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Jazz Win!

They finished off the season with a 107 – 102 win over the Nuggets. They didn’t make the playoffs, but they did prove that this core of young talent will be a force to reckon with. A rookie (Gordon Haywood, 9th pick in last years draft) dropped a game high 34 on hated Denver. To be fair the nuggets played without a point guard . . .

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Thanks Jazz, you have been the lone warm spot in this long, cold miserable winter. And i mean literally – we’ve been to Florida, Las Vegas, and even Moab during the basketball season, and each of those places experienced either snow or record cold.

i’d like to thank Tania, who helped me set up and execute the above picture. i really think that flash photography is your niche, and can’t wait to see where you take it. <3

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A Jazz game, more winter, and turning 16,790 . . .

As in days. i had another birthday last week, and i’m glad it’s over. It’s getting to the point where i have one once a year!

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i got three new monitors, and to these old eyes, it makes a difference. The only thing wrong with them, is now i can’t see my desk!

We saw the Jazz take on the league’s best team, the San Antonio Spurs.

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It was a good game, but the Jazz lost. i think now that the Jazz have played everyone in the league, they aren’t surprising anyone anymore. A recent injury to D. Williams has changed the look of the team on the floor, but the surprise of winning all the pre-season games and three out four regular season games is gone.

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It’s still fun being a fan, and i’ve found the less i listen to the local sports talk radio the better off i am.

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Las Vegas, New Year’s Eve, and a Jazz game

At the end of December we drove down to Las Vegas. Although we’ve been there before, it was the first time on New Year’s Eve. The drive was fairly eventful, with the last blizzard of the year slowing us down, and eventually getting us off the freeway near Springville.

The freeway had snow on it all the way to Nevada. we stopped at Mesquite for a bite to eat and our obligatory first donation to their economy. Sitting at a slot near the hotdog vendor, i somehow managed to win $200.

We wanted to make our hotel at a reasonable hour, and also not quite knowing how that machine payed off, we hightailed it for Sin City. It was just after dusk, and with our new-found windfall got the bright idea to see the Strip.

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The Eiffel Tower at the Paris Casino sits near the middle of Las Vegas Blvd. As we wandered in the casino, there was a line of people buying tickets to ride to the top. Tania got in line and asked if there were any tickets available for New Year’s Eve. As luck would have it, there were- and for the cost of $200 we could spend the holiday almost 500 feet above 300,000 drunken revelers.

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After successfully escaping Nevada on the 2nd, we had tickets to a Jazz game for the 3rd. Someone wasn’t particularly excited to go to the game, with it being the evening after going back to work and against the Detroit Pistons. Things changed around 3:30 when i got an e-mail saying we were going to give up our 2nd row, upper bowl tickets for 1st row, on-the-court upgrade.

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The Pistons, despite a subpar record battled hard and even had a lead within a minute of the game ending. The Jazz snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with some fourth quarter defense and some timely offense. Sitting on the hardwood, close enough to hear the players was a rare and fun event.

Welcome, 2011, you*re off to a nice start . . .

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Winter, and a Florida fling

Yay, short work week. We got back from the east coast yesterday, and slept. A lot. Back in September we decided to see a Raiders road football game, choosing Jacksonville this year. Going in, they were 6-6 and had a chance to make the play-offs. The Jaguars were 7-5, and anything could happen . . .
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We flew in not on a red-eye, but the flight got us into Orlando about 11. We had planned to see Epcot on Friday, plus we lost two hours going east.
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i enjoyed the Epcot Center, and if it came down to that or DisneyWorld, i’m glad we went there. i only took 200 or so pictures that day . . .
The next day found us having to make a choice, because we didn’t plan – do we go east to the Atlantic coast, or west to the Gulf coast? Despite the weather, we knew we wanted to see a beach. So we went west, and found ourselves in St. Petersburg
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As the afternoon wore on and the clouds broke, we went to Treasure Island. Found a little place called Caddy’s, that had not only parking and food, but was right on the beach.
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Watched the sun set from Sunset Beach, and headed back to Orlando.
The next day we got up early to head for Jacksonville. At the east end of Highway 4 we found a Waffle House
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in Daytona Beach. We drove on the beach, and took some pictures. i only had 99 for the day . . . when we did make it to Jacksonville, i stowed my camera and we took Tania’s to the game. It was a fun game, but in the end the Jaguars won a slugfest 38-31. So we headed south down the coast, and Googled something for dinner. The internet suggested trying Harry’s bar and grill in St. Augustine, and whaddya know? It was pretty good . . .
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Heading back to Orlando, we saw a line of cars still trying to get off the road and go to DisneyWorld. We made it to our hotel, packed for the flight home, and called the front desk for a wake up call.

