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Thank you sir, may I have another!

Wow, just one of those weeks that takes a wrong turn. Down an unmarked road. At night. In the rain.

It was vacation week, although “week” seems a bit generous as it started a day late and ultimately had two days chopped from the end. At best an annoyance when you look forward to something all year, and for which you’ve paid four-months in advance. It was good while it lasted, it just didn’t last long enough. One of life’s little disappointments. Life just has a way of continuing to pile them on, however. But there’s no benefit to gripe about people and circumstances we can’t control. Just smile and wait for the next kick in the teeth. 😀

On the bright side, even though it meant leaving the Myrtle Beach timeshare to sit empty for the last two days, it was nice to come home to a dog who’s always happy to see me, and cats who are always happy to see their next meal.

And there’s always next year.



Well, I recorded two episodes of Light In The Darkness (LITD) today, three if you count the one I did twice, so I’m officially caught up. My last episode of Almost Live Radio was on May 1, so I hope to get a new show out tomorrow, as well as at least one more LITD. LITD has been a blessing, but hope to stay a little ahead. Who could believe I was 8-9 episodes ahead before I went to the beach?

Historic Videos

Thought this blog was only re-born in May of 2010, I’ve been going back and adding links to some of my old videos. Most/all of the videos are on YouTube, so the flash encoding doesn’t always do them justice. Soundtracks to some of the older videos have been updated to fall in line with YouTube copyright policy.

Older videos were made with aJVC mini-DV. Around March of 2010 I switched to a Sanyo Xacti. Both cameras take excellent video. In some ways I prefer the JVC, but I don’t like dealing with transferring video from tape to computer. The Sanyo records in HD and stores video on SD cards which I can insert into my computers card reader and copy. Also, the Sanyo has much better battery life and fits more easily into a camera pocket.

The biking videos were made with a Tony Hawk helmet cam, and many of the shorter clips were made with a pocket digital camera or camera phone. It’s all about the memories.

Alligator Shorts

It’s summer, shoes are out and shorts are in! Actually this is video I took on my recent vacation to Myrtle Beach, SC. We visited Alligator Adventure. My personal favorite is the alligator feedings, which take place 3-4 times per day. With 1000 alligators there’s always action at feeding time! I took too much video to possible share, but I edited it down to a bite-sized portion. 😀 Bon Appetit!