My Friend Rob is Awesome

If you’re reading this, Rob, thanks for the pictures and you rock.

For everyone else, some details:

My wife, Melissa, and I have been married for over a year and we have almost no pictures of the two of us together.  None. Zip. Zilch.  Oh, we have TONS of one or the other person but none of the two of us from our first year together as “man and wife” that would consistute an something presentable (by that I mean, in focus, in frame, etc. – I’m not expecting GQ or Vogue here).

Enter our good friend Robert (who was the best man at our wedding btw).  Rob offers to take pictures of us with his nice camera (which I have the exact same one and is starting to age and I really want an upgrade but that’s for another post).  Anyway, the three of us headed down to downtown Santa Barbara, specifically State Street, on a rather cloudy day and we got some sweet shots!

Alan & Melissa Portrait

If you’d like to see more, then check out the photoset on Flickr.

Speaking of which… I have a TON of pictures that I here by give my word that I will start to post systematically online.  I’m thinking at least once a week I will load the highlights from whenever I started getting decent looking photos and then I will proceed to explain the pictures here on my blog.  Oh man, what am I getting myself into?  I have thousands of pictures!  (A quick scan of my photo library show photos from 2004.  Oy…)  Welp, should be fun.  Stay tuned…um…whomever reads this… mom?  Wait no…


Fresno Fun

My wife, Melissa, and I had to drive up to Fresno, CA on Friday evening because she had a teaching conference thing to attend at Cal State Fresno on Saturday.  First of all, the drive up that way is always just SUCH a joy (I’m dripping with sarcasm here).  I freaking wish I had a rocket car.  It’s when I’m driving those kind of roads where I envision myself outfitted with a rocket packet or wish I could just teleport.  At least it’s not as bad as driving all the way up to Sacramento or beyond.  Highway 5 all the way up.  Woof.

It’s not all bad though.  You get a lot of time to think or talk with whoever you’re with.

While there I had to occupy myself while Melissa was in meetings and whatnot and I basically kept around Cal State Fresno.  I don’t think I want to do that again.  Anyone know of anything worthwhile to check out while visiting Fresno for the next time?  I’d LOVE to hear if there is actually anything at all.  Color me skeptical.

The New Jerks of the Farmland
The New Jerks of the Farmland

I’ll post a link to the photo set as soon as I decide whether to go “Pro” with my Flickr account or simply switch over to Google’s Picasa Web. Anyone have any thoughts on the matter? Should I stick with Flickr and go Pro or switch over to Picasa?

So I know I haven’t updated in quite awhile. Give me a break I’ve been busy. I’m going to make a point of retroactively going through and posting on things I should have a long time ago (some things that occurred a few years ago…haha). Anyway, I’ve done the research and decided to purchase the Pro account for Flickr. Nice API, larger community, and unlimited uploading were the deal breakers. There’s just more you can do with a Pro account on Flickr than you can for something at all comparable on Picasa. Sorry Google.

So with that here a link to the photoset from the Fresno trip. Not many pics but it’s what you get.


Stoic Glass

My wife thinks I’m weird. And this is part of the reason why.

This is a glass that was formerly filled with root beer. When I had finished drinking it I noticed that some of the foam had stuck to the side and had formed what I thought looked quite a bit like my little mascot from Taglines (who by the way is not an angry character – he’s more stoic than angry). Anyway, I, of course, thought this was hilarious and decided to take pictures.