365 Days of Pictures – Take Two


I probably didn’t do a great job of explaining myself on the prior post. I don’t think I could ever get by with doing one photo a day, but rather, what if I forced myself to take at least one photo per day. For instance, Saturday and Sunday were not eventful, so I didn’t take any pictures. But then we are blessed with those days where you can’t take enough photos, or like the photo above, are awesome photos. But I guess this is the challenging part, the days where two things have to happen: I have to do something to create a picture or I have to do something with my life to find that moment. I will have to go out of my way to take at least one photo a day, and since Ashley T. has provided some sort of feedback, which is appreciated, I guess I’ll start on November 1st. That’s a nice clean date. And yes, I think it will be neat.

Does anyone else use their deodorant for an extremely long period of time? I looked at the trademark date on my deodorant, which I realize is not an indicator of much, and it says 2004. That’s a really long time for a health care product that I use every day, well almost everyday. Also, I am the type of person who always purchases the replacement health care product before I need to and I purchased a new deodorant in August thinking that I was close to running out, out. Well, I’m still plugging along, and the way things look, it will be the new year before I use the new deodorant.

A big congratulations to Duk and Beano whose St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series. I live for the time that my team wins a championship. Last year when the Mavs went to the NBA Finals I had such a feeling of accomplishment and pride, despite the fact that I had nothing to do with their victory in the very least. Being a fan is such a strange thing and we all take it so personally when we lose and win. Bygones. As an aside, when I went to Tulsa for a little fellowship a portion of the weekend was spent trying to figure out how Houston could overtake the Cardinals to get into the playoffs and watching the scroll on ESPNews for a score update. That’s what it means to be a fan.

Who needs to find discount codes for online stores? RetailMeNot (thanks Consumerist).

Two different types of time wasters: Marvin Spectrum (thanks Lifehacker) and the Time photographers Whitehouse photo blog (thanks Kottke).

365 Days of Pictures

I got home on Wednesday for lunch and this is what I saw. I hurriedly grabbed my camera thinking that Bella, Justin F. and Ashley F.’s dog, would jump down and as a result lose the moment. I snap a couple of pictures and she’s still sitting there. I make and eat my sandwich and I go to put my plate in the dishwasher and low and behold she’s still sitting there.

First things first. I am not working out because of my sweetheart, I am working out because I’ve always worked out, at least until I got a real job (i.e. being an attorney). I was tired and just didn’t care. Miranda has motivated me to start doing something, anything. Ideally, she’d like for me to get a little cardio in my life, but I’m not real interested in that right now and I know she’s only looking out for my best interest, but it just doesn’t interest me at this point.

Sorry about last night. I was able to post to RaiderRedNation, but after that I couldn’t access Blogger. For those of you who expect Wednesday night/Thursday morning updates, I’m sorry.

So, I’ve given quite a bit of thought to this idea lately, the idea of a year’s worth of pictures, take at least one picture each day. Here are my problems with this idea. The first problem is the biggest problem. I am not that creative. When I see something interesting or neat I take a picture of it. Sometimes it’s a mood thing, sometimes I really get motivated to go find something to photograph. Unfortunately, my job does not allow me to do this. I drive less than 3 miles, round trip, each day. There’s not a lot of scenery to take in on this short tip. In other words, it’s not like I ride the subway to work everyday and there’s the possibility of something interesting every day. So we’ve established that I’m not very original, but where does that leave me with this project. I could take a picture of a seemingly static object (i.e. my face) everyday and chronicle the change throughout the year or do the same with Blue, but one of the keys to keeping an audience, and yes, I know that not everyone takes pictures of their dogs like they are your children, but I think that’s all I got. I could take pictures of small objects, but let’s be honest, there’s nothing really exciting about that.

If I decide to do this I’ll let everyone know. It’s also somewhat strange in that if I miss a day, there’s no going back. Experiment failed. Feedback would be great, but I know that it is not expected.

Topic change: is anyone enjoying the links? At some point I thought it would be a good idea to provide something to those of you who work all day and enjoy the interesting link here and there. I wanted to make this website a little “life friendly”. For instance, Line Rider is awesome and you could literally spend the entire day doing this (via Kottke).

If you don’t view Rocketboom everyday then you’re missing out on a little piece of the world. I really liked the episode for October 26, 2006.

