Don’t Pet the Fluffy Cows!

My favorite Bison rancher, Dan O’brien doing a Public Service Announcement about people continuing to think that they can get close to bison and survive.  Every year typically in Yellowstone several tourists are injured or killed because they do not heed the warnings from the park rangers.

Storm Photos

On my way home from Goodland , KS I went thru some amazing cloud and rain formations.  Nothing serious or dangerous but just interesting shafts of rain back lit with the setting afternoon sun.  Here they are -  some are slightly redundant but interesting nonetheless.  OBTW they were all shot in color and then taken into BW as I think this makes them more dramatic

Outside my Window

Just got into my Hotel Room here in Colby, KS for my two day stint working.  The A/C was on full blast with the shades closed.  While I appreciate the cold on a day of 100 degF it was a bit much.  After getting the A/C turned down - I opened up the shades to find this.  What else would you expect in Rural Kansas?  Glad to see the land being used to grow something.

Syracuse in July

Motel in Saratoga

Hilary and I getting ready for DMB

The Man Himself

At the Diner

Manlius Swan Pond

Oneida Lake -Sylvan Beach

Indie and Luna

24 sec. shot clock

Rodney at the Cafe


A brief trip to Syracuse to visit with family.  Was able to see my one and only grandchild, Ivria.  Spent time with Alex and Lisa, her parents.  Then it was off to Oneida Lake where I stay with Hilary and Kris.  This entailed a Dave Mathews Band concert at the Saratoga Performing  Arts Center.  There was visiting with Luna and Indie, Hilary’s new but large dogs.

Centura - The Worst

I believe that many corporations are bad - I only have experience  with one medical corporation up close and that’s Centura which is an amalgamation of CHI ( Catholic Health Initiative) and the Adventist Church.  As the petition states orange Flight for Life plane and helicopter colors are themselves their own brand.  They’ve been around for over 50 years and now administration wants to change colors to better fit in with their brand.  Estimated cost to repaint the fleet $1 million or more. I was only given a 3% raise this year - about a third of inflation.  But they have money to repaint equipment that doesn’t need this.

A couple of months ago this same CEO pleaded with staff not to bring in the union.  This is why you need a union because clearly Administration is clueless as what a health systems priorities should be.  I am in the enviable position of being a part time worker .  So if Centura ever reads this:

1] It’s called freedom of Speech

2] It’s called truth to power

3] Peter Banko save your BS proclamations about God’s love and the work we do on his behalf.  Try walking the walk for once

More Ektachrome

Why do I shoot E-100?  Well I wasn’t for awhile - it’s expensive at almost $20 a roll, costs $3 more than C41 to develop at and I used to think it was hard to shoot because of it’s limited exposure latitude.  All of this is true but I shot a last remaining roll about a month ago and I was amazed at the beauty of the output.  I don’t think I could shoot a steady diet of it but for certain projects it’s worth it.  For difficult lighting just bracket your exposures.

Happy Go Lucky

Well foks I’ve finished another boot.  This is good for me as I have tons of books but don’t read that much.  I also have tended to start 3 or 4 books at once intending to finish them but haven’t so far.

I told someone that this book is for me what some people read and call a trashy romance novel - I didn’t learn anything, couldn’t quote anything per se.  But it was fun.  I’ve read about 6 of his books and it’s like meeting an old friend - you get reacquainted with his family.  This time the topics are about the pandemic, his aging father who grew up in Cortland, NY and I think may have attended Syracuse University or spent time in Syracuse ( who hasn’t spent time in Syracuse?) 

So was the book good?  It’s sort of like asking how the peanut butter was - it’s a staple.  Yes if you have read one of his books you have read them all and yet they are each in their own right very entertaining. So let’s just leave it at that.

Agent Shadow Film

Another new film to try out - this time is Kosmo Foto Shadow Agent - an iso 400 BW film.  I am having a hard time keeping track of some of the new offerings - are they new film stock or just repackaged film from Eastern Europe?  Anyway this one seems to be OK to shoot.  I developed it for 5:30 in HC110B but I think next time I will develop it for 6 min. OR shoot it at ISO 200

The Left Behind - A book Review

A well researched book about why there is anger in the rural areas of this country.  Claims and assertions are well supported.

“My argument is that understanding rural America requires seeing the places in which its residents live as moral communities. I do not mean this in the vernacular sense of “moral” as good, right, virtuous, or principled. I mean it rather in the more specialized sense of a place to which and in which people feel an obligation to one another and to uphold the local ways of being that govern their expectations about ordinary life and support their feelings of being at home and doing the right things.”

“Rural communities’ views of Washington usually emerge in two competing narratives: on the one hand, the government ignores us and doesn’t do anything to help with our problems, and, on the other hand, the government constantly intrudes in our lives without understanding us and thus makes our problems worse.”

[The obvious irony is that I don’t see rural agricultural areas surviving without government subsidy for crops and crop insurance.  I also haven’t heard of farmers declining to take government handouts that these subsidies represent.  There’s a disconnect between Medicaid  and Crop subsidies - both support segments in our society]

“Diversity for diversity’s sake is rarely valued, and if it is, it means something incremental and usually symbolic. Rural communities may not be as racist or as misogynist as critics sometimes claim, but the racism and misogyny are built into the patterns of life that nearly all-white communities have come to accept. And a part of their anger is assuredly the view that the promotion of diversity is a further intrusion of big government.”

