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Days of Summer

Gonna drop one on ya.

just a little bit.

just ta see if you like it. . .

right Caroline?

a few tips first.  😉  pun intended.

wake up earlier, its rewarding.

listen to CRS, Justice, Air, Cinematic Orchestra, Portugal The Man, and Rogue Wave and Jose Gonzales.

drink less.

drink more. who was I kidding?

Watch Weeds, The Office, Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The L Word, and of course, Entourage.

Keep up on current events, balances you and keeps you from being a zombie to one aspect of your life. 

Screw it, watch anything HBO has to offer. Especially in the next five years.

Go to Vegas at least once a year.

explore the outdoors around you,

investing in a DVR or TIVO is like diversifying your life portfolio.

ride a bike or walk if you can. LA is the exception.

Never give homeless people money.

Give them food,

gift certificates to someplace they can get food,

or give them your attention.

Not all problems can be solved with money.

but what do I know.

here are some frames ya little rascals.

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Thanks Erin.

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Boston.

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Missing DC a bit. or at least the friends I made there. Be back at the end of Oct.

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Miles Lavin everybody.

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Playing softball in front of the capitol was amazing.

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played with a former Congressman, Rep. Istook.

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. . .
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real mature Rondell. . .

Now for some VT deep cuts.

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That place changed me for the better.

Now some hometownchicoshots.

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“I get by with a little help from my friends” – Ringo Starr.

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yesterday is so today

I’ll start with my NY trip.Loved shooting that city out.

I hadn’t been there since childhood,

so it was a much different experience.

The amount of people that are around you

walking next to you,

on the subway,

at the park,

at Starbucks or whatever. . . it seems you can’t have a private moment in public.

But then there were times, especially at Central Park,

where I found my own space to lie down and relax on a summer’s day.

satisfaction, finding peace in a complex, crowded, and crazy city.

the crowd makes rooftops so necessary.

park and rooftops are the places in the city where you can really get away.

inside you have radio, TV, the indispensable internet, and god knows what else.

but in the park and up on the roof,

you either have yourself and your thoughts

or the company of others, just taking it in.

for those are the moments in life when people can truly be themselves.

no competition, no baggage, no self interest,

just friends enjoying each others presence for what it is.

I really treasure those times;

most of the time I get completely engrossed in self matters that I neglect reflection.

Its the simple times that bring me back, center and refocus me, remind me of who I am.

New York, for me, was a breath of fresh air from the hectic life I had in DC.

Not that I wasn’t happy in DC, it just can be a bit overwhelming sometimes,

and the trip to NY helped me stay focused at Heritage, just needed a little breather.

Well then.

I apologize for not updating as often as I should, DC is coming.

Here are the rest of my frames from the NYC.

They are all pretty much from one day, Jazz in the Park on Sunday, and also a Punk concert in the same park.

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Thanks goes out to people who view/read this.

Live Your Life.

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The Best of Whats Around

Exhausted.

Really don’t

feel

like writing

a

whole lot this time.

Congrats to my Cousin Amy Lerseth and her husband Brian.

She just recently gave birth to twin boys.

I wish their family the best.

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They must be the proudest parents. It gonna be “active” in a couple of years in that household.

And here are some other frames I’ve made over the past year, including some recent ones in DC.

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Red Line. open your eyes. DC, Summer 2007.

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crippled homeless man. DC, early morning. Summer 2007.

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Brian almost caught this one. The river,Chico CA. Spring 2007

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Boston, near City Hall. Spring 2007.

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Morning cleanup crew. DC. Summer 2007.

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The “boot”. I mentioned this in an earlier post this year. Early Spring, 2007.

Players that win the game drink beer from the boot in celebration. most get sick soon after.

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This photo almost got me arrested.

Notice the cop walking towards me.

I didn’t see him, so he ran after me down the street, and forced to show ID, where he called in my information to be put into a database.

I fully protested, stating that photography was not a crime, which it is not, nor it ever should be, and he told e that times have changed.

He may be right, but that still makes him a complete tool. It was a damn shame.

Had he asked me for my card I would have resisted, and then we would have had a real problem.

