My little pup had a great weekend. On Friday, he went to his first bar! LOL! At The Bulldog on Magazine Street, there is a doggie door for pups to enter on the back patio. It was a beautiful evening, so we decided to sit outside and enjoy a brew, Nicholas in tow.
Then, yesterday, we went to Barktoberfest at Canine Culture on Tchoupitoulas. Barktoberfest is a Halloween festival for dogs to raise funds for the Louisiana ASPCA.
Click the link below and enjoy the fun!
I totally forgot that I did this movie until recently. But, here I am doubling the delightful young actress, Brittany Curren. In this scene, she plays the spoiled rich kid trying to show up her new frenemies on her trampolines. I’m performing Brittany’s somersaults and stunts. It’s an adorably funny scene.
I’m fascinated with the decorative wrought iron around this intriguing city. So, I started a photo journal focusing on New Orleans wrought iron. However, it’s more challenging than I thought it would be. I have felt a bit uncomfortable aiming my lens at someone’s home to shoot their gates. If they saw me, what would they think? Would it make them uncomfortable? Would they think I was staking them out? Would they think I was a stalker? Regardless, it’s kinda weird.
So, I took my camera to Lafayette Cemetery to shoot wrought iron. Dead folks don’t care. However, while there I found much more than the curls of flourished metal gates. This is a story that could only be seen beyond the lens. It stole my heart and imagination.
Recently I worked on “Chasing the Hawk” (working title) as a 60-year old karate master, aged to look the part. The scene took place in a dojo and the stunt guys lovingly called me Granny DoJo. Jamie Kennedy was one of the lead actors in the scene. The other lead actor, who looked like he belonged on the cover of a Romance novel, was someone I didn’t recognize. When asked what movies he had been in, he answered that this was his first movie. I recall thinking, “How’d he manage that? Luck?.”
Regardless, I had a job to do. Granny DoJo was to hit the ground when accidentally pushed by Jamie’s character. The pro that I am, I slammed myself to the ground on cue several times. It was expected of me. Regardless, collecting Hi-5’s from the dreamy Romance novel guy made me blush and wish I wasn’t made up to look so awful.
A few days after wrap, I decided to find out who that guy was. Duh! Turns out that it wasn’t “luck” that helped him win a leading role. The producers were the WWE and McDreamy was a WWE Superstar named The Edge. He worked his way up to Superstardom in the world of professional wrestling.
Today is my birthday. It has not been the same since 2001. In 2001, it was a day of horror. In 2002 & 2003, it was a day of mourning. In 2004, it became “Patriot Day.” It pretty much remained “Patriot Day,” until this year.
Now, it should be “Religious Tolerance Day.” It should have been “Tolerance Day” from the beginning. It’s more healing – not to mention life, time and money saving – to love, forgive and live in peace. War was the absolute worse thing to do. I was shocked when I heard war message roaring across the country. NOOOO! It was devastating news, especially since all the world showered their love on us in the aftermath of 9/11. War news broke my heart. It was just so wrong on so many levels. I still can’t believe we resorted to “war” and we’re still at “war.” Love heals all wounds.
“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
So, my birthday message to all is Love, Forgive and Live in Peace.
This is the last set of photos from our summer trip to Scotland. There were seven sets/videos in all: Wild Berries, Wild Flowers, Sheep Dog Trials, Hiking, Highland Games, Farm Animals and FINALLY – Miscellaneous left-overs. But the “left-overs” include Dunnottar Castle, Craigeivar Castle, Cambus O’May Bridge, Jacobite Festival and more. So, these are yummy leftovers!
Finally! I uploaded my video of this summer’s Highland Games in Aboyne, Scotland on YouTube. It is a collage of the heart wrenching sounds of the Mass Pipe Bands, blended with images of the traditional sights of the Games. My husband ran in the Hill Race, a running race that starts with a lap around the stadium, then out towards a steep hill called The Fungle Mounth, sprint straight up approximately two miles, then down and back to the stadium for a final lap, totaling several miles in all.
I hear it’s as tough as a marathon. This year my husband pulled a muscle running down the hill. Albeit, he finished the race and enjoyed the whole adventure. The winner was an Italian in a kilt, which is friggin’ heavy!
There is no way to capture the actual experience in a video. You must go one day!
We just returned from a month long vacation in Scotland. With only my new iPad (that I’m just getting to know) and an unreliable internet connection, I didn’t blog while gone. However, now that I can sit at my iMac again, I have loads of fun stuff to post.
We spent a charming afternoon watching sheep dog trials “in a field” in Ballogie not far from our Scottish home. Seriously, the location was simply “in a field.” Of course, Ballogie is small enough that the all local farmers know exactly where to go. We saw the flyers posted and then learned that our dear friends were involved with the organizing. So, we had to go.
It was my first sheep dog trials ever and it was delightful. I brought two cameras, a new and fabulous Nikon and an out-of-date camcorder. It still records fond memories, though. So, I created a little video to share. It says a lot more than I can in words. So, please enjoy this special event.
Here is the second World Cup Trampoline Competition that I have commentated for Acrobatic Sports TV. Enjoy all the thrills by clicking the link below (Note that the audio & video in the first event, Women’s Synchronized, is not … synchronized.):
(While I’m improving, feedback is still welcome. Thank you.)