Tag Archives: college station

stolen bike alert!

geena needs your help!

her bike was stolen in bryan/college station, and being a student, she needs it for school/general transportation.

what vile creature would choose to nab student’s bikes? we can’t even imagine, but with your watchful eyes, our sleuthing might reap reward all the sooner. if you are the sticky-fingered thief, just return it and say you “found” it. we won’t know. or care.

first, an appeal to your emotions:

happier times.

finally, a photo of the victim:

"i want my mama."

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costumed capers.

oof!

so tired… photos from halloween are finally up on Flickr! check them out in the photoset, “monster’s ball – 2009“. what an interesting night the 31st was… from getting to see great, familiar folk and running into practically long-lost folk, getting asked numerous times if i worked for the batt, to getting my ass rear groped by a tall blond chick at the corner. i’ve got to say, i’m extremely pleased with the sd-400 speedlight; not only does it work like magic, it also made my camera look more official than it deserves. people were more than happy to pose for pictures, no questions asked – all probably helped by the fact that i carried my new, very official looking nikon bag. one older man at the corner [bar] asked me what the photos were for, and when i told him i had just been taking pictures at parties, his drunk(er) friend piped up, “you weren’t at my house!” i promptly pointed out that he wasn’t at his house, either. the first man laughed, and apologized for his friend, and wished me a good night. hopefully all of you had a great halloween past, as well. enjoy the photos!

maskedtom

an unintentionally terrifying tom.

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happy halloween.

well.

my parents have left for galveston for a relaxing day of… that’s right, photo snapping. i will be hitting the road myself after this post to celebrate the weekend in college station, where i will be armed to the hilt with photography gear. it is entertaining, isn’t it? dad? d300. mom? d90. me? d80. it’s like “goldilocks and the three bears“… except we’d be an advanced, asian version… like goldilocks and the three sun bears, or the three panda bears, or the three asiatic black bears – and that voracious little thief wouldn’t have gotten away in this story, especially with home court advantage and all. ah, but i digress – here’s wishing everyone a creative, safe, and fun halloween.

dilberthalloween

if only this could slide in real life.

ride the republic photoset.

it’s up!

thanks to everyone for being so patient – i took over 500 photos at ride the republic, and sifting through them was no easy task. in the first edit, i whittled about 520 photos down to around 90…. after slight cropping and a little light adjustment, i ran them through a second edit. finally, it was my good fortune to have geena stop by from college station to get her opinion on a few i wasn’t sure about letting make the cut. the final set is now available on Flickr. i had two regrets this past weekend: 1) that i didn’t have a better flash [attachment]/faster lens, and 2) that i knew when the fixed gear riders actually started. i was standing there like an idiot, wondering, “when are they going to start?“… when they already had. so, unfortunately, most of my “trick” shots are of the bmx riders. goddamn. regardless, enjoy.

geena's spoke card.

geena's spoke card.

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puppy love.

eeee!

jenga and her boyfriend sancho are still going strong – and still super cute.

here they are just a few days ago; they sit like this alot… the second shot is from a year ago… jenga and i are getting ready to head to college station, tx tomorrow for rock/ride the republic; see ya’ll there!

holdin' hands...

holdin' hands...

...heart melt.

...heart melt.

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rock the republic.

just reminded.

i was running through all my events and updating my calendar on my new blackberry 8900 (swoon), and decided it’d be nice to post really quickly about “rock the republic”, which is essentially an art, music, and community smorgasbord taking place in downtown bryan, texas. also happening that weekend is “ride the republic”, which i will be attending as photographer. i’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out how i will be following these cyclists around, and who will watch jenga for me… halp! most likely, i’ll be riding my personal bike…which happens to be a mountain bike…which means i will stick out like a sore thumb amongst all those fixed-gears. oh well. anybody not attending in bryan/college station who knows jenga and wouldn’t mind dog-sitting for an hour or so on sat, oct. 17, shoot me an email! otherwise, consider attending!

drumroll: oct. 15, 2009 - oct. 17, 2009.

drumroll: oct. 15, 2009 - oct. 17, 2009.

ding: oct. 17, 2009.

*created images property/courtesy of cody bailey & annie behrman, respectively.

two-wheeled icarus.

{revised.}

this weekend was a great one. first of all, thanks again to andrew a., for providing a roof over my head. the main reason for my going back this weekend was to attend kara + jeff’s ring dunk, which included more than a few acts of wheeled bi-pedal showmanship, and to catch up with my dear friends in college station – to capture the event on film .jpeg was an added bonus. check out the photo set on Flickr**. congrats to everyone else who got their rings this weekend, including alex s.!

