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A walk in the park. Or, a tree grows in Brooklyn (Heights)

Today’s visit to the Brooklyn Heights Village Park yielded a few nice pix (he humbly submitted).

A little depth-of-field exercise

A little depth-of-field exercise

butterfly

daisies

park wide angle

Makes me itch just looking at this

Makes me itch just looking at this

rock

robin open beak

Got a bassaball Jones

Got a bassaball Jones

Somebody left behind a walking stick

Somebody left behind a walking stick

tree fungus

winding creek2-better

May 7, 2015 Posted by | akrondave | Leave a comment

Wedding Day!

Took me a while, but here is the first selection. Not on my A Game, cuz most of my shots sucked.

Mags and Diana

April 21, 2015 Posted by | akrondave | , , , , , | Leave a comment

About last night …

So I woke up with this bitch in my bed. No, wait, it’s not what you think!

While I’ve been house-guesting at my brother’s place, the resident dogs have taken a liking to me, especially Crystal, the aforementioned lady pictured below:

Crystal 3.27

So I crashed last night and neglected to shut he bedroom door. Well, guess who climbed into bed with me in the middle of the night?

I just hope she lets me sleep in …

March 27, 2015 Posted by | akrondave | Leave a comment

Hanging with the dawgs

I have the company of two funny dogs during the day while staying at my brother’s house. Scooter is a slightly skittish little guy who occasionally shakes like a Chihuahua with DTs. Though outweighed by a good 40 pounds, he is the alpha — though he only exerts his authority once in a while. Crystal is a big Teddy Bear of a pit bull who likes attention. Lots of attention. She’s a bit on the thick side, or as they say on Craigslist, she’s a BBG.

This is me sitting in a recliner.

Crystal: Move over. I’m coming up.

Me: No.

Crystal: Move over.

Me: No, sit.

Crystal: (climbing up) Here I come.

Me: Down! (Apparently she flunked obedience class, because she continues her unrelenting climb, and she’s strong as heck)

Crystal: I told you … (she climbs on my lap — resistance is futile)

Me: Jeez, you weigh a ton

Crystal: More to love, baby

Me: (Sigh) Good thing I don’t have to be anywhere for a while.

Crystal: (snore)

Crystal

Scooter

March 25, 2015 Posted by | akrondave | Leave a comment

Control + Alt + Delete

PC users know that control + alt + delete is the universal command to restart your computer. And now my life needs a restart.

Time to reboot. Control + Alt + Delete.

This has been a long time coming. After years of struggling, we’ve come to the point that we have to start over. A series of setbacks, mistakes and a bit of bad luck have brought me to this point.

My house is a perfect metaphor for my life: It’s slowly falling apart and in a few months, the house will be gone. I don’t expect my life to be “gone,” but it will soon be radically altered. Goodbye house, goodbye marriage. Hello, bankruptcy.

This didn’t happen overnight, and rebuilding a life doesn’t happen overnight. But it happens nonetheless.

After a pretty good run as an editor for Knight Ridder newspapers, things went south. Newspaper circulation and ad revenues declined dramatically in the 2000s, and many media outlets (not just newspapers — TV and radio too) were forced to make radical staffing cuts. And guess who found himself on the chopping block? That happened after Knight Ridder ceased to exist, the result of combined revenue loss, competition from Internet sites, and unrealistic profit demands from institutional stock holders. Really, maintain a 20 percent profit margin in 2006? McClatchy acquired Knight Ridder, then sold off the less “desirable” papers in the chain. So in the course of a couple of months, the Akron Beacon Journal changed hands twice. Enter the new owner, who saw the books and realized he’d paid too much. And you know what that means: Chop, chop, chop.

And so I bounced from assignment to assignment, with some occasional gaps in between, picking up anything I could find in a mostly crappy economy. Our finances suffered, saving was wiped out, and the marriage suffered. There’s plenty of blame to go around for that, but my wife was accustomed to a certain level of comfort — not extravagant, but solidly middle-class — and that existence evaporated. Poof! Gone. She blamed me for that.

