Saturday, July 18, 2009

It's been awhile

I guess the description for this blog was correct. Two weeks since my last post.

Where to start? It's been a worked filled time. Have done quite a bit of call outs. Being in crime scene, working in law enforcement, there is never a shortage of work. The heat makes parts of this job difficult. Putting on the latex gloves to dust for fingerprints. You have to really be careful when you do this as your hands tend to sweat profusely. Dripping sweat on the item you are trying to print is not a good thing. Another thing about dusting for fingerprints in the sun is that you get what I call a "CSI tan". Like a farmer's tan, but in addition to the upper arm being pale, the hands are pale also.

I spent last weekend, Saturday, at the Sheriff's Brown Santa Christmas in July 5K. A major fundraiser for our Brown Santa program. I helped with set up and then spent the rest of the day photographing the event. Took over 600 photos. I enjoy doing that type of thing.

Here's a photo of Santa, Lisa Birkman (County Commisioner) and Spike the Round Rock Express mascot.

The rest of the last two weeks have been taken up with work and home and family. Before I close I want to post a couple of random pictures. I was in downtown Austin and had my camera gear with me when I spotted some balloons floating by. I thought it would be a good photo op and started shooting a few photos. I just happened to catch them as they floated pass the daytime moon. I thought it made for a good picture. The first picture, with the blue sky is the original photo. The second photo with the dark sky is a filtered photo. I like it because it shows the detail of the moon much better.

One more quick note, Going to head to Threadgill's North tomorrow for the Bluegrass Brunch(11 a.m. - 1 p.m.). Going to see my good friends Rod Moag and Shirley Smith perform. They're going to be backed up by Fred on stand up bass and Wayne on the banjo. Rod also DJs my favorite show on KOOP. The Country, Swing and Rockabilly Jamboree. If you ever want to give a listen, his show is on Thursdays 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. at, and excellent public radio station. I'll take my camera tomorrow, so I should have some pics to post.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Fifth of July

Had a really good weekend for live music. My wife and I really enjoy listening to classic country music, you know, the old stuff. Hank Williams Sr., Bob Wills, Lefty Frizzell, you get the idea. We started off Friday night listening to a trio on the square in Georgetown. The group is made up of a group of guys from work called Hughey and The Guys.

The evening started out with a good breeze, but when the band started to play the breeze died out. They had a good crowd, I counted about 100 people. The band really had it tough, they played 2 hours straight with no breeze and were soaked when they finally finished. But they were real pros, never stopped playing and only stopped long enough to get a drink of water.

Saturday night our anniversary. Barbara and I celebrated our 10th year as husband and wife by going to the Walburg Restaurant and visiting with friends at their biergarten. We had a wonderful time. The band, The Walburg Boys, played a wonderful mix of German music and classic country music. Just what we love. This is a great place to go if you love German food, but Barbara and I like to eat from the grill in the biergarten. They have some of the best onion rings and hot wings. Paul Schlesinger (he's on the left in the photo) remembered that it was our anniversary and played a song just for us, "A Little Bit of Heaven". He says his based his performance on a version of the song done by Ronnie Dove. You can hear it on YouTube if you're so inclined.

Because of the drought they didn't
have fireworks this year,
but that didn't stop some people from shooting off some
fireworks in the back parking lot. I took advantage of the situation to try my luck at taking photographs of them. I haven't had the opportunity to do that since buying the camera. I got a couple of good shots, this one is my favorite.

All in all it was a good anniversary. I am truly fortunate to have Barbara in my life. I'm closing with one final photo, this one of the happy couple.