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Wordless Wednesday – Shooting Pool with DaD
May 16th, 2012 by Jessica

Shooting Pool with DaD (January 2004)

Shooting Pool with DaD (January 2004)

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Sarah, Angie and Me
May 2nd, 2012 by Jessica

10-Year Heritage HS Reunion (November 2005)

10-Year Heritage HS Reunion (November 2005)

Meeting baby Sabine (July 2011)

Meeting baby Sabine (July 2011)

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Bob Kane, Photographer
Apr 28th, 2012 by Jessica

My stepfather, Robert Henry Kane, was a hobby photographer.  He passed away in 2000, about five years before I took up the hobby myself.  Unfortunately, I never had a chance to ask him about any of his equipment or about his love for the hobby.  When he was alive I wasn’t interested in photography at all.

Bob Kane (1936-2000)

Bob Kane (1936-2000)

My mother recently came across his camera gear and asked me if I would like to have it.  I gratefully accepted the offer for the bag of gear and my Mom shipped it out to me.  It arrived the next day in careful packaging, perfectly intact.  I immediately dove in to see what I had inherited.

Bob’s Pentax SF10 SLR 35mm film camera came with a beautiful tan padded case, one 28-80mm lens, one 75-300mm lens, one 2x teleconverter, an external AF240FT speed flash, a Quantaray Foggilizer soft focus filter and a large number of high end Cokin filters.  I recognized the size of those filters!  I knew right away that all of his 58mm accessories would fit on my current Canon digital SLR cameras.

Bob's Last Photo
Bob’s Last Photo

The camera still had a functioning battery and believe it or not, it was still loaded with a roll of partially exposed film!  With three images already exposed 13 years ago on a roll of 24 ISO 400 film, I didn’t expect much upon development.  Most old film that has been stuck in a camera for over a decade deteriorates to the point of being unrecognizable.

Somehow, I felt luck was upon me as I ran around the garden and throughout our house, snapping pictures to use up the rest of the film.  A quick trip to the one-hour photo and $3.80 later, I managed to secure the development of the very last photo Bob had ever taken some 13 years prior.  It shows a solemn winter scene of a birdhouse in their yard in Mio – fitting, so it seems.

With the mystery of the undeveloped film solved, I moved my attention to the many filters he had stashed away in his bag of goodies.  They are all high end Cokin brand filters that thankfully I can use on my current camera bodies: Close-up (A103), Pre-Shaped Frames (A397), Multi-Image (A201), Radial Zoom (A185), Champagne (A695), Sunset (A198), Warming (A027), Linear Polarizer (A160).

Having only played with these new-found toys for a few minutes I can already say that Bob has left me years of fun, creativity and adventure ahead.  I’m so lucky to have these!  I only wish he were here with me so we could enjoy them together.  Thanks, Bob.  I miss you.

Cokin Radial Zoom

Cokin Radial Zoom

Cokin Multi-Image

Cokin Multi-Image

Cokin Multi-Image

Cokin Multi-Image

Cokin Close-Up

Cokin Close-Up

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Happy 78th Birthday, Grandma Cole!
Apr 1st, 2012 by Jessica

Fitzgerald Family, circa 1939 in Lake County, Indiana

Fitzgerald Family, circa 1939 in Lake County, Indiana

Today, I would like to wish a very Happy 78th Birthday to my dear grandmother, Florence Mae (Fitzgerald) Cole!

Tomorrow morning, the 1940 US Federal Census will be released.  I am so excited to be able to search for my grandmother in this census, who turned 6 years old the week the census takers visited her home.

When I asked my grandmother recently where she was living on her 6th birthday, she replied, “We were living a few miles from where I was born. I’m pretty sure it was still in Lake County.”

We should see her parents Vondall & Jennie Fitzgerald along with her siblings Kenny, Lenny, Dorothy, Donald, Lewis, Katherine, Richard and Robert.  Her younger siblings Delmar, David, Charles, Roy, Thomas and Bruce were not born yet as of April 1, 1940.

The picture here shows Florence’s grandmother May (Richards) Fisher standing in the back right with the dark dress, then her mother Jennie Mae (Fisher) Fitzgerald seated holding the baby.  The children along the front are believed to be Dorothy, Robert, Florence (in the checker pattern dress), Katherine and Richard.  I am not sure who the woman standing behind Jennie is in the white dress.  I think it might be Vondall’s mother, Emily (Jarrell) Fitzgerald.

