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Family Photo

A very mustached fish swimming large in his pond.

A very mustached fish swimming large in his pond.

I found out at a recent family event that taking large group pictures is a difficult task.

Especially when you are in the photo.

Using a remote I was able to take an almost non-stop stream of photos, problems started to arise when an the audience started to realize that there was an indicator light every time the shutter closed. Up until then they all smiled (roughly anyway) at the same time and I wanted to take a few frames before and after the signal to smile.

It was my goal in this to get a more relaxed photo of the large gathering when all it did in the end was give me photos with a few individuals with non-flattering facial expressions.

Out of around maybe thirty per set of family members I had to narrow it down to one. Luckily there was a set hierarchy for who was more important (first generation, second generation, second generation spouses etc.), knowing this I filtered out all the bad photos of the top people then out of those moved on to the next tier. In the end there was maybe one or two odd faces but only on the outskirts.

Overall though I was not really satisfied with any of the family portraits I took. The lighting did not remain as I wanted it too (outdoors) and the angle was not the best. But with people it is really hard to tell them to wait a few minutes while I readjust to retake that photo for the twelfth time. They seem slightly unhappy with that for some reason.

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Reunion

This sidewalk is very forthright and honest.

This sidewalk is very forthright and honest.

This weekend has been a family reunion for a side of my family I have never really met before.

I mean I have met many of them but I was young, between seven and twelve I believe. Now I get to meet them more or less as an adult (30 is the new 20!) and I can see it is, um, an interesting experience.

As with many medium (30) to large (100) family gatherings a solid weekend is enough family for everyone.

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Easter

A Trojan Cow in Boston South Station. Or maybe an Easter Cow?

A Trojan Cow in Boston South Station. Or maybe an Easter Cow?

I woke up this morning to hear loud incoherent noise coming from somewhere nearby. After a few minutes of concentration it dawned on my that this was religious music being sung outside for Easter Sunday. The sound bounced around enough or was just garbled enough to sound like the Who’s down in Whoville.

For me Easter has never been a religious holiday. There was some religion in there occasionally as several of my family members are fairly catholic, yet for me it was a family holiday.

The icon of Easter never spoke to me religiously: eggs, bunnies or chocolate. It is more of a spring renewal or spring solstice celebration then a christian one.

In the end I find it to be a good reason for a family gathering that involves candy, brunch and/or dinner.

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Packing Heavy

 

A curious pelican.

A curious pelican.

For the first time my immediate family was broken apart for Christmas. It was not from a divorce, rather it was my brother going to Colorado with his girlfriend (her family) for Christmas. What shocked me about this revelation was the packing.

My brother grew up in the same household as I so he knows how to pack light and all of that good travel stuff. However his girlfriend has not traveled that much and so she was never taught how to pack light or the benefits therein. 

She could fit inside of her suitcase and zip it up.

My family and I were shocked at the size of the luggage and the shear amount of stuff. I realize that Colorado is a particularly cold place this time of year but I was nonetheless amazed. They were weighing their bags for the flight. Not their carry-on bags but their checked luggage. The maximum allowance was checked, several jackets were worn on. It was a lot of stuff.

They were only going for nine days.

We were worried about the trip since my brother does not have a current passport. It had to be pointed out to us that a passport is not needed to go to Colorado. We are not used to flying domestic.

One week or one month I pack the same carry-on amount of stuff (except going to Edinburgh to live for a year). So seeing the ginormous bags for the week startled me. I see now why there are websites dedicated to packing light.

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