Posts Tagged ‘Sun’

23
Mar

My First 2012 Sunset Over Scarborough

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

My First 2012 Sunset over Scarborough

22 March 2012

It was a full day of paperwork and emailing and workshop recovery (the process of cleaning up after a big project) and errands. And, then, I went to faire and worked another five or six hours!

As the sun was setting and I was saying goodbye to Kat, I wished for a fancy camera to be able to properly filter the light and capture the glorious colors we were seeing. But, I love the little camera I have, and this photo is about the best I could do. So, enjoy this one, but use your imagination a little, too!

There will be many more sunsets at Scarborough in 2012, but since last Sunday’s workday got cut short, this was my first.

~MB

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10
Jun

The Blazing Sun

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

Blazing_Sun_sepiaOnce a season, at each of the two major Texas faires, the Blazing Sun come together as a crew – well, at least as much of a crew as can be brought together from the diverse expanses that separate us. This year,  the crew gathered in the East Wind Games back yard on the only decent-weather weekend we had. The photo was taken by Lord Blueberry so that I could be in the photo.

Cheers.

~KR (Written on 9 June 2011)

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9
Mar

Beer Manager

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

Beer Manager

5 March 2011

Being stuck in traffic due to an accident is not the way I wanted to start my first day as a beer manager at the North Texas Irish Festival. I had my schedule worked out pretty well and we left the house earlier this morning than we’ve ever left for an Irish Festival day. But, the universe had other plans for me, and by the time we parked (parking lot stupidity was at an all time high) and walked to volunteer check-in and I had a radio in my hand, I was much later than I’d hoped to be.

It worked out alright, though. I found my booth—they moved it last night!—met my first couple of volunteer pourers, and started my set-up. Wine and ice bucket over here. Sanitizing station … over there. Personal stuff back here. Boxes of cups … down there. Taps are hooked up … Breathe. Relax … Okay …

I got everyone signed in, checked their TABC licenses and learned names. We had little time to wait; since one other booth wasn’t opening at all due to the cold, nasty wind, we had early morning customers.  The cold weather made for a slow morning, but by midday, the sun was out and the cold didn’t seem so penetrating.

It wasn’t too far into the day when Doug showed up in my booth looking all business-like.  Then, Barbara showed up, too, and I started to get concerned that I might be in some sort of trouble.   When Kara, too, arrived, I was officially worried.  Three of the four beer coordinators—my bosses—in my booth all at the same time?   But, moments later, after a wordy introduction about how I was crazy enough to want more responsibility, they presented me with the hat in this photo.  Apparently, it’s become sort of a joke, that all beer managers are given a hat like this on their first day.

Those who really know me, will know exactly how ironic this is.  I hate baseball-style caps.  This is actually a “trucker’s hat” or a “hunter’s cap”—technically even more awful, in my book.  I hate the fact that somewhere along the line it became socially acceptable for these hats to be worn by anyone, anytime, indoors or out.  I get that baseball players need to shade their eyes from the sun … that’s an appropriate use of this hat style.  I can even understand other uniform-type uses for it …  But, backwards?  Or, on a shady day?  Or not on a baseball diamond?  And, why are they such a fashion trend?  And, when did men decide to ignore centuries of tradition and not remove these hats indoors?  Or during the singing of our national anthem?  I once tapped a six and a half-foot tall total stranger on the shoulder during the national anthem AT a baseball game and motioned authoritatively for him to take his cap off!  He did, too.  My list of billed-hat-related gripes is a mile long.

So, for me to be given this hat that I’m expected to wear, is frankly more than a little but funny.  But, as the newbie, and not wanting to offend or buck the system, I wore the damn thing … all day.  (I started to wear it the next day, too, until my husband told me how silly I looked in it and I got brave enough to carry it, rather than wear it.)  I have since found out that everyone thinks they’re awful!  Both those who wear them and those who just look at us wearing them.  It’s really rather funny.  A couple of the managers (mostly newer ones) wear them, but, one guy actually threw his in the trash moments after receiving it! LOL.  Another guy wears it only when working, and switches the second his shift is done. Someone else said they were given one, but didn’t know where it was.  I’m now trying to figure out if I can take the logo part that says “beer manager” and sew it onto some other, less offensive hat style for next year’s festival!  I might start a new fashion trend!

