Five things

Posted: October 23, 2008 in Calvin, Family, Home, kids, Music, photography, Pimp, weekend, work

Calvin and I go out a lot at night, which sometimes presents a problem when I want to take a camera along and document our activities for this humble little site. For example, last weekend we went to see a band, this weekend we’re going to see a band, and NEXT weekend for Halloween we’re going to see THREE bands (this show, to be exact). Heather fussed that she’d always pestered us to go out for Halloween when she lived here in Arizona, and only NOW that she’s MOVED AWAY we’re going out. To that I respond, we’re going to see the BANDS which we would have done regardless of the date. We probably won’t even dress up (Calvin has absolutely said NO and I ain’t doing it alone). And also, we’d have a ton more fun if she were here to join us.

Anyway. I want to just bring the camera, and not lug around a tripod or external flash in order to get non-blurred, correctly exposed pictures. So I perused that Receptacle of Knowledge, the internet, and came across Dark Photography. Lo, they have a tutorial specifically for photographing a concert without a tripod or flash. Serendipitous, no? I’m going to play with this at the venue this weekend – a bar, much smaller and less crowded than the place we’re going to for Halloween. You shall, of course, observe the fruits of my labor here.

Throw a goat!


Marie has suffered a run of bad luck over the past couple of weeks. She got laid off from her job last week, and her boyfriend departed yesterday to go into the Army. She’s looking for another job and a roommate, so please send her some good mojo!!!


I have a hands-free headset at work. So far, I have discovered (while on long teleconferences) that its range reaches the ladies room, the vending machine, and the windows overlooking the parking lot. Next I might try the cafeteria and the patio. My boss calls me “Janet” (ala Jackson) when he sees me wandering the halls with my headset on.

The mute button is my friend.


Speaking of teleconferences, I’m on one at this moment in time. The speaker has a WICKED Back East accent. I’m betting on Boston, but there are certain words and inflections that make me wonder if he might be from Maine. Especially when he says “target value” (“tah-git”). It’s making me homesick.


Speaking of homesick, last night Calvin and I were sitting on the couch with the windows open. A breeze had kicked up and was rustling the leaves of the trees in the back yard. I muted the TV and sat with Calvin’s head in my lap, stroking his hair. I was happy and homesick at the same time – the sound of the breeze in the trees reminded me profoundly of the same sound coming through my bedroom windows at night at my Grandma’s house in Maine.

I had a warm-fuzzy fit the size of the MOON, I love my husband so. I love having quiet moments with him – he surrounds himself with noise (the TV, the radio, the high-output fan in the bedroom, video games, his own sound effects), so it’s very seldom that we just sit among the ambient noise of the house. It was nice.

  1. Kim says:

    I don’t know what it was about reading this post in particular, but it put me in a better mood than I’ve been in in two days.
    So thank you for that and have a great time this weekend; I can’t wait to see how the pictures turn out.

  2. Taoist Biker says:

    Dang, that dark photography is interesting – makes me wish I had a better camera and a better brain to run it! ‘Twould be timely, it would.

    Best of luck for Marie; that sucks. 😦

  3. Oooohhh! Be very careful with that mute button…especially when in the ladies room. I was on a conference call and thought I hit the mute button as I “Biggie” sized it in the drive-thru!


  4. Heather says:

    Hello! Band girl here! You guys never came out to see anyone with me when I lived there and not just on Halloween. So shoosh! Low light band photography is fun but a pain in the behind at the same time.

  5. Laura says:

    Kim – 😀 Happy to help!

    TB – There’s so much to know about photography that I feel I should carry a book around me at all times and research what lighting, exposure, settings, etc. would be best for the situation I find myself in at that second. Which would look REALLY dumb. “No, wait, hold still while I look up which f-stop to use!”

    Electrician – Heh. I’m always afraid that my mute will fail me just as I’m flushing.

    Heather – 😀 I’m shooshin’! I know when to shoosh. When somebody tells me to shoosh, I shoosh!

  6. Dawn says:

    Would Marie be interested in moving to Houston and being my admin?

    I’m only half kidding. Actually, 25%.

  7. :Heather says:

    I take back some of the grief I gave you. You and Calvin had young people at home much of the time we hung out before I left so a lot of our fun times were spent close to home where we should have been. 😉

  8. Laura says:

    Dawn – I’d be happy to ship her out to you! I’m only half kidding. Actually, 25%. 😀

    Heather – 😀 You wouldn’t be you if you didn’t give me a hard time! xoxo

  9. iamheatherjo says:

    I only give you hard time because we always have so much fun together and, like Calvin says, there’s just never enough time. Mucho ruff to you both. 🙂

  10. angelcel says:

    The photography site looks great so thanks for pointing me in that direction. I love the idea of the double exposure shots mentioned there…must give that a try. I look forward to seeing the results of your weekend bar / club photoshoot. 🙂

  11. Amanda says:

    You often write entries while on teleconferences – aren’t you supposed to be paying attention to those? 🙂

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