News From October 2011

Suburban Halloween 2011

Having a niece allows me to take part in a pumpkin carving party.
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I think the ickyness of the pumpkin innards were grossing Sophia out.
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Scrape it out... Photos by Deanna Templeton
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Sophia, Trenton, and Natasha going at it.
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Seeds ready for roasting.
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Halloween activities complete with live black cat.
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"I'm not bad luck!"
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Bad luck doesn't exist.
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Lemme put some pumpkin goo on your fur...
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Helpful tip: Don't use a permanent marker to draw your lines, it's hard to wash off.
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"Acting is like a Halloween mask that you put on." -River Phoenix
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"Only the knife knows what goes on in the heart of a pumpkin." -Simone Schwarz-Bart
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"I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion." -Henry David Thoreau
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"Charlie Brown is such a loser. He wasn't even the star of his own Halloween special." -Chris Rock
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"There is nothing funny about Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world." -Jean Baudrillard
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It's a miracle no fingers were severed...
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"We used to go around tipping outhouses over, or turning over corn shocks on Halloween. Anything to be mean." -Loretta Lynn
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The girls sit back and relax.
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"Being in a band you can wear whatever you want - it's like an excuse for halloween everyday." -Gwen Stefani
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The finished product.
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"If human beings had genuine courage, they'd wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween." -Doug Coupland
Posted October 28th, 2011 by Toy Machine pumpkin's ©tm
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Catalina Island 2 1/4

More from the Fuji GF670 camera this summer.
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"I think all art is about control - the encounter between control and the uncontrollable." -Richard Avedon
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"All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring." -Chuck Palahniuk
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"Electricity, the peril the wind sings to in the wires on a gray day." -Janet Frame
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Lifted from Wikipedia and edited: William Wrigley Jr. died January 26, 1932 and his body was interred in his custom-designed sarcophogus near his home on Catalina Island, located in the tower of the island's Wrigley Memorial & Botanical Gardens. But a decade after his death, Wrigley was moved during World War II due to war/security concerns. His original grave memorial marker still adorns the tower site. Wrigley was reinterred in the corridor alcove end of the Sanctuary of Gratitude, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.
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The view from his vacant mausoleum.
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That's Wrigley's house on the top of the hill to the right...
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"I always say that I don't want to be sentimental, that the photographs shouldn't be sentimental, and yet, I am conscious of my sentimentality." -Robert Frank
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"Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they're yours." -Richard Bach

"Ask yourself the secret of your success. Listen to your answer, and practice it." -Richard Bach
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"Avoid problems, and you'll never be the one who overcame them." -Richard Bach

"Bad things are not the worst things that can happen to us. Nothing is the worst thing that can happen to us!" -Richard Bach
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"The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again." -Charles Dickens
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The lovely Sophia, loves Catalina Island.
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Stacy Michelson made a video in Catalina, but here she's in Laguna Beach.
Posted October 26th, 2011 by Join the ridiculous moustache gang? no way.
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Two and a Quarter

Shot with the Fuji GF670...
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Slapping the cuffs on the guy who allegedly just beat up a guy.
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Amongst the crowd a young woman sits.
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Soaking the sun now for future dermatology later.
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"An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support." -James Buchan
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This is 6x7 not 6x6, the Fuji can shoot either format.
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My very first shot with the fuji this day.
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"Hey Brenna, watch me mount this moving car! Ha Ha!" -Courtney
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Why can't I walk down a street free of suggestion?
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We assure your suggestion will be documented.
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Can I take your photo?
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"I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do - that was one of my favorite things about it, and when I first did it, I felt very perverse." -Diane Arbus
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"I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me." -Ralph Ellison
Posted October 24th, 2011 by What's up Weegee? Diane? Square is the way.
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More B&W from the 2011 US Open

The clusterfuck of scantily-clad humanity here in Huntington Beach.
Posted October 20th, 2011 by Things will be moving in a new direction?
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Non-Celluloid Cellular Pixels...

