Halloween 2007

28 10 2007

Tonight I am not posting much since I’ve had too many beers to write coherently.  Had a wonderful time tonight at my aunt and uncles for their Halloween  festivities and have posted multiple pictures on my leelanauphotography.com. Here is one for the blog.

Halloween

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The Gales of November

27 10 2007

Well, it’s not November yet but the wind is howling today, a sure sign of things to come.  Today I went up to Glen Arbor to get some groceries and hot coffee at Leelanau Coffee.  On my way back I decided to take a senic drive through Point Onida again.  Most of the trees have lost most of their levaves at this point.  The only ones left are the oak’s and birch trees.  Those tend to hang on until mid November.  Once you get over by the lake though, lots of other trees still have their leaves.  The warmer waters of the lake make lakeshore trees the last to turn.  The wind is really blowing today (I’m getting concerned about the tree that is just resting against another one in my back yard, it will surely fall this winter, lord I hope it misses the garage and the neighbors house!

I stopped down to the beach today and was nearly blown away by the wind.  The water level is up a good 20 feet today as evidenced by the lack of shoreline and the waves on the lake are HUGE.  I’ve uploaded a new photo set today on leelanauphotography.com called The Gales of November.  As we head through this next month, I’ll be adding photos to that set showing the very visual transition from fall into winter up here.  The lake is amazing becuase the seasons are so evident in it.  Here are a couple of pictures from the new set.  Make sure you go vist leelanauphotography for the rest.

Pictures don’t do justice to the power of these waves.  Just a few hunded feet off shore, the swells are a good 10 to 12 feet and this is in a bay or harbor area.  I can only imagine the swells out on the open water today as the wind is a constant 30mph with guests up to 45mph at least!

I edited this one above just a little to bring in a bit more of the color than my camera had origionally captured.  The sky is dark and full of rain although now, as I write this an hour later, the sun has come out and the sky is clearing.  The weather up here is crazy.

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Passive Agressive

27 10 2007

Yes, I am.  Very passive agressive.  Found this web site a few days ago just loaded wtih extreamly funny passive agressive notes.  These are all things I would do (some of which I have done) to make my point.  I don’t like confrontation all that much.  Stems from a deep rooted fear of public rejection I think although I’ve never in my life had to suffer such a thing.  Human instinct.  Take a look at a few of these notes, you’ll laugh.

Passive Agressive Notes

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This is what I deal with DAILY!

26 10 2007

Oh My GOD! I had not seen this before. Those of you reading this who HAVE an education will be shocked!


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Organs

26 10 2007

Just a bit from my past, I’m not religious but the pipe organ has always been to me an amazing instrument to me.  As a kid in church with my parents I would always sit until the last chord was played at the end of the service, especially if the organist was doing some over the top piece.  That said, the American Boychoir influenced that fascination to a large extent.  My 8th grade room mate was obsessed with organ music and I’m sure went on to be a successful organist somewhere (he was quite good even at 13 years old).  I was browsing the ABS Alum Facebook web site tonight and someone had posted a link to a fellow named Cameron Carpenter doing a recital at Trinity Church in NYC.  Apparently Cameron is a quasi alum of ABS (he left in 7th grade to pursue his organ career) and good lord can this guy play!  Click on the link and then watch the video.  Even if you only make it through the first piece, you will be amazed at his talent.  The coordination required is tremendous.  The pure musicality of his performing is also very apparent.  He knows how to perform as well as how to play!  Just watch it.

Conservatory Stars Organ Festival: Cameron Carpenter

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New Browser Time!

26 10 2007

I’ve always been an early adopter and computer shit is no exception.  Today I’ve downloaded and installed a new web browser called FLOCK.  It promises to be all about social networking and web2.0 usability.  Now, I’ve really gotten into the web2.0 thing and while I’m not really doing much “social networking” I happen to like many of those types of web sites.  I think really though its more of a novelty because the “old” web was so bland, these web sites are far more interactive and fun.  Anyhow, I am doing this blog posting now from an integrated editor and so far so good.  The most important thing I have to look for in a blog editor is a damm spell checker!  This one has it.  Picture importing and display is also critical for me.  So here’s a picture, we’ll see how it turns out. 

