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    Southern California
  • Interests
    Cruising, cruising, wildlife...oh, photography too!
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean, Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Alaska
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  1. Pictures taken between Monday, November 30 and Sunday, December 6. Rules: See above That's it. This isn't a contest. All photos taken this week are welcome (not just cruising). Prizes will not be awarded. Discovering the joy of photography is the prize. The idea is to get folks out using their cameras for more than vacations and toddler birthdays. Post one. Post many. Up to you. Have fun with your camera and share your fun with others!
  2. Another week fades into the history books and Thanksgiving 2020 in the People’s Republic of California was a little weird. With all the rules and restrictions from the tin-pot dictators in place, families had to choose between cancelling Thanksgiving, sitting six feet apart out in the cold eating pre-packaged single-serving meals while speaking in hushed tones, or holding “peaceful protests” with reasonable precautions taken. Most law enforcement voiced a reluctance or even refusal to enforce the dictates but we were prepared with bricks, torches and an old window to break if we were challenge
  3. After an embarrassing amount of research, I settled on the Barracuda drive from Seagate. I have a single 6GB one as the archive/storage drive in my system to compliment the two NVME SSDs but they are available in many other sizes. No complaints so far. Fast. Barring the SSDs, the fastest drive I've owned to date. Dave
  4. Pictures taken between Monday, November 23 and Sunday, November 29. Rules: See above That's it. This isn't a contest. All photos taken this week are welcome (not just cruising). Prizes will not be awarded. Discovering the joy of photography is the prize. The idea is to get folks out using their cameras for more than vacations and toddler birthdays. Post one. Post many. Up to you. Have fun with your camera and share your fun with others!
  5. With family visiting this week, we drove down to the beach for the second time in a year and the contrast in the weather served to remind me of California's incredibly diverse climate. Fifty miles took us from 87° and sunshine to 62° and foggy. In the winter, is isn’t unusual to have a warm sunny day twenty miles from a snow storm. The 8,000 ft variance in altitude between those locations contributes a lot, but it’s still quite a contrast. The cool, foggy day was a welcome change from the heat that life in the Inland Valley usually offers through the end of November. The mist collecting on the
  6. Long ago I used to work for a auto repair shop that did a lot of racing modifications. We had a sign behind the counter that said, "Speed costs money. How fast can you afford to go?" My favorite bit of ad-speak was from a supplier whose motto was "Buy the best and cry once." It seems that cars, computers and cameras have a lot in common.... 😉 Dave
  7. Pictures taken between Monday, November 16 and Sunday, November 22. Rules: See above That's it. This isn't a contest. All photos taken this week are welcome (not just cruising). Prizes will not be awarded. Discovering the joy of photography is the prize. The idea is to get folks out using their cameras for more than vacations and toddler birthdays. Post one. Post many. Up to you. Have fun with your camera and share your fun with others!
  8. Anyone familiar with Dr. Who might have had the same momentary pause I did when I saw this slightly creepy army of Santa mannequins ready to animate and start destroying every human in Home Depot. After the moment passed, it was back to business and I went about prowling for supplies needed to finish the latest project. “Projects”, actually. The state of 2020 has spawned a flood of new home improvement efforts and a finishing of some that have been stalled for years by... well, I really don’t know why some were never finished. Anyway, the search for supplies for the project I had to finish bef
  9. Well, it's over. The long, oft-interrupted cookbook project is done and the finished product actually turned out pretty much as we hoped. Since the book is essentially a photo book with recipes rather than a cook book with photos, the hardest part of the process was arranging meals and timing so a step in the process or final product could be photographed. Deciphering old notes and documenting recipes that existed only as verbal hand-me-downs was another chore, but worth the effort. Many of the older dishes would have disappeared before long since the scarcity of family dinners around the tabl
  10. Pictures taken between Monday, November 9 and Sunday, November 15. Rules: See above That's it. This isn't a contest. All photos taken this week are welcome (not just cruising). Prizes will not be awarded. Discovering the joy of photography is the prize. The idea is to get folks out using their cameras for more than vacations and toddler birthdays. Post one. Post many. Up to you. Have fun with your camera and share your fun with others!
  11. Several years have passed since my mother-in-law started declining. Long story, but the potential loss of all the amazing family recipes and family history prompted me to start collecting and documenting as much as I could. Old photos, some dating back to the 'twenties and 'thirties have been scanned and the subjects identified. The biggest project was recording the recipes for family favorites that were passed down and enjoyed by generations of my Wonderful Wife's family. Not a long list, but since Kim and I started dating in our mid-teens, I literally grew up enjoying them as did our kids. I
  12. Hallowe'en 2020. Since the rules in California concerning gatherings and such change like the weather, we were not sure whether we were supposed to do anything or nothing. We tossed a coin and had a small group for dinner and limited trick or treating at our daughter's house. It went well. The highlight, as usual, was daughter Kassi’s efforts towards making her kids’ costume dreams come true. Jackie wanted to be Cruella De Vil and Matthew wanted to be the velociraptor trainer from Jurassic Park. I sometimes wish I had her talent for the artistic but then people would always be asking me to do
  13. Pictures taken between Monday, November 2 and Sunday, November 8. Rules: See above That's it. This isn't a contest. All photos taken this week are welcome (not just cruising). Prizes will not be awarded. Discovering the joy of photography is the prize. The idea is to get folks out using their cameras for more than vacations and toddler birthdays. Post one. Post many. Up to you. Have fun with your camera and share your fun with others!
  14. Most disinfectant sprays like hypochlorous acid rapidly degrade and neutralize after contact with surfaces and are harmless to most. Even fogging machines only disperse finely atomized liquid that affect surfaces. Justin's suggestion of keeping your camera in a bag to avoid direct contact should be safe. As mentioned before, lens coatings are the only thing I would worry about and a lens cap or bag would take care of that. Dave
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