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The Departed

Posted by BenSpark on July 31, 2006

Nicholson, Damon, Walhberg, DiCaprio. Directed by Scorsese. Set in Boston. Looks intahrestin. The Departed

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Photo-A-Day #477 07/29/06

Posted by BenSpark on July 29, 2006

Today Allison and I went to Tina and Ryan’s wedding reception. Tina and Ryan got married back in April and today they had their wedding reception. We had a very nice time and it was entertaining watching the little ones run around and enjoy the two kiddy pools. There was one little kid who played with the hose all day long, he watered the lawn, he watered the asphalt and he nearly soaked a whole table of party guests. I was waiting for that. On our ride over to the reception we saw this car. Notice the license plate. Um… no, actually I don’t.


Nope, no ego on this kid at all.
I mean come on the car is an Acura.
It is basically a Honda with the H squished into an A.

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Photo-A-Day #476 07/28/06

Posted by BenSpark on July 29, 2006

Tons of rain today on our trip up to New Hampshire. Allison did a great job driving through the pouring rain. After dinner there was a full rainbow. And I was fast enough with the camera to actually get some pictures of it. Also Dan sealed the porch and wanted me to take a picture of the water beading up.

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Photo-A-Day #475 07/27/06

Posted by BenSpark on July 28, 2006

Photo-A-Day #475 07/27/06

Tonight there was a block party downtown. There was volleyball in front of the post office. There were some classic cars and the end of the street had been turned into a tiny lagoon. A great time for the downtown association. Here are some pictures from the block party.


Volleyball!


More Volleyball


This girl could jump.


Main Street Volleyball


The mini train goes up an down our street.


The lagoon.


This kid is having a great time.


A sweet ride.


Another sweet ride.


Great Camaro


Great truck.


Another Great Truck.

Tonight I also went and saw Superman Returns. Yeah I’m up on all the new movies, I know it. I really liked the movie. Some great stuff that I wanted to see happen with Superman. Some really tough parts to watch and yes there was an underlying Christian tie in. Some iconic moments that paralleled Superman and Christ. Overall I liked the movie alot. They sure tried to squeeze alot into the 2 1/2 hours. I think it worked very well.

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Photo-A-Day #474 07/26/06

Posted by BenSpark on July 26, 2006

Photo-A-Day #474 07/26/06

Went back to work today. Eye is still a little funny and will be for a while. Gotta put drops in every 4 hours. The drops are keeping the pupil very small. This is making things funky. If I close my right eye (good eye) and look out of just the left I can see the screen right now without a big blob over the middle of it. My vision in my left eye was always like looking at an eclipse because I only saw the things at the edges and that was very blurry. Now I see everything but it is all still blurry. It is going to take a few weeks for my vision to adjust. My eyes have always been two separate entities that worked independently of each other. MY right eye did all the work and the left was a slacker. Now the slacker has a little bit of vision and it is messing with the hard working eye. I noticed it today while I was reading. My good eye was reading the right hand page but the left eye kept popping in with what was on the left page. I was on a section of the book where the new chapter was starting on the left and I was on the right hand page and every so often the 23 of the chapter number would pop up. These two are going to have to start working together. I hope it is soon.

This is a lily that my sister Tara planted in the front of the house. She has planted about 20 varieties of lilies and they just keep blooming at different times, this one is beautiful but is getting eaten by Japanese beetles.

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Photo-A-Day #473 07/25/06

Posted by BenSpark on July 26, 2006

Today Allison and I put together the shelves that we bought at IKEA with Neil and Andrea. We also got to open some of our wedding stuff. We are very excited about that. Now we have more space and the use of some new stuff. Here is the progress of the activities from today.


Everything laid out and moved to the living room.


Duncan claimed Allison’s desk.


Everything off the desk.


Moving more stuff around.


Desk is gone, floor has been cleaned.


One section complete.


End and middle section complete.


The shelves are completed.


Kitchen counter is complete with new wedding gifts.


Can’t get far back enough to take a full shot of the shelves.


Left side, got all the cookbooks organized, now gotta start using them.


Middle Section


We moved the microwave, Right side of shelves.

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Photo-A-Day #472 07/24/06

Posted by BenSpark on July 24, 2006

The surgery is over and now I’m waiting for my other senses to decrease about 38%. I still have some goopy stuff in my eye and have to put drops in every hour or so and tomorrow have another Eye doctor appointment but I am felling okay. I had a slight headache after the procedure and it feels like something is in my eye, like an eyelash or something. There actually is something in my eye and that is a new lens, which apparently didn’t fit right at first, or so I read from Allison’s post. I was still a little loopy when I was told that. I do remember saltines, saltines and ginger ale are my friends. Very tasty. They even gave me seconds.

The procedure was very interesting, I had lots of eye drops put into my eyes, (a regimen of 4 drops every 5 minutes three times and then the eye doctor put in 2 more.) And now I have to put in two drops every hour. During the procedure I was awake and saw many colors, actually just 7 colors, the standard rainbow ones, no chartreuse or anything exotic. It was always a rainbow assortment of colors, very standard. The nurses were excited because I was the youngest patient that they were going to see that day. One of my nurses was only a year younger than me.

I had a congenital cataract so I actually had this from the time I was born, it developed and became and issue when I was about 8 years old, then it got no bigger and at that time the procedure was not as widely done. Now the procedure takes about 10 minutes (mine was longer, gotta be difficult you know). I should be able to go drive tomorrow, it is kinda hard to get the glasses on with this big plastic patch. Not even a cool pirate eyepatch either. Oh well.

Thank you Allison for going with me and taking care of me for the next couple of days. I love you. This even brought her out of blog retirement.

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Back from the Hospital

Posted by BenSpark on July 24, 2006

We are back from Sturdy. The surgery went well and the patient is doing well. There was a minor difficulty getting the lens to sit correctly in the eye, but the surgery was quick and Drew is sleeping off the anesthesia.

He’ll post pictures later of his cool looking eye patch. I convinced him that his adoring public could wait a few hours for today’s photo of him looking stoned.

Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers. We appreciate it.

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Photo-A-Day #471 07/23/06

Posted by BenSpark on July 24, 2006

Today Allison and I went to IKEA with Neil and Andrea. We went to get a set of shelves to put into our kitchen. The desk that we are using now as a place to store items is going to be moved to Allison’s art room/ future nursery (no kids or signs of kids yet). We also have a file cabinet that we are using for kitchen stuff too and that is being moved.

We picked up the GORM system, including two (approx. W30″ X D20″ X H68″) sections with 4 shelves. We also picked up 4 additional shelves that are 19″ wide. So all together we will make use of storage space of about 7 feet of width and almost 6 feet of height. So look for some pictures when we get this built. After the IKEA trip (about 4 hours, that place is huge) we went back to Neil and Andrea’s and had a very nice dinner and caught up with them.

Tomorrow is my eye surgery, so we will see how things go tomorrow (no pun intended).

I found this both funny and sad that a sign needed to be added to a non-functioning toilet that is in the middle of a store.

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Photo-A-Day #470 07/22/06

Posted by BenSpark on July 23, 2006

Today Allison and I did some cleaning around the house and we got a quote on some carpet for redoing one of the rooms. We also picked up a few items at Comp USA like the two pack of Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 and Adobe Premiere 2.0. Some great features to Photoshop Elements 4.0. I can’t wait to learn them all. Premiere is going to take some getting used to but I look forward to learning that one as well.

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