Archive for July, 2010

I’ve hit a time in my life when people my age are getting married and starting their own families.  It’s fun to witness as we transition from college kids to full-fledged adults.  I’ve often wondered when we truly enter adulthood and I’m starting to believe that it comes in increments and then just hits you smack-dab in the face one day.  The start of the process is the day you graduate from college, then comes your first “real” job, then engagement, then wedding, then buying your first house, then home improvements and finally introducing a child into this world.  (And these events don’t have to come in this order).

I’ve checked off most of these activities with kids to come eventually.  In the meantime, it’s fun to live vicariously through friends and family as they celebrate the milestones of their offspring.  I blogged about the 1st birthday of my niece (and Goddaughter) back on Day 101 and had the opportunity to attend another 1st birthday on Day 135.

My wife Courtney and I traveled a couple hours to Long Island to attend the 1st birthday party of Madison Jordan.  Courtney grew up with Madison’s mom Melissa and we’ve developed a great ‘couples relationship’ with her and her husband George.  They spent time with us when we lived in Orlando, which was a great way to get to know them.  They are as solid as they come, and we really enjoy spending time with them – an opportunity that presents itself more often now that we are back in New York.  We hope to continue to share these days with Melissa, George and Madison in the future.

Madison Jordan

Madison, Daddy, Mommy and Elmo during the singing of "Happy Birthday"


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Trust is crucial in any relationship in life.  Be it with your family, friends or colleagues.  I’ve always enjoyed the saying, “let’s keep this between you, me and the lamppost” – as much as I enjoy taking photos of lampposts.  The saying, for those not familiar, is a heads up that whatever is about to be uttered is an informative statement that the listener is being asked to keep secret.  After being introduced to the saying, I’ve always considered lampposts to be the most trustworthy of light fixtures.

I love taking photos of lampposts or including them in a photo because they offer a great opportunity to show perspective and frame the subject.  I know, I know – I’m getting all deep and artistic on you and my photography is amateurish at best.

I took a photo of Gramercy Park on Day 105 and really enjoyed the area.  I decided to return to capture another photo on Day 134 and this lamppost really stood out to me for one reason or another.  This was my attempt at incorporating an artistic shot in my blog, which I’ve done from time to time.


A lamppost outside of the entrance to Gramercy Park in NYC

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