Back from Atlanta

I learned a few things on my trip. First of all, while the iPad is pretty neat, and you can import pictures and all on it, its Hell to upload them to anything. First of all, my camera takes pictures that are really too large (file size) for it to deal with. I can see them, but I can’t open them in photoshop express to do much with them. I can email them to facebook, but the files are 6mb or more, and 4000+ pixels on a side. Way too damn big. So I have to take a screen shot on the ipad itself, and upload that, which can look sort of crappy.  Oh well, at least there IS a way around it.  Anyhow – my Atlanta trip resulted in some fun pictures.

I was on the 65th floor (out of 73!) and could overlook the CNN building and the Olympic park. I kept trying to find Richard Jewell and his backpack, but I was just too high up. I like Atlanta from 65 floors up. Down at street level it was much less interesting. I could see rooftop pools, Stone Mountain, and what looked like a patch in the awning of the Marriott across the street, roughly shaped like someone who leapt off the roof.

The nighttime lights proved fun to look at. I did my best to photograph stuff, but as I only had my pocket tripod, I really couldn’t get any night shots that truly pleased me. When your tripod includes your camera leaning against the window for support, it can only go downhill from there.

Deep down in the Dirty South in the ATL

So I find myself at the Peachtree Plaza, getting ready to experience the Secure Cities conference. The hotel is rather nice (pictures to follow) and they are feeding us. So – we will have to see how it works.
At least the hotel is nice, and I’m on the 65th floor, which is higher than I’ve ever been in a hotel. We are overlooking the olympic park, which somehow looks like a much smaller complex than I pictured it.

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I can see the olympic park and stadium from my room, plus the Atlanta Braves stadium. So far we haven’t decided what to do, but I might see a Braves game. There’s an hour to go.
I am a little disappointed in the photo uploads from the iPad. They are too big to play with on Photoshop, so I have to open them and do a screen capture, then upload them, which makes the resolution sort of crappy. I’ll have to play with that later.
There is a glass elevator on the outside of the building, which seems like a good idea until you get above all the surrounding buildings. Then its just scary as hell. The Sundial lounge on the 72nd floor is built in such a way as to give this optical illusion that makes it seem like if you fell off this balcony, instead of dropping 15 feet to the 71st floor, you would fall all the way down. It’s quite unnerving.

Fun at the Peach Farm

Okay – so there are more than peaches here. It’s ACTUALLY McLeod Farms in McBee, SC – but us locals call it “The Peach Farm”, because that’s what we all know it as, and it’s their biggest crop. We went for Peach Enchiladas and Ice Cream. Along the way we ran into the Woodhams, and I convinced them to join us in Strawberry Picking. It was a fun activity, and the kids loved it. Kaylee wanted to eat as many as she picked. It was a little warm outside by the time we finished, and long pants would have helped in the straw, but overall it was really fun. Now Angie just has to do something with the strawberries, before Kaylee eats them all.

Things are a-growin’

I took a look around the house today… It seems our lemon tree, which bloomed improperly in December, has discovered the error of it’s ways. Dispite my attempts at fertilizing the flowers with a q-tip, no lemons were to be had. However, the bees seem to do a better job, and when it re-flowered recently, it seems like the fruit took.

The grapes are also coming along. The little balls will soon be grape flowers.

The flowers are always VERY small, and I don’t know how the bees even fertilize them,

but evidently it works okay, as I always have plenty of grapes. I learned a few things looking at the vines today at the peach farm. They really know how to trim their vines. I need to get out there with some clippers this fall and hack up my vines.

   Angie’s tomatos are starting off well. They normally do, we always get some good ones to start, and then the whole process goes downhill. I don’t know what it is we do to them.

  Kaylee sizes up the corn. Its the best corn we’ve ever grown. We didnt start from seed this time, we bought little corn plants. The plants are green and strong-looking, not weak and pale and sickly. Maybe its just the kind of corn, or the fact I’m fertilizing the Hell out of everything this year (Organic soy nitrogen something…)

Mother’s Day Poems

If you haven’t already received yours, and you’re a mom with elementary school children, tomorrow you will be assaulted by poems whose only distinguishing poetic part will be that the last word rhymes (much like how students continue to create poems until they graduate high school…so not much will change. The memory of our high school valedictorian reciting some pedantic dribble comes to mind.  DOWN repressed memories, back in the hole!). Witness this gem penned by a not-to-be-named relative:

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue

Dad is Great, And so are You!

Actually I’m not sure if that was a mother’s day thing, but you get the point, it would work. Our own daughter surprised my wife with this one on the way home from school yesterday.

I love your job and your car too,

But most of all, I love you.

Your eyes are so sweet,

Like a candy treat.

The sun shines bright

You are cuter than a babies eye. (at least shes not writing this to a boy…)

You are so neat

Your meat is like a treat, to me. (I guess she likes the steak mom fixes?)

Happy mothers day to one and to all,

But I love you most of all.

Happy mothers day!

Face in the clouds

I forget when I took this, sometime early spring of 2010. Not very good lightning-wise, but I really liked the color. Mark Mims pointed out the face in the clouds, just to the right of the tree. I didn’t even see it at first. I tried adjusting the contrast a little to bring it out. The coolest thing was I did it all right from the iPad. Contrast, text, and even this blog stuff. Love this app…

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Its a Global Warming Christmas

I love Global Warming. Two good snows in 2010, and one REALLY good one in 2011, plus a second flurry. I hope as the globe gets warmer we keep having more snow. Anyway, here is my “Global Warming Christmas” in Ashville. I’m moving these albums over from FaceBook, which is sort of a chore…