You are looking at a finely tuned “ Dr. Seuss Percussion Plane”. It makes noise or shall I call it music? A week ago, out of the school folder came a new project sheet. My heart rate rose and I cringed knowing the implications it may have on my immediate future. Immediately, I was transported back in time to 5th grade when I too was responsible for the creation of an innovative musical instrument. To this day, I remember my father slicing pieces of bamboo at an angle and nailing them together to create “my” one of a kind project. I had little to do with any of its creation and it looked so realistic, it could have been used as an authentic prop for the movie, “The Mission”. The project sheet would sit on the fridge for a week, awaiting its number to come up. It would be filed in front of the dreaded group project that would soon follow it. At least this project had half a chance, as it would cater to my son’s introverted learning style. With my childhood instrument debacle swirling in my head I would make a vow that this would be purely his creation. I would not be completing it long after his bedtime. Despite this vow, I spent my day contemplating things that make noise just in case he dropped the ball on this one. He would come off the bus grab a snack out of the fridge and pull his project sheet from under a magnet. Had my son thought of this project at all despite the bold reminder of it every time he opened the fridge? Any slacker worries were abated as he tore apart the garage, and the kitchen cabinets for noise making treasure. He would look to the Mecca location for project toppers in the junk drawer for the instrument’s finishing touches. The drum would start to take shape, equally as inane as it was noisy. Dr Suess would be proud of the chaotic design and I would chuckle as it came to fruition. My son’s chaos filled head was in full creation mode and I stood by to assist with a hammer, a box cutter and duct tape. The instrument would serve as a table centerpiece and the dinner conversation would ponder whether there really is any difference between pitch and frequency. I still couldn’t tell but perhaps this instrument holds the truth. Once again, fifth grade has brought us together. This creation may beckon the Lorax, but consider it today’s ordinary miracle.
At 2:16 pm today, my daughter burst into the room, tears in her eyes… "Mom I have a detention." I look at her crookedly and she goes on about the offenses that leads one to detention these days. “Now, don’t leave your book in your locker from now on, when it should be at your desk,” I tell her. Her lesson has clearly been learned as she wipes the tears from her eyes. It’s 2:46. The house is unusually quiet at time when I usually hear Peter burst through the door. He quietly sulks around the corner, shoulders low…"Mom, I have a detention.” Wondering if I have entered the Twilight Zone, I think to myself…that’s weird, two in one day. I compose myself before I speak. My blood pressure has bubbled up and I do my best to keep it together. Our shadow puppets are trying to bring us on a wild goose chase and the three of us are in the hunt. While it’s eerily quiet for the next hours, the kids do their penance by hitting the books in their rooms. I feel their failure as I gaze at my own. My desk is a mess and I realize my lack of organization is also theirs. The 27 inch screen in front of me beckons. I type into Yahoo Answers, “How to become a good student”. Sure enough, Yahoo knows the answer as it list obvious strategies. “Know it all”, I grunt to myself. On paper, it sounds so easy, but logistically, it’s not. We all have some work to do but each needs to find our way on our own terms. Teaching kids without hovering is a delicate skill, one that less and less parents seem to master these days. Kids need to realize that lessons need to be learned and absorbed the hard way. I can’t soften the blow and if I do, they’ll be worst off for it. So tomorrow is a new day. The kids will serve their hard time and I am going to clean off my desk. I’d rather go to detention.
A view of gigantus (Miles) from the grass.
Finishing the Hunger Games in a nick of time.
7th grade stress relief
The grass may be short on the loft and lushness of summer but I have found myself taking some time to lie in its' imperfect bed. When the temperature raises enough to have my arms bared, nothing feels as good as laying in grass and watching the world go by and feeling time pass. Although the business of spring beckons, so does my unwillingness to yield to it. And why should I when everything I need blooms and breathes all around me? With my ears alert to springs sounds, my camera rest in grass along side me. The kids rediscover the outside surroundings and the dog relishes in his pack being close by. Nature is three weeks ahead of schedule. Mother nature must be feeling impatient this year but at the moment, no one seems to mind. As I stay low to the ground, life seems more interesting from down here. The camera clearly likes this angle and I come to understand why a toddler enjoys so much wonder from this level. I hope you have found a patch of grass this week. It may change your angle on things.
And the title goes to...Coginchaug!
