And friend and I went to a couple of holiday parties...the first at the house of a hiking/biking buddy (this one). Then we went to a different party in the Fan.
What was the most fun for me was feeling the different vibes between the two -- the 1st was more my age group -- suburban, higher income -- the 2nd was younger, urban. A way to describe them would be the choice of drinks. The 1st one was more of a wine crowd....The 2nd was mulled cider spiked with Fireball Whiskey (delicious, by the way!).
It was just fun to feel both vibes back to back :)
And my tree trimming is coming up next week, so I'm busy cleaning the house and prepping. We got the tree a couple days ago from the Jaycees lot like usual. Way too much stuff to do!
Having a pretty laid back weekend -- rented the movie Rope by Hitchcock. It was pretty good once you got past the stilted language and behavior.
Two guys plan & commit a murder, put the dead guy in a trunk and then have a dinner party around the trunk -- serving dinner off the top of the trunk. The dinner party included the dead guy's girlfriend and his dad. Ballsy.
It was filmed in continuous shots of 10 minutes because the canisters would only hold 10 minutes of film, and on a single set. Sometimes the transitions from when they had to start a new canister of film were kinda odd -- when they would zoom the camera into the back of someone's clothes and then zoom out again.
I think the worst thing is the inconsistency. Siri responds to the same queries differently from day to day. Here are some examples:
- I have a friend who I text a lot from the car. Sometimes, I say "Text Carrie" and Siri will say "What do you want to say to Carrie?". The next evening, I'll say "Text Carrie" and Siri will respond with "Which Carrie? Carrie Smith or Carrie Jones?" Why is it different? What changed from one night to the next?
- Or sometimes I'll say "Play the Killers" and he'll dutifully play that band -- just want I wanted. However, on a different night, he'll play "The Kills" instead. And I sort of get that because they sound very similar -- but even if I repeat "The Killers" different ways, once there's a problem, Siri will never get it. Kinda defeats the purpose of the whole 'hands-free' thing in the car :/
- Dictation is better than Siri at recognizing what you're saying. I have far fewer problems dictating a text to Dictation than to Siri.
Siri's response when you say 'Ok Glass'. This cutesy answer would be more amusing to me if Siri worked better...
I also noticed in some of the pics (including a few of these) that there is a white line running across the pictures -- I am thinking that happened during processing. It's not on all of them, but quite a few.
The 2nd picture is a pyramid on the building across the plaza from the Egyptian Building. I had never noticed that pyramid before! Makes sense to have a pyramid to mirror the Egyptian building next door.
I'm thinking this is cast iron. It's on the front of one of the old MCV buildings. I've been in that building, and it smells funny is totally creepy inside.
I think I'm alone in that I think City Hall is an interesting building -- especially now that those horrible marble slabs are gone.
I had bought a bottle of Rosé -- not a bad wine and named 'Sophia' -- and I LOVED the bottle. I think I may have bought the wine because of the bottle :)
Today I got all crafty and harvested some moss from the back yard and made a terrarium. It's not the most fantastic thing I've ever seen, but I'm satisfied with my first attempt!
As the years go by, it's become pretty important to me to make every opportunity to get the family together.
I've been tired lately --- looking forward to the 4 day weekend! Friend invited me to fill in for a missing person at trivia last night at a pub in Churchill. I'm afraid I'm pretty terrible at trivia, so I was not much help, but I had a good time. Nice (but too smokey) pub...
I had only biked FHP one time...with him...many moons ago. He gave me directions, but I still had to ask someone there when I got there.
I was out about 2 hours, and I saw other photographers out -- 1 at the Capitol, and a couple at the Flood Wall.
I saw a movie recently called Muscle Shoals with friends. One of the stories one of the guys in it told was that his great grandmother was a Native American who was forcibly re-settled from Muscle Shoals in Alabama to a reservation in Oklahoma. Evidently, the tribe called the river in Muscle Shoals (what we call the Tennessee River) the Singing River because they could hear singing. They believed that a lady who lived in the river was singing.
In Oklahoma, she could not find a river or stream that sang....so she walked back to Alabama. It took her 5 years. I get that -- I wouldn't say the James "sings" but I definitely miss the sound of it. Here's a video of the Hollywood Rapids -- I love the sound.
I usually studiously avoid this sort of viral thing, but the tune is really not bad...straight up house music...and the singers are hella cute...And are they furries?
Interestingly enough, I think a real fox has a little bark, so one of the sounds they make for the fox approximates the bark, I think...
I've been listening to more Scandinavian bands than usual lately!
Adieu, dit le renard. Voici mon secret. Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu'avec le coeur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux....Les hommes ont oublié cette verité. -- Le Petit Prince
One thing that was interesting was watching a showing of the Birds at the museum, after which the lead in that movie -- Tippi Hedren -- spoke and answered questions. She's in her 80s, but what struck me was that her voice is pretty much the same (a little more gravelly with age), but basically the same. And her legs are still great -- they looked a lot like they did in the movie -- pretty impressive!
Here are some random pics from the last week or two --
P with his biggest and brightest smile...funny thing, I couldn't see in the dark when I was pointing the camera -- he's not quite in focus here, but I had no idea when I was taking the snap!
I thought this one would be lost, but when I reduced the highlights, I like how the light falls on their faces.
And I like how the light merges with his silhouette in this one --
Random little girl --
I like this one a lot. It's in the fake steam/smoke exhibit under one of the bridges, and I like that I can barely see the other photographer to the right as she is trying to get a pic of this woman's silhouette. This was taken as I was totally crashing her staged shot.
This is how this shot looked like before I edited it --
More smoke ...
It amazes me to think that there are enough people who support Cucinnelli that it's even a contest.
Election is tomorrow, and I'm 95% sure this is how I will vote --
When we were planning to go up, I had in my mind a nice, easy 6 mile hike like we did last year.
Well, this was not that! This hike was mostly wooded -- which doesn't always provide photo ops, and the trail went up and down over rocky areas sometimes. It's about 4.5 in and 4.5 back, so about 9 miles. There was a stand of Mountain Laurel at one point, which I think might be beautiful when they are blooming in the Spring.
It's mostly downhill to the rock....and you know what that means, right? It's mostly uphill back to the car! And it can be pretty steep in places -- places where you lean forward and use trees to steady yourself on the rocks and leaves.
Long and short -- I'm tired today...as I was looking online, I think that it would have been better to hike from the other direction -- Graves Mill, so that we could have walked by some water on the way up to Bear Church Rock.
The view is beautiful though.
This is the friend I hiked with --
One day, I will get a full frame camera, so that I can take a full fisheye without the black corners! The pic of my friend above is also with the fisheye, but I cropped out the corners.
Because I've been down, I've been forcing myself to get out and do things, so that I just don't sit around in a funk. That was one of the reasons I went to the Zombie Walk on Saturday.
And yesterday, I met my parents and sisters at a restaurant near them to take them to lunch. Since it had been probably 6 months since I had seen my dad, and I had birthday presents to take to my sisters, I wanted to have lunch with them even though it was a bit of driving. I even grabbed a picture on the film camera -- we'll see in a few weeks how it turns out!
Snapped a quick iPhone shot of my parents --
While I was there, one of my sisters and I went into the shack that one of our grandmothers lived in. This particular grandmother committed suicide over 40 years ago. We didn't know her well, and the younger sister doesn't remember her at all. But I had a curiosity to stop by the shack. It's pretty amazing that the floors were still solid even with the roof caved in!
As I was walking back from the Zombie Walk, I saw this Fritillary (or Painted Lady??) -- I am not sure which kind -- and I was surprised to see a butterfly out so late in the year!