, and we talked about his feelings about knowing what it might mean for the future.  Because of this he said his biggest fear was that there might come a time that he would hurt his wife. I could tell that possibility was tearing him put inside. By the end of our lunch together, we seemed to have pushed past the news of his Alzheimer’s and on to happier topics. That was the first, last and only time he brought it up in conversation. (I think he truly forgot about it.)
 
Tom taught me a lot about gratitude. Tom would take a bite of his sandwich, burger, or a cookie, or even a sip of lemonade and he’d just savor it. I can hear him saying, “Mmmm, this is a good sandwich”, and it was like the best sandwich he ever had. He’d express is appreciation to the workers at the restaurant, and he’d always tell me what a good time he had.
 
It’s been a wonderful 15 months getting to know this kind and faithful brother.
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Tom and Vis
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Tom and Sister Jones
 

Steakhouse King

Steakhouse King

I took Tom to Burger King for lunch. Noticing they have a new burger, the Steakhouse King,  I asked what was on it.  When the lady behind the counter said, “Onion rings”, Tom yelled out in a moaning voice, “Oh, no… Not onions.  No onions.  Please, no onions.”

She was taken by surprise.  I simply smiled and said, “No onions on Tom’s burger.  He doesn’t like onions.”

She smiled and told Tom he could have the Bacon King because it doesn’t have onions.

Onions aren’t a problem for me, so I ordered the Steakhouse King.  Because Tom doesn’t like onions, I ordered him a Bacon King.  As always, he loved it.

I really wish Burger King would sponsor my Route 66 tour.  Burger King?  Are you listening?

Studio Lights

Last year, I converted my studio to LED lighting.  In the process I’ve discovered little items to make things more efficient.    One of those little things are the speed-rings on my strip boxes.  Because I’m selling my Alien Bee lights, I’m replacing these with Bowens mount speed rings.

As luck would have it… or bad luck, I should say… the darn screws are so tight they are nearly impossible to get out.  I had to take the softbox down to the basement shop to remove the screws.

Better Chair

Better Chair

I took Elizabethe to get a better chair for her desk.  She’s been complaining of lower back aches and we think it might be her office chair. We found one at Staples.

We ate at the food court at the mall.  She likes the bacon fries the sandwich shop sells, and the Bacon King from Burger King paired well.  It was too much food, but it was sure good.

Wegman’s Next Stop

At Wegman’s I picked up cheese and fruit for a between session lunch tomorrow.  I found a new cheese.  It looks like a cantaloup, but taste somewhat like cheddar.  It goes so well with grapes.

Tomorrow is General Conference, and consequently there is little time for meal preparation.  Because of that, cheese, crackers and fruit are great.

Retouching

The rest of the day I retouched head shots.  The more I do, the faster I get.  The faster I get, the better my profit margin.

I also started a new painting.  I call it Pele the Volcano Goddess.  I’m far from done.  Elizabethe helped me realize I need more in the background on the left.

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Pele the Volcano Goddess

Pele is the Hawaiian Volcano Goddess.  I know, I’ve painted her caucasian, but it didn’t start with this theme.  Her dress and scarf were burgundy and I was trying to figure out what I’d paint in the background.  (Yeah, a little backwards not knowing where you’re heading when you start.)   I had her on a mountain top with blue sky and clouds.

It was then I had the idea that it was too cliche.  I started playing around making the scarf look like flames, and before I knew it, she was on the rocks above the ocean with hot lava all around.

Who knows, I may paint her hair black.  Not sure at this point.

Bacon King

Bacon King

I still love the Whopper, but it is hard to beat the Bacon King.  After seeing an ad for the new burger, I decided to try one today.  It wasn’t difficult to convince my friend Tom to try one too.

Tom was in a bad mood when I picked him up, but I figured you can’t stay down and eat bacon too.  When we arrived at Burger King, Tom had to hit the men’s room.  I asked if he’d like me to order for him, so I did.

“Two BBQ Bacon King meals please,” I said with a grin knowing it will be good, “Oh, and don’t wrap mine.  Just put the burger on the wrapper.  I want to take a picture of this.”

A few minutes later she comes out with my tray and asks, “Would you like a knife and fork too?”

When I told her I plan to eat it with my hands she added, “I’ve never had a burger requested this way.”

I informed her I plan to photograph it.  She looked puzzled.

Here’s the BBQ Bacon King!

