News From July 2011

The week of my birthday in digi-snaps...

Catalina Island, a group art/music show, and Billy's wedding.
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On my birthday, Kevin, Grant, Joshua, and Austin came over for some bro-time.
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We had lunch at Willow Cove again.
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I did a terrible job documenting with both the digi and the film. Suffice to say we did a bunch of Frog Rock jumping, and such...
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Grant was going back to Ashley, Austin to his recovery from ankle surgery, Kevin to the editing bay, and Josh to a RVCA tour.
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Balmy.
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The next day, after the bros left of course, we had another dolphin experience from the boat.
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Deanna drove us right into a big wave and we got drenched.
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Normally she would be bummed, but she was on a dolphin high.
When you go to Catalina Island, be sure to get yourself a Joe's Rent-a-Boat for some epic times.
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Saw Lance Mountain Jr. at the Blended Boarders art show and we had an Instagram nerd-out.
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Leo performed some cover songs onstage for the packed store.
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Then played harmonica with Brittney whose voice was better than Leo's.
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Leo just looked at her cleavage the whole time.
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Lance and Geoff + Beers.
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The next day I met up with Kevin, who wore strip-mall camo to Billy's wedding.
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There was lil' Bill standing at the altar ready to take a bride.
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That's Bill's mom's head in front of them.
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Congrats to Billy and Ashly! The beanie was back on right after the vows.
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Wedding perving.
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We got to sit with the ever pretty Erica Yary, The Burndog, and the Burndog's lovely and pregnant again wife Katherine. Go Burndogs!
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The Beanie Dance.
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The bouquet toss.
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Young Bill making some power moves!
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Then the announcer makes Billy crawl to get under Ashly's dress.
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There we go.
Posted July 31st, 2011 by I'm on my out of this endeavor.
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Rome and Paris devoid of color

Save for the color of photography.
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Off we go.
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Ghetto Becher, you photo nerds know what I'm saying.
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"Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death." -Jean Jacques Rousseau
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"Good humor is the health of the soul, sadness is its poison." -Lord Chesterfield
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Grant H looking austere.
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Ash B reflects.
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Deanna T vibrates.
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Roma Termini Station.
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"Is an artist much more than a beggar?" -Clara Schumann
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Typical.
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"I would rather be a beggar and single than a queen and married." -Elizabeth I
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"A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom." -Bob Dylan
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"I wish I could muster the courage to never post another thing onto the internet" -Ed Templeton
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"The only time I have problems is when I sleep." -Tupac Shakur
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Moving on to Paris...
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"Why watch someone kissing when people really close their eyes when they kiss?" -John Hughes
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Amadeo, we wonder about you.
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"I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you." -Frida Kahlo
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Balthus and a young man have an encounter.
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Hats off to Paris!
Posted July 29th, 2011 by Ivanka Trump vs. Bar Rafaeli?
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Filming for VPro and NYC

I filmed a 3 day interview with a Dutch TV station, and then went to New York to help Deanna with a photo assignment she got, here are the digi photos scraped from those days...
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First day of filming I skated the Vans ramp with Grant and Kevin, then went to Cherry Park, but took no photos.
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Second day of Filming we went to the MOCA show in LA.
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You should go see it if you have a chance. There is MUCH more than my dumb photos there.
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Big Boy.
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Billy -about to be married- Marks in his "trash hotel rooms" phase.
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A class of kids was there and asked me to sign their graff books.
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The teacher of the class.
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The 3rd day of filming we went to downtown HB and suddenly I was pimping, as the kids say.
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Sarah, yours truly, Jaap, Eddie, and Frenk, the Dutch and Belgian crew from VPro TV in Holland.
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This shot is from Santa Monica, we stopped there quickly too.
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And I took a quick swim with little Sophia and her pal Megan down in HB.
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Then we were off to NYC...
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Guest book?
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Enchanting NYC.
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The golden light was pushing through the bricks and mist.
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Ground Zero.
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The golden light was finally unfurled in all it's glory.
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Liberty and Ellis islands...
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One more gratuitous couple in love shot to make you sick.
Posted July 28th, 2011 by Monica Lewinski and John Edwards should do it.
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Deanna's Group Show and more...

Deanna is part of a group photo show right now up in LA.
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It's at the Robert Berman gallery and is worth a peek.
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Garry Trinh from Australia was there!
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Yeah, all the way from OZ to see Art in the Streets.
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The crowd was very swanky.
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Natasha Wagner was stoked to see Deanna and vice-versa.
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The show was curated by Angela Featherstone.
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GT came by for a visit in HB.
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We talked photography.
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And then we visited downtown to see some characters.
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Kids were getting spastic.
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Then Sophia re-enacted that time she left a turd in my backyard flower pot.
Posted July 27th, 2011 by Go see it if you have the time. The time is all you have.
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Huntington Beach Tuesdays

I always run into Captain Soncho hanging out by Rockin' Fig.
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Check out his photo blog CaptainSoncho.com
Posted July 26th, 2011 by And some racist punks too? These days? Especially.
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Killing animals for sport...