It finally reached the point that she said, “I can’t do this anymore.” Can’t argue much with that. Quite simply, we have grown apart over the last few years. We don’t have fun together; we don’t do much of anything together except squabble.

So, control + alt + delete.

Then a funny thing happened recently: Saw an opening for a copy editing job in Elyria, not too far up the road. Yesterday was my first day on the job (Talk about burying the lead!). And at one moment last night, I thought to myself, “I am among my people.”

The reboot is happening.

 

March 24, 2015 Posted by | akrondave, Career advice, Deep thoughts, Family stuff, General rant, Household disasters and other domestic events, Media | , | Leave a comment

Walking in a winter wonderland – Cuyahoga Valley National Park

B&W leaf

Not quite nailing down the nine zones, but hey! That’s some pretty crystal-clear detail.

And here it is in color

And here it is in color

Snowy clouds

Hmm ... no swimming? Yathink?

Hmm … no swimming? Yathink?

Room with a viewLake KendallTree frame

January 27, 2015 Posted by | akrondave | , , , , , | Leave a comment

New New Year’s tradition …

Instead of Hoppin’ John or pork and dumplings, I took advantage of a great deal on beef tenderloin and made a kick-a$$ stir-fry. Mmm, mmm.

Beef, onion, multicolor pepps and some curry powder, splash of soy sauce. DEE-lish

Beef, onion, multicolor pepps and some curry powder, splash of soy sauce. DEE-lish

Yes, that is steam rising off the ol’ iron skillet.

 

January 1, 2015 Posted by | akrondave, Culinary news, Cuyahoga Falls, filet, Food, Gourmand News, Holidays | Leave a comment

Christmas 2014

It was a lovely, low-key Christmas this year. Nothing big. Coupla gag gifts, much goofing around.

The debate: Tree with flash or without? Without has some tricky backlighting (and me with no fill light in front).

The debate: Tree with flash or without? Without flash has some tricky backlighting (and me with no fill light in front).

Matt and Lindsey on their best behavior. Sort of.

Matt and Lindsey on their best behavior. Sort of.

Something old, something new

Something old, something new

Grammy, Uncle John, Lindsey, Matt, DeAnne, and me (Princeton comma).

Grammy, Uncle John, Lindsey, Matt, DeAnne, and me (Princeton comma).

Seriously

Seriously

Mantle

Say no more

Say no more

tree2

December 25, 2014 Posted by | akrondave, Cuyahoga Falls, Family stuff, Holidays, Toys | Leave a comment

Happy Xmas

This is my favorite Christmas ornament/figurine. It’s a simple wood carving, hand-painted. I like his quirky expression. It takes me back in time.

Santa

Reminds me of happy times

 

December 24, 2014 Posted by | Family stuff, Holidays | , | Leave a comment

Plumbing Nightmare, Part VII

And so it goes, another chapter in the ongoing saga of my plumbing, um, issues. This time it’s a trifecta. Tub drain slow (again). Toilet leaking (again). Toilet lever busted (again). I don’t even use that bathroom! What’s up with that? Well, just to prove that I am a fairly handy guy, here is photographic evidence of some of my handiwork, with a bonus “ick” factor.

Enjoy!

Before

Before

The throne has been overthrown

The throne has been overthrown

It can be truly said that I am in a world of shit.

It can be truly said that I am in a world of shit. This is the ick factor mentioned above.

The throne has been restored!

The throne has been restored!

Look, Ma! No leaks!

Look, Ma! No leaks!

And with new lever installed, victory is mine. Victory!

And with new lever installed, victory is mine. Victory!

 

 

December 16, 2014 Posted by | akrondave, Career advice, Cuyahoga Falls, Household disasters and other domestic events | , , | 1 Comment

(Almost) full moon amid the clouds

Gotta tweak the exposure. May have to actually open the owner’s manual.

Moonie

December 4, 2014 Posted by | akrondave, Curator's Picks, Cuyahoga Falls, Outdoors, The moon | , , | Leave a comment

Chili!