The next morning, we got that wake up call and another one – it was 33 degrees outside and the weather promised to be warmer, when we landed back in Salt Lake. Still, i’m glad we got to see another corner of our country, for the hat trick – three of four within 12 months. i’ve a feeling we may go to New England in the not too distant future . . .

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Autumn 2010 – before DST ends

Recently i posted about the new Jazz logo/uniforms and since then we’ve bought a half seasons worth of home game tickets. With the team only winning a third of their games (they are one and two w/l right now) i’ve allowed my attention to drift towards a different game this weekend.

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The unbeaten University of Utah hosts unbeaten Texas Christian University in what could be;
a) the last meeting in some time for these Mountain West powerhouses
b) springboard to a possible National title for the winner, and
c) the best hope for a non BCS school to crash the payout party that is the current Bowl Championship Series.

Next year, Utah joins a BCS conference when they join the PAC 12. That fact still won’t allay my hatred for the system, or the fact that undefeated Utah teams from 2004 and 2008 had no real chance to claim a national title, despite beating BCS schools both years in their respective bowls.

The game itself is getting some national love -  the roadshow that is ESPN’s College Game Day will be in town to incite, er, broadcast from the stadium parking lot before the game.

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i kid about our basketball team, and have every confidence in them. There was a big turnover in the line up this off season, and despite the fact of winning every preseason game, i didn’t expect them to be world beaters out of the gate. i rarely grab the mail, but this being trash day, emptied the box when i brought the cans back to the house. My wife got a personal letter from, as the return address said, “Jazz”.

Now, don’t get me wrong – i’m not the jealous type as much as i am the envious type. i wanted to know why my pro basketball team was sending my wife hand written letters! Being the dutiful husband and checking for anthrax/bombs, i opened it to find four tickets, two each for the Boston (pictured above) and Miami games! [Personal shout out to my wife - this has positively re-enforced me to open more of your mail].

Today was the mid term elections. If you want soap-boxing about politics, go somewhere else. i only mention it because we went to the local polling place early, was there when the doors opened. After committing my right to vote as a citizen (strangely enough, my ballot allowed me to make a choice other than “R” if i were so inclined) the ride to work seemed uneventful. Same 26 miles (same distance as a marathon, heh)  i usually make, but it dawned on me (this idea, not the actual sun) that this would be the last week that it wouldn’t be dark going both to and from work.

Screw Daylight Savings Time, i want a choice on my next ballot to vote it away . . .

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The Jazz, the dancers, then and now

Last night the Utah Jazz unvieled their new logos and one of their new players. Thanks to Tania’s relentless quest for new pictures, somehow i got talked into going. As usual, Tania got her ‘picture of the day’, while i picked up 200. Anyways, here’s a first look at Al Jefferson, sporting a new Jazz logo jersey;

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new logo? two thumbs up

If it looks vaguely familiar, you can be forgiven. It bears a striking resemblance to the one the Jazz sported back in the Salt Palace days;

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the Salt Palace Jazz

For the record, that is yours truly hanging out with two Jazz Dancers on the floor. But i’m not like that anymore;

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yours, truely

Now i roll with four. [picture credit goes to Tania, who twisted my arm to pose.] i just noticed the hair and glasses changed, but same cheesy grin. Anyways, another thing i’ve noticed is one big irony, no racist;

a jazz band . . .

a jazz band . . .