At 40, I still get a thrill in taking part in all types of athletic pursuits. I realize I won’t be standing on any podiums. I have become a middle of the pack athlete. Despite this, I get great personal satisfaction that comes out of crossing a finish line. While the first place athlete may be showered and had a pizza by the time I finish, I still haven’t forgotten the feeling that one experiences when a possible victory is within reach. The nerves are tangible. One envisions both the winning and losing scenario through many restless nights sleep. You try to tunnel vision your way through good and bad workouts. Any pain is absorbed by your mind’s tenacity. Your smile is both knowing and unknowing at the same time. At that point winning means everything and in the same breath, so does losing. Both victory and loss take you on a journey to self-betterment. The challenge that any sport brings can only bring more depth to life. I was fortunate to photograph the girls ‘ basketball state championships on Saturday. I was transfixed by the Blue Devils determination to win. In a society of participation trophy kids, I was enlightened by what I saw. In front of me were young people who were willing to put it all on the line, knowing things could go either way. The lessons they learned from the game will stay with them, long into their “middle of the pack” years. Whether they had won or lost the big game, they’ll someday realize that they lived fully in the moment. Congratulations to a great group of girls, you have inspired us all.
A happy homecoming welcomed Coginchaug's girls basketball state champions this afternoon. In an impromptu parade down Main Street, the girls were escorted back to the high school by Durham's and Middlefield's finest. Local fans that were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the champs gave a cheer or a honk along the route. Some great athletes that win big match-ups are often quoted saying, "I'm going to Disney World". This stellar team would convey a similar sentiment, but in true Durham fashion. They would end up at the Durham Dari Serv, a place where a celebration sweetens any championship. Congratulations to a great group of kids.
Im thinking of opening up a "Complaint Department". I'll charge five cents per complaint. I looked around online and found a list of common complaints and peeves. At this rate I could be rich before the end of the week....
This list should cover it. Feel free to add some of your own, but don't forget to send me your five cents!
Just a disclaimer (I would't spend my entire day writing this list) but surprisingly, someone did.)
Complaints and Peeves
Drivers who don't use a turn signal.
People who read out loud what they're typing in an email or letter.
Kids who tease dogs through a fence.
People who drink directly out of the milk/orange juice containter.
Couples who sit on the same side of the booth when there is no one on the other side.
Parents who bring their young kids to R rated films.
People that don't use coasters.
People who blame anything but themselves for THEIR failure.
People who sit next to you on public transportation even when there are other seats available.
Students who prolong class by asking the most inane questions.
Women who wear jewelry that clinks and clacks and makes noise when they're at their desk or keyboard. When people take 20 napkins, use one, then throw them all away.
Going through the drive thru, then having to go back when they screw your order up.
People walking around in ridiculous 'fashionable' shoes that are clearly hurting their feet.
Whenever anyone says "Ya, know what I'm sayin"...
Using speaker phones in public areas at work.
Roadmaps that aren't folded correctly.
Finding a shoe and not finding its mate next to it
Made up car names that are not even real words.
People who are mean to animals.
When a person makes a sucking noise with a straw when the cup becomes almost empty.
People with bad table manners.
People that snoop.
People who read the paper while driving.
People that interrupt you when your telling a story and then they continue to tell you their story and then ask you in an uninterested tone to continue on with your story when they are finished talking.
Drivers who won't turn right on red.
Vulgar talk at the dinner table.
People who chat online (instant messaging) while I'm on the phone with them.
Not having enough quarters to do laundry.
Couples that own a dog together and call themselves mommy and daddy.
When drivers bring their car to the wrong side of the gas pump.
When you genuinely ask someone what's wrong (when there obviously is something wrong) and they respond half-heartedly, "hmmm? oh nothing..."
People who ignore yield signs.
Being asked my telephone number/account number AFTER I already entered in using the keypad on my phone. I thought I was supposed enter that info to "better assist me".
Not washing hands after using the bathroom.
People who push alcohol at social functions.
The noise people make when they rub their fingers on balloons.
When your spouse/roommate uses the butter to put on their toast, and leaves crumbs in the container.
People who don't perform their duties at work.
Guys who leave the toilet seat up.
Celebrities claiming to be environmentalists.
Dining with a picky eater (they can never order off the menu without customizing every aspect of the meal).
Men on trains who insist on sitting with their legs spread wide like they got something there.
When ice cream drips out of the bottom of a sugar cone.
People who zig zag in and out of lanes on the expressway.
People who ride their bikes in the road when a sidewalk is right there.
When people don't send thank you notes.
When somebody tosses something toward a garbage can, like they think they're a basketball star, then leave it on the ground after they miss!
People who take forever to order food while I'm in line.
When you open the DVD case and it is empty or a different movie is in it.
Car alarms that signal that they are on by honking.
