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Today I was reminded why I love living in the city.
As I was on my way home from an early morning photo shoot I was stopped at a red light. I looked across the street and saw a scrap collector pushing his shopping cart. He was wearing dirty, old pants, and an old Brewers shirt that I’m guessing was once white.
While I was sitting at the light I watched him. He parked his cart in the shade of a large building then started doing jumping jacks. After he finished his set of jumping jacks he reached in his shopping cart and pulled out what looked like a railroad tie, about six feet long. He laid on the ground next to it, then slowly started to bench press his railroad tie.
As I drove off, I looked in my rear view mirror and saw him start a set of push ups…
Only in the city.

Okay, okay, I haven’t posted anything in over a month, but for good reasons.

I hit the road and went down to Winston-Salem, N.C. for the Art O Mat 10 year Anniversary Swap meet. It was a blast! I’d like to send a big congratulations to Clark, Julie his wife, Carol and everyone else who put the Art O Mat Swap meet together. I’m looking forward to the 15 year anniversary.

AND… Two weeks ago I came home one night find that one of my computers was making the oddest sound. Instead of worrying about it, I did what most people would do; I went to bed, hoping the computer would fix itself over night. No such luck. I drove to the new Apple store…5 times!!! To make a very long and annoying story short, after two hard drives, two logic boards, and one new processor, I have a new computer. Apple was great about everything and offered me a new computer.

Everything Art-O-Mat…

If you don’t know what Art-O-Mat is, check out the link on the right side to get a brief history of my previous Art-O-Mat entries…

I’m working on another batch of prints for Art-O-Mat. With it, I’m adding one new photo to the collection (see photo attached with this entry).

Another new component with this round of Art-O-Mat pieces is a surprise…literally. One of the boxes will contain a book of all seven photos in the Art-O-Mat collection. Who will the lucky person be? Hopefully they will add an entry to the blog to share their surprise with us.

Keep an eye out for Art-O-Mat. My work is in the following, updated, locations:

Argentum – Wakefield, RI
Bucks County Library – Doylestown, PA
Caruso Home – Southview, MI
Chambers Hotel – Minneapolis, MN
Charlotte Library – Charlotte, NC
City of Suffolk – Suffolk, VA
Governor’s State Universtiy – University Park, IL
Pop Deluxe – Madison, WI
Rayko – San Fransico, CA
Whitney Museum – NY,NY

Finally, if you’re in Winston Salem, North Carolina on August 18, 2007 check out the Art-O-Mat swap meet. For more information check out their website

My wife and I took a weeklong road trip this month. We camped in Loleta, Pennsylvania; spent a night in Niagara Falls; and hung out in Toronto, Canada.

Loleta – We enjoyed a peacefully quiet camping trip in the Allegheny National Forest. We ate grilled cheese and veggie brats over the fire, drank the local brew, and took a couple hikes on the nearby trails.

Niagara Falls –We had a great view of the falls from our hotel. Though we only stayed one day and night, we managed to see it all. In addition to seeing the falls (on both Canadian and U.S. sides), we visited a couple “off the beaten path” taverns and hung out with locals. The folks in the Wild Mushroom, on Victoria Avenue, made our stop enjoyable. They convinced us to visit the next door haunted house, which scared my wife to death. She chickened out just before we got to the end! Bauk Bauk, chicken..

Toronto was our last stop, and probably my favorite. It is the cleanest, friendliest, most racially diverse city I’ve ever visited. And they have the best hot dogs; vegetarians welcome.
After visiting the observation deck and standing on the glass floor, at 1,122 feet, of the CN tower, my wife and I walked through the downtown theater district. The Diesel Playhouse was showing “Evil Dead – the Musical”. We got tickets to the 7:30pm showing on Friday. Talk about hilarious. I highly recommend this show to anyone who can catch it. It has music, dancing, zombies, blood, gore and so much more.
Finally, I got a couple great shots of some street musicians (a hobby of mine). The one posted is of Joseph from South Africa.

To see more photos check out my flickr page.

Recently I entered and ASMP photo contest. I also just sent out one of my pieces to Surry, England to be a part of the collection called “Mail Me At” If you don’t know about “Mail Me Art” check out the website The photos I submitted are attached to this posting.

This month I also started a vegetarian recipe blog. It’s a collection of my favorite recipes. I encourage you to check out the site and try some of the delicious dishes. I’ve collected these tasty delights over the years from my mom, wife, friends, and from traveling around the world. You’re welcome to add your own!

Finally, I must share a movie I heard of from craigslist. “Possum Death Spree” is its name; it’s a hilarious B movie. The 4 minutes and 43 second long movie is jam packed with blood, guns, and talking possums. It even has subtitles for those of us who don’t speak possum. The movie was directed by Michael Horowitz and Gareth Smith. Check it out for a good laugh.

Talk to you next time…