Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Islands In The Stream

I spent some time on the beach last week in Florida. My thoughts? The men's hair mostly looked liked Hemingway and the women's skin mostly looked like catchers mitts. The sand felt good on my feet and the sun on my back. I'll still choose the mountains over the beach. I was very disappointed to find out that Cocoa Beach had absolutely no cocoa on it. At any rate, here's a couple pictures

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Yes, Yes, YES!

If you were to go to stupid Sunfresh hoping to get some of this, then you will be disappointed. Some idiot recently purchased their entire stock (of three..)

Why do i like CoolWhip so much? Here's why:

That means if you ate the WHOLE THING, you would take in the following:
Calories: 625
Carbs: 50g
Fat: 37.5

You could get the similar nutritional havoc by consuming the following quantities of other food:

about 4 spoons of peanut butter
1 1/2 hamburger patties (patty alone)
2 doughnut (unglazed)

1 Cup of plain yogurt (about 1.3 servings)
2 servings of jell-o
1 serving of Banana pudding (6.5 oz)
1.5 doughnuts (unglazed)

60 Almonds
3/4 of full hamburger (w/ bun)
2 servings of breakfast sausage (8 links)

Is it degrading to buy and consume that much CoolWhip? Probably
Should I be embarrassed? Most likely
Mondays are for making fun of me. But whatever, I probably consume two containers of it every week and still love it.

Happy Monday

Monday, April 21, 2008

Troost Festival

It's not everyday that I can sit in the middle of the street on 31st and Troost with a camera and not be considered weird. Saturday was the Something'th Annual Troost Festival & a beautiful day to boot. I now have my first semi-sunburn of the season, but I've also got some pictures to show for it. Ch-ch-check em out:

Monday, April 14, 2008

Shameless Self-Promotion II: You're Invited

Here's the 'official' invite for the Otras Americas exhibit. Print it off and show it at the door for your choice of a high-five, a hug or a stiff drink (in the parking lot).

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

A Conversation With The Fire Department

Boom! Snap! POP!

Those were the sounds that I heard this morning across the street from my office at 7:00 am this morning (yeah, i was at work at 7:00). A transformer had exploded and sent sparks all over the place, igniting the power pole. Awesome! I started dialing 911 and grabbing my camera. The conversation went kind of like this:

Recording: "Thank you for calling 911. Your call is important to us. All operators are busy, do not hang up. Hanging up could delay response time."
Elevator music. Click -
Operator: "Hello. 911. How may I help you?"
Me: "Good morning! I work at 31st & Broadway and one block east of me, a transformer blew up and it looks like there's a pretty good fire going over there."
Operator: "Ok, what's your address?"
Me: "3100 Broadway, but the fire is one block east of me. I dont know the street name, but it's the one with the fire in the middle of the block. You cant miss it."
Operator: "Ok, let me transfer you to the fire department."
Me: "Okie dokie."
Fire Dept Operator: "Hello, how may I help you?"
Me: "Good morning! I work at 31st & Broadway and one block east of me, a transformer blew up and it looks like there's a pretty good fire going over there."
Fire Dept Operator: "Well sir, if it is an electrical fire, we can not put water on it."
Me: "Well, whatever, I really could care less, I'm seven stories up and over a block away, I'm in no danger. But you are the fire department, so naturally when I saw an unauthorized fire blazing, you were the first people I though of. I dont care if you decide to put it out with ice cream or let the sucker burn the city down, I'm well insured."
Fire Dept Operator: sigh...."ok, we'll send someone to check it out."
Me: "Great! Have a good day, hope I didnt interrupt anything up there!"

Monday, April 07, 2008

Headshots Vol 1: Wayside Waifs

I spent a few hours Saturday at Wayside Waifs helping them catch up on kitty and puppy glamor shots for their website. These little hobo animals are CUTE folks!

Check them out here: (Note that no animals were harmed during the making of this slideshow)

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Shameless Self-Promotion Part I: Otras Americas

As someone who loves to travel and has been fortunate enough to visit several places around the world, my favorite part of the world has to remain Central and South America. It’s hard to describe the beauty and wonder of that part of the world and I’ve nearly given up trying, you just have to see it to believe it. You have to live it to believe it.

That said, one thing that has happened to me once or twice, and to practically all of my traveling companions is a conversation roughly like this:

“Hey, where are you from?”

“I’m from America.”

“You don’t say, we’re in America right now.”

“This is Peru.” Or “This is Mexico.” Or “This is

“Well, that’s part of America too. It’s called ‘South America.’”

And that’s when you see it hit home for the second person in the conversation. It’s a subtle correction that non-USA’ians assert, and correctly so. Everyone, worldwide, has some level of ethnocentric attitude, but in the United States, it’s much more. We expect people from other parts of the world to bend to our whims, so speak English, to drive on the same side of the road, and in the hustle and bustle of it all, we tend to forget that we are only 300 million people in a world with a population of over 4 billion, that English is not the most-spoken language in the world (third, behind Chinese and Spanish).

I think the problem arises with the fact that most citizens of the United States have never traveled to another country. Somewhere upwards of 95% of the population here do not even have a passport. If you compare that to Europe, it’s quite the opposite. We are a geographically large country, which means our borders are separated by thousands of miles of plains. We’re boxed in by two oceans on the east and the west and Canada and Mexico to the north and the south, and those borders have a relatively small population. Additionally, we spend countless dollars and man-hours trying to figure out how to keep Mexicans out of the country and how to get oil rigs into Canada, all in the name of ‘our fragile economy.’

Without building a stage out of a soapbox, I think it’s fairly easy to see how the citizens of this country have been bred to see themselves as a people alone in the world. We ignore Darfur, we ignored Tibet until it threatened the Olympics, we are baffled by the violence in Iraq and the Middle East, and back home the leading story is the price of gas followed by an interview with a no-nonsense Sheriff in Arizona that is trying to legalize hunting of illegal immigrants. That’s basically the limits of the worldliness of ‘the people of the States’.

Getting to the point, as I mentioned earlier, you have to see it to believe it. I am happy, no… that’s not the right word… I’m proud to have the opportunity to take part in a photography exhibit in Wichita, KS during the month of May entitled Otras Americas, or ‘The Other Americas’ that will attempt to dispel the vicious rumor that we’re the only nationality in the world.

The concept of ‘Otras Americas’ is that there are Americas other than the U.S. of A, it’s just that we were the only ones uncreative enough to put it in the name of our country. North America, Central America and South America contain a vast number of countries and diversity of people and that we are united by the geography of our lands. While we share the "American" surname with Latin Americans most honkies really don't know much about "other" American cultures in general or the differences and nuances between them. Most gringos tend to think of the Latino culture as essentially Mexican - whether out of racism or out of ignorance.

Curated by my father, Skippy Sanchez, the exhibit will feature photographers from around the world showing pictures from around Central and South America (we could have included Canadians, too, but we all know they're not as photogenic), including:

Johnny Sutton- Guatamala

Georgia Sutton- Costa Rica, Cuba

Dale Strattman- Ecuador, Galapagos

Bill Pearce - Buenos Aires and Uruguay

Skippy Sanchez- Mexico, Honduras

Jaime Oppenheimer- Brazil

Luke Hutmacher- Peru

Ken Engquist- Mexico

Neil Marcus- Caribbean

Michael Pointer- Mexico

Gino Salerno- Haiti, Peru

This is my first ‘art’ exhibit and I’m scared stinkless at the moment. Mucho props to my dad for, first of all, seeing something in my work and inviting me to join, and second of all, helping me through the thing by basically doing everything for me from printing to framing to telling me that pictures of me riding an alpaca are probably not appropriate for a photography exhibit.

Here are some more details:

Where: City Arts, Wichita KS www.wichitaarts.com

When: Artists Reception May 2, 2008

Why: There may be some booze.

Featuring an oral presentation and discussion by Sonja Bontrager, assistant professor of Spanish and foreign language chair at Newman University.

So please, if you’re in the area, why not stop by and say ‘I could do that’ to a couple of my pictures, like I’ve done to countless other pictures and paintings in my life and see some works (yeah, I’m callin’ them ‘works’ now) that I decided not to put online.