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Plunging Back Into It

27 Mar
Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Corner Stop Light

Corner Stop Light

A Place to Bury Strangers

A Place to Bury Strangers

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable

Loading Disderi Robot Camera

17 Nov

“You can’t beat that people. You just can’t.” Damn right you are! Many a times, the best things do come in the smallest of packages..;)

I bought the exact adorable Disderi camera in pink(Barbie complex) a year ago but lo and behold…*Shame on me* I have yet to figure out how to load the 35mm film into it..I tried and ruined 6 rolls of films last year and I just gave up, chucked it into the deep recesses of my drawer…

But as fate decreed…I picked it up as I was packing my stuff and I’m all determined to have some fun with this little cutie.. Thus the late night desperate googling “loading film into disderi camera” Which brought me to your pics(which are mighty lovely btw, and a huge source of inspiration)…

If I might impose on you, may I trouble you to perhaps, take pity on this absolute stranger and camera-idiot like myself and help me out right here with a step-by-step how-to… your help will be much much appreciated!

This was a comment that I received the other day and wanted to address it. I feel your pain. I used to have this problem simply loading a regular 35mm SLR and would never wind the film far enough, go through an entire day of shooting, only to have taken a total of zero photos. Those days sucked. Thankfully, the Disderi is super simple to load. Just follow these steps and you will be on your way to taking fun pictures whenever and wherever (as long as there is bright light) that you want!

Step 1: Open the camera.

Step 1: Open the camera.

Step 2: Pull up on the tab and load film.

Step 2: Pull up on the tab and load film.

Step 3: Push tab back down.

Step 3: Push tab back down.

Step 4: Hook the film on the small, protruding tab.

Step 4: Hook the film on the small, protruding tab.

Step 5: Wind the film until it is securely wound around the shaft.

Step 5: Wind the film until it is securely wound around the shaft.

Step 6: Advance the film until the winder stops.

Step 6: Advance the film until the winder stops.

Step 7: Enjoy taking pictures!

 

Remember Greenery and Stuff?

6 Nov

Just had a roll of film processed today and lo and behold, it had stuff from the summer on it. GREENERY! Here’s some of what was on there.

Butterfly

Butterfly

Spoonbridge and Cherry

Spoonbridge and Cherry

Spoonbridge and Cherry

Spoonbridge and Cherry

Turtles spitting water

Turtles spitting water

Minnehaha Falls

Minnehaha Falls

Mississippi River and Bridge

Mississippi River and Bridge

Rocks in the River

Rocks in the River

Ambling River

Ambling River

Butterfly

Butterfly

The MN Twins Win! and I Get Crafty

14 Sep

It’s been a little while (one week in fact) since I last posted something up here, and I’ve not been super busy, but I have been out and about a little bit. A Twins game in which *SHOCKER* the Twins actually won, a kielbasa festival and Greek festival in the same day and then I partook of a little craft project for myself. Here are the results.

The Twins played the Chicago White Sox and actually pulled out a win somehow. It was nice to see them win, but the best part about the new ballpark is still the skyline view. The weather was particularly perfect, and I took some pictures of the fading light and the moon rising above Minneapolis.

Moon over Minneapolis Skyline

Moon over Minneapolis Skyline

Moon over Minneapolis Skyline

Moon over Minneapolis Skyline

Twins Target Field Panorama

Twins Target Field Panorama

Minneapolis Dusk Skyline View

Minneapolis Dusk Skyline View

Target Field and Minneapolis Skyline

Target Field and Minneapolis Skyline

Target Field Panorama Night

Target Field Panorama Night

Twins Logo Sign

Twins Logo Sign

As for the kielbasa festival and Greek festivals, I went to them for different reasons. The kielbasa fest was attended for the nice ceramic mug from Kramarczuks and the free beer that came with said mug, and the Greek fest was attended for the food. The gyros that were served, along with the fries, at the Greek fest were really great. I mean, with a whole pig on a spit, how could it not be good?

2011 Kielbasa Festival Mug and Entertainment

2011 Kielbasa Festival Mug and Entertainment

Interior Panorama of St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church

Interior Panorama of St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church

Roast Pig on a Spit

Roast Pig on a Spit

Then, I took it upon myself to do a little craft project. Since I had a bunch of film negatives lying around, I figured there must be something I could do with them. Lo and behold, a site called poopscape.comhad the answer for me! I bought a lamp at IKEA and then put the negatives around it so when it lights up, it shows the pictures through it. For this one I used old negatives from trips I had been on. The first row is Alaska, the second and third is Paris, then is Italy, London and some miscellaneous stuff like skiing trips. Overall, I would have to deem the whole thing a success. It looks really great at night and brings up lots of great memories from trips! Highly recommended and really easy if you happen to have film negatives just lying around and don’t know what to do with them.

Film Negative Lamp

Film Negative Lamp

Film Negative Lamp

Film Negative Lamp

Some Snaps. Nothing Fancy. Baby Squirrel.

