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Rebecca and Willard

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My coworker is getting married in less than two weeks at SF City Hall. She and her guy were willing participants as part of an ongoing project that will hopefully turn into something more substantial. The day we shot these, Bay 2 Breakers and about six different, large events were taking place in the city. I never, in my 7 years that I lived in SF, maneuvered through such a muck of gridlock and foot traffic. I didn’t believe my eyes, and I didn’t believe my mind. Even though the day was extremely sunny at 10am, we found good use of natural light…and the photo shoot turned out to be successful.

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May 30, 2013 at 3:27 am

Made You Guys Something

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Imagine when your friend says to you, “Hey, I made you something.” Your response is usually positive, right? Hell Yeah! That friend took time out of his/her schedule to benefit your life and that has to be quite righteous (the most secular meaning here).

However, when that present is revealed, you would never imagine something as cool as a three dimensional signage of two last names (mine and my wife’s) combined into the above work of art. The friend who made this is a San Franciscan artist, Alphonzo Solorzano. He’s had various pieces and shows throughout the city. The last thing I expected was something this nicely crafted when he said “I made you guys something”.

Check out Alphonzo’s blog, artwork, and projects here. He has extra images of this piece and a description of the process.

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Images We Remember

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We were located just under 40 miles south of Lake Tahoe for the weekend. The weather was extremely nice in the shade of the pine trees and waking up next to Indian Creek Reservoir wasn’t bad either. Sunsets and sunrises were spectacular.

There was absolutely too much sunshine during our drive around Monitor Pass and through some of the other canyons so I used my polarize filter on the Zeiss 35mm lens…always comes in handy during these times of the day.

Some would argue that Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) had a better set up when he was rumored to have been holed up in a cabin to write “For Emma, Forever Ago”. It would seem that this lake revealed something mystic as the 8 year old with us said this is were fairies come to rest and cool off (I’m not arguing with a child).

Incredible to view sunsets like this away from the city lights. The temperature that night was around 80 degrees and the lake was chirping with beetles, birds, and ducks.

It’s always fun to shoot at night…and especially fun with long exposures and some flash lights…everyone got involved and had their own ideas. The one above is from the artistically gifted 8 year old. It is a turkey, right? Below is something I concocted to show support of the city I live in…not the baseball team I disdain with cheerful boos.

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Year One: Marriage in Fast Forward

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(Photo was taken at Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, CA)

Imagine living a life that is in constant fast-forward. Or…if you happen to own a dvr, you know that blurry effect that the “ff” button causes on the television screen. In retrospect, this first year of marriage has seemed to have taken on that blurry effect. Within the course of these last 365 days, I’ve had time to think about my learning experiences as a husband and partner. I’ve had enough time to reflect on what has been really good and what has not been really good (these are trial and error moments).

But, also during this time, the layers of conversations and critical reflections on top of obligations to friends and family, all of these events, in my mind, were compressed into a flat, single sheet (like if you were to flatten layers in Photoshop, or General Zod and compadres in Superman), wafer-thin layer. This layer is dense and full of exciting moments, but extremely difficult to dissect and pull apart.

So, in order to find that perfect balance of describing “Year One”, I look to this recent article of a 74 year marriage that came to an end last week to find help.

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The article starts like this: Bob and Kay Sarver were married for more than 74 years. Last month, they died within 15 hours of each other.

Then the article describes their storied past of how they met in high school, their history, and few really unforgettable moments as husband and wife.

Below, you can read about their over-powering determination to be together.

In recent months, he suffered from kidney disease and other ailments. He died at 12:55 p.m. on July 12, according to his family.

She suffered from Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, and was in hospice care. At the time of her husband’s death, she could no longer speak or swallow but could still write.

When told of his passing, she wrote: “I want to see Dad.”

Her son prepared to take her to see the body.

“No,” she made it clear. “I want to be with him right now.”

Before the next dawn, at 4:25 a.m., Kay Sarver died.

Their ashes were mixed together. Some were put in a square, sealed wooden urn, which was interred in a wall Friday at Tahoma National Cemetery in Covington. The rest will be spread among their favorite places.

“We can’t separate them now,” said Susan McLeod, of Fort Peck, Mont., the couple’s daughter.

Click here for the entire article from The Seattle Times.

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I forwarded a link to this article to my wife immediately after reading. My office door was closed and there was complete silence. The Sarver’s story had resonated within me. As my mind wandered, my life had just fast-forwarded another 60 years and I could feel a sense of sadness and sharp pain from the back of my eyes…

Bob and Kay lived a full life together, and one can only hope to be with somebody they love for that long, feel that impossibly loving affection and happiness, and that sense of duty and obligation.

Within my “Year One”, I know I became aware of that feeling. I became aware of the minutiae of marriage, the singularity of marriage, and the tradition and ritual of marriage. And for the rest of my life, I know I have my “Kay” in my life; I know I’ll have my happiness; I know I’ll have my trepidations, and I know I’ll have my sorrows. I know I’ll have my regrets and I know I’ll have my pain…but mostly, I know I’ll have that silliness and joy, and I know I’ll never let her go…

Aces all the way!

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Pigeons: Candy to Cannibalism

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Wings are a symbol of freedom (and other weird looking tattoos). Flight is associated with the image as well. When flight is as awesome as California Condor’s or of a majestic American Bald Eagle, that’s when wings are just thought of as SUPER-AWESOME.

But as I have come across many pigeons (one of SF’s perks) as a denizen of San Francisco, the idea that these winged creatures project any sense of majesty or freedom is utter “LOL” material (Curb Your Enthusiasm reference).

Recently, while walking through a side street in the Mission, I came across a pigeon that was eating a piece of candy. I, along with my wife, postulated that it must of been an M&M candy.

My immediate response was “great, what kind of diabetic pigeon is that?”
My wife said, “these things will eat anything, even their own kind.”

She was right. If you’ve seen pigeons in the city, you know they are infamously ravenous fly-ey things that eat dead pigeons laying on the side of the road. Carcases are never left unattended for very long. These filthy featured demons will flock in herds to dead cousins (unlike those in the “Association“).

Next time when you, the traveler, the tourist, want to feed the pigeons of San Fran-tastic, you bet you can take out some M&Ms (any kind) and fling those hard shelled candies to the ground like pieces of bread. For sure they’ll eat it…and for sure, they’ll like it…and for sure, they’ll poop on you.

*sidebar: I was walking to work one day and saw a seagull destroying a breakfast item, tearing into it…and realized it was a dead pigeon. Whilst the seagull indulged, it periodically picked up the “flying rat” and moved it to another location. Change of scenery often inspires, right?

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Kezar Park Area = HELLA food & fun

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While I jest at making good use of “hella”, I’m proud to say that as a citizen of this country (USA to clarify), we took the opportunity on the 4th of July to participate in a favorite past time: stuff face with food (3 grills), play park games, and relax on-in a folding chair whilst sipping on beverage of choice (craft beer for me).

In this beautiful location right next to Kezar Stadium, we found time to become Awesomer and lived life to the fullest.   See image below.

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San Francisco Public Transit

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San Franciscans depend on public transit. We go to work, take it home, run errands with it too. Recently, the Muni Train lines have been sporadic, often with delays from 10-20 mins are just “part of the day” results of hiccups with public transit in San Francisco.

But when I see maps like this, I begin to wonder…and say to myself, “FAWWWWWWK, that’s why I’m late”.

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April 13, 2011 at 5:56 pm