I read about this fella sometime ago and started freaking out about how someone could knowingly do this to themselves. Essentially, he tried to get rich quick by playing the real estate market. Purchase some homes, fix them up and turn them around before you’re out any money. In theory, this is a great idea. Unfortunately, life usually isn’t that simple. By the way, if you don’t stop by Get Rich Slowly, then you’re missing out on some really good and simple investment advice. Nothing flashy (imagine that), but really solid advice.

Sorry No Post

Sorry, for those of you expecting a post it just didn’t get done tonight. For whatever reason I could not access Blogger for the better part of the evening. Sorry. I’ll make sure and put something special up tomorrow. It’ll make Friday special.

No Dogs

Which one of these do you like better? They are from the exact same time (seconds apart), but the tungsten filter is on the first photo. There’s something nice about both, the tungsten filter seems like it’s shot at sundown rather than sunrise.

I found this new application, Paint.NET, which could be both a blessing and a curse as I already spend too much time on the computer. Now I’ll be spending time fixing photos. I have yet to download this application, and I’ll try and provide my own review in time, but it seems to be a winner (thanks to Techcrunch).

Last night I had a couple of conversations:
1. For Leslie re. travel: pretty good travel website, RealTravel, and has lots of great content (thanks again to Techcrunch).
2. Shoutout to Lori R. thanks for reading.

Lifehacker had a nice post about free stuff to help you on your computer. One of the things that I worry about is viruses and it’s nice to know that there are free downloads for free anti-virus software, ClaimWin.

Perhaps my best internet find, every episode of The Office on TV Links, available to watch in order to waste away your day. Other than having to create a profile, there’s no issues. I watched this and this the other night.

Thanks to Kottke, he found this snipet about Philippe Halsman, a photographer, who asked some of his subjects to jump. This is a pretty good bit, and it might break up the monotony of posed smiley pictures. I’ll be looking to Greggy and Chris for David Lee Roth jumps/kicks.

I’ve tried to stay quiet about this for a while, but I have finally been working out. Not exactly like my wife would want, but enough for me. I’ve been doing push-ups and crunches and slowly but surely I can do 125 to 130 over 5 sets. When I first started, I was only able to do 20 in my first set and 50 or so total. After 50 I was completely spent. Now, I can do 50 push-ups in my first set. I know, no one likes a braggart, but it’s my small contribution to my own health. I’ve been using Joe’s Goals to keep track of my progress.

Curly Is Muddy

Curly is muddy.


It’s pretty quiet on the homefront. Work is going well, slowly, but surely I am crossing things off of my wife’s “to-do” list with the house. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not crossing them off quickly enough, but things are slowly but surely being completed.

I am obsessed with making the internet easier for everyone to use, these are all things that have been said before, but if you don’t have a start page then check out Pageflakes. It’s kind of like Google Reader, but instead of just checking feeds, you can check your email, what’s being submitted on Flickr, YouTube, the weather, news, sports, etc. If you’re really interested, here’s a better description here.

Consumerist is a website dedicated to saving you money.

At the Dallas Museum of Art there is a Van Gogh exhibit, Sheaves of Wheat, beginning October 22, 2006. I have been fortunate enough to go to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Without a doubt it was one of the highlights of my trip to Europe. I cannot recall a time when there was a Van Gogh exhibit in Dallas (this is not to say that this hasn’t happened) and I will do everything within my power to make my wife go see this exhibit. I am not an expert in art and stuff, in fact I couldn’t tell you the first thing about Van Gogh other than he chopped off his ear, but there’s something to his work that’ absolutely incredible and everyone should have the opportunity to see it. Even if my wife doesn’t want to go, I’ll go if someone else is up for it.

A pretty amazing set of photographs at the Morning News – American Cities.

Remodeling a Building

There’s this building in Terrell, where I live, that is currently being remodeled. The building used to have plain stucco on the front and it appeared that someone was really covering up the architectural detail of the building itself.

The first thing that was done was the stucco was removed and a beautiful building was revealed.


Here’s the window arch.


The building to the left essentially looked like this building before.


Small flowers in between the first and second floors.


Honestly, I wonder how a city could allow someone to cover up a building like this. It simply doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. Here are a two more.



This is what I do with my Saturday mornings.

