It Is My Job To Exist As...

...a shining beacon of hope in the heartland

By: Juli Eklund

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Wednesday, 16-Nov-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Tried to post...

Cannot be found
Sure looks familiar...
Trace route
...and got picture one and three.

So the other night I went to Walmart on the way home and when I returned to my car there was a truck parked next to me with dirt bikes in the back. Dirt bikes with pink shocks. Yup, it's the bikes that DJ & Judi sold. Looks like they're getting some good use...

Tuesday, 8-Nov-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Morals and Ethics

You should see the postive version of this photo!
From the journal @ A Life on the Konza Prairie. Posted here because I really want some feedback and I know not everyone that comes here has the time to go there.

...Also on the Hutchinson State Fair-Cosmosphere trip I was sick with a cold. I thought it was allergies but in retrospect it was definitely a cold. We drove down in the convertible and baked in the sun all the way there. Then that night in the hotel room I just about froze to death. Neither one of these two conditions would have bothered me at all had it not been for the fact that I was sick. And I wasn't even going to mention it to the person I took the trip with. In fact, when I mentioned it to someone else, I specifically asked them not to repeat my bake & freeze comments to the person I took the trip with because I knew the person I took the trip with would feel compelled to apologize and there was nothing to apologize for. So imagine my surprise when a few days later the person I took the trip with called to apologize for baking and freezing me. This would be the second time in the space of a month that this someone else repeated something I specifically asked them not to repeat to this other person. Do you think that this is disrespectful, or am I being too sensitive? If it was you, would you trust this person with confidential information again?

About the Photograph: It's the negative of last night's sunset. If you hurry over here, you can see the positive.

Wednesday, 2-Nov-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Restored Mural. Saint George, Kansas

In all its full colored glory!
Detail of the farmer
This mural has always reminded me of Steve Troy.

This past Summer, for the 150th birthday celebration of the city of Saint George, the orginal graduation class that created this mural back in the '70's returned and restored it. It is just beautiful.

P.S. You can see the mural before restoration here.

Friday, 28-Oct-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Darn those pesky tornados!

Negative House
I tried to post this yesterday. when it actually happened. As usual, fotopages was having none of that. God forbid you try to use this site in the proscribed manner...

Now how the hell am I supposed to get to my home with this in the way?

See the positive here: Daily Photo

Thursday, 27-Oct-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
I know, I should quit being so negative...

Negative Moonrise
How much weight did you lose, and to what do you attribute your success? JP Harr -

That is funny, Do you just take a hunk of time and drive around aimlessly with your camera too? Dana -

Now there's a couple of negatives. In fact, if you include the photo, it's a triple negative. As in: She ain't never got no money. My friend Charles (aka Chip) Shapiro used to say that all the time. Why? I don't know. He was a smart a$$. But I digress...

The first negative would be the photo, the final in the negative moon series. What do you have when you have a negative moon? No butt crack!

The second negative concerns weight and the loss thereof. My method for losing weight---DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME, KIDS!---was to have FIVE teeth pulled. Even with my, ahem, replacement teeth, I am unable to eat the quantities I used to consume. Food must now be cut into smaller portions. It must be chewed for a longer period of time thus elongating the time in which I would scythe through a heaping plate of Pot Roast ala Juli or a couple of Gambino's pizzas. Amazingly, before I reach the empty part of the plate, I discover I am full. There is no more room at the inn. Of course I was always full at this point, I just reached and surpassed it so quickly that it didn't dawn on me that I was full until I was well past full heading into bloated territory. With 20 pounds gone, I have melted from a size 18 to a size 14 and fully expect to lose more.

Now I do not recommend having five teeth pulled so you can drop some pounds, but what they say about eating slower is true. So slow down. Enjoy your meal. It helps to have conversation over the meal so dine with your family. There is no magic pill folks. The fad diets, the supplements and doctor prescribed diet aids are all short term and temporary. The fact is if you eat less and exercise more, you will lose weight. And you can do it without foregoing any particular food group and denying yourself something that you take pleasure in. Like anything else, moderation is the key. And now I will climb down from my soap box.

The third and final negative is my friend Dana who knows damn well I have no time to drive aimlessly around with camera in hand. I am a photo opportunist. My camera is always at hand and ready. I have been known to shoot one handed, OVER MY SHOULDER, out of the driver's side window at 70 mph to catch a shot. I have been known to stop at the side of the road when a particularly juicy spot of road kill appears. I have even circled back to immortalize a group of crows perched on a hay bale arguing about who's going to go pull that rotting morsel out of the creek. But rarely, if ever do I drive around aimlessly...This is the time of year when if you drive around aimlessly, you are likely to CREATE the juicy spot of road kill as the deer are in rut...

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