I have the weekend off so stay tuned for a few posts.  Tonight I have to take all the guts out of 2 pumpkins for a little Halloween ordeal at the Aunt and Uncles house tomorrow night.  Going to try and cook up some pumpkin seeds tonight.  I love this time of year!

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I Want my MTV

26 10 2007

Well, not a whole lot going on in my life right now so I’m sort of reaching for things to write about lately.  I am trying to form a habit though of writing as often as I can even if it’s about nothing at all.  Writing keeps my mind healthy and my keyboarding skills up to date.  I have 2 things to talk about tonight.

First, if you can’t see at night, please, for the love of God – GET THE FUCK OFF THE ROAD.  I am so sick of driving home from work at 10pm and invariably I am blinded by at least 3 to 4 dumb shits who don’t know how to turn off their stinking high beams.  Now, before you get all pissy on me and tell me well it’s just an SUV sitting up high off the road or something – NOT THE CASE.  The morons won’t turn off their beams until I flash them mine and then they dim their lights.  So are they just stupid?  Are they just inconsiderate bastards? Are they blind?  I don’t know but I think people in this county just have some kind of problem.  It is rare (and I mean very rare) that I drive with my high beams on.  If I can’t see, I don’t drive.  Pretty simple rule to live by.  I’m at the point however with this that I’m considering just driving all the time with my high beams on just to freaking piss people off!  Enough already, I should not have to suffer becuase you can’t see 10 feet in front of you.

Second: Today I read with great interest about a problem that plagues Leelanau County and its about a problem that I contend has kept and continues to keep young people from moving here and living here.  Someone has constructed an 80 foot tower on his property so that he can receive high speed Internet via satellite because nothing else is available in that part of the county.   STRIKE THAT, there is only 1 other option at all in this county and that is DSL and that is ONLY in Cleveland Township. This person was not going to sit idly by and remain unconnected in a very connected world so he did what he has every right to do, fix the problem legally.  Local zoning laws don’t apply to communication towers (regulated by the FCC) at this point in Leelanau because the county government has their heads shoved so far up their asses that they have not gotten around to addressing towers used beyond cell phone towers yet!  Neighbors are pissed.  I intend to write a letter to the editor about that story and relay some of my complete frustration with this county in so far as their infrastructure is concerned.  I’ll give you that this is rural but good lord, I live 20 miles outside of a major (well almost) city for shit sake!  Why the HELL is DSL the best you can give me here?  In Grand Rapids, people in ROCKFORD (20 miles outside of Grand Rapids) have digital cable, high speed Internet, satellite, DSL, dial-up,  and any number of other tech options available at their fingertips.  What do we have?  A county that inherited all OLD infrastructure from Traverse City when they went digital.  CHEAP FUCKS!

POINT:  No, I’m not 80 years old and YES I want to be here, live here, work here and pay taxes here.  I also WANT OPTIONS!  I am so sick of the NIMBY (not in my back yard) fools that live up here 2 weeks out of the year who somehow manage to influence (bribe) the county government into believing that people here just don’t want access to technology.  I want 150 channels of HDTV, I want3Mbs download speed on my cable Internet connection, I want a clear signal to my Sirius radio, I want digital cell phone reception in ALL parts of the county.  Can I get any of those things?  Only on really fucking good days of which there are few.  So, looks like Leelanau County will loose yet another young person and yet another contributor to their year around tax base due to their inability to keep up with the times.  I just don’t understand why I piss all this money into the tax coffers every week AND I DON’T SEE ANY RESULTS!

Sorry for the bitch session folks.  I get going and it’s hard to stop.  Now I need to sleep.  No pictures today.