What the Grasshopper Saw

I love photographing the tulips at TulipFest every year.  But last weekend had intermittent rainstorms, and I decided to wait until Monday to get the shots I wanted.

And the shots I wanted … included shooting with an old vintage lens attachment.

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Thanks for the slap, DePaula Chevrolet…

If you’ve read my blog over any period of time, you know that I am a loyal General Motors man.  The four cars I’ve owned over the past two decades were all manufactured under the General Motors aegis – my 1991 Pontiac 6000 (“The 6”), my 2005 Saturn Ion (“Cardachrome”), my 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS (“The Blackbird”) and my current ride, the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze (“Dracourage”).

Winter Chevrolet. Nikon Df camera, Vivitar 19mm f/3.8 lens. Photo by Chuck Miller.

I’ve chosen DePaula Chevrolet as my repair and maintenance shop, and when I acquired Dracourage, I worked with DePaula directly to take care of all the paperwork.  They understood that my previous car – the Blackbird – was pulverized and destroyed in a heinous car accident in North Carolina.  Which is why I had to get a new car – i.e., Dracourage.

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So “Timeless” wasn’t cancelled by NBC after all??

Last year, most of the major television networks bombarded us with time travel programs – whether it involved reboots of time travel movies as series (ABC’s Time After Time, the CW’s Frequency), comedy time travel shows (Fox’s Making History) or whole new programs (NBC’s Timeless).

And one by one, each show debuted – garnered miserable ratings – and were cancelled.  Time After Time died after five of its scheduled 13 episodes aired.  Frequency didn’t even finish its maiden season.  And Making History had its season order cut to a quick six episodes, then vanished faster than anything.

That just left Timeless, an NBC drama featuring three time-travelers on the hunt for a fourth time traveler who is bent on changing history and causing worldwide historic calamity.  The show was a bit of goofy fun, and there was an overarching storyline about some sort of Illuminati-like organization that controlled history … yeah, you had to see it to understand it.

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More news regarding my St. Agnes Cemetery and Other Beautiful Sights show!

The first thing to say, without hesitation, is Thank you.

Thank you for all who attended last night’s artist’s reception at St. Agnes Cemetery’s “Living Room” art gallery as part of my second-ever art show at the venue, St. Agnes Cemetery and Other Beautiful Sights.  It truly and personally means a lot to me, and I’m thankful to have such enthusiastic friends and blog readers attend this event.

And some of the pieces actually sold – which is also fantastic in and of itself. 😀

But I have bigger news, and now I can share it with all of you.  And it involves the St. Agnes Cemetery-themed photographs.

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Today’s the day: St. Agnes Cemetery and Other Beautiful Sights artist reception!

I shouldn’t be worried at all.  I’ve done this before.

But honestly, I’m nervous.

Cooney Mordant Grace. Shot with Leica M3 camera, LomoChrome Purple film. (c) Chuck Miller. All rights reserved.

Today is the artist reception for new gallery show, St. Agnes Cemetery and Other Beautiful Sights.  The event is at St. Agnes Cemetery’s “Living Room” art center at 48 Cemetery Avenue in Menands, just off Broadway.  The artist reception runs from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., and I hope to see you there.

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Week 6 of the Graney’s Stout Summer Trivia League

For all intents and purposes, last night’s trivia game was a wash for me.  And to be totally honest, I had a very schizophrenic run at trivia – I would miss easy questions and hit the hard ones, or I would get together several easy questions and then destroy my advantage by guessing wrongly on a tough question.

My bad.  I just couldn’t find a decent rhythm.

So let’s just skip to the final question.  I’m in sixth place, looking up at five other teams, and my mindset is – screw this, just bet all the points I have.

And I did.  All 70 of them, on the category “Big Buildings.”

“At 35 stories, the Wells Fargo Tower was once the tallest building in what Florida city?”

Well, there go 70 points down the drain.  Total guess.  Figured tall buildings needed to be in large cities, so I said Miami.

The correct answer was Jacksonville, and enough teams got it right that even had I written down the correct answer, I wouldn’t have had enough points to land in the top tier for the night.  For the record, the team known as the Fist had a safe bet and won the night, while New Phone Who Dis? and Dan 2017 claimed second and third (they both knew it was Jacksonville).

Oh well.  Even the greatest golfers shank it into the lake more than a few times.  Just ask Sergio Garcia. 😀

So here’s the new point totals after six weeks of the game.

Week 6 of the Graney’s Stout Spring Trivia League  Starter Points for Final Game
Dan 2017: The Next Generation 11
The Fist 7
Street Academy 6
New Phone, Who Dis 6
Woo Hoo a Go Go 5
Nacho Punch  3

Six weeks down, six weeks to go until the final game on June 28.

I wish I had a Mach V

We’ve all enjoyed action-packed cars in movies and in television shows.  Heck, The Fast and the Furious series may as well star the cars rather than the drivers.

We all have our favorites – an orange ’69 Dodge Charger with welded doors and a Confederate flag on the roof; a Lincoln Futura concept car that received a Bat-makeover for a 1960’s TV series; a jet-black Pontiac Trans Am with a T-bar roof that’s perfect for running cases of Coors from Texas to Georgia …

But for me, if I ever had the opportunity to own the TV / movie car of my dreams….

It would be a cream-white, sharp-finned, gadget-crammed Mach V.

This car.

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