What happened wasn’t right, and I hope something changes soon.

Ben Franklin famously said “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety”

I could not agree more.

I am not a terrorist. Photography is not terrorism.

moving on.

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construction site. DC. Summer 2007.

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DC imitating Gotham City. Summer 2007.

bridge.jpg Bridge near Adams Morgan/Zoo. DC. Summer 2007.

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Union Station, DC. Summer 2007.

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Clay Lightfoot. DC. Summer 2007.

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Dog on a piano. Virginia Tech. Spring 2007.

More from VT and a Humboldt camping trip next time.

Live Your Life.

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14 mm

Before I left school,

I applied for membership in Canon Professional Services (CPS).

to get it, I had to prove I worked for a publication, and fill out a couple of forms.

They have a two day turn around on repairs,

but,

and here’s the kicker,

they let you rent any lens and body they make, if they have it in stock.

Its like getting presents twice a month.

Anyway,

The first piece of equipment I decided to rent was the 14mm f/2.8L

and all of the photos that follow will be through that lens.

Its a beauty of a lens, and wide as hell.

I love it.

enjoy.

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Sunset on the Potomac, Jefferson Memorial on the left. DC 2007.

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Pat Donovan at his Maryland residence. 3200 is lame. 2007.

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Union Station. DC. Summer 2007.

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Man falling out of seat on the metro. DC, Summer 2007.

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Dead celebrities. Office of Printing and Engraving, DC. Summer 2007.

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Leftovers. Union Station, DC. Summer 2007

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Dark sunset, Washington Monument. DC, Summer 2007.

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Flagpole sitta. DC, Summer 2007.

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Miss Martone. Return trip from Pat Donovan’s place. Red Line. Summer 2007.

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Miles Lavin, esquire. DC, Summer 2007.

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spectrum.  Union Station, DC. Summer 2007.

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Self Portrait w/14mm.  My pad.  DC. Summer 2007.
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Jeffersonian glow. DC, Summer 2007.

Remember. . .
Live Your Life.

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My Name Is jonas.

There is a funny quote from the Movie, “Orange County”

“A writer? What do you have to write about? You’re not oppressed. You’re not gay.”

said the Father in the film to his son Shaun.

Radical or as politically incorrect as that may seem, his dad had a point.

Shaun had grown up rich in Orange County, what he possibly have to struggle with.

It is the notion that if you have all of your basic needs taken care of, you only worry about existential things.

Terrorism, Global Warming, Asteroids, Nuclear Holocaust, and robots or something.

Shaun life, in his father’s terms, was supposed to be perfect because their life was financially secure.

But, from watching the movie, it was pretty obvious that everything was not peachy in Orange County.

His older brother was an unkempt, portly doofus, his mother a drunk who married an invalid to have money, his girlfriend a PETA animal freak, his father a snippy hollywood douche, his best friends were bro-bros, and he had a man crush on Kevin Kline.
The point is, and this is what Shaun found out, that most of the time you only need to look around yourself to find inspiration. The situation that he knew, especially the people he lived around, were all needed. He didn’t need to go somewhere to find himself, Shaun just had to realize that inspiration has right there at home.

He hadn’t even sold out yet before he figured out a great lesson in life.

yet.

There is a pursuit.

in the attempt to find something,

it doesn’t even have to be tangible;

an idea perhaps, or a state of being, even a feeling, or an expression.

The ancient Greeks had the Muse.

Newton had the apple.

Picasso had the world he saw around him.

Hemingway had booze.

We all have hope.

It is what it is.

anyway. . .

I feel that bands trying to make it have much more incentive,

much more purpose,

a self-driven attitude to change their lives through music.

or at least experience something different.

but there is a point,

when a not just a band,

perhaps a group of collectivized individuals,

reaches a junction where motivational sources change.

and the results are obvious.

Incubus, Talib Kweli, the Beatles, Fatlip (crack), Elvis, The Get Up Kids, Atmosphere, Bob Dylan (when he became evangelized), Weezer (this one really hurts), Madonna (every 11.7 seconds), and many others I’m too incompetent to name. I wanted to consult Josh Pressman or Matt Craig on the subject, but I decided to go on alone.That’s why I only named mainstream groups/people.

