Archive for July, 2007

July 25, 2007

Muy tired

by Kyle Smith

Last night was our first indoor soccer game. I was pretty excited about it except the game started at 10:40 p.m.!!! That’s 10 minutes past my usual sleepy time. I’m the fat guy on the team so I’m on defense, which is good b/c I don’t have to run as much. So a guy decided that he was going to kick the ball through me instead of going around me. But I said NO SIR, and blocked it with my face. Some people like to use the top of their head, well I like the face; it’s a lot more painful. We ended up winning but I’m so stinkin tired at work today. I’ve already had 4 cups of coffee today. I just want to go to sleep.

July 24, 2007

More Tamron shots

by Kyle Smith

Fox 26 news came out and did a feature on the welding program at San Jac, and I took photos of the event for our own personal use. Here’s some of the highlights… (I was shooting at ISO 800 and f/2.8 the whole time so there’s gonna be some grittiness to the photos)















July 23, 2007

Tamron 28-75 mm f/2.8

by Kyle Smith

So we got a new lens at work and I took it to the Mercer Arboretum. This lens is sweet! Here are some shots from the arboretum.Flower

July 23, 2007

DUI Hit and Run

by Kyle Smith

Well, I left off on Friday saying to have a nice weekend. And mine was pretty good. We ended up going to Surf Side on Saturday and it was awesome! The fact that it didn’t rain that day was great. After we enjoyed the beach we headed to Kitty’s Purple Cow for some good burgers. After gorging our selfs on the greasiest, white-trash eats, we headed to our friends dad’s newly built custom mansion. On our way there I had quiet the experience.
We were all caravaning, three cars in length. I was bringing up the rear, and didn’t make the light. So I slowed down to come to a stop. As I was slowing, I looked in my rear-view mirror and noticed a large black Expedition plowing towards me. So before impact I let off the breaks and gassed it a little to ease the collision. It wasn’t bad, just a good little nudge. So I get out check the car, see that some paint had been chipped and the bumper was dimpled. As I’m examining my car, I keep waiting to hear the other person exit their vehicle. So I look up and they’re laughing it up in their SUV not even aware they just hit me. So I look at them and throw my hands up in a “are you going to freakin’ exit your car and come look at this” manner. Thuglife #1, the driver, stumbles out of the vehicle. As he nears, I notice is eyes are rolled back in his head and are blood-shot. “Oh great, I’ve got a real law abiding citizen on my hands,” I thought to myself. He falls to the car and says, “I didddn’tt doo nuffin… thurrrss no damage…..” and I say, “That’s funny because there is paint missing from my bumper.” He says, “I ddinnt ‘ven hit chu…”. So by that time Thuglife #2, the passenger, exits the vehicle, joint in hand. So I can tell these guys are blown out of their mind and I really don’t want to get jumped so I tell them to pull into the parking lot, so we can clear the intersection. They get back in their car and try to hang a u-turn to get out of there.
With the use of my trusty rear-view mirror I was able to see this and began to turn with them. They see this and realize I’m not going to let them get away and they follow me through the intersection. We both put on our blinkers and begin to pull into the parking lot, well as I’m about to enter the parking lot they swerve around me and continue on down the road.
I have my wife call the cops, she give the license plate, location and description of the vehicle and suspects. I follow them down the road and we pull into a gas station, coincidentally where the rest of the caravan was waiting as they watched me back at the light. Well Thuglife #1 and #2 are really beginning to piss me off b/c they were just circling the parking lot. They then exit the gas station and pull out onto the road. I follow, b/c they’re not speeding, but in their state-of-mind they’re already flying. Then they decide the ditch is a better escape route, and I just follow along side them on the road. They get back on the road and turn onto the next street, still going 40 mph. We approach a red light and are approx. 40 yards away. Well, they decide to gun it and plow through the red light. I decided that it’s time to stop pursuing them and I’ll just meet wait for the police to meet me at a near by church. So the cop shows up and tells me that he’ll try to find the two drains to society and that’s pretty much all there is to do. So I said thanks and continued on my way to the mansion. I’ll post about this at a later date.
I think the thing that upsets me the most is that since I was on a cell phone we didn’t get through to the local police until it’s too late. Something needs to be done about this. What good is it to call the cops if they can’t even get there until way after the event? I really hope they found those two idiots, other wise they’ll be back on the roads again doing the same thing…

