Sunday, February 27, 2011

02.27.11 I think she likes it

Ma Green asked us to find her a blue saree in India which we did at a small store in Bangalore. It's a beautiful color on her and we can't wait to figure out the proper way to wear it.

02.26.11 my mehndi

Faded but not forgotten. I predict it will be with me for another couple of days.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

02.25.11 somewhere over Europe

Flying home. We have learned that the 777 is a very frigid plane. Carter's "hat" is actually the case/pillow of our snuggie.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

02.24.11 Mysore market

A visual buffet. These are scented powders that are used in all kinds of things. The table where Rashmi and DD had their first meal together as husband and wife was decorated with these powders.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

02.22.11 Chennakesava Temple

We left Bangalore for what people around here call a small town of Mysore (pop. 1.6 million). On the way we stopped and visited this amazing temple.

Monday, February 21, 2011

02.21.11 Bangalore streets

This adorable little boy wheeled by us on his way to a kiosk where we later spotted him buying candy. It looked like he bought the Indian equivalent of Fun Dip which he stuffed into his pants, patted his pocket and took off down the street.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

02.20.11 Rashmi and Aditya's wedding

After a series of rituals and ceremonies, Rashmi and Aditya (DD) are now married. It was a wonderful and overwhelming experience. I shot a few thousand frames so I have a lot to go through, but this was one of my favorite moments of the day. It happened several hours into the day and it's when Rashmi and DD saw each other for the first time when a cloth was dropped between them.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

02.19.11 holy cow

Yes, cows do roam the streets of Bangalore, India. I'm told the owners are probably nearby. I was tempted to pet one of the cows until I remembered I opted out of the Typhoid shot that was recommended to us if we were going to be around farm animals or having sex with the locals.

Friday, February 18, 2011

02.18.11 Mehndi party

Love this picture of Rashmi getting squeezed by her soon-t0-be mother-in-law. It took three men about 30 minutes each to paint beautiful designs on her arms, hands and legs in henna during her Mehndi party. The Greens even got in on the action. You can see many more photos here.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

02.17.11 still flying

A day later and well, we, were still flying. This might've been somewhere over Afghanistan. We were all very thankful for our seatback personal entertainment systems that became even more personal when the person in front of me reclined and the screen was an inch from my noggin. I watched "127 Hours."

02.16.11 our personal air bag

Yes, we looked a little silly but our inflatable pillows helped us get a little bit of sleep during our marathon flights to India. Our snuggies helped warm us up too. It was frigid on that plane.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

02.13.11 this socks

I discovered a hole in my favorite Valentine's socks. Not so hearty after all.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

02.12.11 music at the literacy fair

CRG played about 15 instruments for a very appreciative crowd. A lot of the adorable youngsters hugged him at the end. The grand finale consisted of a mini Mudbug trio with me on darbukka, Greg on guitar and Carter on fiddle. Juliah would've played the washboard but she had a few babies on her lap.

Friday, February 11, 2011

02.11.11 two dozen roses

My sweet 80-year-old neighbor surprised me with two dozen roses on Friday night. He's a driver for a florist and the flowers were just a hair past their prime. Blixie likes them, too.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

02.08.11 I heart hearts

Love this mural at Pleasant Valley Middle School. There are boys at this school but they eat at a different time than the girls. It's something they started this year and school officials say it's great: boys aren't fighting over girls and girls are actually eating lunch.

02.07.11 Duke's

Not sure which one is cooler: Joe playing in front of a multimedia presentation of John Wayne's career, Joe playing in front of Lando Calrissian or the 1/2 price drinks at Duke's. The drink special happens every Monday and Joe now has a standing Monday night gig at Duke's.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

02.06.11 Super Bowl XLV

Our somewhat sad newsroom party. At least we have chips and (root) beer.

02.05.11 the birthday girl

Forty and fabulous! Actually, she won't turn 40 until the 16th but I'm sure she'll be even more fabulous in 11 days.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

02.04.11 Technology Town

R.I.P. my sweet 6-year-old cable modem. You've been replaced my a newer, faster, skinnier model. Thank you for showing me the world.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

02.03.11 Happy New Year!

My friend Nancy said that she would do, "whatever it takes" to get into my year-end video. All she had to do today was be where I was and looking like her beautiful self. She's also featured in this video.

02.02.11 didn't have to do this growing up in Florida

I was a bit of an over-achiever on Wednesday. This was the second driveway I shoveled. Thankfully, it's much smaller than my own.