The busiest beach in Rio Grande, Puerto Ricomystery photographer.
I just got back from a six-day "mini-moon"; more photos to come.
Things here are moving on... slowly. Went to see the immigration
attorney today and it looks like I might have conditional residency
before the end of 2008, which would be nice. Work is busy, my
promotion will make it more so, but in a good way.
Also have finally gotten around to replacing some framed photos in the dining room. I put up these ones from the Mission:
I've been busy on Facebook too.
Two sets of photos today (and finally). Been more busy on facebook than on here, and trying to figure out how to link the two. Anyway, in the meantime have a look at these from Bernal on Friday---crazy crane!
Today I got an extra hour to play with, at the expense of it getting dark at 5.30pm. I'll sacrifice the hour, thanks. Dark afternoons suck.
So can you believe I actually made this? Starting from four crusty scraps of platinum? I melted and sanded and milled and annealed and milled and annealed and milled and milled and milled and milled and cut and filed and bent and tensioned and soldered and burred and ground and sanded and sanded and sanded and sanded and pre-polished and washed and polished and washed. It took five hours. It was great. Five days to go!
In other news, I took this down the road the other day.
There've been some pretty clouds over the last few weeks. We get really amazing clouds here sometimes... and now I think about it, an incredible variety.
Today it rained for the first time in, gosh, probably at least four months. It smells fantastic outside. First rain of the season seems early this year; I distinctly remember that last year the first autumn rain I saw at Google was on October 18th (it was the day that Sue left).
Everything's changing. Seasons, time, marital status, the global climate, my age, me.
It was a busy weekend. On Friday we went to see Guster in San Francisco:
On Saturday we met our minister to go over our wedding vows. On Sunday we picked grapesBarndiva to choose food, sample cocktails and finalize the flower selection. Less than a month to go...
Here's one I took a couple of weeks ago on our trip to Vegas.MGM Grand despite its lack of an inland beach.
Isaac fun fact: did you know that there are more hotel rooms at the intersection of Tropicana Ave and The Strip in Las Vegas than there are in the whole of the City of San Francisco?
Here's another pic from the Mission. Does this not look like an idyllic sixties scene? Am I just imagining that?
This last weekend Wendy and I "got away from it all" at the Timber Cove Inn up north. Little did I know when we went that included in "all" was the internet, cell phone signal, and basic hygiene... the hotel wasn't the most sparkly-clean you ever saw. On the upside, we had a room with two chairs and a little stoop and an ocean view. We also had sunshine and a whole lot of not much else. Is nice; I like.
This afternoon I was filmed for one of these. Since I couldn't remember ever wearing make-up before, I thought I'd ask them to leave it on when I was done so I could see what it was like. In a meeting later in the day someone asked me why I looked somehow different, cleaner, healthier, neater... obviously this stuff works!
I just posted this to the wedding site, so I guess I should put it here too. I present to you, the Happy Couple:
I took this in England a few months ago. May's a good time for pictures like this up North.
Wedding stuff accelerating apace now; yesterday met with "Minister Maggie" a celebrant candidate. Today making invitations. Tuesday meeting a photographer. Gosh, anybody would think we were organized.
This is one of the first photos I took with my new camera earlier this year. It was over in San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presidio.
This morning I got up and rode my bike to Tiburon , caught the ferry back to the city and went to the gym on the way home. I am a MACHINE! This afternoon much more relaxed: reading in the sunshine, pottering round the house, blogging...
The authorities are very organized in the Mission. No sooner has someone thrown a photocopier in the gutter than they're coming right round to mark it off with cones. What a place.
Also, wanted to share this sight from Mission Street itself. It's Monty Python's "Spam, Spam, Spam and Eggs" done Mission-styleee!
Less than three months to the wedding. We started a blog. And now that's out of the way we just need to sort out an officiant, flowers, photos, somewhere to stay on our wedding night... trivia, basically.
This photo below, which I took on a neighborhood bike ride on my birthday, has finally compelled me to gather up the Mission Colors and put them online. Do not adjust your set; this city is genuinely this colorful! What an amazing place.
Factoid #1: on June 25th someone landed on isaach.com having searched on Google for "crazy monky" (sure enough, I'm currently number 13).
Factoid #2: crazymonky.com is already registered :-(
Been busy recently, with hardly any time to do anything. Today, though, finally got around to uploading my cars photos from last year. Trying something a little different, here's a fancy slideshow:
Also posted a bunch of photos from Mission Carnaval last weekend. What a very strange parade.
The Mission remains as colorful as ever.
Wedding plans continue apace: I wrote a whole bunch of "Save the Date" cards this weekend, and Wendy went shopping for something to wear on our big day (I was considerably more successful than Wendy).
Matt's blog is compulsive reading; you should check it out.
Where else but the Mission? In fact, less than 100 yards from our house:
This last weekend Wendy and I volunteered at a "build day" at Wendy's school at the end of our road. Between us and the 400 others there we painted benches, mixed concrete, constructed a wicked climbing frame, erected basketball hoops, planted plants, cleaned classrooms, and painted a mural. "Neglected school yard blossoms into made-to-order playground", no less. It was altogether very cool, and kinda like the barn-building scene in Witness.
It's now 191 days to go until the wedding. Wendy's in Colorado with family at the moment, doing scheming and such... rumor has it she even tried on a dress or two today. Me, I'm just trying to decide which Google t-shirt I'll be wearing.
More Mission colors:
This week's wedding update: locked and loaded for October 13th at Barndiva. We were up there today starting on the arrangements, and even put down a deposit... yikes. I also took a bunch of photos while we were there.
Things are getting serious now. Exactly 200 days to go, and counting.
I'm going to put these in a "colors of the Mission" series, but for now you get to see them one by one:
Wedding planning is in full, although rather unstructured, swing. We decided on a venue in the wine country, which is (thankfully!) much more of a delightful place to get married than its baroque and unnavigable website conveys.
Also a date: October 13th, 2007. Stay tuned.