Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Boy

To everyone that was looking forward to hearing about my new nephew. On Monday night my sister was taken to the hospital to learn that the baby had past. She was in labor all day Tuesday and delivered the baby around 8:45 Tuesday night. He was a little over 6lbs and about 19 inch. I cannot even begin to express how much it hurts to see my little sister and Pete hurting so badly. We all did get to see him and his sad yet very proud big sister did get to hold his hand to say goodbye to her baby brother before she even got to say hello.

It is all very sad

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

What's been going on?

So, I’ve been absent from my blogging duties for the past couple months. Sitting here now it doesn’t feel that I’ve been all that busy at all. But as I take it all in I guess I have. So I’ll sit here on my deck, in shorts two days before Christmas, drink my glass of bourbon and tell you about what I’ve been up to.

When I last left you I had just bought a house. It’s a great house. Built in 1956, lived in and loved by the family who owned it before me for over 40 years. It’s in a quiet neighborhood right in the middle of the city. It’s slowly going from the house I bought to my ‘Home’. I have a fantastic patch of green grass that matches my green fence, a yellow kitchen and a bright red bedspread and 4 birdhouses.

Also since the last update the company that I’ve worked for the past 8+ years was sold. Talk about a shit your pants moment. I’ve just moved into my new house and the owner of the company comes in my office closes the door and tells me that he’s selling the company... FUCK!

That’s about all that went through my head…. FUCK

Although as things went forward with the sale the owner did tell that I took the news better than anyone else had and was the only one that DIDN’T ask what about ME. Maybe I’m just too stupid to know better.

As far as company takeovers go this one was as low impact as possible when it come to the big picture, since the company I worked for distributed the products of the company that took us over. Before we were very closely aligned with the bigger company, now we’re just owned by them. Other than working a lot of long hours to get the systems integration all square a way and up and running perfectly it hasn’t been too bad, yet.

What else…. My sister is due to have her son any day now. Name still not decided. I’ll have to keep you posted on that one.

I’m off to take some pictures… some thing I haven’t been able to do very much lately… Merry Christmas everyone

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Big News

After a long search the offices of BigLukeIsAwesome will be relocating to a new worldwide headquarters. I’m scheduled to close on my house on the 29th of September. It's in Arlington near Fielder & Randol Mill. It's a sweet little house with a nice yard and awesome neighborhood. These are just the first pictures but there will be more soon!
Flickr Set

Monday, September 21, 2009

My First Gallery Show

My First Gallery Show
Originally uploaded by bigluketx
My first gallery show went better than I could have hoped... I just want to say thanks again to everyone that came out for my show. I had blast.. I'll keep you posted on my next one that will be coming soon.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tweets, Twitters and Top 5 Lists

It’s been kind of quiet around the BigLukeIsAwesome offices lately. Getting caught up in the long days of summer makes it tough to sit and blast out a blog post sometimes… and the heat… the oppressive, soul sucking, god damned heat.

More then anything else it’s Twitter. It’s so easy just to fire off a thought or comment that might have become an entire blog post and be satisfied with saying your piece in 140 characters or less.

I like twitter, don’t get me wrong. I enjoy the kind of wordsmithing it takes to convey a complete thought on Twitter. It can be very tricky. But I find it tough even boring to go back and blog about a topic I might have twittered about… I don’t want to be redundant.

The interaction on twitter is just faster… I can see comments right away and that’s the coolest part of all… Because it’s nice to know people are reading your stuff.

Maybe I just need more Ideas for Top 5 Lists, feel free to send’em I’ll do ‘em. If it’s some thing I don’t know about, I’ll just make it up as I go.

Monday, May 25, 2009

My Top 5 Baseball Movies

Now that Memorial Day has past and summer has 'officially' started its times for a list of my top 5 movies in my favorite genre, the baseball movie. There are lots of movies about America’s Favorite Past Time. It’s tough to narrow it down to just 5…. But here we go.

5. 61* - The Story of Maris and Mantle and the chase for the single season homerun record.

4. Field of Dreams – The guy has voices tell him to build a baseball field in his cornfield so he can play catch with his Dad. I want to go to that field and play catch with my Dad and throw batting practice to Shoeless Joe. First movie on the list starting the all time best baseball movie lead actor.

3. The Sandlot – Every kid growing up had their version of a baseball palace, but not all of them were as cool as the Sandlot. Great movie with the added bonus’ of a great soundtrack and Wendy Peffercorn

2. The Natural – He called his bat ‘Wonder Boy’ and there wasn’t anything Robert Redford couldn’t do on a baseball diamond. This is the movie that gave us "The" Home Run Music.

1. Bull Durham – This movie has it all, great baseball action, great storyline and Susan Sarandon is hot. Crash Davis is the man.

Honorable Mention - The Rookie, Major League, Eight Men Out, League of Their Own (Tom Hanks is so genius in this movie)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Remembering Goofing Off At Work

I was working at the Office Max Distribution Center... we used to play "tag" with this tape ball. She was a innocent caught in the crossfire. I can remember it like it was yesterday.

