Hello all. I’m going to try and make this something I update three times or so a week. I’ll also mirror it on the blog on my website’s message board (HooHaa), hopefully getting more than just me reading my whole blog. I also have a photo blog I attempt to update daily (P.J.’s look at the world). I figure if everyone is getting in on the internet being the future thing, I might as well too.
This blog will be filled with different things. From thoughts and complaints, to life in general, to sports and things along those lines. I don’t intend on always going long, but I won’t always be short, either.
Basically, I’ll be updating this when I feel I have something to say. Or something to report. Or just when I feel like writing something.
So feel free to check back and keep updated. I might start by covering some of the same topics I’ve posted about on my other blog. The problem with those blogs is that it is set up to be more of for a smaller audience because people have to register to see what you’ve posted.
Feel free to keep checking back and thanks for reading!
Over the next week or so, I plan on attempting to update my blog each day with different photos I took the other day. And possibly at least explain what I was trying to do or what it is of. Basically explaining more than you can see on my photos website.
Anyway, here’s the story on this fella.
I was in Neahwa Park in Oneonta dropping off a preliminary softball roster. I opted to swing around and take photos of the fountain in the middle of the pond. Anyway, I heard some high-school aged girls blabbering about these two as they walked to practice. I noticed the group got actually quite close to them before they scattered into the poind. So I watched for a while and this one and a friend swam close to the shore to grab some food.
I used my 75-300 zoom, but closely walked toward them. I was within 10-15 feet and opted to stop being I had the zoom. This is one of the shots I got from it. I thought it captured some action well.
I have a new photo website set up at: Hoo Haa Photos. It’s a little rough right now as I design the front couple of pages, but there are links to albums and such — which are set.
Apr 28 2006, 12:58 PM
So I’m thinking a little today. I know, probably something I shouldn’t get in the habit of doing, right? Well, either way, I was doing some.
Recent conversations on this website as well as some IM conversations and other things in life have made me wonder some things. It’s often said that you can’t live life without taking some chances. The bigger the chance, it’s often the better the result. Or the bigger you fall flat on your face.
Some people have expressed to me their disdain for their jobs. Even I, at times, wonder if I’ve chosen the right profession for myself or if I made a mistake and need to take a chance. It’s one of those things in life — I believe — that you’re always going to second guess. There’s a lot of things out there in this world we could be doing. Something led us to where we are at this moment.
Still, makes you wonder, no?
Back to taking chances. The chance that one takes isn’t always job related. It could be personal as well. Maybe it’s just a major purchase. Someone new in your life. Investing money. Investing time. Donating your time or your expertise. Anything.
Anything that can jar your life is a chance.
I’ve often thought about becoming a mentor or someone in the Big Brother program. Problem is, they ask for a longer committment. That’s not a bad thing — that’s good. But at this point, I try and wonder if it’s something I could commit to. I know it would be one of the most satisfying and unselfish things I’ve ever done, but I also don’t want to get involved and have something come up and I have to pull out. I don’t worry about my attachment — I worry about that kid and what would happen. A lot of those kids have a hard time learning to trust. So if you actually get that far and have to bolt, it would be tough.
That’s just one thing that someone could do.
Taking a chance is a way to spice up your life. Throw yourself a curveball. Stare something in the face and say “Bring it on!”
I need to do that a bit more.
It seems anymore I’ve gotten myself in a rut. I have a book I’ve talked about writing and it’s going slow. Hopefully, once it remains warm, I’ll start putting forth the effort, knowing I can take my laptop to the park and just write for an hour or two. That will be a nice way to do things. And be able to enjoy the fresh air. My goal is still to have it finished by the end of the summer. I think its an obtainable goal.
It’s also taking a chance.
I’ve decided I want to, by the end of the summer, have taken two chances. I don’t know what they are yet. I have a lot of time. But I want to challenge myself. Do something different. And for once, not always worry only about the negative end results, rather look forward to the positive results.
It’s true that if something negative happens, something good must as well. It needs to even out. Time to start looking at the good.
At least I’m going to try.
I don’t know where to start, but I’m going to start digging. Maybe it starts with staying offline so much and doing something else. Maybe it starts with just going to bed earlier and getting up earlier. Maybe it starts with buying lottery tickets more often. Who knows.
But something needs to change. Or I’m going to be sitting here in four or five months writing the same damn thing. All about how I need to take some extra chances and change. It’s a big step to go through with any goal. Something of this size is a lot bigger for me and hopefully I can keep focus and get it done.
In four or five months, if I come back and write I did nothing, I’ll be pissed. But, if I come back in four or five months and say I’ve taken some chances and failed, it will be a major victory.
Now I just have to take a chance on myself.
There was a full moon the other night. So before I hit the hay, I wanted to attempted to take a shot of it with the zoom lens. However, I only used a monopod and not the tri-pod — mistake No. 1. A tripod would have actually kept the camera still, something I couldn’t do for a long exposure time with the monopod.
Anyway, the end result was actually kind of cool. You can see the moon on the right side. Hopefully I’ll have a good view again next month and I’ll get a better shot of it.