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Big Brother 14 – Ep 14

Damn you, Olympics Closing Ceremonies, for being so damn entertaining up until my own network decided to shove a free preview to Animal Practice in the end of it.  Seriously, wtf?  I definitely do not work in that department, that’s for sure.  Because I was enthralled by the Spice Girls (I’ve seriously watched their mini-performance quite a few times now) I couldn’t watch Sunday’s Big Brother until yesterday, and then my sheer laziness kicked in and I didn’t write anything about it until NOW.  Whew.  You are now caught up.  Imagine that I said all that in Joe’s REALLY LOUD VOICE BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE AWESOME AND WOULD BE THE ONLY WAY FOR YOU TO KNOW WHAT I WAS THINKING.  The ONLY WAY.

Head of Household: Frank
Have Nots:  Britney, Shane, Danielle, Joe
Nominated for Eviction:  Wil & Joe

Episode 14 – August 12, 2012

I can’t get over how ridiculous Frank’s outfit is.  Look at that neckline on that outfit.  He quite capably fills it out, but still….pink leotard and a nice 80’s pink headband.  I was compelled to see how he hid his junk because unitards are not forgiving in terms of hiding things and it seems he was given some kind of shorts/skirt to wear, making the outfit even more ridiculous.   Less obscene, but more ridiculous.

Before I get too much into the nitty gritty of the decisions and strategizing done this episode, let’s knock out any discussion about the Have/Have Not competition.  Ashley didn’t play (more on that later) and she ended up tying her fate to whatever happened to Frank, leaving an even split of 2 teams of 5 each.  Big Brother has had this kind of competition many times before in which each player wears some ridiculous soak-able outfit so they can use it to transport liquid to some giant vat which fills up containers.  Surprisingly the only part of this competition which entertains me is the sheer homo-eroticism inherent to it.  Previous seasons have been RIDICULOUSLY obscene in terms of what looks to be happening between two presumably straight males.  This episode was okay but the large lime and lemon slices prevented it from getting too dirty.  There still was some uncomfortableness to be found, as told by Ian.  Even the lesbians got some notice, again from little miss forest fawn Danielle who couldn’t get over the fact some big lesbo was all ON TOP OF HER DOING SEXUALLY CHARGED MOVES TO GET HER TO RELEASE HER LIQUIDS.  Danielle was very shocked and didn’t know how to feel.  Lesbians!!!!  Despite some kinks in a hose, the green all-guy team ended up winning, casting the lemons as Have Nots for the week.  They ended up getting candy canes and cod, a very odd pairing indeed.  Danielle’s naivete came out again with her utter disdain for slimy fish.  Have you ever heard of cooking the fucking fish????  As you can infer, I grow weary of Danielle.  Her voice is almost as bad as Joe’s.  It’s a high-pitch shrill that REALLY gets annoying especially when you hear what she’s saying.  For the love of God….please stop this showmance.  CBS, do something!!!  Shane is clearly not interested.  And that’s all I have to say on that for now.

Poor Ashley.  I can totally relate to back/spine issues that basically incapacitate you.  Thankfully Physical Therapy has been a wonder as has a slow and steady phasing in of increased exercise, as knock on wood, my issues are pretty much gone.  I keep expecting the pain to surprise me one day – I’m sure it will happen too.  But this is about poor Ashley.  An article in Gawker about Big Brother mentions that they think she’s on Xanax and has been for a little while, explaining her completely out-of-it performance at the last HoH comp.  If she is, then man, she is really not going to be trouble for anyone in the foreseeable future.  Perhaps being a drug addict (legal drugs, of course) is a good strategy.  No one thinks you’re a threat and they can convince you to do ANYTHING.  Thanks, Joe!

On to the strategy talks!  Obviously Joe was ON THE OUTS AND IS ON HIS OWN AND CAN’T BELIEVE HE WAS BETRAYED EVEN BY HIS OWN TEAMMATES WIL AND ASHLEY IN VOTING JANELLE OUT.  He seemed to be the only one unaware of the fact that Janelle was a goner – hell, even Ashley the Xanax Queen was clued in.  Now he’s Target #1.  But who is Frank/Boogie’s second nomination going to be?  Well….. let’s break it down:

Option A) Wil.  He wouldn’t be a true target, but as a former Janelle team member, an easy pick nonetheless.  With Joe a completely easy elimination target this week, Wil should have been okay.  Except when he decided to talk to Frank and Boogie in the HoH room and completely destroys his game in the process.  You see, not showing any kind of initiative, gameplay, or humbleness/contrition to the men in power can be unsettling, especially if those guys in power are Frank and Boogie.  No sooner did Wil leave the door did Boogie have his knife sharpened and decide Wil was the new target.  Especially with Frank really not being a threat.

