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July 2, 2005
The Bolshoi Theter, Moscow

The Bolshoi Theater, Moscow

The great and famous Bolshoi Theater in Moscow--home of the Bolshoi Ballet and the Bolshoi Opera. When I was there in June, the building was about to be closed for renovation.  I didn't have the opportunity to go inside, but I did walk up to pat the side of the old dame. Here's the renovation sign.

Today I received an e-mail from Kirill Orlov, my new Russian friend:

The Bolshoi is closed today for the full-scale reconstruction. T.v. showed young ballerinas cry, leaving their classes 'for the last time'. But you was lucky to touch the walls (ah, lucky it didn't come down on your head.).
Take out a bottle.

Diane Moore's back
This photograph of my friend Diane Moore's back represents a special moment in my experience as a photographer. Photographers use a figure of speech, "seeing the light," which means to be aware of how the most subtle shades of light and dark will be represented on the final print of an image one is about to capture. It takes time and practice. Look at the soft highlight on the Diane's shoulder blade and the small highlights on the beads of sweat on her back. I knew that I could capture those highlights in the moment I clicked the shutter, and that was an exciting moment for me.

Douglas Gasoline road map
Douglas Gasoline, based in Houston, had stations scattered around Los Angeles when I was a boy. Although my family had no role in the business, my boy's pride was stirred every time I saw one of the signs--and always tried to get my dad to buy Douglas Gasoline. The flying heart logo derives from the crest/coat of arms of the Douglas Clan. Among many versions, here's a patch given to me recently by my nephew, Michael Douglas.

Drawing of Brownie the bunny
I admire people who can draw. My drawings tend to be clumsy and sketchy, even though I've had formal training. Here's drawing I made of my son's Bunny, "Brownie," that I made in the late 80's. Undoubtedly, this will be the first and only publication of one of my drawings.

Fannie Murdock
This is Fannie Murdock, our next-door neighbor when my kids were little. Fannie grew roses along the chain-link fence that separated our houses. Fannie and her sister, Minnie, lived together and were both spinsters. Fannie and Minnie were always nice to my kids, baked cookies for them, etc., and I, in turn, helped them out with the occasional chore or repair...the usual guy stuff.

We always thought that Fannie was the more frail of the two, but Minnie died first. Fannie passed away about a year later, unwilling to go on without Minnie.

Black and white image of Flowers
This is one of three black-and-white images, originally slides, that I created for a design class with Dan Wingren. Each was photographed through a colored filter, red, blue or green. When the three slides were simultaneously projected with the original filter, overlapping the images as closely as possible, you saw a full-color image. That was the expected result, but it's fun to do it yourself.

June 30, 2005
Synvisc injection into knee
This is the second of a series of Synvisc injections I'm having to treat my knees. Old athletic injuries have left me with minimal cartilage in my knees. The treatment seems to be working very well, although I'll withhold judgment until later this summer, when the full effect is supposed to be evident.

Birds nests
While looking for promising garage sales one Saturday morning, my friend, Alan Brown, pointed out the irony of the birds' nesting inside the veterinary clinic sign.

Cactus blossoms
These are Tommy and Annette (doesn't matter which is which), two little cacti that Paula and I brought back from a trip to Big Bend National Park (no...we didn't take the cacti from the park). They like it in Dallas. When they blossom, they usually begin with two little buds that resemble Mickey Mouse ears. This year, we got only one blooming mouse ear from each, but pretty, none the less.

Vancouver sunset
This sunset view of Vancouver was taken from my room at the Pan Pacific Hotel in April. I was there representing American Airlines at the annual meeting of the sponsors of the Global Airline Performance survey.

Kremlin at sunet, Moscow
This sunset view of the Kremlin in Moscow was taken on June 17 from my room at the Rossiya Hotel. I got the "single room with Kremlin view" room for about $122. The 12th-floor room was modest, but comfortable, and had a great view of the Kremlin, Red Square, St. Basil's, and much of Moscow.

Later that night there was a thunderstorm, which was lots of fun to watch.

The tallest structure in this image is the Ivan the Great Bell Tower, adjacent to the Cathedral of the Assumption--but there are about five different structures clumped together in this image. The pyramidal building in the foreground is one of the many towers built into the Kremlin walls.

I was in Moscow to interview and photograph Kirill Orlov, an SPSS savant, for a presentation I'll be giving at the SPSS Directions 2005 User Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, in November.

This is the life-size grave marker of the great Russian ballerina, Galina Ulanova (1910-1998), situated in the beautiful cemetery of the Novodevichy Convent in Moscow.

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