the fact that i only spent one night in college station certainly did not affect the amount of nonsense that took place. as most of you know, i take my dog jenga with me wherever i go whenever i can. the fact that she is so well-behaved makes it such an easy task – i feel it’s her job as well as mine to represent the breed. in any case, during the party (which was held outdoors, in between three duplexes) a young woman accompanied by a young man came by and asked to borrow a bathroom. after they thanked us, the woman caught sight of jenga, and began petting and cooing at her. at this, the man began telling us how he bred pit bulls in his backyard, and that he was selling them if any of us wanted one. these two had very apparently just come from northgate, and i assumed they were students/fellow aggies, but this sudden confession left me bristling. i took possession of jenga, informing them she was mine, and that she had been bred before, but i had her fixed first thing. i asked the man if he was selling his dogs with papers, and other pertinent questions, and he undeniably faltered in his answers. i seriously doubt if he was providing his animals with the proper medication, such as de-worming, flea and heartworm prevention, and rabies vaccinations. these are all things that responsible breeders will make sure are taken care of. responsible breeders are also educated breeders, and will know things such as selling a puppy before it is 10 weeks old is extremely unwise. puppies learn important socialization skills from their mother and litter mates, and puppies separated too soon may develop serious socialization issues, such as nipping/biting, and not understanding how to react, resulting in over- or under-reaction to certain stimuli or situations. for example, a puppy who nips his litter mates too hard will be told its bite caused pain when the other puppy yelps or retaliates. without this crucial feedback during this just as crucial time, a puppy taken from his litter too soon may never learn to curb the problem. lesson learned? if you are in the market for a puppy, any puppy, MAKE SURE YOU ARE NOT BUYING FROM A BACKYARD BREEDER. these people are just one step down from a puppy mill. i know i’ve “soapboxed” about this numerous times, but please consider adoption first. if you decide it’s just not for you, then please at least ask a lot of questions and make sure your puppy is coming from a good place and good people, and that your hard-earned money isn’t lining the pockets of heartless bastards that pump puppies out of their dogs for cash. one glaring clue: a reputable, respectable breeder will not “hunt down” buyers. i don’t mean someone on the side of the road with puppies and a sign (i understand that sometimes the family dog unexpectedly has puppies) – but if someone approaches you unprovoked, and advertises they have puppies for sale, you should be on your guard. a respectable breeder will be confident of their own reputation – they want responsible owners, both out of love for the dog and the breed, as well as for the protection of their reputation. they should want to make sure you will be a good owner just as much as you want to make sure they are a good breeder. if you decide to purchase from a breeder, which is many times the only and best option for many purebred dogs, don’t let them come to you – do your own research, and seek them out.

only adding to my annoyance were the drunk northgate-goers i and jenga were forced to pass on our way to my car in the northgate garage. one guy mumbled, “ooh man, that’s a pit right there…“, two girls swaying unsteadily were herded off the sidewalk and into the bike lane by the guy in their group to avoid walking by jenga, and a third man drunkenly announced, “don’t touch that dog, it’s a staffie!” he was in more danger of my sewing his mouth shut than jenga being too dangerous to touch. i’m certain my photos of her free-roaming at the party, where there were no shortage of strangers, serves as just proof. i was more concerned with her meeting other off-leash dogs than encountering a stranger. in fact, my mom was reading a book on dog breeds last week at barnes and noble, and under “american staffordshire terrier (american pit bull terrier)“, it stated clearly that the breed was very people-oriented/friendly, but could be relentless toward other dogs. yes, pit bulls were historically bred as fighting dogs, but the consequence is their tendency to be dog-aggressive; not human-aggressive. so, do me a favor: if you hear stupid, baseless comments about pit bulls being vicious towards humans, set them straight. which reminds me…

important side note: pit bulls DO NOT have “lockjaw”. the closest examples to such a thing in nature are the bite of a crocodile/alligator (for similar reasons behind the fantasy that pit bulls can lock their jaws – it only seems so due to sheer strength), and the ability of snakes to swallow their prey/eggs whole (snakes can unhinge and re-hinge their jaws to accommodate large dinners). finally, i’d like to take a moment to thank PBS, who made the programs “Nature” and “NOVA” available to me as a child. call today and become a member of your local PBS station and support quality, educational programming = save the world from the uninformed, uncultured mob one person at a time.

to end on cheerier news – i’ve always enjoyed the drive to and from college station thanks to the great views of the country. i’ve always preferred the beauty of an open field, a tightly packed forest, and an organized stretch of corn or wheat to a city-scape or snow-capped mountains. i saw several photo opportunities, but the perils of making u-turns and parking on the shoulder of a relatively remote and hilly highway proved too much for me; i only managed one pull-over. i’ve watched my hometown overdevelop over the years – i remember being excited to see the 10+ horses on a large swath of land on the corner of highway 59 and highway 6 on my way home from middle school – it is now smothered by a monstrous whole foods with strip mall tentacles. nature taken over by an organic foods grocer…the irony is almost too much to bear.  note to those whose families own land: if it’s within your power, don’t sell and don’t develop. please.

"land, ho!"

"land, ho!"

event seating.

event seating.

