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Kids And Their Cell Phones

On the way out to Brantford yesterday, we passed this cellphone mascot. +Illyana V wanted to stop to get her picture taken with it. Since we were on a timeline, we couldn't.

On the return trip, there he was again, so we stopped, and she got her picture. Gracious kid, even though we interrupted his phone call. Literally.

Special kudos to The Record Works in Woodstock. (Gonna have to cross post to FB so they can see this. Le sigh.)
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Good Jeep

So, we had a bit of a fender bender today, as recounted by the lovely +Danielle V here: https://plus.google.com/101980599379850668306/posts/JpAeR5UJRez

I must say that I am now more impressed with our little Jeep Liberty.

While the impact definitely dented the bumper of the other vehicle, the photos here show minimal external damage to our Jeep. Some scuffing, a dunch near the right headlight, and the wheel well flare is a little skewed.

We'll see what the insurance company and our mechanic say. Definitely want to have a good overall look at the vehicle, just to be sure.

Happily, everyone involved seems to be ok, no immediate injuries reported.
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+Michael Graddy: very true. It's just a thing, after all. We're just happy that everyone seems to be ok.

The Jeep's in the shop now, for a thorough going over. We'll see how it goes.
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Puppy Time

Spent a lovely afternoon with +Sid Wood and +Kevin P, and their Irish Wolfhounds. My dear +Danielle V, our lovely +Illyana V, and +Jessica Sarrasin enjoyed a lovely meal and fine cheeses, not to mention the delightful company.
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That looks like so much fun!
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A Decent Kid

Let's hope he doesn't get crushed by the machine that is the U.S. 
Susquehanna (Pa.) HS quarterback Ben Moser made good on a fourth-grade prom promise.
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Fact-Resistant Humans

Oh hell...


#satire
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Minor King Promo

This weekend, get your free copy of +Jim Mitchem's first novel: Minor King.

It's worth the read.
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There is a Canadian link!  Just downloaded it & looking forward to reading it.
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Jaymes In Princeton

Some people, likely his haters, have said that +Jaymes Blake would never make it to Princeton. Well, yesterday he proved them wrong.

And here's the pic to prove it.

Well done, Jaymes!
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Not too far off in age, either 😀
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Mr. Magoo No More?

Definitely keeping a tabs on this one.

One of the things technology will most likely fix at some point down the road is poor eyesight. And it might happen sooner than we think, if Ocumetics Technology is successful with its Bionic Lens ...
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Where Is Jason Joseph?

Most recently celebrating the rise of his Six Beats Of Separation project, photographer +Jason Joseph posted two pleas like this to G+ a couple nights ago. Has anyone seen or heard from him since? Is he ok?
 
HEL:P! Anyone in NY of Philly Have a Place I can Stay?
Bout to be put into the system... wish I was joking.
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No pressure. I'll try to keep an eye on your blog in case you don't get to cross post here on G+. 
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Back Garden Rejuvenation

My dear +Danielle V spent the day working on the backyard, with the help of +Magan W.

I, as usual, played it safe and did the lifting, toting, and cleanup.

Poor +Illyana V was stuck inside doing homework.
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+E Blake, one is underneath and between the two bushes at the rear of the yard, the other is alongside the fence.
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Happy Mother's Day

First, celebrate Mothers every day, not just today. They deserve it.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers in the world, biological or otherwise. Because you don't have to have given birth to be a Mom.

Case in point: my beautiful wife, +Danielle V, is a wonderful mom to our daughter, but also mothers may others who come into our lives. And she loves them all equally, but differently, according to their needs.

So, Happy Mother's Day, all you Mothers!

+E Blake +kat Folland +Karin Nelson +Chrysta Rae (and so many more!)


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+E Blake, Thankfully he has you!
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It's Your Journey

The amazing +Zero Dean celebrates his fifth anniversary. Five years? Wow. I thought it was only two, or three.

 
Five years ago today.

This is the day I disconnected from life as I knew it and embarked on a journey that would not only change my life, but my entire view of the world.

I felt my life, although comfortable, had gotten off-track and I was no longer fulfilling my potential or taking advantage of my unique combination of talents (which everyone has, but few fully utilize).

I wanted to get back in touch with the things I was most passionate about as well as intentionally push myself beyond my comfort zone.

