Tuesday, February 14, 2017
One of the last toys I remember playing with, back in the late 1970s, was the Micronaut Time Traveler. It was a big deal to kids my age. Pocket sized, they were carried to school where many adventures were shared among friends during recess.
Micronauts were some of the first of the miniature action figures available at every K-Mart or toy store around. Prior to that, there were 12" G.I. Joes and Star Wars figures.
Unfortunately, as I got older, toys were no longer an interest to me and my collection of Time Travelers, and all their accessories, were lost to garage sales and donation bins. However, I will never forget their effect on me, and how they represented the last moments of my childhood.
Recently, I had a few bucks in my Paypal balance from a lapel pin sale. I decided to see if there were any good Micronauts available on ebay. I've checked from time-to-time, and when I find them, they're usually missing parts or really expensive. This time I managed to find one in good shape, for the same amount I had available. So, I ordered it.
This one is a great example of the ones I used to play with, however, they are a lot smaller than I remember. Since this one is so old, it probably won't be spending any time in my pocket, heading for recess. It will stay on my shelf as a great reminder of my youth.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
I have my browser set up to have this blog as my home page. Every day, I look at this site thinking that I need to post more - even if it's small, insignificant stuff.
This morning, after looking at the same picture and the same post, I realized that it's been over two years since my last post. Holy shit. What the hell happened?
Here is a picture of my favorite bike, Melba Davis. It's a KONA UTE cargo bike that I picked up in December 2015, for about half the original retail price. It's heavy and slow, just like me.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Perhaps it's because they are coming out with a brand new episode of the Star Wars franchise. Perhaps it's because Hot Wheels will make a series about anything, just to get the collectors out on the hunt. I don't care.
I'm just glad that after almost 40 years since the film was first released, the Star Wars pop culture continues to grow through multiple generations. It was good to be there, at the beginning.
Now, I just have to figure out a way to get the life-sized Vader car into my garage.
Sunday, January 4, 2015
The last time I updated my personal site, wezensky.com was years ago. The work was dated and the HTML was sloppy. I'd been hosting it on a paid hosting server, for just as long. They provided good service, for what I was paying, but I rarely got any traffic to that site. It was a waste of money.
I decided to cut the cord to that hosting service and just host my site on the free service, Wordpress.com. I'm familiar with WordPress, because most of my sites are now hosted on that platform. The design templates on their free hosting site are pretty limited and not as flexible as Blogger. However, the admin tools are so much better to use - especially with Domain Mapping.
I still need to update the content to my personal site. Most of it was just copied over from the old site. I am hoping that with a blog format, I'll be able to add and update the content more frequently than my old HTML based site. I'm really excited about posting current work as it happens.
Monday, November 10, 2014
When you get to a certain age, you no longer celebrate birthdays. They're now milestones.
I've gone through many changes these past few years, where I feel that I'm more reflective of my life and the world around me. I have a strong desire to purge most of the material things in my life. I feel ashamed of all the imbalance in the world but overwhelmed by the task of doing anything about it.
I will strive to be a better, more patient man, and give back more than what is given to me. I will enjoy the world and the people I love. I will try to raise my kids to be thoughtful, compassionate and open-minded while living happy and healthy lives.
I will cherish every moment, no matter how small.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Taking pics of cars isn't really my thing. I leave that up to my very talented wife, Wendy, at TripleDubImages.com. Still, when she brings me to these great events, like The Invasion Car Show, I'll try to mess around with my point-and-shoot, and iPhone.
To be honest, as great as the cars are, I found myself more interested in the folks around them. Here are a few of my better attempts.
This girl was waiting on a photographer, setting up a shoot with that car.
Sometimes, the colors from a work in progress, are amazing.
These cars will always make a statement.
I was messing around with some post-work on these trucks and decided to leave this in color over black and white. I'm pretty happy with the contrast.
I saw these two just standing there, asking for me to capture this moment.
Sometimes, rust is a beautiful thing.
I love when the driver matches the car.
The coolest Dad in my book.
Couple of dudes, checking out the cars.
It was a great day to drive around without a roof.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
I've been collecting favorite quotes that I've read from different books and around the inter webs, and I thought that I would share them here. This collection is open-ended, where I will keep adding more as I get them.
Since I found some of these online, I cannot say that these are 100 percent accurate or if these people actually said them. Take them for what they're worth, good words of wisdom to relate to and live by.
"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race."
- H.G. Wells
"...Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."
- Alfred Lord Tennyson
"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle."
- Ernest Hemingway
"Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride."
- John F. Kennedy
"Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia."
- H.G. Wells
"The computer is like a bicycle for our minds."
- Steve Jobs
"… I believe that as long as you operate your vehicle compassionately and responsibly, it doesn't matter what kind of vehicle it is."
- Bike Snob NYC
"El viento es mi enemigo"
"El viento es mi amigo"
"The wind is my friend
It makes me strong
It makes the ride seem long"
"Everyone in their life has his own particular way of expressing life's purpose—the lawyer his eloquence, the painter his palette, and the man of letters his pen from which quick words of his story flow. I have my bicycle."
- Gino Bartali
"We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams."
- 'Ode' by Arthur O'Shaughnessyi. Quoted from Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
- Scott Adams
“Who climbs with toil, wheresoever,
Shall find wings waiting there.”
- Henry Charles Beeching, 'Going Down Hill on a Bicycle: A Boy's Song'
“Be at one with the universe. If you can't do that, at least be at one with your bike."
- Lennard Zinn
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving."
- Albert Einstein
"I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating."
"A universal truth of bicycling is this - pain is inevitable, suffering is optional."
- Robert Penn
"Everything about riding a bicycle compels you towards beauty."
- Bike Snob NYC
"If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good."
- Dr. Seuss
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."
- Martin Luther King Jr.
"My country is the world, and my religion is to do good."
- Thomas Paine