New York

Ripe Age

This past weekend we drove to White Plains, NY to visit and celebrate my mother-in-law brother's birthday.

His nickname is Cucho (I don't think I have ever known his real name, they always call him Cucho) and he was celebrating his 95th run around the Sun.

His daughter, my wife's cousin, invited us and my mother-in-law for dinner and some cake.

It's about an hour drive from our house and because it was Saturday, it turns out to be a nice easy ride.

When we got there, around 5:00 PM. Half of his family was out getting the food for the celebration, and the other half was there to greet us.

We made ourselves at home and started drinking some Tequila and beer with my wife's cousin's husband (he is Mexican).

We started talking about family and friend and Cucho seemed to become more animated.

What was really amazing was the fact that for his age, Cucho has most of his wits and memory. He was telling me that he takes a cold shower every day in the morning, no mater the season! He exercises every day and he is also a vegan.

He also told me that his only complaint was that his short-term memory was not working and that he had insomnia. Otherwise, he was able to recall every episode and minutia from years ago.

Every time we go visit these people, they have enough food to feed an army and this time was no different.

We had rotisserie chicken, Moro de Habichuelas (Rice with Beans), Moro de Guandules (Rice with Pigeons Peas), Steak and Salad.

We ate and continue drinking and chatting about the good old times in the Dominican Republic.


Someone mentioned something about an old song, and we pulled an iPhone to start streaming videos to the living room TV. It was sort of an impromptu karaoke, as we all started singing songs from our younger years.

We did some dancing and then it was time to cut the cake.

We sang happy birthday and asked Cucho to make a wish before blowing the candles...

He the proceeded to tell me that he wished for health for all of us. What a great guy!!


All in all, we had a great time and the chance to share some memories with Cucho in his ripe age of 95!

Happy Birthday, Cucho!



I was testing the new version of Perfectly Clear Complete V3 using this image of a recent trip to NYC.

A simple iPhone photo was taken on my way to Grand Central Station. I first edited in Adobe Photoshop CC to remove some wires that were in the middle and that didn't need to be there. I also cropped and did some Lens Correction.

It was my first time using the Lens Correction filter and I was curious to see that the lenses do not include the latest generation of iPhones. It only has up to iPhone 6. What's up with that Adobe?

I then moved the file into Google's Nik Perfect Efex and added some Pro contrast. Next, a quick trip to Perfectly Clear Complete V3 and finally a conversion to black and white using Nik Silver Efex.

I particularly like the lines and the reflections on the front building, as well as the contrast between the new construction and the old in the back.

I clear example of the stories you can find in NYC. The contrast of Old and New...