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My love-hate relationship with photography

I want to clone Michael Penn and make the clone work nights and weekends so I'm never pressed to take a photo again. When Michael's not available, I often find myself toting a DSLR camera to events and hoping I'll get lucky, that I'll have the right shutter speed, the right f-stop, the right white balance — if it sounds like I know what I'm doing, I've fooled you. Fancy cameras with all those different settings continue to befuddle me. I should probably take a proper photography class instead of this fake it 'til you make it style of taking as many photos as time and an SD card will allow.

Solo Camp on Grandchild Peaks Ridge

Every once in a while I like to go for a solo camping trip. My favorite camping spots are above tree line, somewhere with a great view in all directions. During the most recent stretch of good weather, I decided the time was right. I juggled my work schedule a bit and picked out a place I’d been thinking about for the past few years – Grandchild Peaks ridge.

Dog-friendly

I could name many reasons for liking our new publisher, Rustan, but I would be lying if I didn't say a big factor was his decision to let me bring my dog to work. Is that selfish? Nah, I've had a lot of co-workers express happiness at having Beau the Dog in the office. I think this decision is indicative of a desire to foster job satisfaction and a community feel at the Empire. 

Why is having Beau the Dog at work positive?

Capital City Metro in Review -- Week of July 7th, 2013

Still recovering from the long weekend and Independence Day celebrations, residents across the city slumped in their chairs throughout the workweek and prayed for Friday (psst, it's here!).

This is CC METRO IN REVIEW for the week of July 7th, 2013:  

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PUBLIC HEARINGS – 

More housing units are coming to Juneau. Twelve units are coming to the Valley after the Planning Commission issued a conditional use permit for a project off Delta Drive.

Another reason my job is awesome

I've worked many jobs over the last decade, a little more if you count slinging pizzas in high school or feeding animals and babysitting, and this is definitely the most interesting job. It also, as it turns out, best uses my skills and talents. It also allows me to sleep in late most days. 

I guess I've had jobs in the past that allowed me to pull in some of my talents in ways outside the scope of my job description, but it's super fun to get to do the occasional illustration for the paper. It's cool to be at my desk painting a little picture for my job.

Capital City Metro in Review -- Week of June 30th, 2013

The Whale Project is about to breach from its clay mold in hopes of making it to Juneau early next year. Celebrations of our country’s independence took place Thursday and Friday, but there was no hullabaloo over Alaska’s true birthday. This is CC METRO IN REVIEW for the week of June 30th, 2013:

The literal fruits of my labor

Late this spring, when we were first having that summery weather, I decided to weed out and garden a patch in my back yard. I had helped my mom garden in the past and I've written an article or two (three, actually) about other people gardening, so I figured it was something I could handle.

After one day of grueling weeding and turning over of soil with a shovel, I had cleared about a quarter of the yard. Let's call it good.

Capital City Metro in Review -- Week of June 23rd, 2013

In a new weekly serial, we’ll cover things that may have not gotten their time in newsprint, but get all the glory of online pixel space. This is CC METRO IN REVIEW for the week of June 23rd, 2013: 

City Attorney John Hartle has retired after 20 years with the city and was thanked for his service to the municipality. Mayor Merrill Sanford: “This is an appreciation night for John, and a thank you to all of your years of service.”

Blackerby Ridge and Cairn Peak

Do you ever make an offhand comment to someone, only to immediately wonder, “Now why in the world did I say that?” That’s the way I felt last week, when I casually suggested to my coworker Courtney that we hike Blackerby Ridge to Cairn Peak. Ideally, I like to spread my ridge hikes out to once every seven or eight days at most. I still hadn’t fully recovered from the 13 mile, +5,700’ traverse I had just done two days earlier with another friend over Mt. Gastineau, Mt.

Being a conscious consumer

The death toll from recent clothing factory disasters is high; more than 1,100 in the Bangladesh collapse, around 300 in the Karachi fire in Pakistan. When you look at the label of your clothing, where does it say it's made? 

Some of my clothing tags do say "Made in Bangladesh"  or "Made in China" and maybe "Made in Pakistan" — it makes me wonder if having affordable fashion is worth the conditions caused by our consumer demands. My Gap dress cost $40 on sale — but at what cost? 

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