Good luck to all of you beginning your search tomorrow in the 1940 Census!

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Wordless Wednesday – Celebrating 10 Years
Feb 1st, 2012 by Jessica

Our Wedding Ceremony (February 2, 2002)

Our Wedding Ceremony (February 2, 2002)

Exchanging Rings (February 2, 2002)

Exchanging Rings (February 2, 2002)

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Shoot for the Moon
Nov 8th, 2011 by Jessica

November 8, 2011

November 8, 2011

I enjoy taking photos of the moon.  It’s a challenge to get a great shot, but when I get one, it’s very satisfying.  I feel like I’ve accomplished something awesome, even if it’s just something small.

I’m always shooting for the moon, so to speak.  Most of the time I miss, but at least I try.  I admire myself for that. :)

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

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Happy Anniversary, Amy and Mason!
Oct 21st, 2011 by Jessica

I’d like to wish a very Happy Anniversary to Amy and Mason, who celebrate four years together today.  Congratulations!

Table Centerpiece from Amy and Mason's Wedding

Table Centerpiece from Amy and Mason's Wedding

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What a difference 81 years can make
Oct 16th, 2011 by Jessica

Ford 1930 Prices

Ford 1930 Prices

I was sifting through some old newspapers last night and came across this nifty little ad for a Ford dealership in Stevens Point, Wisconsin:

1930 PRICES
Pheaton $440
Roadster $435
Sport Roadster (With rumble, seat) $470
Standard Coupe $500
Sport Coupe $530
Tudor Sedan $500
Club Fordor $600
Standard Fordor $625
Cabriolet $645
Town Sedan $670
Deluxe Panel Delivery $350
Roadster Pick-up (Open cab) $430
With closed cab $460
1 1/2 ton Truck chassis with closed cab $610
1 1/2 ton truck, closed cab and stake body $575

(All 1 1/2 ton trucks equipped with 32×6 tires in rear and four speed transmission).

All Prices F. O. B. Detroit

STEVENS POINT
MOTOR CO.

Always Open

309 Strongs Avenue
Phone 82

A little inflation calculator satisfied my curiosity.  The top of the line model listed here, the Ford Town Sedan, had a price tag of a whopping $670 in 1930.  In today’s market, that would cost approximately $9,100.  Now I don’t know about you, but I think it would be really nice to own the top of the line vehicle for just $9,100 in 2011.  The cars I am looking at don’t come with price tags less than FIVE TIMES that amount.

What a difference 81 years can make!  Another cute thing to note about this ad: “Phone 82!”

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More Concerts
Oct 15th, 2011 by Jessica

As an addition to my original post describing the Concerts I had been to, here are all the shows I’ve seen since that time.  I’ve slowed down a bit on my concert-going experiences, but every now and then I still get out there to see one.

  • 5/23/2009    No Doubt / Paramore / The Sounds
  • 10/18/2009    Stone Temple Pilots
  • 8/10/2010    Weird Al Yankovic
  • 9/15/2010    Paramore/Tegan & Sara/New Found Glory/Kadawatha
  • 1/16/2011    Air Supply
  • 3/10/2011    Huey Lewis and the News
  • 7/23/2011    Soundgarden / Marrs Volta
  • 8/3/2011    Katy Perry
  • 10/14/2011    Evanescence / Pretty Wreckless / Rival Sons
  • 10/16/2011    Billy Idol  (scheduled for tomorrow!)

Here is a list of the different artists and bands I have seen perform live over the years – many of them multiple times.

