Free Vector Art

3 08 2009

Okay, so I had some fun playing around today.  Here are some star patterns that you can have for free.  I know this sounds stupid, but don’t try to claim them as yours.  Give credit where it’s due…

If you want it, drop me a line.  I’ll be happy to email it to you until I figure out this whole download thing.  The web can be such a tricky thing…

star patterns

Something New

5 01 2009

Well, I’ve entered my first local art show.  The Pinellas Park Art Society is having their 20th Annual Photography contest, and thanks to a friend who told me about it, I’ve entered.   I was surprised at the entry fees – only $8 per piece up to 6 pieces.  Three different categories – Black and White, Color and Digital.

Now before you ask, “Aren’t most photos today Digital?”, let me clarify.  The Digital category is for photos that are more than 25% manipulated, such as HDR and other ‘artistic’ ideas.  Just adjusting the exposure doesn’t count.  I have two entered in that category.

I have to say, I’m a little nervous.  I’ve been in other art shows, but this one’s local, so maybe that’s why I’m nervous.  Here’s a link to the Pinellas Park Art Society web page, so you can see what they do. There isn’t too much to their website yet, but I understand that it’s coming along. Non-profits can have a hard time getting these things up and running.

So go check out their site. The photography show opens on January 12th at the renovated railroad station in Pinellas Park. If you have nothing better to do, or want to get out of the house for a free event, come join us! And be sure to check back here – I’ll be giving updates on the show (specific times, results, etc.).

I have to say, I’m anxious about whether or not I’m getting a prize!

For the Veterans…

10 11 2008

I have great respect for our veterans that have defended this country, inside and out. A friend sent me this drawing, so I’m passing it on to all you veterans, with a very big, heartfelt THANK YOU!


Tampa Bay Auto Show

8 11 2008

Okay, so as a part of a photo project I’m working on, I headed over to the Auto Show at the Tampa convention center. I must say, with a few exceptions, I’m pretty disappointed with the cars on display.

What had been touted as a great display of beautifully restored cars turned out to have about 6 of them in total. And they weren’t even a part of the main displays… Pretty disappointing, I must say. A lot of the cars look alike and aren’t all that difference in price, colors, looks, and performance. Hmmm. Sounds like a lot of computers these days…. Except for the few that truly set themselves apart.

I’m not a new Ford fan. If it’s a Ford made after about 1970, I’m not usually going to like it. I actually like the new concept car that was on display, the Ford Airstream, despite the fact that it looks like something out of a Nintendo or Atari game. What I don’t understand, is how is it NOT a copyright infringement?

This one’s for you Richard – it’s time to trade in your Titan for the Airstream. That way you can have a Ford Airstream pulling your Airstream Safari! 🙂 Sorry – had to get that one in. But the front looks a lot like the Airstreams, so you can imagine the comments.



The Lamborghini cars were pretty awesome this year too. They’ve updated a classic design and re-designed another. Needless to say, these cars speak for themselves.




Another beautifully restored car was the Czech Tatra. There’s a lot of history behind these cars, but I’m going to save that for another day. So for now, enjoy the pictures!





One of the concept cars that I really looked forward to seeing was the new Chevy Camaro (2010). Beautiful car, decent specs, and overall, it reminds me of my favorite animal, the Great White shark. C’mon, you can’t tell me this doesn’t look like the shark….


And of course, my favorite for last. Can anyone tell me what this is?


First Annual Worldwide Photowalk

23 08 2008

Well, today was the first annual photowalk, as organized by Scott Kelby. Loads of fun, that’s all I can say. I personally got a lot of great pictures that you can view by going HERE.  More than 8,000 people participated worldwide.  I was one of the lucky ones that actually got to go on the photowalk hosted by Scott Kelby himself, in downtown Dunedin, Florida.

So if you like to take pictures, get some friends together and just pick a spot and take off!  That’s how easy it is to do a photowalk.  It doesn’t require fancy cameras with major looking-into-the-next-country zoom lenses and megapixels that not even Einstein could pronounce.  All you need is the desire to have some fun, a little bit of adventure and a few friends to go with you.  Or, if you’re a hermit, go by yourself!  🙂

Maxine’s Wisdom

12 07 2008

Some of my friends send me pictures of Maxine, that wonderful older, more experienced woman of the comics. This one I had to share….

