Rabbit Trail Thursday

Well, I guess I stayed up too late and must have hit my 2nd or 3rd wind because I can’t sleep! My mind is running over the many things that happened today and that still need to be done. So, a few random notes for the blog…

One of the great things from today is that I was able to recover about a gig and a half of lost data from Holly’s Dad’s memory cards (from his PDA) using RescuePro. We get asked all the time what kind of memory cards to buy and I always recommend Sandisk’s Extreme III or IV cards. They come with Sandisk’s RecoveryPro software which has really come in handy on a few occasions and I believe is worth the price of the cards themselves in most cases! We have so many Extreme III and IV cards that at one time I think we had 6 or 8 CDs and licenses for RescuePro. (We’ve given all of our extras away since that time.) Anyway, just thought that little tidbit of info might be useful to someone out there!

In other random non-photography-related news, I bought a sweet pair of Skechers this week and I’m loving them. Being an island boy at heart, I love to wear linen and other comfy summer clothes and these shoes are the perfect complement to my favorite summer outfits! Check them out!
They are SO comfortable, I can hardly begin to explain it. =) And yes I do have more shoes than Holly does. Shoes are just one of my “things” if you know what I mean. I love shoes! Still, I don’t have any totally funky alligator skin pointy-toes rock star shoes yet (shout out to Holly’s cousin Aaron Moore in Colorado), but I am tempted… =)

Skipping around again… I used to be an avid reader. I remember reading the entire Chronicles of Narnia more than once in one summer. Not sure what exactly changed that, but for the last few years, I’ve had a really hard time keeping enough interest in books to get past the first few chapters. Audio books have been a life-saver and thankfully, most of the best books have been recorded so I can listen to them while I work.

I do have two books that kept my attention long enough to actually read and I thought I’d pass them along in case any of you are looking for a recommendation.

First is “The Shack,” by William P. Young. What a life-changing story! It’s written as a fictional allegory with lots of deep spiritual insights that will totally change the way you think of God. I literally laughed and cried reading it and I’m going through it again to make notes of the points that shook me most. I loved how it tore down so many wrong ideas I had about God and helped me to really understand on a much deeper level how God can love us so much and yet bad things still can happen. The first third of the book is a little slow and tragic, but it’s WAY worth the effort it took me to get through it. Once I got about 1/3rd of the way through, there was no putting it down and I truly feel like my life has changed significantly from reading it.

Second is “Fast Track Photographer,” by Dane Sanders. I’ve long been a fan of Dane’s work and of Dane as a person, though I’ve not yet met him. And to be completely honest, I’m not yet finished reading the book, but it’s been fantastic thus far. If you currently are a photographer, or you aspire to get into the field, I think you’ll love this book, too! It’s chock full of really insightful and helpful advice on being a photographer in this particular day and age. He is one of the most generous and loving people I know, always willing to share from his mistakes and eager to help others avoid making big mistakes. I’m probably 1/4 of the way through it and read all that in one sitting, and I’ve found so far that it’s a very interesting and well-written book.

Well, I don’t want to bore you with random stuff, since I’m guessing most of you visit in hopes of seeing photos. =) Thanks for humoring us! Have any of you read “The Shack” by any chance? Just wondering… Okay, maybe I can put my brain to rest now and get some sleep. =)

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