Sunday December 26, 2004

 

 


Today, Amanda and I went over to spend our traditional post-Christmas with our friends Lori and Shawn and their two kidlings Lauryn and True. True got a guitar for Christmas so I taught her some harmonics and a couple of little tricks. I was hoping to show her the first little thing my Dad taught me but the so-called grownups got sucked into Austin Powers In Goldmember and then Scary Movie 3. I can't believe we spent the whole evening watching those ridiculous movies. We had a nice, fun, relaxing evening and got back to Amanda's parents' around tennish.

Shawn told us about the earthquake and tsunami in Asia. What can I say? My thoughts are with those affected. I can't imagine what they're going through but if well-wishes will help, there are millions of 'em coming from this side of the world. I hope my old compadre Tom O'Gorman isn't still in the area and if he is, I hope he's okay.


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Saturday December 25, 2004

 


Today was the first Christmas in an uncountable number of years that Amanda and I didn't spend all day together. I didn't really like it but I understand. Her sister was in town from up north so she stayed with her crew while I went to my Grandmother's for that (much smaller than usual) visit. I stayed there all day. My sister, brother and their collective teams showed up and I decided that it needed to be more Christmasy so I made a paper Christmas tree that was about a foot and a half tall. Nichole made some "ornaments" and we taped the sucker to the ceiling and put presents under it. Charlie Brown's Christmas tree looked majestic and huge compared to this one. If only we'd had a little George Winston piano music for backing it would've been perfect. My breakfast and dinner consisted of food my Grandmother made especially for me. It tasted like home. As dusk began to fall, my Grandmother, brother, sister, Nichole, Robbie and I opened up my Dad's room and began going through some of his stuff. Due to our schedules, the room's been basically like he left it on September 29, 2003. We keep trying to get together to divide and clean up the room. We haven't 'til now. We barely got started before we got sidetracked looking at the ridiculous amount of pictures he had of himself and us. We each picked a handful of those to take with us. Nichole and Robbie took some of their Grandfather's hats, jackets and shirts. Benji got his shoes and boots. The only thing I took today was my Dad's pillow. My great-grandmother hand made it and my Dad had it from the time that she died. He loved that pillow. He spent his last seconds on Earth on it. Now it's coming home with me. You'll find it making an appearance under my head nightly. Even though we just barely got started on the work to be done in the room, it was a big step. And it gave us another Christmas with our Dad.

Oh yeah, I also injured myself today. I was showing my nephew Robbie a particularly bendy stretch that I sometimes do to my leg. I let it go too soon and wound up kicking myself in the lower rib cage. Everyone there (well most everyone) tried not to laugh. It hurt like a mother. I think I may have done some actual damage. I guess we'll see. Merry Christmas to me!


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Friday December 24, 2004
 

My niece McKayla's first Christmas...

 


I did just what most of you did today. I spent Christmas Eve with family. Today, it was with my Mom, Sister, Brother (and their other halves) along with an aunt, uncle, nephew, a couple of neices and Amanda.

This was my 3-month old neice McKayla's first Christmas (duh). Here's a pic of her enjoying her brand new Tigger toy that her mom gave her. I'm glad I was there to capture the moment.

Oh yeah - and I have to say a huge thanks to my Aunt Zella for sending me an AMAZING chocolate cake. I hate that my schedule stopped us from making it to your early Christmas celebration but I was there in spirit, I promise! I'm glad you sent a-more-than-spirit-cake, though. It won't live to see the New Year.

Later, I went over and spent a little time with my Grandmother then arrived at Amanda's family home for their Christmas dinner / gift-exchanging frenzy. I've got to say - we really racked up this year. I'm lucky in that I don't NEED anything these days but I got a lot of things I wanted. It's even better getting them from the people that are most important to me.

I hope your Christmas (if you so choose to have one) was a good 'un.


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Thursday December 23, 2004

 

 


My brother Benji had one of his pics up at the Pollstar website today. I'm always glad to see his work there. They update 2 pics a day usually. I'm looking forward to the day when both of the shots are ours - one from each. That'll be cool. Check out Benji's Alan Jackson pic here. In addition to a couple of his shots, you might see a couple 'o' mine.

I also got Concert Shots updated. I added 20 CD reviews (my top 20 of '04) as well as a couple of others. It's nice to have an actual update. I'll try to get another one up right after New Year!

In the evening, Amanda and I headed for the old SC for a more-scattered-than-I'd-like-Christmas.


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Wednesday December 22, 2004

 

 

I spent a chunk of today updating my backup computer. I haven't touched it in nearly two years so it took hours to update everything and render it useful. I did all this just to check my email as my current computer was being worked on. By the end of the day I had my REAL-DEAL first string computer back and working. I happily surfed the net for entertainment and world news again. Ah, connection!

Thanks, Chris for figuring it out (stupid In-CD).


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Tuesday December 21, 2004

 

 


How...did...I...survive...without...a...computer...

Today, I had to send the sucker back to its creator. I spend most days behind a computer so it was almost unbearable being away from it. I felt so disconnected from...well, everything.

I didn't like it at AT ALL!

In the evening, Amanda and I finished up our Christmas shopping...much later than usual.

 


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Monday December 20, 2004

PYLON

(left to right: Michael Lachowski, Curtis Crowe, Vanessa Briscoe Hay and Randy Bewley)


I'm sorry I've gotten so far behind. It's now nearly two weeks since I've been able to update. Chalk it up to the holidays vs. computer difficulties vs. Charter internet access being down for days and days and days.

The computer was still acting up today and several drives were missing when I needed them. I had an important shoot with Pylon at 10 p.m. so I just had to deal and manipulate the system however necessary. The band is doing a historic reunion / farewell (again?) show at the 40 Watt on New Year's Eve. Their drummer Curtis is part of the crew of the show Lost so he's been in Hawaii. He just got in today. My deadline was (literally) yesterday. I had to get the shots at 10, then edit 'til midnight to get 'em into Flagpole. (Remember, this peaceful time is my little vacation!)

I got out to Nuci's as planned. Vanessa was sitting out in the lobby as the guys loaded out. We chit-chatted until they were all ready to go. First we did some cut and dry, just sitting and chatting group shots. Then we decided to try to get a little more artistic. Michael wanted to do a shot of four chairs to represent each personality. He placed the chairs just so and I shot 'em. Then he gave me a list of which chair was to represent each member. How very Athenian! Randy suggested that we do one with the band members actually in the chairs but that was naysayed as then, the paper would have the option of actually using the photo with humans in it. I tried to tell 'em that I didn't think Flagpole would run a shot of just chairs but we went with it anyway. I liked the idea personally - I especially liked the fact that I had to wait until Curtis got in from Hawaii so I could take a picture of a chair that represented him. I then did some individual portraits of the members that were kind of stagnant (intentionally). Now I wish that I'd tried a little harder to get some "proper" group portraits (in addition to the cool chair shots) but what the heck? I got some nice candid shots of them together and individually. I also got a nice shot of the Pylon chairs at Nuci's Space. Who else can say that?

Click here for last week's mayhem...


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