A Very Busy Day

Last Friday was a very long day.  Angie and I awoke at 4am to prepare to get to Cerritos College to photograph the spring 2017 nursing class portraits.  Set up was scheduled for 7:30, first session at 9am.  Photographer Andre and Angie would be there until 6pm.  I went to help set up and help.
Mid afternoon I went to the Quiet Cannon in Montebello to set up for Cathedral HS Mother/Son Dance.  I would be working with Jose running his instant portrait system to print 5×7’s and wallets for the couples to take home.
After Angie got done with Cerritos she came to the Quiet Cannon to help.  We photographed 147 couples.  We would be done at 11pm.  We got to bed at 1am Saturday morning.
Later Saturday I would umpire 3 baseball game, Loyola vs. Alemany and two Pony League games.
Attached are images from Friday.
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Today Angie and I, with dogs, head to Bakersfield for the 51st Annual Square Dance Fiesta at the Kern County Fairgrounds.  To those reading this post who may be square dancers and not aware of the Fiesta this is a great weekend getaway like RIVCO in Indio in November.  Angie and I have attended the Fiesta since 1981 except for 3 different years when I had photo business or involved with Knights of Columbus St. Patrick’s Day 5k run and dinner dance in Santa Clarita.
As a baseball umpire, working NCAA Division 1 and Pac 10 games, I always blocked this weekend from assignments as it was midseason in the 1980’s.
During the early years we attended this event the Fiesta would attract 3000 or more dancers at 4 levels from mainstream to challenge levels.  Angie and I are challenge level dancers though we will dance all levels this weekend. Many square dancers are RV enthusiasts, some full time RVers.
Unfortunately Angie’s 96 year old mom will miss attending this Fiesta. She fell a couple of weeks ago resulting in a very nasty bruise.  She is also having blood pressure issues. She’s in at the Rinaldi Convalescent Hospital, Hayvenhurst and Rinaldi, in Granada Hills.
For many in the education industry who read our post spring breaks are beginning.  We wish you well with your Rest and Relaxation.  Last night I read an article in Reader’s Digest on how being in nature, forest and other places, has such a positive affect on people’s well being.
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Save your Smart Device’s Files & Images

Thursday I was at the Apple store for some issues I was having with my computers.
While I was waiting a lady was conversing with Apple employee and the store manager on duty regarding an issue with her I-Phone.  She was telling the staff her problems, that she runs a business, no one can call her and she has lots of photos on the phone.  She says it took her 36 hours to backup files from the phone.
The manager was telling her the procedure for solving her problem, which included cleaning out her phone and that her files were in Apple’s Cloud.  He told her it would take about 15-20 minutes to restore files to her phone.  I am overhearing this conversation for about 45 minutes.  
She was fearing losing her images.  Well if she backed up her files, she should have the images and files on the device she used for the back up. She wasn’t buying anything the manager was telling her.  I left after I dealt with my issues and she was still there.
Bottom line to all this is why keep so many images on your phone?  I can see family, friends and interesting photos, but 100’s to 1000’s?  I only take photos I want to post immediately on social media, then I throw them away because I probably photographed the same image with my pro camera in RAW format.
Finally, back up your cell phone files and images.  These devices are fallible and will break down.  Also edit images.  Get rid of bad photos. You don’t need to keep every image you take.  Remember the photo images take up a lot of your smart device’s memory and storage.
I ultimately save my images on CD/DVD’s.
Bob Messina

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