Goodbye Sunrise

We woke up at 5:00 AM after going to bed around mid nite, so very little sleep.

The anticipation of the upcoming trip back home and the unfrequent flyer jitters meant a fatigued night. We were both sad that our vacations were coming to an end and that we had to say goodbye to family and friends.

We had finished packing everything the night before so all that was left was the toiletries and knickknacks.

We made our way downstairs and placed our bags in front of the door.

The quietness of the hour made us pensive and we sat on the living room trying to absorb the last images of out homeland. Like making mental photographs for posterity.

My brother came downstairs and we put the bags in the car and said goodbye to the city…

The streets were empty and devoid of people. The capital roads, usually full of traffic, were also telling us that we were going to be missed. We crossed the city at record speed and in a few minutes, we were on the road to the airport.

Our goodbye sunrise…

Our goodbye sunrise…

This moment came and changed the whole perspective of the ending of our trip. The mood was quiet in the car. Partly because of tiredness, partly because we wanted to savor the moment.

The sun was saying “So long, come back soon, we’ll miss you…

We promised we will!

A 50 year Anthology

Just came back from the Dominican Republic, where I went with my wife to join my sisters and my parents in celebrating my little brother’s 50th birthday.

He wanted to have a completely different birthday than anybody else, and he been the creative person he is, he decided to marry his love for music with the event and celebrated his birthday with a concert.

In other words, he regaled everybody that attended his party with a concert where he and three other musicians played five songs; one for (and from) each decade of his life.

It was an extremely memorable and emotional birthday…

Sebas in Flight

Sebas in Flight

One of the musicians was my nephew Sebastian Mueses, playing Bass.

I am so incredibly proud (as his father is) of how breathtakingly talented he is. I believe that he will achieve impossible heights.

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They played Jazz versions and arrangements of Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees, 79), Is there Anybody Out There (Pink Floyd, 89), Spiritual (Josh Hayden, 99), Suffering (Lars Daniels, 2009) and finally Mild (Jakob Bro, 2019).

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The other musicians (Sebastian’s friends) were of the same caliber and the night was filled with music to the delight of all of us attending.

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At the end of the night, my brother’s sister-in-law made an incredible gesture. She decided to sing a few songs in his honor. None of the songs were rehearsed and these talented guys were able to perform flawlessly.

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As birthday’s go, this one was so unique, that I am sure that none of the people that were there that night are ever going to forget it.

Ara singing for us…

Ara singing for us…

Harborview Market for a Birthday

We went out to celebrate our son’s 22nd birthday.

My wife had suggested we go to this place called Harborview Market in Fairfield a mere 12 minutes from our house.

She had to take our youngest to visit the dentist so she called me to make sure I got there early to see if I could get us a table.

You see, Harborview Market is just that, a Market that has a bunch of tables with a large collection of what looks to be chairs that have been gathered through tag sales.

Every chair is different…

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When I got there, the place was jam packed and I had to park my car about a block away, on a rainy day.

I asked in front if I could reserve a table for 10 people and they informed me that they didn’t take reservations. All I could do, was wait and hover over the tables until one was available.

That took about 45 minutes…

My brother-in-law arrived with his wife and daughter, as well as my son and his girlfriend. I asked them to hover over some tables to see if one of us got lucky.

In the end, it paid off as we started to sit with some strangers in the hopes that when they left we will have the table to ourselves.

When we were about to settle in two tables, my wife arrived with my mother-in-law and my sister-in-law, and of course, she saved the day!!

She managed to wrangle a family that was leaving and we all sat at this antique round table ready to eat.

OUR table at Harborview Market

OUR table at Harborview Market

We started with some delicious Croissants that my wife had ordered ahead of time, and then everybody ordered their own thing. My choice was a wonderful Cuban Sandwich that turned out to be huge and AWESOME!.

We had coffee, Juice and talked just about everything and everybody had a great time.

Everybody absorbed in conversation…

Everybody absorbed in conversation…

We got to meet the owner of the place as he came over to our table and introduced himself. He was extremely nice!. We later found out that he his originally from Cuba, but was raised here and he spoke Spanish fluently.

Our Birthday Boy and his girlfriend

Our Birthday Boy and his girlfriend

Everybody left with a full stomach and a smile on their faces. We definitely have to come back to Harborview Market!.

Family Visit

We had a very lovely Sunday gathering; with family visiting from White Plains. My brother-in-law invited everybody over to his house for some food and drinks

It was a very hot and humid day and we were all gathered in the backyard enjoying some nice cold beers, burgers and waiting for a delicious slow-cooked chickens that my brother-in-law was preparing on his smoker.

I took the Fujifilm X100F to dust the cogwebs, and I can tell you...

I need to get back on the saddle with my photography, These are obviously snapshots but I think the are mostly mediocre pictures, I guess I was having too much fun and forgot to work on taking the pictures.

Forgot to check my focus points, forgot to check my aperture, heck I forgot to check everything!! 

Too many beers perhaps... ;-)

It was also my first time using the built-in ND filter of the X100F and over all, I think it works fine for situations like this one. Mid-day at full sun.

Boy oh Boy! Where did my photography eye go?

I also was taking these as JPGs and not RAW (they are snapshots after all) so there is minimal editing using Lightroom Classic CC.

 

Selling Tags - an American Tradition

Companies in the United States and around the world all have something called Records Retention Policy.

The Idea is that every seven years they go through the process of eliminating records that are not been used or that they don't need to retain. An oversimplification but all in all a great idea.

As humans, we tend to accumulate things at an always increasing rate.

The word  "hoarder" has entered our vocabulary and is now a psychological and treatable ailment.

In terms of possession, I always say: "If you have not used it in five years, either throw it away or give it to charity ". 

The Americans came up with a better solution...

They call it a Tag Sale or Yard Sale, depending on where you are. The concept is that you set up tables in your front lawn and place the items that you will like to get rid off on those tables with a ticket price or Tag. Usually in the range of 50 cents to $10 dollars.

Is one way of getting an extra income on something you were probably going to throw away.

This Saturday we had our first Tag sale in a really long time!

Setting up the tables...

Setting up the tables...

Through a process of word of mouth, some strategically placed banners, and some social media savviness, people started coming by before we had time to set up all the tables.

It was a multi-family affair

It was a multi-family affair

My wife and I live on a Condo and they don't allow tag sales due to the fact that our street is a Cul-de-sac; so we had our multi-family tag sale at my sister-in-law's house in Stratford.

Customers roam free

Customers roam free

These sort of thing always attract all walks of people and sometimes you get really weird ones. In this case, we had a lady that decided to go into the house like it was hers. We had to politely ask her out for trespassing!.

Breakfast Tacos!

Breakfast Tacos!

My brother-in-law prepared some delicious breakfast tacos as this was a family affair and some of the kids were hungry. We had some chorizo-bacon-eggs-hashbrown tacos that were absolutely delicious!! Thank you Mark!

Thankfully we had a really nice day

Thankfully we had a really nice day

It turned out to be a really great day. Without this turning into a party, it was a great family gathering with a successful outcome. The weather had finally cooperated and we had clear skies all day. I even got a slight tan.

This worked out to be a success!

This worked out to be a success!

After all was set and done, all we had left was ½ of the items we set out to sell and my wife tells me we are doing it again next weekend. I can't wait!