Friday, October 30, 2009

Weekly Brinks

This is my dog, Brinks.  He is handsome and I shoot a ton of candid shots of him with my iPhone.  I figure he deserves a little face time on here once a week.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Wooden Dogs -- Craftsmanship

Dogs are amazing.  They've played an important role in my life since I began to learn how to walk.  I've had big, sturdy dogs around me ever since.  Labs, Collies and the bullies -- Pit Bull and Pit Bull mixes.  The latter are undeniably more dear to me than any other.  I'm convinced they're the best breed of dogs, period.  It's the joi-de-vie in all dogs that make them such great companions, but I'm convinced that the bullies have it in spades.

When it comes to capturing that essence in 3D nobody does it better than artist and animal advocate, Tim Racer.  Along with Donna Reynolds Tim is the heart and soul of BadRap, a San Francisco based organization that rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes Pit Bulls.  When all hell broke loose with the Michael Vick scandal BadRap took the necessary steps to ensure that at least 10 dogs from the original 50 were placed in their care for evaluation, rehab and ultimate re-homing.

That selfsame, forthright passion and energy courses through Tim's jaw-dropping woodwork.  As a fellow craftsman I'm blown away by the how much life he captures in his source material.

Think about it.  Wood:  It's strong, earthy, stable -- yet maliable in the right hands.  It's no coincidence that the same can be said about a dog.  The reward is only equal to the effort given.  The potential that may lie undiscovered or unappreciated within needs a capable guide to be extracted.  In both "materials" Tim relies on his heart,  mind, eye and hand to work in sync to honor the subject and the craft.  I love it.  A craftsman and an advocate who's own joi de vivre, joi du bois and joi de chien is worthy of all our appreciation.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Turkey Meatloaf on a Sun Night

Everybody likes meatloaf, right? Hey, at least the guys I grew up with did. Meat and potatoes. No frills. Give me a big, steaming, stiff cinder block of beef, dried bread crumbs and ketchup with some mashed spuds and some coffee milk.

Don't you agree? You sure as shit would be either a fool, or 80 if you agreed with me. Now while I like hearty food, I can't do grandma's meatloaf anymore. What I can do is this which is the best non meatloaf recipe I've ever followed.

Usually I rework recipes that I get online, but with this one I only add in two minced stalks of celery to the recipe. The mushrooms give a nice moist consistency to balance out the turkey meat that tends to want to go dry in a loaf.

I actually don't love meat but I do like hearty foods and this bad boy has that angle covered.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Mugshot Make Over of the Month

This guy was busted in Florida this week. 

 He's not a perp, he's a canvas and with a BTCAW make-over, he'd blossom.