Friday, June 12, 2009

12 of 12 - June 2009

Hello and welcome to this month's 12 of 12. To see the rules and play along, go here to Chad Darnell's blog. My childhood BFF Karen played along last month, and I hope she does it again this time around too.

I've had the best week - Started out with a vacation in Vegas with my most wonderful Mom. We stayed at Caesar's Palace for free, saw Bette Midler (it was, in the words of one Barnabas Stinson - "Legend.....wait for it......Ary") and we both even came home with a little extra cash. Georgia Power will be so happy. After returning home, my boss took our whole work team out to the afternoon Braves game yesterday and even sprung for hotdogs and Cracker Jack.

So, after all the fun and games and about a million great photo ops, 12 of 12 would come on the one most intensely boring, need to catch up on 4 missed days of work, OMG I have 272 unread emails in my inbox day of the week. Nonetheless, here we go.....

8:41 a.m. - Arriving at work after the 2 minute commute. Looks like they are setting up something on the lawn - probably some type of celebration in connection with Delta's 80th anniversary which is next week. Hopefully, there will be free stuff.

12:10 p.m. - The first part of the day has flown by and it is already time for lunch. Ran out to pick up something at Which Wich.

12:40 p.m. - Back at work and it turns out the thing on the lawn is a celebration thrown by Coca-Cola in recognition of their long term relationship with Delta (since 1940) and our 80th anniversary. And there is Free Stuff - Woohoo!! Coke Floats for everyone and assorted prizes. Here, my coworker Laura gives me her best "hurry up and take the picture so I can eat my damn float" smile.

12:45 p.m. -Of course, my Dad can smell free food from several miles away, so he was in attendance. But what I'm really loving is all the goings on behind us - they were having a Twist contest and some people were really getting in to it.

12:52 p.m. - and of course, the Electric Slide. Can't have a party without that. What I like about this photo is that I had the camera at my side, walking through the crowd and I accidentally hit the button to take a picture and it ended up better and clearer than some of the photos I took on purpose. I love that the one woman on the right is still actively eating her float as she dances.

12:57 p.m. - and the Coke Polar Bear was even there. God, I would have hated being in that costume on such a hot day.

1:00 p.m. - OK - back to work. Headed back to my building and wanted to point out the LTA in Delta sign here.... the same LTA above the skylight over my desk in our new office space. Having your own personal skylight is wonderful for about 75% of the day. But on a sunny day between about 12:00 and 2:00 - it can be miserable. During that time, I'm finding lots of out of office things to do.

6:57 p.m. - As I was getting ready to leave, I discovered the accidental photo of the ladies doing the Slide and was explaining to Cheryl how I had snapped it as I was walking, and ended up doing it again. Now normally, this would have been an immediate move to the delete file for all kinds of obvious reasons, but I caught sight of Cheryl's face amidst the blur and figured this was the one chance to post a shot of her from the front to which she hopefully wouldn't object.

7:05 p.m. - Close up of the engine blades on the Spirit of Delta 767 in the hangar next to our office, as I finally head for home. All 272 emails opened and at the very least read.

7:10 p.m. - So, I walk across the parking lot to get in to my car and it is sunny skies. I drive to the main gate, and there is a strike of lightning. I drive one block and the sky goes black and by the time I reach the corner at the end of the second block and turn into the driveway, the bottom drops out. I know that the state announced that the long Georgia drought is officially over earlier this week, but this is a little much.

7:18 p.m. - Don't know why the blurry shot seems to be the theme of the day, but again, I liked this one. I'm not sure why it is so blurry - is it the camera, or me developing a nervous twitch. Or maybe lightning cracked again as I snapped it and I flinched, or it could have just been that the rain was just moving so fast that the blur was inevitable. I was trying to get a shot of how the wind was blowing the rain sideways but had to take cover after that the wind shifted and suddenly I was soaking wet as I stood on my completely covered front porch.

So, there you go. Hope you enjoyed. And if you get a chance, head over to Chad's blog and check out the links to other 12 of 12ers worldwide. It is a great chance to see what daily life is like all over the world and to enjoys some really wonderful photography.