One of the guys that was in the "game" was standing about 30 yards away.. facing away from me. I had the tape ball (about the size of a softball) and he was in my sights. I had my laser sights locked on my target and I began a Bret Favre style hail-mary windup.

I bring my arm over and release the ball with the velocity of a patriot missile... I was happy inside knowing that this throw, when it struck my target, was going to destroy all and leave a heck of a welt. Perhaps sting for upwards of 15 minutes... OH THE JOY! I laughed maniacally.

Then... the tape ball I had fired on target with such precision, began to gently drift off course. I don't know if it was a breeze or maybe the simple flapping of butterfly's wings. But whatever it was... my perfectly aimed shot was NOT going to hit it's target. Oh the terror! I mean, I had unfurled a game ending shot and I though it was simply going fly right by my intended target and simply skip across the warehouse floor, and slide to rest under some dirty warehouse shelf. I was crushed.

BUT THEN... out of nowhere. SHE. Gloria! A more fitting name could not have been chosen by Tom Clancy himself. She was there. Stepping blindly and un-knowingly into the line of fire. My shoulder fired rocket of bubble wrap and packing tape, was now flying directly at the side of her head.

Then It Nailed Her.

The expression of fear, terror, shock and anger the likes of which I'd never seen or hope to see again came to her face through now watering eyes. I flurry of Spanish, English and a I think Japanese obscenities flew from her lips and she began to chase me and swat me with a clipboard... I think she put a Mexican voodoo curse on me that day.

Looking back now... I did fire the shot that ended the game, all it took was a innocent caught in the crossfire. We (the ones in the game) were all taken to the office and threatened within an inch of our jobs and all told that the "grab-assing and dick smacking" need to stop... THE WAR WAS OVER and I fired the last shot.

This achievement is on my resume to this very day

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Top 5 Jimi Hendrix Covers

I’ve always liked hearing cover songs. I like hearing peoples takes on the music they love. When it comes to Hendrix his style was so unique at the time and so copied and expanded on as years have past, I think it’s cool to see where these songs go in the hands of extremely capable musicians, like the ones on this list. These are my favorites.

5 All Along The Watchtower – Dave Matthews Band – It’s a cover of a cover, Hendrix covered this Bob Dylan song in 1968, but DMB does a great job with this song on the Live at Red Rocks album, it starts off slow and builds into a big, full, angry sounding version of the song

4 Little Wing – Paul Rodgers & Company – I’m not sure where this recording came from but it features Neal Schon (Journey, Santana) on Guitar, and I’ve always loved Paul Rodgers Voice, you can find it an album called The Hendrix Set

3 Bold As Love – John Mayer – Even though he burst on the music scene as softy pop star John Mayer’s guitar chops can not be denied. He is one hell of a guitar player. He does a hell of a job with my favorite Hendrix tune. Check out the live version on Where the Light Is. Also check out his stuff with the John Mayer Trio

2 AngelFiona Apple – I’m not sure where this one came from either. But it’s been on my MP3 play list since I was “barrowing” them from Napster way back in the day. It’s a slow sexy version that Fiona does so well.

1 Little WingStevie Ray Vaughan – This is hands down my favorite song…ever. I’ve listened to at least 36000 and 1 times since the first time I heard. I used to just listen to it over and over. Release on The Sky Is Crying, after the 1990 helicopter crash that took his life. It’s nearly 7 minutes long and goes through the full range of tone and emotions… I love it.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Top 5 Tuesday - Top 5 Val Kilmer Movies

My top 5 movies that feature Val Kilmer.

5-Top Gun

Classic Movie… Although I think it maybe one of the first chick flicks disguised as a dude movie. How can this ever be considered a chick flick you ask? Think about the whole volleyball scene. Then the whole love story plot line and Maverick loses his best friend Goose… but chick flick or not Val Kilmer is harsh as Lt. Tom 'Iceman' Kazansky


A crime movie based on true events, Kilmer plays porn actor John Holmes


This is just a flat out badass cops and robber’s movie. Kilmer is a hardcore thief with a bad gambling problem and smoking hot wife played by smoking hot Ashley Judd

2- Tombstone

Doc Holliday… Kilmer plays a badass in one of the most badass westerns of all time

1- Real Genius

Kilmer play a super-smart genius college kid that gets back at his A-hole professor, who’s selling his genius work to the government as weapon, by filling his house with popcorn. Hi-jinks in sues from start to finish in this movie. Why did I make it my number one, because anytime it’s on I must watch it, no matter what part of the movie I come in at. It makes me happy.

I suggest you watch'em all... This weekend. I know I will.

Friday, April 10, 2009

The Things I Think About When I'm Pooping

It struck me this morning (whilst sitting on the throne), in 200,000 years of human evolution and technological advancement, that toilet paper and the Bidet are as far as the science of cleaning Ones back side has come. Nearly all other technology has and continues to progress at tremendous rates.

