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It’s Official… August 30, 2009

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Matthew is a big brother to a not-so-little, little sister. Alyssa Rose made her debut on Friday weighing in at a whopping 9 lbs. 15 oz. Geez, I don’t feel old enough to have all these grand nieces and nephews. A big congratulations to Clint, Carol, Matthew, Maggie and the rest of the clan. Not sure if that dune buggy is going to hold them all. Grandpa Thom might need to start working on fashioning a trailer hitch for that buggy of his.

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Are You Lucky? August 29, 2009

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I am a very lucky person. Not much else to say for tonight.

Demand Louisiana Shrimp August 23, 2009

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Ok, so I was so excited about my successful lightning pic the other day that it didn’t dawn on me that that storm might have been pretty dangerous for someone else. For all of my 5 regular readers, you may remember that my favorite pick for shrimp boats in this year’s Chauvin Blessing of the Fleet was the Tracie and Macie (see https://dianehuhn.wordpress.com/2009/04/20/let-our-sea-prosper/).

Well, it turns out that while I was trying to get a nice pic of lightning on Friday, the crew of the Tracie and Macie was trying to put out a fire caused by a lightning strike of their own. So sad. No insurance. Hope they are able to get that boat back in action soon. It’s a beautiful sight and a beautiful way of life. Click here for more details.

After reading about this sad event, I clicked on this link.

Look folks, our shrimpers are in trouble. And it’s really bothersome. Down here the Wildlife and Fisheries has a nice advertising campaign aimed at helping our local shrimpers. Their slogan is “Demand Louisiana Shrimp.” And well, if you’ve ever tasted fresh, wild caught Louisiana shrimp, you know that it’s just a given that you should demand it. Its a far superior product to any from any other part of the world. But our shrimpers are getting the short end of the stick. And that should stop right now. Actually, it should have stopped a very long time ago.

So, please, where ever you are, whether you’re in Detroit, Michigan, or Debuque, Iowa or Dularge, Louisiana–please demand Louisiana shrimp. And demand that the shrimpers who toil long and hard to bring it to you get a decent days pay for a decent days work.

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Being in the Right Place At the Right Time August 22, 2009

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So yesterday as I was driving home, a fairly large storm system was headed our way. Now I just happened to be coming up on one of my favorite scenic panorama areas from which I take many photos so I decided to pull over at my usual spot. The sky was getting pretty electric and I wanted to see if I might be able to get at least one good shot of a lightning bolt. This is no small task I might add. I’ve tried a number of times before with no or very little success. In actuality, I’ve only managed two shots of lightning in my whole life–both on the same day and both not very good–and I’m fairly certain that I came close to risking my life for one of them which wasn’t too bright of me. But at least I had the pleasure of saying that I’ve got a couple of lightning shots in my portfolio.

So before the rain started flying I decided to crawl up in the bed of the pickup for a better vantage point. Now I do understand that that is probably not the best place to be when the lightning is flying, but the storm was still well off to the west and I didn’t feel that I was putting myself in any danger. So there I sat. Camera at the ready. Bolt. Click. Damn, too late. Another bolt. Click. Click. Shoot. Too late again. Wow. Huge burst of lightning. Click. Click. Click. Curses. This is impossible. Oh no. Do I feel sprinkles? Yep. Ok, well I’ll see if I can get anything from inside the truck.

Bolt. Bolt. Click. Click. Nothing! Ok, well, maybe I should just try to get some other interesting shots and make do with what I’ve got. Maybe every time I try taking pics during a storm it’s like I’m building up some reservoir of sub-conscious lightning knowledge. You know, like if I keep doing this enough, eventually I will just instinctively know where to point my camera for the next big strike. Yeah, I know that’s probably not possible. Lightning is unpredictable. I know that. But, maybe, just maybe. Some day when I’m old and gray. Oh wait, I am old and gray now aren’t I? Well, that’s not what I mean. You know what I mean.

Alright, time to get home. I’ll just work with what I have and chalk the rest up to a learning experience. I know I got some good shots earlier in the day of some cats in an old shed like this…

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and this…

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And I’m pretty sure I got an interesting pic of a water droplet on my window like this…

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and I think I got a semi-decent shot of that bird. What is that? An osprey I think. I’m not positive though.

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And then, there it was. In all it’s glory. Yeah, baby! Who said practice doesn’t pay off in the end?

