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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.¬† ūüėȬ† 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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Technical Wilderness

So,

I said last post that

this next post would

have some

olde stuffe.

So

it will.

I have some frames

from Humboldt

and

Virginia Tech

that I’ve never posted.

that is also why I love film.

Getting it back from the lab

if half the magic.

enjoy.

I am.

HUMBOLDT BACKPACKING TRIP

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on the way. Northern California, 2007.

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Orchards. on the way to Humboldt. 2007.

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Lone hiker. Beach swamp plains. 2007.

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Foliage. 2007.

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the cast. 2007.  This is how you take roll in an outdoor education class.
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wading. the best part of the trip. 2007.

VIRGINIA TECH

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hands that heal. hope. VT, 2007.

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Students trying to get back to normal after the tragedy and the media frenzy. VT, 2007.

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People brought animals to VT to help people cope with loss. VT, 2007.

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another therapy dog. VT, 2007.

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Ashley Gebb. Las Vegas airport/ the return home. 2007.


Thanks to all the people who read/view 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.

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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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I’m Not A Hokie; my experience at Virginia Tech

I am not a Hokie

But after my experiences here the past few days, I understand those who are proud to be one. Virginia Tech is not just a school; it is a way of life.

The best thing about this school is it unflinching, unwavering spirit.

School spirit, human spirit and everyone’s spirit.

Since this university is a football school, I offer a way to really never forget your fallen students and teachers.

Retire the number 32 for all sports teams.

Hang a jersey from each respective sports area of play, be it field, gym, or park, and display it with the same pride shown this past week. What better way to remember them than have the memory of those lost on Monday, April 16th permanently active in every home sporting event from here on out.

Remember their lives not just in pictures, memories and in your hearts, but on the field, every down and in the huddle every game.

Sometimes you just have to write your own history.

I am not a Hokie

But after what I have seen this week, I sure want to be.

David Flannery ‚Äď The Orion, California State University Chico.

This was a letter to the Editor/Column I wrote for the Collegiate Times, Virginia Tech‘s Newspaper.

These are just a few of the people/things/events I saw at VT.

VIRGINIA TECH – 2007

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During the weekend, a local group wanted everyone who came to leave their mark. They chose the name, “Hands that Heal” and gathered 1500 plus people hand prints, including my own. I chose green.

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This lady, Annette Peck, an Alum from 88′, came with her family to give support and pay respects.

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Her two children flank her as she decides where to put her print.

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John Baldwin, a native of Blaskburg VA, created Hands that Heal in order to visually show the kindness of strangers. His hands were quite colorful.

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The group set up in front of the World War II Memorial on the drill yard.

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A lady at the War Memorial.

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War Memorial from the front.  All the names of VT students/alums that died for their country are displayed here.

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ROTC.

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Names of the departed on a message board.

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Part of the makeshift memorial.

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People became quite emotional at this memorial. 32 stones were placed in a semi-circle around the lawn. At each of these stones, personal items, pictures, flowers, poems, clothes, flags and many other things were placed to identify and honor the victims.

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On Monday, April 23rd, there was a ceremony to honor the memory of the 32 victims. Students carrying white balloons stood at each respective persons memorial stone. The School Bell, was rung once for a long moment of silence, and then 32 times for each of the victims. The bell was not rung for the killer, contrary to some broadcast media reports.

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The balloons were released, and so were people’s emotions. I tried to be as respectful as I could.

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He found it too hard to look at the ceremony, and grieved privately.

On another note, we were able to interview an American Icon, Nikki Giovanni, Poet Laureate of Virginia Tech.

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Her poem, “We Are Virginia Tech”, became the rallying point for the school.

Here is an excerpt:

“We are Virginia Tech.

We are sad today, and we will be sad for quite a while. We are not moving on, we are embracing our mourning.

We are Virginia Tech.

We are strong enough to stand tall tearlessly, we are brave enough to bend to cry, and we are sad enough to know that we must laugh again.

We are Virginia Tech.”

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Her knowledge and vocab are incredible. She could also relate things to us that we wouldn’t normally understand.

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I loved that she had posters of Tupac and Prince. I overheard her say that Tupac was the true embodiment of MLK Jr’s message for our current times. I didn’t have the time to ask her about that one.

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When we asked about teaching the killer, Cho, she froze up and because of legal reasons, could not talk about it.

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I’m glad to have met her, she kind of put the whole thing into perspective for me.

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We also followed a tour around the school. Even after the tragedy, high school students were coming to see the campus. On our tour, not one person asked about the massacre.

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Students prayed in a circle outside of West Ambler Johnston Hall, where Cho, started his killing spree on the 4th floor, murdering two VT students.

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VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES – IN MEMORIUM APRIL 16 2007

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