andy’s place…

all about the one and only me….

A few updates…

Posted by andy on April 29, 2012

As things will be getting a little hectic over the next few weeks, figure its easier to post a bulk update of items going on here.


- I’m very close to putting my condo/house on the market and beginning a build of my own house. Interest rates are just too good to pass up right now, and I’ve got an opportunity to start building this spring/summer, with move in happening in the fall. Yes, a long build, but I’m building it myself with the family. Nights/weekends/days off sort of thing. I can’t do everything, but floors, walls, trusses, windows, sheeting, siding, paint, trim, cabinets… that’ll be me. Well, me and the family. I’m just waiting on a little paperwork with the banks to be in place and find out if I’ll get what I want out of my place. If I do, I’ll be moving out as soon as this place is sold. Something tells me @dsumike and @sonjazor will actually never see the condo, despite my being here 5 years. sadboosh…


- My bonus came through, and my raise at work is coming through. Other reasons for said house…


- I’m heading to Washington DC (ok, Arlington, VA, .5 miles from the Pentagon) in May. I was nominated, and volunteered, to speak on a panel for a national coalition about a topic I work on. Kind of an honor, but it’s also 5 days of travel… and I’m not big on air travel. Especially when I could be working on the house. Watch for some DC photos sometime… and probably a tweet.

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“Twenty” down…

Posted by andy on February 28, 2012

In the ongoing battle that is my diet, I’m happy to report that as per the office’s official scale, I am down 20 pounds. Reality is a little lower than that, but hey, it’s a start. And I’m still as much fun to be around…. yeah…

To all of you high metabolism people… boo!

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New toy

Posted by andy on February 4, 2012


I typically don’t buy myself much…  I spend money in spurts.  I’ll buy a laptop, and not spend any money other than food and bills for months and months.  Well, I decided it was time to make a purchase.

Introducing the newest piece of my camera kit… the Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II USM.  Canon’s sharpest telephoto zoom lens.  This lens, or its older brother the Mark I, is in the kits of nearly every professional Canon photographer.  Most that have the Mark I are upgrading to the Mark II, simply because they didn’t think Canon could improve on the original, but somehow they did.

I rented this lens back in Sept 2011 and put about 3,500 exposures through it.  Nearly every one of them that I didn’t screw up on was a keeper.  Simply amazing what this thing can do.  I took a couple photos that were sharp enough I could read the words on my shirt in the reflection off my subject’s eye…  crazy.

I’ll post some sample images from my copy soon.

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