World’s Ugliest Dog

23 06 2008

Okay, I took this from the St. Petersburg Times. This wonderful pup hails from my hometown, St. Petersburg, Florida. Thought I’d share! Enjoy!

Meet Gus of St. Petersburg, the World’s Ugliest Dog

By Demorris A. Lee, Times Staff Writer
In print: Monday, June 23, 2008
Gus, who lives in St. Petersburg, is the 2008 World’s Ugliest Dog. He took top honors Friday at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif.

“He’s been with us for so long that he’s just Gus,” Jeanenne Teed of St. Petersburg says of her ugly but sweet champion.

It’s official. On the outside, Gus of St. Petersburg is the world’s ugliest dog.

On the inside, though, what a beauty.

Gus is a hairless 9-year-old Chinese crested, owned by Jeanenne Teed and her 16-year-old daughter, Janey.

Gus won the 20th annual World’s Ugliest Dog contest, held Friday at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair in Petaluma, Calf.

Life hasn’t been easy for Gus. He lost a leg to cancer and an eye to a cat. But he has grit.

“He’s been with us for so long that he’s just Gus,” Teed said Sunday by telephone as she waited in a New York airport to return to St. Petersburg. For privacy, she asked that her address not be published.

“It’s no denying that the eye is missing and the leg is missing, and judging from people’s reaction, they don’t always think he’s as beautiful as I do,” she said.

Winning the title of World’s Ugliest was no day at the park. Only one other Florida dog has come this far — another Chinese crested named Lucille Bald from Merritt Island in 2006.

Gus first won the title for the ugliest pedigree. Then he had to face a mutt in a showdown to be the 2008 Ugliest Dog. Collaring that title, Gus entered the Ring of Champions, where he was pitted against previous World Ugliest Dog winners. He won that, too.

Gus and his family walked away with $1,600, a trophy and a direct flight to New York, where he appeared Sunday morning on NBC’s Today. In addition, a camera crew from Animal Planet filmed the contest and will include each dog’s personal story in an October broadcast.

“The whole thing is unbelievable,” said Teed, who heard about the contest while sitting on a couch with Gus watching Animal Planet and eating popcorn. “We really had no clue we were going to win.”

Vicki DeArmon, of the Sonoma-Marin Fair, said the contest’s popularity is “just off the chart. … What started as a little Podunk contest with a couple of local dogs is now this national event with international attention.”

When he was born, Gus didn’t have the look his breeder wanted, so Gus was given away. For a year, that owner kept him in a crate in a garage. Teed then got him.

In 2006, Gus was diagnosed with skin cancer and given nine months to live. After surgery, chemotherapy and losing his left rear leg, things appeared fine.

Then, in December, Gus got into a fight with a cat and lost his left eye.

In January, the cancer returned. “The only hope is radiation,” Teed said. The $1,600 will go toward the $5,000 that’s needed for radiation treatments, she said.

Regardless of his looks, Gus has a family who loves him.

“When I look into his eye, I see the love reflecting back at us,” Teed said.

Times researcher Angie Drobnic Holan contributed to this report. Demorris A. Lee can be reached at (727) 445-4174 or

Day One – The Embarkation

22 06 2008

I’m posting only a few of my more favorite photos here, but it you want to see more, go to my Photos page. No story part there, just the photos and captions.

Getting on the ship was amazingly simpler than I thought it was going to be. Carnival had told me not arrive earlier than 12:30, due to the fact that boarding wouldn’t begin until 1pm. Well, me being hard headed to be one of the first ones on the ship, I didn’t let that stop me, and got there around 11:30am.

So I anticipated having to wait a while.

Not so! I was ushered to the VIP line, brought to the head of the security line (where there were already about 70 people in line to check-in), given my keys and escorted onto the ship.

Okay, so maybe I need to backup here. Just FYI – I had a penthouse suite onboard ship, and going first-class ALWAYS has benefits. Like check-in procedures, amenities in the stateroom, dining privileges, and more….

While other people had to wait to get into their staterooms, my steward met me at the gangway, carried my bags to the stateroom, and told me to let him know if there was anything else I needed. After unpacking for a few minutes, I went downstairs to get something to drink, and I almost started laughing at some of the people coming aboard. Some of these families were carrying massive suitcases, 3-4 a person. Me, I only brought 3 bags. One for my clothes (and that thing rolled…) my purse, and the bag that had my laptop and camera stuff in it. So not too much stuff. But then again, this wasn’t my first cruise. I know what I’ll wear and what I need, so I don’t need to pack much for a 7-day cruise.

I started my adventure by exploring the ship. Up and Down, bow to stern, port to starboard. Interesting ship. Gaudy interior. The name was the Carnival Legend, and the entire ship is based off of legends of the English, Greek, Italian, Norse and Chinese. Mostly English and Greek though… Loads of King Arthur stuff. Not tastefully done, either. It was like something out of the 80’s, where more can be too much! Carnival was definitely trying to impress, and missed the mark by a mile! Look at the gallery and you’ll find some photos of the inside… Okay, so they overdid it. Nice idea, but this was definitely an instance where less would have been more.

I had a nice view of the Port of Tampa while people were boarding. Interesting to see the tops of the buildings that you usually go in!

Channelside District

Tampa Shipyard

Anyways, around 5pm we undocked and headed out through Tampa Bay to head into the Gulf. Almost 2 hours later, those of us on the top deck had quite a sight. The Sunshine Skyway bridge. And the ship cleared it by 5 feet. Yep. Not a typo. 5 feet! But as we watched, it was definitely worrying us that we weren’t going to clear it. As we approached the Skyway, it was raining a bit, but after we cleared it, it was beautiful weather, and we even got a surprise! A rainbow that looked like it was ending on the apex of the bridge!

Coming to the Skyway…

Going under the Skyway….

No zoom here… Just the belly of the Skyway!

Leaving Tampa Bay

Afterwards, as the sun was setting, I made my way down to the dining room and had a wonderful prime rib for supper, followed by a vanilla creme brulee for dessert. Wonderful food! Hopefully it was going to be like that all week!

I hit the casino for a bit afterwards, looking at the games and trying out the craps table. Didn’t win much there, but I didn’t put all my money in at once. I’m not one that has a gambling problem. I take a certain amount that I’m willing to lose, and I stick with it. Yes, it’s tempting to dive into the other money I have for the trip, but I just don’t do it. For this cruise, I brought along $250 for the casino. Usually I bring a little more, but I was feeling rather stingy on this front this time around. So night #1 I put down $50 and walked away with $10. Not a good night. So I headed back up to my room, got ready for bed, and took my book out on my balcony to read for a while, as the moon came up and reflected off the gulf waters. So, off to bed for a busy day tomorrow!

Funny signs

13 04 2008

One of my friends love to send me funny pictures of various sayings on church marquees, so I thought, in honor of him, I’d post a funny one myself.  What’s funny is that he’s a used car salesman….

So, am I to assume that they’ll hire either a “NEW” or “USED” salesman?  Maybe I could trade my friend in…. He’s been pretty used….

And we have liftoff!

11 03 2008

Okay, I admit it. I have always had this facination with the space program. I always wanted to go up in a shuttle. Some of the things I dreamed of doing as a kid, we’re actually achieving right now. The Mars explorer, the Hubble Telescope, and my personal favorite, the Shuttles.

Shuttle Endeavour took off early this morning. And I do mean early. I’m some 300 miles away from Cape Canaveral, and usually I can see the trail of the shuttle as it takes off. I usually like to watch the trail as I see the launch on tv. (I have the NASA satellite feed) And I was planning on getting some really great photos. Until the clouds rolled in. I am completely disappointed. Oh well. Here’s some shots taken from the NASA page. They’re pretty good. Hope you enjoyed them as much as me!

If you want to know more about the shuttle’s mission, go to and check out their site. You can learn about the crew, the mission, and what they will accomplish up there on the International Space Station.


Our Wonderful Crew


On their way…