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Black and white photography.

Guy in the Mirror.

Guy in the Mirror | I’m going to stop counting the posts here

Last day of June! We had to figure that June was going to be a rough month. Not as rough as it was weird. We’re just 1 day away from shoving off to Utah for a much needed extended weekend. As I mentioned before we’re going to stay in the Capitol Reef National Park area. We’re really stoked. Even though we’re not leaving until the day after tomorrow Dana and I started packing today. I never pack for a trip until the day before. It’s been over a year since our last vacation. Last year in 2019 we went back to Illinois to visit my family. A bitter sweet trip. My mother was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. It was the last time she will know who I am. It’s a hard pill to swallow sometimes. I have it easy though. My sister Cyndi deserves a lot of credit. She’s been doing all the heavy lifting. My sister Kit and brother Jim contribute as well too. It’s not an easy thing to be part of. So, cheers to my Illinoisan family! We took that trip 1 year and 2 months ago. I’m not sure if we could really …

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Real estate photographer in Las Vegas.

Guy in the Mirror | Vol I Post II

Changing Perspectives Kind of amazing how a week can change one’s perspective on things. These are uncertain times. Last week at this time I was just settling into the idea that things were getting back to normal. Why would I think any different? Last Vegas was coming back to life with better than expected crowds. Just 2 day earlier on Friday I received 6 orders for shoots the following week. Things were looking good! Here are a week later. It’s Sunday night and I only have 1 scheduled shoot for the next week. I haven’t received an order since last Thursday. There’s a lot of talk of making face masks mandatory on the casino floors. The numbers for being positive for the virus keep climbing. I’m not so sure that we should be putting so much weight into the number for positive tests, but that’s for a later time. So, I’m feeling a little nervous nonetheless. I talked to one of the higher producing agents last week and she said inventory is real low. Which is not an entirely bad thing. This keeps prices steady. I’m still optimistic and certain things will turn around. I just hope that with the …

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Sunday cooking in Summerlin.

Mid June 2020 Update

Here we are, mid-June and the pandemic seems to be winding down. I walked into a grocery store without a mask or gloves for the first time since March. Not that I felt comfortable doing so, it’s just that I plain forgot. It wasn’t until I just hit the back of the store that I realized I was maskless. Which is to say after 2 straight months of doing so, I’m still in the habit of just getting ut of my car and walking into a store. I didn’t think to fumble around and find the Ziploc bag that has my masks in it and put one on. That’s a relief! Work has been slow the past couple of weeks. Which is a good thing for the market. The low inventory is keeping prices holding fast. Prices start to fall and it’s run for the hills time. Next week is looking like a busy week. With the success of the Vegas re-opening, I imagine that things will really start picking up for me. That’s the case next week. I already have double the houses booked this week than last. We’ll see where it goes. Today we cooked a French meal. …

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Beijing China

7th Wedding Anniversary- Part I | Las Vegas

It all started on a lark. Not something you want to say that led to a life changing decision. In June 2013 (correction was 2014) I boarded a Korean Air flight from San Francisco to Beijing. There, at the Beijing Capitol Airport I met for the first time in person, Dana. My wife to be. Dana. She was standing there smiling and waving. A little shy. Stunningly beautiful. As soon as we started walking she frantically told me the story of her missing her train and having to catch a plane out of Wuhan at the last minute. She was scared to death that she may have missed me. I was last off the airplane and through baggage and was thinking almost the same thing. We spent 2 days in Beijing. I had to get a single status document from the US Embassy. We stayed at a hotel in the central part of Beijing. This was my first visit to China. I learned quickly that with Dana being my guide we ate and slept in China. What that means is that the restaurants and hotels we stay in you rarely see a foreigner. One morning we ate donkey soup. Not …

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