Totsie & I were privileged to attend Peter's graduation from ITT Tech. in Atlanta (with a BS) recently. Here are some photos from the graduation and the surrounding mini-reunion weekend.
A new member of the (clock) family
For our anniversary, Totsie gave me a magnificent new clock to add to my collection. While wallspace-challenged, we did manage to find the perfect spot, over the front door.
How, you might ask, did you get that spaced out so nicely, in such a nice oval?
We created our own, custom template, from the generic, round one, that came with it.
It helps being married to a world-class graphic artist,
with the proper tools (including computer programs)!
The Duck Family at Cantamar
We have the privilege of living on a nice lake with a variety of wildlife. This duck family, the mother and her multi-colored ducklings, were just so cute, I had to shoot a short, 3:00 video of them. Facebook wouldn't let me post it, due to the music, but, on my own site, it's "fair use." So enjoy. (Be patient, and wait for the download. It will open a new browser window, and should play using your browser. It worked for me in Firefox. Good luck!)
If you have trouble viewing this one, try the YouTube version below. It's not as high quality, and the music isn't my first choice, but the video is still cute.
Here's the latest photos of the duck family, as they continue to grow up.
And here are Totsie's photos from a week earlier than the video (notice how much the ducks grew in my video vs. Totsie's photos.)
This month, Totsie and I attended Fuerza Bruta, the most unusual performance we had ever witnessed -- that includes multiple Cirque du Soleil shows and a Blue Man Group show in Las Vegas.
This can only be described as a cross of those, and a hopping night club, with wild lighting and compelling music. There's also some good, "stompin'" dancing. And, yes, there is a lucite-bottom pool which is lowered down above you, within reach, where women swim around.
It has an extended run here in Miami this summer, and has a permanent location in New York City. We strongly recommend checking it out. Warning: You DO stand during the 70-minute performance, and are herded around a bit, as dictated by the moving show elements (There's really NO stage. It's all around you.) But all that just adds to the interactive and immersive elements of the show. Also, don't wear anything you don't want to get wet. We got slightly sprinkled, but others got SOAKED. Depends on where you're standing. But still all part of the fun.
Check out their official site. There's a very good video that gives you great images of the show.
They do allow photos, but only without flash, so these images aren't as good as they might be under ideal circumstances. These are from Totsie's iPhone.
At the end of May, 2008, we had the pleasure to travel to Oregon to watch our niece, my brother Steve's daughter, get married. In addition to the wedding, my brother, his grand daughter, my sister, her husband, Totsie and I spent a long weekend on the Oregon Coast, in Lincoln City. Steve was gracious enough to host us all, and we had a terrific time. Here are some photos from the wedding (and surrounding activities) as well as the trip to Lincoln City.
Lincoln City Trip
Jungle Island, July 2007
We took advantage of our Miami home-base and decided to check out the new "Jungle Island." Well, new to us. We knew it from years ago as "Parrot Jungle," located in Pinecrest, just south of South Miami. With its move to Watson Island, where the cruise ships dock, it's been rebranded, to reflect the broader array of animals it has. You'll see quite of few of these in Totsie's photos below. We had the pleasure of going with our long-time friend, Mary Ann Welsch and her mother.
Orlando, May 2007
Totsie and I headed north to Orlando for a week to visit friends and partake of the Orlando Fringe Theater Festival, held annually. We've attended about 12 of the 16 years they've been going on. As usual, we enjoyed the variety of performances -- everything from improv to song to full productions (some in drag!). We also were able to meet with former neighbors Jane & Mark and Lee & Tammie. Included was a side trip to Epcot, where we enjoyed the Flower & Garden Festival, complete with a performance by the "Guess Who." Here's some photos at Epcot with Donna & George.
Neighborhood Water Fowl
We have the privilege of having a small lake behind us, which is inhabited by a variety of South Florida birds.
Chihuly at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens -- 2006
The world-famous glass artist, Dale Chihuly, brought a custom exhibit of his glass to the beautiful gardens at Fairchild here in South Florida. Enjoy Totsie's great images, taken on her new Olympus camera.
And Chihuly has returned to Fairchild, with an updated exhibit running through May, 2007.