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Me and the 60D made some rounds this evening taking some photo’s of the Richmond skyline. First photo op I’ve done this year and in months.
I think Queensofbattle got it right with the title to his video. ” When you do what you love, you never work a day in your life”
I do love my guns, I don’t have a rifle other than a crappy 22lr I’ve had for a few years, I’m more focused still on my pistol shooting and mastering those fundamentals before adding a rifle. I also rode a motorcycle for a while but haven’t in years now do a few reasons.
But aside from the guns and my motorcycle, I do miss doing my photography and videography. Those of you who have followed me for a while know I did both at one time and was doing it quite. I enjoyed doing photography and video on really anything it didn’t matter, it ties into things that I love to do and then just broadens it all. I was even looking at a Canon 7D or 5D MK II or MKIII this morning. The enjoyment of life vs the dull mundane everyday job, which is not what I need or want anymore. Time never slows for anyone, and life keeps moving forward never backwards only we go backwards.
The first day of 2014 is almost over, and for me personally it is time to refocus on things that I love. I have spent a good long time not doing the things that I enjoy doing because of just life happening and that consuming my time, and just energy with all that seemingly endless shit that is going with me. But that is not to deter me from goals I had been pursuing for years until I hit my break. I do truly miss doing my photography and making video’s, motorcycles and generally enjoying life. But the good news is that it is still winter so things are still calm people wise which affords me chances to get out and restart without losing focus and distraction. I am looking to meeting up with another local photographer whom I’ve said something about meeting up almost a year ago.
As far as 2013, well it was a rough year, just a shit ton of things going on family wise coupled with my own personal issues. But most of those things have passed, and my own issues well those are things I have to learn about as they come forward and then live with.
Just something put together early this year with footage from last year. Can’t wait for another ride to the hills when the leaves are peaking in color.
Man it’s been I can saw a few year since I posted this and even longer since I filmed it. I miss riding my bike, making video’s, the mountains, country folk I meet, motorcycle friends, all that fun stuff. Anyway being I used NIN as the music, I think it sums up well what I am trying to get across. A connection with doing what you love.
Forgot I had photo’s like this. This is from last October when I was putting the first rounds through my Glock 21SF in .45ACP. I put 300 rounds of the Russian Tula ammo through it, no issues, even had the wife snap a few photo’s at a very very fast shutter speed such as this.
We’ve had this rain all day up until around 4pm EST today. I just got home from Walgreens and getting a few thing. I just happened to look up to notice how clear the night sky was and also how well I could see many stars considering where I live is in a very light polluting area. Had brief thoughts of seeing the galaxy while I was out in the middle Pacific Ocean standing on the flight deck at night no land within a thousand miles of us, or how I was smoking a cigarette at night in the middle of nowhere Afghanistan, just looking at the stars and watching my cherry moving up and down as my hand moved to and from my mouth. Either way appreciating life is just that, appreciating life.
On Christmas Eve I was at my local WalGreens. There was a lady (probably late 30’s early 40’s) in there who was a Natural (that’s a black woman that doesn’t use a relaxer for those of you who don’t know) She had it in a nice style, and it was a purple color. I was standing about 10 feet from her and said “ma’am your hair looks amazing” She said excuse me I didn’t hear you was paying attention to something else, (now me, I think she did hear me but it was just that unexpected, she couldn’t believe that out of all folks I said that) so I repeated myself and she said thank you as she laughed and had the biggest smile on her face and I could see the joy written all over her. I guess Naturals have a special place in who I am since my wife is a Natural herself, I’ve seen the dedication it takes to achieve becoming and staying Natural, and just how she grew as a woman of color and as a woman in general. So I do compliment women with Natural Hair quite often, and just encourage their journey if they are new.
I had to go to Ft. Lee this morning to take care of some business, so I stopped at Wawa to grab a cup of coffee and a breakfast bagel. (Mind yall I was in uniform) As I was standing in line the gentleman in front of me tells the cashier that he is paying for my stuff also. I asked him if he was sure and he said yes, I shook his hand and thanked him for his generosity. I also told him that he was the first person in my 9 1/2 years in the military who had ever bought me a meal or coffee or anything, who was a total stranger. He told me that it was ok, it was the least he could do to show his support.
Well every now and again I get someone that asks me “what are you”? Like yesterday morning at Wawa, the shift manager who the day before when I came in to get a breakfast bagel, said something to me and I did not respond, so I quickly got a “what you can’t talk” Now this morning she just got off a register as I was walking up and she’s like I’ll take you, I said “morning” this time. So she rings up my first item, and I get the question of “what are you” Now I don’t know why but 90% or more of the time it’s a black female whose asks me this question (she’s black). Normally I respond quickly with half white, half Filipino because I don’t find it awkward that I was just asked since I’ve been asked so many times. Guess through my country looking self and that unexpected southern accent, they can still spot me with the thought of he looks white but he’s not white he’s a person of color but not someone you see everyday or hardly ever. As I stepped off to walk out I responded with a “I’m probably the only Filipino Redneck you’ll ever meet in your life whose married to a black woman” In which I got a quick response of I’m pretty sure she said “nothing wrong with that” (in a powerful, prideful tone) As I walked out of the door with a smile building on my face.
I reckon sometimes random people you don’t know you end up finding out you might have something in common to both be proud of.
While I was out and about yesterday checking out the old places where I’ve snapped pics of the Richmond skyline, I remembered to stop into the Virginia War Memorial as I had been wanting to do for quite a while and actually tour the inside on a none busy day. I was there for probably almost 2 hours, looking around and talking with some of the staff, and one gentleman pointed out this quote, which I snapped this photo of. I could not agree more with those words.