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My Traditional Father’s Day Lobster

This year, seven pounds. And, yes, I finished everything.

 

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One Minute from Main Street

A snapper laying eggs between our pool and the pond, and a heron taking to the trees after lunch in the pond. We have six acres here, a minute from Main St. I’ve recorded 48 species of birds so far just as a casual observer.

 

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I Gotta Be Me

The extraordinarily talented Sammy Davis, Jr. used to sing this rather treacly anthem and make even it sound wonderful: I Gotta Be Me.

Yesterday, I had the privilege of working with ten top consultants in an improv class (assisted with great talent by my son who teaches these skills to other actors) and then applying the skills to office and meeting settings.

Next to us in the hotel was one of these conventions of 500 name tags, multiple meetings, and boring, droning speakers. All of these people did the same kind of mind-locking analytic work. And they sat throughout this scripted, regimented day gaining credits, or getting their ticket stamped, or just escaping the office for the time being, I don’t know.

All of us were extremely grateful to be doing what we’re doing, and having the opportunity and courage to do it.

We gotta be us.

© Alan Weiss 2014

 

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Blue Angels Over My House

And some people can’t even parallel park….

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We Need More Commitment to the Strategy Here

I guess this open door across from my suite needs to remain locked most of the time, or locked but open, or maybe the sign isn’t sufficiently clear, or perhaps there are no metrics in place, or management isn’t monitoring staff, or….

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Vroom

I picked up my first Vette in 40 years from my Bentley dealer today. (That’s an ’86 Rolls in one of the photos.) I was immediately back into manual shifting without a problem. But the car’s electronics are going to require a night of reading.

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Newest Projects

(My thanks to famed actor Grace Serrano for teaching my how to focus for close shots. This took her .5 seconds and would have taken me three weeks.)

A B-25 Mitchell and B-24 Liberator (I piloted the latter years ago, the only one in existence certified to fly) in 1/48 scale. Next up: A B-17.

 

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Words I’ve Never Used in Certain Combinations

• I think I’ll just run a vacuum.

• Let me stop and get directions because I’m sure I’m lost.

• A Victoria’s Secret show, no, I have a bowling night.

• Am I driving over the speed limit?

• This sushi is moving so I’d better eat that first.

• Who can get me tickets to a Justin Beiber concert?

• The shirt is a little wrinkled, maybe I should iron it.

• Well, it would be a cocktail or wine, but not both.

• I’ll have the steak well done, please.

• I’ll vote for anyone who’s committed to raising taxes.

• I’m sorry I’ve missed a Tony Robbins’ workshop at this stage of my life.

• I think it’s time to paint the garage.

• Can’t the family stay longer over the holidays?

• First class is just a waste of money, what’s the cheapest ticket available?

• It sounds like the dog vomited in the living room, I ought to go see if I have to clean it up.

• It’s a great experience to be out here cutting the grass myself.

• What channel is roller derby on?

• My goal in life is to read all of James Patterson’s books.

• The remote control is only a few feet away, I’ll get up and get it so I don’t inconvenience anyone else.

• What’s your least expensive wine?

• I have to check my Klout score today.

• I don’t mind sitting in the last row, the view is fine from any seat, right?

© Alan Weiss 2013

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Air Cover

I’m doing some writing and looking out into the back yard. A squadron of crows lands in the trees, jet fighters, combat air patrol. In the distance, I see a hawk, a light bomber, circling the area.

Then, I first feel and then see the slow flapping wings of one of our eagles, heavy bomber, cruising through the area.

The ground forces comprise Bentley, racing through the snow like a demon.

There isn’t a squirrel, varmint, or even small bird in sight. Then the crows depart in unison, the hawk circles away, the eagle reaches the next tree line, and Bentley returns inside. The squirrels peak out of holes in the trees, and small birds appear from nowhere to populate the feeders.

Threats are seldom permanent, coercion never long-lived. Life goes on.

© Alan Weiss 2013

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Publicity Shot for Bentley or Dogs?

Here’s an outtake from our recent video shoot.

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