sarah flores was in the foggy city vacationing with her folks some time back in april. yesterday she finally got the chance to show me a series of pictures taken during her trip. said she took this one with me in mind:
neat, huh? bums me out a bit though. whoever this jg character is, he's doing a hell of a lot better than the one i'm married to.
that's a terrible scan of a picture taken on the beach at kirk creek. i remember putting the point+shoot pentax on a wobbly tripod and carefully setting the timer. then i made a mad dash over to the crowd and pretended to look like i belong.
i forget when this camping trip took place. may 2002, may be? i do remember, though, seeing jg do a series of spontaneous drunken somersaults in the moonlight. and of course, i can still hear all the crude commentary about beeze and hannes sharing the same tent.
i apologize for the profanity, but i bet your language would be just as foul if you had to deal with the constant dense fog, bombarding wind, and endless cat piss rain san francisco is having.
838 live cam
you can see why i pine for santa barbara. this is the worst spring i have ever experienced. i swear i've forgotten what the sky looks like. this morning i had to go into the jpeg bank and rustle up this file photo for my sanity.
27 april 2005
unless you're having tornadoes, the weather can't be worse where you are. enjoy it for me.
new category because i'm running out of old favorites.
beeze+jg go skating all the time. occasionally when i have nothing better to do, i tag along. while they skate, i pick my nose, knit, take pictures, etc. anyway, that was taken at one of the two novato skateparks, the one that has a high hiking trail next to it. you can see two fuzzy hikers beyond the bee.
i do have a lot of pictures to share. jg and i venture out nearly every weekend. i haven't got the time for photo essays so the stories are getting way outdated. you can say i'm aging the jpegs to be old favorites.
i need to ask him what tunnel that is, when he took it, and with what. but that's an untouched picture he sent me years ago. if it looks familiar to you, that's because it's been partially featured in the schmeebot banner image rotation.
last saturday jg and i attended the wedding reception of my brother's sister in law. it's been a long time since i've been to this sort of party. i took a million pictures but very few turned out well.
the cake above the champagne fountain
i'm going to show you a handful of pictures from that evening, a tiny glimpse into a typcial (more or less) chinese vietnamese wedding reception. mostly i'm showing you the exotic food and the bride's lovely outfits.
four of five guests at our table
the party began with a kiss
appetizer is served
that plate made me think of fear factor. i could barely eat any of it. among the super spicy cold cuts were thousand year old eggs and sea cucumber!
we were too busy with the deep fried quail second course to notice that the bride+groom had changed outfits. they staged a hilarious adaptation of the traditional chinese wedding ceremony.
groom in blue and bride in red, veiled
note symbolic ball+chain in red silk held by bride+groom
the woman to the left of the picture above is the female of the power multilingual karaoke duo of the evening. she emceed all the activities on stage.
he led her around the room by the chain
in the old days, the veil would have been made of opaque red silk. the moment the groom removed the veil would have been the very first time the he and the bride met. scary, huh?
the best moment of the evening occurred shortly after the veil removal. i love this picture!
putting a western spin on the ol' tradition
during one staging, the emcee asked the bride+groom what they love about each other.
groom: she's the most beautiful woman i've ever met. and she does
house chores very well.
bride: he's hard working. and, well, he's very obedient.
the entire room roared. you go girl! whoopah!
the third course, sea food bird's nest
as our table consisted of two oft absent camera men, we had to reserve two portions of everything for them. they barely had time to eat, much like the bride and groom.
while the fourth and fifth courses (mustard greens with mushrooms and salt+pepper lobster) were served, the bride+groom visited each table. this is when the couple's greeting and gratitude are exchanged with the guests' well wishes and red envelopes.
listening to jg's toast
look at that gorgeous red dress!
the seventh and last course
served after the peiking duck
there was bouquet tossing and karaoke singing but i decided to put the camera away and socialize with the people at my table. jg continued eating as if he had a hollow leg. there was cake cutting and champagne popping. then suddenly, everyone started dancing before the cake got served. the loud pop music scared the old fogies and they all lined up to leave, including my mom.
old timers, gloss free
believe it or not, those are the best outfits we own. cry for us. and this is the last shot i took as we left for the evening.