Tuesday, November 21, 2017

November 21, 2017

Just a quick update today....

I am in the process of totally re-designing my website - it has looked the same for..... I can't even remember how long it's had the same design!

It will have a fresh, new look, and will be a lot easier to navigate. There will be a lot of stuff that will go away; the "links library" will go away. Most of the links on it are old, and many of the sites linked to no longer exist. The genealogy page will be gone. No one really cares about that but me, and I have it bookmarked. Some other things will be trimmed as well.

There will be changes made to the Art and Photography pages, and of course my Graphic Novel, "The Girls From T.N.A." will remain - although I'll be updating the look of it as well.

One of the other reasons I'm doing such a massive update on the site is I want to put more emphasis on sales of my artwork, photography, and - a little later - other products I'm working on. I've just opened a store on Redbubble, and will be adding a lot of stuff there. I'll also be adding my Cafe Press store, and possibly Etsy as well. So come buy my stuff, and make my day! 😁

In other news....

I've pretty much completed the renovation of my studio / computer room in the basement. Everything is back up and running, although I've had to replace a couple computers in the last few months. More on that later.

For those that don't know, I had a flood in the basement back in August. The evening of August 21 - right after the great eclipse - it rained, and rained, and rained.... Non-stop all afternoon, and night. Tuesday morning I discovered about 2 - 2 1/2 inches of water in the computer room. Although I feel fortunate compared to what the folks in Texas, Florida, and especially Puerto Rico had to deal with, it still caused plenty of damage. Fortunately (and amazingly), none of the computers were damaged, but I ended up having to move 90% of the stuff out of the room, strip the carpet, rip out all the old tile that was under the carpet, put down waterproofing, install new tile, and take care of all the other little details one runs into with a renovation.

Anyway, that's all done (other than the normal little 'tweaks' - this place is a continual WIP), and I'm really happy with the way it looks. I did not put carpet back down, BTW. I have a few things I want to do in the shop, but I've already made some improvements in there, too.

I'll be posting some photos, and probably a video or three...

Well, that's about it for today.... I did say "quick update," didn't I? 😉

Until next time.... Have a good one!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Fresh Start

Just a quick update - in case anyone actually reads any of this...

I have deleted all posts after the one below, and I may delete all of them, and just start fresh. There was far too much negativity; me complaining about my job, frustrations with my website being off line for a while, life's little challenges, and so on. No one wants to read that kind of stuff, so I'm going to stay as positive as possible in the future. And I retired yesterday, so there's no job to complain about anymore! LOL

I'll be back soon with a bit of catching up on what's been going on, and will try to keep things updated on a regular basis!

Rod

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Honors For An Honorable Man

Saturday the Hospice folks at the nursing home where my dad lives had a wonderful little celebration for him to thank him for his 20 years of service to his country. After he mentioned that he loved photography, they wanted to have a display of some of his photos. I printed up several photos, which they displayed at the celebration.
Here's the table with the display of photos. One of the Hospice ladies asked him about the photo of the dinosaur which was taken several years ago at Powell Gardens. Dad said to her: "You don't see many of those nowadays.." Even with his dementia, he still has a sense of humor!
Family members present L to R: My cousins Glen Cogan, Sandy Cogan (Tim's wife), Tim Cogan, My aunt Esther (Shelley) Cogan, Carl Shelley (Dad), my wife, Jolene.
Dad with some of the staff at the nursing home. Dad always had a way with the ladies - the rascal! Apparently he still does! LOL! I'm proud of him - 93 and still going....
Dad served for 20 years in the U.S. Air Force. He enlisted back when it was the Army Air Corps; before there was an Air Force. He took part in the China-Burma Theatre in WW2 - his unit flew materials over the Himalayas to resupply Chinese forces and U.S. forces stationed in China after the Japanese closed the Burma Road. His unit was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation by then President Franklin D. Roosevelt; the first non-combat unit ever to receive this award.

Dad was presented an award to honor him for his long service to our country.
Here I am with him - My Dad, My Hero. It was him that inspired me to pick up a camera. I still remember the first time I went with him to the photography hobby shop - I think it was at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma - and watched him develop and print black & white photos in the darkroom. From that moment I was hooked.
Dad gets a big smooch from Jolene!

It was a moving and excellent day! At 93, his memory is pretty well gone - some days he's fairly lucid, and some days he's just way off.. He still seems to recognize most of his family; most of the time. I hope the memory of this day stays with him till the end of his days.

Once again, I'm going to try and update this blog on a more regular basis. Between work (I'm on day shift now..... YAY!), family stuff, Renderosity, Facebook, and this blog, I've got a bit of stuff to keep me busy!

I'm now working on page 13 of my "Girls From T.N.A." series which appears on Renderosity, and my website (which I'm also in the process of updating).

That's it for now! *waves*
Rod