Think of things like the size of your first cellphone. Think of CD's and how cool and new they were not all that long ago... and how they are nearly non-existent these days. Heck go really low tech... Have you seen how many different alternatives and styles they have for the paperclip these days? Yet a squirt of warm water or a wad of tissue paper remains on the cutting edge of human backside care and cleanliness.

Believe it or not as humans we didn't immediately make the jump to soft paper for cleaning our backsides. Throughout the years people have used various items to do the job, things like... your hand, wool, grass, hay, leaves, sand, snow, fruit skins, corn husks and even corn cobs! NO THANKS!

In China at one point it was fashionable to use silk... that might be nice and some other cultures used lace. Toilet paper as we know it today has only been around since 1850's. Some 80 years AFTER the birth of the United States and just a few years before the US Civil War. Until that point people would keep piles of leaves outside their outhouses... Now that's something you DON'T see in the movies

Even stranger is the thought that the Bidet out dates modern toilet paper by nearly 100 years. It was initially a common piece of FURNITURE in the French BEDROOM... dirty Frenchies, as plumbing improved it was moved to the bathroom as a fixture next to the toilet.

Regardless of how you tidy up after doing your business enjoy your quiet time today.

Monday, March 23, 2009

One of my photos featured

One of my photos is featured on the blog. A blog for Dallas/Ft Worth photographers

Thursday, March 12, 2009

What's in my camera bag?

What's in my camera bag?
Originally uploaded by bigluketx
My Camera bag taking it’s self apart on my bed....

I decided to do a photo of all the stuff in my camera bag and instead of unpacking and snapping a couple pics I decided it’d be more fun if the bag un-packed it’s self. So instead of taking a couple minutes took about 2 hours of photos and editing….

The Inventory

Bag – Lowepro Fastpack 250
Mouse- Logitech V450 Nano Cordless Laser Mouse
Card Reader – Multi Card Reader from Radioshack
Pen – Uni-Ball 207 Blue
Flash – Nikon SB-600 Speedlight
Camera – Nikon D90 dSLR
Lens- Nikon 1.8f 50mm
Lens – Nikon 18-105mm VR
Diffuser – Gary Fong Puffer
NetbookAcer Aspire One 8.9"

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

My Top 5 places to grab a burger in DFW

My Burger
Originally uploaded by bigluketx
5. Central Market – FTW

Central Markets Burgers and Bocks is a nice way to spend a summer night in a family friendly atmosphere. A crew of Chef’s making burgers and a store full of almost anything you could want to go with it. Also they usually have cool music going on patio

4. Angry Dog- Dallas

I’ve always loved Angry Dog good burger heck everything I’ve ever had there is good.

3. Johnny B’s – Southlake

Good Burger in a family owned joint…. Great Fries. Good shakes too... but the one down side they serve their drinks in styrofoam... I don't like styrofoam cups. But the burgers is good enough it makes up for all sins at the soda fountain

2. Dutch’s – FTW

Dutch’s is AWESOME. The bun is perfect; patty is great, always good produce and outstanding fries... So close to being my tops

1. Lee Harvey’s - Dallas

Lee Harvey’s wins by a hair. Dutch’s is that good. The thing that puts Lee Harvey’s over the top for me, they top off all of their burgers with a Jalapeno. The fries and onion rings both are as good or better than anywhere around… but Lee Harvey’s is also one of the coolest dive bars you’re going to find anywhere in the entire country. I just wish they'd start cooking a little earlier, they don't start the grill til 5 and some times it would be nice to chill there have a burger and some beers on a Sunday afternoon,

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Tenkiller Trip 2009

Group 4
Originally uploaded by bigluketx
This just in... the 2009 trip to Tenkiller, OK... has been deemed LEGEN-wait for it-DARY

Click on the photo to see the photo set from the trip.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Really Really Cool

Lately I've found myself getting sucked into blogs by people that are hyper-creative when it comes to photography, film & music... Not the blogs by people that critic these art forms. But the blogs of the people that actual do this stuff. It's very inspiring and amazing to me, their thought process and inspiration. Things they've learned and even what they do in their down time.

Anyway one of those blogs led me to this and I thought it was pretty cool.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Steelers WIN!!!

Steelers WIN!!!
Originally uploaded by bigluketx
Steelers win their 6th Superbowl... I was watching and celebrated with my niece Natty

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I Rock A Neti Pot

Neti Pot
Originally uploaded by bigluketx
I’ve always had allergies and for the last week and a half I’ve been sick and it’s not going away. So it’s Neti Pot time… You take this little pot fill it with some warm water a little salt packet, jam it in one side of your nose tilt your head a pour. The magical solution flows in your nose and out the other side… It’s a strange sensation. We’ll see it helps me kick this cold.

A fantastic YouTube Neti Pot Video