Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Barack's Big Day

Here's the rest of the pictures from Friday's big Obama rally in Philadelphia.
Here's the gallery

Old City Philadelphia Real Estate - Condo For Sale!

This one will go fast!
Great Location in Old City, Philadelphia!! Beautiful Space!

Bridgeview (315 New St.)

Unit Assets:
  • Efficient 2 bedroom, 2 bath floorplan on 6th floor of historically preserved building formerly home to Thomas Scientific.
  • High, angled ceilings
  • Sunny, southern-facing oversized warehouse windows in living room and both bedrooms
  • Floor-to-ceiling exposed brick in living room and both bedrooms
  • Living room has light-shaded wood Pergo flooring,
  • 2nd Bedroom has grey, slate-style laminate flooring. (Professionally installed 2 years ago)
  • The rest is brand-new carpet (Professionally installed mid-April, 2008)
  • Oversized mirrors in each bathroom with vanity lights
  • Quiet location on top floor at the end of the hall…only one neighbor to the side.
  • Electric GE oven/range.refrigerator/garbage disposal
  • Dual deadbolt locks on front door
  • Lots of kitchen cabinet space
  • Light Switches placed for handicap-access
  • 4 year-old Trane HVAC system w/digital thermostat

Recent Upgrades:

  • New Whirlpool Washer/Drier Combination (unused, professionally installed and connected March 2008)
  • New Whirlpool Stainless Steel over-the-range microwave (unused, professionally installed and connected March 2008)
  • All existing carpeting replaced (April 2008)
  • Custom-built easy-access hinged door to water heater/HVAC filter area in ceiling (built early 2007)
  • Oversized, “airplane propeller” ceiling fan with light (waiting for replacement part for remote)
  • Bedroom/Hallway/Living room walls painted.
  • Rainspout in bedroom sealed with black iron pipe sealer paint

Building Assets:

  • Quiet, half-block cobblestone street (Permit 10 parking) across from 2 historical churches, blocks from restaurants, art galleries, theaters, historical landmarks
  • 24-hour concierge/doorman
  • Video coverage of building access
  • Garbage/recycling rooms on each floor
  • Well-decorated and well-maintained common areas (including lobby, covered brick walkway and brick courtyard)
  • Common areas scheduled for a make-over in late ’08
  • Discounted HD cable TV service through buildings bulk-rate plan
  • Extra secured storage space on each floor
  • Dedicated areas for easy parking for unloading and guests
  • Dual elevators (recently redone)
  • Great location, 4 blocks from SEPTA/PATCO
  • Roof deck in future plans

Check out the Photos Below!
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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Barack Obama Draws 35,000 people to my (old) backyard

So, the Old City condo's just about to get listed, so I'm planning to leave right from work to get back to the city and take some shots of the building and the unit. A critical audio/visual emergency mission lets me leave early and gets me downtown just as traffic is turning into a real nightmare. I drop off the gear where it's needed, head into the old neighborhood and see that Obama is coming to the lawn in front of the Constitution Center and Indepedance Hall Visitor Center. No streets are closed off, but there are people, news vans and cops everywhere.

Still driving around with a valid Old City #10 Parking permit, I snag a spot on New St., spend an hour inside shooting up the condo for marketing pics, then drop in another Flash card and wander over to where the action is.

People who have tickets are lined up for blocks, snaking down Vine Street, 6th Street and in front of the Visitor Center to get in. The sidewalks are all still open, which presents a good opportunity for some photographs until the rally organizers start moving us along. So I head to the grassy area around Independance Hall and the Liberty Bell which is jammed packed with people of all types.

2 and half hours go by as the music plays, the sky darkens and the crowd gets more and more restless for Barack to take the stage. He does, and speaks for a very short time, but the massive crowd stretching from the Constitution Center to Independance Hall is pumped, enthusiastic and quite an impressive sight. The shots from the news choppers was amazing, although from the camera floodights in his eyes, I doubt Barack even saw 1/2 of the assembled masses that came out.

Getting the condo pics up and to the realtor is my priority this morning, but I'm pretty sure I got some good stuff during the evening. They'll be up shortly. Here's two to start you off with.

[the 55-200 USM lens was on it's A-Game last night...no Photoshop needed on that one!]

Monday, April 14, 2008

Digital Camera Compare & Contrast

Here's the Lineup:
A Canon Powershot S2 IS - one shot at the wide end of the optical zoom, one shot at the far end of optical zoom.

A Samsung S85 - again, one shot wide, one shot far, all in the optical zoom range of the manufacturers lens.

A Canon 350D (or Digital Rebel if you're in the U.S.).
at both ends of a Canon 18-55 kit lens.
at both ends of a Canon 55-200 EF USM lens
And finally, a shot through a Canon 50 mm prime 1.4 EF lens.

All cameras places in Full Auto Mode (white balance/exposure/focus).

Taken straight from the camera and resized to 400 pixels wide via Paint.NET

Hosted on Photobucket.

Which is which?
(no cheating with image properties! I had to label the pics somehow so I could keep them straight!)










Sunday, April 13, 2008

My First Picture on My New Camera

I haven't been able to find the rest of the books that go with this set of bookends. I'm sure they are in the bottom of one of the boxes that I still have lying around!

[Tim's Note]: This is Kendra's new "I-want-a-camera-that's not complicated-and-will-fit-in-my-pocket" camera. It's a tiny Samsung model that goes for about $120 at Target and uses SD flash and AA batteries. Stay tuned for a side-by-side comparison of this and the 350D (whenever I have some free time!).

Oh what an interesting weekend...

Saturday started innocently enough. It was warm - about 70 degrees - and breezy, and I was in a very good mood. Both of the former states have been rare lately, so this in itself was someone of a miracle.

We played with Elora on the balcony. (Let the pictures below of me trying to play with her illustrate for the thousandth time that Elora clearly loves her daddy more than she loves me).

We even went out to breakfast at the Coffee Station and had a very nice talk. After this we drove around for awhile and enjoyed the weather. At 2:30 or so we both drove into the city. Tim was going to meet the carpet installers and I was supposed to meet a friend at the Hilton.

You see, after several months of having a practically non-existent social life and hiding out in Chadds Ford, someone finally talked me into a date on Saturday night. This would be my friend - Miss S.M. She was driving up from Harrisburg, and we live a bit outside the city now, so we got a hotel and just planned to have some good old girl time.

So, the setting...

Mistake #1: Someday it will be scientifically proven that it is actually impossible for S.M. and I to ever have a low key evening or ever fail to get into as much trouble as possible. In the future, should I decide to break a long period of hermiting, I would be best served to remember this and choose my first date wisely.

Mistake #2: Our realtor left a message on my cell phone just as S.M. and I were heading out to dinner. She wanted to stop in Monday to see the place and start the listing process. So, I (very stupidly) agreed to go by the condo in the morning and finish all of the cleaning and arranging that needed to be done in order to make the place look as nice as possible. When this morning actually did arrive, and I was hating myself - ever so much more than just a little - for each and every dirty martini consumed the night before, and nonetheless had to scrub the floors and fight to get some unidentifyable spilled condiment out of the fridge, the weight of Mistake #2 was fully realized...for 4 hours.

Realization #1: My love language is clearly kicking my own ass.

Realization #2: I am officially too old to even pretend I can party.

With the self-discovery points out of the way, here is a bit more about Saturday and Sunday.

S.M. arrived at the Hilton at around 4:30pm or so. We were both hungry as we had both skipped lunch altogether. This would probably be a good time to explain that our relationship is one of the longest, oldest, most honest, real, confusing, supportive, yet oddly destructive relationships in my life. We have a lot in common and people used to think we were sisters when we were younger. We are both Leos born in the same year; we are generally the center of attention; we can be loud, boisterous, cutting, harsh, and also quiet, sensitive, loving, and caring. We know each other very well despite long periods of being absent from each other's lives. We love each other to death. This being said, it is frequently difficult to tell if we are supporting each other or competing with each other.

Probably both.

So, all this to say that it was absolutely no surprise to me at all that we should both arrive in the same situation to the Hilton after a year's hiatus. Of course we both skipped lunch and were dying for a good meal and a drink. Of course we also both had kind of the same outfit on, so we changed clothes.

A key difference between us should be explained now for effect. S.M. is 6'5" while I am 5'9". So, take the description above and consider the fact that one of us is even more prone to attract attention, and tell me why I thought this would be low key.

Dinner was nice. We had a drink at the bar first and then sat down for our meals. The servers were all friendly and sweet, and we had a nice talk.

After dinner:
S: Where do you want to go next?
K: Hmmm... Can you walk in those shoes OK?
S: Uh-huh.
K: OK. Let's go to the Continental. There is a roof deck which is nice. We can get a few drinks there and go somewhere else.

OK - something like 3 hours later we finally managed to leave. Good Lord. We went to the roof deck, got our drinks, eventually found a table. Had more. Talked. At this point in time, everyone else at the bar started getting intoxicated enough to have the guts to come up and ask Sherry how tall she is. This is how it always starts. I'm not exactly sure how many different parties at the bar we ended up talking to, but Mike's birthday party was the first one. I started arguing with him in the bathroom.

Readers: Why was Mike in the bathroom?
K: Because it was one of those hip joints there the men and women share a sink area.
Readers: What did Mike do?
K: Probably nothing but ask S.M how tall she was, and I was tired of having people around me.

It is always interesting to meet people, but I think I just wasn't ready for it. S.M tells me that I wasn't so nice. But the good thing about our friendships is that it is OK if I'm not nice sometimes. She understands.

S: Yeah, you were a bit antagonistic.
K: I guess I can be kind of a b**** sometimes.
S: Yeah.
K: Have I always been?
S: No. Just when you are defending the people you care about in your life.

Very nice.

The evening ended sanely enough when we escaped that bar and all the crowds and went to another place to just chill out. Well, of course by that time, we had had quite enough to drink, as the bartender observed. I was fine with water, but now it was S.M.'s turn to be antagonistic. He ignored it and let us be. I guess it was a good thing there were not bouncers.

Despite the drama - and there always is drama - it was great to spend the evening with S.M. again. I'm REALLY happy she pulled me out of my hibernation to go see the world again! Friends that are worth putting up with crowds of annoying people and suffering through a pounding head the next day are few and far between. Besides, the girl can't help it...

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

April is a Tease