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Posted on 2007.02.07 at 13:32
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My portrait, a photogoot original. What a brilliant photographer! When I was a child, I didn't approach my mother with, "When I grow up I want to be a unix system administrator!" Yet, that's what I am by trade (I'm currently filling the role of IS Manager of a Desktop shop, but I don't like to talk about it). I have two friends, however, who are doing exactly what they wanted to be when they grew up. One is a friend of mine since I was about five. He loved airplanes. Airplanes on his wall, books on airplanes, airplane sheets on his bed in his airplane pajamas. Later he was building aircraft models and attending Space Camp. He graduated from Embry-Riddle with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering, owns his own plane (a Mooney), and is now on the cutting edge of the career by remotely piloting the Global Hawk UAV for the Air Force. If that's not truly living your dream, I don't know what is.

The other is photogoot who grew up enjoying taking pictures. Took photography in school, and his first job out of high school was as a portrait photographer (he still uses these skills to this day). This man sees things differently than you and I see them - he sees everything through the lens of a camera; every shot is framed. When he joined the Air Force he did so first as a aircraft film developer, then as a bone-fide official USAF photographer. His work was published throughout the military. He even wore Lagerfeld Photo cologne. His work provided him the in roads into his current position as Program Manager of a large photography-based shop, which though doesn't allow him to take pictures for a living, affords him the time to do so on his off hours. We should all be so lucky. Thank you for this portrait, photogoot.




In other news, I'd like to give the nod to a recent development, jaceman. Jace Man filled an open position we had at work, and his attitude and knowledge has resonated throughout our user community. He's posted on a wide variety of topics during his first five posts, with something to pique the interest of just about everyone. He enjoys a good polite debate, and is interested in conversing with people online. And though our favorite master-debater drax0r is currently seeking asylum in the Witness Protection Program, I hope that he'll surface just to debunk the Jace Man - as I can see the two of them discussing the nuances of opinion vs. facts. If you have a moment, stop by and say, "Hello."

Comments:


JaceMan
jaceman at 2007-02-07 23:04 (UTC) (Link)
That JaceMan is a a complete jerk! He's always telling me to "Go home!" and to "Take your stinkin' flag down 'beaner', this is America!"

Como se dice, I hate him!

Sincerely,

Tacos4Sanchez
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-02-08 01:01 (UTC) (Link)
galinda822 at 2007-02-08 00:13 (UTC) (Link)
So, what do you want to be when you grow up?

This is my second favorite photo of you. My favorite is the one I took of you with the piggy tie!
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-02-08 01:07 (UTC) (Link)
I haven't figured that out yet.
galinda822 at 2007-02-08 00:14 (UTC) (Link)
ps: Welcome to the neighborhood jaceman!
JaceMan
jaceman at 2007-02-08 15:50 (UTC) (Link)
*tips his hat*

Thank ya, ma'am.

P.S. You look strangely familiar...
Me
photogoot at 2007-02-08 02:16 (UTC) (Link)
You sir, are one damn fine example of masculinity! I truly mean that… in a non-gay way.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-02-08 02:28 (UTC) (Link)
Are you jonesing for a man-hug?
Me
photogoot at 2007-02-08 02:55 (UTC) (Link)
I’ll tell you something about my being drawn to photography. In addition to enjoying the process technically there is a very important social component for me. I have always been quite cautious of new people. I don’t generally enjoy meeting new people, it seems like work to me. It becomes necessary work however because (as you all know) we humans need other people. I tried when I was much younger to do without but it just doesn’t work. You know the whole “I don’t need anybody” adolescence phase. It’s a wonder I ever managed to procreate! As a teenager I discovered photography was a way I could be involved with the groups of people I had to much anxiety about having direct contact. As a photographer I could come into any new group, the drama club, band, sports teams, the cool clicks doing their clicky things etc… My camera was the vehicle inside and a shield while there, it really was quite perfect for me. I have managed to parlay my camera into a sort of social transport device. Photography has taken me everywhere I have wanted or needed to go. Today photography is still serving as my vehicle to meet new people. It is after all the way I come to find myself knowing you fine people today! I am fortunate to have found my social conveyance, the camera. I propose my good friend and host of this thread has also had the good fortune of finding his social conveyance. For him it is the written and spoken word. I have watched for 15 years as he has opened doors to infinite new relationships and experiences through his use of words and I am amazed by that!
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-02-08 03:26 (UTC) (Link)
You're too kind.
Me
photogoot at 2007-02-08 03:02 (UTC) (Link)
I was just thinking about Lagerfeld Photo cologne last week. I have been considering wearing cologne more now that I am single again. I was thinking about the different colognes I have worn. Sad as it sounds Lagerfeld Photo was probably one of my high end fragrances. Again I say It’s a wonder I ever managed to procreate.


ehowton
ehowton at 2007-02-08 03:24 (UTC) (Link)
I have been considering wearing cologne more now that I am single again.
Have you considered what might have happened if you never stopped wearing cologne? That being said, might I suggest Polo Black?
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2007-02-08 04:35 (UTC) (Link)
*stares* Wow, you're hot; thank you for prettifying my Friends page. Nice photo, photogoot.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-02-08 17:15 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you.
wardlejew
wardlejew at 2007-02-08 15:59 (UTC) (Link)
Looking good E!
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-02-08 17:15 (UTC) (Link)
JW! Long time no chit-chat!
snapper521 at 2007-02-10 02:14 (UTC) (Link)
Whoa... really good picture of you Eric!! *surprised*

Actually I shouldn't be. With a name like "photogoot" I would expect decent pictures from him.

2 friends: I used to have friends like that... don't anymore. They don't like me/mom has forbidden them from talking/seeing me. It's kind of annoying. But anyway...

I'll go give your newbie a howdy doo. :-)
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