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EASTER SUNDAY

Happy Belated Easter… Can you do that? or does it only work for Birthdays and Anniversaries?

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Good food, Good Friends, Good Day…

I probably drank way too much. My brother-in-law and I mostly polished a bottle of Tito’s Vodka with Cranberry Juice (Cape Cod Coddlers, as they are know) almost all by our themselves.

I got home took a bath and fell a sleep due to my drunken stupor.

Food was some of the best dammed food I have ever had in a long time, courtesy of my sister-in-law, her father and my brother-in-law.

We had Red Beans Moro, Smoked Ham, Pernil, Potato Casserole, Salad and some mixed green beans and carrots with pearl onions.

For desert we had cheese cake, Flan and Key Lime Pie!!

If you want to stay hidden…

“If you want to stay hidden, they will hide you forever…"

 

It is a line from the BBC TV series Shetland. In the episode, they unearth the body of a seven-year-old girl who was missing for almost 20 years. She had fallen on a Peat ditch and died.

The forensic pathologist said that Peat had the ability to keep bodies for all eternity.

I was thinking about that fact when I took this picture. It was interesting to me because I have always been some sort of Steppenwolf.

Is not that I hate people (although sometimes they are quite annoying) is that I prefer to be by myself and with my thoughts.

I also think that is one of the reasons why I shifted the focus of my photography from weddings and events to landscapes and fine art.

Is hard to work with people with regards to weddings and events.

People often times don’t value your services. They think that the job consists only of taking the picture. They don’t realize that to get to that point, there is a level of preparation and studies that have to happen and that takes time, effort and money!

In other words, they don’t understand that they are paying for your professionalism. But today, they get confronted with the cost of professional photography and they decide that someone "they know" can do the job because is good enough.

A person called me at one point asking for my rates. Immediately, I explained to her that “it all depends on the amount of work and the kind of job” and she got mad at me and hung up the phone.

I had enough of that.

Landscapes never complain...

Goodbye Social Life?

It’s also the reason I left Facebook. It was becoming a cesspool of human waste. Every stupid story and fake piece of news appeared on my timeline. Dropping people left and right posting the most horrid videos and images defeats the purpose of the social network.  Why do they do that?

Don’t you think we have enough with the state the world and the way we are behaving as humans? Why do you feel the need to share misery and discomfort?

It was also becoming quite annoying with regards to my relationships. I will post something and tag my wife, such as, and she will get pestered with questions about my posting.

It has been two months and I don’t miss it.

I don’t think that we are supposed to be sharing anything and everything about us. Some mystery is better. ;-)

In light of recent events, where some wackos have decided to do a live feed of crimes they are committing, I think I am better off and quite sure that I am right.

My brother quitted all social networks a while ago and I think he lives a quieter and better life. I think I will join him...

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!

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