I also caught an amazing sunrise while taking pictures of the building. The south side of Terrell is supposed to be the “bad” side of the tracks (yes, literally, there are railroad tracks that divide the town). Anyway, here’s a couple pictures of the sunrise yesterday morning.




John Mayer, singer and songwriter, has a blog.

Last week I told everyone how great Google Reader was, but then I failed to tell everyone that you need a gmail account. If you need one, let me know.

Lifehacker had a small article about Google Educator, which are Google tools that can be used in the classroom. I wonder if administrators would actually allow students to use Google products for the classroom. It’s really not a bad idea, kids don’t need a computer, they can go to any computer to write their paper. They don’t need a disk to save their work. Google has kids addicted to Google products at an early age and has customers for life. Everybody wins.

Zoho has the same type of products and may be even better than Google. Products for both include word processor, spreadsheet, presentation tools, calendars, etc.

Want to play any Nintendo NES game? Okay. By the way, this includes Tecmo Bowl (via Lifehacker).

This is really for the ladies, but I couldn’t believe that someone actually started a website solely about seating. Simple Seating is currently closed, but should open sometime this month, thus, if you’re planning a wedding or other party then this might be a good place to start.

Dog Sitting Again

Randy and Ann are off on vacation again, thus we dog-sit Curly, Randy’s Jack-Russell terrier. Yes, he’s a handful, but luckily my wife has been home for the first three days of this week (school holiday, and yes, she has quite a few of them). Remember last time he stayed he was knocked silly with a concussion.

Here’s Curly.




I rarely get a really good picture of Olive because if I bend down to take a picture, she immediately puts her head down and trots, strike that, waddles towards me. I finally got a really good picture of her.

Razor update: for those of who were concerned, the first disposable razor that I used lasted 6 weeks. For those of you who care, that’s freaking awesome. I am currently on my 2nd razor. By my math, those 6 razors should last me at least 70% of the year. At $1.00 per razor, I’m well on my way to fiscal responsibility.

For those of you who are in the Dallas area I really recommend Unfair Park – The Dallas Observer Blog. It’s extremely topical, at least in terms of the DFW area, and really well written. If none of you have read the Dallas Observer, you should, there’s lots of talented writers there and the way the DMN is going, this may be the best place to get your local news.

I’ve found something that’s really hard to explain, but is really useful if you know how to use it. It’s called the Google Reader. Do you ever get tired of checking websites for new content, or checking my blog for a new post? Well, Google Reader will aggregate the websites you read. The orange box at the end of the left column of this blog is my feed. You’ll also notice orange boxes that say “XML”, that’s the same thing. If you copied and pasted that address into the Google Reader new subscription then everytime I post, Google Reader will let you know. Don’t get me wrong, I still really enjoy going to websites because some of them are visually appealing (like I hope mine is) so I understand that. But if the internet is merely a method of you checking on certain sites then this is a great tool for you.

If you like awesome things then you’re probably going to want to purchase MacGyver, seasons 1 through 7.

Finally, my best man, Ben, had some really nice things to say in the Tulsa Fellowship comments. I felt like they deserved front page status, so here you go. Thanks Duk.

Well, there was certainly an editorial spin to your commentary. Very good job with the photos. I appreciate your effort to make the fellowship weekend and to take time to post it on your blog. I know that it was difficult, given the passing of your grandfather.

You said to me not so long after graduation, that these friendships and bonds that we built through our time in Tulsa were important, and to maintain them after we all went our separate ways would require sacrifice and effort. Thankfully, most of us have been able to continue with that commitment. Each time we come together, I am reminded of the those times together in Tulsa, but I am also reminded of those reasons why I value the friendships of that time. I value these friendships today, probably more than I did then.

While it is true that time and distance separates our daily lives, the common thread of kinship I share with this group will continue to inspire me and compel me to try and organize these weekends for fellowship. We are not the same people we were in school, but the character, values, intangible elements of personality continue.

Wolverines suck.


Fred Sylvan Jungman

We knew that my grandfather was not doing well. Over the last year or two his physical condition had detiorated to the point that he was probably not a happy person. My grandfather loved to ranch and if he was unable to, at the very least, get out and look at his ranch, then there may not have been much reason to continue forward.

