First picture in Project 365. I am determined to do it this year.
Josh - 1/1/2009

As much as I complain about my life, my kids are my life-blood and my reason for getting up every day. Looking back, there have been many times when I wanted to give up and throw in the towel. But who would take care of my son, and now my daughter?
Some of my readers have known me since well before Josh was born, were there to visit me in the hospital when he was born, and have been there to support the both of us through some very hard times.
Take a look at the gorgeous young man with the smart mouth who makes getting up in the morning worth it. Most days anyway.
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How to Film Skateboarding

from wikiHow – The How to Manual That You Can Edit

Filming Skateboarders to show others who have never seen this activity, can be difficult because of the speed and the turns and twists. With care, and a good camera you just might be able to film this sport to teach others how to skateboard.


  1. Buy a video camera or camcorder a small Panasonic or Sony camcorder between $300 – $500, or a more expensive Sony VX1000. Make sure you buy a Mini DV camera and have a FireWire (IEEE 1394) port on your computer.
  2. Buy a fisheye lens for the camera. This will make the skateboarding look more professional and make the skater look better.
  3. Start filming. If you are using a mini DV make sure your tape is on SP mode for maximum quality. You might want to start by filming the stairs. A common successful angle is at 3ft from the bottom of the stairs, out of the passing way with you crouched down so camera almost touches the ground. Start recording when the skater is about 5 – 10ft away from the top of the staircase.
  4. Focus the camera on the stair set until they are seconds away from executing the trick. Point the camera up so you have both the body of the skater and the entire stairs in focus. It is important that you point your camera up as they pop their board.
  5. Keep the skater and stairs set in view as they are in the air, Upon their landing make sure you mainly catch the skater. It is very important that you leave as little ground as possible between the skater’s board technique, to make the trick look much better than when the kids do it. Keep the camera steady, and focus on their tricks. Do not be too close or too far away.
  6. Capture a grind by falling back, but remaining parallel at the same speed. Set the camera to focus on the trick and the skater, as landing of the grid is similar as landing on the stairs.
  7. Understand that these are the common ways to film but the choice of the angle is up to you. Practice until you get it right.keeping track of the distances you are using, and the distance that gives the best picture.


  • Remain still and keep the camera steady.
  • Wide angle or fisheye of .63x – .3x is suggested
  • Never say anything to the skater when you notice that they are getting frustrated with their trick.
  • Be very, very creative with your angles. You can always introduce a new shot into filming when you play around with your surroundings.
  • Start recording early and stop late- you always want to do this to avoid missing those rare moments because you’re too concerned about your tapes.
  • Adjust your colors, white balance, exposure etc. If you are going to film a line, run through the spot first and test your settings and set them to the desired adjustment.


  • Try to stay a distance away from the skater as broken cameras are expensive to fix
  • Make sure that you have a full battery, tape, and and easy carrying camera case.
  • Do not talk or cheer during filming. It may be hard to resist congratulating your skater, but it’s definitely better than having ruined footage because of your cheers.

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Ok, so he wasn’t in a window. He was at the pound. Or as they are called today, the spcaLA. We looked at some Chihuahua mixes at the Seal Beach Animal Shelter, but they didn’t like Josh. Well, the one that I liked and that got along with Zoe didn’t like Josh. We visited Buddy a few times at the spcaLA shelter, first me and Josh, then Joy, Zoe, me and Josh. We kind of did it backwards, but not our fault! They were incredibly busy, short-staffed, and hence a little disorganized. But anyway! I wish I had taken pictures of Zoe and Buddy’s first introduction. They played really well together, and for an old man, he certainly can keep up with the young pup. The staff seemed fairly impressed at how well everyone, kids included, got along. And so, we brought him home. 

Jensen - a terrier mixJosh was a little disappointed that we didn’t get the terrier mix that he wanted , but I think he’s adjusted to life with Buddy, a much quieter and cuddlier dog than Zoe.  So if you think Jensen there is a cutie, he’s still available, waiting for a forever home.





Advantages to adopting an older dog:

  • Really likes to cuddle without being in your face
  • Already house and crate trained
  • Calmer
  • Can teach younger dogs a thing or 2.


  • gets a little grumpy when he doesn’t want to play anymore
  • likes to pee on EVERYTHING while on a walk, though that might be because he’s male
  • Humps Zoe constantly, though we finally realized that she can hold her own and it’s a dominance thing



a 3.8!!!!!! he thought he was going to have a lower GPA and get a lower grade in math.

Josh is so funny, he got the splint off and washed his arm, trying to get the stink off. He dried it before the nurse put on the first layer of the cast, but it might have been a little wet because as soon as we left the doctor, he was like “I have an itch, right in the middle”

We got some Boba and food at a Chinese restaurant and on the way home and he snagged some extra chopsticks.

New use for single chopsticks, they are the perfect size for sliding into a cast and getting at that itch. And yes, he picked green.

Cheesentoast (aka Sara T.) asked if Josh was OK. My response:

He’s got his appetite back. Does that count as better? Currently he has forgotten the pain in his arm as he rummages through the groceries I just bought.

He broke his left arm just above the wrist trying to catch air off a bowl (his words, not mine. Skateboardese is a whole new language to me).

Who wants to see the x-ray?

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