My dad passed away twelve years ago. Since then, compounded by the fact that I’ve never impregnated a woman, the traditional June holiday for dads hasn’t held much water for me. So I’ve invented “Farthers Day” on which I will attempt to push my limits whether they be — sleeping, running, cycling, drinking, swearing, whatever — farther then I ever have before.
Today I’ll present two, perhaps three stories mostly because I’m a sucker for stories. But first I must show my juvenile side…
When I first started thinking about today’s blog and started writing it last night WordPress saved a draft for me:
ITP Flickr Pic (And Story)
I’m a sucker for a story, especially when said story costs me a mere $4.
Last Sunday before heading to the Gwinnett Braves baseball game I shopped at the Goodwill store on Pleasant Hill. Shopping at Goodwill is nothing new to me, in fact it’s been a fairly constant activity since I dated someone with whom I shared the interest of oddity shopping. Over time my shopping interests have changed, I am mostly looking for bargains on camera equipment these days, but I always make sure that I search the art section to see if anything piques my interest.
I don’t know what “art” is, but I do know what I like. One of the things I like are old “paint by numbers” paintings when they are done well. So when I saw the following I was hooked.
The painting was marked $3.93 in wax pencil on the back and since I’m a big rolling Splenda Daddy dropping four (dollar) bills was nothing for me.
But wait, there’s more…
Another reason that I purchased this piece was that it came with a story, well some information that I’ve conjured into a story. On the back of the painting was also scrawled
Jan Carpenter – 1963 (Age 15)
I started wondering about Jan Carpenter, who by my calculates would be 61 years old now. Why would Jan have given up this painting now? Had Jan (which I picture as a female) passed away?
Further intriguing me about this painting was the marking I saw on the back of the frame
12 x 16 – 1.89
One dollar, eighty-nine cents in 1963 must have been a fair price for a frame, these were the days prior to ramped inflation, when cars cost $1500.
C’mon, how could I not purchase this artwork?
Tonight I’ll Be Trampled, By Turtles
When I was in Denver having beverages at a bar with coworkers back in May I heard music over their stereo system that intrigued me. I asked the waiter if he could find out the music playing, and when he returned the words he spoke were Trampled By Turtles.
I like to pretend that I’ve heard of any band who has put out more than one record. Often times I get confused looks when I tell people who I am going to see in concert. So obviously Trampled By Turtles must be new…. WRONG! Their current release “Duluth” (referring to the one in Minnesota not the one in Georgia, nor the one in Alabama) is their fifth release!
So why am I blathering about this band? Because by good fortune I have come to find out that Trampled By Turtles will be playing tonight at Smith’s Olde Bar and I will be there to see and hear them. I’ll also be packing the camera so I hope that I’ll be able to wander about and get some quality photos.
I shan’t be riding tomorrow. It’s not that I am lazy (although I am), it’s because it’s going to be bloody hot tomorrow, and I’m choosing to go to a far away place called “White, GA” in order to photograph at a place called Old Car City. There has to be some good stories there…
On Sunday I shall be hashing with the Black Sheep Hash. This go-round the hares are One Ball and Dorothy Camel Toe and I’ll be interested to see what sort of crowd they draw by laying a hash in Woodstock (read “Goddamn sonnabitches are using one of the areas I was thinking about using for my Black Sheep Hash exactly one month from today!).
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair
Current Music – listening to the “Nick Drake Cover Story” podcast put out by Coverville this week.
Website Of The Day – Say you’re a person (“You’re a person!”) who needs to raise money in order to accomplish your dream project. Use Kickstarter to advertise your dream and see if people are interested in helping out financially.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 19 (19)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 19 (I’ve already included today since I ate a chicken biscuit from QuickTrip for breakfast)
Marta Rides – 0
– lose four pounds… plain and simple (not going to happen)
– Reduce my weight to 190 pounds (today’s weight was 199.5 pounds)
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
– Earn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Jalapeño Beach SmugMug account I opened the other day.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in Objective-C (iPhone development) and Ruby on Rails (Black Sheep web page concept)
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem