Archive for August, 2008

I’ve Been Working

Sunday, August 31st, 2008


I had a good shoot in Reno last week. The best part, though, was when we went out to Lake Tahoe for an amazing dinner at the Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant. Absolutely, the best shrimp and lobster bisque I have ever had! And what a view!

Lake Tahoe

More Reno/Lake Tahoe photos here.

When I got back home, I had a shoot the next day with Stephen Baldwin. Yes, that Baldwin.

Reno Bound

Monday, August 25th, 2008


Mission Accomplished!

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Super Paper Mario

It only took hours upon hours of sitting on the couch, but the four heroes (Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Bowser) prevailed, and the universe is safe in Super Paper Mario world.

Our 2nd Anniversary

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

Hayden and Apryl at Pikes Peak

Last week, Apryl and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary by visiting the Upper Mississippi River in the small town (pop. 871) of McGregor, Iowa. McGregor and the even smaller town of Marquette are located right across the Mississippi River from Wisconsin’s second oldest city, Prairie du Chien. Throughout the weekend, we split our time among these border towns.

Unlike the drive for our last anniversary trip, which took over ten hours, this one took just over four hours. On the way, we stopped over in the Troll Capital of the World, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, because we saw a billboard with a name of a restaurant—the Grumpy Troll—that mimicked the name of our cabin in Iowa—Grumpsters Log Cabins. We took the similarity in name as a sign and took the exit. While our lunch was merely okay (afterwards, we heard the locals talking about the real place to go), it was still worth the trip to visit the Mount Horeb Mustard Museum. Sure, there were a few troll statues around town, but it was the real oddity of a mustard homage that sparked our interest. Below are a few photos from the museum:

Mustard Museum Sign

Mustard Museum Display

Mustard Museum Vending Machine

(The world’s only mustard vending machine!)

After leaving Mount Horeb, we got back on the road and made our way to the Wisconsin/Iowa border.

(to be continued…)

WEVL needs your vote!

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008


Hey there Mild Uproar readers, today is the last day to vote for Memphis Flyer’s “Best of Memphis” poll. Last year, our favorite WEVL was ranked #1 for Best Radio Station. It would be great to see them repeat!

So, if you love the station or even the fact that WEVL brought us two crazy kids together (celebrating our 2nd anniversary yesterday, I might add), then please take the online poll.


Neighborhood Damage

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

We were pretty lucky in our neighborhood with only little damage, mostly fallen tree branches. Here are a few photos I took while walking to our landlord’s house to pay the rent:






100 years ago

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008


Last week, we got a letter from The Department of Water Management explaining a project to install a new water main underneath our street. The project, which isn’t expected to be completed until late September, is to replace the old main that was installed in 1908. Included in our letter was a list of facts about what was going down one hundred years ago:

1. Henry Ford introduced the Model T car.

2. Cincinnati Mayor Mark Breith stood before city council and announced that “women are not physically fit to operate automobiles.”

3. A New York City regulation made it illegal for women to smoke in public.

4. The first Mother’s Day was observed.

5. The first time a ball signifying the new year dropped in Times Square.

6. The first Gideon Bible was placed in a hotel room.

7. The first horror movie Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde premiered in Chicago.

And since I have been going video crazy lately, here is one of the workers workin’.

The Storm

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Check out these short video clips taken with my digital still camera of last night’s thunderstorm.

Take special notice of the lighting strikes!

Above, heavy winds in Holstein Park.

And, how it all started. Yes, those are tornado sirens!

Working Lolla (Video Update!)

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Lolla Sold OUt

Yesterday, I finished up a three day working stint for VH1 at this year’s Lollapalooza, which had to be largest attended in the festival’s history. Luckily, most of our time was spent away from the crowds and sun, and on a platform interviewing artists. The platform was about fifty yards away from the AT&T Main Stage on the south side. So, even when we were working or waiting to work, we had a great spot for some of the main acts and even a decent position for the Myspace Stage, which was positioned on the opposite side of the AT&T Stage. And sense we had very few interviews to get, we had multiple chances to actually go out into the festival. So, basically I got paid to attend the festival.

Here is a list of some of the musicians I was able to see (working and not working): The Go! Team, Duffy, Gogol Bordello, Mates of State, Bloc Party, Stephen Malkmus, Radiohead, The Ting Tings, Dr. Dog, The Gutter Twins, MGMT, Explosions in the Sky, Okkervil River, Broken Social Scene, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, James Lidell, Lupe Fiasco, Wilco, The Whigs, Brazilian Girls, Chromeo, G. Love, Gnarls Barkley, Girl Talk, Mark Ronson, Kayne West, and NIN.

The Platform

The platform from where we were stationed most of the day. Every once in awhile it got busy with the local news.

Vantage Point

Our vantage point from the platform.


Here we are working with a reporter for Rolling Stone out in the festival.

Girl Talk

The insanity of a Girl Talk show.

Another vantage point

Another angle of our spot on the platform as Radiohead is about to take stage. Notice the Sears Tower on the left hand side.


The sun setting over the city.


Radiohead at night.

Buck Fountain

The Buckingham Fountain in the middle of Grant Park (remember Married… with Children).

A few more photos here.


Radiohead performing “No Surprises” for an insane amount of people.