Elephant Ear Guppy

And Then Came the Guppies

Dana loves the fish aquarium and wants to be involved with it. She always brings a new perspective and has an eye for things that I might overlook. So, we went fish shopping on Sunday together. We went to PetSmart and Petco. Maybe someday I’ll talk about buying fish here in Las Vegas. Just not today. I was hoping for some Zebra Danios or some Neon Tetras. Dana settled on some Elephant Ear Guppies.

Should’ve Done My Research

If I had done some more reading on guppies in the beginning, I would have started with guppies. They’re the coolest little fish! I did consider guppies before and was always open to them. I knew I wouldn’t like a fluttering fish. I don’t think would have liked how they swam in my aquarium. I like more fluid swimmers. I like shoals as well. Seeing 6-10 fishing darting around in unison is mesmerizing to me.

Guppies aren’t like that. They flutter around and don’t really stick together much. They certainly do little to nothing in unison with one and another. But, it only took a quick couple of hours of them being in my tank for me to come completely enthralled with them.

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Highmore Rodeo, Highmore South Dakota

Out Yonder in South Dakota

Can’t say my time in South Dakota was all a good time. It was a very lonely time. However, I spent that time very productively. I wrote voraciously. I drowned myself in photography, both film and digital. And, I lost over 100lbs while metamorphosing myself.

I was sober, focused, and aware. Looking back it was a splendid time. Every weekend, during the good weather months, I would find some action packed event. Most of them cost a few dollars to get in and I could free roam with my camera in hand. I was like an alien visiting another planet. I didn’t care, this was some of the best photo ops I’d ever see in my lifetime. Rodeos and Pow Pows were especially special. That was living breathing culture. Earth to Ed, are you there?

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Las Vegas aerial photography.

Let’s Talk About Work

Work is going well, I am happy to report. I revamped my workflow over the Winter and it seems to be holding up well, even during busy periods. Especially, busy periods!

New Workflow

Holy moly! I’m a picture making machine in the afternoons. That’s how I like my life. Shooting mornings into early afternoon and home processing pics by 2pm. Done by 4pm. Most days, anyway. I have it down to a routine. Biggest issues are logistics. I average 1.5 hours – 2 hours of drive time a day and that’s not leaving the Vegas Valley.

I’m trying a more fluid approach to my scheduling this year. Take ’em as they come, instead of trying route my days. For the most part it works well, even the long driving days. I haven’t really seen a huge increase in mileage compared to last year. Most of what I get are easy 1,700 sqft- 2,500 sqft houses. Last week I had a 3,500 sqft house and 4,000 something sqft house and made it through those just fine.

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Chines Gold Barbs

Swimming with the Barbs

Week 6 of my new aquarium. Other than this 1st paragraph, the rest of this post was written in week 3. I wrote the post, but didn’t have any media. So, today I created the media. Note: The red fish, the Long Fin Cherry Barbs, are going to be removed today. They were not paired well from the store and they did not work out. Instead of correcting the paring I’m cutting my losses and taking them back. I’ll concentrate on plants in the coming weeks. Once the plants are established I’ll add some more fish or shrimp.

Feiya and myself visited a few tropical fish stores in Vegas before we started stocking the tank. I pointed out some of the fish I used to have back in the day when I had an aquarium. Back then I had African Cichlids. I did have one community tank and it wasn’t the most successful of my fish keeping endeavors. I took care of it well enough, but I didn’t match the fish well. I just threw in fish I thought looked cool. Not cool.

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Southern California beach communities.

Weekend Beach Reprieve from the Madness

Ok, maybe the title is a little melodramatic. However, it’s April 2021 and madness is still prevalent no matter what spectrum you view the world from. So, if you think the whole world has gone crazy, you’re not alone.

San Diego Retreat

Technically, we only spent half a day in San Diego of the four day extended weekend trip. San Diego was the highlight and we want to go back. It was a nice break as we hadn’t been out of Las Vegas since September 2020 when we went to Bryce Canyon National Park.

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