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Photography and Some of My Favorite Pictures – Tobey and Lillian Edition – Part 2

Editors note: I had this post written and ready to post and somehow ended up deleting it. I apologize for the delay in posts.

This is part 4 of my ongoing series of some of my favorite photographs that I’ve taken. If you are new to the blog, the previous posts are: Favorite Pictures, Dog Edition, and Tobey and Lillian Part 1. I encourage you to check them out and let me know what you think. I tend to take a lot of pictures of the pups because of how much they mean to my finance’ and I (we met at the dog park so without the pups….). Anyway, without further reading, I present part 2 of my favorite Tobey and Lillian photographs.

The first picture was taken at Christmas in 2011. Everyone was getting ready to open presents. We gave Lillian hers first so she wouldn’t be running around or scared by all the commotion. She didn’t leave her bed until the bully stick was finished. I love the look of pure joy on her face as well as the vibrant color.


The next picture is of Tobey running at full speed. Nothing makes Tobey happier than running at full speed. When he comes back, you can see the pure joy on his face. My finance’ and I think he would be a horrible hunter in the wild because he gets so excited when he sees or starts chasing something that he starts yelping in a really excited high pitched sound. What I like most about this picture is that you can see the pure force and speed. Another cool difference between the two pups… when Tobey runs, he puts every ounce of energy and passion into it… when Lillian runs, she is graceful like a gazelle and is much faster than Tobey. The contrast is really cool to witness.


Tobey absolutely hates baths. I can’t stress that enough. Giving him a bath is a two person job. One to make sure he doesn’t make a run for it and another to clean him…. However, when my niece was visiting and bath time came… all of a sudden, he got really jealous of all the attention she was getting. The look on my niece’s face is absolutely priceless. I don’t think she knows what to make of this big gray monster. I like to think this was Tobey being protective as weimaraners are some of the most loyal dogs there are.


The next picture was taken in a field near the house. I call it ‘See No Evil.’ I’m not sure what they thought they had, but they were fascinated with whatever it was. I like the whimsical nature of this picture. There are a million captions that could be made but really captures the friendship between the two weims.



If you any comments on the pictures or want to drop a note, please feel free to use the comments section.  

Photography and Some of My Favorite Pictures – Tobey and Lillian Edition

This is the third and final post in my series of favorite photographs that I’ve taken. This post will focus exclusively on my two weimaraners, Tobey and Lillian. I’ll follow the same pattern as before where I’ll write about why I enjoy a particular photo. So…. with that said, let’s get started.

This was taken after the 2008 CHA Dog Jog (my first race ever with Tobey). This was also the day after my grandfather passed away so I was incredibly happy to have something to take my mind of grieving. The picture itself was taken outside of Nationwide Arena. I think what I like most is  how the photo captured how happy Tobey was to be around all the dogs and people.


The next picture was taken on a trip to the Hocking Hills. We had just got up and the dogs were already anxious to explore and hunt. They immediately went to the window to see if they could catch a glimpse of the wildlife. I love how this picture captures the two wiems standing next to each other as best friends.


The next picture was also taken in the Hocking Hills. I think this was taken on vivid mode and it really brought out the blue coat on Lillian. She is one of the most photogenic dogs I’ve ever seen and also the sweetest weimaraner in the world


The next two pictures are close ups of Tobey running. This could be one of the cool photo sets of nearly the identical situation in each season. I only need Autumn and Spring to complete the set. I love the floppy ears as he runs.


This picture was taken of Lillian a few Christmas’ ago. I grabbed a scarf and put it  on her. In this photo, I especially like the expression on her face and the look in her eyes.


This picture was taken in a nearby woods. This is Tobey’s impression of ‘Where’s Waldo’. Like all great animal pictures, it usually takes about 30 pictures to capture a great one.


This picture was taken at a nearby state park. Tobey had a great time retrieving the ball and bringing it back. What I really like about this picture is the contrast of the water. I like the pure blue in the distance and the muddy shore from all the dog activity.


