Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
I flew to Buffalo, NY this weekend, so I can drive to Toronto and work for two weeks. I escaped Houston without any power only to learn in the Cleveland airport from my landlord that the power came on Saturday.
This is a photo from the plane of Lake Chautauqua! Good Times and interesting shape.
This is a photo of downtown Buffalo as we approach.
Michael entertained me and we drove around Buffalo doing things he normally does on the weekend. We ate at Bettys, a restaurant within walking distance from his home. His friend, Gretchen joined us and for a long while we had the restaurant to ourselves. Great conversation, food, wine and dessert.
After a nice sleep with the windows open...we went to Ambrosia, a greek restaurant for breakfast. I took this picture of Michael and edited it in photoshop.
Now a nice dinner, homemade by Mike, watching some television and relaxing.
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Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Yesterday, I met my neighbors behind me - I am still with out power, but they never lost power. Strange how the electric grid works. So after a knock on their door, an introduction, they agreed to let me run an extension cord from their front door to my back door. The cord runs into my kitchen and has my refrigerator hooked up. Back in the business of keeping items cool and making ice. Can not believe how a simple electrical applicance can be so important here.
I was able to return some kindness to them by giving their car battery a jump. Strange how you can live next to people and not know them until something like this happens. Now I have welcome faces on both sides of me and across the street.
The artshow that we planned for Team Tough as Jim has been cancelled until October (we are hopeful that Jim will be back in Dallas then).
Take care - Billy
Monday, September 15, 2008
Here are some more pictures from yesterdays walk. No power yet. Coffee House has power and internet put is closing early due to lack of food and coffee. Food from freezer has been thrown out. Making soup from Frozen vegetables on the gas stove. No work today, but able to communicate some via internet.
Lots of perspective.
Lots Of Trees down all downtown
Blinds from building make nature's abstract sculpture.
The Chase Building next door to friend Jennifer's apartment building.
Night gameswith no power.
Love you all for you words of support.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Just thought you would like to see how the Pink House and I survived Hurricane Ike, this was shot Saturday morning around 11am. It is now Sunday, approx. 2pm- I am seeking cool air, iced coffee and charging cell phone battery, uploading information to the blog and checking the internet.... Catalina Coffee a haven in the storm aftermath.
This is a picture of the Buffalo Buyou that if you look closely you can see the lights that light up the waling path...all underwater... they are normally 10-12 feet high -so the water is really high!
This is Washington Street & Sawyer-as you can see the line of cars as far as you can see, the police stopping traffic.... they are in line to go to the local Target which is open....but they are only letting a few cars at a time,
This is a few of the skyline....not sure if you can tell but many of the skyscrapers have windows out.
Friday, September 12, 2008
The scariest thing is the sound. The noise of the wind is so ominus. The lights are flickering, so this might mean that power is going to go out soon.
Wonder what I will wake up to this morning, when the eye should be over us? That is of course if I can get any sleep.
The curfew has started, the winds are starting but are small, no rain yet... it's going to be a long nite.
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This is the house this morning at 8am.
Sounds like they are planning a 7pm curfew, and the streets here are very clear. Expecting to lose power at some point, and planning what to do if a window should break in the middle of the night. I have my camera battery charged and ready. Strange to still be hours away and not a drop of rain... already 45minutes away people have lost their homes to the flooding and tidal surge.
Will be interesting to see what other photos and art get created this week. Just hope one of those items isn't a handmade sign for me to hold while I am on the roof of the house!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
I also worked on sveral pieces in the studio. My friend, Armando came for a surprise visit and we painted together in the studio. Orginally I thought this was the 2nd Saturday, but it was not... that's next weekend.
The next three pieces are works in progress.... it was great to make so much progress on art.
Upcoming fall art shows at Winter Street, Art on the Avenue, Art Conspiracy, The Box Show all require new work. Art Chatter starts up again and I am looking forward to meeting with my art friends.
Sometime when you work, you keep pushing, photography allows me to understand and look back at the different versions, thus improving my internal thought process.
Working on this helped me de-stress from my corporate job. I often think about what it would be like to win the lottery - and I would just work on my art.
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Tuesday, September 02, 2008
We were brought together again becuase of a note I sent out requesting donations for Team Tough As Jim - Click Here if you would like to learn more and donate... this is in honor of artist & friend, Jim Frederick.