PHOTOS: A whole lotta catch up

So there’s a veritable plethora of photos to post since October and through to today. Oy.

Let’s start, shall we?

First up are some photos from when Larry & I went to see Madonna at Madison Square Garden. I’ve written quite a bit about the experience on my livejournal blog here, including the full rundown of the setlist. Needless to say, it was an incredible concert and I can only hope that it is released on DVD soon.

Oct 7, 2008 – Madonna at Madison Square Garden!

07-Oct-2008 18:38, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.033 sec
07-Oct-2008 18:38, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.05 sec
07-Oct-2008 18:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec
 
07-Oct-2008 18:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.04 sec
07-Oct-2008 18:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.05 sec
07-Oct-2008 18:53, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
 
07-Oct-2008 19:20, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.25 sec
07-Oct-2008 19:21, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.077 sec
07-Oct-2008 19:58, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 12.523mm, 0.017 sec
 
07-Oct-2008 19:58, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 12.523mm, 0.04 sec
07-Oct-2008 19:58, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.033 sec
07-Oct-2008 20:22, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.8 sec
 

The next set of photos is from when we went down to visit the illustrious Jeff Crepeau in his new residence in the town of Hanover, Maryland. That’s about a 3.5 hour drive from where I live so it was very cool to get to visit him. First off, his house is situated on a little reservoir lake so literally his backyard porch has a gorgeous peaceful view. We ended up going to Medieval Times that first evening, which was a blast. The next day, we headed into Washington, D.C. While there, we saw the International Spy Museum (very cool), 5 Guys Burger Joint (basically the food tasted almost exactly like In-N-Out burgers out west, which was AWESOME), the WWII Memorial, the Washington Monument, and finally the Air & Space Museum. There was a lot of walking. Crazily enough at the end of the voyage on the last Green Line metro stop, we were walking to the car and I hear this person call my name. It was Byron Kelly along with Connie and Aidan. He was in town for an inspection and they had come up to visit. Talk about a small world! It was a good trip and I look forward to eventually heading back and/or having Jeff back up.

Oct 11, 2008 – Day 1: Visiting Jeff in Maryland and D.C.

Jeff's view from his backyard porch
Jeff's view from his backyard porch11-Oct-2008 17:00, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
11-Oct-2008 17:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
It's the illustrious Jeff Crepeau!
It's the illustrious Jeff Crepeau!11-Oct-2008 17:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
 
There's my Larry!
There's my Larry!11-Oct-2008 17:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
And there's my old patio furniture in much more picturesque scenery
And there's my old patio furniture in much more picturesque scenery11-Oct-2008 17:02, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
Me at the Hunting store, hitting on the mannequin
Me at the Hunting store, hitting on the mannequin
 
11-Oct-2008 17:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
11-Oct-2008 17:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.2 sec
At Medieval Times, Larry enjoys some ale
At Medieval Times, Larry enjoys some ale11-Oct-2008 17:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.077 sec
 
So cute
So cute11-Oct-2008 17:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec
The Jeffster
The Jeffster11-Oct-2008 17:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.1 sec
Scary me
Scary me11-Oct-2008 17:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.5 sec
 
11-Oct-2008 17:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.2 sec
Larry and me await the games
Larry and me await the games11-Oct-2008 17:37, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
One more shot
One more shot11-Oct-2008 17:37, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec
 

Oct 12, 2008 – Day 2: Visiting Jeff in Maryland and D.C.

It's the DC Metro - I love the spacey subway stations
It's the DC Metro - I love the spacey subway stations12-Oct-2008 10:06, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.067 sec
A different ISO setting
A different ISO setting12-Oct-2008 10:06, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.067 sec
And here's a cool shot (to me) of the trains as we were going up the escalator
And here's a cool shot (to me) of the trains as we were going up the escalator12-Oct-2008 10:11, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.077 sec
 
Playing Fallout 3 makes me chuckle seeing these photos
Playing Fallout 3 makes me chuckle seeing these photos12-Oct-2008 10:11, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec
We did visit the House Where Lincoln Died
We did visit the House Where Lincoln Died12-Oct-2008 11:05, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
12-Oct-2008 11:05, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
 
Here's the outside of the Spy Museum
Here's the outside of the Spy Museum12-Oct-2008 13:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
There's Larry!
There's Larry!12-Oct-2008 13:14, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
12-Oct-2008 13:14, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
 
And Jeff, iPhoning it up
And Jeff, iPhoning it up12-Oct-2008 13:14, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
12-Oct-2008 13:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
12-Oct-2008 13:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
 
A long distance view of the Spy Museum
A long distance view of the Spy Museum12-Oct-2008 13:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
And here's the FBI Building
And here's the FBI Building12-Oct-2008 14:02, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
Jeff wants you to keep quiet about it
Jeff wants you to keep quiet about it12-Oct-2008 14:05, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
 

Then we had a few weeks of low-key activities and then it was off to Las Vegas to celebrate my Mom’s 60th Birthday!!!! Of course it was a blast, Larry got to meet my folks (and vice versa), and I got to win (and lose) a lot of money in Blackjack and Craps. It was a good time and a nice vacation. I also was so happy to get to see my Mom and Harv, as well as Aunt Mary and Uncle JC. Good times!! For Mom’s birthday dinner, we went to Benihana’s, which was fantastic. It’s hard to go wrong with that. Other events were going to see the Beatles’ LOVE show at the Mirage (these were even more optimal seats to sit in as opposed to the first time I saw it – alone – as this time for the Within You, Without You number, you could see the total surreal moment when the little bed is flying on the ultra-large, arena-filling sheet), checking out the Donny & Marie show at the Flamingo (they put on a very good show and have a great sense of humor and fantastic voices – and they were working it), and of course going to the Rollercoasters all around the city. Oh yeah, also drinking a lot! It was a long and fun time, and here are the pics I took from it!

Oct 24, 2008 – Las Vegas for Mom’s 60th Birthday

24-Oct-2008 16:09, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
Larry up on top of Stratosphere
Larry up on top of Stratosphere24-Oct-2008 16:09, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
Me too! I survived Insanity!
Me too! I survived Insanity!24-Oct-2008 16:09, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
 
24-Oct-2008 16:11, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Insanity
Insanity24-Oct-2008 16:11, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
24-Oct-2008 21:11
 
It's ridiculous
It's ridiculous24-Oct-2008 16:12, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
You're looking straight down. And can see the Stratosphere from angles no one should ever see it from.
You're looking straight down. And can see the Stratosphere from angles no one should ever see it from.24-Oct-2008 16:12, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
The rapidly developing skyline of the Strip. Wow.
The rapidly developing skyline of the Strip. Wow.24-Oct-2008 16:14, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
 
Me and Larry!
Me and Larry!24-Oct-2008 16:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
The view right before you strap in for X-Scream. Ugh.This ride is just as intense as I remembered.
The view right before you strap in for X-Scream. Ugh.This ride is just as intense as I remembered.24-Oct-2008 16:23, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
That's the teeter-totter of doom right there aka X-Scream.
That's the teeter-totter of doom right there aka X-Scream.24-Oct-2008 16:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
 
24-Oct-2008 17:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.017 sec
24-Oct-2008 17:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.4 sec
Down at MGM, the lions were playing around
Down at MGM, the lions were playing around24-Oct-2008 17:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.067 sec
 

Oct 25, 2008 – Saturday

25-Oct-2008 15:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
25-Oct-2008 15:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
 

Flash forward a few days and it was then my birthday! I turned 32. Ugh. But I am being dramatic. It’s not really all that bad and I am in a pretty good place, all things considered. Larry & Shelly took me to see Mamma Mia! on Broadway and to Blue Smoke BBQ for dinner on the Sunday before my birthday, which fell on that Monday. Unfortunately Larry had to go to Boston on that day, so I didn’t really do anything all that interesting on the day of my birthday, but that was okay. At work, it was a great birthday with cards, cake, and cupcakes. Oh yeah! I didn’t take really any pictures of any birthday festivities though. Instead I took pics of Rockefeller Center because it was all decked out as Election Plaza because of course the Presidential Election was taking place the next day. It is a pretty cool thing to see 30 Rock all lit up – check it out for yourself:

Nov 3, 2008 – Election Plaza

The set up of the Rink and the Plaza
The set up of the Rink and the Plaza03-Nov-2008 11:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
You can just see the outline of the states before they got colored in the next night
You can just see the outline of the states before they got colored in the next night03-Nov-2008 11:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.01 sec
03-Nov-2008 11:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.01 sec
 
And thar she be
And thar she be03-Nov-2008 17:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.02 sec
Pretty dramatic, eh?
Pretty dramatic, eh?03-Nov-2008 17:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
That's a dramatic building for ya
That's a dramatic building for ya03-Nov-2008 17:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.033 sec
 
A little further back towards 5th Avenue
A little further back towards 5th Avenue03-Nov-2008 17:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.033 sec
 

And that brings us to today! The Rockefeller Plaza Christmas Tree has been brought in already (it showed up either last Thursday or Friday) and now it’s been lifted up and scaffolded. There’s lots of workers working on trimming the tree and loading it up with lights. I believe the tree-lighting ceremony isn’t until the week after Thanksgiving. At that point, I will need a healthy dose of relaxants as the FTPs will converge right on the Plaza and it makes life here ridiculous. Oy.

Nov 17, 2008 – Random 30 Rock shots

The tree all scaffolded up
The tree all scaffolded up17-Nov-2008 14:54, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.033 sec
Me and the NBC logo - notice in the pictures in the Election Plaza section - these are from that
Me and the NBC logo - notice in the pictures in the Election Plaza section - these are from that17-Nov-2008 14:55, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.025 sec
Goofy Hobie
Goofy Hobie17-Nov-2008 14:55, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.025 sec
 
17-Nov-2008 14:55, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.025 sec
17-Nov-2008 14:55, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.033 sec
17-Nov-2008 14:56, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.017 sec
 
17-Nov-2008 15:05, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec
17-Nov-2008 15:06, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
17-Nov-2008 15:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.017 sec
 
17-Nov-2008 15:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.017 sec
 

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