Friday, May 28, 2010

Hold Me Closer Tony Danza

I flew to Arizona last week to help enforce the new immigration laws.

Juuuuuuusttttttttt kidding, that joke never gets old. Seriously though, I went for my 29 year old sister's retirement party (no joke). Unfortunately this isn't like "I'm a young person that invented some weird tech thing and sold it to Google for $14 million and now I'm retiring." This is more, professional ballerinas don't have a long shelf life.

Ever since I can remember my sister has been dancing. It's a tough life (not that I'd know). She basically has moved every two years in order to keep dancing with different companies in the States and has always had a "real" job, since as you can imagine, there's not a lot of money going to ballerinas in the US.

Luckily I was able to take some time off work and see her in her final performance of A Midsummer's Night Dream, help throw her retirement party, and meet all of her friends. Kind of a bitter sweet moment, seeing my sister say goodbye to something that has basically been her entire life up to this point but at the same time, I am sure she will be onto bigger and better things (like her costume making business). Anyway, here are the digital photos from the trip, I roll with more camera equipment than clothing at this point.

Just like Looney Tunes.

There's a sweet "plane graveyard" where all the retired military planes go to die. Unfortunately the best you can do is drive by it in a car.

My parents rented this awesome house that we think must have been a convent before. The decor was Ka-razy.

This was my room, there is a little midget door cutout of the huge doors on the left side.

The window in the kitchen that looked out on the back yard with a pool and hot tub. Uhhh what?

You know, just your average prayer candle station in a house.

So this is my sister's BFF in the "sexy" koala costume my sister made for her. Apparently koalas mate by raping each other....which is only what I can assume is happening in this picture as JC looks on.

Penance for the last picture? Seriously, hire my sister to make you a costume. She also made my T-rex costume.

Photo booth party pics.

Sister and dad!

Awww so cute!

The fam + BFF

Tony Danzas

If my dad had a rock band, this would be his album cover.

Just wouldn't be a family vacation without dressing up like idiots and shooting photos!

The beast in full effect. Her eyes don't look as evil in these pictures.

I'm a total sucker for plants + artificial lighting (flash).

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fort Tildon

Last weekend Chris and I rode towards the water in search of Fort Tildon. Chris had been before, I hadn't. Either way, neither of use really knew how to get there. Once we arrived, it was well worth it. Beautiful beaches that aren't full of trash (at least some of them) and a very limited number of people made the 1.5 hour ride well worth it.

Polaroid scans from the trip to come at a later date.

Amusement park at Floyd Bennet Field had some pretty sweet looking rides.

"You mean I touched that death machine for nothing?!" Not for nothing Chris, not for nothing.

Welcome to the world of the plastic beach
The first of the abandoned structures we explored. These are my favorite types, minimal/no security and not too sketchy gives plenty of time to set up lights and take time with the photos.

I love this photo except for that half-assed spray painted Quagmire some little 15 year old gutter snipe threw up.
Branch sculpture
Chris on top of the pill box at Fort Tildon. Security drove by while we were up here, Chris waved at them, they waved back and went on their merry way!

Inside the pill box.
Out of the pill box and into sunlight.
The name sake fort. Looks like something out of THX-1138

Ghosts! This place was seriously creepy all those rooms on the left were completely pitch black. The only way to see what was inside was to shoot a photo with flash and check the results. I kept expecting the old horror movie trick of checking the photo and seeing some zombie coming towards the camera.