Life: Mission Possible

As promised in the previous post I have decided to post some photographs of Boston, my home away from home.  I love Boston and plan to live there one day, because I feel that I belong there.  I love where I am now, but I’ve never felt completely “settled” here or even comfortable.  Boston completes me.  So here are some lovely views of Boston.

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At Boston Harbor. Love this place.

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Crossing through some side streets from the Harbor to get to Newbury Street.

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Past the circular buildings in the aforementioned photograph, we can to this lovely building. It reminded me of Brussels so much I had to capture it on my camera.

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Every other one said “Boston Sewer” and I wanted a cool photograph so I decided this was different enough to love.

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My sister Skaggs and our nephew.

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In Harvard Square looking out from an alley onto the resident Starbucks.

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Harvard Square was an enchanting place and I already miss it. When I live in Boston, I will probably venture into the Square often.

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A steaming tea pot that was hanging outside of a Starbucks. It was super adorable.

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Okay, yes, I had to include a picture of Skaggs, my nephew, and myself. We had a grand old time.

So that should be the end of the Boston photographs.  I have a blog started on Odysseus, but I just haven’t had the stamina to finish.  I will do so soon…I lied the last three times, I know, but it’s totally coming.  I just need to finish it. As always, I leave you with a picture of one of my favorite vice detectives.  Who will it be?  Scroll down!

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Tubbs: “Okay, okay, Crockett. I know I got a bit out of hand in the last post, but it was nothing a little thumbs-up action photo shoot couldn’t solve.”
Sonny: “Tubbs, the next time you decide to fly off the hook…don’t do it until some fat lady starts playing guitar. Are you on the monkey?”
Tubbs: “I AIN’T ON NO MONKEY!”

Life: Challenge Accepted

Hello readers, viewers, trollers, whatnots, and mainly lovelies,

I know I have been absent for most of the summer…I have been doing two things that often occur in the course of our journey to infinity and beyond and those things are learning and living.  I took a billion photographs throughout my adventure and struggles.  What did I learn?  I learned that life is short, there are beautiful moments whether good or bad, and that you can never expect what is around the corner.  What did I live?  I lived out a dream with my best friend and seester (Skaggs) to go to Miami, Florida.  I am 27…but this visit was about 30 years overdue and even though I was super disappointed that I did not meet Sonny Crockett and that Skaggs did not become heavily involved with a certain Rico Tubbs I had the most awesome time of my life.  After we realized we could not run away with fictional characters forever and in between a great deal of stress caused by unforeseen events, we also traveled to Boston, Massachusetts!  Our home away from home!  Below are the pictures I took edited by any software I could get my hands on when in Miami.  Boston and Pittsburgh summer 2013 fun photos will follow at a later date.

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Once you go in…you never want to leave.

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The Palms in South Beach was exquisite and fabulous. We leered at it from across the street on a daily basis.

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The boardwalk was a strange surprise. The only things we knew about Miami was that it 1) was the place where a really kick-ass cop show took place and 2) you could walk out onto the beach from anyway. So imagine our surprise when in the last 30 years someone suddenly decided to throw a boardwalk in the mix. What jive!

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It poured for two of the days we were in Miami, but that did not damper our spirits or our photography frenzy!

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Where we parked…thankfully our car was one of the few that had not been flooded by the leftovers of a tropical storm.

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I had never seen a palm in it’s natural habitat. I was like a 5 year old who was given ice cream for the first time and blew a gasket.

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The famous life guard stations in South Beach.

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Our first night there we came upon this beauty blazing with glory in the twilight hours.

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This neon sign in the H&M perfectly expressed my feelings for Miami.

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More palms geeking.

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We drove right into that SOB with aviator sunglasses blazing.

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There was a whole lotta “vice” involved…just not the kind we were looking for.

So that is the end for the Miami photographs, but I will soon update with Boston photographs!  Ahhhh, Boston.  On our trip back from Miami we ran into this awesome guy, who was a fellow adventurer!  Please visit his site and follow him on Instagram!  You can also follow me on instagram here.  And now I leave you a wonderful vice detective.

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You chumps thought this was going to be a picture of that jive turkey Sonny or his bitch alligator Elvis. Well Rico’s taking over this post and you better believe it!

Fascination

So tonight I am going to do another amateur photography show-off blog.  I will show off my pieces and give a little explanation beneath them.  Some are old photos that have been updated while others are new!  I will begin with some of the oldest and go to the newest.

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This was from over a year ago and I did the effects over a year ago as well. This is a bridge I took a picture of while leaving Harrisburg, PA for a rally for women’s rights. Yes, I am a feminist, thank you very much. I loved this weird bridge that totally looked more like an ancient Roman aqueduct than something modern.

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So this picture was taken last May. I could not really find a great scheme for it until tonight, but I loved the whole motif. The structure was basically gone except for a standing, broken front wall with the doors still intact. This was a structure along the river and had lost it’s use (along with the train station) after steel mills shut down and now the entire area is sadly part of the “rust belt”. It’s a dark reminder of humans’ use and abuse of our own intelligence and ingenuity.

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This was taken on my second day in Brussels, Belgium. I cannot remember the store, but this was the store front and sooo posh (even before the photo manipulation). I used this as a cover photo on facebook forever with a picture to match that people loved. Really, a fantastic shot from a fantastic city.

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One of the waterways in Amsterdam. Amsterdam was beautiful and had the best shopping EVER, but it was cold as hell even in the middle of summer. I was freezing my ass off 95% of the time and in a winter jacket.

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This was taken earlier today and for some odd reason I have this obsession with structures and architecture. I especially love out of the ordinary architecture, like this mini-factory in the middle of a a strip mall. Legit. I wanted to mix the future with the past to give off the feeling of “wow…that factory is totally out of place among the other, more posh shops about the area”.

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I was laughing so hard taking this picture, because it was on the inside of the door of a bathroom stall. I was doing my duty when I looked up and was all like: “dude…did somebody scrimshaw a dragon into the door?” and I knew I had to take a picture. And manipulate it. And make it pretty. So I did.

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Okay this one is totally out of order, but it also includes yours truly in it. On one of my last days in Brussels, I had a friend take a picture of me with my camera on an obscure street in Brussels. I wanted to be all posh and look important–I am totally joking. I wanted someone else to be the subject and they would not do it so I did and guess what? Now I don’t have to ask anyone’s permission to post it, but it reminds me of my day dreams. I can be on a street in the Burgh and day dream about Brussels at any point.

So that is the end of my photo session for today.  Quite honestly, it’s just a hobby and I like to make things pretty.  But I hope you enjoy and, as always, I will leave you all with a word from our favorite Vice cop Sonny.

~Namaste

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“Seriously. That’s it? That’s like a fat lady playing guitar.” ~ Sonny Crockett
(He legit said that last part and to this day I have no idea who/what/if he is referencing something legitimate or if Don Johnson made it up. I have no idea what it means to be a “fat lady playing guitar” at all or why he even said it.)