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Honor Flight and Circus Photography

During the last few weeks Barbara and I have taken hundreds of honor flight and circus photos for volunteer organizations and friends.  During this time our computer has had problems and we upgraded to a new custom made desktop from VitalTech Computer Repair in Silver Spring, MD. The new computer has 8 Gigs of RAM and 1.8 terabytes of hard drive....but at times it is too fast for my editing and photoshow programs.  This sometimes causes my computer to turn itself off or freeze a program.  But I am slowly getting my photoshows finished, including the Austin Honor Flight #9 on September 27-28.  So be patient...the circus shots are very interesting, especially since I had to use ISO of 3200! [caption id="attachment_730" align="alignnone" width="300"]Lady police horse trainer in performance at Big Apple Circus Apple Circus September 25 2013 in Sterling Virginia[/caption]  ...

Austin Honor Flight #8 photoshow is now online!

I finally have finished my Austin Honor Flight #8 Photoshow.  I had to edit over 1,000 photos for the show and come up with a final show of 393.  ( my photoshow limit is 400) Go to all my photoshows and click the link on the most current one or click on http://www.photoshow.com/watch/Kz8FQ3tC Thanks also go out to John Burkhardt, of Purple Heart-Austin, and Perry Jefferies who gave me photos for my show!....There was a Marine named Tom who also gave me a bunch, but I can not remember his last name. If you know it, please contact me! Now, go and enjoy my show! And honor the World War II Vets.  I hope the government opens soon and lets the WWIIIMG_6819good vets access the other memorials....

Govenment Shutdown and Honor Flight-Austin

Barbara and I photographed another Honor Flight Austin on September 27 and 28 with 35 WWII veterans coming to Washington D.C. from Fredericksburg, and Austin, Texas.  The WWII vets visited the Arlington National Cemetery, the WWII Memorial, the Korean Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, the Air Force Memorial, the Marine Memorial, and treated to a bus sightseer tour ride of various D.C. buildings by a Obama staff member of military affairs.  IMG_6676good use2 Watch for my photoshow of this event soon! Barbara and I were allowed to photograph the Chicago Honor Flight on October 2, but the general public was not allowed into the WWII Memorial due to the government shutdown....

Steve & Barbara Assist Honor Flight Austin

Barbara and I traveled with the Austin Honor Flight on Saturday,  September 28 as 35 World War II veterans and their Guardians visited the World War II, Korean, Vietnam, Arlington Cemetery, Air Force and Marine Memorials.  On this day over 700 WWII veterans from all over the United States took advantage of a beautiful day to visit Washington D.C. while hundreds of tourists shook their hands and thanked them for their military service.  While Barbara and I were accompanying the Austin Texas group and taking hundreds of photos, we met a Navy active duty officer whom we had helped at our USO Andrews location a few weeks before. The naval officer had a WWII veteran relative in the Austin group and the whole family posed for my camera. See my upcoming photoshow for a visual treat of this Austin Honor Flight!...

Donate to USO-Metro and enjoy Oktoberfest!

You can support the troops and enjoy some great entertainment by contacting me ASAP (301) 460-3242 for Octoberfest on October 18 by USO-Metro.  I have some tickets ($45) left for the annual event at the Four Points by Sheraton (near BWI Airport) or you can just buy some $1 50-50 raffle tickets.   Must contact me by Friday September 27 to participate.  IMG_0738...

When Rosh Hashanah Comes Early & Other Calendar Quirks

Okay, here’s a question for all you trivia buffs out there. When was the last time Rosh Hashanah began as early as September 5th?
Give up? Try 1899! That was the year that Queens and Staten Island became part of New York City, the Great Blizzard of 1899 pounded South Florida with snow, and fighting in Afghanistan continued to rage (then it was the British but sadly some things never change). This was also the year when the paperclip and Bayer aspirin were patented, and voting machines were okay’d for federal elections.(Hmm, chads, hanging or not) Yep, the last time Rosh Hashanah fell on September 5th was the year the Bronx Zoo opened in New York, and when all is said and done, it...

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