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Reasons Why It’s So Terrible To Stop Traveling

As most of you know,

I’ve been on the road three of the last four weeks.

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Some of the travel was necessary, and some of it was for work, and some of it was for fun.

I arrived back to Orange County on Saturday evening.

I spent Sunday, all day, doing post-trip errands.

(Grocery shopping, car wash to remove buckets of sand from my car, etc., etc.)

Yesterday, on Monday, I had a huge case of The Monday Blahs.

As eager as I was to be back home,

I came home to all sorts of things that made me want to leave again.

Here are a few reasons why it’s so terrible to stop traveling:

•  All the tedious chores of owning a small business need attention.

•  A Monday morning bin overflowing with mail (bills, bills, bills!) from the post office.  Clearly, snail mail is not dead.

•  News of the death of one of my all time favorite entertainers.  RIP Robin Williams.

•  Hot, humid, monsoon weather.  (Santa Barbara was a perfect 72-75F every single day.)

•  Filthy camera equipment – it will take hours upon hours to clean it all.  Oh, how I hate taking apart tripods for cleaning.

•  A message from my ob/gyn informing me some tests came back abnormal and I will need further (painful) testing.  Could I please call to schedule asap?

•  A not-as-happy-as-usual physical therapist.  Can someone please give Paul Newman a banana?  The man is having sugar withdrawals.

•  Speaking of sugar, I’m feeling post-travel fat.  It’s time to get back to a regular gym schedule.  I’m not feeling it.  Does anyone have a dose of motivation?  Ugh!

Okay, okay ….

I’ll snap out of my post-travel blues.

I know it’s normal to be overwhelmed with the mundane after a trip.

I’m sure in a few days I’ll be back in a normal routine again.


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Organized Chaos?

I’m back in Orange County.

I’ve been traveling three of the last four weeks.

It’s really nice to be home.

(Except for the laundry and all the other catch-up chores I need to take care of.)

I’m sure I’ll get the itch to travel again in a few weeks, but right now I have travel burn out.

I’m exhausted even though I don’t feel like I have a reason to be.


I also returned to a lot of business related issues needing my attention.

Sometimes I think it would be nice if there were two of me.

One Me could shoot every day and the other Me could handle the rest of my life.

But really, who would want two Me-s running around?

Odd things happened to me last week:

•  I twisted my right ankle while navigating some slippery rocks hiking one day.  My right ankle is very swollen and sore.  It’s not a big deal, but …!

•  Something bit/stung my left ankle and one of my left toes while I was in the ocean shooting long exposures.  I was in shallow water on a remote, unpopulated, beach.  I don’t know what it was.  It caused a surprising amount of bleeding.

•  As a result, my left foot has been the size of a cantaloupe for several days.

•  Taken together, my two swollen feet look like enormous CANKLES.  I’m trying to keep my feet up to reduce swelling (when I can).

•  I’m feeling very sexy with my enormous cankles. (??)

•  Minor injuries like these are *bonus* things no one mentions about outdoor photography.

•  My North Carolina son is back in North Carolina.  I cried when he left.

•  I went wine tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley last week.  It was a lot of fun.  I’ll tell you more about it soon.

•  I also saw Guardians of the Galaxy while I was in Santa Barbara.  It was entertaining.

•  All sorts of things happened to Barbie and the two Kens last week.  On my last day in Santa Barbara they turned up one last time.  Barbie’s head was on Ken’s body.  Ken’s head was on Barbie’s body.  (The second Ken was left untouched.)  It was very disconcerting.

•  If I was a dog, my owner would take me to a groomer.  I feel very disheveled from all my recent travel.

•  Speaking of dogs, I’m reading a book about clicker training for dogs.  Are you familiar with clicker training?  And no, I don’t have a   cute, adorable, pile of fluff   new pup … yet.

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Sometimes, when I’m not expecting to take a photo …

I find myself with only a milli-second to react and shoot.

Such was the case the other day when I glanced up to see this dolphin pod passing by.

Dolphin Pod © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

If you look closely, you can see the dolphins closest in the frame are babies.

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Quick Update

Yesterday was a very busy day.

I was working on some long exposure photos up the coast a bit.

I think everything turned out nicely.

It looks like today will be very busy also.

I just wanted to give you a quick update.

First, the weather (at my haunted house in Santa Barbara) is beautiful.

Second, my bum arm is exceptionally bad.