People who walk their dogs and let them poop indiscriminately (like on someone's lawn), and does not pick it up.
The way people walk in flip flops.
Someone standing over my shoulder reading the computer screen.
People who write "Noone" instead of "No one".
Explanations that begin with the word "Again".
People who don't cover their mouth while sneezing or coughing.
Dirty dishes in the sink.
People who habitually need favors.
How opening any cheap electronic item these days requires cutting up your finger with cheap impossible to open plastic molding covering.
When you're eating candy and someone asks if they can have a red one.
Airline speak (like: "The lavatories ARE equipped with smoke detectors, so DO refrain...")
When you bite into a jelly bean and it's a different flavor than what you thought it was.
Having to go to a UPS / FEDEX office to pickup a package.
Chasing after a ping pong ball.
Jerks who take up 2 parking spaces.
Films censored and cut (for length) to be put on television.
When something I've been into for a long time becomes popular.
People who overuse quotes from movies or TV.
People who act like they're in their own living room at an event (concert, ballgame, play, movies or a restaurant).
People who give their kids weird names
People that don't list prices on websites, stores, and infomercials.
The creepers at red lights. You know, those people that start inching forward in their cars…slowly…until the light turns green.
People who clear their throats in a disgusting way.
People that pop and smack their chewing gum.
When people leave the cap off the toothpaste.
People who style their hair during Mass.
People who invite you out somewhere then cancel.
Women who wear too much perfume.
Relying on someone else to take a picture because I want to be in it, and it ends up coming out off-centered and out-of-focus.
Cutesy intentional misspellings: ” lite” ” kwik” ” ‘R ” for are.
You know when you ask someone a simple, straightforward question and they spend ten solid minutes rambling on about everything in the world EXCEPT the answer to your simple, straightforward question? I hate that.
When you order a salad at a restaurant and they bring it to you at the same time as your dinner.
Children's hand prints on the windows in car.
People who don't know the difference between its/it’s and they’re /their/there.
People who carry a one sided conversation
When you can't tell if someone is male or female.
People who leave the door open when they go to the bathroom.
Sick people who cough near you.
People who talk, whistle or sing to themselves at work.
People putting their feet out of car windows.
Greeting cards that throw sparkles, sequins or confetti on the hapless recipient
Having to use more than one remote control (one for TV, dvd player, cable box, TIVO, etc.)
Paying alot of money for a meal and getting a baby sitter only to have someone elses kids screaming.
When you're invited to a party (or any event) with people you have never met, and the host doesn't introduce you to anyone.
When you find a really cute piece of clothing on the rack and they have like twenty in size XS, two in size 3X, and not a single one in your size.
People who throw cigarette butts on the beach.
Saying "Let there be light" every time any light switch is flipped on.
When people say "What's up?" instead of saying "hi or hello".
People who leave shopping carts in the parking lot instead of taking them back to the corral.
People who go the wrong way in a parking lot.
People who write "Keep in touch!" in your yearbook but never talk to you again.
When someone with a full cart of groceries gets into the 10 items or less line.
Cats and dogs that are inconsiderate of their human's sleeping habits, and decide to romp, play, and destroy stuff at 4 AM.
People letting their dogs use my yard as their toilet.
People who read over your shoulder on public transportation.
Driving somewhere and having the sun in my eyes.
Not knowing if you've taken two pictures with a camera or there are just two left
When you adjust the volume of the TV and the volume display blocks the subtitles during an important dialogue.
People who think that they are the only one with correct background for understanding an issue.
Being the first one at any party.
People throwing trash into a recycle bin.
The naming of celebrity couples (Bennifer, TomKat, etc.)
Movie sequels that are unnecessary.
Drivers who tailgate.
Anyone – male or female- who says “We’re pregnant”. Are they sharing a uterus?
The "yes but" people.
When you have an itch on the bottom of your foot and you can't scratch it because you have shoes on.
When someone leaves their phone number at the end of a long message and they say it so fast you can't understand it and have to listen multiple times to figure it out.
People who don't dress their age
Suburban kids who think they are gangstas.
Peop;e who chew with their mouth open
People When they clean the tables nearby with a bleach solution. While I am glad they are sanitary, the smell of bleach can really quelch my appetite. having obviously PRIVATE conversations on their cell phone in public places.
When people put the spoons/forks in the wrong section of the utensil separator.
People who let dogs that jump up on everyone loose in public.
Clipping your nails at work.
When your eating something and a person will just steal a little bit of it.
Retail clerks that ignore the live customer to help somebody that interrupts by phone
People who don't pick up after themselves.
People who use the word "gay" to mean "lame".
When people refuse to be the decision maker about something simple (which restaurant to eat at, what movie to see, etc.).
When people say 'supposebly' instead of 'supposedly'.
In an obviously crowded restaurant, people who linger long after receiving their check.
When you pull a string hanging from your shirt and it doesn't break, but only becomes longer.
People who put salt on everything without tasting it first.
Not Washing Hands After Using the Restroom
Skinny jeans on men
No toilet paper or paper towels in public bathrooms.
When you will be talking to someone, and their replies seem to be limited to "ya", "cool", and "ok".
When somebody turns off the lights when you are still in the room.
People who can't complete a sentence without saying "you know".
When people don't clear the microwave numbers.
Finding the end of the program hasn't taped after sitting riveted for almost two hours.
People who say "It's always in the last place you look".
When people ask me for advice and do the opposite of what I tell them.
When people don't RSVP to an event.
People who will write something borderline mean, but then follow it up with a smiley face :)
People who don't control their bratty children.
People who refer to themselves in the third person.
People who leave their children in their cars while they run into the store.
People who snap their gum.
Caps Lock in text or in email, when PEOPLE SHOUT.
Girls who wear way too much make up.
People who always have to be right and have the last word.
People that cannot simply take their trash to the trash bin in places such as fast food restaurants, shopping malls etc.
People who no matter what relate to something you have done and try to "one up" you.
When someone is writing on a chalkboard and then they erase it to write something new, but they don't erase all of it, so you still see half of a letter here and there.
People that tailgate when your driving.
People who whistle when they are happy.
Fax machines that call my home number.
Rappers who thank God at awards cermonies.
Mumbling, then annoyedly saying "Forget it!" when people don't hear you.
People who use a calculator to figure out the tip at a restuarant.
Drivers who signal after they make a lane change.
People who spell "you're" as "your."
People who don't cash checks you give them in a timely manner.
The noise styrofoam makes when you rub it together.
People who blow their horn at you the nano-second the light changes to green.
When the garbage man turns my can upside down after dumping MOST of the garbage in it into the garbage truck. I go to collect the can and when I turn it right side up, the remaining garbage spills out on the sidewalk.
People who don't use deoderant.
When people continue to stare after they ask you a question, as if they need you to expand more on your answer.
Ice cream with freezer burn.
When the person who takes the last of something puts the empty package back.
Flakes! People that cancel plans constantly.
Hair strands left on shower walls.
When you first meet someone and can't remember the person's name by the end of the conversation.
Taking forever to leave a parking space while others are clearly waiting for it
Business buzz words: synergistic, globalize, paradigm shift, etc.
When people are using armrests on both sides of you.
Bosses who think your job is your life.
People sitting at a red light and continuing to sit there when the light turns green because they're on their cell phone.
Grocery clerks that want to bundle the receipt with my change. Hand me the money separately so I can put it in my pocket, and then hand me the receipt or place it in the bag.
People who dress their pets.
People who buy animals, only to get rid of them a week later because it was harder to take care of them than they thought.
People who mumble.
Whisteling out of tune.
Conversational High-Fives: High-fiving at any time other than when one is actively playing a sport
People who are always late.
When there are no hot dog buns left and you have to eat your hot dog on a folded piece of bread.
Men who ogle or whistle at women who walk down the street.
People who honk in front of a house instead of getting out of the car and ringing the doorbell.
Annoying nervous (forced sounding) laughs.
When you are asleep at a hotel and the alarm clock goes off in the middle of the night because the person who was there before you set it and never turned it off.
When you have to walk out of the shower naked because you forgot to bring a towel with you.
People who don't look at you when they are talking, or you are talking to them.
People who turn their stereos up full blast in their apartment building and have no consideration of others.
When you're driving down the road and a cigarette butt comes out the window of a car in front of you and it bounces off your car.
People who stare.
People who use the phrase "110%" (or even more % sometimes).
People who leave food that can spoil (milk, butter, etc.) out too long, instead of putting it back in the fridge when they are done.
People who put their feet up on the seat in front of them in movie theaters.
People who say the time like "Eight AM in the morning".
People who won't take their kid out of a restaurant when they are crying, screaming, etc.
Having to dress up for work just to have it downpour when you step outside.
When the host/hostess at a restaurant totally underestimates how long a wait there will be.
When people inturrupt you.
Guys who wear wifebeaters (and nothing else for a shirt) in public.
Forks whose tines don't stand up in a perfectly straight line
The sound of too much spit in someone's mouth when they talk.
Athletes who point to the sky after scoring.
Someone opening a cabinet door or drawer and leaving it open.
People say "carmel" instead of "caramel". Is it really that hard to pronounce that extra letter?
Bathroom stalls with a mirror so you can see your whole self while seated
Drivers who make u-turns where they are not allowed to.
In mini golf when you miss the hole three times in a row less than a foot away.
When someone starts to watch a show or movie in the middle of it and expect you to tell them what's happening.
People who think the seat next to them is a place to plunk down their gym bag/back pack on a crowded bus.
Clipping toenails in bed.
People who ask "Can I ask you a question?"
People who leave farts in elevators that I subsequently enter. Then the next person thinks it's me.
Commercials in movie theaters.
Keeping your Christmas lights up until February.
Overuse of the word "Like"
People who read a story, and purposely skip pages so that it ends quicker.
When you score a goal on yourself in foosball or air hockey.
People who drive past me on a crosswalk.
When the tiolet paper roll is backwards.
People who ask you what time it is.
People with poor umbrella etiquette.
When other people sleep on my pillow.
When you are hanging out with someone and they make plans to do something else right in front of you.
When people scratch their fingernails on a blackboard.
People who can't wait to file a lawsuit in order to get rich quick.
Wet, dirty, stinky, slimy dishrags left in a heap in the bottom of the sink.
Websites with horizontal scrolling.
People who use unnecessary abbreviations, like w/e (whatever), w/o (without) and j/k (just kidding).
People at Wal*Mart Supercenter who enter thru the exit and exit thru the enter.
Getting fruit in your bag on Halloween.
Going to a restaurant within the last hour before closing and everyone is cleaning,sweeping and slamming stuff around to get out of their quickly and at buffet the food is gone or old and dried up.
Walking into spider webs.
When the cashier gives you the change with the coins on top of the bills and for a moment you look like a fool jamming a large wad of cash into your pocket.
People who use self checkout lanes but don’t know how to use them and slow us all down.
Hearing classic songs that I grew up with...pimping products on commericals.
Stomping on the floor to simulate knocking on a door.
Using your finger as a gun.
Waiters/waitress who put their fingers on the top of the glass (where you drink from) when they deliver it to you.
Bars where the music is too loud.
People that don't answer e-mail.
People who are clearly unhappy and yet pretend like everything is just fine.
Failing to take a backpack into account when turning or backing into people
Yelling "drop it" the moment a conversation veers into an unwanted direction.
Cell Phone Drivers
People who borrow stuff and never give it back.
When people call me but are talking to someone else when I answer and I have to wait till they stop talking.
When you sit down at a restaurant and the waiter/waitress spends time cleaning other tables, when there are lots of empty tables, instead of taking your order.
When the tracking system for delivery isn't up-to-date.
Gray snow that won't melt; piled up on the side of the road
People who refuse to expand their musical horizons.
People who complain out loud while waiting in a long line at the store.
People who say "Bra" or "bro" when it's not their brother.
When people put (sp?) after words when the spell check button is right there in front of them.
People who can't seem to see any faults in their kids or their mothers.
Piling up clothes in the corner of the room instead of putting them in the hamper.
Hair on the soap.
Mispronunciation of words.
People who are stingy with money when they clearly have a lot of it.
People who cook for you, and use the same spoon multiple times to taste what they are cooking while cooking it, like for pasta sauce or soup.
Having a drawer full of unknown cords, transformers, adapeter, etc.
I hate it when people take healthy food and fry it up in butter and eat it because it's "good for them".
When people trip over your their foot in the hallway and start running to pretend like they meant to do it.
When you ask for LOTS of ketchup and they give you only two or three packets.
Shopping carts with a broken wheel.
The sound of somebody playing with silverware on a plate.
Going out to dinner with a big group, eating $10 worth of food and having to split the whole bill and ending up paying much more than you ate.
When the waiter/waitress asks whether you want dessert, but smiles in a way that means she is clearly judging you.
Sitting in the movies and hearing someone eating popcorn.
Bathing suit tops as clothing.
People who pick their nose in public.
Car passengers that throw their doors wide open without first checking to make sure it is safe to do so.
People who talk about their favorite sports team and say "WE" like they are a part of the team.
People who love to point out how wrong everyone else is while they are a walking train wreck
People who don't care what's going on in our country.
People who are over age 21 who say the word "dude".
People who spit on the ground and don't look first to see if anybody is around.
People who use their caller ID like an answering service. Example: "Hello?" "Yeah, someone call me from this number?" "Umm, who are you?" "Who is this?" "You called this number. Did you get a message?" "I haven't checked my messages. This number just came up". Etc..
Being put on the speakerphone without warning
Obnoxious doorbell ringers.
Adware, spyware, popups, viruses and other things that download themselves and install automatically
When people say the word huge incorrectly by dropping the 'H' and pronouncing it Uge.
When people change the TV channel without asking
People who make you take off your shoes when you go into their house.
People at a store/supermarket who wait in a long checkout line, and then when they finally need to pay they take forever to find their checkbook/cash/credit card.
Stores/companies that charge extra if you pay by credit card.
I hate slow people walking in front of me.
People who stop at the top or bottom of an escalator.
At a restuarant, when they clean the tables nearby with a bleach solution, smelling up my area.
People who point at their wrist while asking for the time.
Dog poop on the sidewalk.
When those little hinges on the CD case break, and now you can't open and close it.
I know they have to do this, but I hate having servers recite the specials to me. Because I have never ordered a special, and hate having to feign interest in them.
The use of redundant statements like ATM Machine or PIN Number
Hair in the shower drain.
Men who refer to “babysitting” their own children.
People who are late.
People who don't use their turn signal, tailgate, and cut you off
How hard it is to open a new music CD.
Pee anywhere other than in a toilet.
Watching people put their contacts in.
How commercials are so much louder than the TV shows.
People who don't want to learn anything new because they know it all.
When you bend over to pick something up and miss the object multiple times, and the final attempt is a violent grab as if to say it was the object's fault.
Feeling a little juvenile when the waitress sees your drawings on the table at the Macaroni Grille and you're over the age of eight.
When you get out of the pool and your bathing suit sticks to you and exposes your crotch.
Singing along with the music when you don't actually know the words.
People who write checks during check-out. I hate waiting.
Men who talk down to women.
Email with no subject.
Grocery shopping carts with a bad wheel.
How clothes hangers get all tangeled with each other
When people don't pick up their feet to walk and you hear the scuff... scuff... scuff.
People who brag about how trashed they got the night before.
Co-workers that try to sell stuff to you at work.
Trying to get assistance over the telephone, only to be directed to "press this number", umpteen times.
When adults cuss in front of children.
At a restuarant, bread cut only halfway, instead of into slices.
People who say I can't, without even trying.
People who leave their pets in their hot cars in the summer.
People who constantly get up in movie theaters.
When you are changing the TV channel and it goes black of a second before the channel comes up.
Dogs running around on a flatbed truck, which is going highway speed.
Parents who have their children on leashes.
PeOpLe WhO tYpE LiKe ThIs.
Restaurants that put too much ice in your drink.
Anti-climactic ends to long lists.
People who double park.
People who people park a shopping cart in the middle of the aisle in Wal-Mart or grocery store, blocking the way for others and then walking away to gather items.
When people use the word "literally" inappropriately. I.e. "I literally almost jumped out of my skin."
People who make out in public.
Babies sitting on laps in cars.
People who bring their babies to the movies.
People who stick their USED gum just about anywhere (under a table or chair, on the ground, etc.)
Dried toothpaste in the sink.
People who talk on their cell phone at the movies.
When someone blows their nose in your presence and then proceeds to look at what just filled their tissue/handkerchief.
When people don't rinse their dishes before they put them in the sink.
Not letting things go the first time someone says stop.
People who don't accelerate fast enough at a stop light, especially if you're in the left lane.
People who stop right infront of you when your walking through town.
People that do not flush the toliet in public restrooms.
When you apply too much deodorant and you have to make a running-in-place type of motion.
I hate people who have no idea what "personal space" is.
Pants on men that are too short.
Dirty restaurant bathrooms. It makes me wonder how clean the kitchen is.
People who don't stop at stop signs.
People who smoke right outside the door of a nonsmoking establishment, getting smoke all over everybody who enters/leaves.
People who don't listen when you are talking to them. How many times have you said a few sentences to someone only to have them suddenly say "what did you just say? I wasn't paying attention."
People that don't return your phone calls.
Referring to any government agency as "the Fed".
If you are able to drink everything but one little drop of milk or juice, whatever...DON'T put it back in the fridge! Just finish it.
Air Guitar. Don’t do it. You look like a dork.
People who can't decide on one radio/tv station, and constantly flip back and forth.
The habit of tossing dirty silverware into garbage disposal part of the sink
Getting behind someone that will not drive up to the speed limit.
People who straddle multiple lines at the drug store.
When you're with a group of people and you think nobody saw that you just tripped, and you think you're in the clear. But the one person who did see it points it out to everybody else.
Family members who do not talk to you for years, but when they need or want something, act like nothing happened.
I hate it when people tickle me.
People who blow their nose at the dinner table or in the kitchen when you're eating or cooking.
Things sticking out of drawers
Utility/Cable service people that don't show up on time.
When someone is giving a speech in class and they won't stop looking at you as they speak.
A dirty stove top. When finished cooking, all food particles should be cleaned off the stove.
Using the toilet paper down to the last few squares without getting a new roll
Restaurants that have a no smoking section which is only several feet away from the smoking section.
People who don't move to the back of the bus when there is plenty of room to do so.
People who write on dirty car windshields
When shirts shrink in the dryer.
When you are trying to wax something, and you pull hard but nothing comes off and yet you still feel the pain.
Cussing in public, especially in front of senior citizens.
People who don't hold the elevator for you.
When you're trying to walk in the mall and there's a kiosk and they hound you to try their cell phone service or whatever.
People that say they don't like a certain food before they try it, and refuse to eat it .
People abbreviating words when they speak.
Barbecue restaurants with happy pigs on the sign.
Making me talk to your boyfriend/girlfriend who i have never actually met when i call you on the phone, saying something like, "oh here - talk to [---]".
Used grocery bags that aren't folded correctly.
Pieces of fat on meat.
Companies that outsource their customer service to India, but then those support reps don't have full access to all the needed info, so eventually they transfer you back to a manager in the US to deal with it.
Water stains on the cutlery (from the dishwasher).
Cracking your knuckles.
People who tell you "Oh! You have to try this! It's the best thing ever!" And when you do try it and it sucks.
Drivers who drive slow in the left lane.
People who eat while talking on the phone to me.
People that fart in public.
People who invade my seat space, like on airplanes or in movie theaters.
People that make tons and tons of noise while working out.
Women who are obviously bottle blondes who still blame their stupidity on being blonde, as in: “Oh, no! I’m having a blonde moment!”
People/kids who tap their pencil during a test.
Sneezing in your hand and shaking someone's hand afterward.
Kids with baggy pants hangin below their ass.
People who always look to start a fight.
When a utility sends you a letter about a rate increase that opens with: "In order to serve you better."
People who spit when they talk.
When men you don't know very well at all assume it is okay to call you "hun" or "babe."
When people bite their nails in the dead of silence and you hear them eating it.
Water running while brushing teeth.
Women who use PMS as an excuse to be bitchy.
People who finish my sentences for you.
People who constantly sniffle.
People who interrupt you to correct your grammar/speech, paying no attention to the point your are trying to make.
People who make up words.
Tangled phone cords
Using a napkin for eating messy food & leaving it on the table throughout the meal
When people say "you and I" when it should be "you and me".
When the string on the hood of your sweatshirt goes inside the hood.
People trying to enter an elevator when people IN the elevator haven't left yet.
When you have to go to the bathroom really bad after getting out of the shower and you don't dry off all the way, making the toilet seat all slippery.
People who are always negative.
If you pee on the seat, wipe it off.
Driveways that make cars bottom out.
People who assume far too much.
An unmade bed.
Barking dogs when I am trying to sleep.
People that realize that a lane of traffic is backed up so they go into the next lane over because it is moving quicker and they go up to the front and expect someone to just let them back over in that lane.
Having to explain the same thing more than once.
People who wear sunglasses indoors.
People who don't say "thank you" or even acknowledge you when you hold the door for them.
People who bite their nails.
When people cough in front of you without covering their mouth.
People who quote movies just because they can.
Getting stuck at red lights, while nobody is going the other direction.
People who don’t put two spaces after a period when they type.
When people don't flush the toilet.
Broken spines on paperback books.
Restaurants that give you rolls, but never enough butter to go with them.
A well done steak or burger when it was ordered "rare"
When people that say that they read something at a certain site but don't add the link.
People who whistle through their noses while just breathing.
When I'm having a coversation with someone, & I'm in the middle of telling a story and some rude idiot comes walking up and starts a conversation with the person I'm talking to...as if I'm not even there!
People that wait until the last minute.
Incorrect use of apostrophe's.
Parents who plead with toddlers.
People that burp loudly in public.
People who text during a movie.
When it's raining and you turn your car off before you turn the wipers off, and they stop in the middle of the windshield, so you turn the car back on, the wipers off, and then the car off.
Chewing gum on the sidewalk.
Free offer that always have a catch.
When someone tries to talk to you when you have headphones on.