This post is getting unsurprisingly long so I plan to have a future post of additional Weimaraner pictures. In the meantime, if you have any favorite pictures or photos you’d like to share, please drop a note in the comments.

Photography and Some of My Favorite Pictures – Dog Edition

I previously posted some of my favorite photographs that I’ve taken. I’m extremely passionate about dogs so a disproportionate amount of my pictures involve them. For this post, I’m going to include some of my favorites. I hope to have another post in the future with my favorite pictures of my weimaraners (Tobey and Lillian).

The first picture was taken at the CHA Dog Jog. I had hurt my ankle so I couldn’t participate in the race so I took my camera. This picture is of my co-workers son Ben and their dog Tucker. I like how this picture captures the dog mimicking the human and makes us wonder what are they looking at that is so fascinating?

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The second picture is of my future father-in-law and my puppy Lillian running the 2012 CHA Dog Jog. This was taken at COSI on the Scioto River. I’m not sure if this picture was taken by me or my finance’, but it turned out awesome. I like how the subjects are perfectly centered and the lighting is perfect.

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The next two pictures were taken in New Orleans on Royal street. The street performers had a big crowd and put on a great show, but the puppy found a warm soft spot and was out cold.

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The next picture was also taken in New Orleans. I was on my own checking out Bourbon and Royal Street and I came upon two people who I think were homeless. They were almost dragging the puppy because it was so tired. Eventually, one of them picked up the dog and threw it on his shoulder like a backpack. The situation broke my heart but I came away with a picture that I’m really proud of.

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The final picture is one I took in the Hocking Hills on a trip I took with my finance’ to celebrate our engagement. We were on a hike and we stopped to let the dogs play. I was following behind and I took this shot of her and Lillian resting. I really like the vibrant colors and how serene and peaceful they look.

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If you have any pictures you love or want to weigh in on any of mine, please drop a note in the comments section.

Paying it Forward…. Schmidt’s and Mark’s Epic Fail Edition

 Try to take that attitude toward life, that you’re going to pay forward.  So seldom can we pay back because those who helped most–your parents and other people–will be gone, but you’ll find that you do want to pay.  Emerson had something to say about that: “You can pay back only seldom.”  But he said, “You can always pay forward, and you must pay line for line, deed for deed, and cent for cent.”  He said, “Beware of too much good accumulating in your palm or it will fast corrupt.”  That was Emerson’s attitude, and no one put it better than he did. – Woody Hayes

I have absolutely wonderful friends. Each year, I participate in the Citizens for Humane Action (CHA) Dog Jog 5k race. As part of this, I conduct fundraising for the local 501C(3)non-profit animal shelter. The support was been overwhelming. In the four years I’ve been doing fundraising, we’ve raised over $3000 for the animals of Columbus and the surrounding area.

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CHA, for their part, has been equally great. They put on a fun event and they are overly gracious with their recognition. They have great vendors and in some years they’ll have side competitions for the pups. One year Tobey finished second in the trick competition by teaching children fire safety (stop, drop and roll). In the 2012 event, as a thank you for finishing as the second place fundraiser, I was presented with a gift basket. Included were dog treats and toys for the pups and a certificate for a Picnic Pack that feeds 10 from the famous Schmidt’s Haus restaurant in Columbus. It was a very nice gesture by CHA as a token of their appreciation.

The original plan was to have a night of Schmidt’s and Wine at a friends house (his place is amazing for gatherings and he is a skilled vintner). Unfortunately, as it tends to, life started getting in the way of our plans. School started for his girls and I found myself traveling to see my fiance’ nearly every weekend. Weeks and months started to pass and the certificate had a firm February 28th, 2013 expiration date. I thought the next best thing to the wine event would be a lunch as a thank you to the great friends of my life and an easy way to ‘pay it forward’ to all those who have been so generous and supportive.

I scheduled lunch for a Thursday several weeks in advance so people could clear their schedules and reserved a conference room in the building where the majority worked. The week of the lunch, I called Schmidt’s and ordered the ‘Picnic Pack’ to be picked up Thursday at 11:15am. When I arrived, they were still in the back working on everything. The pack included 4 pounds of brats, sides, buns, sauerkraut, etc. Everything I would need to host a great ‘thank you’ lunch. After waiting a few minutes, the host summoned me with four bags full of Schmidt’s. He even mentioned the meat was in a separate bag and included a ton of silverware and napkins. I was set.

