Waiting for the drawbridge in Bay City, Michigan. I thought it may be a large freighter, but it was a sail boat with a tall mast. I wonder if the captain gets a kick out of holding up rush hour traffic so he can go sailing. 🙂
Today’s post is all about celebrations. You see, it’s the time of year when we celebrate high school graduations by attending parties. We celebrate, not so much because the students made it through high school, as if we had doubts they would; we celebrate the culmination of 13 years, counting kindergarten, of waking up and getting showered, dressed, eating breakfast, and either waiting for the bus, a ride, or walking to school. We celebrate the milestones achieved along the way. But, most of all we celebrate the beginning of the journey of life in the “real world”. Whether the student is going off to college, serving in the military, or beginning their career, it’s all new and challenging for them. This is the part we are celebrating. Congratulations to Kyle, my nephew in the photo, with his girlfriend Taylor. We had a great time visiting with family and eating terrific food. Thanks Dennis and Betty for being such gracious hosts. Kyle, we wish you the very best on the next leg of your journey.
We also attended Chelsey’s graduation party this evening and visited and ate great food with good friends. Mark and Chris Klein were also gracious hosts and we really enjoyed the ice cold beer on this 90 degree afternoon. Thanks for the invitation to join in the celebration. Chelsey, congrats to you and we also wish you the very best as you begin your journey.
The other celebration was last night.
My wife Vicki, and her business partner, Mary Ann, celebrated their 2nd year of being in business together. Together they have worked to successfully build a profitable Dental Lab, which they purchased from Vicki’s father. Schmitt Dental Lab, Inc. is a Legacy Lab, Vicki is a third generation owner. I am very proud of Vicki and Mary Ann, and what they have been able to accomplish in the face of a really slow economy. Both have worked hard and made great sacrifices to achieve this success, so it was nice to see them relax and enjoy the moment. We celebrated at The King Fish restaurant in Bay City, Michigan with Mary Ann and her husband, Mike. The picture above is a reflection in the water of the Tikki Bar. Now after all this celebrating, I believe it’s time to kick back, grab a cool drink, and watch a movie with my family. Enjoy the weekend. 🙂
Attending a business meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan on the banks of the Grand River. The buildings sparkle in the sunlight as the river flows by. From Wikipedia, “The Grand River is the longest river in the U.S. state of Michigan. It runs 252 miles (406 km) through the cities of Jackson, Eaton Rapids, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Grand Haven.
The city lights create beautiful reflections on the river. Photos taken with iPhone 4S.
Today’s upload is actually an edit of some of the photos I took last night. After I returned from Pittsburgh today, I edited 3 of the night scene photos I took last night edited in Photoshop to create this panorama. Photoshop does a nice job of lining up the images, I am impressed by the outcome. This panorama helps to recreate the feeling that I had when I was taking the photos. I continue to be amazed at the quality of photos my iPhone 4S produces. It is so convenient to pull out my phone and grab a picture.