I'd read somewhere that "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone" (Neale Donald Walsch) and wanted to explore that as a means for personal growth.

And thus began the journey of my lifetime.

What I originally envisioned as an elaborate 3-month adventure (in which I would travel across the United States, take pictures, accept challenges, connect with people, and write about the experience), became an indefinite journey that evolved into the most difficult thing I'd ever committed to. 

It forced me to face challenges I never expected and it completely turned my world on its side.

In short, it changed everything. And it began 5 years ago.

May 8, 2010. That was the day I set off from Las Vegas in my 4-Runner. And for the next 5 years I would live beyond comfort in ways I could never imagine.

It wasn't the things I anticipated to be tough that were most difficult to deal with. 

It wasn't living my car or the lack of a stove, refrigerator, running water, bathroom, shower, electricity, stability, companionship, or any number of the other amenities people take for granted. 

And it wasn't the injuries, multiple robberies, or health issues.

It was the psychological aspects of my journey. It was the doubts, the fears, the isolation, the loneliness, and my relationships that were most challenging. Not just my relationships with others, but my relationship with myself.

I had to face my demons, overcome bouts of depression and thoughts of suicide. I had to commit myself to overcoming my issues rather than let them overcome me. I had to learn how to gain strength from my struggles.

And from it all, I had to discover myself and my purpose.

For five years I've committed myself to the path less traveled. Committed myself to living beyond comfort. Committed myself to and overcome numerous personal challenges.

And it is from these challenges that I've become a stronger person and much more appreciative of life experiences. In five years I've learned invaluable lessons and gained wisdom that I share with others (http://zerosophy.com).

And it is from these experiences that I have determined that pushing one's self beyond one's comfort zone is vital to self-development. Although I wouldn't suggest that one necessarily has to live in the manner in which I have for five years to do it. A little discomfort here, a little discomfort there, that'll do it.

But as I've said before, not everyone will understand your journey. That's fine. It's not their journey to make sense of. It's yours.

That is a large part of what today, my 5-year anniversary, signifies.

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But there's so much more to it than that -- which will be in my book.

Thanks for reading. And I'm happy you could be here today to share this day with me -- and I share this day with you.

And I look forward to many more.

Thanks for your support.

Now go make someone smile today.

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Thanks for checking out my profile. Just a little background about me if you are deciding whether or not to circle me (or uncircle me, as the case may be). Grab a cup of your favourite beverage, this may take a bit. ;)

Firstly, circling me does not guarantee an automatic circling back. I simply can not keep up with the stream as it as. I tend towards quality, not quantity, as it were. If it seems interesting to me, I may follow along. Unless it gets to be too much, then I may have to pare things back. Nothing personal. I will do my best to respond to comments, however.

Although I try to keep things relatively clean, there will be times I post stronger or more explicit material. If there is a chance this may offend you, feel free to not circle me. If you do circle me and don't like what you see, just leave quietly. Nobody likes a scene. Sorry to be blunt, but you do have a choice here on G+, no one is forcing you to receive the posts from someone you chose to circle.

I spent much of my adult life working in the computer industry, first as a systems administrator, then in telephone tech support. In 2011, I burned out and went for a career reset. Don't get me wrong, I still love technology and geek out over gadgets and software, but I just can't handle resolving everyone else's computer issues anymore.

While reviewing my options I realized that one of the things I had been doing since I was a kid was taking pictures, so I decided to pursue photography. Still working on that.

Other interests include audio recording and videography. I haven't done much with those, yet. Although in May 2012 I did begin volunteering at our local Rogers TV Community Television station, where I have been learning camera operation, audio, and aim to get into video editing, too.

After an incomplete Project 52 in 2011 (partly due to burning out my camera, partly due to life), I completed a self-directed Project 52 in 2012. For 2013 I am participating in the #WeeklyPhotoProject2013 curated by +112047518791547423051 , +109674480414473952661 and  +104350419422550122115 (+117783067636860808623). I am also working on a very loose Project 365.

I also have an interest in developing a podcast, but as of March 1, 2013 when this profile is being written, I have not come up with a solid idea. The year is still young, though.

If you've read this far, thank you for your patience. This is the most I've written about myself in, well, ever. Google+ is a great community, and I am thankful to be a part of it.


NOTE: My images are licensed under
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