In picture form. Basically iPhone photos shot recently.
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Drunken Toy Sock.
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No occifer, I have not been drinking.
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Tossing a wild eyed greaser right onto the pavement. Scanned into the bright light maxing the pixels to glow.
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Fogging up the lenses with the dampness of spew.
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Future purchases handled with kid gloves.
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Paul Cadmus at LACMA.
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Grant Hatfield's photo of me poking the 90 year old Harry Drinkwater at Roberts and Tilton.
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Deanna at the end of the pier.
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Mystery Science Theater 3000.
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Some nice graffiti in Corona Del Mar.
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Ashley Expired.
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Ashley B. in Santa Monica.
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Grant lays a French style kiss on Ashley.
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Canter's Deli, LA. Across from Family.
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The socks are HB locals.
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Actually went to the beach since it was so hot.
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Double-Decker layout.
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Tuesday's in HB there is a Farmer's Market, bottoms optional.
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Fuck Yeah Festival, Angelo watches No Age.
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Been skating the Costa Mesa park with Grant and Grif lately.
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Jimmy Arrighi was in the mags back in 1989, what were you doing?
Posted October 18th, 2011 by Time to shake this headache and get to work.
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Photographs from my Hometown

Living in Surf City USA is one way to put it. Suburban Sprawl is another.
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Busted creating social networking fodder.
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Busted creeping them out by creating blog-fodder.
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Isolated Child.
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This makes me wish I had enough time to create a ride-able narwhal bike.
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Lemme get a drag of your cig, I need some more bad breath and lung damage. Oh wait, I mean I want to look cool. Look this guy's even taking my photo - confirming how cool I look smoking.
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Man I wish this police officer was tonguing me out.
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J-Walking.
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Destroying artwork can be cathartic and release endorphins.
Posted October 14th, 2011 by Life speeds up to the point where the internet becomes silly.
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Asia Argento gets her hair done...

Venice Beach, California some years ago.
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Who me?
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"People's attitudes about sex aren't healthy anywhere, except maybe in those tribes where they go around naked." -Asia Argento
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"What you might see as depravity is, to me, just another aspect of the human condition." -Asia Argento
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"Always wear expensive shoes. People notice." -Brian Koslow
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"I went through a phase where I thought nostalgia was a bad thing." -Dario Argento
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"Young girls of 13 or 12 are great actors." -Dario Argento
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"I don't think I could live without hair, makeup and styling, let alone be the performer I am. I am a glamour girl through and through. I believe in the glamorous life and I live one." -Lady Gaga
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"When a woman isn't beautiful, people always say, 'You have lovely eyes, you have lovely hair." -Anton Chekhov
Posted October 11th, 2011 by The archives are growing.
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The Beach and the People it Attracts

Living in a vacation destination can make you jaded to the beauty of the place you live in. I try not to take it for granted. What luck growing up and living near the beach.
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The coppers take a woman away for breaking one of the many laws California has on the books. Maybe she was smoking in public.
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Dog and car as extension of personality and expression can say alot about you to strangers.
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Everybody, look at meeeeeeee! I'm doing stuff. Well, it got me to take 2 photos, and landed you on a website views by a dozen skater kids and (wishful thinking) phototgarphy aficinados. So you win.
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The kids love Satan and 666 these days. A new way to be shocking and attract worry from parents I guess. But the logic is flawed. These kids always assume that going to hell means getting to do all the bad stuff you like for eternity, like looking at and fucking naked girls and/or boys, smoking weed, etc. But hell as described in the bible is swimming in lakes of fire and gnashing of teeth. So clearly they don't want to spend eternity in constant torture. Therefore they don't really believe in hell and are just shocking people. Also, in my opinion, the devil is just as ridiculous as the Easter Bunny, the Yeti, and ghosts. Claiming devil worship is basically advertising to all, "Hey, I'm stupid."
Posted October 3rd, 2011 by Chance plays a big part in life, its hard to roll with it.
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