I haven’t updated this blog for real since early 2013. In an effort to make up for lost time, I am sharing a random assortment of photos from the past year.
To gather these photos, I opened up my photo library, selected a few dozen photos at random, ‘shopped them a bit, and uploaded them to this here blog post. The process reminded me of the skit on Whose Line Is It Anyway? called “Scenes From A Hat.” They draw scenes ideas out of a hat and act them out, pretty straightforward. Sometimes they have help from Laura Hall and Linda Taylor.
That show was the first to make me laugh until I cried while watching television, by the way. So happy they brought it back.
So here it is, a year of photos, plucked at random for your review:
Writing this post after pulling my photos out of a hat (and after a 13-month hiatus from web publishing) is going to take a good amount of improvisation too.
MY DAD AS A BABY! – Recently, my mom uploaded an album of photos of my dad when he was a child. These were never before seen by me or any of my sisters, and she managed to casually post the photos without any of us noticing. I was never able to imagine my dad ever being younger than age 22, I totally flipped over these photos. I mean, look at him!
North Beach Festival – One of the first photos with my current phone. We like to go for walks and sometimes come upon street festivals.
Rompus Reunion – We were lucky enough to have friends and family come visit us several times over the past year. This photo is from when one of my loveliest lady friends and her beau came to visit. I snapped this photo before we entered the caves at the Kunde Family Estate in Sonoma.
Golden Gate Bridge – Lots of trips over the Golden Gate Bridge. It has not lost any of its wonder to me. This photo was from when my dad visited!
Sonoma Wine Tasting – Vista from a vineyard we visited when my dad was visiting. We enjoyed a picnic of goat cheese, hot pepper jelly, and crackers. And we saw tons of turkey vultures.
Pat the Love Palm - We decided to change our Valentine’s day tradition in an effort to live a greener life. Instead of giving me roses for a gift, I suggested to J that we could instead invest in a plant. A real, living one that hopefully is not going to die. This way, we don’t buy into the fresh cut flower business which is arguably a pretty wasteful industry. The bonus is that we green up our living space and can watch our (potted) garden grow over the years. So here he/she is, our first annual Valentine’s Day plant named Pat.
Wipe Your Butt – Oh, I went for it. One day, I painted a tall wall in the bathroom with chalkboard paint. Then, I proceeded to scribe inappropriate lyrics, limericks, and lascivious lines on the wall. This photo is a progress shot. It took a few months to think up enough poop-related jokes to cover the wall, but I managed. I am now the proud creator of one of the world’s least mature bathrooms.
Coyote Alert – California state parks are on their game regarding wildlife signage. I saw this sign outside work one day and thought “that’s a first.” I don’t remember worrying about coyotes in New England. I have also seen signs to warn dog owners not to walk their dogs in certain areas because it disturbs the wildlife.
The “I Have a Job!” Cake – This photo photo is about six months old. After working for a year on temporary contract, I was hired on full time for basically my dream job. I rejoiced by baking myself a big fat cake with buttercream frosting and sprinkles. Jelly was not impressed.
Good Morning, Jellyfish – Speaking of that dream job, walking by this display of jellyfish in the morning is one of the perks.
Building Systems – More work stuff. This is proof that the photo selection process was random. This is a picture of the corner of the a room.
Our First Christmas Tree – We were so very broke for our first Christmas in San Francisco. The second go-round felt a lot more like home. We got a Balsam Hill artificial tree for our first “real” holiday here. We are totally pleased with the tree we got, by the way. It is pre-lighted and fluffed up very nicely. Bonus is that we feel good about having a fake tree because that means less trees have to go into the chipper during the holidays. Jelly continually pulled ornaments off the tree at a rate of two per day.
Town Spa Pizza – We went back to Boston for a wedding, stopped back at home for long enough to see my family and eat an entire pizza. This is the best pizza on earth, if you were wondering.
Furniture Making – One unexpected addition to my resumé: furniture design and fabrication. I have had the opportunity to design a few furniture pieces, and I even learned how to operate the CNC router so I can cut stuff out too. I use power tools and impress myself on a regular basis with how few flesh wounds I incur.
Prince – Pier Imports throw pillows on sale. Sometimes Jelly manages to prop himself on two pillows in a very regal manner.
Murica’s Cup – America’s Cup took place in San Francisco Bay this past spring. We sauntered up to the shoreline and watched a race. We had absolutely no idea what was going on.
Fuck Cancer – Every year, for the past 7 years, my next door neighbor throws a Fuck Cancer party to acknowledge the anniversary of her diagnosis/treatment for breast cancer. I went out for the soirée a few months ago and it was an awesome night. This picture is of a temporary tattoo that she designed and applied to everyone in attendance, even the bartenders. She is a rockstar.
Fourth of July Rooftop – My friends live in a building with a stellar view of downtown SF and the surrounding bay. It is the best location for viewing the fireworks on the 4th of July and New Year’s Eve (plus or minus a lot of fog.) This photo is from last 4th of July.
Jelly Being Convenient – Self explanatory.
We Do Art – Justin and I made these abstract panels together and hung them in our living room. Jelly ran across them while we were painting and so there are black paw prints on every panel. We had to put him in the tub to clean his paws.
Homemade Banh Mi – Self explanatory.
USD Graduation – J’s sister graduated with her master’s last summer. We went down to San Diego to celebrate with her. Now she is engaged so we are celebrating for different reasons!
California Flora – There are so many different types of flowers here. I see new ones all the time just walking around in any neighborhood, no matter how dense or developed. I saw fuchsia in the flesh for the first time. Mind blown.
Poster Wall Project - This is actually a project our cat did not manage to hinder or obstruct. Blog post to follow on this poster wall effort.
Wildflowers – More obsession with the local flora.
City By The Bay – We took a ferry over to Angel Island and hiked around on a sunny Sunday. We brought a picnic and ate it next to a dumpster. The dumpster was about 100 yards away from the scenic vista featured in this photo. So, at least we know where to eat the picnic next time. This photo reinforces why I love the Bay Area to pieces.
Bay Bridge – Bridges and boats. Typical.
Trans America Building – J snapped a ton of pictures of sea gulls flying above the ferry when we went to Angel Island. They had a pretty fly backdrop.
Claude the Albino Alligator – A friendly face that I pass by each morning, on my way to get coffee and a scone from the cafeteria. He is usually in the water, but sometimes he sprawls out on the his heated rock for the day. I feel more connected with nature just by being in close proximity to animals on a daily basis.
Sweet Sonoma Sun – We found an idyllic bed and breakfast in Sonoma county. They had fresh baked cookies out for everyone, a hot tub, and a babbling brook out back. We really step sideways into staying at this place, but I wound up wishing we could have stayed forever. This photo was the view from the deck outside our room.
Well, that was a mouthful. I hope you enjoyed catching up as much as I did. Stay fresh!