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Keep Grand Isle Grand August 21, 2009

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So last weekend I went to Grand Isle with my new co-worker in crime for a volunteer beach clean-up event sponsored by the Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program. While we were certainly excited to lend a helping hand and get away for a quick trip to the island, we were also on a fact-finding mission. Wendy and I are in the process of putting some new twists in the Bayou Grace volunteer program so I guess you could say we were on a mini working vacation of sorts. Aside from clean-up events such as this, we are also working on programming that would get local and out-of-state volunteers out in the marsh planting vegetation in our critical efforts to restore as much of the 2300+ square miles of land lost in coastal Louisiana since the 1930s. We’ve also got some pretty great ideas for building elevated gardens for elderly and disabled residents in our area and we are even hoping to be able to bring a number of community gardens to fruition.

More on all of this later, but for now go and check out Wendy’s story about the Grand Isle Beach Sweep, take a guess on what I’m doing in one of her excellent photographs and enter yourself in her contest for a chance to win a Community Coffee mug and enjoy this pic of the groovy cool new sign on the island. Oh, and have I told you lately how much I love my job!

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What’s It All About? August 20, 2009

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So I’ve been feeling fairly philosophical lately. You know, just kind of thinking about life and what’s it all about. And since I’ve been kind of struggling with a case of writer’s block I was thinking that maybe the meaning of life would make a good blog posting. I’m not exactly sure what it is about this writer’s block thing. I mean it’s not as if I have felt completely uninspired or something. I’ve actually had a bunch of experiences lately that I wanted to share with you all, but every time I sit down at my computer to tell you about a marsh planting or a beach sweep or a trip to the state capitol or to let you know about the fun and exciting projects I’m working on like re-designing our volunteer program or hitting the road in my home on wheels for a nationwide environmental tour, my brain just shuts down on me and I find myself staring at a blank computer screen. And then my mind starts to wander and I end up someplace that I hadn’t expected to. Kind of like right now.

I mean, how did I get here? I sat down to write about the meaning of life and now I’m just rambling on and on about some inane dribble banging around in my head. I mean, I guess it’s better that I’m actually writing something. Right? Something is better than nothing, yes? Maybe not. Seriously, who wants to read a bunch of weird, stream of consciousness rants by someone like me. I guess it’d be different if I really had some interesting insights or something, but as you are sorely aware, I do not have anything close to some brillant words of wisdom to offer you. I mean, I thought I did. I had totally made the decision to sit here and write until I could share some wonderful revelation about the meaning of life with you and I haven’t really even said one thing about it.

I know I should just buckle down and stay focused on the task at hand. Maybe I need to make myself an outline. Yep, that’s probably the ticket. You can never go wrong with a good outline. Isn’t that what they always taught us in school? Think it threw before you write. You know, I’m always confused by the word “threw.” I mean, is it “think it through” or “think it threw” or “think it thru”. I’m pretty sure it’s not that last one. But I can never remember the difference between “threw” and “through”. Do you only use “threw” if it’s like “I threw the ball” or “a piece of debris came threw the windshield”? Reminder to self, I should go back and review my vocabulary notebook from middle school. Do I even have that anymore? I bet my mom has it somewhere squirreled away. Maybe I should call her. Geez, I haven’t call my mom in a while. I’m a bad daughter. Hold on a sec. I’ll be right back. I need to call my mom.

Ok, my mom says “hi!” to everyone.

Alright, where was I. Oh yes, the meaning of life. Here goes.

The Meaning of Life

by Diane Huhn

Ummmm…well…I guess, ahhhh…mmmm…

I think it’s a good idea to try to be nice to other people and try to do good things for others and always have a good topic sentence to work with.

The End.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a nice day! And remember…happiness is a warm sunny day at the beach. Hey do you remember those “Happiness is” posters they used to have in the 80s? They always seemed to have those pictures of kittens or puppies on them. They were just so adorable and you just wanted to eat them up. Well, not literally eat them up cause that would be really weird. And really gross. Shoot! I’m doing it again. Just say no to stream of consciousness writing. It’s never a good idea! And now I’m late for work. Well, not really late. But now I’ve only got like 15 minutes to get ready instead of 30. Darn it!

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Somewhere Over The August 20, 2009

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Rainbow.

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And the Sun Sets on Another Day August 18, 2009

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What’s up with these sunsets we’ve been having? Pretty darn cool! Don’t think I could give this up for boccee and beer. Well, maybe beer. But definitely not boccee.

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More Fun With Picasa August 17, 2009

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Ok, not sure why, but I really like these two pics. Kinda weird. I know. What can I say? I’m just dorky like that. Embrace your dorkiness!

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Fun With Picasa August 17, 2009

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So I haven’t posted anything in over three weeks and today I decide that I should have two posts in the same day? Yep, it’s a crazy mixed up world. How bout some fun with Picasa? I love Picasa. It’s so easy to play around and experiment with my photos. Like this…

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and this…

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and this…

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and one more.

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And maybe one more pic of a really happy dog at the beach.

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So, maybe the photo of the day should make a reappearance? I guess we’ll see.