Wow! How quickly a year can fly by. Happy New Year to everyone! Here’s to another year of adventure, learning, creating and enjoying life.
I was hoping to be able to keep up with this blog more this year, but a busy work year and great family and social calendar left very little time to blog about work that isn’t allowed to be published.
Here are a few of the highlights…
Presented at an internal technical conference
Selected to participate in an internal judged project showcase
Submitted work for a patent review (currently underway)
Finally got a PROMOTION!!!
Held monthly dinners with our friends
Weekend trip to Catalina with Dylan
Trips to LEGOLAND
Celebrated 10 years of marriage with my lovely wife Cheri
Brought in the New Year with our kids and some of our closest friends in Mammoth
I’m looking forward to what this new year has in store for me and my family. Hopefully I can be more proactive here and share some of my personal work. Maybe one of these days I’ll be able to show what I’ve been working on during my day job.
Last week my wife and I enjoyed a nice date night out and went to a “painting and vino” session. The painting for the evening was “Japanese Maple” and the instructor walked the class through a few basics of painting … Continue reading →
Boo! Hope everyone has a happy and safe Halloween. My family and I did our pumpkin carving the other night. I decided not use the packaged stencils that come with all of the cutting and pumpkin gutting tools. Instead, I … Continue reading →
My wife and I were given tickets to The Pageant of the Masters for our anniversary. Our tickets were for July 29th (yes, I know this post is a little late). In all my years growing up in Southern California I have never seen the show. I must say that it was absolutely fantastic. The orchestra and the “live person” recreation of famous works of art was a sight to be seen and heard. When I saw the first piece (a sculpture), my initial thought was “wow, they did a great job remaking that”… That was until, the lights went off around it and you saw the dark shadow of the sculpture move and for lack of a better phrase, walk away. Our seats were next to a few other sculpture recreations, and the attention to detail in the costumes was amazing. Its not everyday that you get to see a “sculpture” blink.
I really enjoyed the break down and explanation of the recreation process with the live actors. The use of fore, middle and background elements along with the placement of the actors into the scene was interesting. The forced and distorted perspective to make the images work at a large scale and yet still appear like the original paintings on stage was an effective optical trick for the audience.
If you’ve never seen the show before, I recommend going. It really is an inspirational experience that must be seen in person. I know am already looking forward to attending The Pageant of the Masters again next year to witness another feat of creativity.
Very thankful for my family and friends. Good health (especially after overcoming the stomach flu), good job, and a place to call home. Even when things are hard and things don’t seem to be going exactly as planned, my life has been blessed with an abundance of good things.