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Welcome to Jay in VA

This is my spot in the blogworld to rant and rave and ramble - three things I do extremely well - and to just talk about my life in general. My blog has opened up a whole new world to me, and I hope you enjoy reading and commenting! Please feel free to do both. I appreciate your feedback.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Just a Quickie...Part 2!

OK, I'm back!!! I will provide a moment by moment blog post shortly! It was a weekend to remember!!!

I haven't commented on any of my regular blog visits. Sorry. I must admit that I probably won't catch up. TOO MUCH LIFE TO LIVE! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Just a Quickie!!!

I just realized that tomorrow is my last day on the Planet Earth until Monday.

I have been packing and loading the truck to leave for West Virginia tomorrow afternoon. I managed to wrangle off at 2PM so I can head to the largest gathering of cavers in the world, Old Timers Reunion. I used to go every year, from about 1990 until 2003. I am a old timer in the caving community, having been involved in the underground world since I was 14, so 41+ years.

The week has sucked. All the bosses are tense and excited because school starts next Tuesday. So EVERYTHING is an emergency. I don't care. I work as fast and efficiently as I can. And I am at the mercy of tech support from companies that call back when they please. Screw it all because...

...at 2PM tomorrow, I AM OFF WORK FOR 3+ DAYS!!!! I leave at 2PM for Daily, WV. My BFF will have a tent set up for me, so all I have to do is blow up my air mattress (with a 12V air pump), throw my stuff inside, and GET NAKED at the sauna area!

On Saturday, I am the Man of Honor at my BFF's Re-commitment Ceremony. I introduced her to her husband 20 years ago, and was the Man of Honor at the first ceremony. Her husband had a Best Matron. The Lutheran minister didn't bat an eye. So this time, I will recreate my role, since I love her, and support her, and her second marriage has been wonderful for her!!! Her husband is one of my friends, too.

41 years of camping, I still use check lists!
My Vau De climbing pack stuffed with clothes. I could not list all the summits it has been on.
All the stuff to the bottom right is the stuff that lives in it...the pocket tool (SOG Military model),
and folding blade knife, and of course, a bandana!
 I have 2 bags of non-cook food, a couple of gallons of water to drink (there is more there), a 1.75L bottle of Evan Williams, and just enough clothes to cover myself when walking to the loo or my tent.

So, I shall be unavailable until sometime Monday. I am sorry I won't be able to comment with my regular regularity. Until I get back, sayonara!!!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

I Have Never Done This Before

I noticed the 50mm f/1.4 lens was on the camera. So I went a bit crazy with the selfies. Here we go!













No further words shall be spoken.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Nothing Like Being 30 Minutes Late...

...leaving early! I was in an hour early yesterday to do a software upgrade, so I should have been able to leave an hour early today. For once, it went almost flawlessly, but the issues that are hanging aren't major. And they're not of my doing! Dell can figure out the problem and fix it. As to leaving early, sometimes you just can't. Ugh. It's all good. But getting out "on time" proved problematic. Meh, who cares? Because...

The weekend is here. Thank goodness. Though it's been a good week. Busy to say the least, but apart from one nagging issue (not the one mentioned above), I managed to get everything on my plate done. That being said, I volunteered to do some work from home this weekend. It's OK, I don't mind. An hour of mindlessly adding virtual RAM to virtual servers and rebooting them buys a lot of good will at the office.

I got to spend some time with RB. Not a lot, but all time is good time. This was the result of that time.
Can you tell which window is his? I'll let you study it a bit.
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I gave him the flag as a graduation present, and his two (straight) roommates don't care at all that their dorm room is the most noticeable spot on one of the busiest corners of campus! This was taken about 9PM, handheld, with the 6D and my 24-70mm f/2.8L lens*. It's a more or less well lit corner. {{{OMG! I JUST HAD ANOTHER PICTURE EPIPHANY!!! And RB said "let's do it!" You'll see it here first!}}}

Let's see, what else did I do this week? Went back to the gym. I cannot for the life of me figure out why I quit for almost a year, and undid almost two year's worth of work. God it felt good. I am going in the morning. It's going to be every other day for a while. If not the gym, then other physical activity that will make up for it since I do have some busy weekends coming up. But right now, this weekend is HERE! YAY ME! And joining me for the start of my time off is my best friend, Evan Williams!
This was taken with my phone. Much easier! HAHAHAHAHA

I hope your weekend proves to be as wonderful as mine si hsaping pu ot eb¡




*EXIF Data on the picture:
Dimensions: 3648 x 5472 pixels
Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D
F-stop: f/2.8
Exposure time: 1/4 sec.
ISO: ISO-3200
Exposure bias: 0 step
Focal length: 24mm

Metering mode: Pattern