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Marine Corps Diary

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This photo is from Okinawa in 1985.

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June 29, 2011 at 3:33 pm

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Changes In Latitudes And Attitudes

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Being a Marine, I am a creature of habit and routine. That doesn’t mean I don’t like to wing it. After all, I am the son of a sailor.

We went on Spring Break once with no idea were we were going. I turned left out of the driveway one Saturday morning at 5 a.m. and we ended up in Nashville for a few days including a night at the Grand Ole Opry. Then we stopped at the Jack Daniels Distillery for the afternoon simply because we happened to drive by. I love the back roads. Then  we stopped in Atlanta for a few more days and went to an NBA and a NHL game.

But when we go to Litchfield Beach, we have a routine – “nibblin’ on sponge cake, watchin’ the sun bake, all of those tourist covered with oil”. I get up before the sun rises, walk on the beach and shoot photos. There are only so many days in your life you get to witness the sun rising over the ocean. I take advantage of it every chance I get. Someday, I plan to do it every morning. Most days while at Litchfield, around noon, we stop by the Cabana Cafe to chat with Lajla who is our good friend and frozen concoction expert.

We just arrived home from an impromptu week at Litchfield Beach. We left home last Saturday at 5 a.m. and arrived at Litchfield Books 4 1/2 hours and 261 miles later. We purchased our reading materials, stopped by Piggly Wiggly and were set for the week.

At Litchfield Books, we purchased a couple of novels by David Baldacci and got tickets to attend a gathering to hear him speak on Wednesday. Later that week, we attended the function and he was a hoot. He autographed our books.

Anyway, back on the subject, we arrived at our accommodations. There was a plumbing problem so we went straight to the Cabana. We got there before it opened. We purchased a weekend edition of USA Today, sat in rocking chairs and waited. Our friend, Lajla, who was surprised to see us said, “skinny coladas”, and the conversation began.

We couldn’t get a reservation for our favorite restaurant, the Ocean One – Austin’s, that night. Depression. OK, more coladas.

Changes in latitudes:

  1. Forgot my beach flip-flops – Don’t worry I was wearing my Sunday-go-to-meetin’ pair
  2. No deck to read the morning paper and drink coffee on
  3. No ocean view unless we stood on our tip-toes
  4. We didn’t finish our 1,000 piece puzzle
  5. I only read three books
  6. People who park poorly
  7. Left the umbrella at home – had to shop at Eagles
  8. Left my MiFi at home
  9. Could not find my sun glasses
  10. I blew out my flip-flop, stepped on a pop-top

 Changes in attitudes:

  1. Completed 2/3rds of a 1,000 piece puzzle
  2. Got to spend a week with my lovely wife
  3. She thinks I should have put that first
  4. Finished three books
  5. Bought a flip-flop bucket
  6. Got to spend a week with my lovely wife
  7. Purchased my beautiful and brilliant mother-in-law the perfect birthday present
  8. Had chicken-fried quail
  9. Watched Mcllroy win the U.S. Open with a new friend and Hampden-Sydney graduate at the Island Bar and Grill
  10. Got to spend a week with my lovely wife

The three books I read were Letting Go of the Camera by Brooks Jensen, The Ongoing Moment by Geoff Dyer and Stan Musial An American Life by George Vecsey (which was a gift from my son for Father’s Day).

Mattie read Circles of Light by Dr. Mary Helen Hensley, Collusion by Stuart Neville, Murder One by Robert Dugoni and One Summer by David Baldacci.

I decided this past week to only shoot film. Here are some photos using drug store film and drug store processing and scanning. I was too lazy to shoot Tri-X, which I could have processed in my darkroom. I know it’s my own – fault, Jimmy.

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June 25, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Erica and Jared’s Wedding – Reception 2

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Thank you Erica and Jared for asking me to photograph the two of you getting hitched. It was a boot-scootin’ time.

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June 17, 2011 at 9:16 am

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Erica and Jared – Reception 1

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Erica and Jared’s Wedding – Rehearsal

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June 17, 2011 at 8:56 am

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Erica and Jared’s Wedding – The Ceremony 2

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It stopped raining just in time for the ceremony. The first photo is my lovely bride’s. Apparently, the groom and his grandfather were texting as they walked in.

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June 13, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Erica and Jared’s Wedding – The Ceremony 1

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The first six photos in this group are by my lovely bride.

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June 13, 2011 at 8:29 pm

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