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A few nights ago, the TCRPMG members had a model shoot in Hudson, NY.  As we were shooting, my eye wandered up an enormous flag pole to see the flag among this gorgeous blue sky.  I couldn’t help but shoot it.  It was so gorgeous.

You see, ever since I was a kid, I have been in love with the flag that represents this great country of ours.  I always try to get good shots of it to share.  That flag represents our freedom.  That flag represents those risking their lives so we may keep our freedom.  Many have given their lives for us. Unfortunately, a lot of people take that freedom for granted.

Kristi was tweeting and talking on Facebook the other day about people that wouldn’t stop talking during the National Anthem.  It made me pretty mad.  I have noticed that people have become incredibly rude and just don’t care anymore.  And it’s not only during the National Anthem.  There have been a few instances where I was probably sitting in my chair with my mouth wide open, amazed at how rude people are.

My cousin’s wedding was a great example.  My cousin and his wife were at the altar and the priest was doing conducting the ceremony.  There was a crowd of people in the back of the room that were carrying on a loud conversation.  I was getting pretty angry.  They were disrupting the service and didn’t even care.

Last week, at Baseball and Bloggers, the panel was speaking and the people in the back of the room were so loud I could barely hear the speakers.  It baffles me that this is becoming so common.  Why would you go to an event and ignore the lecture just to chat with your friends?  Pick up the phone and call them.  Go to a bar.

I know that I have no control over the way people act in public.  I am just saddened by the lack of respect that seems to have become OK in society.  What happened?  I can only assume it’s because parents can’t (or wont) discipline their kids anymore.  The world is going to be a very scary place in another twenty years.

Now that my whining is over, I want to add one more thing.  Find a Vietnam Veteran, an Iraq Veteran or a current military member and thank them for protecting this great country of ours.  It’s because of them that we have the freedom we have.  And don’t forget all of those that have lost their life fighting for us and those that are POW-MIA.

See ya soon.

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Yesterday, we met a friend at Starbucks to see his new puppy.  Before you get too excited, we were outside on the patio on what was a beautiful, 70ish degree day.  The puppy was a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and it was adorable.  But, that’s another blog for another day.

Anyway, we are sitting there talking to our friend for a few hours and motorcycles keep passing by.  After a while, two Harleys pull in and the owners walk over.  The husband sits down and the wife goes in to grab some drinks.  He notices the dog and strikes up a conversation.  He mentions they have a Maltese and they spoil it rotten.  We tell them about our 4.6 pound Chi-a-poo (chihuahua poodle mix) and how ridiculously spoiled she is.

Our 4.6 pound killer attack dog, Isabella

Rose and I are really great at making new friends.  It seems almost everywhere we go, we make a new friend, and a lot of times we meet people that ride like us.  They each had their own motorcycle and, as most bikers do, they loved telling us about their bikes.  So, what does this have to do with the price of tea in China?  Absolutely nothing.

What I am getting at is if I met this couple anywhere else without the motorcycle boots and gear, I probably wouldn’t have know they were bikers.  And that is the case for a lot of people that ride.  If you had seen Rose or I in our street clothes, you probably wouldn’t have known we ride either.  Fact is, a lot of bikers out there are doctors, lawyers, and business professionals.  If you saw them in their field, you might not have any idea that they ride motorcycles

Sure, you will always have some bad eggs, but a lot of bikers are the most caring, giving people you will ever meet.  Turns out the couple we met know some of our friends from a town or two over.  They welcomed us to swing by their house and go for a ride with them sometime.  It reminds me how small the world really is, and how there really are some great people out there.  If you can’t smile after meeting someone like that, then there is something wrong with you.  What a great day to be alive.

So, smile, be happy and make a new friend today.  See ya soon!

Last night, Rose and I went out to the monthly Albany Tweetup.  According to Urban Dictionary, a tweetup is “A group of friends on Twitter (social network) that are planning to meet up. A request by a user to meet with friends via Twitter.”  That is one of the definitions they list on their site.  I kinda like the nerd one the best.  Each month Cassie chooses a location and a bunch of us gather to hang out, catch up and make new friends.  It is a lot of fun, and so far, they have all been at great restaurants or bars.  My personal favorite was the Sushi Tweetup, but that’s just me.

While we were there, Cute Ella mentioned something that got me thinking.  I missed the beginning of the conversation because it was loud in the bar (and because my hearing is horrible), but I heard the part about ‘you’ve gotta know your readers’.  She was dead on and the lightbulb flickered above my head.  I am not sure how many readers I have, as a lot are just lurkers and never comment.  This made me wonder about some of you sitting there reading this and think – what do they like?  What are their hobbies?   Favorite color?  I have no idea.

So, I want to put you all on the spot.  I would like to know a few things about you.  Tell me a few things about you that I might not know, and I will in turn answer a question from you.  Please keep the questions work safe, as this is a family blog and I’d like to keep it that way.  I will do my best to answer your questions, so long as they are appropriate.  Ready?  Let’s go!

See ya soon!