Tuesday, December 28, 2010

That's No Moon...

Oh wait, that is the moon. Sorry. Too much Star Wars on the brain.

Watch the first two Robot Chicken Star Wars episodes online while they last.

Camera: Nikon D70s
Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Medium-Rare, I Said!

One of the joys of parenthood is that if you don't screw things up too badly in the early years, you can eventually start handing over some of your chores. Don't really care for mowing the lawn? There is probably an 11-year-old who will be happy to do it. And if that 11-year-old happens to live in your house, you just hired yourself a free landscaping service. The same goes for grilling up some burgers, taking out the garbage, washing the windows, and cleaning the gutters. Now I finally understand why my parents never kicked me out.

Camera: Nikon D70s Location: Duck, NC

Monday, June 14, 2010

Not So Amusing

Like every kid, I loved amusement parks when I was little. They used to be all over the place -- Adventurer's Inn in Flushing, Rockaway Playland, Rye Playland. Well, Adventurer's Inn got condemned and Rockaway Playland closed. I guess I'm old now because I can't even watch my kids on a "spinny" ride without feeling a little queasy. So now I have to find other things to occupy myself while the kids are off having fun. When did amusement parks stop being amusing?

Camera: Nikon D70s Location: Metro NY Balloon & Music Festival, Brookhaven, NY

Monday, May 24, 2010

Following Directions

Usually, I can "direct" until I'm blue in the face, but the children will go along doing what they're doing, happily ignoring me.  Once in a while, though, when the planets are aligned just so, they will both cooperate.  Maybe they're just taking pity on the old man.  That's okay -- beggars can't be choosers.

Stand like this.  Move your head a little more towards your brother.  Stop fidgeting.  Smile more.  Nope, too much.  Now pretend you like each other.

Camera: Nikon D70s 

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Now I understand the allure of a beach house. It makes it very convenient to spend all of your time at the beach. There are two things that I can sit and watch for hours -- a roaring fire and the surf in the ocean. Ah, the best of both worlds -- a bonfire at the beach.

Camera: Nikon D70s 
Location: Outer Banks, North Carolina

Friday, January 08, 2010

Let Sleeping Tigers Lie

Not lay. You would never say, "Let sleeping tigers lay". Well, you might say that, but you would be grammatically incorrect. "Lay" is a verb meaning "to put". You can lay a blanket on a bed. You can lay a section of pipe. You can even lay your hands on someone. But you cannot lay down. "Lay" doesn't work that way, irregardless* of what you were taught.

In the spirit of completeness, I should mention that "lay" is also the past tense of the verb "to lie", so it is correct to say, "He lay down yesterday", but that just makes things more complicated. Who designed this language anyway?

*I meant to do that.

Camera: Nikon D70s
Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic