Posts Tagged ‘California’

Weary

January 19, 2018

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One of our vacation destinations this past week was Death Valley. We stopped at Father Crowley Overlook to drink in the view. A nearby Park Service ranger told us the Navy practiced flying jets through the narrow canyon, bordering the Overlook, called Rainbow Canyon. We waited. And waited. And waited. Nothing. This young feller next to us grew as tired of waiting as we did.

ACTION ITEM: One more minute, I promise

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Pretzel Logic

January 17, 2018

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I know my family agreed to limit gift-giving this year (instead we spent holidays on an adventure tour of the California deserts), but this was under the tree tagged with my name – the bag of pretzels the in-laws got on the plane from Phoenix.

ACTION ITEM: Mmmmmm. Nom nom crunch crunch

Just Brew It

January 15, 2018

Joined friends for beer and burgers at Moonraker Brewing Company this weekend in Auburn, CA.

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Foodtruck catering was provided by The Dive (a small family restaurant just down the road from us). We’re pretty amazed at the number and variety of breweries here in town, plus they all seem equally buzzing with hipsters, kidsters, and friendly pupsters. Reminds me of pubs in the UK.

ACTION ITEM: Tip your brewmaster

My Bob Ross Moment

December 18, 2017

 

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Captured this image of the North Yuba River while on my way to a site survey near Downieville, CA. Not inventive or unique, but pretty nevertheless.

ACTION ITEM: Enjoy

Empty Plane

November 16, 2017

Had another one of those weird flights (London Heathrow to SFO) where the plane is almost empty. Love getting a row to myself, but it’s a little bit creepy, too.

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ACTION ITEM: Spread out

Coffee Pot Museum

November 8, 2017

I spent the last month on virtually non-stop US and international travel – the rest of this week are a few items from that trip.

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Outside the location in which I was working (the Washington Hotel) is the little-known but wide-awake American Coffee Pot Museum (warning – autoplay)

ACTION ITEM: Cream, two sugars

Farm to Bar to Rehab to Farm…

September 27, 2017

A favorite client took Lisa and me to a trendy Santa Barbara bar where they create “farm-to-bar” cocktails where you really don’t know what you’re going to get until the produce wagon rolls up (you do get to specify your poison). Like having salad followed by a hangover 😉

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Wall O’ Sodas

September 22, 2017

Passing through Martinez, CA. last Tuesday on my way to a shoot, stopped in to grab a bite at Luigi’s Deli and Market (recommended, BTW). I found this wall o’ sodas to be as dazzling as it was tanta-tanta-tantalizing.

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ACTION ITEM: Grab a soda

Officially Tired of Summer

August 23, 2017

Every year, right about this time, I am officially and thoroughly done with summer. I do not like heat, sun, sweat, or sand – yeah, I’m a real delight at the beach 😉

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ACTION ITEM: I work hard – really hard – throughout the summer to see the brighter side of my least-favorite season. Such as cool mornings, outside on the deck, with a cup of coffee.

Off The Beaten Path Part 3: The Washington Hotel

August 19, 2017

We finished up our week a week ago today at The Washington Hotel, a delightful resort built in 1857 and largely unchanged since then. We captured the owner, Charity Jackson, as she taught our host Brian Hamilton how to make their signature cocktail, the Washington Sleeper. I was really reluctant to shoot in a bar as the folks there can often get a little rowdy. But not only were patrons amazingly cooperative and helpful, some even got into the production process. The guy in the Red Sox shirt (far left) got into the spirit by counting us down to the action:

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ACTION ITEM: When you’re working with people, and you really need their cooperation, don’t be afraid to include them in the action


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