Alex Camacho
Crosby, TX, United States
Born in Houston, Texas and raised all over living the life of an Army Brat. I Went to eight different schools (three elementary, one middle school, four high schools) and have one little brother who’s not so little anymore. I’ve been married for nearly fourteen years now to a woman who rocks my world and I've been blessed with two wonderful children. Our dog, Sally, is a big black lab saved from a local shelter.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Bob Night

So we headed out to another Bob Schneider concert with some friends yesterday night. I haven't been to that many but I really like the atmosphere much better when he's at The Mucky Duck.

Knowing how much Lana really needed to kick back a little, I decided I'd do all the driving. Besides, she's always more fun to watch drink plus she usually has a pretty good idea of what her limit is. Which usually is a few glasses of wine. Last night it was Bailey's on ice. ;)

It was a really great little concert even if we did have to stand the whole time. I think next time we'll have to buy our tickets super early so we can get a table and not have "Deathwish" waiter telling us not to block the isle all night. Where the fuck are we supposed to stand when there's nowhere else to go but outside???

He played a lot of songs I actually recognized even if I don't know the titles to most of them. He even played my favorite, Metal and Steel. It was a good night for both Lana and me to kick back and relax a little. It's not too often that we make an effort get out without the kids. I know we should but I always end up feeling a little guilty when I know it's something Marcel would enjoy. I even found my self thinking he'd enjoy a Bob concert. That is until he made his first cock reference in the first five minutes of the concert. Maybe in a few more years. Until then he can enjoy the songs I chose for him on his phone and computer.

I was a little nervous about bringing my camera to such a crowded event but it worked out well. I got in there, setup my settings, and snapped away. I was really quite satisfied with a few of them. At the time, I was wishing I had a longer lens, but when I got them home I was happy I didn't.

I was the happiest with this one. The lighting was horrible in there and you weren't allowed to use flash during the event. So I cranked my ISO up, set my shutter speed down really low, turned on my IS, and hoped I could keep steady enough for a few good shots.
I'm happy to say, I did very little to this photo when I got it on my computer. I adjusted the white balance, added a filter to adjust the tones, then eased up the levels a little bit in a clipped adjustment layer, masked so only bob was highlighted (very lightly adjusted). I'm happy with the outcome.

Well, off to get my ass whooped at Gears of War 2 by a bunch of ten year old kids in my living room.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Into the New

So Christmas is over and it's a now officially 2009. We've been staying pretty busy around here. Between my usual full schedule of daily tasks, Lana working her ass off, and the kids, we don't really relax until around eleven in the evening. That's when the kids are both in bed and we melt into the couches, watching Bernie Mac and listening to 'Livie on the baby monitor.
Yup, we moved her crib out of our bedroom. Seems a little weird to me still but I'm growing used to it. I'm sure some parents out there can't relate being that they never setup a crib in their bedroom but it was hard enough putting her in a crib for us.

It was really comforting to have her in the room. Since I'm such a light sleeper, I wake up often in the middle of the night. Before crawling back in bed I would check on her. I would adjust her blanket, rest my hand on her back for a few moments, and get back in bed. Now it's a marathon to check on her from something other than the baby monitor. I have to hurdle the baby gates (two of them), go up the stairs (watch out for the toys), open the door quietly as possible (creaky damn door), and peek in on Marcel's room before heading back down to make the long track back. When your half asleep it feels like twice the distance. It was time though.

Hell, Marcel slept in the bed with us for the longest time so having a crib was a severe change. Now we listen to her hum, talk, and play on the baby monitor. It's nice, but definitely different. They grow up way too damn fast.

New year resolutions? Just a few...
  • Take better pictures
  • Take a few classes (photography, art and a cake class or two with Lana)
  • Be more aware of my health (eat less crap and eat a little healthier)
  • Have Fun!
  • Read outside my box now and then
  • Post more often?
So there they are. I've already started on some of them so we'll see how the rest go. Well, I still have a little time left between loads of luandry, "Livie's still napping and Marcel is at a friend's house so I'm going to go read for a while! Oh, for you sci-fi junkies I just finished a great trilogy. It's the Old Man's War series by John Scalzi. All three were really good reads! Now I'm off to read more from The Cat's Pajamas.