It must be December. The first chili of the season, featuring chorizo, ground pork, ground beef and the usual suspects. Yeah, this photo isn’t the most flattering. We’ll have updates on how it turns out. I’m thinking the chorizo is gonna make this rock.

Chili!

December 1, 2014 Posted by | akrondave | 1 Comment

Breakfast of Champions

Also known as Thanksgiving leftovers. Why God gave us extra turkey and pumpkin pie.

Nothing like an extra thousand calories to start your Saturday morning.

Nothing like an extra thousand calories to start your Saturday morning.

November 29, 2014 Posted by | akrondave, Food, Gourmand News, Holidays | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thanksgiving 2014

The gang is (almost) all here.

Three generations. Yeehaw!

 

Current edition of the Wilson/Siegle crew, minus sister Debbie's bunch (she's represented on the cellphone in John's hand). Pretty good, and lively, turnout

Current edition of the Wilson/Siegle crew, minus sister Debbie’s bunch (she’s represented on the cellphone in John’s hand). Pretty good, and lively, turnout

 

Say hello to our host, John W. Siegle II, aka Bone, aka Uncle Bone (don't ask!), the man in the green apron.

Say hello to our host, John W. Siegle II, aka Bone, aka Uncle Bone (don’t ask!), the man in the green apron.

Gotta do something about the flash shadows. Perhaps bounce the flash? But that would require effort. And geometry.

 Eric attempts to carve the bird with a butter knife


Eric attempts to carve the bird with a butter knife

 Cici and Tania

Cici and Tania

clowning Matt and Bobb

A bit of clowning around

 

Corn souffle

Corn??

 

Cousins chatting

Cousins discuss deep thoughts

 

Cousins playing 2

Dad and daughter

DeAnne and Derek

DeAnne and Derek 2

DeAnne, Eric, Bobb

DeDe and Matt

Derek and Jim

Eric's finger

Eric ruins another selfie

Grammy among the glasses

Amid the glass managerie

 

Grammy, Matt and Eric

Eric looks on jealously

 

I have the cards

Killer hand! Or not

 

L, me and M

Me and the kidlets

 

LD(minus glasses)M

DeAnne and the kidlets

 

Logan and Weas

Logan and wine connoisseur Uncle Weas-o

 

Logan wine

Wine connoisseur Logan

 

M and L in da hood

In da hood wit L and M

 

Matt and Uncle Jim

Uncle Jim instructs Matt on the engineering dynamics of model airplanes

 

Mo and Linz

Cousins MoMo and Linz

 

Mo, DeDe and Lindsey

MoMo, DeAnne and Linz

Photobomb!

Momo photobombs

Morgan photobombs this serious posing

 

Nat and Momo

Once again, Morgan hogs the camera

Peace out, yo

Linz getting all gangsta and (stuff)

 

Pie!

Pah!

 

plate o' goodies

Let the feasting begin!

Post-turkey coma 2

Food coma, Part I

Post-turkey coma

Food coma, Part II

 

Sweet potatoes and pecans

Tania and MoMo

Mommy Tania and Morgan. I don’t see any resemblance, do you?

 

 

Tom waving with Grammy

Tom and Grammy

 

Tom

Weas in prayer

Mike (aka Weas) in a moment of quiet contemplation

 

Yvonne

And here’s my baby sister, Yvonne.

 

 

 

 

November 28, 2014 Posted by | Akron, akrondave, Cuyahoga Falls, Family stuff, Gourmand News, Holidays, Make pretty picture | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Snowpocalypse!

snowpocalypse

Yes, the Snowpocalypse is upon us. Looks like about a millimeter of accumulation.

November 14, 2014 Posted by | akrondave | , | Leave a comment

Misty Moon

Ah, a misty moon

Ah, a misty moon

November 5, 2014 Posted by | Akron, Curator's Picks, Deep thoughts, Make pretty picture, Nature, Outdoors, Weather report | | Leave a comment

To the moon, Alice!

