A remote controlled life

A remote controlled life

Visiting the local cable office to transfer service, I told the lady (whom I know) that I didn’t want any channels other than one local that I could get the news and weather.  She says in earnest “…what do you do then?”  When we first moved to this house decades ago, it had few services.  No city services, no cable, and satellite tv had not yet been invented.  We were pretty happy.  Now remote controls are everywhere and I can’t say any of us are really much happier.  Unplug for awhile- if Facebook would only be as easy.

 

 

A new old camera bag

A new old camera bag

On a recent morning bike ride, I came across a rummage sale at a relative\’s home.  Right in front of me was this great Tenba camera bag, it has a number of years on it but is in nearly new condition.  It’s a perfect fit for a small camera with lens, two additional lenses, and a Kindle or Ipad.  All for a buck, she gave me a real deal.

 

Electro 35

Electro 35

Here’s an old Yashica Electro 35 complete with 1970s dust.  I recently gifted this to Mike Adkins for his vintage camera collection, I had bought several of these in order to get one working copy a few years ago.  This is the last one.

 

Rain….

Rain....

Athens, Ohio (from last fall)

My plan of spending much time outdoors has been foiled by mother nature, maybe I ought to bike ride with fancy umbrellas like this one.  During some moments of sleeplessness, I was replaying in my head the conversations I had with Tim Preston yesterday at lunch.  We spoke about how the main library of history for most communities always has been the local newspaper.

The digital era has changed this somewhat, often in a quite upsetting way.  I remembered that Kentucky has been (or still is) famous for teaching great photojournalism down in Bowling Green, so I googled to find more information.  What turned up was a very interesting history of Western Kentucky University students participating in the Mountain Workshops.  For 40 years, the program has sent students to communities to record with their cameras first the pictorial voice of the community then later the audio and video voice as well, and in the process  help the students find their voice of photojournalism.

This has given me thought about what our new photography group could do as projects for the future.

 

Water tank and sky

Water tank and sky

An unexpected issue from doing this daily blog for so long, now about 12 years I believe, is incorporating into my internal dialog the many quotes that I’ve associated with the image entries.  Today a locally renowned man died here in Ashland, named George Wolfford.  He worked his long career as a newspaper reporter with the Ashland paper, but he was just as well known for his knowledge of local history.

When I heard the news, I thought to myself another library has burned down, thinking of the quote that the death of a person is like a huge library of books burning to ashes.  During my early years, I was a newspaper carrier for the paper, about 7 years or so.  Their market penetration, using a fancy word, was phenomenal back then.  In my neighborhood it would have topped 99% easily, so Mr. Wolfford had a great platform to become known in the community and to build trust, a couple of the most important aspects  for a local historian to possess in my opinion.

So it was a loss to everyone.   He seemed to have put all his years to great use, you can read some about it here.

” Young humans, hearken: do not your years
waste; there are fewer of them than it at first
seems, and they roar past like a freshet after rain.”

Mike Johnston, from today’s edition of
The Online Photographer

 

 

Russian Tea Cookies good

Russian Tea Cookies good

Holiday baking means sorting through to find all the old recipes. It’s a bad combination to suffer from a terrible head and chest cold during the holiday baking season.  Makes one wonder why a cold makes you feel too terrible to exercise but never too bad to eat more cookies.

 

Avid

Avid

The spare bike needed a repair and so a trip to Huntington Cycle and Sports was needed.   After ordering a part, I was pleased with how it turned out and at a fair price too.  This is a spare/back-up bike but with a bit of modification to the seat post, now serves as a bike-about-town for the wife and hopefully for some urban photo-excursions.