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Economic Development Discussions – E-P1

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These are photos from yesterday’s economic development discussions at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. I shot these with the Olympus E-P1 and 17mm F2.8 lens. That last photo has an Olympus E-P2 in it.

Ron Bloom, Senior Counselor for Manufacturing Policy, John Fernandez, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, Mac Holladay, founder and CEO of Market Street, former Governor of Virginia Gerald L. Baliles and Mark Heath, President /CEO of Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation were joined by Congressman Tom Perriello on video conference.


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February 27, 2010 at 1:18 pm

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Economic Development

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Several federal government officials and a former Virginia governor were at the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville yesterday discussing economic development in Martinsville and Henry County.

Ron Bloom, Senior Counselor for Manufacturing Policy, John Fernandez, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, Mac Holladay, founder and CEO of Market Street, former Governor of Virginia Gerald L. Baliles and Mark Heath, President /CEO of Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation were joined by Congressman Tom Perriello on video conference.

Here’s a few photos from the event.

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February 27, 2010 at 11:51 am

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Valentine’s Day In Shockoe Slip

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Mattie and I spent Valentine’s Day and night in Shockoe Slip in Richmond, Va. We were on our way back from West Point, Va., and it’s tough not to spend the night in Shockoe when we are driving through. We watched the Daytona 500 while in several different establishments, and had dinner in the Hard Shell. It’s a great restaurant. Here’s a few photos with the Olympus E-P1 and 17mm f2.8.

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February 16, 2010 at 1:52 pm

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West Point, Virginia

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Mattie and I spent Friday and Saturday nights in West Point, Va. over the Valentine’s Day weekend. West Point is where the Mattaponi River and the Pamunkey River come together to form the York River. It is also the birthplace of Marine Corps Lieutenant General Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller. I’ll talk about that in a later post along with our Valentine’s night in Shockoe Slip.

We drove into Richmond on Saturday night to eat at the Mezzanine Restaurant located at 3433 W. Cary Street. Todd Johnson is the owner and chef. His parents Jim and CeCe Johnson live in Martinsville and we went to the restaurant with the Johnson’s and seven other people. I had raw oysters, and a ribeye on a bed of mashed potatoes. The food was outstanding.

Jim also took Mattie and I on a tour of West Point including two plantations and an Indian reservation. Of course, I took my Olympus E-P1 with me. The first photo below is from the front yard of their home where the Mattaponi and Pamunkey rivers converge into the York River. The second photo is of the entrance to one of the plantations. The third photo is from a Saturday morning walk around West Point. The final two photos are from the Mezzanine Restaurant. Thanks Jim and CeCe for a great weekend.

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February 15, 2010 at 6:31 pm

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It’s Game Day…Go Colts!

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Today is a day that happens very few times in a lifetime. A day that your team plays in the Super Bowl.

Obviously, there is only one Super Bowl winner. Every other NFL fan has suffered disappointment as some point during each season. Some will begin losing hope in week one while others could lose that hope in the final seconds of the Super Bowl.

Having been a Colts fan for about the past 46 or so years certainly has put me into the extremes of those categories. The first time I believed that the Colts were certain to win a Super Bowl came in 1969. It didn’t happen despite the late game heroics by John Unitas.

I only had to wait two years for Super Bowl V to see the dream come true on a kick with nine seconds remaining by rookie Jim O’Brien. Then, I would have to wait 36 years for another Super Bowl win in 2007.

By the 1972 season, injuries and age had gotten the best of the greatest quarterback to every play the game. John Unitas’ career was done with the Colts. The glory years beginning with NFL titles in the late 50’s including “the greatest game every played” was over. Those years included great players such as Raymond Berry, Art Donavan, Gino Marchetti, Alan Ameche, “Big Daddy” Lipscomb, Lenny Moore, John Mackey, Bill Curry, Tom Matte, Bubba Smith, Mike Curtis, Ray May, Ted Hendricks and backup QB Earl Morrall. Those years also included great head coaches “Weeb” Ewbank, Don Shula and Don McCafferty. I believe the only reason the Colts lost to the Jets in Super Bowl III was Shula’s failure to bring in the injured Unitas earlier.

During the 1972 season, Unitas was benched but came in for the last series of the last home game that season after a scam by Colts players and the coach to make Unitas believe the starting QB was injured. His very last pass with the Colts was for a touchdown to Ed Hinton. Unitas changed the game of NFL football.

It was a 36-year wait for another Super Bowl, and there were some big disappointments during that time. Bert Jones carried the Colts to within one overthrown pass away from the Super Bowl in the final playoff game ever played in Memorial Stadium on East 33rd Street in Baltimore.

Danny Boswell and I took a college road trip to Baltimore in the late ‘70s. We sat in the end zone stands. During pre-game we jumped the wall, ran into the end zone where the Denver Broncos where warming up and yelled at Denver quarterback Craig Morton, “The Colts are going to kick your “rear” today.” We then ran back and jumped over the wall before security could get us. Thank goodness they left us alone.

In 1984, team owner Robert Irsay pulled the Colts out of Baltimore and moved to Indianapolis. My loyalties moved with them. The Colts won just 12 games in their first three years in Indy. They started the ’86 season with 13 straight losses. There were a lot more lean years despite some great players.

In 1995, Jim Harbaugh took over as quarterback and the Colts went to the NFC Championship game. A late game dropped interception almost took them to the Super Bowl. The Colts had one more chance but Harbaugh’s “Hail Mary” was touched, then bounced off the ground before being caught as time ran out.

Then in 1998 came Peyton Manning and the decade of 2000 where the Colts were the winningest team. There were disappointments like the season that ended with the “idiot kicker”. But in 2007, after waiting nearly four decades, I enjoyed another Super Bowl victory. All of the pundits, today, will cover the past 10 years. I don’t need to.

In recent years, my son, AJ, has been a Tennessee Titans fan. We have traveled to Nashville and Indy to see the Colts vs. Titans games. Too bad the Titans have won every game we attended. It’s always been a long trip home. Here’s an iPhone photo from a trip to Indy.

Today, I will watch the game with Mattie in my living room. Super Bowl parties aren’t for me when the Colts are in it. It’s a game to savor and take in every moment without distraction. It doesn’t happen often. It’s a day to remember all the Colts players and great moments of the past and enjoy today’s glory. Besides, if they win, I will probably shed a few tears.

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February 7, 2010 at 12:53 pm

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Why Did The Turkey Cross The Road?

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These turkeys tried to commit suicide yesterday, but due to my lighting quick reaction time they were saved. However, I did shoot them with my E-P1 through the passenger side window as they ran away.

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February 5, 2010 at 10:44 am

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Lucy Scores – iPhone Photo

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I took Lucy and Leo out this afternoon before I left for a shoot at the studio. I was standing on the deck checking out twitter on my iPhone when I saw Lucy walking towards the basketball goal below me. I waited for her to walk under the basket and “click”. I’d score that photo a two. Sorry, I had to do that.

By the way, the backboard is broken from one of my dunks.

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February 4, 2010 at 8:26 pm

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