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The main reason why I photograph with a Leica camera:

“I want simplification, not amplification or complication…I just want light controls … because photography is about light.” – Thorsten Overgaard

“A camera that gives me the joy of ownership and the joy of shooting is much more important than one with the highest number of megapixels or highest ISO performance.” – Yukio Uchida

“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” ― Ansel Adams

“You just have to live and life will give you pictures.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

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As I sit here in another hotel room while traveling for work, I decided not to worry or waste my time thinking about what I needed to improve on in 2019. How’s that for a New Year’s Resolution? Ok, I could lose another 5-7 pounds or maybe that weight should be converted from fat to muscle through exercise and I’d still weigh the same. Or, I could ponder what books I should read this year. But then I would torture myself about getting them back to the library on time or forget I’d downloaded a book to one of my devices. What I’ve decided to do is take each day as it comes and do my best to enjoy every waking moment I have in 2019.

While working at my hotel desk this morning going through my normal news update, getting the seat I prefered on my JetBlue flight today and texting with my wife I did enjoy the light coming through my hotel curtains.

I almost let the time get by me before I realized I hadn’t ironed my uniform shirt. I put my computer away along with the sundry of cables that had been charging my work phone and personal phone along with my company iPad. While doing that I had the iron heating and my shirt ready to press.

Sometimes I let myself get into a panic when I forget about the time. It’s been these occasions that I will leave a piece of gear or clothing behind in the room. I wanted to catch the 1200 shuttle to the Fort Lauderdale airport (FLL) but could have waited till 1230. The airport has the “Known Crewmember” security checkpoint so I needn’t worry about getting through a long security line once I arrived. It’s a very nice benefit I pay for as a crew member and has saved countless minutes not having to wait in the long lines at the airport.

I flew on JetBlue to Richmond, Virginia to crew another airplane today. The other crew members were already there when I arrived. As I walked out to the jet the fuel truck was just pulling away and once aboard it was only a few minutes before we were starting engines. I’m now in Manchester, New Hampshire about to bring 2018 to an end and am ready to begin a new year!

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