  1. .38 Special
  2. 3 Doors Down
  3. Abandoned Pools
  4. Aerosmith (2x)
  5. Air Supply (2x)
  6. Akon
  7. Alanis Morrisette
  8. Alter Bridge
  9. Annie Lennox
  10. Beach Boys (3x)
  11. Billy Gibbons (2006 Billboard Music Awards)
  12. Billy Idol
  13. Billy Joel
  14. Black Eyed Peas
  15. Blue Man Group (Complex Tour & Megastar 2.0)
  16. Cheap Trick
  17. Cher
  18. Chevelle
  19. Chicago (2x)
  20. Choke 66
  21. Chris Isaak
  22. Cirque du Soleil Delirium
  23. Counting Crows
  24. Cyndi Lauper (2x)
  25. Daughtry
  26. Def Leppard
  27. Depeche Mode
  28. Dogs Eye View
  29. Earth Wind & Fire
  30. Elton John (2x)
  31. Eric Clapton
  32. Evanescence
  33. Faith No More
  34. Fergie
  35. Genesis
  36. George Michael (3x)
  37. Godsmack
  38. Go-Go’s
  39. Gwen Stefani (4x)
  40. Heart
  41. Huey Lewis & The News (3x)
  42. Janet Jackson (2x)
  43. Joe Myers
  44. John Mellencamp
  45. Joss Stone
  46. Kadawatha
  47. Katy Perry
  48. Kenny G
  49. Kevin Eubanks & The Tonight Show Band (x2)
  50. Kid Rock (2006 Billboard Music Awards)
  51. KISS
  52. Korn
  53. Lacuna Coil
  54. Lady Sovereign
  55. Lenny Kravitz
  56. Live
  57. Ludacris (2006 Billboard Music Awards)
  58. Luscious Jackson
  59. Madonna (2x)
  60. Marrs Volta
  61. Mary J. Blige (2006 Billboard Music Awards)
  62. Mase (on The Tonight Show, 2004)
  63. Melissa Etheridge
  64. Metallica
  65. Michael Bolton (on The Tonight Show, 2006)
  66. Motley Crew
  67. New Found Glory
  68. Nickelback (2x)
  69. Nitza
  70. No Doubt
  71. Paramore (2x)
  72. Pearl Jam
  73. Pharrell (2006 Billboard Music Awards)
  74. Phil Collins
  75. Pink
  76. Pretty Wreckless
  77. Puddle of Mudd
  78. R. E. M.
  79. Red Hot Chili Peppers
  80. Rival Sons
  81. Rob Thomas
  82. Rob Zombie (2x)
  83. Robert Plant
  84. Robyn
  85. Rod Stewart
  86. Sarah McLachlan
  87. Shinedown (2x)
  88. Smashing Pumpkins
  89. Soundgarden
  90. Stabbing Westward
  91. Stone Temple Pilots (2x)
  92. Tegan & Sara
  93. The Fray (2006 Billboard Music Awards)
  94. The Sounds
  95. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  96. Toni Braxton
  97. Tori Amos
  98. Trapt
  99. Video Games Live
  100. Wallflowers
  101. Weird Al Yankovic (2x)
  102. White Stripes
  103. Young Jeezy (2006 Billboard Music Awards)
.38 Special
3 Doors Down
Abandoned Pools
Aerosmith (2x)
Air Supply (2x)
Akon
Alanis Morrisette
Alter Bridge
Annie Lennox
Beach Boys (3x)
Billy Idol
Billy Joel
Black Eyed Peas
Blue Man Group (Complex Tour & Megastar 2.0)
Cheap Trick
Cher
Chevelle
Chicago (2x)
Chris Isaak
Cirque du Soleil Delirium
Counting Crows
Cyndi Lauper (2x)
Daughtry
Def Leppard
Depeche Mode
Dogs Eye View
Earth Wind & Fire
Elton John (2x)
Eric Clapton
Evanescence
Faith No More
Fergie
Genesis
George Michael (3x)
Godsmack
Go-Go’s
Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani (3x)
Heart
Huey Lewis & The News (3x)
Janet Jackson
Joe Myers
John Mellencamp
Joss Stone
Kadawatha
Katy Perry
Kenny G
KISS
Korn
Lacuna Coil
Lady Sovereign
Lenny Kravitz
Live
Luscious Jackson
Madonna (2x)
Marrs Volta
Melissa Etheridge
Metallica
Motley Crew
New Found Glory
Nickelback (2x)
Nitza
No Doubt
Paramore (2x)
Pearl Jam
Phil Collins
Pink
Pretty Wreckless
Puddle of Mudd
R. E. M.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Rival Sons
Rob Thomas
Rob Zombie (2x)
Robert Plant
Rod Stewart
Sarah McLachlan
Shinedown (2x)
Smashing Pumpkins
Soundgarden
Stabbing Westward
Stone Temple Pilots (2x)
Tegan & Sara
The Fray
The Sounds
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Toni Braxton
Tori Amos
Trapt
Video Games Live
Wallflowers
Weird Al Yankovic (2x)
White Stripes
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Flowers from my Honey
Sep 24th, 2011 by Jessica

Flowers From Andrew

Flowers From Andrew

Flowers from Andrew

Flowers from Andrew

Andrew bought me flowers earlier this week.  Aren’t they pretty?  They brightened up the bathroom quite nicely.  It was very sweet to walk in there every day and see them smiling back at me.  They really got me through a rough week.

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