In this case the murder of a Thresher Shark...
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Was walking on the pier yesterday and saw this medium sized Thresher Shark tucked under a bench.
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What an amazing creature.
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Their tails are as long as their bodies.
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And now we all gawked at him, wondering about the times we swam here.
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Then the butchering.
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This is the kid who caught it. He wanted to sell the meat.
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Off goes the dorsal fin.
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Then the pectoral fin.
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Then the pelvic fin.
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Then the other pectoral fin.
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Time to get the guts out.
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The stomach and intestines.
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This guy cut his finger on the razor sharp teeth.
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Quite gruesome.
Posted July 25th, 2011 by One of many reasons to not eat animals
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Berlin, Germany to Geneva, Switzerland

"Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up." -Ernest Hemingway
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"Computer photography won't be photography as we know it. I think photography will always be chemical." -Annie Leibovitz
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Yemeni people protesting in front of the US embassy.
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"Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected." -Robert Frank
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"There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are." -Ernst Haas
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Grant and Ash approaching some face-sucking...
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"With photography, you zero in; you put a lot of energy into short moments, and then you go on to the next thing." -Robert Mapplethorpe
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"Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees." -Paul Strand
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"Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still." -Dorothea Lange
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"The beauty of women was the first expression of my photography." -Alberto Korda
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"Photography, alone of the arts, seems perfected to serve the desire humans have for a moment - this very moment - to stay." -Sam Abell
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On to Geneva, and to the lake...
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"The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each to himself. And that is the most complicated thing on earth." -Edward Steichen
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"Photography, as we all know, is not real at all. It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world." -Arnold Newman
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Handsome Devil.
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"Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past." -Berenice Abbott
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Posted July 23rd, 2011
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Santa Catalina Island for DD's B-Day.



Starting with some video of the Leopard Shark swarm...
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Started shooting digi shots on the night before D's birthday, because I broke the lens on the Canon camera I brought earlier that day, and was without camera save for the digi point and shoot. Bad for me, but good for the blog.
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"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night." -Edgar Allan Poe
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The old arcade that many people including myself spent their childhood's in playing Skeeball, and air hockey has been converted into something very strange. Mini bowling one of the new changes.
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They were sane enough to leave in a few Skeeball's only one was working...
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"Fame is being asked to sign your autograph on the back of a cigarette packet." -Billy Connolly
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People were gorging themselves on waffle cones.
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Selling popcorn on the beach.
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For tonight's movie on the beach...
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
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Deanna's Birthday! Off we went on the Joe's rent-a-boat...
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Directly to Willow Cove for a picnic, nobody was there, we had the cove to ourselves.
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Exploration.
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The landscape is rugged and resplendent.
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Any lobster stranded would soon be chomped by birds. How else would they be on the beach?
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A puckered starfish.
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The Beauty amongst the blooms
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Prickly.
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You could only see Saddleback from the island.
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Out near Long Point.
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A swarm of Leopard Shark. See the video at the top of the post. I got in and snorkeled with these guys. I also spotted a Grey Smooth Hound Shark amongst the Leopards. These guys were all 4 to 5 feet long, pretty much full size for this shark.
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Villa Portofino phones it in, but the bread was good!
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This painting is inside the famous Casino building, in the theater where we watched the new Harry Potter film.
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Our buddy the increasingly brave Cormorant.
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Abalone point, where recently there have been two scary shark sightings. A Great White was observed eating a black sea bass, and a Mako Shark was apparently seen. My homies on the island have yet to see the evidence, but apparently the person who saw them shot photos. This point is yards away from a famous snorkeling spot!
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The day after Deanna's birthday was hazy with a marine layer...
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Catalina sends rocks back to the mainland, and we send them dirt.
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Seal Rocks is actually home to a colony of Sea Lions.
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We saw 4 Bald Eagles the first day, but none the following two days. There are 7 nesting pairs of Bald Eagle on the island. We saw two adults and two juveniles. The young ones look like big hawks since they don't have the famous white hood of feathers yet.
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Lounging in their own stink.
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We checked out the local skate park which has fallen into great disrepair.
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Some different views of Avalon.
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Then we were back to mainland ourselves...
Posted July 21st, 2011 by It's no Hawaii without Don Ho
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Copenhagen to Berlin in B&W

Some extra images from Kobenhavn, then onto Berlin...
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"All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song." -Louis Armstrong
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"It is time that we admitted that faith is nothing more than the license religious people give one another to keep believing when reasons fail." -Sam Harris
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"Cancer Boy probably has the saddest, noblest, sweetest heart of any character I've ever done." -Bruce McCulloch
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It's Deanna's Birthday, so I'm off to Catalina for a few days.
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"Bite off more than you can chew and then chew like hell." -Peter Brock
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Berlin...
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Handsome Grant in Berlin at Neptune's fountain.
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Seek and ye shall find.
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I followed this guy down the street as he looked in every trash can for something he never found.
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Ashley (see her London post!) and Grant on the train platform...
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"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." -Ernest Hemingway
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You are so busted asshole!
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"Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand." -Mark Twain
Posted July 17th, 2011 by Heidi Klum needs to get boobs back out now?
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Lollygagging in London

Here is the rest of our London trip in mega-post form.
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Tower Bridge was looking good today.
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You will basically get a 360 view, I'm testing your patience.
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Grashly's first crossing.
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The Tower, or Castle.
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The Tower bridge from the moat.
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Manchester United vs FC Barcelona, this already happened so you know who won. (if you're not American, if you are, then you don't care.)
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Picadilly was going off with Spanish fans...
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Finally I found some Manchester fans at a pub.
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I think Ashley hates monkeys.
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The Natural History Museum of London.
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Grant looks at the Smilodon, aka Saber Toothed Cat skeleton.
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First double-decker bus ride!
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Rose shaped gelato? The ladies love Grant. Ashley was about to throw down.
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Ashley gets amongst the Prince William and Harry painting in the National Portrait gallery.
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The Tube was Tubular.
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Packed in like sardines, so they say.
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Camden Locks.
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Atop Primrose Hill looking down at London.
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Saying goodbye to Grant and Ashley. Next time we see them will be back in the USA.
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It brought a tear to Grant's eye...
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The film damage. 2,160 exposures.
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Last minute trip to NYC just came up, will not be posting for a bit...
Posted July 14th, 2011 by Rosie HW and Kate Moss lezzed for Terry R.
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This stuff was made in...New York City?

Some extra photos from NYC.
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"Gypsy was the name my brother gave a pet turtle he had. I always thought it was so peculiar." -Joel Hodgson
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Deanna was looking pretty.
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Lemme ugg up this photo a bit.
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"And the most unusual and surrealistic place in New York City is Central Park." -Christo
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How male of me cradling my man-chowder.
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Deanna and I ran into Danielle Saxe.
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Deanna's hot bod busting out of the apple.
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"Those people in New York are not gonna change me none." -Elvis Presley
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Our view from The Standard over the hi-line.
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Boris Mikhailov at the MOMA.
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Photo of the Murder of Pancho Villa.
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People consume art.
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Deanna and Kevin are guilty.
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A. Modigliani.
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Met this young couple drawing some sculpture in the garden.
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Everyone is inspired to make art after seeing the museum.
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Deanna showing us how she'll be kicking back a sabrosa bebida soon.
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This guy got into my comfort zone, so I documented it.
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"You can't find any true closeness in Hollywood, because everybody does the fake closeness so well." -Carrie Fisher
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Public. Interpretive. Dance. God bless it.
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"I would believe only in a God that knows how to Dance." -Friedrich Nietzsche
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Impromptu photo shoot with Terry Richardson?
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Posted July 12th, 2011 by Tired and True, wait, Tried and True.
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4th of July in HB: Digi-Cam

Huntington Beach is always nuts on the 4th. I only shot a few digi shots. Look for B&W and Color film shots in the future. (they are much better.)
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The beach as usual, was packed.
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The seats were out for the fireworks display.
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The water was warm.
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People were getting drunk. U-S-A!
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We were shooting photos.
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And these guys were shooting young women in bikinis...
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Like her.
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Or maybe they were tattoo aficionados?
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Some dude set up a tight rope. (He was the only one who could cross it.)
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Everyone else was falling on their heads.
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The party was just beginning.
Posted July 11th, 2011 by I know that girl...
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Christians in Huntington Beach?

Yeah, there was even a little fair and skate jam.
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The pier plaza was packed...
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In pure HB style, Christian "Truth" stickers were spanked onto the butts of girls who pranced around in their bikinis. Yes, even 5 year olds.
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Armor for your soul.
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Hey is that Brian Sumner up there? I see Brian and his family almost every week down in HB.
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Holmes was near my home.
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Aaron "Fingers" Murray was talking to the crowd.
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Shawn Mandoli was there preaching to the people. Haven't seen him in days.
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Aaron is a legend, and lives in HB now.
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People raised their hands to catch the glorious sounds coming from the band.
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Out on the pier a guy caught a dogfish. It's a tiny shark, they're everywhere.
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"Will Hurley pay me some photo-incentive?"
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I offer this to the Christians!
Posted July 7th, 2011 by Ray Comfort? 4 comments? Why even post?
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Gentlemen never wear brown in London

Lovable London from late May 2011 days...
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Off we go via the channel tunnel from France to the UK.
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Right to the National Gallery.
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Middle-aged kissing in the museum.
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I gave myself an asshole makeover.
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Overcast days are much better for this scene.
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They kicked everyone off the lawn, so now the sidewalk is protest central.
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You've seen it all before...
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Boris Mikhailov at the Tate.
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This was part of his series "At Dusk."
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In England they passed some strange laws about flashing lights. They are constantly mentioning it on TV too. 'Warning, this segment of our programming has flashing lights.'
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After the Tate we continued on...
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Sir Francis Drakes' Golden Hinde.
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The sun reflected off a mirrored building, and it was glorious.
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Posted July 5th, 2011 by Grant was supposed to take me surfing today
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