September 23rd/Week 38

So this past weekend, from Friday to Sunday, was pretty great… unless you like short posts with very few photos.

Keith’s parents came into town for the festivities.

Friday:

Nothing too exciting happened on Sunday – but on Friday, my husband bravely Spiderman-d down a 27-story building after raising over $1K to benefit the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.  That was terrifying to watch, but I’m guessing more terrifying to actually DO.  The same evening, I had 4 of my photos on display downtown for the “Downtown in Focus” competition.  Out of over 200 entries, professional and amateur, three out of my four won Honorable Mentions.  So here are some shots of our Friday night:

This was my initial glance up at the building my husband would be rappelling down.  ::gulp::

And this was my first glance at my husband, over the edge and looking a little nuts.

And now he’s just showing off. 🙂

As he is nearing the bottom, I start to breathe again.

Congrats, Keith!

This was one of my four displayed photos, and one of the three Honorable Mentions – the July 4th fireworks.

Here are two of the other three – one Honorable Mention, and one not – the bridge next to my head, and the fireworks again. Sadly, I didn’t get a shot of the third Honorable Mention.

Saturday:

Now on Saturday morning, we all got up way too early to go watch the demolition of the gigantic smokestack downtown.  Since Keith works for the City, he’s in the know about a lot of these cool events and demo sites.  And because I’m married to Keith, I get the chance to shoot some pretty cool stuff.  Lucky me. 🙂 

Shop talk and gathering excitement…

This gentleman was doing the demonstration and explanation to the button pushers.

Last glimpse of the smokestack that has been part of our skyline for a long, long time.

After the boom, we see the first puff of smoke and debris coming from the base.

And there she goes.

Onlookers seem fascinated, myself included.

Once she hits the ground, the ash and debris start swirling….

…enough to eventually obscure the sun, temporarily.

We all start wandering to the site, once the air has cleared a bit and we’re assured that it’s once again relatively safe.

And the smokestack is no longer.

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7 thoughts on “September 23rd/Week 38

  1. The rappelling pictures are awesome – I love the scale of teeny tiny Keith on that huge building. He is SO brave (and you for letting him go)!

  2. OMG, my anxiety would be through the roof if my DH did that BUT it was probably an amazing experience and you got some great shots! Congrats on your mentions!

  3. My knees were knockin’ just looking at how high that building Keith rappelled down. Holy hell. Many congrats on the photos contest wins! Well deserved! I also love watching things get blown up for some odd reason.

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