People who respond to my emails but don't include the text of the previous email in their email.
Men who refer to their wife as ” the wife”- a wife is not an object.
When coffee spills out of the top drinking hole of lids on to-go coffee cups.
How commercialized the holidays are.
People who pick their teeth in public.
Snorting when you laugh.
Hypocrites (yeah, you know who your are)
People who interrupt you and direct the conversation to themselves.
People who make small talk with a cashier when there’s a long line behind them.
Stores with TV monitors at the checkouts that play commercials.
Spit flying out of people's mouth by accident.
TV shows and commercials ads with ringing doorbells or phones, which make you into thinking the sound is coming from your house.
I hate when restaurant staff starts clearing dishes away when not everyone has finished eating -- leaving the one person at a table of four to feel bad they haven't finished yet.
People who can't seem to understand that " red eyes" are possible to remove in photos.
Improper use of the word ironic
Waitors/waitresses with dirty fingernails.
People who scrape their fork around the plate.
Eating in bed and leaving crumbs
People who call but don't leave a message.
Wasting food, like when a person takes a full plateful of food and then eat two bites.
People who don't vote and then complain about the results.
People who try to talk to you when you are going to the bathroom.
When you're wearing a hat, after a while it feels like it's not there. When you take it off, it feels like it's still there.
Famous people name their kids stange names.
Tables at restuarants that are next to or in the direct line of view of the restrooms. I don't want to look at and think about people going to the bathroom while I eat.
People who say, "Goddamnit" or "Jesus Christ" when they're angry.
There is an inherent problem for a photographer living in a small town with rising gas prices. The distance your willing to travel for an afternoon photo jaunt gets less and less as Exxon shares go up. While I have photographed less farms over the past months, it not for lack of a desire to do so. This town feels smaller every day. There’s simply less unknown ground to cover. At the same time, there are more and more faces and personalities that have become familiar to me. The gap between the terrain we all share and its many familiar souls has closed in. In this thought, I enjoy my self-induced responsibility of linking our common views through photography. While much of what I photograph is on private land, I realize its communal appeal. What I share with you in a photograph comes from a desire to help us all feel connected. For me, a newly explored farm or open space acts as the missing piece of the suburbia puzzle. I enjoy piecing it together, taking in its textures, smells and its contour. There are few of these crucial pieces left, so they cannot be forgotten. In this round of photos, I was treated to another wonder close to home. It characters were welcoming on a warm late-winter day. I thoroughly enjoyed the fashion show presented in the chicken coop. One by one, each lady posed at the top of the rustic wooden runway ruffling her feathers like a model wearing Alexander McQueen. The postal stamp sized farms I’ve come to love are packed with enough pastoral goodness for any soul. My husband, along for the ride, is coming to understand how this keeps me glued together. While you may question why certain things in life make you happy, just be happy that they do.
I am standing in front of a simple house on a busy street in West Hartford. I walk through its doorway, that of the Greenman Tattoo; I feel as though I have just entered OZ. My eyes meander around the room taking in color, design and it’s eclectic atmosphere. Although I probably wont be getting a tattoo anytime in the near future, it’s fun to imagine the “what if’ scenario. It’s a big decision after all. Do you go the nostalgia route, focusing on the one special thing that really means something? Maybe you would highlight the relationships that have meaning. Then again, maybe your dreamer will come through in an ornate message painted across your skin. It would be a nightmare decision for me. Having a catalog of thousands of images running through my head, I could scarcely figure out a way to bring them all into one simple message. But that is exactly what the artists at the Greenman help fulfill. They are the wizards, helping you define what you may already know about yourself. They do this in a tried and true process with their palate of inks. Their surrounding defines who they are. Bits and pieces of their beliefs are etched into all corners of their workspace. It’s a place they can freely be themselves so you too can act deliberately on your intentions. In their comfort zone, they can manage to bring you into yours. Peering into the great Oz of Greenman, I realize I’m photographing a fascinating world I know little about. There is much to learn here, but I’ve only pricked the surface. I wish I could have been there to see their process unfold with a client. I can only imagine the many roles they play. Artistry aside, they act as guides to one’s emotional journey. Their intuition is imperative. When I click my heels and return to my own home, I know that their world is different. It is a place of wonder, where your imagination is your only limit. I learn once again, that the yellow brick road can lead to some very interesting places.
Have a field trip for me? If you know of an interesting place that calls for more than a quick glance, send your ideas my way. I'm listening.
"Baa-ram-ewe. Baa-ram-ewe. To your breed, your fleece, your clan be true. Sheep be true.