July 20, 2007

Reef

by Kyle Smith

So I introduced the office to my Reef shoes today with the bottle opener on the sole. I’ve kinda coined the name Carl at work. Carl is me at work and Kyle is me outside of work, kind of Dr. Jekle and Mr. Hyde – ish. So I decided I’d introduce a little bit of Kyle at work today, sorry aA you missed it.
I decided this would be blog worthy and googled Reef shoes for an image when I stumbled upon the Reef Dram sandal!! Reef has taken it to the next level and I’m going to get those sandals!
Well it’s almost the weekend, so everyone enjoy it b/c Monday’s almost here…

July 18, 2007

CS3 fun

by Kyle Smith

Well I just received CS3 at work and took a picture of my desk and photomerged it. Here it is:

July 17, 2007

SB-800 extravaganza

by Kyle Smith

About a month ago, I went to do a bridal portrait session at Mercer Arboretum in Houston. Well, being an only outdoor photog. rain is my enemy!! So of course the enemy was in full force that day. I warned the bride-to-be that if the weather was bad we’d have to reschedule, but of course being the push-over, nice guy that I am we didn’t. So luckily that day I was equipped with two SB-800’s and told her that we would figure out where to go to use those bad boys. We first went to the Wyndham Hotel and they kicked us out b/c we didn’t pay the $250 photography fee, so we quickly dodged security and ventured back into the monsoons. We decided to go to my wifes office building. The lobby is very modern and has huge windows letting in some of God’s light. So with all that said here’s what came of the shoot.

July 15, 2007

What is Friendship?

by Kyle Smith

I know I said this blog was going to be more “newsy” but this is just something that is eating me up so I figured why not vent on my blog, that’s why it’s here right? And I apologize for this rant, but I’ve gotta let it out.

What is friendship?
This has always been something I ask myself when it comes to any of my “friendships”. You can look it up and get a text book answer but that is in an ideal world. For all my life I have gone over and beyond for all of my friends. I’m always willing to go out of my way for all of my friends, but I’ve slowly realized that very few of them are willing to do the same for me. This realization was escalated when I entered college, or I guess I should say when college came to a close. Some of my very first friends at SFA have really screwed me over the past year, and I really have no idea why. And the thing is they don’t seem to care. I’m slowly realizing that what I’ve thought as friendships are really just relationships where people are taking advantage of me. Maybe I’m just a selfish ass, but it seems like anytime my “friends” would have to go out of their way they wouldn’t and the plans would have to change to fit their needs.

Recently I found out that two of my friends were moving out of the state. One of which I call friend because they’re in my “group” of friends and the other I really do consider a great friend. So our “group” decided that we should all try to get together one last time and send our “friends” off with a bang. But what I’m realizing is that if this weekend get together is not convenient for our two friends then it’s not going to happen. Well I’m sorry but aren’t we going out of our way to get together in the first place?

The two who are moving live in Dallas, my wife and I in Houston, two others live in Austin, another in Nacogdoches, and another NW of Dallas. So it’s not like everyone is really close to begin with. So we decided to rent a place in Galveston, I called the majority of the people getting together and everyone said that it would be a lot of fun. So we booked the condo. Well then one of the “friends” whose moving decided that it was inconvenient to go to Galveston and that they didn’t want to drive that far. But that it’s ok for everyone else to go out of their way to come see them in Dallas.

Well first off this person has never gone out of their way for me or really anyone else to my knowledge. Secondly, they decided that their boyfriend’s birthday was more important than being in my wedding, seriously?! But I thought hey whatever they’re my friend. So let’s plan a weekend for them, but yet again it’s not convenient to them.

So here’s a hypothetical conversation that pretty much sums up the situation:

People moving: “Hey everyone we’re moving”
Everyone: “Man that sucks!”
People moving: “Yea we should all try to get together one last time (as long as it’s convenient to me)”
Everyone: “Hey let’s rent a place in Galveston and we could all hang out for the entire weekend.”
People moving: “Well that’s really not convenient and you all really are not important enough for us to go out of our way; so, if you want to see us then you should go out of your way.”
Everyone: “Screw you, we’re always going out of our way. It’s obvious you’re not willing to be inconvenienced and that we’re not important enough so have fun in Cali and NY.”

Except everyone will actually roll over and say ok whatever you want, and my wife and I will look like the jerks as usual, even though many others feel the same way and just don’t want to rock the boat.

So (PEOPLE WHO CARE + PEOPLE WHO WILL GO OUT OF THEIR WAY FOR “FRIENDS” = PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT IMPORTANT ENOUGH FOR THEIR “FRIENDS”)

July 12, 2007

Oh how I miss college

by Kyle Smith