So while driving back on base to pick up something that he wanted to get done I remembered that I neglected to upload and post about the photo of the day, hell wasn't even sure that I took one. Thankfully I have gotten into the habit of naturally taking about a photo everyday.
Had to completely mock up this assembly and his partner in about an hour; quite fun.
I seem to keep leaving my Nikon at the house whenever I go out and it is starting to annoy me... Yesterday Martin, Missy, and me (I know it is correct to say I, but with so many "m"s I couldn't resist) went to San Diego to drop Missy off at the airport for her flight at 8pm. We decided to leave the house a bit earlier and go climbing at the Solid Rock Gym before she had to get on the plane. Even though we were only there for a little over an hour, we had a blast. After we dropped Missy off at the airport, we were back on the road heading to base so that Martin would be able to get some sleep in for his hard work in the field with 3am wake-up calls.
So after a fun filled weekend of driving, carting, and climbing I meandered back into town for some drinks with Erin and Robbie. I ordered up my typical combo of a Black Russian and a Guinness, while we started to discuss a future project that will net us millions in awesome points and drinks. Seeing as this is a small town, and it wasn’t busy, the Pub likes to close around 10pm. So I closed my tab and was about to ask if we were going to head to the Red Eye when I got a call from Kate saying that she just got off work, and if I was still in the Carlsbad area for some drinks. So while I may not have been in the area, I was definitely keen on getting a few drinks mixed with great conversation; not to mention that we have been trying to see each other for a month and haven't been able to. So I make my way to 3rd corner in Encinitas where we proceed to drink some wine, catch up, and have awesome conversations. Which brings me to 11:20 when I remembered that I didn’t take my photo of the day...
=If I had my Nikon it would have made for a crisper photo, as well as having the ability of post production color correction, but this will do.
All in all it made for a great end, to a good weekend.
Yesterday was definitely not one of my better days in regards to shooting, and mental stability. Joel, an old driving buddy, just received a lime green 1976 Honda CB200, and it was gorgeous. So i whipped out the camera and snapped a hundred or so shots of it, and then when he was organizing the garage we parked his early 80s CB650 next to it and I took a couple hundred more with both of them sitting together.
I did a quick review in the car before we went to a late lunch and was sure that I had at least 5 great shots that I could use and show. We get back to the house and when I plug the SD card into the computer none of the images show up. They all disappeared. The card showed that they were there, but as many options as I change, as many resets as I did, and recovery programs that I ran nothing was able to bring them back. My motorbike shoot was gone.
So while we were at K1 speed, I decided that I might as well get another carting shot in and at the very least try something new; motion capture. Since this was essentially my first time attempting this, and I only had one run group before our staging, the photos didn't turn out so well. But here is the best of them all...
If I learned anything from yesterday: I need to start actively shooting motion capture to be a better photographer, be more precise with how I word things so that plans are not assumed they are known, and be sure to invite everyone in the area (sorry Richard and Jesse).
I made a free (nearly zero calorie) dinner, that we ended up not eating, for my sis and me.
We ended up going out drinking and having appetizers with Ian's parents. Ian's dad had some amazing cigars to smoke while the conversations were being conducted, it was amazing. I nearly forgot how much I loved smoking them and how much fun I had in Florida at the Havana Cigar and Coffee shop.
Now I just need to find someone who enjoys to smoke cigars, and then I'll be golden.
Well another year has passed of me posting on this blag, and as such it is time for a year in review.
I kicked off the year with my 240z being cut into pieces
Martin re-introduced me to rock climbing; looking at these makes me want to get back on a bike to get these legs back into shape.
After a month with the shell I had her up and running
And then made her sound awesome
Then gave her a quick spray
Put her on the ground, even though she looked like a monster truck. She is the first 240z photographed with both a BRE front lip and ZG flares (50 pages of google images, and 150+ flickr pages confirmed)
Had fun cleaning a carb, turned out it didn’t help.
Started to work on my wiring diagram, oh how it has changed!)
Went to New York and had lots of coffee
Someone in the UK was selling my Octopus logo on eBay, and I got some triple weber DCOE 40s
Then she got coffee with me for the first time.
Made the usual trip to the LBGP with the short shorts
With nascar sounds
Then slammed the car to the ground with the help of YoshiFab.
Took a photography class that changed my way of life
Had a 240 gathering at the house
Martin’s car was no longer able to run over a soda can
Replaced the dash.
Dropped to a new weight low of 185, and did some self portraits for my final project.
Then get really really loud for open header night
Then she began her stint in the air, while I gathered parts for a Volvo b230+16v+t engine swap with a Ford T-5 transmission swap.
Went to DC for the rally to restore sanity/fear with my sister.
More real life.
The Volvo engine finally put together
Only to find out that it had a crack in the block…
And help make pasta from scratch.
All in all it was an eventful year, and above all far better than 2009. The blag itself grew in viewership tipping around 19,500 (nearly 10 times more than last year) views throughout the year and an average daily view of 50 (more than 3 times more than last year) page loads. The blog moved from just being viewed by friends to being seen all across the states as well as from Oxford UK to Warsaw Poland; Bratislava Slovakia to Canterbury New Zealand; Bayen Germany to Seoul Korea; Canarias Spain to Ontario Canada; Queensland Australia to Paris France; and Fukuoka Japan to Oppland Norway to name a few.
This year looks to be quite promising with the car to be up and running within the next couple months, daily photographs, and simply just more awesome. As always I’ll keep with the updates as long as you keep viewing them.