Archive for February, 2011

>Great snow in SEKI on a Sunday afternoon

Posted in Captain's Personal Log on February 28, 2011 by William Hooks

>Captain’s Log, Stardate 201102.27

Will try HDR with the shots taken at 400mm with the 200-400 f/4 of the High Sierra from General’s Hwy.. first tests with new Nikon flash SB-700 here in the studio apt. Nice to think that the days keep getting longer and DST approaches…

It was so good to play with Kendell last night! and to hang around with Grant and Galen- I had an excellent weekend.

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>A beautiful,boring day

Posted in Captain's Personal Log on February 27, 2011 by William Hooks

>Captain’s log, Stardate 201102.26

Shot at the studio as usual, boring. Drove around the snow covered southland looking for a convenient place to practice with shelters, found yet another parking lot in the street heading up to Mt Baldy and turned around. Went to B/N searching for the book TEAR DOWN THIS MYTH- they’re all out of this text. Called to the Carib’ nd told the  signal was lousy… bought Nikon SB-700 flash from Sal and managed to get into another political fray over unions….

Galen and I are sitting at the table with notebooks. I can’t locate the New-matic crampons to go with my red alpine boots?? Other than that, it’s been boring. But I have been able to rest.

>On the radar screen again?

Posted in Captain's Personal Log on February 26, 2011 by William Hooks

>Captain’s Log, Stardate 201102.26

Maybe extending my MKR contract? Fred Lau decided to return to LA….so we’ll see.

Terrible weather returning to so CA in a storm, but at least I got here. The world is morphing in front of my eyes.

>PRADA TO NADA and finding a phone

Posted in Captain's Personal Log on February 25, 2011 by William Hooks

>Captain’s log, Stardate 201102.24

Finally caught the movie, eating a teriyaki burger and my free soda from the theater.. it was fun. Found an international-ready phone at the Rite-Aid on Whittendale.  Good day at the imaging center. At least the Wisconsin workers are still in the fight….

The CR-V is pretty loaded for the trip tomorrow. Well, February is almost over- keep plugging.

>THE WORLD AT WAR and its music

Posted in Captain's Personal Log on February 24, 2011 by William Hooks

>Captain’s log, Stardate 201102.23

Late last night I had the wonderful experience of reliving the series and its seminal score by Carl Davis. I often have wondered what it would have actually been like to not know how WW II was going to end, to have lived through that 6 years. Would that have been a magnificent blessing- making it as clear as possible that we can NEVER have another world war- or the most horrific curse?

Today was not difficult at work; Midi’s unhappy as a Spanish climber is soon returning to Europe -but found that water bottle…

I continue sorting items to relocate, and catch up on politics. Nothing exciting happening- if I don’t work full time this summer, it would certainly be great to really concentrate on backcountry trips and photography, spend serious time at TCSP/TCPA, and enjoy more time with my children and grandson. Also, consider further CME if feasible.

>Nice start to a short week

Posted in Captain's Personal Log on February 23, 2011 by William Hooks

>Captain’s log, Stardate 201102.22

Great weather today, wish I could get back to where I was yesterday afternoon in SEKI. I’ll hang around town tonight and catch up on politics, update View NX2 and maybe enjoy my clips of Kendell.

I hope very much that the workers in Madison, WI are able to hang onto their collective bargaining rights against the governor…

>Back in Visalia after a traffic jam in Castaic- Caltrans…..

Posted in Captain's Personal Log on February 21, 2011 by William Hooks

>Captain’s log, Stardate 201102.21

That lost hour cost me- I ‘d wanted to head to the Sierra this afternoon but it’s already mailto:3PM#$@%
so I’ll find something to do that’s fun… had a long phone conversation with Mom, so glad she’s all right and still don’t know what caused the blackout last week. At least I’m well rested!

The weather is fantastic here- hopefully it will hold for a while and not turn into summer……. same for SoCA??

Haven’t seen a movie for a while, maybe it’s time. Already started gathering things to move to LA this week.