The gr8ful grind: July 2011

Let go of anger; It's an acid that eats away the delicate layers of your happiness

The reverse side has also its reverse side

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Republicans are extortionists

Click the headline of this post for the information...or not.

"From the perspective of a rational person -- in other words a progressive -- we shouldn't be talking about spending cuts at all now. We have 9 percent unemployment. These spending cuts are going to worsen unemployment. It's even going to hold the long-run fiscal picture because we have a situation where more and more people are becoming permanent long-term unemployed."

Paul Krugmman

Friday, July 29, 2011

The rising sun burns off the morning fog. Along the Canal du Nivernais, Burgundy region, France; September, 2009

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Counting flowers on the wall, that don't bother me at all. Sedona, Arizona; May, 2010.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Thrill seekers at last month's Rose Festival. (Click on the thumbnail for more detail) Portland, Oregon; June, 2011.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Another in my occasional series of Lines, Light, Textures, and Patterns: tables, chairs, a staircase, and trucking trailers. San Diego, California; October, 2010.

Monday, July 25, 2011

It's county fair week this week here. As such, this constitutes an office meeting on the fairgrounds. Madras, Oregon; July, 2010.

Friday, July 22, 2011

This street busker plays French accordion music as you remember it. (And even though he's a busker, he's still French, which means style. Click on the thumbnail to check out those shoes). Chartres, France; September, 2009.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Banjo pickers on parade. And parked in a taxi zone, apparently. Saturday Market, Portland, Oregon; June, 2011.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Caught the offerings (and snagged this photo) of a bluegrass jug band at the Saturday Market. Portland, Oregon; June, 2011.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

During my young adulthood, I earned my living playing live music (ok, it was really a life of drink, drugs and debauchery--hey, it was the 70s, but music made it possible). I formed several different bands, none of which went anywhere. But one of those bands was my all-time fave of the bands I started. The bass player in that band, Denny Bixby, went on to play bass for Mary Chapin Carpenter for a while and is now the bass player for Rodney Crowell. Rodney Crowell doesn't tour all the time, so when he's not touring, Denny has about a half dozen other bands he plays in to keep his chops up. I hadn't seen Denny in about 35 years, but heard one of his projects, the one-trick pony Quarterflash, was going to be in Bend for a free show. After a very long day of working, I made my way down to the music and snagged some pics of Denny with Marv and Rindy Ross (Quarterflash's founders). It was fabulous to reconnect. That's Denny on the right. Bend, Oregon; July, 2011.

Monday, July 18, 2011

A couple of weekends ago I finally got to see one of my all-time favorites: JD Souther. He doesn't come around much; it'd been 20 years since he'd been in the neighborhood. Fun and emotional night. Aladdin Theater, Portland, Oregon; July, 2011.

Friday, July 15, 2011

We end this week's look at the faces of the Oregon Country Fair with this relatively demure face. This woman stopped me to talk about my mask and correctly named the mask maker out of the blue. Someone in the know...(Click on the thumbnail for a better look at her intricate mask) Near Elmira, Oregon; July, 2011.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

This fellow was interesting. Sitting behind a picture frame, he said he was a live video. Who was I to argue? (Click the thumbnail to get a better gander at his glasses. Or his hat. Or his unicorn.) Near Elmira, Oregon; July, 2011.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

More face time at the Oregon Country Fair. Near Elmira, Oregon; July, 2011.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

This week we're concentrating on the faces of the just completed Oregon Country Fair. Here's one. Near Elmira, Oregon; July, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

It's that time again, folks: the Oregon Country Fair!! This year, I think we'll concentrate on faces, starting with this self-portrait. (Click the thumbnail for more detail) Near Elmira, Oregon; July, 2011.

Friday, July 08, 2011

This ancient city became a provisional capital of the Roman Empire in the third century, and the cathedral pictured here dates from the 9th century. Auxerre, France; Spetember, 2009.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Joe's Crab Shack. San Diego, California; October, 2010.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

This town has a multitude of incredibly beautiful old, stately homes from the Victorian era. There is a very active racing season during mid-summer and I've been told that many of the people who own homes such as this one rent them out for the 6-8 weeks of the racing season and make their entire year's mortgage on the homes during that period. Saratoga Springs, New York; August, 2007.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The Nikon DSLR that I normally use is on the fritz and in the shop for repair. So this July 4th I had to make use of my Canon point and shoot, which has a Fireworks setting on it. This is what that setting gets when you take photos of someone twirling 2 sparklers around and around. Madras, Oregon; July, 2011.

Monday, July 04, 2011

The US is 235 years old today. Tonight, there will be lots of fireworks all over the country. Here in my little burg of about 6600 people, there's actually quite a large fireworks display--larger than most of the bigger towns around us. But not as big as the Mayor's Festival fireworks over the Thames River, shown above, probably the largest display of fireworks I've ever seen. London, UK; September, 2009.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

This is just a test

Just working on testing out a change to my formatting. Move along. These aren't the droids you're looking for...

Friday, July 01, 2011

Apartments on the Rive Gauche (Left Bank), from a boat on the Seine. Paris, France; September, 2009.