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Apr. 2nd, 2006 03:00 am
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For the Benefit of Mr. Kite

For the Benefit of Mr. Kite

March 2006 Washington, DC

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One of the hallmarks of a truly good friendship is being able to see each other again for the first time in years and years and being able to pick up right where you left off.  It's as if the interviening years simply weren't there, or that you've stepped into a wormhole that brought you right back with the other person just a day or so after you last saw them.

Within just a few minutes of seeing Chuck, Jaime and Michael on Saturday I said, "I can't believe I ever lost track of you guys."

Chuck, the kite flier seen above, was the owner and proprietor of The Kite Site, the Georgetown kite establishment that he ran for over ten years.  He was the person who gave me my first job and brought me into a world that changed my life -- for the better, I might add.

For more pictures of people you probably don't know (unless you were there), click on through to the other side... )

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Longleaf Pine Setup

Longleaf Pine Setup

March 2006 Chapel Hill, NC

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So the Press needed a shot of a longleaf pine for a new corporate logo and an image to be a part of the cover of a big-release book coming out soon. Some of our staff were actually out where the longleaf pine grows, so they brought back the tip of a bough for me to work with.

The only problem was that the section they brought back was way too short to work with. So, what to do?

After wandering around for a while, looking for something, anything I finally thought of the thicket of bamboo growing out back. Take a section of a bamboo stalk and a large paper binder clip and, viola, instant extended bough.

The background was the next problem. The art department needed white and after asking around someone remembered that there are tablecloths hidden in a closet for "special occasions." A few more clips holding the table cloth and stuck into the weatherstripping of someone's window and I was all set.

Except for a stand for the bamboo. One box filled with paper atop another, weighted down box took care of that.

This is not the image they're going to be using, but it shows the make-shift set up a bit better.

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We're off to DC for the weekend. There's a reunion of lots of us who worked at The Kite Site in Georgetown during the 80s set to coincide with the annual Smithsonian Kite Festival. I'm going to get to see people who were my best friends during those years and I'm really looking forward to it.

Bonn, who has been wanting me to write about those days for years now, is looking forward to hearing stories about me.

Pictures will surely follow.

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