What do ‘jazz’ and ‘Utah’ have in common, besides a basketball team? oh well, here’s hoping Treme returns . . .

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The first week of May – good news, bad news

The good news is springs almost here, and the Jazz are still playing. The bad news is, it’s the first week of May and springs not quite here, and the Jazz are done. OK, basketball fan, i know they’re not eliminated yet, but down 3 – 0 i doubt they’ll win four in a row. Especially against the defending champs.

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tipoff

Tania and i went to the game.

At the game

At the game

It was fun for what it was, the swan song to the 2009/2010 season. We had seen seven (i went to another, but that’s a post for another time) in a package, some electrifying and some ho-hum, and we really thought even short handed the home team would beat the champs at least once. After all, the beat the hated rivals to make it this far . . .

Oh well, it’s one way to say sayanora to a season and welcome another. Good bye basketball and hello golf.

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A rivet gun, the Moon, and a Tiger

i went to the Home Depot® Saturday and bought a gun. The weather still isn’t nice enough to work in the garage, and before that happens, so must ‘spring cleaning’. It’s ok though, i have been busy with my home network and trying to understand Windows 7. i plan on getting certified for the new Microsoft operating system, and this weekend i had some success re-installing it on this machine, and getting to attach to my server. So in the meantime work on my new PC will have to wait.

Friday i went to our satellite office in Heber. As i made my way into the valley, i was struck by how big the moon looked.

Moon over Mt. Timp

Moon over Mt. Timp

It was lightly snowing as i went up the canyon, and it had broken by the time i got there. further proof that you’ll never know when you’ll want your camera . . .

This week marks the true beginning of spring – they’ll play the Master’s Tournament. A annual passage and golfs first ‘major’, this year will have Tiger Woods but it won’t have me. We are off the Zion’s National Park for a long weekend, and i eagerly await the chance to get warm, take pictures, be out of town, and see this wonder for myself.

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Spring Time . . .

For three straight days i was able to take pictures. The days were Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. It turns out that the day we bought new cars was the first day of Spring.

His and Hers

His and Hers

The red Corolla had a hundred thousand miles on it. We decided now was a good time to trade it in. Little did we know, that Tania would be offered a position with a local company, and she would need to drive further than i. Toyota offered a no interest deal that made taking on car payments again worth it. It’s what we did Saturday, the first day of Spring.

So Sunday we got into our new Corolla and went out to the Great Salt Lake. Having lived here almost nineteen years, i can say i’ve not spent a lot of time at our counties’ namesake. We loaded up the tripods and cameras, and drove to SaltAir. It was closed, and locked up. We went to the marina for a bit, and found, down the road a ways, an abandoned building and burnt out rail car.

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Both days were nice, Utah spring weather. Which brings us to Monday, and honestly i couldn’t tell you what the weather was like – i spent the day indoors. We went to a Jazz game Monday night, against the Boston Celtics. It was a good game, and until the second half, one that looked like the Celtics would win.

Tip off

Tip off

So for three straight days we did three different things, and got to take pictures too. i hope this is how spring always is, or in other words, hope springs eternal . . .

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Sports Photography

So the wife and i went to a Jazz game. It was a pretty solid game, offensively; one hundred points half way into the third quarter. We’ve been to four games this season, what was different about this one was we sneaked Tania’s camera in. Ok, they actually check your bags at the door, we just made it look small.

We took off the battery grip, put the battery door back on (don’t ask what that took) and put on her father’s 18-200mm lense. All in all, it did pretty well

Jazz vs Rockets

Jazz vs Rockets

After the game, we went to take more pictures. First, we got chased out of the parking garage across from the Delta Center. We almost went home, but noticed the Capitol Building, and went there instead.

View from the Steps

View from the Steps

i was up til three editing pictures last night. And would have stayed up later, but i ran out . . .

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