2nd Date

Katie and I
Katie came down this weekend. The Chris, Chris, Katie and I went out to dinner at a steak house in Coral Springs. Sister Chris took a photo of Katie and I with the camera on my phone. You would think they would have figured out how to make the cameras better on these phones by now. Posted by Picasa

Saturday Date

I went on a date this Saturday. Yes, for real. I have pictures to prove it! I started talking to Katie last weekend, well, actually, she started to talk to me first. We chatted online for a little bit. Then we started to talk on the phone. A lot. A WHOLE lot. I think we spent the whole week on the phone. I am really not looking forward to this next phone bill – but more about that later…

So, anyway, we decided to meet. Not quite as simple as it sounds. She lives in Lakeland Florida. That is between Tampa and Orlando (or, for you who are too lazy to look at a map, 4 hours away). We decided to meet in the middle. What better place then scenic Vero Beach. We met at the Outlet Mall there right off the interstate. I was late. Can you imagine that? Me late? Late for a first date, what a great first impression, right? So, they have a Borders Outlet there. Bookstore! What better way to get to know somebody then to look at books. The Borders Outlet is kinda sparse on selection, so we didn’t stick around very long. We wandered over to the Subway and TCBY to get something to eat. I think we where both so nervious we weren’t really hungry.

So. After a lot of nervious giggles and glances (and that was just me), we decide to head to the beach. About a quarter of the way there Katie points and says “Books a Million”. Huh? It’s a book store, a REAL bookstore. So, I turn the car around and we go in. Airconditioning! LOTS of books! Now we start going through the books and pointing out what we have read to each other, and what is good and what isn’t so good. Can you believe it? She likes the same kind of books as me! I think the bookstore really broke the ice. We got some water and sat in some cooshy chairs and talked like we where old friends.

We then went the rest of the way to the beach. It was really nice. I took a few neat photos. Many of them where while I was out, standing on a pipe leading into the ocean. Can you see where this is going? Yep. I fell off. SPLASH, into the ocean I go. How embarissing! I didn’t get the camera wet, my phone got splashed though. So, now I am soaking wet! And worse yet, I tear my favorite jeans – you know, the ones with the ink stain. We wandered over to one of the boardwalks so I can dry off in the sun and we didn’t have to listen to me go squish squish squish at every step. We sat down and chatted and watched the people walk by. I gave her a back massage, I think she liked it. She said she hadn’t gotten one in a long time.

We get hungry – funny how that happens when your not nervious anymore. We wander back towards the car and stop at this resturuant right on the beach. Katie ordered a philly cheesesteak, I spied a rhuben on the menu. We sit and eat and talk and have a grand o’l time. Oh, the rhuben was good, I can go back there again.

After dinner we go back to her truck so she can get clothes. I don’t think I will ever understand girls. She wore long pants during the day, and changed into shorts for the evening. Anybody have any insight to that one? Oh, she drinks Mt. Dew too! I got her one when she was changing.

So, we end up back at the beach and take a walk along the beach. I suggest we head north, as south hadn’t been so good to me. I was finally mostly dried off by now. We wandered along, stopped and sat down on some steps. We talked and whatnot for the longest time. Counted the stars, listened to the people walk by on the beach. She gave me a backrub. 10 o’clock came up WAY to soon! And poor Katie had to work at 7:45 the next morning!

She is still talking to me! I must have done something right between showing up late and falling into the ocean. Will the wonders never cease! 

Midnight Stroll on the Beach

Facing south from the Oakland Park BlvdI was talking to a friend tonight online about going for walks after dark and I came to realize that I didn’t have any night beach shots. I had laundry I was waiting on before I could go to bed, so I figured I would take a stroll while it was drying.

The moon over the Atlantic OceanTonight it wasn’t raining, and it was a full moon earlier this week. Perfect weather for some night photography. I was really tempted to grab my film SLR, but I don’t think I want to wander around town at night by myself with a $1000 worth of camera gear. The baby digital it is! Batteries where dead, grabbed the other batteries off the charger, those are dead too. I guess I wore my batteries out. I don’t know why, I have only taken something like 3500 photos with them.

Downtown Fort Lauderdale BeachA few guys where hanging out at the park and tried to bum a cigarette off of me. One of these days I am going to try to bum a doller off of somebody that asks me for a smoke. “No, sorry dude, I haven’t had a smoke in days. Do you got a dollar for a bus fare?” To bad I could never try it. Oh well, if any of you try it, let me know how it turns out.

Downtown Fort Lauderdale BeachWell, it is well into tomarrow already and my laundry is done. So I best be to bed! Posted by Picasa

Before the rain

Rain coming in off the oceanI got a little stir crazy today. I have been working pretty hard on a website for a friend and my legs got all itchy for a walk. I decided to go east, well as far as I can walk. I checked the weather before I left, figured that I probably had about 30-40 minutes before some “red” was going to be here. Off I went.

Rain coming in off the oceanI had walked to the beach once, but that was a LONG trip as I had gone all the way down to Beach Place. I wanted to see if I had easy beach access at the end of Oakland Park Blvd. Guess what, I do! There is an itty bitty little park, just big enough for a person to be sleeping on the only park bench. They probably just had city property for the road going all the way in into the ocean, and made a park out of the last 50 feet.

Flowers on the beachThere where a couple of kids wake boarding. One guy was fussing with a metal detector. A few people where off swimming. Nothing too exciting. I wandered a ways to the south until I noticed that the rain had crossed the beach and was obscuring a building. I turned around and started home.

Rain coming in off the oceanWouldn’t you know it, I made it almost all the way home and it started to rain. I was less then 1/6th of a mile from my door when it started to poor. I stopped under a tree and waited 10 or 15 minutes untill it was dripping more from the tree then it was raining. By this time the rain had slowed to a sprinkle. I got about half way and it started to poor again. Oh well, so much from trying to not get soaked to the skin. At least the rain was warm. I don’t mind getting wet, it’s the going into the AC afterwards that bothers me. Posted by Picasa

Google Earth, Picassa, Geotagging, and old Chihuly Photos

Me hugging a tree at the  Chihuly - Fairchild Tropical Botanic GardenOK, I love GOOGLE products THIIIIIIS much.

I was playing with the latest version of Picasa and Google Earth tonight. The “really cool feature from google”TM that I was trying to figure out is image geotagging. Basically Geotaggin is labeling a photo so you can place it on a map. See Wikipedia, Geotagging.

The whole process is to select a photo in Picasa, choose the geocoding option in some obscure, buried menu, and find where you took the photo in Google Earth. I then created a Google Earth file that allows you to view the images from within Google Earth. Way Cool!

I also exported a web photo album to my webserver. I tweaked the caption to include a link to the file.

It’s all a work in process, so if the links to the stuff I am talking about today are gone next week, look around, they probably found a better long-term home.

Download the Google Earth Geocoded Photo Tour of Chihuly – Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

View the Chihuly – Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Photo Album Posted by Picasa