Friday, November 30, 2007

X-Files: Ascen


Cynthia visited on my birthday!

Cynthia visited on my birthday in September. We went out to breakfast with the family and talked about the old days at Hallmark and Plaza Deli Mart. We had so much fun working together. She's lived in North Carolina for years. I actually thought about moving out there, but am still looking around in neighboring states like, South Carolina, and even Florida. The retirement dollar is less taxed in those states. 

My True Friend

She's known me for over 22 years, has been there for me through thick and thin. She's my best friend in the whole world! I cherish her!

Barnes and Noble Books

After lunch at Mei Tzu's, John and I met the sisters at Barnes and Noble books in Enfield. I bought a great book on Leopard Mac OS X 10.5. You can see it behind the snowman cookie. I love bookstores. So much to read, so little time. LOL!

Mei Tzu Restaurant in East Windsor CT

Kiiyen is the owner. He and his Mom ran it until she retired, now it's Kiiyen running it! I knew them when they owned The Wok in East Granby. They ventured out on their own to East Windsor, and I love the place. Kiiyen is a (Graphic) Designer by trade, and he designed the menus and the interior of the restaurant. The menu has chinese and japanese cuisine. If you like Sushi, they have it here. I always get the garlic vegetables with tofu. John and I went for lunch. The tea was lovely.  

My two wonderful sisters!

Such an Odd Angle!!!

John, What the hell were you thinking taking the picture like this? LOL!!!

Night Walking The Dogs

My brother-in-law and I walked the dogs at night. Yes, it was damp and freezing! The dogs didn't seem to care.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Wine Tasting

This Spanish Wine wasn't my favorite. I liked the Pinot Noir before it.  

Jo Jo's All Grown Up!

They've Grown!!

That's little Mikey on the far left, then Shannon, me, Joey, and his girlfriend. Unbelievable!

Thanksgiving Feast

You know I had to photograph my plate. Quite yummy too!

Tillie Through Glass

She peaks through the door. If I don't let her in quick enough, she starts scratching...and scratching. Today was a good day for her. She went for two walks. This is quite the task for her as she is 14 years old with many maladies. Good for you, Tillie!

Alex in a Silly Mood

Alex Clowning Around

More Pictures!! Daggnabbit!

Caryn is Back in Connecticut!!! More pictures!

This is one buggy ass blog! I'm trying to upload photos and the upload window keeps freezing up, thereby not allowing me to upload photos. You'd think they'd have this down to a science by now!

Caryn is back in Connecticut!!!

My cousin Caryn moved back to Connecticut! Wahoo! We immediately went to lunch at Mei Tzu's restaurant in East Windsor, ("hi", Kiiyen!!). Then off to Starbucks in Windsor Locks. Will have to show more pictures as I process them. These were taken via the iPhone. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Repeat Article: Know Your Rights As A Photographer

It's so far back in the archives, it needs to be repeated:

Photographer's Rights
The Photographer's Right - A Downloadable Flyer
Your Rights When You Are Stopped or Confronted for Photography

The right to take photographs is under assault now more than ever. People are being stopped, harassed, and even intimidated into handing over their personal property simply because they were taking photographs of subjects that made other people uncomfortable. Recent examples have included photographing industrial plants, bridges, and bus stations. For the most part, attempts to restrict photography are based on misguided fears about the supposed dangers that unrestricted photography presents to society.

Ironically, unrestricted photography by private citizens has played an integral role in protecting the freedom, security, and well-being of all Americans. Photography in the United States has contributed to improvements in civil rights, curbed abusive child labor practices, and provided important information in investigating crimes. These images have not always been pretty and often have offended the sensibilities of governmental and commercial interests who had vested interests in a status quo that was adverse to most other people.

Photography has not contributed to a decline in public safety or economic vitality in the United States. When people think back on the acts of terrorism that have occurred over the last forty years, none have depended on or even involved photography. Restrictions on photography would not have prevented any of these acts. Similarly, some corporations have a history of abusing the rights of photographers under the guise of protecting their trade secrets. These claims are almost always meritless because entities are required to keep trade secrets from public view if they want to protect them. Trade secret laws do not give anyone the right to restrain photographers from taking photographs in public places.

The Photographer's Right is a downloadable guide that is loosely based on the Bust Card and the Know Your Rights pamphlet that used to available on the ACLU website. It may be downloaded and printed out using Adobe Acrobat Reader. You may make copies and carry them your wallet, pocket, or camera bag to give you quick access to your rights and obligations concerning confrontations over photography. You may distribute the guide to others ,provided that such distribution is not done for commercial gain and credit is given to the author. (Burt P. Krages II

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Some Pictures...

Nothing fancy. Just some pictures.

This is the comics effect in photobooth

Starbucks in PhotoBooth

At the Starbucks in Windsor Locks