You can imagine my horror when I got to the conference room and started setting everything up to find that the brats and bahama mama’s were still raw.  I’m still confused how could the restaurant would think I’m going to grill the meat in 25 degree temperatures in the dead of winter…. Before panic could set in, my friends started arriving en mass. In my mind, my lunch had gone from a nice gesture to an epic fail.

As I mentioned previously, I have some of the most amazing friends. Everyone seemed more excited that the meat wasn’t cooked because this would give them a great ‘Mark Story’ for future use. In the end, we went to the cafeteria and grabbed sandwiches or salads and came back to the conference room and shared a nice lunch with friends, which was the plan all along. What I learned is to always double check the order… and next time…. I’m going with the six foot party sub from Subway :).

If you have any Epic Fails or any stories of my Epic Fails… feel free to leave a note in the comments.

Life Without Cable – Fall Edition

As I’ve written about before, I’ve given up Cable Television in an effort to save money and also to better use my time. As such, periodically I write about what’s passing my time without cable. Here is the Autumn 2012 list.

Running with Tobey – In the first 6 months of the year, I averaged a little above 22 miles a month. Since I’ve given up cable, I’ve been averaging a little more than 49 miles a month. As part of this, I’ve also lost about 10-15 pounds. The weight loss can’t be traced to running, but it has certainly aided it. Prior to cutting cable, the longest run I had made this year was 4 miles. Recently I’ve run 6.5 with Tobey (new PR for him) and 5.5 with both pups (New PR for Lily). Running with both pups was a major accomplishment because it’s like running without arms.

(Mark and Tobey at the 2012 CHA Dog Jog where we raised over $1200 for homeless animals in Columbus)

Netflix – Let there be no mistake, Netflix is awesome. There are so many crazy and awesome documentaries on there. Some of my newly recommended:

1. Jiro Dreams of Sushi – An amazing story of someone who dedicated their life to their craft. It is amazing to see someone who is passionate about their work and what they can accomplish. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this lived up to the recommendation from various people (Netflix also thought I would enjoy it).

2. Dumbstruck – This documentary had everything: inspiration, crazy and more crazy! It…. was….. awesome. Whether it was the amazing success of Terry Fator or the former Ms. Mansfield (and future Mrs. Ohio) explaining what ventriloquism meant to her or the crazy chick who had a wedding for two of her puppets. Like a wonderful train-wreck, I could not stop watching.

3. Make Believe – Who knew there were so many teenagers trying to follow their dream and become professional magicians…. also, who knew they were that good (minus the Africans, they were horrible compared to everyone else). This was a great movie that followed 6 of the world’s best young magicians as they tried out for the Teen World Championship.

Ohio State University – I’m taking an intro to Java Programming at The Ohio State University (My alma mater). When I was a bright eyed 18 year old freshman, I had dreams of becoming a CIS major. Unfortunately, that faded fairly quickly in my first programming class (Turbo Pascal (whatever that is)) when I had a socially awkward graduate student as an instructor. He insisted on naming every variable either foo or bar, which confused me beyond belief. I managed to pull a ‘B-‘, but the damage had been done.

Fast forward to now. My employer sent an email that they were offering an Intro to Java course through Ohio State that would be taught onsite. I was in. It’s been a lot harder and more time consuming that I thought it would be, but it validated that I made the right choice in majoring in Business. At this point, I’ve got a passing grade wrapped up, but since it’s an introductory course, I have to pass the final in order to pass the class. The goal is to avenge the ‘B-‘ I received my freshman year and pull down a solid ‘B’. 🙂

Other things taking up my time I didn’t write about, but hope to in the future: Pandora, Whatifsports Hardball Dynasty, OSU football, getting married, Google Nexus 7.

As always, I encourage you to leave a comment with your thoughts and any documentaries or movies I should check out.