We spent 4 days in Austin with Lincoln…and everyone else. He had a blast!
Lincoln get to tooling around, sometimes with Mom’s help….
Lincoln hanging out with Uncle Mark – he “picked” this seat on his own BTW :) ….
Then off we go back to Dallas…just in time to enjoy the hospitality of dear friends Oona and Ettore for their annual Boxing Day party with friends and a few very special young ladies.
This is the second time meeting these neat young ladies, all who have a deep loving relation with Oona and Ettore….BTW, they are watching the Flickr slideshow of last year’s party on my cell phone
Another one of the neat young ladies – the 6th girl was unable to attend this year’s party and she was missed….
The FS, FD, and FSIL were able to join in on the Boxing Day party this year. FS had 2 job interviews in Dallas, the FD and FSIL have their rescheduled (due to bad weather) flights out of DFW tomorrow….
Oona and Ettore (far right), aka wonderful hosts and friends! Happy Boxing Day you guys!
From the cell phone camera of the FD today – I’m so incredibly proud of her and the FSIL – comes this photo of the fog rolling in on the Verrazono-Narrows bridge in NYC (connecting Brooklyn and Staten Island)
The two of them paid the bridge toll on their way to yet another day of Hurricane Sandy volunteering for those more dramatically affect than they were…where did she get such gracious, caring, and giving heart? (from her Mom for sure) (FD’s photo that I “sepia’d” for a kind of cool effect, don’t cha think? Hope the FD doesn’t mind the liberties taken with her photo)
Look here what they came upon in route to their place of volunteering – this may literally be a “house” boat for all I know…. (photo by FD)
And their day of volunteering was spent removing sheetrock and gutting the hurricane-damaged basement of someone’s home…(photo by FD)
Back in Texas, my day ended with a photograph of the silverware caddy in the comfort of a well-lighted, warm kitchen….
and the plunger-cup tea steeper for my nightly night cap of white tea…so that (tea) leaves little question to who’s day was more meaningful and fulfilling, agreed?
It matters not the size of the camera or the photographer…just as long as the photo is gotten.
this is my landscape architecture photo of the day….it’s a cool spot. The small slivers of green space in this city always amazes me for a multitude of reasons.
Sitting at the Wall Street Bull Sculpture, this guy played the National Anthem over and over and over…he got a buck from me, a smile, and a nod of the head. He did the same back…except for the dollar bill
It’s me and graveyards again….came across this famous gravesite at the Trinity Church (the church that “survived” 9/11 being a couple blocks from Ground Zero and now the sidewalk has the last of the Occupy Wall Street crowd).
I could spend days and days doing nothing other than photographing the neat windows, doors, and building facades of NYC
Attended FD’s matinee performance of “Falling”…she was outstanding, in fact the entire cast did a bang-up job.
I love the bridges of NYC as well…this one is The Williamsburg (and I wasn’t driving BTW)
If anyone has a preconceived idea that NYC is all concrete….well not quite.
NYC cyclists are a creative bunch despite their bike rack craftsmanship being something less than desirable…personal opinion of course
The Brooklyn Flea Market – cool place, wonderful artists, and a couple handfuls of vendors that make you wonder “who buys this stuff?”
Love the NYC street vendors and their character….
This has got to be an Ewok soccer player…no?
History all over the place….one of my favorite authors and wisdom-sayers
And right down the street from the Mark Twain house is the lady’s home that gave us this famous quote….
We did a night-time schooner ride from Pier 62 to the Stature of Liberty…and back. What a cool way to spend a Sunday eve – the Hudson River is quite peaceful at night (or at least this night it was)
We did a midnight stop in Chinatown…everyone ought to give Wo Hop Restaurant (downstairs) a try at least once…anytime of day, but know the midnight crowd is definitely interesting. This is the sign marking the restrooms….
We were welcomed in New York City for the weekend by the FD. This is but one of the many wonderful church steeples in NYC….
Does every city have one of these?
Not since I earned a Boy Scout merit badge have I eaten dandelion greens as a meal. At Brooklyn’s Frankie’s Spuntino, one of the FD’s favorite restaurant in the City, the dandelions were a whole lot better than I remembered….
I wonder if the cell phone reception is better if you squat low to the ground at a busy street corner….
The Manhattan Bridge connecting Dumbo to Manhattan…I think.
Driving the Brooklyn Bridge with the FD…..
Opening night for FD at the FringeNYC Festival…’Falling’ was sensational and T did a great job. It’s been 12 years since I’ve last watched her perform…some kind of dad I am, huh?
Don’t be late….
The post-opening night party with the cast and crew….fun times! (that’s the FD in the middle on the left side)
‘aire she is…in all her acting glory. The BFA is paying off and gainful theatre employment is right around the corner! (yes I too choose a “positive frame of mind”). If you know T, this is so not her personality…which only makes it more funny. And for those of you that don’t know her, your missing out. Watch the video and then think the opposite of her character (then come see her next time she’s back for a visit).
Go check out the FD! Tiff’s webseries acting debut is online as of this past Thursday. Episode 1 (11 more to go) introduces the cast of characters. For those of you that don’t know my “Favorite Daughter”, she’s the one in the gray sweater/gray shirt…that says “I’d rather chew glass” right at the start. And after watching, if you’re so emotionally moved and/or financially inclined, there’s their “kickstarter” page link right below the video….
Personally, I think Tiff did an outstanding job, but then what else would a “pops” say? She’s always had a natural Lucille Ball quality about her acting, as well as a Meryl Streep when it comes time for those Academy Award winning roles! What she does with this character is so completely out-of-character of her personality, I laugh to myself (and others) each time. You go ahead and just watch it…see for yourself. Go ahead…do it, I’ll wait……………
I bet cha you’re gonna agree with her old man on this one. Chip of the ol’ block that gurrrrl is, huh? (probably more likely I’m a chip off the ol’ daughter’s block…not that I live vicariously through either of my kids or anything)
Episode 1 was the group introduction, now each subsequent webisode will now focus on each character. I will keep y’all posted as each episode is released, especially the one that is the FD’s character.
EDITORIAL COMMENT: turn down the volume or use your headphones…the dialogue is street-worthy and the language is colorful.
32 years ago I started singing "You Are My Sunshine" to my baby girl. Whenever she would fuss, I would sing. And miraculously she would stop...most likely from disbelief of such a horrific sound coming from her "pops". As an infant, as a toddler, as an adolscent, as a teenager, as a high school senior, as a college student and grad, as a long-distance caller, and still to this day, I sing her that song! Happy Birthday Sweets! "...you make me happy when skies are gray". (this morning's sunrise pushing away the clouds BTW)
Many of you know the FD has been persistent in becoming a legitimate actor in NYC since graduating from NYU (all these abbreviations, for crying out loud…). She been at it for 10+ years, doing what she can to get noticed and polish her craft. Her professors told her it would be 10 or so years before she would get work (her body needed to catch up with her acting maturity is what I remember them telling her). Well looky here why don’t cha…it has been 10 years, she looks good (and a bit older), she has the work bit happening, now if only she could bank something for her loads of talent (patience Dad, it’s coming)!
The adventures of a sassy, often defiant, not quite fearless pilot's wife, mother, and photographer. Join me as I globe trot the world using my travel benefits. Here I will share photographs of my travels, chronicle my journeys, and provide useful tips and information.
I previously worked as a news and sports photographer. Recently I have been enjoying wildlife photography. My approach toward bird photos is similar to sports photography. I attempt to capture mostly action and hopefully a unique perspective.