Friday, October 18, 2019

The Great Dane Puppy


Means "rainbow" in Greek. Iris was the name of the Greek goddess of the rainbow, also serving as a messenger to the gods. This name can also be given in reference to the word (which derives from the same Greek source) for the iris flower or the colored part of the eye.

Some would say that my wife and I don’t know when to quit. We have this problem with projects. We have to learn to know when we are done and walk away.

So it is with our dogs. They never stop learning, and we never stop learning better ways to train them. The more we learn, the better the dogs they are, etc, etc,.... This leads to some really great pack members, but it is also a lot of work. The older we get, the more work it becomes.

But since we don’t know when to quit (or easily give into each others ‘whims’), we wanted to give a dog one last try. So instead of ‘thinning the herd’, we have added one more. Stay tuned because this will get interesting. We will take you along for the ride, but be fore-warned, it will get bumpy.

We adopted Iris (she was not a stray) when she was two months old and recently weaned from her mother. She is a pure bred Harlequin / Merle Great Dane {Merlequin).

We had a Great Dane before and she proved to be an exceptional dog. However, they come with some pitfalls. Obviously, they are BIG. I mean really big. Big, as in having a deer roaming your house. They grow up really fast. She was 13lbs when we first picked her up. She will be pushing 80lbs by the end of the year, which is only three months away. By next summer, she will be pushing 120lbs.  With that rapid growth, comes a short life. We will be fortunate to have her for 8 years. But those will be BIG years.

So if you want some Great Dane Puppy Love, which is hard to come by, you had better swing by soon, because they aren’t puppies for long.  You can see all the pictures of Iris as we take her on our journey (along with O'Henry, Coco & Poindexter), check out her Flickr Album

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

He Saw / She Saw - The Devil's Advocate


Once again Al Pacino giving an outstanding performance.  Plot began rather believable in that a top-notch lawyer, played by Keanu Reeves could win every case, even if it meant not telling the truth.  His wife, played by Charlize Theron and her acting was good.  There were many twists and turns which made it difficult to follow, plus blood and gore.  I think a few episodes could have been left out or shortened, but overall, it is one of those movies I would watch again.


A film that gets better with subsequent viewings.  There are a lot of details that the first time viewer will miss and the dialogue can be complex.  As the Devil, Al Pacino can make you question a lot of things, he is that persuasive.  Along with a fascinating script / plot, the production values here are very high.  Some of the scenes of the New York Skyline and Central Park are not special effects.  It cost a lot of money to shoot this film. 

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Things Old Guys Do - Thrift Store Photos

The Truth or Consequences Negatives

While on vacation, I found an abandoned collection of 1500 film negatives shot during the late summer of 1983.  

This binder of negatives was found in an Animal Rescue Thrift Store in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico during the summer of 2019.  The cost for the binder was $20.  

A majority of these images were taken on Tofino Island and in Vashon, British Columbia along with  Seattle, Washington.

The titles for the images reflect the description written on the plastic proof sheets that the negatives are stored in.  A [(misc)] in the file name indicates no description for the negatives is available.   The collection appears to be a project encompassing at least 50 rolls of 36 exposure film, shot within a four month period of time. 

It took me about two months, but I managed to scan all these images with a film scanner.  The entire collection as been posted to my Flickr account for viewing.  

If anyone has any information on the people or places represented here, your comments are welcome