The temperature is a balmy 39 degrees right now with filtered sunshine, a perfect time to head for State Park and enjoy lunch and a hot cup of coffee.
I attempted this on Wednesday but struggled to keep the fire in my twig stove going. Everything has been so damp and wet lately. However today was a success and the embers were glowing with a vibrant autumn orange.
Lastly check my authentic Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympic knit hat….
On February 22, 1980 I was just 8 years old and beginning a love of hockey. Our family moved into our brand new home on the same day along the north shore of Long Island. It was a bitter cold day. All I remember of the “Miracle on Ice” was the newspaper cover I saw the next morning and as an 8 year old I didn’t realize the impact it had on America. Four months later Ken Morrow and my beloved New York Islanders would win the first of four Stanley Cups.
A vast majority of the players on this team would hail from Minnesota and I find it kind of ironic that in the 1980’s I was not only an Islander fan but a North Stars fan as well. I wore my sweater’s proudly and even came home periodically from street hockey with blood on them. I was devastated when the Stars moved to Dallas and shortly thereafter my love for them had waned.
On Saturday August 18th Julie and I were in Lake Placid for the weekend and had wondered into “Bookstore Plus” along Main Street. We purchased several books this day with “The Boys of Winter” being one of them. I am fascinated with the in depth stories of these players, along with their individual successes and heartaches. All this sewn into the three period account of February 22nd 1980 as history played out in a small Adirondack village along the shores of Mirror Lake against an overwhelming Soviet Union team. I felt my Patriotism swell.
For several years now my wife has wanted to try her hand at curling and with the excitement of the upcoming Winter Olympics we decided to give it a go.
I found a place about an hour from home that had a “Learn to Curl” session so I registered us along with our friends Bill and Jamie. Watching curling on TV made it look really easy. We quickly found out there was a little more to it. For me it was getting used to the feel of the ice at first. Then the slipperiness of your one foot that had the teflon under it so it would glide.
We had a really fun time with curling and plan to return for more lessons and hopefully get a little better at it each time.
I made my first visit to the Windy City back in July. My wife and sons have already spent time here before so this was unchartered territory for me. We were staying with family in one of the suburbs of Chicago and rode the Metra into the city the several days we were there. We navigated the city by either walking or riding the subway which is affectionately knows as the “L”. Riding the “L” opened up a whole new perspective on photography for me. I instantly fell in love with the intricate infrastructure cramped between towering buildings, parking garages and everyday life below. The photographic possibilities are endless and all you need is time.
Prior to my arrival in Chicago I had done absolutely no research on this gem so I was totally in the dark as to the “Prime” locations in which to photograph. The day I made the most of my images started off bright and sunny with weather conditions crumbling like an old building as the day progressed. I believe I have created several images that convey mood, as most of these were grab shots. I particularly like the ones where I was shooting out the front window as we rode the “L”. I shot color slide film but really liked them even more converted to black & white.
The other day I had mentioned to my wife how we need to return so I can spend a good 3-4 days photographing the “L” now that I have done my research.
Here you’ll find a link to an image from Lake & Wells on the Chicago “L”. It was photographed from either a parking garage or rooftop. However it gives you the perspective of its complexity. I love it! https://flic.kr/p/rUyXih
Today’s trip down memory lane takes place on Sunday September 19th 2010 in Cleveland Ohio. My wife is from Ohio and she is a Cleveland Browns fan. Yes I said she is a Cleveland Browns fan, I know right!
In 2007 our oldest son Michael decided he wanted to play youth football here where we live. My wife and I were a little nervous but extremely excited. During his time playing football we wound up becoming very good friends with another family, as a matter of fact a very wonderful family. This is where it gets interesting, they’re also Cleveland Browns fans. I know what your thinking because I thought the same thing myself. How is it possible that 350 miles east of Cleveland Ohio in the small town of Endwell, NY was there more than one Browns fan. I thought I’d have better odds in Vegas!
Over the course of a few years our friends “The Wagstaff’s” had been traveling at least once a season to Cleveland to watch a game. On the side lines of our sons game one afternoon we thought wouldn’t it be fun for us all to travel to Cleveland for a game. Finally on September 19th 2010 piled into two cars we caravanned to Cleveland for the Browns Vs. Chiefs game. Yes the Browns lost, only by two points and not that it was any shocker.
I thought that I would take this opportunity and post this for “Throwback Thursday” as the Cleveland Browns are 6-3 and sit atop of the AFC North. Yes sports fans I said the Cleveland Browns sit on top of the AFC North! I can just hear the Squealer, I mean Steeler fans cringe! Maybe you should throw in the towel now?
I am a New York Jets fan and I too have suffered year after year with defeat. Over the course of our 20 year history my wife’s beloved “Brownie’s” have slowly begin to grow on me. I find myself becoming a bigger fan season after season. I think I have this deep affection for the underdog. Its been exciting to watch Cleveland native “Brian Hoyer” under center. Johnny Football “Johnny Manziel” was all the rage during the draft, however “Hoyer” appears to be the man leading the Browns “HOPEFULLY” to their first playoff appearance since 2002.