Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A Letteman Moment! OOPS!!

Surrealism is my reality.

So for some reason I decided to have another "Who the heck are you people" days because I'm getting close to 400,000 pages read. I took a peak around the world to see where people were reading this blog. I was wondering if the guy in Iran was reading but was not surprised that he was not in the last 200 people to log on.

I see my buddies in Sydney and Brisbane are tuned in and Edmonton and that unknown person that the map has off the coast of Nigeria (in the middle of the ocean) and Brazil along with Seoul S. Korea. Delhi (new? old? is there a New Delhi? I wish Columbus had a new deli) was reading and a howdy to all of the Europeans.

In case anybody is wondering this tiny blog from tiny Columbus Wisconsin still gets about 2000 Unique readers a week. More on weeks when something is happening with Public Enemies (2,648 last week with 3,801 pages read). Weird.

There will be an advanced screening of PE at the Mall of America Thursday. I guess someone there has more pull in Minnesota (where nothing was filmed) then Wisconsin.

We are still looking for a Picture Car for a float for the 4th of July Parade.

I'll tell you one thing. While all this Public Enemies stuff is fun. There are going to be a lot of volunteers that will have their stress level relax a bit when all the events are over. Lots of people operating out of there comfort zone.

I have a new article in The Isthmus

Columbus, Wisconsin picks up the pieces after Johnny Depp and Public Enemies and I have it on good authority that if you click the little red Recommend this article link somewhere in the world a toad will be kissed by another beautiful toad and the world will be a happier place.

Already there are 15 (actually 30) happy toads.

My Lettermen moment.

I must apologize for some comments I made yesterday to professional photographers as a whole that I inadvertently slammed. (words just come out sometimes - I have no clue what my fingers are typing and I bore myself so much I don't reread).

When I said my photos were "better" (did I really say that?? I'll have to look) I was sort of just having fun - that's all. It's silly and I do apologize. However - OF COURSE I think my photos are better. Heck - I think some of my photos are better then Ansel Adams photos, but I should not say that on a public forum.

To the person in question - My comments were not aimed at anyone in particular. I was aiming at anybody with a bigger lens then I had. I did not know you were a professional photographer or I would have been more kind. Or at least more politically correct.

I will now take off my shoes because I really stepped in it this time!!

WITH THAT SAID - (I wrote this next part BEFORE I knew I had to apologize and NOT because I'm having to backtrack - wow - talk about trying to cover my ass LOL).

I've been thinking about the Columbus Carriage Classic and I think I'm going to pull it back in as far as aggressively selling photos. I believe that this year was sort of a practice run to see what was working and what was not and I KNOW I missed some amazing photos because I was inept and I'm not going to tell you what they were.

However - next year . . . . game on! (maybe . . . . I don't want to step on toes)

I'm still going to compile what I have onto a webpage and my goal this year is to make some postcards for the CCC.

I think I offer something different and bring something new to the table. Including my ability to actually SHRINK horses!

Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.

Surrealism is destructive,
but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.

Why is it when I look at this style of photo POSTCARD just into my mind. What is it with this look that screams postcard. I'm retreating into the future! Were old postcards colorized so their colors were more saturated?

Note to self - the next time I go on a Expedition to Africa DO NOT eat the hairy caterpillar larva! Bad news!


Speaking of weather - It's Lightning Safety Awareness Week. There will be a mock lightning watch at some point today so if you see me staring out the window for a half hour I'm just practicing being aware of lightning.

The odds of getting struck by lightning in the U.S. in any single year is 1 in 700,000. The odds of winning the Power ball is 1 in 195,249,054.

Therefore you would be REAL unlucky if you won the Powerball AND got hit by lightning. A 1 in 136,674,337,800,000 chance (I think that is in the trillion range).

SO - IF, you win Powerball I would not even worry about getting hit by lightning!

Have a sweltering day.



  1. Great pictures from the carriage classic.
    Hope this post comes through; I left a comment the other day and it seems to have disappeared! Hope I haven't been banished from the blog!!
    Hope to see everyone at the premiere; just confirmed tickets through Kim. Whoo hoo!!

  2. I'd love to know who is checking in from Seoul, S. Korea! I have fond memories of my time in Korea. Wish I could go back to visit and eat some great food! Whoever it is I say, "HI!"

  3. Great Blog!

    Way to Go Grinder!!
    You'll have to let us know when you hit the mark!

    Good going about the article!!

    Love the pictures.
    They do look like the old postcards.

    I like the idea of winning the Lottery instead of getting struck by lighten!

    Hope everyone is keeping cool!
    Summer is officially here.

  4. Hi all- I have a few people on the waiting list for bus tickets to the PE Premier. If they can't get them, they can't go. Is there anyone driving willing to take an extra person with them? Just thought I'd throw this out there...
    stay cool!

    That is my 7-year-old's word of the week. She threw that one at me the other day (where did she learn that one?) and has been saying it since. Hee Hee.

  6. speaking of letterman.....
    Johnny Depp to be on Letterman on June 25 :)

    cool carriage pics Grinder and loved the article (not so much the "other" article that asked what's the big deal with PE? hysteria.......guess some people just don't get it-thanks for an alternative view)

  7. hey it's me deppfan, without my JD pic

  8. Cool real pic, deppfan! :)

    Kim, I will be driving and can probably take at least one more. I think me and Kathy are going together and I may have one other person. I think two more is still comfortable in my car.

    Great blog, as always!

  9. Thanks Sue- maybe we could meet at the Senior Center to pick up "strays". I'll start a list and be in touch!
    Stay cool everyone- remember how we were all complaining when it was cold.....:o)

  10. I have a few people on the waiting list for bus tickets to the PE Premier.