Déjà Vu

    Last Friday evening I went to a high school football game, as I do most Fridays in the Autumn.  I had paid the $3.00 parking fee and as I was getting out of my car in the parking lot I glanced up at the sky and had the strongest Déjà Vu feeling – – –

   A hot, humid Friday evening in September two years ago at another nearby school parking lot looking up at the sky at a giant ominous black cloud directly over the stadium surrounded by brilliant sunshine.  I’m thinking: “Oh oh!  Perhaps it would be wise to take my umbrella with me.”  Inconvenient, yes – having my camera bag to drag along also – but I prefer to take my showers unclothed in my bathroom, not outdoors fully dressed.  🙂

   So, I paid my admission and found a perch at the highest row of the stadium.  It was a half hour before kickoff and Florida sports crowds being  notorious for late arrival, there were only twenty or so people in the stands.

    I had only been seated for a few minutes when I felt some raindrops on my head, shoulders and knees.  In instants it seemed, just as my umbrella was fully open, a few drops became a mighty deluge.  Everyone but me and one other wise man with an umbrella not far away rushed, thoroughly soaked, to the shelter under the stands. With no wind the rain was falling in torrents straight down, leaving we two sitting in our small cylinders beneath umbrellas, completely dry.

   The rain lasted just a few minutes.  Then sunshine returned, as did the people to the now very wet stands.  I, of course, nice and dry,was feeling quite superior – it certainly pays to come prepared!

    It took just a few minutes before the smug smile left my face.  I began to feel a little dampness below and in seconds my rear was soaked!  The stands are metal AND GROOVED!  It had taken only moments for the water in the groves to fill up the vacuum beneath me.  😦

   Thus, glancing at a large ominous black cloud over the stadium last Friday night, that eerie Déjà Vu hit me.  Naturally I took my umbrella with me, but this time determined to head for beneath the stands with the rest of the people should history repeat itself.

   However, despite the dark cloud overhead it remained dry prior to kickoff and right through the end of the first quarter – even though it was so humid that it felt like if one closed a fist and squeezed then warm water would seep between one’s fingers.

   But as the teams lined up for the first play of the second quarter a loud siren began – notice that there was major lightning in the vicinity – and the public address announcer ordered everybody to leave the metal stadium.  By law, there would be a minimum 30 minute delay until an all clear signal permitted renewal of the game.  I decided to leave.  I had no desire to wait around that long or longer – so I went to my car and headed home.

   On my way I decided to stop for groceries – bad idea – it was raining heavily as I left the supermarket, and I got soaked sprinting to my car.  It turned out that the game was not resumed that night.  It was completed on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Video – Marching Band

It has been quite some time since I have bored ya with a marching band video – heehee – well no good thing lasts forever!!

I attended a high school football game last Friday in Cooper City, a small city (pop. 35,000) immediately north of Pembroke Pines.  As in most games I attend, I made a video of the halftime show as well as several plays, and also take still photos.

The marching band was making its first home game performance of the season, so they were not quite as sharp as they will be later in the season.

This band is one of the better ones in South Florida.  In fact they have been invited to march in the News Years Parade in London, England on New Years Day 1918 – quite an honor!

Here is a YouTube video produced by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper covering the visit of Lord Robert Davis, Deputy Mayor of the City of Westminster, of Greater London, who made the formal invitation.

 

 

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Picture Post – High School Football

I’ve been to two Friday Night High School Football games this month playing with my new camera trying to freeze action.  Here are some of the photos I took – more are on my Flickr site here.

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Picture Post – August 26

I recently purchased a new camera – a 24.3 megapixel Sony @6000, which is a new-fangled mirror-less equivalent to a DSLR – but much lighter because its sensor performs what DSLRs do with mirrors and prisms.  Like a DSLR it can use different lenses.

Recently, I took my new ‘toy’ to a Miami Marlins baseball game to take some stop action photos.  In continuous mode it can take 19 photos a second.  With a shutter speed of 1/500th of a second in continuous mode I was able to freeze action.

In olden times (when I was a young’n) one attended a sporting event to watch the game.  Nowadays, sports fans must be entertained every moment – there can be no idle time except for within the game itself.

In between every half inning weird and crazy stuff goes on.  There are mascot races, fan contests, ‘Kiss Cams’, tee shirt launches, dancers atop the dugouts, cheerleaders etc. etc.

Between several innings a group of very athletic youngsters come out onto the field and do a tumbling, dancing and cheer leading routine.  I captured this little part of the act.

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I did use the word ‘weird’, didn’t I?  They’re supposed to be sea creatures racing.  I believe I can recognize the octopus and the shark.  As for the other two, who knows? Incidentally, that is a bar behind the outfield fence – which actually has a swimming pool!

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Still Kickin’

Yup!  I’m still here – and my days are still a’dwindling down!

Truth be told, the word ‘dwindling’ hardly describes how I perceive time passing.  It implies only a gradual progression.  ‘Hurdling’ would appear to be more appropriate.  It is scary!

And yet, I still feel so very young – both physically and mentally.  I’ve yet to feel  my first old man’s ache or pain.  And I am still quite capable of running around and jumping up and down!.  Here I am two months ago at 77 1/2 shooting hoops – not too bad for an old coot!  My vertical jump must be at least 3 inches!!  🙂

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But, alas – I am well aware that, however much I am in denial, decline is inevitable!  😦

I feel badly that I haven’t posted in so long.  My intentions were to get back to regular posting.  I even paid the $80 required to maintain the bandwidth used for uploaded media and for the Blog itself.  But -been busy-busy-busy.  Still am, but will make an effort to resurrect this Blog.

The last two posts contained photos of vintage Packard autos taken at the car museum in Ft. Lauderdale.  The purpose of the trip, however, was to photograph car parts for our Camera Club’s themed competition.

Here are some that I took. There are many more uploaded to my Flickr site  here.

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Picture Post – More Awesome Autos

I’ve been editing the photos I took at the Antique Car Museum.  Grr…. I have 43 photos of auto details that I feel are worthy of being selected to enter in February’s competition.  That’s the good thing.  The bad thing is that I can select only two!  Oh well, I have almost two weeks to decide.

In the meantime, I thought I would post more photos of the fantastic old cars at the museum.  How sad, though!  Now-days all cars look alike.  One can’t tell  luxury vehicless from  inexpensive cars and not a one evidences class, style or quality.

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Awesome Autos!

Last week our Camera Club took a field trip to the Ft. Lauderdale Antique Car Museum, located in Ft. Lauderdale (of course!).  😀   The theme of our February competition is Car Details, so the trip was a timely one.

The museum is a reproduction of a Packard showroom from the 1920’s with antique Packards going back over a hundred years, all in awesome condition, and all in full working order.  In its day the Packard was the Rolls Royce of American automobiles.

The 28,000 square foot building not only contains those fabulous vehicles but it also is stocked with thousands of pieces of memorabilia – old dashboard clocks, hood ornaments, carburetors, period side lamps, custom gear shift knobs, etc., etc. from all makes of cars.

I spent a lot of time taking close up photos of of all kinds of car details and will have a difficult time selecting the two that I will enter into competition.  But I couldn’t resist also taking shots of the autos themselves.  Here are a few – just a small sample – the word ‘awesome’ is hardly adequate to describe them.

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