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Feb. 24th, 2012

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A comment sent to The Art of Manliness

I always kind of thought The Art of Manliness was a silly, timewasting article site like Cracked. Then I read something that led to the comment I've copied below. Halfway through writing the comment I realized it was a blog post - so I cleaned it up and now it's here for you to enjoy :)

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Now off I go to Facebook to delete the automatically generated link-back, so I don't have everyone in my family coming here to read this.

Jun. 26th, 2010

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Random Memories

The site http://www.ilikeyourjacket.com reminded me of a girl I met once. Actually, I think I met her once-and-a-half...

Way back when I first moved out to Utah, I was attending BYU. On my way to class one day, I walked past a pretty girl wearing an apricot-colored jacket. We smiled at each other, she obviously wanted me to say something, but... my mind was blank. (This is a problem I used to have often. I've since solved it for all but border cases. That is not the point of the story though.) I kept walking.

About two years later I met a girl through some friends. After getting to know her for a few weeks, I was over at her apartment and I noticed, hanging in her closet... an apricot colored jacket.

Me: Looks at the jacket. O_O!!! Looks at the girl.
Her: Looks confused. Sees me looking at the jacket. Looks at me again. "Oh my gosh that was YOU?"
"THAT WAS YOU?!"
"Why didn't you say anything to me?! I wanted you to say something to me!"
"So did I! I couldn't think of anything to say!"

Laughs all around, especially at the confused people around us who just witnessed a conversation, finally finished, that failed to start two years earlier.

Jan. 30th, 2010

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Mallard


Mallard
Originally uploaded by gracewanderer.
I took over 600 photos today and I can't even begin to go through them all before I have to go to bed. The goal for the day was to photograph birds. This morning I went snowshoeing at Millcreek Canyon, where I saw exactly two birds. One was a black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) that I may have got one good picture of; the other I didn't see long enough to identify. Millcreek Canyon is NOT a good place for birds in the winter. After that I went to the park in Sugarhouse - the one that has a duck pond in it. I'm not sure what it's name is. After that I went to the Tracy Aviary.

I got this one of a mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) with an 80-400mm lens that I rented. I'm pretty happy with it overall, even though the focus at 400mm doesn't appear to be particularly sharp in the details. I may be asking too much.

Jan. 29th, 2010

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Preparation


Preparation
Originally uploaded by gracewanderer.
I'm taking some people snowshoeing tomorrow, so I went and got some things in preparation for the trip. Snowshoes, obviously, and a long(er) lens because I'm hoping we'll see some birds. The long telescoping thing on the left is a monopod - it provides some stability when taking telephoto pictures like a tripod, but is easier to carry when hiking. The little rectangular thing is a remote shutter release, for low-light photography so you don't jiggle the camera when you push the button. Hand and foot warmers are for the person who will come dressed poorly for the weather, or in case someone has had a cold weather injury in the past. (If you've ever had frostbite, getting it again is MUCH easier.)

I checked on avalanche conditions where we were planning on going and they're pretty bad. We're going to Mill Creek Canyon instead, which is supposed to have plenty of flat, open space. I've never been there, so I hope whoever told me that is right.

Jan. 28th, 2010

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Moon


Moon
Originally uploaded by gracewanderer.
I got several pictures of the moon rising over the mountains, but none of them turned out as well as this one. This has encouraged me to attempt more night photography. One of the things this means is that I will need to get a remote trigger.

Also, I uploaded about a week's worth of photos and backdated all but this one. If you're seeing this via your LJ friend list, you might have missed some.

Jan. 27th, 2010

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Books


Books
Originally uploaded by gracewanderer.
This is part two (and eventually, three - but that won't start until 2011) of my Exploring Utah goal. Part one you saw yesterday - I'm going to ski at every skiing resort in Utah. Part two is taking a picture of every bird in Utah. I expect this will take several years but I can start now. You can probably figure out what part three is. If you don't know why I can't start until summer of 2011, I can't tell you. If you do know, keep quiet about it.

Jan. 26th, 2010

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Ski pass


Ski pass
Originally uploaded by gracewanderer.
I went skiing on Monday night with Zac. I don't know why it says FRIENDS!! on it.

Jan. 25th, 2010

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Lladro in sunlight


Lladro in sunlight
Originally uploaded by gracewanderer.
Sunlight coming in through an upstairs window onto a Lladro sculpture. I debated between the photo you're looking at and this one.

Jan. 24th, 2010

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Xander


Xander
Originally uploaded by gracewanderer.
My newphew Xander. He is also known as the Destructobot 2000. One of my PADs is going to feature a little project we started upstairs as a result of his antisocial behavior.

Jan. 23rd, 2010

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Snow!


Snow!
Originally uploaded by gracewanderer.
It snowed today. My love for snow is well known.

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