[The lack of diverse opinion means there’s little chance that rural inhabitants have a chance to hear opposing opinions.  ]

“A truck farmer in a town that was nearly 50 percent Hispanic was proud of the diversity in his community and acknowledged that the apples and cherries on his farm depended on Hispanic labor. But he too thought more should be done to keep Hispanics out. They need to be stopped at the border, he said. Social scientists call this kind of exclusion “othering.” It ranges from negative stereotypes to overt discrimination. By no means do all rural Americans engage in”

— The Left Behind: Decline and Rage in Small-Town America by Robert Wuthnow

What I was hoping to learn  is whether the author is able to develop a cogent argument as to why the rural areas have turned further to the radical right and have become stalwarts of Trumpism.  One would be lead to believe that the level of anger and distrust is so potent that rural voters voted for anything that is not already in Washington.   This would explain in some ways the 2016 election of Trump but not his continued popularity into the 2020 election. I call this “Blind Rage” as there is no accounting for how the rural resident identifies with Trump.

Color Me Aborted

Saw this on a Billboard on I-25 going south right before the Colorado Border coming from Wyoming.  Someone is pissed that Colorado has codified Abortion as a Women’s right.  Meanwhile polls of Wyoming citizens show almost as many favor abortion as don’t.  Here would be my billboard heading North into Wyoming:

Ayres Natural Bridge

Ayres Natural Bridge is a great state park near Douglas Wyoming.  The above picture is not the bridge ( not yet maybe in a million years).  But it is the backdrop to this nifty picnic area.

Memphis Ranch Meat Company

Spent a nite boon docking at the Memphis Ranch - part of the Harvest Host program.  You pay $100/year which allows you to book unused parking spots - generally no hook ups and they encourage you to patronize the facility that is hosting you.  In this case we bought some Bison meat.  In Nebraska near Broken Bow we stayed a nite at a microbrewery and sampled their product as well as having dinner there.

This time it was Greg Nott and his wife who hosted us and another rig for a visit to their ranch where they have about 30 head of Bison.  Their motto is Restore the Animal - Restore the Land - Restore the People

Ronnie Hawkins has flown the Coop

Ronald Hawkins, (January 10, 1935 – May 29, 2022) was an American/Canadian rock and roll musician whose career spanned more than half a century. His career began in Arkansas, where he was born and raised. He found success inOntario, Canada, and lived there for most of his life. He is considered highly influential in the establishment and evolution of rock music in Canada.

Also known as “Rompin’ Ronnie”, “Mr. Dynamo”, or simply “The Hawk”, he was one of the key players in the 1960s rock scene in Toronto. Throughout his career, Hawkins performed all across North America and recorded more than twenty-five albums. His hit songs included covers of Chuck Berry’s “Thirty Days” (entitled “Forty Days” by Hawkins) and Young Jessie’s “Mary Lou”, a song about a ”gold-digging woman”. Other well-known recordings are a cover of Bo Diddley’s ”Who Do You Love?” (Hawkins’ version was released without the question mark), ”Hey Bo Diddley”, and ”Susie Q”, which was written by his cousin, rockabilly artist Dale Hawkins.

Hawkins was also notable for his role as a talent scout and mentor of musicians he recruited for his band the Hawks. Roy Buchanan was an early Hawks guitarist on the song “Who Do You Love”. The most successful example of this were the musicians who left him to form The Band. Other musicians Hawkins had recruited went on to form Robbie Lane and the DisciplesJanis Joplin’s Full Tilt Boogie BandCrowbarBearfoot, and Skylark.

Olympus XA

I recently acquired this beauty of a compact rangefinder.  There is a complete review for look at.  I wasn’t sure last nite when I developed the negatives ( Fuji Across II) but with a little correction I was amazed at how many of the photos I really liked ( and printed out)

When you think of it - it is a pretty amazing camera.  Rangefinder, manual focus, you can set the ISO yourself all in a clam shell design.  It’s really a mini-ME to the original Leitz CL

We Are 100 - Book Review

This is part of the new “Book Club” feature on this blog.  We Are 100 is by Nathaniel Timmel a writer, comedian, Instagram Personality.  I don’t normally read fiction but I got sucked in and have really enjoyed this tome.  It’s a crime novel wrapped up in an ethics question.  People doing bad things to people or corporations that are even worse is how it’s descrbed.

The basic plot without giving anything away is that folks that have been aggrieved by a person or corporation takes to getting revenge.  The FBI gets involved to figure out who’s behind all of this.

Reading this reminded me of the “revenge” genre that we see in books and movies.  Falling Down with Michael Douglas (1993) is a perfect example.  You push people to far and you get what you weren’t expecting.  Myself I get sucked into watching You Tube clips of movies featuring Bullies getting their comeuppance.  Very satisfying to say the least.  Good triumphing over Bad - rare to see this actually in reality.

Though sometimes the little person does triumph.  This is from a recent Associated Press article - I actually work for this medical corporation and I was overjoyed when they got kicked in the ass for their behavior.

Snowmageddon May 2022

Wednesday and Thursday were in the high 80’s with Friday bringing only a high 32 and heavy heavy snow.  Enough to break large limbs on the trees around our house.  We are now the proud owners of a chain saw to cut them up!

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