A Week Late And Twenty Dollars Short
On Saturday night I joined a couple of photog friends for a trip up to Fort Mountain State Park for an interesting night and then some fairly nice weather in which to shoot.
The ride up there was dark and rainy and we arrived at the park just before the gates closed. Although the sign stated that there was no camping available we ignored that and paid the, now $5, daily parking for a state park. I had planned on buying my annual Annual Parking Pass on Sunday, but upon seeing that the cost has gone from $30 to $50 I decided not to.
While driving around looking for a place to sleep we chatted with some park rangers who told us that many had left the park that day, gave us the code for the camping area, and instructed us to “settle up” the next day. We easily found an open campsite but the “easy” ended there. Not expecting to get a campsite I didn’t bring any wood. Of course all of the wood and leaves in the camping area were wet from the day’s rain, so we were never able to get a fire started no matter how much we tried. Giving up on fire we turned our attention to shelter. Again, not expecting to get a campsite, and only expecting to get a few hours sleep none of us packed a tent. We had driven up there with a tarp and a pickup truck expecting to use them for our shelter. What we didn’t expect was the cold and wind which followed the rain. It was not the worst night of camping sleep that I’ve ever had and for that I can thank the items I did pack — a knit hat, gloves, coat, sleeping bag with a fleece blanket that I use a liner, and my therma-rest.
Sunday was a good morning of shooting, thanks in part to the “extra” hour of sleep, even though that meant the sun would rise earlier and I think that we were probably a week too late for the Fall’s best color.
ITP Flickr Pic
I took a bunch of photos yesterday but was too pooped to process.
This lamp is not called the “HergønLåmpen” (although it should) but is one of the many that you can buy at IKEA.
Stick A Fork In Them, They Are Done
I’m officially giving up on the East Atlanta Deadbeat Dads for this season. Hell, while I’m at it I’m officially giving up on the NY Jets for this season too.
Did Anyone See The Final Score From Saturday’s UGA/UF Game?
Oh wait a minute, I did…
Unfortunately (for me) I didn’t get an opportunity to actually watch much of the game.
Mr. Live Blogger
Tonight I’ll participating in something I’ve never done before. I’ve been granted free admission into tonight’s Wolfmother show at The Tabernacle in order to live-blog, and I presume pimp for, Clear. The show should be much fun, even though I am told that the VIP room in which I will be placed has no line of sight to the stage? What the fuck sort of VIP room is this? Doesn’t any one there understand that the V and I in VIP stand for “Very Important”? Oh well, at least I’ll get in for free.
I don’t know where my night’s work will end up yet but when I do I’ll be certain to mention it. 😉
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – frustrated, but that’s become par for my course these days.
Current Music – “watching” last night’s The Amazing Race
Website Of The Day – I’m no cartographer but I do love maps. The Strange Maps blog always provides me with interesting entertainment.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check, but wish that I had
Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 1
Marta Rides – 0
– Not get fired from my job
– Take at least one photo every day
– Restart work on house, actually making progress this time (note: not successful during August, September, or October)
– 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