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!