Option B) Dan.  Frank really really really really really wants Dan gone.  After Dan’s multiple acts of duplicity, Frank is not having any of it.  Boogie really doesn’t like that train of thought as he is looking at the slightly longer game and how a nomination for Dan would look to everyone else, especially the Silent 6.  It would be clear to all that Frank and Boogie can’t be trusted ever.  Very true.  Yet Frank really really really wants Dan gone and comes back to this train of through multiple times.  I wouldn’t be surprised if in Wednesday’s Veto episode, if the Power of Veto is used, Dan is a replacement nominee.  We’ll see…..because regardless of Frank’s personal feelings….

He goes with Option A.  Wil is blase about it and I can’t tell if he’s just not worried or doesn’t care if he gets evicted.  I want to believe he is here to play the game – plus, his sarcasm is on a level with Britney, and double sarcasm is double Super Fun Time in my book!

 

HG Comments
Ashley – The Xanax Queen commands you to obey!  She commands you to win the Have Not competition as the Xanax Queen does NOT eat cod or candy canes.  Leave that to the commoners.  Points to XQ for seeing the writing on the wall and wisely voting against Janelle, although she also notes that in doing that, they removed their one ally.  Oops?
Britney – Already having second thoughts about voting out Janelle, wisely observing that Frank is set to win this and they just passed up a chance to vote him out.  Agreed…this could be the point they’ll all regret in hindsight.
Dan – Oh, you don’t want to be a pawn?  That’s nice.  Your obvious and noticed treasonous ways are gonna be handled just like Eddard Stark was by King Joffrey.  I’m not even sure you’ll see it coming, just like Ned.
Danielle – Your voice is the devil.  Oh, also, your “schoolteacher” alibi has crumbled.  Just like those 2 female agents on this past season of the Amazing Race, what exactly do you stand to gain from lying about what you do?  Who cares?  And why is schoolteacher a harmless occupation?  Those guys have to deal with major shitbags (kids) and figure out ways to trick them into doing their lessons.  I’d respect that ability, not mock it.
Frank – You still are the one who can win this all.  It’s your game to lose.  I’d cut Boogie loose as soon as you can.  Maybe in a few weeks.  If you don’t, you’re going to find out why Boogie won All-Stars.  He isn’t here anymore to help someone else win.
Ian – I see you’re still heavily in thrall of Frank and Boogie.  I think everyone has moved on from the Quack Pack – was it even mentioned this episode?
Jenn – You made Danielle nervous and uncomfortable, and for that, I will not mock you this time.  Just this once.
Joe – I think you managed to do very well for yourself in communicating to Frank and Boogie why you’re really not a threat.  Highlighting that you’re all alone in this game was smart.  You can be a useful tool for a while – in the meantime, you better get an alliance together.  I suggest you, Ashley, Wil (if he survives), Ian and Jen.  Otherwise, you’re done.
Mike Boogie – You in power is an obnoxious thing to watch.  I still enjoy watching you turn on a dime so you can screw someone who moments before wasn’t on your radar.  Way to be adaptable!  Also, it was awesome to see you figure out Danielle’s “lie” just by talking it out with Britney.  Looking forward to seeing if that information has legs.
Shane – The lemon squeezing thing was closer to what I expect out of you, but nowhere near enough skin was showing.  On the relationship front, I think you need to be careful with Danielle.  She is totally Fatal Attraction.  Believe THAT.
Wil – You aren’t very good at the “sucking up to people” part of this game, are you?  Your indifference to people’s expectations is already backfiring.  I hope you can see this position you’re in and do something about it.  Joe is totally throwing you under the bus (as he should be) – and you’re only making Boogie & Frank more willing to drive over you.
Janelle – Evicted 3rd, 5th out of the House.
JoJo – Evicted 2nd, 4th out of the House.
Willie – Eliminated. Effectively 3rd out of the House.
Kara – 1st Houseguest Evicted, 2nd out of the House
Jodi – Not really Evicted – but 1st out of the House

I am back!

It’s been an eventful month and a half, that’s for sure.  As I wrote last time, I ended up aggravating my sciatica in a major way, in a way that involved much more pain than what I was dealing with after the European cruise.  Excruciating pain.  Awful awful pain.  I was basically laid up for a week as I couldn’t stand, sit, or lay down.  If you had offered me a chance to cut off my leg, I would have taken it.  Surprisingly though, during that weekend after the first week of me agonizing trying to find a way to exist without pain, I did find that happy position.  And even more joyous, the pain started ebbing away.  I didn’t dare to hope that it would go away entirely, but I hoped it would recede to a point I could at least drive, go to work, stand, etc.  I worked from home that next week as I was able to sit up, and during that week, it was miraculous how the pain ended up going away.  The next week, I drove back to work.  And during that week, the pain went away entirely.  It was mystifying and a relief.

I’ve since seen a spinal doctor who was only too happy to operate or provide injections, but I deferred and asked for physical therapy at this point.  So I’ve been doing that twice a week the past three weeks.  The exercises have been focused mainly on my core area with a focus on trying to wake up muscles there as well as un-stiffen my back.  It’s working.  So here’s to hoping that I can get back to a decent exercise program as I’m definitely “bulking” up.

There are lots of pictures ahead, and I also wanted to post random videos of stuff that I’ve been obsessed with.  Before the pictures, here’s a performance from this past week’s episode of Glee, which had a disco/Saturday Night Fever theme.  The show has been pretty awful lately, but this was a fun episode mainly due to the musical numbers.  My absolute favorite from the episode was a performance of KC & The Sunshine Band’s “Boogie Shoes”:

Fantastic, right?

Alright, so this weekend, Larry & I went to LACMA to catch the awesome exhibit called Metropolis II.  It’s this huge structure basically filled with tons of slot cars and a crazy amount of tracks winding their way around skyscraper structures.  It’s fascinating and indulges every little kid’s love of race tracks.  It runs during the weekend only, with it running for one hour on, one hour off until the museum closes.  This video catches the very beginning of a rotation:

It’s mesmerizing, and you can hear my various utterances as I fall under its spell!  I also took some pictures when we were there –

Metropolis II at LACMA

21-Apr-2012 13:03, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 320
21-Apr-2012 13:04, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
21-Apr-2012 13:04, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 320
 
21-Apr-2012 13:04, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 400
21-Apr-2012 13:04, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.8, 18.8mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
21-Apr-2012 13:04, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.8, 18.8mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800
 
21-Apr-2012 13:05, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.0, 8.258mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 800
21-Apr-2012 13:05, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
21-Apr-2012 13:06, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 125
 
21-Apr-2012 13:06, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 400
21-Apr-2012 13:07, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.5, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 125
21-Apr-2012 13:07, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.0, 16.366mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 800
 
21-Apr-2012 13:07, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.8, 18.8mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 800
21-Apr-2012 13:09, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.5, 9.369mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 500
21-Apr-2012 13:11, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.5, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
 

The exhibit ends at the end of the month so we cut it pretty close.

If you want to see what else we’ve been up to, well, my picasaweb link has a few more albums in it showing pics from the San Francisco trip (thankfully my sciatica relapse didn’t happen until the day we were planning to come back!), Michancy’s visit last weekend, and other randomness.  Hopefully lots of nice weather in the future and opportunities for pictures.

Here’s a sampling of pics:

San Francisco Trip, Day 1, March 2012

Driving Up the California Coast

03-Mar-2012 07:54, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
03-Mar-2012 07:54, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 320
03-Mar-2012 07:55, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
 
03-Mar-2012 08:00, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
03-Mar-2012 08:00, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
03-Mar-2012 08:02, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 400
 
03-Mar-2012 08:08, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 160
03-Mar-2012 08:09, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.5, 8.924mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 125
03-Mar-2012 08:12, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 160
 
03-Mar-2012 08:12, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
03-Mar-2012 08:21, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
03-Mar-2012 09:14, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
 
03-Mar-2012 10:14, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
03-Mar-2012 10:14, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 250
03-Mar-2012 10:15, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 

Arrival into San Francisco

03-Mar-2012 17:14, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.5, 9.369mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
03-Mar-2012 17:15, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.0, 13.182999mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 250
03-Mar-2012 17:15, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.0, 13.182999mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
 
03-Mar-2012 17:15, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 7.152mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
03-Mar-2012 17:15, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 7.152mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
03-Mar-2012 17:16, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 160
 
03-Mar-2012 17:18, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.2, 6.491mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
03-Mar-2012 17:18, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
03-Mar-2012 17:18, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.5, 10.485mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 
03-Mar-2012 17:20, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
03-Mar-2012 17:20, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
03-Mar-2012 19:04, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.8, 18.8mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 800
 

Wandering Around Fisherman’s Wharf

03-Mar-2012 19:11, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250
03-Mar-2012 19:21, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.04 sec, ISO 800
03-Mar-2012 19:22, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 800
 
03-Mar-2012 19:22, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.04 sec, ISO 800
03-Mar-2012 19:24, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.0, 7.815mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 800
03-Mar-2012 19:24, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.1 sec, ISO 800
 
03-Mar-2012 19:24, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.5, 8.924mm, 0.1 sec, ISO 3200
03-Mar-2012 19:25, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 7.594mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 3200
03-Mar-2012 19:26, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.8, 18.8mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 3200
 
03-Mar-2012 19:28, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
03-Mar-2012 19:28, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.5, 10.485mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 3200
03-Mar-2012 19:28, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.5, 10.485mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 3200
 
03-Mar-2012 19:28, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.5, 10.485mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 3200
03-Mar-2012 19:29, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 800
03-Mar-2012 19:29, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800
 

San Francisco Trip, Day 2, March 2012

Going to Alcatraz!

04-Mar-2012 10:34, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 200
04-Mar-2012 10:34, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.5, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 400
04-Mar-2012 10:47, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, ISO 80
 
04-Mar-2012 11:50, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
04-Mar-2012 11:53, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
04-Mar-2012 11:53, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 250
 
04-Mar-2012 11:53, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 400
04-Mar-2012 12:01, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.8, 18.8mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
04-Mar-2012 12:02, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 
04-Mar-2012 12:03, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
04-Mar-2012 12:03, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
04-Mar-2012 12:03, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.0, 7.815mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
 
04-Mar-2012 12:04, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
04-Mar-2012 12:04, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
04-Mar-2012 12:04, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.0, 8.702mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
 

Touring Alcatraz

04-Mar-2012 12:25, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
04-Mar-2012 12:28, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 160
04-Mar-2012 12:28, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
04-Mar-2012 12:30, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 160
04-Mar-2012 12:31, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
04-Mar-2012 12:32, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 
04-Mar-2012 12:34, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 800
04-Mar-2012 12:34, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
04-Mar-2012 12:38, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 7.373mm, 0.04 sec, ISO 800
 
04-Mar-2012 12:41, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 500
04-Mar-2012 12:46, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 320
04-Mar-2012 12:49, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250
 
04-Mar-2012 12:53, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 400
04-Mar-2012 12:53, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250
04-Mar-2012 12:56, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 400
 

Biking Across the Golden Gate Bridge

04-Mar-2012 16:12, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.2, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 320
04-Mar-2012 16:12, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
04-Mar-2012 16:25, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
04-Mar-2012 16:37, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
04-Mar-2012 16:37, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.5, 10.485mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
04-Mar-2012 16:37, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
04-Mar-2012 16:37, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
04-Mar-2012 16:47, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
04-Mar-2012 16:47, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
 
04-Mar-2012 16:47, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
04-Mar-2012 16:48, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 250
04-Mar-2012 16:48, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
04-Mar-2012 16:49, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
04-Mar-2012 16:53, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
04-Mar-2012 17:01, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 7.594mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 

Off to Chinatown & Lombard Street!

04-Mar-2012 19:54, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1000
04-Mar-2012 20:16, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.0, 8.48mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 3200
04-Mar-2012 20:54, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.1 sec, ISO 800
 
04-Mar-2012 20:55, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.0, 12.281001mm, 0.04 sec, ISO 1250
04-Mar-2012 22:12, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 800
04-Mar-2012 22:33, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
 
04-Mar-2012 22:35, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1000
04-Mar-2012 22:35, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1250
04-Mar-2012 22:36, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1000
 
04-Mar-2012 22:37, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 2500
04-Mar-2012 22:37, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 3200
04-Mar-2012 22:40, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.2, 6.491mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 3200
 
04-Mar-2012 22:40, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 7.152mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 2000
04-Mar-2012 22:40, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.0, 13.409mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 3200
04-Mar-2012 22:49, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800
 

San Francisco Trip, Day 3, March 2012

Admittedly, there isn’t many pics here – that would be because I was suffering agonizing sciatic pains.  Yay.  But I had to take some pics of the Transamerica building as we were driving right for it!

05-Mar-2012 12:34, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 6.932mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
05-Mar-2012 12:35, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.0, 11.381mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
05-Mar-2012 12:36, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.0, 8.258mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 

That’s enough for now – I’m just glad to finally have gotten back on board with this.  More to come, I’m sure.

Riding the Vicodin Highway

Once I get the pictures off my camera, I’ll do a post about the adventures Larry & I had while in San Francisco this past weekend. Unfortunately, this post is to update on the fact that my sciatic problems are back with a vengeance. Larry & I have probably deduced what it was that did this too. On Monday morning, when we were due to leave SF to return home back to LA, I was taking a shower. As I rested my right leg (the one where my sciatica lived) on the edge of the tub to clean my leg, I bent over to clean my foot and instantly my lower back and leg exploded into white-hot pain. My foot slipped and before I knew it, I was doing my best to lower myself down without falling while at the same time crying out in utter agony.

I could feel the searing edge of pain that the sciatica I had previously cutting through my back, and there was equal parts of pain and anger at possibly having to deal with my sciatic issues, AGAIN, combining to making me scream out. It was pretty awful and also for Larry, as here I am shrieking in agony and unable to stand up due to the nonstop pain. It was about 9am in the morning and we had to check out at noon. So after lots of screaming and such, Larry was able to get me to the bed and I laid on my left side, the only position that seemingly allowed me a chance of reduced pain.

Here’s what was going through my head then:
1) We’re in fucking San Francisco. What the hell do we do? If I somehow managed to break a bone (I didn’t think so, then, but god damn, the pain was agony), and then had to maybe get help there, it was going to be a bitch to figure out logistics.
2) What if I broke something???? I didn’t actually fall or thump down as I managed to catch myself after the slip. But this was utterly unbelievable pain.
3) What the hell happened?

The logistical issues aside in #1 and the pain issues of #2 also put aside, I couldn’t believe that a slip of my foot would cause this. I figured maybe the slip led to me overcorrecting while trying to catch myself, and I possibly overextended, hence causing the renewed sciatica. But as the day progressed, other possibilities came up.

Anyway, while I tried to not move on the bed, Larry got us food and then went to Ghirardelli Square to get our souveneirs that we promised others. I just laid on the bed, finally getting dressed and trying to prep myself, as I figured if I could find a comfortable position, I could make it through the upcoming 6 hour drive back home. So that’s what we did – got in the car, I reclined in the seat to a low position, bunched up jackets to give my back some support, and Larry heroically drove us home. At the few stops we did take to go to the bathroom and get gas, I’d get out of the car and after a few steps I’d be in complete agony. This worried me, as my first sciatic attack didn’t prevent me from standing. But now, both walking and standing were pain magnets.

During those 6 hours of driving back, Larry and I speculated about what might have been contributers to this. I think the following theory is the ultimate right, foolish explanation: We did a bicycle ride across the Golden Gate bridge the day before (on Sunday). Riding a bike itself was not a problem as the exercise and pressure there is on your legs. At the end of the bike adventure, you go to Sausalito and board a ferry with your bike back to SF. You park the bike in the lowest level of the boat upon boarding in Sausalito. But in SF, you have to depart off the next level up and you have to bring your bike up a flight of stairs. I didn’t see that there was a small ramp along the stairwell you could wheel your bike up as long as you were to the left of your bike. I was on the right and thus lifted my bike up to get up the stairs. Not smart at all for anyone to do as that’s a lot of pressure on your back. To be honest, I didn’t feel any problems then. But that seems to be the only moment I had with stupid lifting that involved my back. I bet it was an inevitability that my back was primed to spazz out within the next few days due to that severe strain. I just happened to enter the danger zone while in the shower the next day.

So we got home and I had managed to find a spot and position to sit in that entire drive during which I was not that bad off. When at home, going up the stairs was awful, but I persevered. But it was after trying to find a comfortable position on the couch and getting trapped on the floor (and I could only get up if Larry literally pulled me up off the floor – “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” WAS MY LIFE) when I could tell that I may need more immediate help. I had actually set up a doctor’s appt for Tuesday (today) but I started to realize that I needed help now. Went to lay on the bed to try to feel better and it was pure agony. I started to really believe i had broken something and then I felt feverish, and my paranoia/pain threshold was out of control. I looked at Larry and asked if he could find which hospital I could go to with our insurance. We then headed to the Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center shortly thereafter.

On a late Monday night, the hospital was luckily not that crowded. My pain started really spiking at that point. It felt like an eternity while waiting in the exam room as I think a combination of pain and fear was overwhelming me. The doc checked me out (as I did him – not a bad looking doctor) and as Larry observed later, it was clear the doc knew the exact questions to ask and had a good idea already that I had thrown out my back. I’m guessing the fact that I could lift my legs while laying on my back was a sign nothing was broken, but I’m telling you, doing that HURT. The awesome nurse Katie gave me a shot of morphine (that was a new experience) and I was off to the x-ray booth. This quick turnaround for x-rays was also a reason I’m glad to have done this the ER way as otherwise, I would have been referred to the x-ray center by my doctor, wait on a first-come, first-serve basis, and basically suffered in agony the entire time. After the x-rays, I got wheeled back to the room to wait for the diagnosis. Doc Hot let me know there weren’t any broken bones, which was a relief on one hand, as who wants a broken ass or hip, but if it wasn’t broken, why the fuck did it hurt so goddamn much? He suggested a second dose of morphine, which was the amount I needed to finally feel a lot less pain.

Nurse Katie came back and said that it was a textbook-case of throwing out your back. Sucks to be me, in other words. But she prescribed me some vicodin and flexeril, as well as bed rest for a few days. So here I am now, feeling much better and heavily dosed. I anxiously hope that I don’t end up having to yet again deal with the sciatica until it goes away. I’m going to see the doc on Thursday to see what he thinks. I may have to get another MRI. Perhaps it will yield a stronger decision as to whether or not I’ll need surgery. I’d like to not do that, but I may have to. Alternately, if it can subside on its own again, I just need to get to a physical therapist asap to work on building up my core. I had planned to get to one shortly but never got to it. D’oh.

So yeah, sciatica is a bitch. For those who have good backs, cherish it.

Monday Mind-dump

I’ve been lax on posting for no real reason.  It’s almost too easy for me to do, but then I don’t.  Here’s why:

Tropico 4:

In some respects, it’s a good thing Larry is back in NYC, as I wouldn’t have been very communicative as if I play video games on my PC, 9 times out of 10, I’m going to play Tropico 4.  It’s a game that lets you play as a dictator of a tropical island, and it’s up to you to satisfy your Tropicans’ religious, entertainment, housing, etc needs.  You can also stripmine your island for its resources and start up lucrative industries, like jewelry, chemicals, weapons, canned goods…  I can’t imagine watching someone play is at all interesting, but when you guide your island to success and watch what just was a dock and a palace into some megalopolis, it’s hypnotic.  I’m on the last mission of the campaign, and shit just got real.  All of a sudden, it’s a much more challenging mission.  I guess that’s good.

 

Game of Thrones:

Both the HBO series and the books have made me their bitch.  This weekend, I was feeling blah and stayed in for the most part.  On Sunday, I ended up watching the remainder of the season – that comprised of the last six episodes.  That’s six hours – six REAL hours – of television.  I couldn’t stop myself.  I even forgot that I had been doing laundry.  I even knew what was going to happen, as my plan was to read the book first and then watch the series (I was successful).  Yet under the liberating non-constraints of HBO as well as working with the author as an executive producer, you get pure medieval fantasy bliss.  Tons of political intrigue, LOTS of gore, lots of nudity (female AND male) and sex, and quite a bit of wit and cynicism from everyone’s favorite dwarf, Tyrion, a viewer become spellbound.  It definitely is hard to get into during that first episode, because just like the book, a ton of characters are thrown at you.  Yet you slowly figure out who is who and most of their motivations (Littlefinger and Varys notwithstanding) and now you simply HAVE to know what’s going to happen next.

Similarly, the second book, A Clash of Kings, has got me in its grasp.  Book 1, Game of Thrones, ended with quite a bit up in the air, which Book 2 picks right up on.  BOOKLOG notes (spoilers abound now, so feel free to jump ahead to the next paragraph if you don’t want to know what’s happening about 1/4 of the way through the book):  First, the Theon Greyjoy stuff.  It took me forever to remember who he was and why I was supposed to care.  Thankfully I just watched the HBO series of book one, so I got a good reminder.  He goes back to his homeland, the Iron Islands, where his father awaits, but instead of at most a “welcome back”, it’s derision and accusations of being a Stark.  Plus, Balon implies that he won’t be helping Robb defeat the Lannisters…he has his eye on something else.  I’m not sure what that something else, although Theon knows.  Is it Winterfell, since only Bran is there now?  Speaking of Bran, he just finished greeting some of the many lords who are coming to Winterfell to be heard and one of them mentions the decree from Stannis concerning his allegations about Cersei’s incest with Jamie.  That knowledge, combined with his dreams of crows, finally illuminates for him what happened that fateful day on the tower when Jamie pushed him out the window after seeing Jamie and Cersei screwing.  There has been no proof, up till possibly now, that Jamie and Cersei are incestuous, and the current plan by Cersei and Tyrion (who knows full well that it’s true) is to let a similar story float up about Stannis and his wife, although implying the wife and the Fool had an affair that resulted in his grotesque daughter.  Arya’s fate is also unclear as she and Yorick’s boys (all headed to the Wall for the Night’s Watch) settled in an abandoned courtyard and were promptly attacked, getting burned to the ground by a Lannister army.  Arya and Gendry (who was quite attractive, as I had imagined, in the HBO series when Ned found him) escaped through a secret tunnel but what the hell is going to happen now?  And I still can’t imagine if Arya and Gendry are “meant to be”, as there is such a big age difference there.  I like my Arya fierce and independent.  I’m sure other stuff is happening, as in these books, the many threads are all in motion.

 

11/22/63, by Stephen King:

You don’t think the intricacies of Game of Thrones is enough to keep me occupied, do you?  P’shaw.  I did want to finish Book 1 first before starting this book, as it is huge.  I then started this one, but then I was stuck at the airport waiting for Larry’s flight to arrive so I started reading Book 2 of GoT, so now I am reading these both simultaneously.  Luckily they have nothing to do with each other or are even in the same vein and it’s easy to keep them sorted.  This book is a whole lot of wow too.  The main conceit of this story is that the protagonist, Jake Epping, is made aware of a rip in the time-space continuum that will take you from present-day 2011 to the same day in 1958 every time you go through it.  It’s a real 1958, and any major things you do back then WILL impact your real present, which you’ll be able to see when you come back through the rip.  And oh yeah, no matter how much time you spend in the past, when you go back through the timerip, it’ll only be 2 minutes later in 2011.  The other hitch?  If you come back to 2011 and then decide to return to 1958, it’s as if you pressed RESET.  Everything you did in your previous time trip is undone, so anything good you did that last trip would have to be redone.  BOOKLOG time (Spoilers ahead, so jump ahead to the next paragraph to avoid them):  Alright, so as you can see from the title 11/22/63, this book also deals with Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas.  Jake is tasked with this duty from the guy who first found the time rip in his restaurant pantry, but he was unsuccessful in stopping Lee Harvey Oswald.  Jake is pretty much unattached and decides to go for it.  He tests out the whole mechanics of it all by first trying to prevent a dramatic murder in one of his friend’s childhood which happened in DERRY!!!  Derry, the city from Stephen King’s IT, a huge novel I actually just re-read during the Med cruise.  So yay for fortunate timing!  1958 is also the year that IT’s first cycle of terry ends, so Jake gets to see a Derry as it was right after IT was silenced the first time.  It’s a fascinating look back at things in the 1950s, but what was most amusing was that after all the work he does to stop the murder, he is only able to half-stop things from going shitty.  So he leaves 1958, goes back to 2011, sees what happened with his interference, and gets ready to go back in for the long haul, all the way to 1963.  He decides to do Derry in a much more efficient manner this time, and quickly takes out the killer long before the time of the original murder, and then heads off to Texas.  Oswald apparently was in Russia for most of the time leading up to 1963, so Jake ends up biding his time in  a small Texas town.  He takes up teaching English at the high school (just like he did in 2011) and has also met a nice fellow teacher named Sadie.  It’s still only 1960 though, so a couple years left to go.  There are some threads in the story about Jake’s gambling (using Back to the Future methods of knowing how the games end up) that feel unresolved, so I’m expecting that to impact his life.  Plus, you just know that the conceit of the timeline RESET will come back somehow after he’s taken care of the Kennedy thing.  I know it!!!!

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I’ve been doing other things too, but those are big timesucks right there.  Happy news:  my sciatica pains are almost all gone.  Did I already write this?  Well, it looks like my doctor was correct about waiting this out.  I was beginning to give up as the pain, over the past 4 months, continued to get worse, move around, change, get better, get worse again, and move around yet again.  At the very beginning of this month, right before Larry left for NYC, the pain really started moving again and seemingly back to where it originated from.  It was weird, and I was oddly hopeful that it was a sign things were getting better.  Yet the pain was just as agonizing.  But then the days came where sitting didn’t bother me that much.  I could get into bed without wincing.  I realized that the pain indeed was going away.  It is still 95% gone and for that I’m grateful.  Now I just have to do my best to try and protect my spine from such injuries.  And for God’s sake, when I have a ton of luggage – take a fucking taxi.  Trains are for when you have one bag.  Not 3 heavy bags each.

Okay, enough for now. I’m going to continue with the BookLOGs and other posts on a more frequent basis, hopefully.  That is, if Tropico 4 doesn’t get me first.

11-11-11, Sciatica & Mykonos (2011 Trip) Pics!

It’s a weird-looking date hence there’s all sorts of things that wanted to have this as a momentous date, incidentally for some and totally intentional for others.

Incidentally? It’s Veteran’s Day (yay soldiers and airmen and seamen and marines!) and it’s all-the-way-up-to-volume-11 Spinal Tap day too.  Intentionally?  Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, The HP7 Pt2 Blu-Ray, and Immortals came out.  I’m excited for the first two…the last one, maybe if we could watch it on mute.  I’ve read that there are plenty of Greek soldiers who don’t know how to wear a shirt in it.  That’s always a good thing.

I’ve been playing GTA4 and Tropico 4 a lot lately, then dabbled just a bit in Skyrim this morning but I can not let myself get absorbed.  Must try to get through these in due time.

Oh yeah, if you know or care about my sciatic nerve problems, my MRI revealed that indeed I do have a tear in one of my spinal vertebrae discs, about 5mm in length.  The resulting glob of goo from the disc is now pushing up against the bunch of nerves coming out from the spine and, you guessed it, one batch is that set of nerves that runs down my right leg.  OH THE FUN.  My options per the doctor are surgery, steroid injections, or let it heal some more/physical therapy.  He advised against the first two as the rationale was that in two years, all options will result in the same relief.  And surgery and steroid injections all have additional risks and such associated….so I did opt to continue with trying to get better with time.  I can admit that the pain has reduced, although my days go from pretty good to pretty bad.  And lately, trying to get out of bed has been horrendous – I’m not sure what is causing it but it’s insane.  I have a feeling that because I doubled up on the Gabapentin at night, I move around more than I should and when the Gaba wears off, the pain comes roaring in.

I bought a seat cushion that has a cutout right where your ass-crack is;  apparently that is to allow your spine to not get that upwards pressure from the seat as just your asscheeks are sitting while the spine can sorta sit through it?  I don’t know, I am using it now and I am feeling way better when sitting than I did previously, so perhaps I’ll need to swing by the medical supply store and pick two more up, one for the car and one for the office….  Anyway, once my pain is such that is nearly minimal, I can start some physical therapy to strengthen my core.  Who knows, maybe I’ll get a six-pack….like this guy:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey, it’s Veteran’s Day, and this guy has dogtags on, so I bet he must be a Veteran too…. heh heh…

Alright, enough hotness from random strangers for you.  Here are some well-deserved pics from Larry & my trip around the Eastern Mediterranean – this time from the lovely and fantastic spot of Mykonos, Greece.  It really is amazing how wonderful the weather was the entire trip.  Sure, it was effing hot, but there wasn’t any rain nor any gloomy days, except for the day at sea which was coming up the day after Mykonos.  But who cares, right?  That’s what the inside of a massive cruise ship is there for.

June 22, 2012 Update:  I think that the captions of the photos for this particular excursion are sufficient to describe the adventure on this day.  It was a great day and full of beautiful Greek island scenery.  One of the fun highlights was while eating lunch on the Mykonos coast before heading back to the ship.  Lots of people-watching (aka checking out hot guys).  The ship left in the afternoon so when we got back, there was time to go hang out by the pool which was a fantastic way to drink and soak up the rays.  Some times, you just need to put your feet up, listen to the music, and enjoy the sun.

Islands of Delos and Mykonos (Greece), Sept 6, 2011

Off to the Isle of Delos

The view from our room of the Mykonos area
The view from our room of the Mykonos area06-Sep-2011 07:10, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 200
06-Sep-2011 07:11, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
Mykonos Greece!
Mykonos Greece!06-Sep-2011 07:55, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 500
 
It's hard to get over how huge our ship is
It's hard to get over how huge our ship is06-Sep-2011 08:02, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
Our excursion for the day was to the island of Delos, reachable by ferry
Our excursion for the day was to the island of Delos, reachable by ferry06-Sep-2011 08:08, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 250
Love how there's some random church on some random island
Love how there's some random church on some random island06-Sep-2011 08:20, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.8, 18.8mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 
One of those cruise ships with masts and sails - maybe one day
One of those cruise ships with masts and sails - maybe one day06-Sep-2011 08:41, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.8, 18.8mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
On Delos looking back towards Mykonos, I think
On Delos looking back towards Mykonos, I think06-Sep-2011 08:46, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.0, 8.48mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
The clear water of the sea
The clear water of the sea06-Sep-2011 08:52, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 400
 
In the ancient and quite intact ruins of Delos
In the ancient and quite intact ruins of Delos06-Sep-2011 09:05, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
06-Sep-2011 09:05, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
It's the commercial district
It's the commercial district06-Sep-2011 09:09, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 7.152mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 
Delos was deserted for over a thousand years, allowing much to remain intact
Delos was deserted for over a thousand years, allowing much to remain intact06-Sep-2011 09:12, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 160
It was only in the last hundred or so years it was excavated
It was only in the last hundred or so years it was excavated06-Sep-2011 09:13, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
Larry in the ruins of Delos
Larry in the ruins of Delos06-Sep-2011 09:14, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 200
 

Climbing Mt Cynthus on Delos

AT first we weren't going to, but we had time to take the path
AT first we weren't going to, but we had time to take the path06-Sep-2011 10:53, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
..the path to Mt Cynthus' summit
..the path to Mt Cynthus' summit06-Sep-2011 10:53, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 160
We have our climbing shoes on, so let's go
We have our climbing shoes on, so let's go06-Sep-2011 10:53, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 
We weren't alone on our quest
We weren't alone on our quest06-Sep-2011 10:54, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
You can see midway up is the temple of Isis
You can see midway up is the temple of Isis06-Sep-2011 10:55, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.0, 8.702mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
This is the House of Hermes
This is the House of Hermes06-Sep-2011 10:57, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
 
You can also see the dock we arrived on
You can also see the dock we arrived on06-Sep-2011 10:57, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
Such a beautiful place
Such a beautiful place06-Sep-2011 10:58, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
You can also see that the seas were a bit rough
You can also see that the seas were a bit rough06-Sep-2011 10:59, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.0, 8.036999mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 
The House of the Masks
The House of the Masks06-Sep-2011 10:59, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
06-Sep-2011 11:00, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
My shirt matches the seas!
My shirt matches the seas!06-Sep-2011 11:00, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
 
06-Sep-2011 11:00, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
Approaching the temple of Isis - yep, an Egyptian god temple
Approaching the temple of Isis - yep, an Egyptian god temple06-Sep-2011 11:01, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
This temple of Isis - since Delos was such a middleground, even Egyptians had fun
This temple of Isis - since Delos was such a middleground, even Egyptians had fun06-Sep-2011 11:03, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 

Back to Mykonos

Back at the dock looking back at Mt Cynthus
Back at the dock looking back at Mt Cynthus06-Sep-2011 11:39, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 160
At our seat on the ferry
At our seat on the ferry06-Sep-2011 11:42, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 250
About an hour long ride back to Mykonos
About an hour long ride back to Mykonos06-Sep-2011 11:42, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
06-Sep-2011 12:05, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.5, 8.924mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
Our ship docked away from the main Mykonos port
Our ship docked away from the main Mykonos port06-Sep-2011 12:28, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.0, 13.182999mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
06-Sep-2011 12:30, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.5, 8.924mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
 
The white buildings of Mykonos
The white buildings of Mykonos06-Sep-2011 12:32, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.0, 8.702mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 200
Apparently it's quite the hotbed of nightlife activity
Apparently it's quite the hotbed of nightlife activity06-Sep-2011 12:33, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.0, 8.036999mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
Look at this place - Mykonos is gorgeous
Look at this place - Mykonos is gorgeous06-Sep-2011 12:33, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
The water, the white buildings - so beautiful
The water, the white buildings - so beautiful06-Sep-2011 12:33, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 7.152mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
06-Sep-2011 12:33, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
06-Sep-2011 12:33, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
 
06-Sep-2011 12:33, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.5, 8.924mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
In Mykonos town
In Mykonos town06-Sep-2011 12:41, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
Me and the Mykonos Greeks - most likely they're all tourists like us
Me and the Mykonos Greeks - most likely they're all tourists like us06-Sep-2011 12:41, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 

2011 Mediterranean Trip Pics Index