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The 3rd of 7 in the blank project.

Lacking expression; expressionless: ~
  A clear Halloween mask.


A classic blank

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a. Devoid of writing, images, or marks: a blank page; a blank screen.

b. Containing no information; unrecorded or erased: a blank tape; a blank diskette
Definition from
The blackboard in the room where I have class most often.
I rarely see it blank like this.
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Blank Project 1


Blank project 1

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This is the first in a seven photo project about 'blank'. defines blank as follows:
adj., blank·er, blank·est.

    1. Devoid of writing, images, or marks: a blank page; a blank screen.
    2. Containing no information; unrecorded or erased: a blank tape; a blank diskette.
  1. Not completed or filled in: a blank questionnaire.
  2. Not having received final processing; unfinished: a blank key.

    1. Lacking expression; expressionless: "Although his gestures were elaborate, his face was blank" (Nathanael West). See synonyms at empty.
    2. Appearing or seeming to appear dazed or confused: greeted me with a blank stare.
  3. Devoid of thought or impression: a blank mind.
  4. Devoid of activity, interest, or distinctive character; empty: tried to fill the blank hours of the day.
  5. Absolute; complete: a blank refusal.
  1. An empty space or place; a void: During the exam my mind was a blank.

    1. An empty space on a document to be filled in.
    2. A document with one or more such spaces.
  2. A manufactured article of a standard shape or form that is ready for final processing, as by stamping or cutting: a key blank.
  3. A blank cartridge.
  4. Something worthless, such as a losing lottery ticket.
  5. A mark, usually a dash (-), indicating the omission of a word or of a letter or letters.
  6. The white circle in the center of a target; a bull's-eye.
v., blanked, blank·ing, blanks.
  1. To remove, as from view; obliterate: "At times the strong glare of the sun blanked it from sight" (Richard Wright).
  2. To block access to: blank off a subway tunnel.
  3. Sports. To prevent (an opponent) from scoring.
  4. To punch or stamp from flat stock, especially with a die.
  1. To become abstracted. Often used with out: My mind blanked out for a few seconds.
  2. To fail to find or remember something: I blanked when asked the name of our mayor.
  3. To fade away: The music gradually blanked out.
The blank space you don't see is a window between the sun room and the living room.
Its blankness reflects what is on one side and allows a view of the objects on the other side.
In both these pictures, the stained glass piece is hanging in a window behind me.
The baby bed is in the room in front of me.  
 In some ways our eyes work this way.  
We see what is on the outside, but our view is colored by what is on the inside.


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Babies  absorb the world around them without bias, preconceived notions, habitual thought patterns, or prejudice.  The world is new, fresh, and exciting.  They experience life with open eyes, open ears, an open heart, and an open mind. 
We would all do well to take a step back and try to see things through fresh eyes.  
Maybe the rut we live in isn't the only way.  
Maybe we can have a better life than the one we've settled into.


Lens Life 925

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I spend a lot of time at work (well not as much as I used to) and 
I've been looking at this wall (basically unchanged) for 15 years.

  Before it looked like this, it was the inner office mail drop.
    This semester, I'm teaching pc repair.  Last week, we've spent time taking computers apart, labeling the pieces, and then putting them back together again.
Some people had the same problems as all the king's horses and all the king's men :-(

 The lab I am using is next door to this electronics lab.

We don't have renovations often, but we do this year.  
One of the shops is being expanded and retrofitted for its new roll as a small conference center.
We've needed something like this for years and I didn't think I'd ever see it happen.
Life is full of surprises.
Enough about work until Monday.  
Kind of depresses me thinking about it too much on the weekend.

     This big, green machine is for sale in the local grocery store shopping lot.

Of course I spent some time at my parent's old place like I do each week.
I know you're tired of seeing pictures from there, but
I can't go any where without taking photos.
  View from the carport steps
My parent's old sauce pans
On the way home one day, I stopped for a beer at the Hometown BBQ.
 I like their food, but it can get expensive quickly.

Walking stick

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Hand me down my walkin’ cane
Hand me down my walkin’ cane
Hand me down my walkin’ cane
I’m a gonna leave on the mornin’ train
My sins they have overtaken me
~ Robert Earl Keen
Stick insect species, often called walking sticks, range in size from the tiny, half-inch-long (11.6-millimeter-long) Timema cristinae of North America, to the formidable 13-inch-long (328-millimeter-long) Phobaeticus kirbyi of Borneo. This giant measures over 21 inches (55 centimeters) with its legs outstretched, making it one of the world’s longest insects. Females are normally larger than males. ~ National Geographic 


Pipe Dreams

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 the fantasies induced by smoking an opium pipe?
 the light at the end of the tunnel? 
or the end of life?
Walk into the light.
or just a bunch of long pipes next to the railroad tracks
one September morning?


I found

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at the Hanna Home donation box.
Well, actually just a bust.

Line drawing

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This was a photo of half the living room.
I used an effect in the Photofx app to turn it into this picture.  
What do you think? 


Grape Stomping

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I had quite an interesting day at

In addition to making delicious wine, it is a beautiful place.
Among other things, 
there were some nicely restored antique automobiles on display.
This was their annual
Everyone who stomped grapes could get their purple footprints on this suitable for framing (lol) souvenir.
I stomped grapes, but didn't want anything else to carry so I skipped this part.

Step right in and start stomping!

Squish Squish
And I thought mud between my toes felt good.
After you'd had enough, you could wash off your feet.
I don't know what they had in those tubs with the scrub brushes,
but it got grape stains right off.
After I'd stomped my share of grapes,
I toured the wine making facilities.
There were crushers and containers for fermenting.
I found the bottling equipment especially interesting.
  This gentleman gave the tour.
I think his name is Charles Brammer.
He started Morgan Creek Winery in 2000 and said it was the first winery in Alabama. 
Morgan Creek Vineyards is a winery in Harpersville, Alabama, United States.
Regionally well-known, it is one of eleven wineries in the state. began with a production of 600 cases (7200 bottles), that sold in 6 stores.
In 2009, the winery produced 15,000 cases, selling in 400 stores across Alabama and Mississippi, and expanded its acreage by 85 acres. (wikipedia)
Part one of ??

Las Poblanas

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I visited a local Mexican restaurant this afternoon after going to the
I cooled off with a tall cold one and relaxed a bit before returning home.
I had a good time today and took a lot of pictures.
I will put them on the computer later tonight or in the morning, 
edit them, and maybe post a few online.


International Motorsports Hall of Fame

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Last Saturday, I went to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
I'm not much of a race fan, but I enjoy taking pictures there.
Budweiser Rocket car, the first car to break the speed of sound on land.
 They have a wide variety of race cars
I like the orange paint job
Not all aspects of racing are pleasant.
They had several wrecked cars on display.
How about that spoiler?
Isn't it a goody?
There were several go kart sized vehicles.
There were some smaller than these two.


Constitution Day

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Apparently it is Constitution Day 
One of the student organizations made this display for the lobby.

Fast Facts on the Constitution

  1. The U.S. Constitution was written in the same Pennsylvania State House where the Declaration of Independence was signed and where George Washington received his commission as Commander of the Continental Army.
  2. Written in 1787, the Constitution was signed on September 17th.
  3. The U.S. Constitution was prepared in secret, behind locked doors that were guarded by sentries.
  4. Some of the original framers and many delegates in the state ratifying conventions were very troubled that the original Constitution lacked a bill of rights.
  5. Of the 55 delegates attending the Constitutional Convention, 39 signed and 3 delegates dissented.
  6. Of the written national constitutions, the U.S. Constitution is the oldest and shortest.
           ~ National Constitution Center

Lens Life 916

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There wasn't a lot going on this week that you haven't already seen.
Talk about bored. rofl
These are the vacuums at the coin operated car wash.
Seems I spend a lot of time in parking lots.
Wally World had roses on sale.
I thought there were pretty and they sure beat pics of shopping carts.
I'm still going to my parent's old place several times a week.
There is still a lot to do, but things are finally winding down.
 View from one of the sun room windows.
One of the most interesting things I saw last
week was this huge pile of
  You know I get a little strange now and again.
When I went to the Comer Museum the other day,
I took this photo of a marble sculpture out front.
The green and effects are from the Hipstamatic app.
Water stain