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back in bid-ness.

howdy doo-dee!

translation: “hello, how are you?” english; colloquial cartoonish southern-speak.

it’s been a while, and i apologize. as i stated before, my tri-city sweep was downgraded into an extended stay in austin, and an unexpected overnight layover in college station. thanks again to alex s., matt c., and jim for a) babysitting my couch, and b) letting me and jenga crash on it! (sorry again to jim’s uncle, who jenga greeted so warmly in the morning with growls…) of course, thanks also to andrew a., michelle, and jeff for keeping me company! finally, for those of you dying to know, david d. was not in austin, but i did meet up with him in college station, and he did love his shirt. sweet amateur success! sadly, i didn’t get to take clever photos as i had planned, but as usual, i did score some sweet…erm…swag (not a reference to flora).

my cup runneth over in retail luck lately – the post before last documented my being able to check off four potential pairs of shoes with the purchase of two, and this past weekend, i was able to check off several more wish list items in the same manner. recent purchase post: in austin, my biggest score was a brand-new-with-tags black lambskin a-line sheath dress. retail (a.k.a. what i did not pay): $150.00. i also landed a pair of barse sterling + turquoise earrings, and a smoky topaz sterling bracelet. back home in houston/sugar land, i nabbed two more sweet deals: 1) a vintage red silk dress with the most amazing pleated sleeves, and 2) my most recent ebay win, a native american sterling slave bracelet, with turquoise + coral accents. it just arrived today, and i was extremely pleased – i recently discovered slave bracelets, which are essentially a ring + bracelet combo, with chains connecting the two, usually with a decorative piece breaking up the chains in the middle. i’ve kept my eyes peeled on ebay for the last few months; these things run anywhere between $40.00 – $180.00 (not including shipping), depending on the size and intricacy. they are usually pricey due to the fact that most are handmade – obviously, one-of-a-kind pieces will run for more. of course, there are also peruvian slave bracelets, and gypsy slave bracelets – but the former are usually made of alpaca silver, which is lower-grade and lower-quality than standard 0.925 sterling, and the latter is also a cheaper, lighter-weight metal, and usually gold tone. in other words, if you are interested in getting your hands on one (pun!), i’d say the native american versions are more worth the coin.

in other news, i was unable to attend the summer-fest music festival going on in houston today and tomorrow – tickets are supposedly upwards of $20+/day now; should-woulda-coulda. damn. next year, next year. have fun without me, bryan, jim, and jaci (via twitter)

news that trumps all though, is that of my FINALLY receiving geena “the truth/honest abe” sisomphou’s long-awaited postcard from france. i felt more cultured the moment it was in my trembling hands. geen: it’s hanging on my wall! now all that’s left is to get yourself back here to the states…

short of wide, open spaces? come to texas! (but leave your silly city things...)

short of wide, open spaces? come to texas! (but leave your silly city things...)

my native american sterling slave bracelet.

my native american sterling slave bracelet.

vintage red silk dress - pleated sleeve detail.

vintage red silk dress - pleated sleeve detail.

greetings from mademoiselle geena!

greetings from mademoiselle geena!

fur fights “brr’s”…

…though it doesn’t really get too many chances here in Texas!

hallelujah! el fin of my summer classes! i will be rushing to finish up some DIY’s i’ve been dying to get to – and get two of them to the boys who commissioned them. (david & jimmy, thanks for being so patient!) hopefully i don’t screw up and i can post them on here for your viewing pleasure. speaking of viewing pleasure, here’s a quick recent purchase post: about a week ago, i snagged a great vintage genuine fur stole from the 1940-50’s! it’s a gorgeous mahogany, with dark brown stripes. it’s very glossy, but i’m afraid the original owner boxed it up – which my readers know from my “i.love.vintage.” post is a fur care no-no. alas – i’ll have to send it to a fur cleaner to have it cleaned and hopefully have some of the “fluffiness” restored. it’s due to the flatness that i can’t tell for sure if it’s mink or muskrat fur… diagnosis to be made later. other recent purchases included a pair of vintage skinny black suede pants, and a dead stock (new but discontinued) sterling star cut-out ring, with a diamond chip in the center. i’ll definitely be thrifting up a storm on my little road trip through college station & austin – apparently everyone i was hoping to see in college station and san antonio are headed to austin this weekend as well, so i’ve changed plans and will be in austin for most of the weekend.

p.s., readers: surprise! i know you stop by and visit, because wordpress has a “stats” page. it tells me how many people have stopped by to take a look-see, and what pages/posts were read. i love that you come here, but it seems you all need encouragement to drop a line! just in case you thought you needed a wordpress account to post a comment – you don’t. i’d love to hear from any of you, and get opinions on fashion posts, or even questions about the topics i’ve written about. as long as everyone is agreeable or disagrees politely, come one, come all.

vintage fur stole - front. the collar extends down the front to serve as pockets!

vintage fur stole - front. the collar extends down the front to serve as pockets!

vintage fur stole - back

vintage fur stole - back

short temporary halt.

hello, all.

there will be a short pause in posts for just this next week, due to the fact that it is the last week of my classes = finals. i have a 10 paged paper on organizational IS to write, and a banking final. once those are over with, i will be back on the road with my cameras! i will be hitting college station, austin, and san antonio to see old friends and treasure hunt, of course.

wish me luck!

"can't by me love" - by Thomas Hawk

"can't buy me love" - by thomas hawk