7 Sep

So, it’s been a little while since I last posted I think, and truthfully, I haven’t been up to much. I can only take so many pictures of Lake Harriet before it starts to get a little old. However, I did take some pictures as they were having some sailboat races one night and the lake was full of white sails at sundown.

Lake Harriet Sailboats

Lake Harriet Sailboats

I also took some pictures of some sailboats that were at bay while an airplane flew overhead. Lake Harriet is directly in the path of a couple of the runways for MSP International and that means that sometimes you can get some good shots of the planes as they come in for a landing.

Lake Harriet Sailboats

Lake Harriet Sailboats

Lake Harriet Sailboats

Lake Harriet Sailboats

FedEx Airplane

FedEx Airplane

On Labor Day I biked down to the Wood Lake Nature Center to see what was up with that place, and found it to be pretty serene. It’s a nice place to go for a jog or sit in nature and read a book. I happened to find this nice view of the wooden docks that you walk across the marshes on.

Wood Lake Nature Center

Wood Lake Nature Center

Wood Lake Nature Center

Wood Lake Nature Center

THEN, as I was leaving the nature center, this really small, baby squirrel was following everyone around. I’m guessing it was lost or scared or it’s parents had died somehow, but it would not leave me alone and followed me up the path from where it was to my bike without any provocation from myself. He/she was really cute, but I couldn’t adopt it as it’s still a rodent and I had no way to transport it or keep it. Here’s hoping the little guy/gal makes it.

Baby Squirrel

Baby Squirrel

Around Minneapolis

11 May

Just thought I would toss up some pictures from around Minneapolis. Nothing fancy, just the usual stuff.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Moses was Catholic?

Moses was Catholic?

Lake of the Isles

Lake of the Isles

West River Parkway

West River Parkway

35W Bridge

35W Bridge

Minneapolis Skyline

Minneapolis Skyline

Flowers

Flowers

Spoonbridge and Cherry

Spoonbridge and Cherry

First Avenue

First Avenue

Downtown Minneapolis

Downtown Minneapolis

Tree and Reflection

Tree and Reflection

First Ave Concert and Some Randomness

29 Mar

This weekend had its ups and downs, and I’ll start with the ups just for my own well-being I guess. Turns out that the Rural Alberta Advantage put on a heck of a show. I saw their sold out show at First Ave this past Friday and they played every song they have in their repertoire. The opener was James Vincent McMorrow from Ireland who sang some pretty good tunes, but some of them were too quiet for the Mainroom and you could hear a ton of chatter from the crowd as they waited for RAA to come on stage. I do believe that the drummer for RAA takes some sort of wonder drugs or loads up on caffeine or carbo loads before the gig, because he wails on the drums fast and hard. At the end of the night, for the second encore, they played to the sold out crowd from the stairs on the side of the venue. Amazingly, without any microphones to help them out, they pulled off a very quiet song as the crowd listened intently and stayed hushed the entire time.

James Vincent McMorrow

James Vincent McMorrow

Rural Alberta Advantage

Rural Alberta Advantage

Rural Alberta Advantage

Rural Alberta Advantage

I also got this sweet poster in the mail. I find it cool how they incorporate the small districts and neighborhoods of Minneapolis like they do. Mine is the Carag neighborhood near Lake Calhoun. And finally, my dad finally gave in and bought himself a kayak. He’s been talking about doing this for a long, long time and bit the bullet. Menards had them on sale and so he went out and got one. It’s not too bad I guess for a basic kayak and is all most people really need if they just intend to paddle around a lake or something for a bit. I’ve thought about getting one, but I don’t really need one if I think about it and I can’t afford one now anyway, which is directly related to the downer of the weekend. But I’ll talk about that at a later date and time.

Minneapolis Poster

Minneapolis Poster

Dad's Kayak

Dad's Kayak

Trying Something New This Summer

14 Mar

This something new is photography. Yes, this blog has photos that I’ve taken, but let’s be honest here, they are all with my cell phone, and that really isn’t conducive to getting really great shots. And since my dad had some photography equipment hanging around in an upstairs closet just collecting dust, I’m going to try and make the best of it and learn how to shoot photos with an older camera. None of the camera equipment is digital and all of it is from the late 70’s or early 80’s, but it is really high quality stuff. The main camera is an Olympus OM-2n (which I’ve garnered was a fairly professional 35mm SLR for the time) and has a all sorts of additional stuff to go with it. A telescopic lens, wide angle lens, filter and some other additional stuff will make for a lot of trial and error with the pictures, but it’s a learning experience and should be a lot of fun to use. Honestly, I used to use this camera when I was a little kid, so it’s really just about learning the art behind taking good pictures. I remember using it in London and since then it has been replaced by other cameras that are just point-and-shoot types to make things easier. But I want to try out photography in a more artful capacity than digital point-and-shoot, and since I can’t afford a DSLR, this is the next best thing. As you can see, there is quite a lot to play with here and my summer just got a whole lot fuller with a new hobby.