Moon 11:05:14

That’s all I’ve got to say about that

 

 

November 5, 2014 Posted by | Akron, akrondave, Deep thoughts, General rant, Nature, Outdoors, The moon | | Leave a comment

Almost at peak

framed yellow

bit of red

bright orange

multicolor

old yeller

orange

and just for laffs ...

and just for laffs …

orange verticle

red leaves

 

October 17, 2014 Posted by | akrondave, Cuyahoga Falls, Make pretty picture, Nature, Outdoors | Leave a comment

About that ebola thing

I’ve had a lot of fun jesting about the ebola virus mass hysteria ever since somebody came down with the frightening disease in the United States. I joked that I got ebola from pumpkin spice latte, and probably a half-dozen other suspicious parties. Until today. Suddenly the contagious disease has a local connection or two. And people are frightened.

Public Enemy No. 1

Public Enemy No. 1

So a healthcare worker who had contact with the ebola patient who died in Dallas  visited family this week in Tallmadge, Ohio (an Akron ‘burb), including some who work at Kent State University. She was diagnosed with ebola after she returned to Dallas via a plane that flew out of Cleveland. The CDC says she had no symptoms while on that flight or  while visiting in NE Ohio. BUT, given the CDC’s recent performance in dealing with the ebola scare, it has a bit of a credibility problem. Was she really asymptomatic, does ebola really only transmit via bodily fluids, is it only contagious after symptoms begin to show?

Suddenly folks in Akron and Tallmadge and Kent State and anyone at Cleveland Hopkins Airport are worried about being exposed to this super-scary virus.

OK, to sum up:

One person has died from ebola in the United States. Thousands have reportedly died in continental Africa during the recent outbreak and it is not showing signs of slowing down. The CDC says the virus is only contagious via direct exposure to bodily fluids of an infected patient and that the U.S. healthcare system is vastly better prepared to contain any outbreak than the Third World is.

BUT (You saw this coming, right?):

What if the ebola virus mutates? What if we don’t really know all there is to know about this bug? I mean, ebola is a relatively new phenomenon, unlike smallpox or chickenpox or measles or the flu or the common cold. Or even AIDS. Many of these viruses can be transmitted through the air or surface contact. And many of these can be transmitted before any symptoms begin to show.

This is direct from the CDC website:

“A person with chickenpox can spread the disease from 1 to 2 days before they get the rash until all their chickenpox blisters have formed scabs.”

So what happens if ebola mutates to the point that it is transmissible 1 to 2 days before symptoms begin to show? What if it can be transmitted via a sneeze or a doorknob?

Well, then we might have cause for mass hysteria.

Those of us around in the mid-1980s and early ’90s remember the AIDS scare. At that time getting HIV/AIDS was a guaranteed death sentence. People feared it was transmissible through mosquito bites (it’s not) or kissing or simply shaking hands (not and not). Medical research improved after a few years, drugs to combat the virus became more effective and prevention of the spread of the disease got better. But in the meantime, a lot of people died. I lost several friends.

It’s still pretty early in this saga to suggest this is the next bubonic plague or one of the flu epidemics that killed millions of people in past outbreaks.

And as many pundits have correctly pointed out, thousands of people die each year from the flu and car accidents, cancer, heart disease and so forth. Yet these deadly afflictions don’t trigger mass panic.

A year from now, this could turn out to be meh, whatever.

Oh, and I just learned I got ebola from a squirrel in my yard. Little bastard!

 

October 15, 2014 Posted by | Akron, akrondave, Cuyahoga Falls, Deep thoughts, General rant, Media, Medical news, Travel | Leave a comment

Almost prime-time fall colors

Today’s colors weren’t quite the grandiose colors I’d hoped for, but you could find colors in the smaller picture. Behold:

Purty in yeller

Purty in yeller

I heard this repeated plink! plink! plink! in the woods. It was acorns trying to assassinate me. Vicious bastards missed me every time

I heard this repeated plink! plink! plink! in the woods. It was acorns trying to assassinate me. Vicious bastards missed me every time.

