Typical Michigan Weather

I have been thinking about buying one of those little cameras that does stop motion video, but decided on the much cheaper alternative of a 99 cent iPhone app. I set my phone up while I was at lunch today and let it record what a pretty typical Michigan day is like as far as the weather goes. This time lapse is over about two hours. I was hoping to record until the sky cleared completely, but my battery died. Overall, I give this app a good grade. It is worth playing around with some more.

Post 100! A Photo and a Winner

Congrats to fellow blogger Maarten! You are the winner of my 100th posting celebration drawing. I’ll be in touch about sending you your fabrikate field notes book, as well as the button trio. Thank you to everyone else who has also left me a comment or like. Between my various social media places I had a nice pile of names to draw from.

It is Friday, and it is my 100th post. Lets celebrate with an early morning photo.

@ Division

I took these photos on Weston Street facing Division Ave. Division used to have a bad reputation. When I used to tell people I lived downtown they’d say to me, ‘OH, stay away from Division.’ I realized after a while that the people who used to say this to me were all from the suburbs.

If they had taken the time to visit this street in recent years they would have realized the charm of this area. Numerous shops and galleries line this street and all of them are locally owned. This area has a special vibe. It is very down to earth, with shop owners accepting the old buildings for what they are and working with that, instead of feeling the need to tear them down and destroy the city’s history in the name of commercialism.

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In Memoriam

When I was a child, Memorial Day was about the official beginning of boating season. As I have grown older, I have began to appreciate the true intent of this day. I decided to take a drive over to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and Veterans Cemetery. I haven’t visited my facility since my dad’s memorial service back in 2007. He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam war.

I had forgotten about this absolutely huge flag that hangs at the entrance to the buildings.

The cemetery was pretty busy today with visitors. It is overwhelming to see the number of gravestones at the site.

It was a good Memorial Day for me. I left feeling good about taking the time to visit where my dad had lived for the last year and a half of his life. He had a kind soul, and I will dedicate this day to my memories of him from now on. It all comes full circle–me choosing this day in memory of my dad. When I was little, it was my dad who was most excited about the official beginning of boating season.

Our boat, circa 1988. I’m pretty sure I took this photo.