My grandfather was a good man, I remember at least two summers where my older brother and myself stayed with our grandparents for a week. Some of my fondest memories of both of my grandparents were of during those two weeks. In one instance I recall staying with my mother’s parents for a week and my mother’s mother bought Ryan and I a baseball hat at Bealle’s the week that we stayed with them. We were transported to my father’s parents and while “working” outside for a period of time my grandfather asked me why I wore my baseball cap backwards (as an aside, I think it’s funny that I did this at such a young age and I’ve never broken this habit of wearing my baseball cap backwards). My response was that it kept the sun off of my neck, and of course I didn’t even consider that my face was beet-red. In all honesty, I always felt like I could never connect with my grandfather, but he was a quiet person and did not talk much and this was hard to accept as a child. Those weeks spent in South Texas did more for our relationship than any other time spent with my grandfather.

My last memory of my grandfather was when my wife and I went to visit both him and my grandmother last month at Hannah’s wedding reception. We had lunch with him and he paid the bills with my Uncle David. Despite is physical body failing him, his mind was as sharp as ever. That’s a good memory to have.

This is St. Louis Catholic Church on the evening of his service.


Across the street is the school where my father went to high school.


These were views from our motel.



This is the spire of St. Louis Church from our motel. It was a hazy morning, the day of the funeral.



Tulsa Fellowship

The weekend could not have started any better. Hat Day came a day early as I had taken the day off on Friday to visit Ben, Beano and Big Time for a little bit of fellowship. As all things with my law school group it is always a good time.

The trip to Tulsa was uneventful.


I kept thinking that this trip would have been a lot more fun with Blue, but I doubt that Big Time would have appreciated an unexpected, but lovable, puppy dog.


Duk, who’s just an attorney from a small Missouri town.


Beano looks pretty damned happy to see me.


Big Time’s house.


I don’t know exactly how this started, but in order to play washers we have to choose teams. Through the process of “Choose the Rock” Beano and I became partners.

Duk doing his best.


Beano is taking control.


Big Time on home turf.


Now, I may embellish the final score, but I know that Beano and I put a whoppin’ on Duk and Big Time the first two games. Duk and Big Time won the next game and then Beano and I won the last game. At some point during the match, as Beano probably sunk another washer, I yelled Wolverines and little did I know the name would stick the rest of the weekend.

This is a License for Prostitution for Midnight Rose. Beano and Duk made Big Time purchase this at the last gun show they attended. Please click on the largest version as it appears that Marshall Wyatt Earp executed this document. I have no way of knowing if this is an accurate document, but it’s neat nonetheless.


The next game on tap was Pitch. Now, I’ve only played Pitch one other time and it’s a lot like Spades. Once again, it was team Wolverine versus two guys who have not been able to think of a cool team name.

Bigs and Beano.


Beano and Duk.


Me and my hot double chin.


After three games, Beano and I, I mean Team Wolverine, handed it to the Thundersticks. It’s not a bad name, but it’s not Team Wolverine.



The final and third match was golf. It had been approximately 10 years since Beano last played and it was approximately 1 year since I last played. We knew that the Wolverines were in for a fight. For those of you who don’t know, those sunglasses that Beano is wearing are original Oakleys and they are 15 years old. That is awesome.


Team Thunderstick.




Big Time.




Unfortunately for Team Wolverine, we could not overcome a 20 stroke differential, however, Team Wolverine was still up two events to one. We headed home and watched the second half of the Texas Tech v. A & M. Lucky for me, the game ended well, as did my weekend with my partners.

It’s Almost Hat Day

Friday is hat day for me. It’s the first day of the week that I allow myself to wear a hat. It signifies that it’s the end of the week and the weekend is here. This past week has been incredibly trying and difficult and it will take at least two posts, probably done tomorrow night or Saturday morning to figure it all out. The nuts and bolts of the story are as follows:

1. Friday I drove to Tulsa for fellowship with Ben, Beano and Big Time.
2. I got a call Saturday morning from my Mom who told me that my Grandfather died.
3. I drove back home Saturday evening.
4. On Sunday morning I drove with my parents and my older brother to Castroville for my Grandfather’s funeral.
5. I attend my Grandfather’s service Sunday night.
6. I attend my Grandfather’s burial service Monday morning.
7. On Monday morning Miranda calls me and tells me that her Grandfather died that morning.
8. Monday afternoon I drove home with my parents and my older brother.
9. I attend Miranda’s Grandfather’s viewing Wednesday night.
10. I attend Miranda’s Grandfather’s burial service Thursday afternoon.