Shooting Salida

I went to Salida with my family this past Tuesday so that Brian could check out the church he would be working at as their Youth Intern.

While driving through town, we came across a set of abandoned railroad tracks. Having wanted to do some urban1 exploring, I took the opportunity to wander about.

50.0 mm || 1/8000 || f/1.8 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Salida, Colorado, United States

50.0 mm || 1/5000 || f/2.8 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Salida, Colorado, United States

Blue White Red
50.0 mm || 1/8000 || f/2.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Salida, Colorado, United States

50.0 mm || 1/8000 || f/2.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Salida, Colorado, United States

50.0 mm || 1/1250 || f/2.8 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Salida, Colorado, United States

50.0 mm || 1/5000 || f/1.8 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Salida, Colorado, United States

Calco Inc
50.0 mm || 1/3200 || f/4.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Salida, Colorado, United States

As always, you can see the rest of the photos on Flickr: Exploring Salida

As a side note: Brian will be working with Hilary Downs, who fellow UPC folk may recognize as the Ministry Coordinator for The Rock and The Edge back In The Day™. After graduating from Princeton, Hilary became the Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Salida. As Jeff noted, “Wow, small world… (or UPC is just that huge…).”

As yes, I love alliterations.

  1. although I’m not sure I’d call Salida urban 

Free Speech

If you haven’t heard, there’s some shit hitting the fan at the University of Washington over an op-ed that ran in The Daily: Gay marriage? Let’s stop and think about this by John Fay.

At a rally today, people protested the publishing of the article:

Protesters say language in the column, including a reference to bestiality, coupled with the accompanying image of a man standing next to a sheep, amounted to hate speech. But speakers differed on whether the paper should be censured.

For what it’s worth, I don’t agree with the content article at all. Fay’s opinion is flawed. He has no grasp on the Constitution and what it means; he is, in short, ignorant…and you know my stance on that. Is it hateful speech? Yes, it hurt someones feelings. Should it have been censored and/or should The Daily be censured? Absolutely not.

Free Speech is still free speech (expect when it’s not, but this isn’t one of those times).

I’m not going to go in depth about why Fay’s argument is flawed. Mostly because there’s already a couple of good rebuttal pieces out there, partly because the reasoning should be self evident, and also because I have a final tomorrow and really should be studying. Thus, if you’re looking for a good rebuttal piece, check out:

Please try to refrain from making jokes about Fay in the comments.

Kelly’s Bachelor Part-ay

I’m not sure how I forgot to edit these photos. But I did, until Jeff asked about them. So enjoy!

Nikkor @ 24mm || 1/160 || f/3.8 || ISO400

Nikkor @ 18mm || 1/5000 || f/3.5 || ISO400

Nikkor @ 27mm || 1/6400 || f/3.8 || ISO400

Nikkor @ 18mm || 1/2500 || f/3.5 || ISO400

Nikkor @ 18mm || 1/3200 || f/3.5 || ISO400

Nikkor @ 18mm || 1/4000 || f/3.5 || ISO400

Nikkor @ 56mm || 1/50 || f/4.5 || ISO640 || flash

And as the saying goes1: see the rest at Flickr: Kelly’s Bachelor Part-ay!

1 Preemptive snarky comment: There is no such saying.

Dropped Off on Both Ends

I dropped Jeff off at the airport yesterday for his flight back home to Seattle.

This would normally not be a notable event, except that I also dropped Jeff off at the airport in Seattle on his flight here to Colorado.

You read that right, I dropped Jeff of at the airport in Seattle in my car. Then drove to Colorado and dropped Jeff off at the airport in Colorado in my car.

Iraq or Crap?

Jeff sent this to me. Its appears to be originally written by a fellow named Kevin Griffith:

Iraq-War Cliches or New Euphemisms for Taking a Crap?

Giving the surge time to work
Pursuing an exit strategy
Setting a timetable for withdrawal
To cut and run
Spreading democracy

We report, you decide.

Didn’t See That One Coming

Note: Posted with Jeff’s permission.

There really is no point in beating around the bush on this one, so I’m just going to say it. Jeff Hanway just told me he was gay. There. I said it.

Jeff is, has been, and always will be an awesome friend. I’ve never been in a situation like this before, so for the most part, I’m rather stunned. I can honestly say I had no reason, what so ever. I think the oddest thing is there are people I know who are homosexual and there are people I know who have delt with someone they know being homosexual (usually a family member). They’ve blogged about it, I’ve read it, and that’s that. But now to be on the other side. It’s very surreal.

Having said that. Jeff is an awesome guy. We went to high school together, are in the same Bible Study, and have shared many a laughs and what not. For all intensive purposes, he is my brother and one of the few people I will trust with my life.

JHan has known he was officially gay since freshman year of HS, or there abouts. He even had a few boyfriends, which no one knew about (thus now earning Fergs "Super Sneaky Award").

I like to think that I notice quite a bit. In retrospect, I suppose there might have been a few tip-offs. But nothing conclusive.

Perhaps the most ironic thing about this whole bit is that theBS discused homosexuality on many occations.

I’m really not sure where I’m trying to go with this. I have a lot flowing through my head right now and I really just want to get it out.

Futher comments will be posted as encrypted logs.

Update: Cleartext’d

Canyonlands: Finalé

Sunday morning we woke up before the butt crack of dawn. Time changed to daylight savings time so we lost an hour. 5am is way to early to be awake. We packed up our stuff and headed back to Kernville. We had breakfast at Cheryl’s Diner. Then we headed up the road to go rafting. Rafting was awesome. We did some class III and IV rapids. Ate lunch then did some more rafting. We finished at 2:30pm and were on the road to Ontario by 3. I would classify the ride back to Ontario as a somber moment. People had a great time and didn’t want the feeling to away. In many ways, it was a moment of pure blissfulness.

We arrived at Ontario International Airport and unloaded the items we were taking with us. The cars left so fast that Hanway didn’t have time to get all his stuff and had to wait for the drivers to come back before he got his sleeping bag, pad, cell phone, passport, and wallet. I waited for a little while, then headed to the gate. Jeff came through a little while later. We said our goodbyes and I asked potential prom date#2. It was a no go…0 for 2. We hopped on our plane and took off for LAX, a short 11 minute 50 second flight, the shortest in the United Fleet.

After we landed, I had a short chat with the pilots. They asked about what I was doing and then inquired about the San Juan Islands. From LAX, we caught a Canadian Air Jet to San Diego, arriving at the commuter Terminal. Jeff’s cousin, Rica, and her boyfriend, Luke, were right there in the terminal waiting for us. It was a welcome surprise since, non passengers are usually not allowed in the terminal. We stopped at "In-N-Out" and then went to their apartment and went to bed.

I woke up the next morning, Monday took a short shower, had some real food and read the newspaper. Then Rica dropped is off at the San Diego International Airport.

Canyonlands: Tuba City

Zone: 12
397570 Northing
479813 Easting

Because of the delay in Flagstaff, we had to spend the night in Tuba City. We arrived at 6pm and promptly ate dinner at Hogan’s, a small restaurant tied to the local Quality Inn. The males spent the night outside, save JHan and Thomas. I wore tops and bottoms, fleece, wool gloves, booties, and a skull cap and I was still a little cold. We woke up this morning and had breakfast at Hogan’s then drove to Bashas’ Grocery where I purchased the last few essentials. I called home and found out that I was rejected from Caltech. I’m not really that disappointed. It really just makes it that much easier to go to CSM.

Note: The coordinates are obviously off and should actually be located more north