I worked my shift as manager at Beer booth #3, then went to the whiskey tasting and worked another couple of hours.  Since the whiskey tasting is how I got involved in this volunteer gig, I really didn’t want to give it up. When I finished there, I found my husband, and after a quick bite to eat, we enjoyed music for the rest of the evening.  Lots of our friends were there, including Bryan, Mike and Graham, Allyson (and Rod, although I never saw  him), Mary and Donny, Paige and Bobby and girls, Laura, Marcus and many, many others.  We stayed almost to the very end of the evening, finally tearing ourselves away only because we knew we had dogs at home, and that tomorrow morning would come awfully early after such a long day.

~MB

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4
Mar

Mimes Scare Me

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

Dane_Closeup It’s true. I’m not much into mimes or clowns in general – barring, of course, the exception Emmet Kelly Jr. So, to be confronted by my friend and fellow Blazing Sun crew-member Dane Lightstrings, dressed and made up like one … I was a bit taken aback. He failed, however, on all his mime duties as he cheerfully greeted me with a hearty “Hello, there!” My fears were assuaged, my discomfort abated, my camera came out.

I promise, this is my last photo from the “Welcome to the Moulin Rouge” (everybody can-can!) party.

Cheers.

~KR (Written on 4 February 2011)

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4
Mar

Mojito Mint

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

Mojito Mint

27 February 2011

I took this photo yesterday, after much trying, as we sat on the patio at the Yucatan Taco Stand. We worked our two hours at the Rahr Brewery tour and tasting, as has become our norm, and also as usual, we ended up at the Yucatan with friends. Kara ordered a mojito (Kyle and I love their margaritas—it is a tequila bar, after all!) and I was struck by how pretty the mint leaves were with the sun shining through them.

So, there ya have it.

~MB

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28
Feb

Happy Birthday, Captain

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

red_light_district My dear friend, Curtis the Red, Captain of the Blazing Sun and Insurance salesman extraordinaire celebrated his 10th and a half birthday over the weekend. He was technically born on 29 February, so he celebrates it whenever he wants to with a big-to-do theme party.

This year, the theme was “Welcome to the Moulin Rouge” (everybody Can-Can!) with nearly everyone in attendance playing some part in the costume spectacle. As always, it was a lot of fun with good people and great company.

Happy Birthday, Curtis!

 

This photo is of the delightful Kayci in the Red Light District.

 

Cheers.

~KR (Written on 28 February 2011)

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19
Feb

Runoff Under a Bridge

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

Run_Off I took this photo a couple of weeks ago while the sun was out and the snowmageddon detritus was rapidly melting. While sitting in a left-hand turn lane under an overpass, I was amused by the constant barrage of running water. This is what I saw.

Cheers.

~KR (Written on 18 February 2011)

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5
Feb

…and Thus You Shall Gain Entry

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

Today I worked the Rahr without MB. This is one of only a handful of times I’ve even ventured to this brewery without my wife. She encouraged me to go as she relishes the sun and warmth of Northern California. I went, and had a good time; but aside from my own few beers, I poured not a draught.

Fritz and company placed half the tables in the back lot, and in today’s sun, it was well-received and well-used. It was, in fact, very empty inside and the 15 taps there were mostly empty as the queues formed in front of the 4 taps outside. Sheeple.

rahr_entry_line This is a photo of Fritz and Paul administering to the front just prior to the opening bell. This was my station for the day.

Cheers.

~KR (Written on 5 February 2011)

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18
Sep

Glass Ornament

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

Taken on 4 August 2010
Glass Bauble
The sun glinting off the glass bauble in the front yard.
Cheers.

~KR

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9
Jun

Good Morning!

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

Good Morning

24 April 2010

“The sun is shining … the birds are singing …”

In our chosen family, we have a bit of an inside joke about these words and the sentiments of a morning person on a beautiful spring day … not always sentiments shared by the non-morning people among us. As I awoke this morning, earlier than my alarm would have insisted, and this was the sight that greeted me, I could not help but think about our Lisa and our Ginger and that wonderful anecdote about their early friendship. I hope reading this will make them both smile.

The sight out my window was so bright and blue and green … clean and crisp … perfectly promising the prettiest faire day ever … I just had to take a photo. Good thing, too! The day was busy enough I never had another chance. And, as faire day gave way to Jewelry Trunk Show, and there was a party to prepare for … cheese to cube, tables to set up … the camera got even further from my mind. As always, our dear Allyson of Beading Dreams made a wondrous showing of her beautiful handcrafted jewelry, and the annual wine and cheese party was a hit.  All in all, a practically perfect day.

~MB

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