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  • Clouds

    Posted on July 30th, 2003 Jeff Keller No comments

    The same tropical system that brought the short thunderstorm to SF last night (and some muggy air during the day) has put some really cool clouds in the sky. Not the typical low clouds and fog that you usually see around here.

  • Speaking of hiding under the bed

    Posted on July 30th, 2003 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    A rare San Francisco thunderstorm rolled through last night at around 3am. It must’ve been directly overhead, as the delay between the lightning and thunder was very short. After the initial wakeup shock (no pun intended), things quieted down very quickly, so it was back to sleep.

  • It must be Tuesday

    Posted on July 29th, 2003 Jeff Keller No comments

    One thing I’ve gotten used to over the last two+ years of working from home is the weekly test of the air raid siren. Every Tuesday, at noon, on the dot. You could set your watch by it.
    When I first hear the siren, the first thing I do is check the time. I think I’d probably go hide under the bed if I heard it at any other time, on any other day of the week.

  • Happy B-day Amit

    Posted on July 27th, 2003 Jeff Keller No comments

    Today is Amit’s 27th birthday. Last night we celebrated at El Mansour, a Moroccan restaurant in SF. Luckily for Amit, I wasn’t able to get a picture of him dancing with the belly dancer. (However, I now have great blackmail material on his older brother.)

  • Foundation

    Posted on July 27th, 2003 Jeff Keller No comments

    Today, the folks and I drove out to the 103° heat of Brentwood to check on the progress of my house. While there was no vertical construction, the foundation is done, and framing should begin soon. Read on…

  • Garlic breath

    Posted on July 25th, 2003 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    On Thursday, my friend Marc and I played tennis for about 40 minutes. Definitely the most exhausting exercise of the week. We used to play weekly a year or two ago, but then he got a job and we stopped. Playing tennis is a great way to discover just how out of shape you are. Thankfully I’m not very sore today.
    Today Marc and I went to the Gilroy Garlic Festival. I’ve been going to this for the past 6 or 7 years, I’m guessing. And like those other years, it was very hot. I guess I need to get used to hot — as my future home will be in one of the warmest areas in the Bay Area.
    Anyhow, we ate a lot (steak sandwich, stuffed mushrooms, pesto noodles, and more), walked around a bit, and watched some “extreme sports”:

    After all that eating today, I need to get outside and get more exercise!

  • Out of the Park

    Posted on July 23rd, 2003 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    Today turned out pretty well. Lunch with Nikon went well, with great chinese food at Eric’s, good conversation, and some new cameras to play with.
    The highlight of the day was the Giants game though. Big thanks to Ron and Andre at PriceGrabber for scoring 8th row seats right next to Barry Bonds. I brought along my D60 and big lens and took some nice shots. I had a lot of heads in the way, so I had really crop my photos — and having 6 Megapixels at your disposal really helps you there.
    One of these days I’d love to borrow one of those gray “real lenses” for sports photography and get a press pass so I can really take some closeups. But as you can see above, even from left field, I managed to get a shot of Barry hitting yet another one out of the park. This one didn’t quite make it into the water, but who’s complaining? I have a great track record for seeing HRs by Bonds… almost every game I’m at, he delivers.

  • Wined and dined

    Posted on July 23rd, 2003 Jeff Keller 3 comments

    Shortly, I’ll be having lunch with some folks from Nikon. I assume I’ll see new stuff, but I’m not going to tell you about it, so don’t ask. Later tonight I’m going to the Giants game with my friends from PriceGrabber.
    This is the most I’ll let someone “wine and dine” me. I recently turned down two very lucrative trips from a camera manufacturers, because it just doesn’t feel right. Apparently I’m the only one with journalistic ethics, as everyone I spoke with thinks I’m nuts for saying no. My view is that I don’t want to feel like I’m being bribed, nor do I want to give that impression to the million+ monthly visitors to my sites. So lunch and baseball is far as I’ll go.