Olympus Camera Equipment

Olympus Camera Equipment

Another Weekend, Another Freebie

15 Feb

My weekend was jam packed with lots of free sporting activities. Friday night featured a Gopher hockey game while Saturday night was spent at the Target center watching the Timberwolves. Admittedly, both of these teams are not very good in their respective sports. However, as both tickets to these sporting events were free, I saw no reason not to go and watch two bad teams.

Mariucci arena on the University of Minnesota campus is not someplace I would ever think of ending up. I am a big Sioux hockey fan, so to be in the building where the hated Gophers play is a bit of a shock to the system, especially since the Sioux were not even playing them. No, it was the Gophers vs. the Denver Pioneers, and the only reason for going was that the ticket was free, and it was in a suite, with free food, and drinks and TV’s and nice amenities. The catering was from Famous Dave’s (so not good at all for you vegetarians out there) but they did have some superb potato chips and those amazing cornbread muffins… and cookies, always cookies. So the food was good (and still free), the seats were great (and still free), but the actual hockey game was kind of a let down. The Gophers really didn’t try all that hard, the product looked anemic and the fans were nothing like I imagined. In fact, the building itself was really tiny. But I guess I got spoiled in The Ralph, which is pretty much a shrine to all things hockey.

Mariucci Arena - Suite Level View

Mariucci Arena - Suite Level View

Catering in Suite

Catering in Suite

People in the Suite

People in the Suite

Warm Ups - Denver vs Minnesota

Warm Ups - Denver vs Minnesota

My Lucky Chuck A Puck

My Lucky Chuck A Puck - Wasn't So Lucky in the End. Didn't Win 😦

Gopher Student Section - Goldy Gopher Crowdsurfing

Gopher Student Section - Goldy Gopher Crowdsurfing

The next day, it was off to watch another horrible team, but this one a bunch of “professionals,” simply meaning they get paid to play (which they shouldn’t). The Timberwolves actually had an OK crowd for a Saturday night, but there was still plenty of opportunity to move into the lower level and snag a much better seat than some nosebleeds where we started. Again, the ticket was free, and I even ended up getting a NEW CAN COOZIE! This was a great thing because I was in need of a new one, and it was FREE! Here you can see the starting nosebleed seats, and the much better lower bowl seats where we ended up. Thank you lax Target Center security.

Target Center Nosebleeds - Timberwolves vs 76ers

Target Center Nosebleeds - Timberwolves vs 76ers

Lower Bowl Target Center Seats

Lower Bowl Target Center Seats

NEW CAN COOZIE!

NEW CAN COOZIE!

Saturday I also made the apple pie hooch I mentioned in a different blog post. As you can see, I now have a fully stocked liquor cabinet with this stuff. It tastes just like apple pie and warms the soul. Such a great late winter/early spring drink.

Apple Pie Hooch

Apple Pie Hooch

Plus, this guy had some sweet shoes, they were pretty much pink and yellow and orange in a camo/duck hunting pattern. They were amazingly horrible to look at, but he rocked em as hard as possible.

Kicking Shoes on this Dude

Kicking Shoes on this Dude

Don’t walk… Rock!

Don't Walk - ROCK!

Don't Walk - ROCK!

And yes, George Costanza lives. This is his car.

The Costanza Mobile

The Costanza Mobile

Classic Movies and Hooch

2 Feb

So I started off last weekend by going to a movie. Well, I should say that I first stopped at Peace Coffee because I showed up early (as usual) and had myself a nice Chai Tea.

Peace Coffee Chai Tea

Peace Coffee Chai Tea

I have seen this movie many times and own it on DVD in fact. It is the 1966 classic, Grand Prix. Directed by John Frankenheimer, it harkens back to a day when men drove Formula One cars not because of the money, but because of the thrill of speed and the glory that it brought. This movie is one of the greatest car racing films of all time because of the attention to detail in every shot. Real drivers like Graham Hill, Phil Hill, Jim Clark and Bruce McLaren were used in the filming and were driving alongside the actors and there is obviously no CGI to enhance anything. If a car was driving at 150 mph on the film, you can be sure that they were doing that in real life to get the shot. The movie was shown at the Trylon Microcinema, and was a great place to relive just how special a movie this was, and to me, still is. It is rare that a movie is shown in it’s entirety, complete with the Overture and Intermission intact. Yes, this is a three hour movie, but certainly never feels that way, especially with the amazing race footage. If you ever get a chance to see this film, whether on the small or big screen, take that chance because it really shows what drivers had to go through to win a race in some of the most dangerous conditions.

Grand Prix Overture Screen

Grand Prix Overture Screen

Then, yesterday, I learned that I could make my own hooch! I will have a finished recipe posted after I make it, but it involves apple cider, lots of sugar and everyone’s favorite booze, Everclear! This is going to be good.

Everclear Bottles Contain Homemade Goodness

Everclear Bottles Contain Homemade Goodness