Let’s see. My last posting here was on November 11. Today is December 9 – nearly one month later. This may be the longest that I’ve gone without making a blog post since I began my blog back in 2007. I apologize for my absence, but I’ve been busy.
I last wrote shortly after I got electricity back at home following more than twelve days without, thanks to Hurricane Sandy. Things didn’t get any easier then, as the busiest time of the year began at my office and I began to work (and am still working) nearly 60 hours a week. Add to that the fact that I still need to catch up with things that went undone during the hurricane, and you may begin to understand my situation a bit.
I did get away from it all for a bit recently, going on one of my frequent trips to Las Vegas to visit family – a trip that I had planned months before – and while it was good to get away, it nonetheless didn’t give me the chance to catch up with things here at home (not to mention the general stress of having to travel).
One of the reasons I haven’t posted until now is that I like to make posts with new – or at least newly scanned – photographs, but since I’ve been so busy and feeling so tired from it all that, I just haven’t done any scanning lately.
Still, this is a photography blog, so photographs I will present. Here are some documenting my life during the past four weeks as photographed with my Canon S90 pocket digital camera.
While most of you spent your Thanksgiving Day surrounded by family and enjoyably stuffing your faces with food (or so I hope), mine was definitely a bit less happy. I had thought that the extent of my losses from the hurricane was the food in the fridge and freezer that had to be thrown out, but I was wrong. I subsequently learned that the basement of the next building, where my storage bin is located, was flooded with several feet of water.
So, after doing the laundry, I took a trip over to the bin. Sadly, what I was told was correct. Judging by the wetness of the items in the bin, I’d say that there was a lot of water in the basement, and I had to throw a lot of things out (and I had a lot of stuff in there). It was a long, painful process removing the things and carrying them off to be discarded.
The most painful items to get rid of were the art prints that had graced the walls of my apartment for many years – some even going back to my days as a grad student at Yale. Sure, these were reproduction prints and not originals, but I had lived with them for so long that they had become a part of my life. I had also spent a great deal of money getting them framed – but beyond that, they were just simply beautiful. Here are a few:
As I said, I made a trip to visit family in Las Vegas for five days. I took a walk on part of the Strip one night but also drove out into the desert a couple of times to take in the scenery (though no models were me this time).
In addition, I happened to be there when two of my favorite singers were in town, and I saw them both. First was Al Stewart at Sunset Station, and a few days later I saw Shania Twain on the second day of her engagement at Caesar’s Palace. Al’s performance was simple, playing with his guitarist partner Dave Nachmanoff, in a small setting. Shania’s show, on the other hand, was a grand spectacle – and she is still gorgeous. (I will definitely have to get a closer seat next time.) Though very different, both shows were terrific!
Al Stewart (right) with Dave Nachmanoff
Alien light form at Arizona Charlie’s
Red Rock Canyon
Angels on platforms
Ah, Paree!!! (Well, sort of…)
Saturday night at the Venetian
The beauty outside the city
Friends Without a Border
I took the red-eye flight back to New York, but I had no chance to rest for long. I got home in the morning, but had an early afternoon doctor’s appointment to go to. Then, after getting home from there, I had to get dressed up to attend the annual Friends Without a Border benefit auction, which raises money for a children’s hospital in Cambodia. One of my prints – a photo that I made on my trip to Tibet in 2007 – was in it and sold for a decent price. (Well, decent for one of my photos, anyway.) I happened to meet the buyer afterwards (he recognized me from my contributor’s name tag) and he told me how much he loved the photo, so that made me feel good.
Here’s my print on the wall:
The Little Cowboy, Gyantse, Tibet, 2007
Even though I could have used a good night’s sleep, I didn’t get one the following night. That’s because I went to see The Who – Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey – performing “Quadrophenia” and other hit songs at Madison Square Garden the following night. The Who is my favorite rock band, so in the space of less than a week, I saw three of my favorite musical acts.
Here are a few pics:
Roger Daltrey on the big screen
Finally, the big question: when will I be able to scan and post regularly again? As always, stay tuned.