I guess more of a visit, not really an invasion, and they're actually American, just living in Polska for the time being. Anyway, Mark was my sophomore year roommate in college [and we couldn't be more opposite, but we somehow survived], and are still good friends today! He and his wife are back here state side for a few weeks so it was great to have them to the house for dinner and catch up for a while.
Who knows, maybe we'll have to get over to Poland and pay them a visit before they leave...
Of course you know I made us all stand in front of the Christmas tree for a few obligatory photos!
After opening up our presents together we hosted Christmas Dinner at the new house. That involved a very early 5:30am wake-up to take the ham out of the brine and start the cooking processes. Below are a series of photos from the day...
Overall I think the entire day went great and everyone had a good time. It sure was a lot of work, but a lot of fun at the same time! Hope all of you out there on the internets had a wonderful Christmas as well...
Once again Kelly and I attended a concert by the Philly Holiday Pops orchestra here in town. Last year it was just the two of us but this year a whole bunch of her side of the family got tickets as well so we had a big crowd in the audience. It was a very similar show to last year, but with a few different twists thrown in for good measure. No better way to get into the Christmas spirit then by listing to these guys!
Of course I forced Kel to pose for the obligitory photo on front of out Christmas tree before we left...
This year I even snagged a few high def videos...check them out.
I'll Be Therecover of Micheal Jackson [Jackson 5] by the Philadelphia Boys Choir:
Those two kids were amazing and the crowd went wild after they finished!
So, if you're in or around the Philly area at Christmas this is definitley worth checking out and the the tickets are very reasonable. $53 bucks and we sat front row of the balcony...perhaps some of the best seats in the house!
Check back on Christmas Day to catch a glimpse of all our Christmas decorations around the house...
One night last week the local fire company decorated one of the engines, placed Saint Nick topside, and then made their way around the neighborhood handing out candy canes to the youngsters. I was down in the office paying some bills when I heard the siren...after first I just ignored it, but then realized that one of my neighbors homes could possibly be burning down so I went outside to investigate. That's when I heard the sirens and the Christmas music blaring from the engine and realized it was a false alarm. You should have seen all the kids running outside to get candy canes from Santa and the firefighters...
A photo and video below...
Kinda cool for the kids...but maybe this is why our taxes are so damn high here in NJ?
Quick trip up to Boston this evening to help Team Xaverian present a check to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Check out this big daddy...can't wait to see the look on everyones face once we reveal it to the crowd!
That's a heck of a lot of money we raised this year!
I'll post more photos from the event once I'm back. [and probably after Christmas!]
Kel and I knocked out a couple of quick projects one night last week. The first was a calender, cork-board, and mail organizer doohickey. You can see the various components online here. It went up very easily and now will help Kel and I to keep our schedules sycned up...which is especially important with her travel schedule each week. We've tried the Google Calender thing, but that didn't work too well...so maybe being able to see two months in advance like this will be different? The jury is still out.
Looks just like the sketch I did beforehand, right? [though we did end up mounting it a little higher.] I think the entire thing will look a whole lot better too once we paint the walls a shade of kahki. When did you say we are starting that project Painter Pat?
Up next was the installation of a customized bottle openerthat actually took longer to mount than the calenders above. Reason being is that we mounted it on a brick column in the basement and it took forever to drill the pilot holes with the masonry bit. I guess that's what happens when you're boring into 90 year old bricks! 30 minutes of leaning into that column with as much force as I could muster...finally got the holes deep enough to insert some masonry screws.
Now that it's installed you simply grab a cold one out of the adjacent beer fridge, insert the cap into the opener, pop, and the cap falls into the handy little cap-catcher below. Simple as that.
As I think about it more...perhaps I can use the calenders to keep track of how much beer we drink? Not a bad idea.
I'll try to post some photos of our Christmas decorations around the house later in the week...check back then.
Ahhh yes...Army / Navy...the classic rivalry in its 111th year and again at Lincoln Financial Field here in Philly. Once again I'd be snapping shots for a small media outlet by the name of Knight Sports, out of Tampa. This year we were a bit more organized though as I'd be shooting still images and some of the other guys would be doing a pre-game and post-game stand-up video piece.
Since this was my 2nd year photographing the game I had a much better idea of what to expect throughout the day. I got there we'll before march-on to set up shop in the photographers workroom and used that as a base to drop gear and get warm at various points during the day.
The amount of equipment in this room is mind-boggling. Cameras, lenses, laptops...easily in hundereds of thousands of dollars. And guys leave these things lying around on counter-tops and under desks like they were a day old ham sandwich! I was half tempted at one point to snatch up as many cameras and lenses as I could and make a run for it...but I didn't think I'd get that far!
Photographers are constantly coming back here throughout the day to download, edit, and then send images to thier respective organizations. In todays day and age you can snap a photo of a huge play in a game and have it sent across the world in no time at all. Pretty amazing!
Below is the series of shots that I took throughout the day...a very long day, I might add. I won't caption them because that would take far too long, so let me know if you have any questions. Things start with the march-on of the Midshipmen and then the Cadets, followed by the drop-ins from above, coin toss, fly-over and then the actual game itself. I tried to catch as much of the pagentry that's involved because for this game it's probably more important than the football game inself.
You know the drill...click to enlarge!
Here's a quick HD video of what this looks like in full speed. It's pretty crazy to see how fast they reach the field!
Look for me in 2011 at the 112th matchup as the game moves to FedEx Field outside of D.C.