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I'm baaaa-aa-ack

Postby gstark on Tue Jan 10, 2006 8:43 am

Happy New Year to all of our members.

Lindy and I had a great time on the US west coast, avoiding floods in the Napa Valley, checking out expensive real estate in the Monterey peninsular, looking for cheap stuff in Tijuana, eating great food (mostly, but don't ask about the so-called Mexican restaurant in Santa Monica), taking in museums in Balboa Park and of course the Getty in LA, and generally just relaxing and enjoying a few days together.

We thoroughly enjoyed teasing the vendors along San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf area who desperately wanted to try to sell me some Sigma glass, and they seemed somewhat disappointed when, having told me the price was "Three ninety nine" I countered with a "$3.99? Still too much!".

Oh .. such fun!

And on our first night there too. Jetlag? What's that?

As we move into the new year here, we're going to be looking at a few changes ... priorities include trying to solve the ongoing hosting issues that we have, and looking at a way to institute sub forums, so that we can perhaps simplify the front page just a little.

And of course we'll be having more of the same: minimeets, specials, night shoots, and genreally just looking for ways to help y'all improve your photographic skills, all as we all just get together and get to become even more closely knit as friends, as well as members here.
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Postby Killakoala on Tue Jan 10, 2006 8:59 am

Nice to hear you are back, safe and sound Gary.

When i heard about the floods in Napa Valley, i immediately thought of you and wondered if you had been caught up in it.
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Postby sheepie on Tue Jan 10, 2006 9:15 am

Welcome back Gary - you'll be pleased to find out there were no 'server issues' while you were gone this time! ;)

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Postby Geoff on Tue Jan 10, 2006 10:30 am

sheepie wrote:Welcome back Gary - you'll be pleased to find out there were no 'server issues' while you were gone this time! ;)

:twisted: :twisted: :twisted:


Leigh was running the joint - are you surprised there were no issues? :)
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Postby MHD on Tue Jan 10, 2006 10:46 am

Santa Monica.... My biggest mistake was going there :)

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Postby stubbsy on Tue Jan 10, 2006 10:46 am

Gee you're a tough crowd. Hasn't Leigh outlived that minor accident by now. :wink: I'd be more worried about what state the house was in when Gary got home since he was entertaining while Gary was away.
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Postby Nnnnsic on Tue Jan 10, 2006 11:06 am

Actually, it was better than Dad left it.

Which wouldn't be hard, mind you.
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Postby birddog114 on Tue Jan 10, 2006 11:08 am

Nnnnsic wrote:Actually, it was better than Dad left it.

Which wouldn't be hard, mind you.


OMG, this the first time I've seen you on line early as today since Gary left :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby Nnnnsic on Tue Jan 10, 2006 11:12 am

This is the first time I've been up this early in months, me thinks. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Postby Geoff on Tue Jan 10, 2006 11:19 am

Nnnnsic wrote:Actually, it was better than Dad left it.

Which wouldn't be hard, mind you.


Yes yes, I know it's still off topic.
But I can vouch that the house was tidier a few days after Sir Gary had left and Leigh had cleaned the place up for his hairem. :D :D :D
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Postby birddog114 on Tue Jan 10, 2006 11:23 am

Oh yeah! what topic should we talk now? :lol:
And you don't want to drag you out of the bed early! BTW, Gary! the New Year is just started and looking forward to see those improvements and activities on our forum.
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Postby gstark on Tue Jan 10, 2006 11:45 am

MHD wrote:Santa Monica.... My biggest mistake was going there :)


Not just you, Scott, it seems.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/arnie- ... 25996.html
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Postby sirhc55 on Tue Jan 10, 2006 11:50 am

Gary :!: Gary who :wink: :lol:
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Postby Mj on Tue Jan 10, 2006 12:01 pm

Hey there... welcome back all ready and refreshed for an exciting NY... :chook:
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Postby Matt. K on Tue Jan 10, 2006 12:50 pm

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Give it back now.
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Postby blacknstormy on Tue Jan 10, 2006 1:29 pm

Welcome back Gary :) :cheers:
And congrats to Leigh for a job well done :) ;) :up:
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Re: I'm baaaa-aa-ack

Postby daniel_r on Tue Jan 10, 2006 3:46 pm

gstark wrote:We thoroughly enjoyed teasing the vendors along San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf area who desperately wanted to try to sell me some Sigma glass, and they seemed somewhat disappointed when, having told me the price was "Three ninety nine" I countered with a "$3.99? Still too much!".


They really are amazing from my experience there in June last year. I went looking for a Grad ND Filter before heading off to Yosimite. No luck downtown so I tried some of the very dodgy looking shops at Fishermans... wow. They didn't have any in stock, and for most of them I ended up explaining what a Grad ND was anyway (never heard of one of those!)

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Postby Potatis on Tue Jan 10, 2006 3:49 pm

Welcome back, Gary. :)
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Postby thaddeus on Wed Jan 11, 2006 5:39 pm

Geoff wrote:Leigh had cleaned the place up for his hairem.

You've just put a very hairy image in my head. Erk!
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Postby moggy on Wed Jan 11, 2006 6:53 pm

thaddeus wrote:
Geoff wrote:Leigh had cleaned the place up for his hairem.

You've just put a very hairy image in my head. Erk!


Or a very BALD image, as the case may be!

Welcome back Gary. :lol:

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Postby Glen on Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:14 pm

Welcome back :D
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