Posts Tagged fun

Nana strikes again!

The six of us (me, son, daughter in law, grandson #1, granddaughter and grandson #2) went to Denny’s for breakfast because someone was seriously craving some sausage, eggs and pancakes.  That person shall remain nameless but I bet you can guess who 😉  We hunkered into the big semi-circle booth and placed our orders.  That day I taught grandson #1 the joy (and yumminess) of putting an over easy egg on top of some hash browns and digging in to get a bite of both – he is now converted!

But as the little one lay there quietly sleeping I was seized by the urge to photograph his sweet innocence in some mischievous ways.  One day when he is older and sees these he will laugh…or not.


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Urban Scrawl

Urban scrawl is a 2 day arts festival organized by the Franklington Arts District featuring the live creation of murals by 64 talented artists from central Ohio and beyond.  It has been happening since 2007 but it was my first time ever attending…but it won’t be my last.  Food, painting and a lot of paint, performance art, break dancing (I was dancing to the music but not break dancing; that’s never going to happen) skateboarders and a lot of happy people.

Here are just a few images from yesterday; there will be more this coming week.

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It’s my anniversary!!!

It was 3 years ago today that I first burst upon WordPress not having a clue about how I was going to do things but knowing what I wanted to do!  In that time the world has changed and so have we all.  I have improved my photographic skills (something I will be doing hopefully until the day I put the camera down for good) and have “met” so many wonderful people through blogging that I would not have if I hadn’t started this.  Some of you first followers are still followers and you are very special to me because it was your words of encouragement that kept me going.  All of you are amazing and it is such a pleasure to share our worlds with each other.

And the places from around the globe you all come from – wow!  I can say that from you I am learning bits and pieces of other languages as well as customs.  The discovery of other turtle, rose, and cooking aficionados has broadened my horizons and through you I have traveled to so many places.  Thank you, other photographers, who have helped me by posting how you’ve achieved certain shots, answered my questions, and given me inspiration for my work.  I hope you feel the same.

So let’s pop the bubbly and enjoy some cake while we raise our virtual glasses and toast to more years of blogging.  Cheers!

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Mighty Mud Mania or How to make adobe the fun way

We were driving to our hotel when I spotted the big banner over the street proclaiming Mighty Mud Mania was going to be that Saturday.  I had to go!  But as we were there to be with family I had to do a lot of big puppy eyes and asking really really nicely if we could all go.  I am very thankful that my mother in law is a sweetie and said it would be fun if we all went.  YES!!  The event was held that morning for just five hours – from 8am to 1pm.  Not sure why that time other than the temperature; with a to go it  couple of hours to go it was already about 105 degrees and climbing.

Mighty Mud Mania started in 1976 as an advertising stunt by a laundry detergent company.  The detergent company dropped it after that first year but everyone had so much fun playing in the mud that they made it an annual event.  If you’re going to play in anything other than the mud mosh pit, then you must register.  The event is free for ages 1-17 with the request that families bring a non-perishable food item for the local food bank.  Adults 18+ have just started being part of the event as of last year after much petitioning to be part of the fun too.  Adults have the option of getting into the mosh pit (usually with their little ones) or for $10 they can tackle the Extreme Mud Course.  Their entry fee supports local youth programs.

I got a bit muddy from  participants bumping into me in the crowd and walking along muddy paths.  One guy I photographed ran towards me with open arms to give me a hug – I ran the other way screaming and laughing.  That was not going to happen!  But a lot of good not so clean fun was.

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Melt Bar and Grilled

If you have one of these in your town or not too far away a drive  – go!  We had heard about this place and at first I thought that a fancy grilled cheese sandwich joint was just something too trendy for me.  But while walking around the Short North area of Columbus, Ohio and being rather peckish, we decided to investigate this place.  We went in, we saw the line for a table, we walked out.  Then DH says to me “Hey! Maybe we can get a seat at the bar.” Which is what we got when we walked back in.  There’s just something so much fun about eating at the bar in a restaurant that has one.  You usually get faster service, your drinks get refilled quicker, and you meet the most interesting people.

The menu here has all kinds of goodies; not just grilled cheeses, the staff is friendly, and you will happily waddle out after eating.  The decor is just wild and kitschy which is kind of nice.  DH ordered the Monte Cristo sandwich (huge and so filling he took half of it home for later) and I had the Mushroom Melt.  I actually finished mine which meant I had to have a serious after lunch constitutional.  The nice couple who sat next to us at the bar let me photograph them enjoying their meal after I explained to them that I was a photographer as I had my camera out and was snapping away.

Thanks you two, it was a pleasure meeting you.


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Ladies of Cosplay

It’s not just for the guys!  The ladies get very much involved in cosplay as well.  There are a lot of heroines and villianess’ in the movies, comics, manga and anime, and books.  Plus, in cosplay there is nothing that says a guy cannot go as a female character or that a woman can make a male character into a female version.   Even with a certain character there are many ways that an individual can express their take on them.  For example, one player decided to do Poison Ivy as a zombie and even though I don’t have a photo here, there were multiple Harley Quinn’s but very few were alike.

Plus, as you can see in some of the pictures here, the ladies really get to “show” off in some costumes which men rarely do.  Although there was this one group of guys in….well.  You don’t want to know!

Kitana from Mortal Kombat

Kitana from Mortal Kombat

Lady Loki

Lady Loki

Star Trek

Star Trek

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Zombie Poison Ivy and others at the costume contest

Zombie Poison Ivy and others at the costume contest

Lady Mechanika and Batgirl

Lady Mechanika and Batgirl

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Mommy, what’s a cosplayer?

Cosplay (コスプレ kosupure?), short for “costume play”, is a type of performance art in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea from a work of fiction. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centered on role play. A broader use of the term cosplay applies to any costumed role play in venues apart from the stage, regardless of the cultural context.

Favorite sources include manga, anime, comic books, video games, and films. Any entity from the real or virtual world that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject. Inanimate objects are given anthropomorphic forms and it is not unusual to see genders switched, with women playing male roles and vice versa. There is also a subset of cosplay culture centered on sex appeal, with cosplayers specifically choosing characters that are known for their attractiveness and/or revealing costumes. (wikipedia)

I’ve known about comic-cons for a few years now and have been a film, video, comic book and anime fan for years and years but it wasn’t until just three years ago that I entered the world of cosplay and I’ve been hooked ever since.  There are some who just do it as a lark; some are very serious about it and belong to groups that have events throughout the year.  Players buy their costumes off the rack, cobble them together out of whatever they may have at home or they buy and alter, and then there are some like a friend of mine who make everything from scratch!

No matter how you pull it together, cosplaying is all about seeing, being seen, and having a lot of fun!

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