…though, being embedded here surely does not do this video justice.

I highly suggest heading over to the video page on Vimeo, and check this out in all of it’s full-screen HD glory. Be sure to let the video download prior to starting play.

19 February 2010 at 5:21 pm | Categories: General | Tags: , , , ,

I just had to share this… if I were home, I probably would have tried to do something similar. Unfortunately (note the sarcasm), I was stuck in New Orleans through Monday. This of course means that I was on Bourbon Street after the end of the Super Bowl. Wow.

But anyway, this video was posted on DCist and merits a share:

9 February 2010 at 11:48 am | Categories: General | Tags: , , , , , , ,

I know I haven’t posted in a long time, but this is just something that I had to pass along…

Help support the United States’ bid to bring the FIFA World Cup back to the US in either 2018 or 2022!

13 January 2010 at 10:46 am | Categories: General | Tags: , ,

IMG_0880Greetings all… it’s cold and windy this morning in DC and I’ve been at work way too long. I know this post is coming after 1000am, but I’ve been here since 720am. So there!

1. Georgetown Cupcake opened their new flagship bakery on M Street yesterday and gave away free cupcakes all day. Of course, I missed the opportunity for my free sugary and buttery goodness. Fail.

2. Work has slowed down even more so than in previous posts. Really starting to worry about whether or not I’ll have a job shortly after the new year arrives. I wish people would just pay their damn bills!

3. Christmas is rapidly approaching and I have done absolutely ZERO shopping. Doh! I’m going to get on that within the next few days.

4. I’m determined to get a photo into the DCist Exposed Photography Show this year. Help me out within the next few days and vote for your top three photos here. If you don’t have a Flickr account, just leave a comment here and I’ll get it.

5. I’m looking forward to skiing. And Pepe’s… only two weeks away!

6. Nicole and I are now slowly working towards figuring out the music situation for our wedding reception. Oh, the choices! Band all night? DJ all night? Quartet for dinner, DJ for dancing? Going to be a fun January.

7. The fall season of our APA pool league ended recently, and unofficial results show that I may have won another MVP award for the season! If so, that means that I’ll be invited to play in another regional tournament with a chance to win some dough, so keep your fingers crossed.

8. Somewhat reluctantly, I’m trying a new frame shop. Artful Framing has been my go-to for years, but it’s just such a pain to get out to Takoma Park regularly during business hours. I’m giving Gary Taylor a shot now because, well, it’s about a block away from my apartment.

9. I’m happy the Red Sox, after deciding to essentially let Jason Bay walk away from the team, have decided to make some strong moves for improved defense and pitching. Now, we just need some more offense!

10. I’m knee deep in online gift shopping now. Wish me luck.

Today, ESPN kicked off Jimmy V Week, in honor of famed college basketball coach Jimmy Valvano. At the inaugural ESPY awards event in 1993, Jimmy V was awarded the very first Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award and delivered his instantly famous “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.” speech (video below, transcript here). It’s an incredibly moving speech that will have you grinning ear to ear while fighting back tears (of both laughter and sorrow) at the same time. Enjoy!

2 December 2009 at 9:22 pm | Categories: General | Tags: , , , , , , ,

IMG_0779Greetings all… heading out of the office soon and almost forgot, so I threw this together pretty quickly.

1. As you can see, I got some love from the Georgetown Starbucks this morning. Of course, I’ve been going there for nearly 5 years and I’ve ordered the same beverage every single time so they’ve got that down. Not too often though does my name end up on the cup. Bravo!

2. The Hall and Oates concert I saw at the 930 Club last week was good. Yeah, that’s all, just good. Daryl Hall seemed uninterested for most of the night, and he tried to do a bit too much with his aging vocal chords and ended up sounding awkward at times. Musically though, they’ve still got it.

3. I don’t know that I’ve mentioned it here, but I’m back bartending again on the weekends at Buffalo Billiards. Sunday is the only scheduled shift that I work and it’s been going great so far. This past weekend, I also covered a Saturday shift. Unfortunately, the NCAA and NFL football schedules did not provide much in the way of exciting football matchups and the Redskins Deadskins played Monday night, so both shifts over the weekend were very, very slow. Boo.

