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Happy Halloween!

S and I had a terrific Halloween weekend! Our costumes were supposed to be "Really Mad Max" and a jewish cop as a take on Mel Gibson and his anti-semitic arrest, but we just left it at 2/5 of the Village People.

Only the straight guys knew I was "Mad Max".

We had fun staging these pics at "Attention Deficit David's" house, who went all out to lights, decapitated dolls, "blood" on the walls and the floor, black cloth draped over everything.

Later, at the "As Seen in a Magazine" party, we decided that the perfect couple costume would have been the two of us in matching blonde wigs, big sunglasses, and slinky dresses. With me being 6'3" and S at 5'6", we would have been Nicole Ritchie...before and after. (Bless her heart).

We had a terrific time at the party, but S said it was time to go when I confronted this vapid, drunken chick, who just kept blathering on around me all night long.

"I was wondering...did you come to the party dressed as a drunken b&%$h, or did you change when you got here?"

She didn't hang around me after that.

Happy Halloween!

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Oregon - Canyon

We had 3 perfect days this past weekend, with Jazz Night at the High Museum Friday, the Decatur Beer Festival, Little 5 Points Halloween Parade with Omar, a whirlwind visit from Jimmy from Iowa, and porch-sitting at Kyle's on Colquitt on Saturday, then lattes, pizza, bookstore, L5P Halloween shopping, birthday chili with friends, and "Desperate-for-ratings Housewives" with more friends on Sunday...

...all of which I loved...none of which I photographed.

We do have these lovely pics of the early sun coming up over the lip of the Columbia Gorge and down into the deep, deep forest as we hiked up Willamette Creek back during our trip to Oregon.

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Midtown - Sunrise

I love living up in the air...these sunrise pics were taken fresh this morning...from our condo, 150 feet up...looking west towards the old Sears building in the hazy distance.

This first picture was taken about 7:35; the 2nd, about 10 minutes later.

Same camera, same exposure.

I guess the difference is for the 2nd photo, the sun was high enough to tint the trees with the red light filtering through the clouds, washing away the pre-dawn blues...literally.

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Fripp Island, SC

A beautiful barrier island between Savannah and Charleston on the South Carolina coast. S and I were lucky enough to go there to photograph a wedding this past weekend...

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Battlestar Killed the Scifi Show

"Name an 80's Science Fiction TV show".

That was the hot topic of conversation at the office today...which is some tough trivia...because basically, there was none.

It seems that we were too busy watching watching the "reality" of "Dynasty" (1981-1989), "Dallas" (1979-1991), and "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978-1986) to crave any science "fiction" on TV.

With the exception of the few shows listed below, the general consensus around the water cooler was that "Star Wars" (1977) spawned "Battlestar Galactica" (1978), whose bad LED- and velour-based special effects showed America exactly why you should watch space dramas in the movie theater and not on the small screen. This killed off space-based television shows, but left plenty of room at the box office for the likes of "Blade Runner" (1982), "Starman" (1984), "Back to the Future" (1985), "Aliens" (1986), 2 more "Star Wars" movies (1980, 1983), and 4 more "Star Trek" flicks (1982, 1984, 1986, 1989).

Effectively, it wasn't until the reappearance of Star Trek in "Next Generation" (1987) that Sci-Fi returned to TV.

Eventually, "Battlestar Galactica" reappeared, too; waiting 16 more years (2003) to take off again, this time dumping Teddy Ruxpin and flightsuits with capes and landing on their very own SCIFI Channel.

Most shows are in list are hardly worth mentioning...none of them are really space-based scifi, with the exception of "Buck Rogers" - which taught me that in space, you could wear white all year long - and "V" - which taught me that Marc Singer could wear anything he long as it was a loincloth (see "Beastmaster", 1982).

With a little help from are the 80's TV shows I found that could remotely be called "scifi":

Buck Rogers (1979-1981)
Greatest American Hero (1981-1983)
Matthew Star (1982-1983)
Knight Rider (1982-1986)
Manimal (1983)
V (1983)
Tales from the Darkside (1984-1988)
Max Headroom (1985)
Starman (1986-1987)
Alf (1986-1990)
Alien Nation (1989)
Quantum Leap (1989-1993)

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B&W Prints - Metropolis & Fox

A possible, little commission job! I'm halfway through shooting these two buildings - a Midtown condo and an Atlanta icon - to get 4 unique, black and white shots of each. I plan on taking a few more to give the client more choices.

Any votes?

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Welcome to Midtown

A very good friend had her baby girl 2 weeks ago.
She has the same middle name as me; that of my great uncle.
She has the same first name as my grandmother; my great uncle's sister.
She was born on the same date as my grandfather.

She's a little ahead of herself - trying to reincarnate me. My consolation for being "preincarnated" is that only I get to call her by her initials - E.D.

Every once in a while, if I work very hard, I can just barely convince myself that it can possibly be good to wake up at 6:30 AM on a Sunday.

This weekend, it turned out to be a very good thing to get up before everyone else and see the moon - setting over Midtown Atlanta at sunrise- and Spire - surreally painted in spectacular dawn colors.

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Oregon - Along the trail

Cliff Lake / Trail to Elk Lake / Elk Lake / Gorge

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Oregon - Snow

More pics from my 5-day, 45 mile Oregon backpacking trip on the Pacific Crest Trail; Day One was 80 deg - sunscreen and shortsleeves. This is from the morning of Day Five.

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Bye-bye Modernism

Things that go boom!

Fashion Ashley got was invited
by her friend Randy to watch
the demolition of the
1950's era Wachovia building
from his eagle-eye condo
on Saturday.

Well, lucky me! She
just couldn't watch something
fall down without bringing
me along.

A sad day for modernism,
but it was REALLY cool.

Check-out the church roof
in the first and last pics;
somebody's got some sweepin'
to do...

Thanks Ashley and Randy!

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