The world, as I see it ...

Skyscraper Live

edgeWhen I was in Germany, I discovered my cousin was in Chicago working on the Skyscraper Live television event. Since I flew into Chicago and was planning on driving home, I instead drove downtown to meet up with her. Eve is the Assistant Director for this multi-cam production and I got the chance to see first-hand what that really means. It was an extremely cold and windy day and I couldn’t imagine that Nik Wakkenda was going to walk a high-wire in that weather. Here are a few photos from my stop over.

ADLabs Imagica - India

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I had the opportunity to spend the weekend in India and Praveen suggested an Amusement Park. Adlabs Imagica is a great, new Amusement Park between Pune and Mumbai and we spent the day there. I did ok on Nitro, a suspended roller coaster that goes upside down, but for some reason the scream machine, a simple slow pendulum that also goes round and round, was too much for me.  Praveen was a great host and we had a great time. Here are a few photos of the day.

John Deere Volunteerism in India

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I’ve had the great honor and pleasure of visiting several projects that John Deere is funding to improve the communities around Pune, India.  This time I was able to visit some projects that were worked on by John Deere employees as a day of volunteering. 296 employees from the Technology Center of India and John Deere Pune Works put in a day of volunteering at a number of sites around Sanaswadi, India. Here are a few photos.

A Walk Around Speyer

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Whenever I visit my colleague in Germany, we always have to take a walk before dinner. These walks are always  easy on him (a marathon runner) and more than a little exercise for me. At least this time we didn’t climb too many stairs. :-) Here are a few photos from our walk around Speyer, Germany.

SHCC Member / Member Finals

edgeHere’s the final match of Short Hills’ season long Member / Member match tournament. I couldn’t be happier since these are the buddies that I golf with every Wednesday and Saturday. This final match went the entire 18 ... and ... an extra hole before it was final. It the end, Mark Parkinson and Greg Ricke came from behind to beat Marty Davis and Pat Brorby on the 19th hole. Then ... we went straight to the 19th hole to celebrate! :-) Check out these photos from the back nine during this hard fought match.

Marilou Portrait

edgeMarilou asked if I could do some head shots of her that she could use on LinkedIn, etc. Of course, I was happy to oblige. I proposed ... something with a nice clean white background? She politely countered with, “Yup or natural (blur the background).” Ahhh ... a little bokeh then ... I can do that. So, here’s what we ended up with ... she looks great. And ... here are a few more from the session.

Night People - 50 Years of Rock & Roll

edgeWhen I heard that the Night People were playing at Ken Harkin’s bar, the Rusty Nail, I just had to go see them with my own eyes. The Night People just celebrated 50 years of playing Rock & Roll a week ago at the Col Ballroom on 11 Oct 2014. The Col was one of their normal venues. What peeked my interest though, was that I heard they were the House Band at the Draught House for many years. While it was just a little before my time, I remember the Draught House was my sister’s hang out and was located where the Dock Restaurant is today.

Although I went by myself, I had my camera with me and took a few photos. You’ll see they are a little grainy as it was a little dark (mood lighting) and I didn’t bring any lights. Still a very fun night. I met a bunch of great people and had a blast.

Check out the photos here.

MHS Girls Tennis Sectionals

edgeIt was a blustery day and the girls played tough. I stopped by Moline High School and grabbed a few photos of Sectional Tennis. Even though the title says “Moline”, there are some photos of girls from Geneseo, Alleman, and Galesburg. Take a look!

Grand Funk Railroad

edgeKnown as “The American Band”, Grand Funk Railroad came to Bettendorf, IA and blasted out hit after hit. My favorite “Do the Locomotive” was joined by many others and concluded with the most well known one “We’re an American Band”. They played at the Waterfront Convention Center which has a very intimate setting for concert goers ... every seat is a great one ... and if you want to get up close and personal with the band, just walk up stage side and you are literally on top of the action. Great fun on Saturday Night. I captured a few photos ... enjoy!

MHS Football

edgeQuite the brisk night and Moline got off to a slow start falling behind 49-0 at the half. They did come back and scored 28 unanswered points in the second half. Made it a good showing .... great character. Here are a few photos of the game and photos of the homecoming court.

MHS Homecoming Parade

edgeThe annual Moline Homecoming parade was held in brisk conditions. The overcast sky did make for good lighting though. I captured quite a few. Take a look.

MHS Volleyball

edgeI finally made it to a Moline Volleyball game. This was a hard fought meet and Moline was in the first game at the end and way ahead in the second game. Unfortunately they lost both :-(. Take a look at some of the photos I captured.