Demonstration Hall

Demonstration Hall

On This Date: Photo taken 3/28/2012.

Demonstration Hall’s really just a big gym, and has served as Michigan State’s basketball field house and as its hockey arena. But always it’s housed MSU’s Military Affairs Department and the school’s ROTC detachment as its primary function, with a secondary role as a practice facility for the Spartan Marching Band. Demonstration Field, where (among other things) the band rehearses its football programs, is adjacent to the building.

It’s an attractive building. I took this photo five years ago today after watching MSU’s baseball home opener–against Central Michigan, as usual. The Spartans won.


For this project I usually sort through my photographs the evening before each post. I normally pull out two or three images during that sort, then decide which to post in the morning, after I’ve given some thought to the writeup.

Today’s didn’t go like that. I was dissatisfied with the pix I pulled yesterday, so I looked again this morning and selected a different photo.

Number of pix taken on various March 28ths: 420
Year of oldest photo: 2007

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 4
  • 2 Stars: 53
  • 3 Stars: 300
  • 4 Stars: 56
  • 5 Stars: 7

Revision History:

Life Before Retirement

Life Before Retirement

On This Date: Photo taken 3/26/2010.

A few days back Facebook’s “Memories” dredged up this comment I’d posted in 2010:

‘”What do you do for a living, Joel?” Go to meetings. 13 scheduled this week (so far), plus a doctor’s appointment….’

This was one of those meetings. Judging by the folks in attendance we were working on integrating our soon-to-be-installed IRP system with Finance’s accounting programs. Also judging by those attending I was there primarily as the management rep.

IRP stands for International Registration Program–license plates for trucks.


I took this pic with my phone, and the timestamps tell me that I promptly posted it to Facebook. I called it “Your Tax Dollars at Work.”

FB’s “Memories” gets the final comment, having found this for me today:

‘My work week in retrospect: One meeting added to the thirteen originally scheduled, one cancelled, one rescheduled to April, and two missed because I can’t be in two places simultaneously. Had a stretch like this ten years ago; never expected it to happen again.’

A few months later I retired.

Number of pix taken on various March 26ths: 203 [two of those are Joan’s]
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 2
  • 2 Stars: 26
  • 3 Stars: 145
  • 4 Stars: 29
  • 5 Stars: 1

Revision History:

Oreo in the Window

Oreo in the Window

On This Date: Photo taken 3/25/2007.

A decade ago today I was photographing crocuses. Oreo watched.

Or perhaps she was just enjoying the fresh air.


Could I do a cat-a-day project from my photo archives? No, but I’d come closer than you might think. A quick survey shows that I’ve photographed cats on over 300 dates. On March 25, for instance, I’ve photographed Oreo in 2007 and 2012, and I caught two of the neighbors’ cats “on film” in 2012 as well.

Besides some randomly “lost” days, the project would break down on days we’re rarely home–our birthdays, for instance. And there’s a week in June that usually starts in Saint Ignace and ends with a bluegrass fest. Those are not insurmountable obstacles, of course, but it would likely take some effort to fill the gaps.

I’d get bored, though. So would you. Ain’t gonna happen.

Number of pix taken on various March 25ths: 77 [one of those is Joan’s]
Year of oldest photo: 2007

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0
  • 2 Stars: 19
  • 3 Stars: 35
  • 4 Stars: 21
  • 5 Stars: 2

Revision History:

Contact!

Contact!

On This Date: Photo taken 3/23/2016.

Zach McKinstry of the Central Michigan University Chippewas puts the ball in play at Michigan State’s McLane Baseball Stadium.


The Spartans start their baseball season with a southern trip, returning to East Lansing about now every spring. State plays Big 10 teams on the weekends and mostly Mid-America Conference squads in mid-week. Lately they’ve been opening their home season against the Chips.

MSU baseball’s become one of my post-retirement pleasures. I watch ’em in East Lansing, and I’ve followed the team to Kalamazoo and Mount Pleasant most recent years. Maybe this year I’ll add Ann Arbor, or Ypsi. We’ll see.

Number of pix taken on various March 23rds: 123
Year of oldest photo: 2012

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 10
  • 2 Stars: 12
  • 3 Stars: 84
  • 4 Stars: 17
  • 5 Stars: 0

Revision History:

And Tulips!

And Tulips!

On This Date: Photo taken 3/20/2012.

Bringing early color to our yard five years back. As were Hyacinths. And Windflowers. And Forsythias. It was glorious.

In Real Time we had an Anemone (Windflower) opening yesterday. The Crocuses and Freesia are about done. The Daffies and Hyacinths are coming along nicely, but are a week or two from opening, we think. Some of the Tulips will beat ’em.


I’ve posted this photo before. I pushed the colors a bit differently five years ago, and this time I cropped it

My preferences change, over time, and my processing with it. Sometimes this is because I get better with my tools, or I get better tools. Or just different tools. Occasionally I get enamored with a look or a crop, and overuse it for a month or five. But mostly it’s just that my preferences change.

Number of pix taken on various March 20ths: 135
Year of oldest photo: 2004

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 1
  • 2 Stars: 14
  • 3 Stars: 91
  • 4 Stars: 25
  • 5 Stars: 4

Revision History: