Soundless Sunday: Oct. 4

Oct 04

“Time will pass and seasons will come and go.”

— Roy Bean

Seasons changing.

Seasons changing.

Soundless Sunday is a weekly feature where I’ll try and feature a favorite quote and a photo that I’ve taken. Enjoy life — it’s the only way to go!

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Snapshot Saturday: Oct. 3

Oct 03

Another blast from the past!

Not sure what the story is on this one …

What is all this about?

What is all this about?


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Photo Blogging Challenge: October 2015’s theme is …

Oct 01

october 2015

When you get older in life, it seems like things just move by awful quickly.

It seems like yesterday that we were covered in snow and it was January. The challenge was still going and then … it’s October.

Say what?

Before we know it, it will be 2016!

Depending where you live, the current season is probably producing some fall colors. In my area, it’s not too bad, but the colors so far are not as vibrant as I would like to see. Maybe with the recent rain, that will switch.

I can hope, anyway.

But now we’ve put another month of the challenge in the books and hopefully you’ve had the chance to go around and read other people’s blogs. If so, did they make you happy? They should have!

Now we shall move on! October is upon us and we must keep the themes coming!

The theme is below. But before we get to that … let me remind you of some important items:

  • I set up a Facebook group for those who are interested. Reminders and maybe some discussions or other things can be done there.
  • If you haven’t already, attempt to check out everybody’s posts and consider commenting. These challenges are great for personal growth, but it’s also nice to be interactive with all the others in the challenge! That’s one of the best parts of this challenge — interacting and seeing other people’s work! And remember — I am in the challenge, too. Though I have the linkup, it’s nice to see what people think of those shots, too. I try and re-visit people’s posts a few weeks later, though, and it’s disheartning to see that they’ve only received a few comments. I know it can be hard sometimes, but do your best to actually visit and comment instead of just linking up.

Before we hit up this month’s theme, for new people, allow me to refresh the rules a bit.

Here’s how it will work.

  • On the first of each month (or close to it), I’ll have a blog post here with the theme for the month.
  • Over the course of the month, participants will take photos with their interpretation of the theme. On the last day of the month (or close to it), participants should  publish their blog post, which will include five photos from the month. (please don’t recycle photos from the past … the idea is to hopefully challenge you to go out and take new photos each month to interpret the theme). And please only use photos you took.
  • I’ll have a link-up thing at the end of my post so people can come and post the links to their posts so, hopefully, everybody can go go check out and comment on other posts.

There is no rule on equipment or anything. Use a cell phone. Use film. Use a point-and-shoot. Use a DSLR. It doesn’t matter. Just make sure you publish your blog post on the last day of each month, come here and link up.

It’s simple!

Your blog posts can be as simple or as in-depth as you want. I’ll likely talk a little about each photo. But if all you want to do is post photos, feel free. The idea of this is to give a small challenge and give everybody a chance to express themselves with photography, participate in a challenge and have something to blog about.

That’s it. Easy, right? So join in! Help us continue to grow this challenge by telling fellow bloggers/photographers about the challenge and hopefully it can become a great monthly thing!

For those still with me, this month’s theme is: Closeup. Interpret as you see fit. Have fun with this theme. There could be some great things you can do with it.

Let’s see what you have for this one! And let’s see if we can get some others interested in joining us! Pass along the word!

Please make sure your blog post publishes Friday, October 30. Then come back here and link up.

If you think you are going to take part in this, drop a comment below so we can see who all might be trying to tackle this challenge!

History of the challenge (past month’s themes – links to see everybody else’s posts are at the end of the linked post):

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Photo Blogging Challenge (September 2015): Happy

Sep 30

What makes you happy?

In this world, the way it is, sometimes it’s not easy to always be happy. Life isn’t an easy place to be, that’s for sure. So, sometimes, that happy feeling is hard.

For me, I try my best to be as happy as possible as much as I can. I know it’s hard sometimes, but I always figure what is making one unhappy is relative. I always look back at 2 1/2 years of unemployment and then see where I am now and know I am in a much better place.

Do you know what makes you happy?

It’s honestly not easy for me to put into words or photography. Certain things make me smile. Some things make me happy in odd ways. I love the smell of fresh cut grass or seeing a pristine look to a baseball field. That makes me happy. A great beer. Sitting on a beach. Naps. Cranking out a few solid blog posts. A baseball game that doesn’t even reach the two-hour mark. My nephew Cameron. A crazy and loud crowd at an independent wrestling show or two wrestlers working their tails off to entertain said crowd. Seeing family do well at things.

There’s probably quite a bit more.

Happy is a feeling everybody should experience as often as possible. Do what you can to have that feeling whenever possible. Always remember that things could (usually) be worse.

As Bobby McFerrin once said — Don’t worry … be happy!

My five are below! I had hoped for some photos of the changing season, but I couldn’t get anything vibrant enough, so I had to make due with some extra “people” shots. I look forward to seeing how other people interpreted this theme!

1. Fun

I must say, Cameron is growing up fast. It makes me happy to see him grow and develop. This was a day I got to stop by and see him and he was having a lot of fun on the swing. Seems like he can do it for hours!



2. Undefeated

It’s nice to see family members be successful as they take steps in life. My niece Nicole is in her first year of college and playing soccer. She’s starting and has done very well on her undefeated and nationally ranked team.

Chasing down the ball.

Chasing down the ball.

3. Teeth

Cameron is really growing and developing. He loves apples, as you can see here. He crunches away at one as his father (my brother) looks on.

