The Half Acre team knows how to throw a party, and they decided to kick-off Chicago Craft Beer Week with an event all their own. They haven’t put on a big celebration since their Christmas party back in 2010 – On Photon (photos from that party are here). Unlike On Photon, The Sands was their first party outside of the brewery, and the weather at Montrose Beach could not have been better for an outdoor event. Over 350 people attended and were able to sample beers from some great local and regional breweries, including Three Floyds, Revolution, Cigar City, Shorts, Firestone Walker, Piece, Dogfish Head and many more. In addition to the beer, Big Star and Belly Shack provided the food, while a DJ, mariachi band and the Jesse White Tumblers provided the entertainment (video of these guys tumbling is on the way). It is great to see Half Acre thriving in Chicago, and I can’t wait for the next big party.
Thanks a lot to the Half Acre team for letting me photograph their event and drink their beer. I’ve posted a lot of photos below, and at the very bottom, you can view the whole gallery from the evening.
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In February, we were able to get a small group together for a trip to Sonoma – celebrating a few birthdays and drinking a lot of wine. This celebration combo limited my ability to take too many photos, but below is a sampling of those that made it out of the party alive. We visited Gundlach Bundschu and a couple of other great vineyards, but the best part of the weekend was the house we rented – pool, hot tub, croquet, bocce, tire swing, fire pit and about 5 different grills.
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Lots of green tongues can only mean one thing… the Grinch is back. By the looks of the pictures, the Grinch Juice hit some people pretty hard. Enjoy…
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Another holiday season… another photo booth session – this time in SF. I’ve been doing this for the last couple of years, and you can check out the photo booths from 2009 (here) and 2010 (here).
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On Wednesday, we had to say goodbye to Reggie – our family cat for the last 17 years. Reggie was the best.
She arrived at our home in Indiana as a package deal – with her brother, Boomer – in 1994. We had just moved to Indiana that spring, and this brother-sister duo became the newest addition to our family. Dad immediately declared Reggie and Boomer would be setting up their beds in the backyard shed. Dad’s a sucker, and within a few months, Reggie and Boomer were sleeping under the same roof as the rest of us.
She traveled with the family for various moves across the midwest and beyond. In fact, she’s probably moved more times than the average person. She has lived in five different states. Not many people can say they once lived in Fargo, ND… but Reggie can.
She has happily accompanied the family in all of our adventures. She welcomed Maddie, our black lab puppy, to the family a few years after our move to Indiana. The two of them began their eternal struggle for the queen of the kingdom at home. She outlived her brother by over 7 years, and I think it took her quite some time to realize that no matter how much she meowed, Boomer wasn’t going to come out and play. My parent’s move down to Florida was the latest and last adventure for Reggie, but we are all happy she got to experience the Florida sun and become an even more well-traveled cat.
If I hadn’t seen her for 3 months or a year, it never mattered. As soon as I’d come home, she would instantly recognize me and begin angling for attention. Her meows won’t greet us anymore, and that welcoming sound will be missed. She was different than most cats in this regard – she seemed to care about and want to be around us as much as we cared about and wanted to be around her.
I’ve played around with taking photos both underwater and above – by slightly dipping the camera into the water and splitting the lens at the waterline. This provides a pretty interesting effect sometimes, but I definitely don’t do it with any old camera – Canons hate water. My favorite point-and-shoot is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2, which is waterproof and shockproof. It has been a wonderful camera for the last year, and I’m even more excited for the next generation to come out this spring – the TS3, with full HD video and hopefully improved image quality.