A Few Random Photos

That face!

That pun!

That sign!

*This* sign!

 

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What I See When I Run: Canadian National

One of the great joys of running Lansing’s River Trail is getting to catch a train as it passes over you via one of the rail bridges.  One of my recent runs did not disappoint.

Road Trip: Two Stephen Kellogg Concerts in Two Days

One of my wife’s all-time favorite artists is Stephen Kellogg. Over nearly eight years of being attached, I’ve had the privilege of attending a number of Stephen Kellogg shows, including both of his most recent shows in Michigan. My wife and I pulled a couple of very late nights / early mornings, but we enjoyed some great music along the way.

The first concert was in Ann Arbor. Before the show, we had the opportunity to pay a visit to Kelloggtown and hang with Stephen for a few minutes before the show. Hanging out in the dressing room with the headliner was a new experience for me. Stephen treated us to a couple of songs, a bit of Q-and-A, and photo opportunities.

Stephen Kellogg has an awesome voice, and he was kind enough to share it with us before the show.

Before this selfie, Stephen decided he needed to be wearing his track jacket. Twinning is winning! Also, seriously, I live in that track jacket. You should get one, too.

I didn’t carry my rarely used superzoom Canon Powershot with me to the show in Ann Arbor, and the lighting didn’t really make for good photography with my phone. That’s not intended as disrespect to The Ark; it’s a great venue, and it’s not like we were sitting in the front row. We’re too old for that sort of thing, right?

All the guitars. All of them.

Yup. We were front row center for our second Stephen Kellogg show of the weekend, at Acorn Theater in Three Oaks.

My ears remain grateful to Stephen for not rendering me completely deaf. Thank you, sir. Thank you.

Hailey Steele opened both nights, and she did a very good job both nights. Her music grew on us by the second night, and we picked up a signed copy of one of her CDs. I’m not entirely sure how I’ll upload that to my iPod, as my current computer doesn’t have a CD drive. I guess it’s finally time to invest in that external CD drive — but I digress.

Hailey Steele, preparing to country-rock out.

Stephen Kellogg puts on a great show. He engages well with the audience, he’s witty, he’s an excellent storyteller, and he has an outstanding voice which he uses to belt out amazing songs. If you’re lucky, he’ll even FaceTime his daughters during the concert to get them to teach the audience the dance to the song “Big Easy” that he originally recorded with The Sixers. Here are a few shots from the concert.

All in all, between two concerts and a total of 25 miles run (10 on Saturday, plus 15 on Sunday), it was an exhausting weekend, but it was also a heck of a lot of fun. I’m confident that my 42-year-old self will someday recover from my attempt at being a 24-year-old.

Road Trip: Georgia/Alabama, 2014 – Part 3

Here are a few more photos from this Southern adventure.

My sister’s cat, Phoebe, is amazing and cranky all at the same time. She adopted my sister, literally — she got in the car and wouldn’t get out.

Toe beans.

I ran a half marathon the last day I was in Alabama; amazingly enough, I finished second in my age group and (if memory serves) seventh overall.

That’s all for this trip! If you enjoyed these photos, you can find the rest of the highlights here and here.

Road Trip: Georgia/Alabama, 2014 – Part 2

After visiting Georgia, we trekked to Alabama. Part of our time there involved a trip to Tuscaloosa. My wife had never been to The University of Alabama, and I managed to snag tickets to Alabama’s game against South Florida. (Later on, you’ll see how tough a ticket that was.) It’s always nice to return to the Capstone, and here are a few photos from that trip.

The historical marker at Tuscaloosa City Hall is kind of worn, but I like it that way.

Evergreen Cemetery is adjacent to Bryant-Denny Stadium, and houses perhaps even more history than its more famous neighbor.

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen more text on one historical marker than I’ve seen on this one for Tuscaloosa’s Evergreen Cemetery.

The entire time I was in school at Alabama, I never ate at Rama Jama’s. I fixed that error.

“Alabama, listen, mother, / To our vows of love….”

The South Florida – Alabama game featured a canine halftime show!

For the first set of photos from this trip, click here or click here for the next set.

Road Trip: Georgia/Alabama, 2014 – Part 1

In November/December 2014, my wife and I traveled to see family in Alabama and Georgia. We started in Georgia, seeing my adopted big sister and her family.

My amazing relationship with Stacey, Patrick, and Noah are proof positive that you can choose family, too.

There’s always a pet or three in their home, and my favorite is Turkey. That cat is not smart, but he’s a good-looking guy.

As the adage says, he fits, so he sits.

Aside from our hosts, the highlight of the first stage of the trip was a visit to Old Mill Park in Roswell, Georgia. The park is full of history and natural beauty.

One of the many old structures standing in the park.

Part of the old mill

Covered bridge over Big Creek

I’m sure Bob Ross would have considered this to be a happy little waterfall.

Mill race to serve the mill that used to be in service next to Big Creek

The water was still enough in places to serve as a mirror.

Looking back toward the waterfall.

You can find more photos from this trip here and here.