Mmmm apple.

Mmmm apple.

4. Success

Several years ago, I got back into watching independent wrestling — mainly as something interesting to photograph. Over the past few years, I’ve had the chance to become friends with several of those involved. One of them is Sean Carr, an incredibly gifted and humble athlete. Over the years, I’ve had the chance to watch him get better and put on some amazing matches. On Monday, in front of his hometown, he won the championship of one of the finest promotions in the country. It was pretty awesome to watch. 

The new champ!

The new champ!

5. All smiles

Here’s Cameron. His smiles are infectious! 



That’s my five and now it’s your turn!

If you took part in this month’s challenge, make sure to link up below. And for those of you who participated, make sure you try and get to other people’s blogs and comment (here, too!). Let’s continue to grow this challenge and have a strong community. Come back and check out the others who link later on, too!

Also, don’t forget to get back here tomorrow, October 1, to see the theme for October!

NOTE: I set up a Facebook group for those who participate in the challenge and are interested. I’ll post any announcements there and hopefully it can be a place where things are discussed and some interaction etc. You can access it here.

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Kickstarter report: Getting a backed project in bad shape

Sep 29

Kickstarter is a wonderful place to back very cool and awesome projects. Sometimes you can really find gems. I’m a huge fan of the platform and I’ve backed many different items.

I have backed many board games, too, as I find it a good way to support those in the hobby. Some of the games are downright awesome.

But that leads me to the reason for this post.

The package arrived in rough shape.

The package arrived in rough shape.

One thing to note about Kickstarter is it is worldwide. People from many different countries run campaigns. Several months ago, I backed an interesting board game with the person based in Germany. I didn’t really worry much about that aspect of things as it was something that looked fun.

I received the game yesterday in the mail.

To say I was disappointed in how it arrived would be an understatement.

What I received was a badly taped box with a massive hole in the end (so much so that you could see the game through it). I don’t believe I am missing anything as there was a Kickstarter stretch goal that was in there with the box and it was a smaller Ziplock-style bag with the items inside. So it would appear nothing slipped out.

The one corner of the box was dinged a little, though nothing to make me freak out too much about. Boxed protect the game. I haven’t unboxed it yet as I planned on doing that sometime Tuesday night. There was just too much going on Monday for me to get to it.

The package was through DHL, and ended up at my local post office. It looked like it had been thrown around through the whole shipment. The box wasn’t taped the best (as you can see in the photos) and there was one gigantic gash on the one end. If there were many little things in the box, they probably would have gotten out.

Personally, I find this to be quite unacceptable.

When somebody backs you and gives you money to create something you have worked on, you make sure it gets to your backers in good shape. This is the first time this has ever happened as most items I have won come in much better packing.

In the end, it appears everything made it to me and in good shape, so I can’t be too upset in the overall situation. But, it is a little annoying to think that this could happen. I hope everybody else who backed the game gets their package in much better shape!

More photos of the packaging:

The game was peeking out some.

The game was peeking out some.

The taping was suspect.

The taping was suspect.

More suspect taping.

More suspect taping.

Are you a supporter of Kickstarter?

Have you ever received an item like this? If so, what did you do? I might contact the person who headed the campaign, just so he’s aware. Would you just let it go or e-mail the person?

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Day Zero Project update

Sep 28

A little more than a year ago (August 1, 2014), I started a second attempt at the Day Zero Project. I had done it once before without the success I had hoped, though defining success in challenges like this is relative.

It seemed like a good time for an update.

First, for those who don’t know, the Day Zero Project is a goal-setting setup where you give yourself 1,001 days to complete 101 tasks of your choosing. The tasks can be anything.

With mine, I choose to leave them private until I complete the actual task.


The first time, I completed 38 of the items, so 37.6 percent. While I didn’t complete the list, I did cross off some things I really wanted to accomplish, so parts of it would be successful.

When I constructed the test for the current challenge, which ends April 28, 2017, I tried to make things a little more achievable, though there were still some that were longshots.

Truth be told, I didn’t figure I’d finish this list as it would be quite hard. The reality is, as I looked over this list during the weekend, there’s a good dozen or so on this list that I feel like it would be really difficult to complete, but at the same time It’s nice to have something to aim for.

As of this weekend, I had completed 17 of the items (well, I am pretty sure 18 are done, but I need to make the list for the 18th), and then make sure it’s all set.

I might have to revisit a few of these based on changes in life/interest and maybe try and put something else on there that I could complete. We’ll see.

Of the remaining tasks, 16 are in progress. That means I’ve started doing something in regard to the goal in hopes of finishing.

When I first started this go-around, I had a small book with all the tasks in it. The idea was to give me something I could carry and check off things as I go (especially ones that require me to do several things to complete on task). That hasn’t worked out as well as I hoped, so I need to go back and think about several things I’ve finished.

That being said, I also looked over things and have an idea moving forward – and that’s trying to tackle one task at a time (again, especially the ones that are multi-level).

And as much as I want to complete the full list, the reality is that might be a stretch. But my goal is to check off as many as I can so it can be a success in different ways.

With just over a year down, I need to now pick it up a little bit and see if I can cross off a bunch more on the list. Of course, as I go, I’ll be blogging about each one.

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Soundless Sunday: Sept. 27

Sep 27

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

— Yogi Berra (1925-2015)

Baseball -- Berra's passion.

Baseball — Berra’s passion.

Soundless Sunday is a weekly feature where I’ll try and feature a favorite quote and a photo that I’ve taken. Enjoy life — it’s the only way to go!

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