Sunday, July 31, 2011

Day by Day

Habitat for Humanity of Southern Brazoria County photostream   

I have updated my Fickr account.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Good by my friend, my Canon AE-1.

Well I did it. Since 1978 I have shoot pictures with a Canon AE-1, a 35-mm film single-lens reflex (SLR) camera. [SLR means you can see though the lens.] And it has been a great camera.  But over years, my camera gear, camera books, and film negatives began multiply all over the place. Plus the cost of paying for film development was becoming prohibitively expensive.
In 1999 I received for Christmas my first digital camera. It was JVC GC-S1U with a 10X zoom. It died a few years later. But I always kept using the Canon AE-1 camera.
Finally about two years ago, after two or three more digital cameras, I received a Nikon D60, a Digital Single-Lens Reflex camera for Christmas. It is great camera with auto focus, which is a plus for me.  But my Canon AE-1 camera sat ready in the corner unused.
And I never picked it up again. Therefore I needed to get rid of the Canon, But who? I could have sold it on Ebay, and received some money, but then would the new owners love my camera?  I wanted to find someone in our family or a friend perhaps, who would enjoy shooting pictures, to enjoy using the Canon AE-1.  After checking with one of my brother, I shipped the Canon AE-1 off to him and he will forward it to a good home.  To someone in the family who like capture memories. Good by my friend, my Canon AE-1.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Starplex 10 35mm projector, Lake Jackson Texas
Had a busy week this week, I just finished shipping all of ours 35mm movie projectors to Columbia South America. That is all 14 of 35mm movie projectors to some where in Columbia South America. John, the salesman for the South America company and Bruce, the Starplex Cinemas rep came to Lake Jackson, Texas to dismantle the equipment.  Over the next 5 days with me getting me getting up 4:00 in the morning and working to 6:00 in the evening. Now for those people who know me, 4:00 o’clock is in the middle of the night. Or not 8:00 AM in the morning with the bird chirruping away outsides, or the radio blasting away!
 John, the sales rep claimed he that he had experience breaking down the projectors and shipping them off the South America, but he must had an off week here. First he planned to hire some illegal aliens, but our management said, NO! [Thank you, Mr Starplex Cinemas, Sir.] Which I believed why Bruce, the Starplex rep, was present in Lake Jackson during the week, Just to keep a eye on things and I was glad he was here.  Instead John hired some local pizza delivery boys to do the job. He started with 6 boys and ended up with 3 boys by the time they were done. I think the boys discovery that dismantling 1200 pounds of  movie projectors, not counting moving around 6 foot platters was not an easy job. BTW- 1200 pounds for each of the 14 projectors! Wish the sales rep had hired some guys from MANPOWER, INC. a world leader in employment services. But not my responsibly, thanks you, Bruce.

So the Starplex Cinemas is now free of all its 35mm equipment and just running on the Digital projectors.  And John is off to Columbia South America. Now back to watching “Captain America”

35mm film projector and platter. Lake Jackson Texas
Note on the Daniel Silva interview please pull the tab to about 13:00 minutes in the interview. The first 13 minutes is local stuff NOT part of the interview. Thanks Marc

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Becky Dorroh going away party

Cathy and I just got back from Becky Dorroh going away party. Just about 40 years ago when I moved back to Lake Jackson, TX., I first met Becky as we both applied for the manager job at Waldenbooks’ in the Brazos Mall. Becky got the job. And I became the Camera and Electronics manager at H. J. Wilson’s, a catalog showroom store. Over the next 30 years, Cathy, Becky and I stay friends until Becky left that job to open Bookenders, an independent bookstore.  For the next five years, she and her business partner ran the bookstore. Then one day her business partner suddenly announced she was withdrawing her money from the business.  Thus closing the business for good.
A few months ago, Becky got job offer to work for manager of a collage bookstore. But she would have to move to Kentucky for 6-months of training, [Because she was a Waldenbooks manager, it only 6 months of training, not the 2 years of training normal required.]   The company is buying up all old collage bookstore once own by Waldenbooks.
From there she will find a collage bookstore managers job.
We wish her well!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Last October, my father bought me Amazon Kindle.  At first I read all the free e-books on it, Sherlock Holmes, etc.  Most of the famous Author, [The year 1923 is the cut off point for this year, 2011 or 75 years later], books published before this date are copywrite free.  Therefore, Amazon can sell them for free.
That’s right for free.
So I have download all of the Sherlock Holmes book’s, etc. But pay for the Daniel Silva books “Gabriel Allon” novels.

But then I discovered that that you can get rid of the standard Amazon Kindle Screensaver, Mark Twain or Jane Austin, etc. And I began to replace them with photos I shot or with photo off the Internet.

So right am posting some of these pictures to this blog.


Some more Kindle screensavers

Friday, July 8, 2011

A few months ago, this strange device appeared in the Starplex Cinemas lobby. It is not Starplex’s But the local Lake Jackson, Texas, Brazo Mall’s. It is a Hurricane Simulator! For $2.00 dollars US, it was blow air at you, while showing you video of a Hurricane.  WOW!  Of course they could go to the restrooms at Starplex Cinemas and for FREE, the hand dryers will blow dry air at you with much force than the Hurricane Simulator. But of course not as long as the Hurricane Simulator, But is it free.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Day by Day


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 3D

Good morning July 3, 2011

Good morning
The reason I am not using the old Blog is that I could not update its format.  Therefore I started a blog “Bartolomeos in Texas”.  I do not know what path it will follow, but we shall see.
Today's temperature is 94 degrees.   Sunny here in Lake Jackson, Texas.  Due to the drought will be no fireworks tomorrow tonight. The state of Texas is still working on the over path though Lake Jackson. I hope to take some pictures of it soon.
Susan Chappel
Of course, I am still working the movie theater. The summer’s rush has started.  A lot of good movies, Green Lantern, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Mr. Popper's Penguins, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 3D is coming soon.
Cathy is still working at the local library. One of her co-workers, Susan Chappel, retired last month.