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2 days, 13 hours ago 29
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Friday night, February 14th, Sherelne and I celebrated our 50th Anniversary surrounded by family and friends! We renewed our vows and then joined around 75 guests for a catered dinner, it was a wonderful evening! Family came from some distance away to help us celebrate and then our weekend has been filled with family gatherings at our home.

The happy couple! What a thrill it has been to call Shrelene my bride for 50 years! Jim Haverstock, (with me below), got the prize for the furthest to drive to the celebration. and my Son Scott and grandson Ben flew up for St Augustine Florida!

My best man was my brother Homer!

Scott and Catherine preparing for the cake cutting!

Left to right, front table, Terri Fortney, Homer Fortney, Randy Scott, Joyce Scott Debi Miller, Eddie Miller and Sherelene.

Sherelene visitng with Jim & Susan Begley, dear friends!

What a great celebration of a 50 year journey, I’m truly a blessed man!!!!!

Our grandchildren’s table!

Sherelene with Leo and Sandy Miller, our Harlan friends for well over 50 years! Thanks to Danny and Debbie Howard for coming too!!!!


the pilgrim

A very special thanks to Rhonda, Catherine and Rhonda’s mother, Helen for all the work they put in helping us get this done!!! Though I don’t have a picture of him, because he was always behind the camera, a very special thanks to Butch Houseman for taking all these images for us, you’re a champ Butch!!!!! I can’t thank you enough!!!!

More images coming after a short Honeymoon 馃槈

1 week, 4 days ago 6
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I have found it interesting that photographers, as a group, also seem to be into audliophile gear and watches! I have no idea why, it just seems to be that way. I’ve collected watches for a number of years and have recently been watching a wealth of Youtube videos about watches, they simply fascinate me. One particular watch channel is a fellow who is an acknowledged historian and expert on watches and he has guests on to talk about their watch collections. It’s facinating to see what famous actors, atheletes and business tycoons collect, but I could never be a guest on his channel. Most of his guests buy and own watches in the multiples of thousands of dollars, some well into the six figure catagory!!

Well, that’s not me, I’m what I would call a “regular guy” collector. I buy watches that I like and think would suit my personality and only one of my watches cost over $500. Most cost between $200. and $300. It is said that the only thing we cannot get more of is TIME! I happen to really enjoy time pieces and thought I might share some of my favorites with you, just in case you’re into watch collecting or simply like watches.

I circled two watches above, 1 & 2. The number 1 watch is a very special edition of the Luminor Panerai made for Sylvestor Stallone, one of only 500 made, signed and numbered by Sylvestor on the back. The current value of that watch used is $17,500. except it isn’t!!! It’s a perfect Chinese made copy, a knockoff, the only one I own. It is virtually identical in every way to the actual watch. It even keeps decent time, but it’s is a fake!!! I love to wear it to big events where watch snobs might appear and have a little fun with them, spinning a story about how I met Sylvestor years ago and he arranaged for me to get a copy! What fun, of course I then tell them the truth. When the watch arrived from China it was insured for just $8.46, how do they do it!

The other watch, number 2 is one of my most recent purchases a Lum Tec B44 Combat watch. It has a high end quartz movement and is very accurate and has a great lume for seeing it in total darkness. It is an everyday kind of watch. The last Last watch is in the bottom right corner, (not circled) it means a great deal to me as it was a gift from my dear Christian Brother Carl Turner. It is a beautiful Shinola dress watch, my only dress watch, I treasure it because it was from Carl, it’s a cool watch too!!!!

From time to time I will bring back the photo of my main watch box, unfortuantely I have another with even more watches in it! I will share some about other watches from time to time. My only truly expensive watch, (by my standards), is the watch to the right of the number 2 watch, it is a Brietling Chrono Avenger in Titanium. It was a gift to my self when my America From 500 Feet book was released and was having great success. Several years ago I gave it to Wes in thanks for his work on the book project and Rhonda gave it back to me when Wes went to be with the Lord. I wear it with great pride now.

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed my little sharing session. If you would like, I will come back to the subject later for another go at it!


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2 weeks ago 9
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The Fujifilm X100V is a fully mature product owing it鈥檚 lineage back to the original X100 (Released in September 2010), the X100S (Released in 2013), the X100T (released in 2014), the X100F (released in 2017) and now the X100V announced today February 4, 2020!

With each succeeding model significant improvements have ensued.聽聽聽This most recent model the V has a number of great changes.聽

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽The New X100V has a new improved 23mm f 2 lens.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽The Sensor is the new X-Trans IV with 26mp.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Battery life has been increased by about 25% (Approx.)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽The Electronic viewfinder is much improved with a resolution of聽聽3.69 million dots OLED.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽The Rear LCD panel is now improved to 1.62 million dots and is a touch screen

路聽聽聽聽聽聽The rear LCD is flush fitting and still able to fold out to two positions for low and high shooting.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽The X100V use the same battery as previous models the NP-W126S.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽With the mechanical shutter the frame rate is now up to 11 fps.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽17 film simulations including the new Classic Negative & Endura.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽Built in HDR with (Auto, 200%, 400%, 800% and Plus settings).

路聽聽聽聽聽聽The X100V now has an HDMI mini connector and USB 3.1.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽The X100 V does not have a D Pad, but the Q Menu is better located.

As all previous models it’s the perfect walk around, always have with you camera!

I shot a few Americana Images around home, it’s winter here folks and not a lot to shoot, but these images how just how capable this camera is!!!

The X100V is a great camera improved in every way, and capable of making incredible images in a light easy to carry package. The new 23mm f 2 lens is even sharper than it’s previous brother! If you run into me out there, ask if you can see it, I’ll have it with me!!!!!


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2 weeks ago 2
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A few months back Microsoft automatically updated all my Office software and it crashed my email account!!!!! I haven’t been able to recover it so I set up a new email address, let me share that with you and please make note of it for corrsponding with me!!

I always love hearing from you guys and I’m sorry so many have been getting kicked back on my earthlink account.

Pleae use the gmail account until I can restore the old email account!

Thanks and God Bless,

the pilgrim