4. Speaking of Saturday, Nicole and I had a little date night after I got home from work. I showered quickly and we went around the corner to Buca di Beppo for some dinner (had a coupon that was expiring soon), and then we headed to Solly’s on U Street for a drink before a concert at the 930 Club again. This one was Federico Aubele, a smooth-voiced and slick-handed Argentinian guitarist. It’s mello music, but a good show.

5. We’ve been spending a lot of time looking at invitations on Etsy for some inspiration to give our designer. Actually, last night, I spent over three hours looking through about 1,000 different designs on the site. Yikes!

6. FotoWeekDC is coming up and one of the cool aspects of the event is that they provide “portfolio reviews” for photographers of all skill levels. I’d love to schedule one for myself, but it’s actually a bit pricey. I’m going to wait it out for about a week to see how my finances stand and if I’ve got the extra money, I’ll just have to hope that there are still some open slots.

7. I just started using Nicole’s digital camera last week, so hopefully the Flickr photostream will start moving again. I do have a backlog of photos to upload though, including I think three baseball games that I just have not been able to get to yet.

8. I think this coming Saturday, I may take a little photowalk down 17th Street NW. Nicole and I went to the Corcoran Gallery of Art a while back, via 17th Street from Farragut Square. My eye kept wandering on the walk home and I think I could spend a roll of film there. I’ll have to see how the weather pans out (current forecast: mild but rainy).

9. Ryan and Blythe gave Nicole and me a gift card to the Blue Duck Tavern, the restaurant and lounge at the Park Hyatt Washington, DC where we will be hosting our wedding festivities. In anticipation of the wedding date next year, we reserved a table for dinner on Friday, November 13 (wedding date, November 13, 2010). Definitely looking forward to that…

10. The Winter of Despair has begun. When does spring training start?

I’m not a very political person, but even I could tell from a mile away that this is going to have to be embarassing for the Grand Old Party. Wow.

20 October 2009 at 2:20 pm | Categories: General | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

The engagement photos are in… check out the blog post here on our photographers website!

16 October 2009 at 8:16 am | Categories: General | Tags: , , ,

78140012Ugh… I’ve had quite a few ups and downs since my last post, now almost 6 weeks ago.

1. August was pretty damn busy for me with a lot of early mornings and late nights at work. Ironically, work has been quite slow this year and to boot, we’ve been having problems with a number of projects. Some of them are getting to me a bit personally so I’ve been a bit down on myself the last month or so, but things seem to be coming around a bit now and it looks like things might improve before the end of the year.

2. Late in August, Nicole and I made a short trip to Block Island to spend a long weekend with family. My brother and his wife rented a house and invited us all up for the week, though we could only make it Thursday through Sunday (slideshow of a few photos here.

3. Friday in BI was eventful to say the least. Early in the morning, my brother slipped down a flight of stairs while carrying one of his baby boys. They both tumbled and though my brother came away OK, his son was hurt and shaken pretty badly. Long story short, my nephew ended up with a broken buckled femur, but will be OK. He was a tropper to the max with a cast on for a whole month, but it came off about two weeks ago and now all is back to normal. Phew.

4. The first weekend of September, we hit the road again for an engagement party in the Philly area that Nicole’s mother threw for us. We lucked out with some great weather that allowed the party to stay outside and more importantly, keep the kids in the pool. Nicole and I got some great gifts and a good deal of money that we decided to use to start a joint bank account. We don’t plan to use the account regularly, so any money we get from wedding related things will go straight there to grow.

5. Baseball has ended (tear). I didn’t see nearly as many games this year as I wanted (15 total), but in the last two months of the season: Rockies @ Nationals; Brewers @ Nationals; Phillies @ Nationals; one, slash, two games against the Dodgers; and, a game from the final homestand against the Mets. As is always the case with the Nats, it’s been a good, bad, and ugly.

6. Hall & Oates are coming around to the 930 Club (yes, the 930 Club!) on October 21, a stop on their latest tour, “Up Close and Personal.” I surely did not hesitate to get a ticket, though because Nicole will be in class, it looks like I’ll be flying solo.

