This kind of looks like the kitchen in my first solo apartment...except mine was more run down and my fridge was a lot smaller. I was in my late 20s and I managed as best I could...I had a futon, a TV, a VCR and a couple of pressboard bookshelves filled with paperback books.
That dingy place ate most of my blue collar paycheck I earned as a signmaker at the time and left just a little for food, basics, a little beer and some spending money.
Thank goodness I still visited my folks a lot in those days...they were always giving me canned foods to take home to add to the ramen, lentils and beans in my larder. Most of my neighbors didn't have that luxury.
It was a rather rough, very ungentrified neighborhood...I would occasionally hear gunfire at night. My only "extravagance" was a couple of second-hand synthesizers bought on layaway over many months from pawn shops (the aforementioned spending money) as well as a four-track cassette recorder, A-frame keyboard stand and a little mixer I had received as birthday gifts. My music kept me happy and sane - it still does!
I doubt most conservative lawmakers ever lived like I did...and if they did, it seems they didn't learn a damn thing about what it means to be poor, to live from paycheck-to-paycheck, to be a hard worker but still fall short!
My life in this place and my interactions with my neighbors shaped a lot of my opinions and attitudes today. Things like what "a living wage" means and what the effects of poverty are on people's lives. I never saw any "welfare queens" or "people scamming the system", I saw people doing the best they could with what they had and what they could get.
Chance, circumstance and luck have been *very* good to me since then and I'm doing very well for myself now but I will never forget or ignore all the things I learned those many years ago.
Still really enjoying Nik's Silver Efex Pro! I've been stuck inside for a while recovering from surgery and have been going through some photos, looking for some good candidates for B&W conversion and processing a handful.
Here are a few. As always, click for a better image:
So wonderful! I just re-watched this yesterday after not having seen it for a couple of years and I just can't recommend it enough. What an absolute tour de force of writing and acting!
For anyone who is a fan of Orson Welles, this is a definite must! It's an astounding one-man-show, written and acted by Marcus Wolland.
This is an incisive peek into the complex character of an iconoclastic genius, not fully understood or appreciated in his time. Set during the time of Welles' "The Magnificent Ambersons" and how the studio basically rejiggered and 'destroyed' the movie while he was out of the country.
Finally, there's a Leica store in our area! Just opened in Bellevue Square Mall..at least until they get their own digs.
Finally the PNW has a local place to go for all-things-Leica. How jazzed am I? :)
Got to talk with the local rep today and I also had a look at the lust-worthy Leica 50mm Summicron Apo-chromatic lens. I'd trade my Summilux ASPH in a heartbeat! We're talking about love-at-first-sight here! ^_^
Leica Store, Bellevue
221 Bellevue Square
I keep seeing these memes about how all the stars we see in the night sky are dead.
*****THIS IS WRONG*****
Most visible main sequence stars in the night sky are still burning strong with plenty of life left.
The light reaching us from stars so far away (and so long ago) that they *are* dead is too dim to see with the naked eye, and remember there's *new* stars in those distant regions whose light hasn't even reached us yet.
Went for brunch at the Fall City Roadhouse for their excellent "Ugly Breakfast" and "Maker’s Mark Bacon Bourbon Fondue". YUM!
Snagged a few new pictures in between downpours. These were all shot with the Leica T with the Leica 35mm Summarit f/2.5 lens. Loving this combo for high-contrast black-and-white images!
Hawaii was absolutely lovely as always. These were all shot with a Sony A7 paired with the Zeiss 24-70mm zoom and the Zeiss 55mm prime.
I miss it already...maybe I'll retire there someday. A nice dream anyway. :)
I think maybe for a lot of people, the Universe ends at their fingertips. ...But that's so unknowingly selfish, so sadly lost.
They're hurt so they hurt others, they're damaged so they damage, no
wonder it seems, for them, the whole world is against them. Obviously
all this pain is coming from the outside...but there is *no outside*
when the Universe ends at your fingertips.
Those people garner
my deepest sympathy and pity...but they terrify me. I want to heal them
all...but I'm world-weary of the damage they inflict.
Maybe it's time to go live in a tiny house in the woods...or an island...