I’m not sure if it has popped partially off my body again?

Maybe it’s just very angry?

In any case, Paul Newman has already responded and is squeezing me in for an extra appointment next week.

In the meantime, I’m taking drugs.

(I really am.)

Normally, I avoid drugs at all costs.

This week, however, my arm is just too bad and Paul Newman is too far away.

Third, and most importantly,

One Barbie and one Ken are accounted for.

(At the moment, anyway.)

However, Surfer Ken’s head has gone missing again,

His headless body still has not been found.

I’m not sure I’ll be able to update this weekend.

If I can, I will.

If not, I’ll be here on Monday for sure.

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Ken Has Been Decapitated!

There’s no kind way to break the news.

Surfer Ken, one of two Ken dolls with me here in Santa Barbara, has been decapitated.

Yesterday morning, I heard loud exclamations followed by laughter coming from the kitchen.

When I went to investigate,

I saw what had caused such a commotion:

Ken doll head in eggs © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

Surfer Ken’s lifeless body has still not been found.

Barbie, dressed only in her bikini, was found in an upstairs bathtub.

She looked happy and unconcerned about Surfer Ken.

Update posts about Barbie and Ken were not at all what I had planned to write during this trip.

I knew, however, you’d want to know ….

Someone had to break the news.

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A House In Santa Barbara

I went to college at UCSB in Santa Barbara.

Ever since then, I’ve dreamed of “someday” having a home in Santa Barbara.

I truly believe it’s one of the prettiest cities in the world.

Of course, owning a home in such an expensive city remains just a dream.

But, for a few days I can pretend – right?

And, man, am I ever in the perfect house to dream about.

The views are astounding.

My brain has trouble comprehending so much beauty out every window.

It’s breathtaking during the day,

And even more so at night when the city lights reflect on the water.


I haven’t had much time to edit photos, but I’ll share more as soon as I can.

In the meantime, Ken and Barbie are still missing.

The longer they stay away the more I dread how they will reappear.

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Haunted House?

Let me tell you a little about where I am and what is happening here.

I’m staying in an old, enormous, beautiful, house that’s just shy of 100 years old.

The house is high in the mountains of Santa Barbara, and looks down at the city and the ocean.

I’ve seen deer in the yard,

And watched woodpeckers in nearby trees.

Some people think this house is haunted.

(I do not.)

There’s a cat named Jinx who apparently lives here full time.

I’m not a big cat person, but Jinx has been very nice and hospitable so far.

In fact, I’m pretty sure Jinx thinks she’s a dog.

Every time I walk by, Jinx rolls over for a tummy rub.

It doesn’t seem like normal cat behavior.

I’m supposed to be taking photos of Santa Barbara, but the weather was “meh” over last weekend.

(Some bleh weather remnants from a hurricane down in Mexico.)

The weather is now beautiful,

But for the first couple days, I had to amuse myself.

For instance,  I happened to bring along a Barbie and two Ken dolls.

(It’s a long story and not worth telling right now.)

Barbie and one of the Ken dolls went missing the first night here.

I *might* have had something to do with their disappearance.

Let’s call their absence a small, teeny-tiny, prank.

A few days later Barbie and Ken re-surfaced.

I did NOT have anything to do with their reappearance.

From inside the house, this is what I saw:

Ken Barbie hanging © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

Yep, Ken and Barbie were hanging from nooses off of an upstairs balcony.

Ken Barbie 2 hanging © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

Now, either the house really IS haunted -

Or, the people staying here are having great fun playing pranks with the two Kens and one Barbie.

As of this writing, all three have once again gone missing.

Where will they turn up?

I can’t even imagine.

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Santa Barbara

Somehow I found myself spending the weekend in the most beautiful home.

High in the “riviera” neighborhood of Santa Barbara … what an amazing view!

The weekend weather wasn’t the greatest, but I did get a few photos late yesterday.

Here’s one of my sort-of surrealistic photos of last evening’s sunset view.

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I hope to have more for you soon.

I’ve got spotty Internet service though, so I can’t make promises.

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Family Time

My (North Carolina) son got home home last night.

He’s in town visiting for awhile.

I’m going to take a few days off to enjoy some family time.

I will probably put up a few photos and brief posts while he’s here.

Don’t worry if I go missing for a day or two, though.

I’ll be out and about (playing) with my camera in hand …..

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