To another Friday at least.
Dali: Good Exhibit, Poor “Contributor Member” Experience
As I mentioned yesterday I headed to the High Museum for the Contributing Members’ Opening Reception for the Dali exhibit. This was the first time that I made an appearance at an opening reception, and it will most likely be my last. The “reception” was held in a small room in the lowest level of the old High building. The food at the reception consisted of chips with different types of salsa, some unidentified mini-quiches, and what I can best refer to as “chopped salmon sliders.” Luckily I’m not a vegetarian, for if I were I would have been outraged. As I expected, there was a cash bar.
As I was leaving the High I saw how a reception should take place. Apparently Audi had rented out the museum after hours and was throwing a cocktail party which was to be followed by a black-tablecloth dinner — remember this the next time you go to purchase an Audi. 😉
But enough about the bad, let’s focus on the good — the exhibit. As I normally would suggest, I suggest seeing this exhibit when the fewest number of people are attending. Dali’s small works are amazingly detailed and require the viewer to gaze and dissect them. Dali’s large works are outstanding, especially when viewed from the proper distance, which much like driving in Atlanta, will be filled immediately by hoards of people who disregard your space. According to the marketing material the exhibit contains nearly two hundred works, and if that’s the case then I’d say that you should concern yourself with at least one hundred of the stronger pieces.
Last night I also found out that the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg is moving to a new facility in 2011. Looks like I’ll have another reason go down and visit my mother next year.
I Just Can’t Help Myself
While waiting to get into the High Museum last night I wandered about the Woodruff Arts Center — home to the Atlanta Symphony, the Alliance Theatre, as well as the Hertz Stage. I happened to notice that the ticket office was still open as I milled about and before I knew it I had purchased a single subscription for the Hertz Stage, as well as two tickets for a performance of The Second City: Miracle On 1280 Peachtree Street. That’s right, I said two tickets to that show. I wonder which platonic-female friend will benefit from my inability to acquire a date this year?
I was glad that I was able to purchase “tickets” (I received a receipt and a promise that my physical tickets would be mailed to me. And while I’m thinking about it, why have physical tickets? Why not just do everything at will call or on a smart phone? What I was less-than-thrilled about was being charged a $10 “service fee” for purchasing my tickets at the box office. Seriously, all the extra fees which gouge me for attending shows will someday be the reason I stop attending shows.
ITP Flickr Pic
There are still more shots from last weekend that I could have posted today. However, I neglected all of my post-processing this week so I’ll end the week on a beer note; specifically, the beer I drank after getting home from the Ocoee trip last weekend.
It was delicious.
You Want To Talk Jam-Packed?
This might be the most whirlwind weekend I’ve had in some time. I just got off the phone confirming a “day trip” up to Franklin, NC for some photography starting at dark o’clock tomorrow morning.
In addition to all of my camping gear I’m going to strap the Red Rocket to the top of the Jackmobile in order to do this ride on Sunday:
(Wow, that’s certainly an incredibly tacky frame, MapMyRide…)
That’s right, I’m taking the Red Rocket around Black Rock Mountain, starting and ending inside Black Rock Mountain State Park. This ride will be difficult (34 miles with some nasty elevation change.) but probably less difficult that Three Gap. I’ll be following the map counter-clockwise (just like NASCAR!) and if you click through on the map you may be able to see the elevation change.
My plan is to “camp” within the park, get up early for a little daybreak photography and then do my ride. After the ride it’s anybody’s guess where I’ll wind up.
Tune in again on Monday to find out…
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – late
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – You want me to visit a Bass Pro Shops? Hold a Wright Brand Bacon Promotion like the one that will be held at the Bass Pro Shops on August 21st. Now if they had only mentioned at which Bass Pro Shops this event will be held…
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77
Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 33.5 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 6 (6)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 5
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 1
– Not to get sick for the entire month (I did it once, I can do it again!)
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 200 miles
– Get the Sharpened Stone, LLC moving further
– Complete at least one iPhone application (seriously, this needs to happen)
– Completely plan out my August/September Colorado trip
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (starting weight was 198 pounds) [update: On July 1 I’ve sadly gained weight; I’m at 203 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 Sharpened Stone.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Enter no fewer than three photographic competitions / gallery showings
Get the Black Sheep stats out of Excel and online
– Ride in no fewer than two 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Complete my Taco Mac Passport requirement of 125 beers
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in
PHP and CSS Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem