Tuesday, June 19, 2007

UPDATE on Fire Fighters

Cpt William Hutchison with
Cpt Mike Binky 29
Cpt.Lewis Mulkie
Engineer Mark Kelsie
Engineer brad Beatty
Asst. Engineer Michael French
Fire Fighter James Earl Drayton
Fire Fighter Brandon Thompson
Fire Fighter Melvin Champagne

Lost their lives tragically and heroically yesterday.

**names may be misspelled as I am typing while listening to the news.**


A Fund has been established

The Charleston City Firefighter fund
PO Box 304
Charleston, SC 29402
or go to any branch of Bank of America


It is so sad that 11 days later, rescuers are still searching for little Joshua Dorchak. If you are unfamiliar with this story, little 3 year old Joshua and his family were on an outing at Devil's Fork State Park on June 8th. he and his father went out on their 11 ft sailboat named the Pooh Bear. A large gust of wind overturned the boat and little Joshua (it is presumed) got caught up in the rigging of the boat and went down with the boat when it sank.

Here is the latest article from the Greenville News.

I have been keeping up with this story since I know the family as we attended the same parish in the upstate and attended the Latin Mass as they did.

In other news, we in Charleston woke up to the news that we lost 9 Firefighters last night in a blaze in the W. Ashley area of Charleston. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of these nine men who have died in "the worst single loss of firefighters since 9/11."
A press conference is being held right now (2:00 pm EST) Watch it here

Friday, June 15, 2007

New Toy

Every now and then, you just need to get a new toy. (That and the fact that I had a fairly modest settlement check from the sale of my home, burning a hole in my savings account.)

Anyhoo, I used to be fairly big into my photography. And was getting quite good and active before I met me sweet honey. So now we are looking at our little man on his way and realizing that both of us are big shutterbugs and there is no way we could pay the bills with umpteen rolls of film to purchase and develop on a monthly basis. For those of you with children - you know what I mean. Pictures of little Johnny's first gas smile, first poop, first snot nose bubble, etc...

Several years ago I said I was not going to digital - and I wasn't until "they" had decent SLR cameras with high resolution. Yes, I know picky, picky. but, I haven't touched a "point and shoot" since I left High School.

So after much deliberation, I chose this:

The Nikon D200. It looks like it is going to be an awesome camera. I haven't eve used Nikons before, having preferred Minoltas, but Minolta was purchased by Sony and hasn't really come out with anything new lately.

Here are a few links about the new camera:
Nikon's website

Digital Photography Review

So I am thrilled. Will have my new toy sometime next week - just in time for our Babymoon to the Mountains of North Carolina!!!
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