Man swimming; Venetian Hotel and Casino; Las Vegas; 2009.
Eva and I celebrated our 1 year anniversay on August 30th. By celebrated I of course mean we woke up on separate FOBs on Sunday morning and talked to each other on Skype before we went to work. Isn’t that what you mean when you mention a celebration? No? Weird.
I can’t wait for R&R. This place is getting tedious. I feel like a manager in the Redundancy Department of Redundancy. Bill Gates may be a genious and a philanthropist but he should be shot for proliferating PowerPoint.
Las Vegas, NV
This angel is a structural light anomaly which appears on a tent outside the Parthenon in Greece. The tent serves Greek beer and a strange Greek snack food that’s somewhat like a mix between a hot pretzel and a Kalamata olive oil paste. The shadow forms from sunlight shining through the ruins of the Parthenon every day between noon and 2:30 obviously depending on the season. The beer/snack tent has a schedule posted and a viewing floor set up. Eva and I got there about 4 hours early so we’d have a clear view. The shadow lasts as pictured for about 45 seconds before it starts to degenerate. I caught it more or less at its maximum clarity. Interestingly, we intended only on seeing the Parthenon that day, having no idea this event occurred at all. We saw this in 2003; the tent has since burnt down and one of the columns that created the shadow was sanded down by vandals.
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Abstract, Las Vegas, NV
I learned an interesting fact today. Turns out the monthly job losses that all the news sources tout is somewhat misleading. Not intentionally so–the bottom line still reflects job losses–but misleading just the same. For example, job losses for the month of March are reported at about 660,000; we’ll call this 0.6 million jobs. However, the real job losses for the month of February is more like 5 million or so (give or take, I’m summarizing and estimating for illustration). The 0.6 million lost jobs is actually the difference between the 5 million lost jobs and the 4.4 million new jobs created and subsequently filled in the month of March. People are getting new jobs, jobs are being created, but the net difference reflects a loss of jobs overall. Does this improve or change things? No, but it certainly makes the situation look a little less abismal.
This is a shot of Eva looking out our hotel window in Vegas. She is looking longingly at the hotel pool 32 floors below. She looks longingly because I hate going to the pool and “laying out.” So, we agree to do other things which don’t involve “laying out” and instead involve anything other than “laying out.” We stayed at the Venetian on the strip. The hotel was very cool, very gaudy, and a lot of fun. If you go to Vegas, I recommend it.
Eva, Las Vegas, NV