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The BBQ Bacon King

My Review of the BBQ Bacon King

The BBQ Bacon King is loaded with 1/2 pound (2 1/4 pound patties) of beef, and a fist full of bacon, two slices of cheese BBQ sauce and mayonnaise.  Everything that comes with the burger is great, but I would make the following additions:

  • mustard, catsup and 3 or 4 pickle slices, and some chopped onion on the bottom bun

These additions are because after the first 4-5 bites it started to feel very one-note.  I miss some crunch of pickle and onions, and some variety from the catsup and mustard.

While I love the Whopper, but I would not turn this in to a Whopper by adding tomato and lettuce… just the condiments mentioned above.

Will I order this again?

You bet, but I’ll ask for those condiments.

Back to Work

It’s back to work now.  Blog updates, web site updates, e-mail checking, phone calls, and all that stuff that goes in to running your own business needs doing.

Puzzle Book

Puzzle Book

Elizabethe has created a puzzle book named Book of Mormon Puzzle Pages.  (Click on the link to see it at Amazon.com)  Each page corresponds to a page of the Book of Mormon.  She’s completed and published volume 1, and is now working on volume 2.

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Book of Mormon Puzzle Pages

Within 24 hours of placing it on Amazon Books she sold 5 copies.  I’m sure once the word gets out, she’ll sell more.

It will take a couple of years to complete all of them.  She figures a puzzle a day until she gets done.  That’s almost 2 years of work.

 

 

 

 

 

Temple

It’s Tuesday and that means temple.  It’s always nice to go to the temple.  It is a real break from the world.

I listened to a 1979 talk by Bruce R. McConkie today.  He talked about the wickedness of the last days.    He said, “Bands of Gadianton robbers will infest every nation, immorality and murder and crime will increase, and it will seem as though every man’s hand is against his brother.”   This is so true.

Burger King

I hear Burger King has a new burger – the Bacon King.  From what I see it has 2 1/4 pound patties, 2 slices of cheese and a fist full of bacon.

I’m going to check it out tomorrow with Tom.

P.S. Burger King, if you’re listening, please sponsor my Route 66 Tour.  Click here for more information.

Wasps Continued

Wasps Continued

I saw a few more wasps today.  I emptied the can of wasp spray in to the hole and I hope this does the trick. Nobody wants wasps living in the wall.

The next step is to seal the hole.  Fun.  I wonder what will work best… spray foam or caulking?

Callers

They busted that call center in Mumbai, India.  However, I got a call claiming to be from “Windows Desktop Support”.  The guy tried to convince me that seven people have accessed my computer.

I told him the last guy from India who tried to scam me got arrested by the Mumbai police.  I then asked him to hold we we traced the call.  Darn.  He hung up.

Lunch at Burger King

I took Tom to Burger King.  They now call him by name.  Before we left Tom needed to use the men’s room.  While he was in there I thanked the staff for how kind and understanding they are with Tom.

One of the young ladies said, “Awe, he’s a sweetheart.”

She commented how he asked if he could go outside to feed the birds.  She said she got him a broken hamburger bun so he’d have something to throw to the seagulls.

 

Demolition

Demolition

Imagine sitting in a restaurant while demolition is going on… on the restaurant itself.  Yeah, it was actually kind of comical.  They are remodeling the Burger King in Williamson.  There I saw with my friend Tom while just outside a guy was breaking the outer wall of the building with a sledge hammer.

Tom and I got quite a laugh out of it.  I commented that I was glad they were using a sledge hammer and not a wrecking ball.  I was also impressed that the guy never once hit the window, yet he was striking just inches below the bottom of the window.

It’s not often lunch at Burger King comes with entertainment…. even if it is demolition of the building you’re sitting in.

The first day of June, 2016.  Time is flying too quickly.  To think the year is approaching that 1/2 way point.

Early this morning I got a heads-up call that they were raising the lighting towers on Hill Cumorah.  I shot out there to get a picture of the big crane holding a tower.

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Hill Cumorah Lighting Going UP

Palmyra New York Lodging

And, if you are looking for lodging during Hill Cumorah Pageant, try the Beckwith Mansion and Estate here in Palmyra.  It’s an 1830’s Federalist Greek Revival Colonial located right on Main Street, Palmyra.  It is walking distance from the Grandin Press building, Alvin Smith’s grave, several bookstores (including an LDS book store), and a few restaurants.

Palmyra New York lodging is scarce during Hill Cumorah Pageant.  Call us soon to get your reservation.  If you go to our web site you can see the rooms and prices.