7. Had a rather unexpected visitor on the balcony at home a few weeks ago… a praying mantis! This guy actually hung out on the balcony for nearly two days before he left.

8. In some very exciting news, I bought a new camera lens. Found on eBay (with shipping, I spent less than $25.00!), I bought an old Asahi SMC Pentax-M 1:2 50mm prime lens. And. I. Love. It. The depth of field is incredible… the kind that I’ve never worked with with my kit or zoom lens. The first half-roll of photos with the new lens can be seen here.

9. And at the same time I was looking for a new lens, I’m thinking to myself that I’d love to have a new SLR body as well. Though my heart has always been with black and white film, I’m growing more and more comfortable with color now (as you’ll see in this archive). I figured it’d be nice to always have a camera with each type of film. So… I bought (also on eBay), a used Pentax ZX-M, the same as the current camera I’ve got. Unfortunately, I didn’t read fully the item description and purchased (again, for only like $25.00) a broken, as-is camera body that needs some work. Haven’t investigated it further yet, but details later.

10. My cousin made a weekend visit to the area from Boston two weeks ago. We all hung out at my brother’s house Saturday afternoon/evening and then went to the National Zoo on Sunday (a few photos with the new lens).

11. Following the National Zoo, Nicole and I broke from the crowd and spent a few hours walking around our hood during Adams Morgan Day Festival. The weather was absolutely beautiful and it gave me an opportunity to finish up a roll of film with the new lens!

12. Speaking of the animal kingdom and visitors… the blue heron that stops at the C and O Canal in Georgetown every year made another appearance last week.

13. At the end of the month, our wedding photographers, Robert and Kathleen, visited from Southern Connecticut to shoot an engagement session with us. Nicole and I spent a Saturday afternoon zipping around town scoping out potential locations that we might like to have pictures taken at, and though it gave us a good point to start from, we quickly diverted from the list once Rob and Kathleen got their eyes and imaginations working. Turns out, they’ve got a pretty good eye for this stuff. We are still waiting for the photos and their blog post, but rumor has it that those are coming soon!

14. The first few weeks of October have been uneventful, so briefly noted: Our friend Shannon is hosting an engagement party for our local friends in the Club Room at her apartment … I lost my little digital point-and-shoot camera about a week ago (boo!) when Nicole and I were out on Capitol Hill … Federico Aubele is playing the 930 Club later this month, and I’ll be there.

IMG_1230OK, so it’s become really, really difficult for me to hide my excitement at times the past few days. I know this is an old photo, but recent developments are too fantastic to go unmentioned and I don’t get to see Radiohead all too often.

The band are in the the process of finalizing a new album. Rumor had it that it was to be released sometime during the month of August, and though it’s incresingly likely that that will not happen, Radiohead are peeking interest across the intarwebs with teasers. As always, the band blog over at Dead Air Space is fueling most of the rumor mill, but there is one thing for certain: a new album is forthcoming, and at least one new track has been gifted early by the band.

Radiohead have finished recording “These Are My Twisted Words” and say that they are “pretty proud of it.” Via their blog post, you can visit the W.A.S.T.E. shop to consume a digital version of the new track for free.

The new track is reminiscent of some old-school grooves from Pink Floyd, mixed with shades of earlier Radiohead B-sides from the OK Computer/Kid A/Amnesiac days. Musically speaking, I’m immediately thrown back to “Fast Track,” from the “Pyramid Song” single and the Floyd’s “Interstellar Overdrive” (The Piper at the Gates of Dawn) or parts of “Shine on You Crazy Diamond (6-9)” (Wish You Were Here). It’s paced by a somewhat frenetic background of Phil’s drumwork, overlaid with a rising and falling soundscape of guitar work. The bass comes in to calm things down and call all to order for the vocals, followed by a smooth jam out to the end. All in all, a great piece of work.

My exceitement reached it’s highest point today when I happened across the band’s Sunday blog post. Graciously, they’ve provided a link to a YouTube video of a live recording of the new track, it’s first live performance ever at a festival in Austria. View the wonderful, wonderful video here. below (I felt dumb when I realized I could just embed the video!).

27 August 2009 at 12:39 pm | Categories: General | Tags: , , , , , ,