Saturday, June 24, 2017

Apologies For Cultural Appropriation -- I Didn't Know Any Better 20 Years Ago

I've made mention in this space that 20 years ago I considered myself a creative person. The above is an example of the aforementioned creativity. Through my daughter I understand that this is cultural appropriation and is problematic, if not offensive. I apologize for any offence generated.

When I lived in Taiwan I enjoyed touring the local temples, and was impressed with statuaries and art that was highly repeditive with only slight variation. I was playing on that theme with these images.


Friday, June 23, 2017

A Joyous Moment In My Life

Starting in the summer of 2001, when my wife was pregnant with our first, I took pictures of her to celebrate the budding life. Most days for six months we took a picture. All those photos are in a favorite album.

The photo above is of me in a parody shot of what we were doing. 

Part of what makes this album so unique, besides from being awesome obviously, is being reminded how seriously we took becoming parents, celebrating our journey, earnestly documenting monumental events in our lives. During this period, I remember having a fight and both of us being furious with each other, but agreeing we still had an obligation to take a picture. 
Besides the pregnancy side-body snaps, the album has pictures from the birth of our daughter, and pregnancy photos we took at a studio I rented for its black velvet background and professional lighting.

As I was a serious amateur photographer back in 2001, I then went to a company that rented darkrooms and printed the studio pictures myself. In the darkroom ten people could work at once, exposing a piece of photographic paper on an individual enlarger, then moving it to a central area to bring out the image. 

A guy about my age took the picture I had been working on, realizing his mistake soon enough. “I’m doing naked pregnancy pictures, too,” he explained.

This trivial moment underscored how I felt I was entering a profound experience shared by countless people all over the world, throughout history. It occured to me that whatever challenges lay ahead, I wasn’t the first or the last to confront them. I relished being further connected to the fabric of humanity, I felt good.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Summer's Here -- What's Going On?

Daughter is finding cool new fashions at thrift store.

Kid is at programming camp learning to be a digital smartass.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Family Takes Pride In Pride

Pride is important to the newly minted high school sophmore so we headed downtown.
The entire Jewish community marched together. All the blue shirts were our synagogue.

This was given out by a firefigher. Yay!

Portdaddia is a proud supporter of Governor Kate Brown.


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Sixth Grade Completion Celebrated In Fine Style

We let the kid plan his special day. First, he wanted to wear sunglasses and listen to the Pandora "Road Tripin'" station.
The main event was to go to Burger King to try a new food item -- Mac and Cheetos -- and eat a full meal in the car, a pleasure the kid is routinely denied.

I wasn't so impressed with a Mac and Cheeto, but then again I doubt I was the target consumer.
A nice family time!
Bonus video about ancient Egypt.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Kid Makes Elaborate Tacos For Breakfast

Carne asada, rice, beans, pico de gallo, guacamole, all on a corn tortilla.

Elaborate tacos help create high-concept hat.


Monday, June 12, 2017

Portdaddia Does The Rose Festival!

"Celebrating Bridgetown one bridge at a time." Burnside Bridge can be see in the background. 

Navy and Coast Guard ships come up the Columbia and then Willamette rivers to dock at the festival for a Fleet Week. The big war machine out of view behind the cement baricades was the USS Bunker Hill,  a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser of the United States Navy.

Despite the protestors, the Navy was doing well with recruitment as well as tours of the Bunker Hill. Several hundred people were waiting in line for a tour when we passed by.

Some may find the protesters off-putting, but this is just part of the folksy charm of these parts. The kid took more interest in the protesters than he did in the ship.

I felt the food choices were lacking. Then I ordered mac and cheese with pulled pork and found it tasted pretty good.

A nice day out.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Despite Promises Of Modernity, Blogger Resorts To Old Pix

Kids love the game “simulated hair.”

I know I told everyone I was upping my game and blogging about more cutting-edge stuff, but I was trying to figure out how to get my old photo albums onto Google Photo and I came across this picture circa 2004.

The kid in the picture is now hell on wheels, so no big crime to take a break for nostalgia.