Category Archives: My Thoughts

2021 . . . . . 2022

We all seem to have a pretty strong feeling for the year that we are about to leave behind. And for the most part it seems to be fairly negative.

But not everything was bad. I am sure if we are honest, there has been positive events that has happened to us during 2021. Yes, no doubt, collectively we have been going thru some really trying times for the last couple of years. And every time it feels like we are about to turn a new chapter, somehow we end up back where we were.

If we try to look at the various good / positive events of this year, I am confident we can all find a few things.

– manzoor

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  • Dust if You Must

    by Rose Milligan

    Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better
    To paint a picture, or write a letter,
    Bake a cake, or plant a seed;
    Ponder the difference between want and need?

    Dust if you must, but there’s not much time,
    With rivers to swim, and mountains to climb;
    Music to hear, and books to read;
    Friends to cherish, and life to lead.

    Dust if you must, but the world’s out there
    With the sun in your eyes, and the wind in your hair;
    A flutter of snow, a shower of rain,
    This day will not come around again.

    Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
    Old age will come and it’s not kind.
    And when you go (and go you must)
    You, yourself, will make more dust.

    Iguana Grill

    I’ve only been here a couple of times and don’t really recall the food experience. But the few times I was there, I wondered why I didn’t go there more often. Specially when the other option was so crowded + over hyped.

    Anyway, I have known for a while now that the place had most likely closed. But had only the other day found out that the closure happened back in October 2016. At least that’s when the austin360 article was posted.

    – manzoor

    Leica TL2

    I recently rented a TL2 with a 60mm f/2.8 and another 23mm f/2. This is my very first time using a Leica, so it took a while getting used to some of the very basics – like putting the lenses on and taking them off.
    The TL2 is also completely controlled from the display and it doesn’t even have a view finder, that also made things a bit challenging.

    Once I was able to get used to the “uniqueness”, it was quite fun to shoot. The 60mm was quite “slow”, but quality was V-E-R-Y good.

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    – manzoor

    Our Environment

    I would like to think that I am trying to do a little, at least, of what I have the ability / control over in reducing harming our environment. But really it is my daughters, and their generation in general, who are really settling an example for me.

    We were sitting at the dining table having finished our dinner and my girls remembered the Cinnamon Rolls they got the other day and decided to make / bake them. While reading the baking instructions and prepping the oven one of them reads the ingredients, just because I guess, and notices the palm oil and they both make a grave face.

    – manzoor