 

These apparently albino pumpkins have been left in the field. Seems kind of cruel.

These apparently albino pumpkins have been left in the field. Seems kind of cruel.

These bugs seem to be hogging the wilkweed, which I'm told is a mainstay for monarch butterflies. I'm fairly sure this is milkweed, but I could be wrong. Any botanists out there?

These bugs seem to be hogging the wilkweed, which I’m told is a mainstay for monarch butterflies. I’m fairly sure this is milkweed, but I could be wrong. Any botanists out there?

fern amid fallen leaves

Now

Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about

hawk 2

little daisies

little purple flowers

Everybody do the Locomotion

Everybody do the Locomotion

milkweed

mirror pond

poilpoe flowers

poilpoe flowers

Poilple Majesty

Poilple Majesty

red berries detail

 

red leaves with flower

red tree

Smashing pumpkins

Smashing pumpkins

white flower detail

Whi

White wispies

More white wispies

More white wispies

Just look up

Just look up

 

 

October 10, 2014 Posted by | akrondave, Cuyahoga Falls, Deep thoughts, Make pretty picture, Media, Nature, Outdoors, Weather report | , | Leave a comment

I want to ride my bicycle

I know, October is an odd time to stage the year’s maiden voyage on the bike, but circumstances (and laziness) kept me off the trail this spring and summer. This trip revealed just how out of shape I am. No surprise here. But I survived, got some pix via the Droid mini (as usual, regret not lugging the DSLR along), and got home without having a heart attack. Took a shortcut through Silver Lake to the Bike and Hike Trail along the Mighty Cuyahoga River, took a swing through Water Works Park and huffed my way home. Here is the evidence:

A little more color at the park.

A little more color at the park.

Apparently somebody is still feeding the feral cats. despite posted signage warning of fine/jail time for "littering" in the park. All that cat food draws flies and other undesirables. Such as more feral cats.

Apparently somebody is still feeding the feral cats. despite posted signage warning of fine/jail time for “littering” in the park. All that cat food draws flies and other undesirables. Such as more feral cats.

The cat house. Members only!

The cat house. Members only!

A dry September means low water on the Mighty Cuyahoga .

A dry September means low water on the Mighty Cuyahoga .

Why do these selfies make my face look so fat? Could explain why I don't do a lot of selfies ....

Why do these selfies make my face look so fat? Could explain why I don’t do a lot of selfies ….

It  had been so long since I’d been on the ol’ two-wheeler that its tires were completely flat. Not just a little low on air. Flat. But after applying some air and lubricant, both bike and rider were able to shake off the rust. It wasn’t pretty, though. According to Google Maps, it’s roughly a 5-mile round trip. Not exactly setting the world on fire, but hey! It’s a start.

October 2, 2014 Posted by | akrondave, Cuyahoga Falls, Nature, Outdoors | , , , , | 2 Comments

Not-quite-ready-for-prime-time fall colors

I’ve noticed some pretty spectacular photos of fall colors popping up on the Intertubes lately, so I thought I’d see what there is to see locally. Stopped at a nearby spot, the High Glens Bridge over the mighty Cuyahoga River, which usually doesn’t disappoint. Well, today was a bit different. There were some bright colors to be found, but clearly we’re a week or so away from peak falls colors here. Maybe if I stray a little further from home I’ll find some better stuff. Meanwhile, some of today’s highlights with minimal editing, mostly for exposure or color correction:

Along the rocky gorge of the Mighty Cuyahoga.

Along the rocky gorge of the Mighty Cuyahoga.

purple fuzzies

yellow flower

Full disclosure: I boosted the contrast on this one a bit because some of the flower details were kind of washed out.

red detail

red framed

Red leaf vert

rust and green on rocks

Upstream

October 1, 2014 Posted by | akrondave, Cuyahoga Falls, Make pretty picture, Nature, Outdoors | 1 Comment

Green Eggs and … uh, no ham

So I had the eggs and the food coloring. But the ham was not to be found in the pantry or the fridge. So we’ll make do with taters. Which, it turns out, do just fine, thankyouverymuch. With all due apologies to Dr. Seuss …

Green Egg Batch

I know, it looks pretty disgusting. But give it time …

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble. Or something like that

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble. Or something like that

Hmmmm

Hmmmm

And now for the pretentious presentation, featuring sloppily drizzled ketchup

And now for the pretentious presentation, featuring sloppily drizzled ketchup

... and a suggested serving for leftovers. Or, why I can't come in to work today. Ewwwww

… and a suggested serving for leftovers. Or, why I can’t come in to work today. Ewwwww

Meanwhile, an eaves-dropping (literally, it dropped from the eaves) spider spied on my culinary misadventures …

Spider sense is tingling!

Spider sense is tingling!

 

 

September 21, 2014 Posted by | akrondave, Deep thoughts, General rant, Gourmand News, Make pretty picture | , , , , , | Leave a comment

What if Scotland splits?

One of the more famous lines from Braveheart  comes when the nefarious King Edward the Longshanks quips, “The trouble with Scotland is it’s full of Scots.”

Which could explain why after 300 years of a United Kingdom, Scotland’s voters stand on the brink of voting to leave the union. I make no claim to being an expert on what goes on in the UK, but the desire among Scots to stand on their own has waxed and waned over the centuries and in recent years reached a bit of a fever pitch. Call it the Braveheart Syndrome. Of course, the movie embellishes just a bit on what actually happened, but the events depicted in the movie are “based on a true story.”

Image of McAdams tartan shamelessly lifted from the Interwebz.

Image of McAdams tartan shamelessly lifted from the Interwebz.

 

I have a bit of Scottish lineage, although I can’t say that tomorrow’s vote is likely to have a profound effect on my life. It could change things dramatically across the pond. Check out the NYT Q&A.

That image to the left is supposedly of the McAdams clan tartan. Apparently most clans have more than one tartan, each serving various purposes. I’ve never seen an actual family heirloom, which probably no longer exists, at least not one from my ancestors. And, truthfully, I’m about as Scottish as Montgomery Scott. Beam me up!

Still, it’s interesting to wonder if I were a lad from Glasgow or Edinburgh, what would I think of all this? Would I be all puffed up with nationalist pride, or would I be more worried about being isolated from the larger UK and the potential economic perils? What if Scotland is forced to stop using the Pound as its official currency?

Going off on a side note, I still get a chuckle thinking about Mike Myers’ SNL skits set in a shop of All Things Scottish. “If it’s not Scottish, it’s crap!” And perhaps my favorite is when he gets irate at a tourist’s ignorance, confusing Scotland and Ireland. “There’s Ireland, there’s Scotland, there’s the bloody sea. They’re bloody different!”

“Now get out!”

So what’s my point here? Eh, maybe I don’t have one.

 

 

September 17, 2014 Posted by | akrondave, Deep thoughts, General rant, Media, political commentary | , , , | Leave a comment

So there was this slab o’ ribs in the fridge …

Didn’t feel like firing up the grill, so I took the lazy man’s way out and fired up the oven. Cruised the WebOMatic and found a pretty decent recipe … here . I stayed pretty true to the dry rub recipe, but lacking a barbecue sauce, I subbed teriyaki to throw in a little Asian flavor. Not too shabby!  Not sure how well it would go over in Kansas City or anywhere in the Carolinas, but a nice wrinkle on your basic ribs with a dry rub and a few generous coatings of sauce.

It slathers on the lotion ...

It slathers on the lotion …

And now for the pretentious art shot. Or not

And now for the pretentious art shot. Or not. This is my pathetic attempt at artful drizzling. More of a sloppy summer thunderstorm.

The boneyard

The boneyard

That is all. Next time I’ll throw in some mac and cheese and collard greens. Or the Korean equivalent.

 

 

September 11, 2014 Posted by | akrondave, Gourmand News, Household disasters and other domestic events, Varmint news | , , | Leave a comment

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