About this blog title

I cannot tell you how many times I have shown up at events with a couple of cameras around my neck, a gadget bag full of odds & ends and a lighting kit and have been asked that question. If it happened once every few years, that would be one thing. But it happens a LOT. It's like getting pulled over by the police and he's standing there with uniform, gun, flashing lights and asking him "Are you a cop?" I would love to come back with a witty reply, such as "No, I am Jesus. Don't you recognize my beard?" However, I cannot be that rude.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Beautiful Summer night

It is a beautiful Summer night here in Chaumont. There is a nice breeze blowing through the trees, rustling the leaves. It is approaching mid night. I am sitting outside and hate to glen to bed. It js so cool and peaceful.

My son's birthday

39 years ago today my son was born. The photo presented here is of his two sons. I snapped it today with the iPhone V. I had dinner with him and his family after which I went to an open mic event at Johnny D's in the Paddock Arcade in Watertown. That event was hosted by Joe Foy.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Baseball Photo

I snapped this photo last night during a Syarcsue Chiefs game against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. I usd a Nikon D700 and a Nikon 200-400mm F4 zoom lens.

Today I am going to one of my apartments and install a new floor in the living room.The tenant that just moved out left the apartment in pretty good shape, and very clean EXCEPT for one thing: He tore up some of the old hard wood flooring in the living room. It is unexplicable to me what he was up to.  It was an area about 2' by 4'.  He didn't get his security deposit back.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Jerry Garcia necktie collection

I wore a new tie while playing a wedding reception today. It is from the Jerry Garcia necktie collection. Very colorful. I got a lot of compliments on it. Garcia was a guitarist for the band Grateful Dead.

I bought it at Kohls. This particular tie was the only one of it's design and for some reason I do not know, was marked down to $11.00 The photo below shows it and another one that I bought at Kohls. I paid $21.00 for the second one. The Jerry Garcia ties on display had a list price of $38.00. Anyhow, they are beautiful ties.

Two neckties from the Jerry Garcia collection.

The wedding I was playing at was on Wellsley Island in the Thousand Islands. It was a fun event, on the small side, about 30 people or so. Over all I was pleased with how I did. However, I really botched up Bach's prelude from the first cello suites. I have played it for years and is probably my all time favorite piece, but for what ever reason, I began to play it and I don't know where it went. Not a big deal.

Smuttynose IPA

Just got home from playing a wedding reception for an older couple on Wellsley Island. I am relaxing in my back yard with a Smuttynose Indian Pale ale.it is a mighty good beer. I have seen it on the shelves for a long time but just now bought my first 6 pack. Wow! It is bitter which is good. Most refreshing and I highly recommend it.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Kentucky Wonder pole beans have sprouted

I snapped this photo of my Kentucky Wonder pole beans sprouting in my garden a few days ago. I used an iPhone to take the picture.  Fresh green beans are my favorite vegatable to grow and eat. Especially the Kentucky Wonder pole beans. They are prolific, they look cool as they grow on lush vines. Last Summer we had so much rain the seeds rotted in the ground before they sprouted.  Once again this year we have had a lot of rain that began just after planting them, BUT, they have sprouted.

On another note, I am sitting in the waiting room at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown as the Better Half gets her gall bladder removed. She entered the operating room at 7:30 AM.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Zinsser Perma White paint

For all of you land lords out there (of which I am one), this paint, Zinsser perma white mildew resistant is excellent. I painted over a glossy Masonite surface in a bathroom with great results. I gave it two coats. Three years later if is holding up strong. I have twice scrubbed down the walls with Fantastic and the paint held up. I now use it regularly between tenants as needed. My lower Franklin St apt came vacant and I painted the floor of the kitchen sink cabinet, and the kitchen drawer bottoms with it. It' got really good stain blocking also.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Guitar playing at the farm market

I played for two hours today at the Watertown farmers market. It went well. Overall I did a good Jo , got a lot of nice compliments. The photo here was taken by Al Roman with mg iPhone.

When I got home I planted green beans in my garden. A week later than I would have liked, but, should harvest some by August.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Still life photo

I was visiting the Clayton. NY artist Greg Lago recently and snapped this still life in his studio. I am always inspired and visually rewarded when I visit him.

This past Saturday, June1rst, I played guitar at Art Rage, a gallery in Syracuse. It was the opening of Mike Greenlar's exhibition of photos from