It is the causes that are subject to debate.

From a fan’s perspective, and depending on the results, worst case scenario is the band’s new album sucks, but you can still rely on the old stuff, and they will play the good stuff half the time at a concert.

Well, that’s not always true.

A band can change so radically that you have to redefine your own personal definition of the band; what they stand for, who they are, what they sound like, and even if you like them anymore. And then the music changes for you.

Its rare, but that is how I feel about Weezer.

There will always be the perfection of the Blue Album but,

more than 10 years later, I feel cheated.

as a fan, Weezer and Incubus have failed me.

They failed to live up to my expectations, to deliver another epic album

so maybe the problem lies in my perceptions of musical artistry;

but I don’t buy that, there is a reason they call it potential in the first place.

I will always cherish the Blue Album, Morning View, and Make Yourself.

The perspective I have about bands not living up to potential in this case is subjective, but this is my blog and in the words of a famous Santa Barbarian, “I do what I want!!!!”- The Jory

So in hindsight, I on one hand have deep admiration and respect for these bands,

but are wrought with disappointment on the other.

Is it fame, money, mediocrity, “writer’s bloc,” or just plain indifference?

or all of the above, I don’t know, just wanted to bring it up.

“My Name” might be jonas, but I sure don’t look the same.

oh, and listen to Ice Cube:

“Gangsters don’t dance, we boogie”

and now some frames.

DC, in full effect.

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Don’t ask the President to do long division on the spot.

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Cheering the Commander in Chief. Heritage interns at the Memorial Ceremony.
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Checking people in to the Victims of Communism Memorial Ceremony

Had to do the night time tour of the monuments. Which is a great idea, but on the night we decided to go, it was pouring rain. Still had a great time though.

Lincoln Memorial.

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Hands down the best memorial in DC, just what it stands for, really gets ya. You can stand on the exact spot where MLK Jr, gave his “I have a dream” speech, and look out onto the mall. I just had to take a moment to reflect at that time. Pretty moving stuff.

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I really have a love for that place.

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Haven’t gone to the top of the Washington monument yet, but I will.

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view from in front of the capitol, near General/President Grant’s Memorial.

We also went to the zoo, which by the way, was not as cool as LA zoo or San Diego’s. Even though they have Pandas.

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The zoo was a sociological experiment, I have to say. Kids and couples.

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I’m convinced that this is where South Park got the idea for the MonkeyFishFrog joke. (above)

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never knew who was watching who.

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I love the Metro. A little hot and humid, but so necessary.

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Union Station, sleeping lady.

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red line, DC. my friend J got me sprung on subway photography. I’m all about it in DC.

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gotta love the seersucker suits in this town, I want one so bad.

Went to the Capitol for a tour this week. Apparently, the statue of Liberty would be able to fit inside of the rotunda and have room to spare. It was pretty cool to walk down the same halls as John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Henry Clay, and many others. Also to stand in the spot where honored Americans have lain, like Rosa Parks and Ronald Reagan.

It’s just great to soak in all of the history of America, no better city than DC for that.

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interns in route.

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an MP4 and shorts? kinda sends mixed signals if you ask me.

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just going for a run.

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they take requests, and donations. When my girlfriend comes into town, I already know the song I want them to sing for her. got it covered.

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At the Victims of Communism Memorial.

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Miss Martone, a fellow Heritage intern on the blue line.

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painted on the back of a truck displayed on The Mall.

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at a reception for young leaders in DC, this is the famous Jay Eberle, esquire.

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also at the young leaders conference. musta been something crazy.

On a funny note, I just saw the greatest dating website commercial.

There is a guy in front of a white background, and he’s reading a playboy, turning the pages, looking at the centerfold. after about 5 seconds he closes the magazine, looks at the camera and says “nope, still gay.”

Then he gets stamped as rejected by Eharmony.com and walks away.

great stuff.

and I leave you with the President.

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catch you on the flipside, now lets see if she canfleye.

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