May was a busy month, obviously. It really made up for a slow start to the year. I went back to New Mexico for a second work trip but before I get to that there were a few miscellaneous items that I want to catch up on. I had a job just outside of LA in between the two NM trips and before I flew home I visited an old High School friend who works for CBS. Anjali gave me the backstage tour and when we ran across the Wheel, I snorted a little bit. I didn't know I was such a Price is Right nerd, but I did spend a lot of time watching that show when I was a kid so, I guess it's kind of legendary. Anjali kindly accommodated my not-so-inner geek. Afterwards we went to some industry party that was going on; some friends of hers who own a sound studio were throwing a casino night.
When I sat down at the poker table and was apparently asking stupid questions, they asked me if I even knew how to play and I told them yeah, I've played Yahtzee. I didn't get to stay long; had a plane home to catch. But I learned that some of those LA stereotypes are waaaay ON base. On our way to the party we walked through the Farmer's Market by CBS and some pasta seller tried to pitch Anjali a terrible idea for a TV show. And then at the party when people realized I wasn't in the business, they gave me some pretty hard "who is this bumpkin?" looks... that may have been fish out of water anxiety though, to be fair, because everyone was actually pretty nice. It was really fun.
Also in May, the above photo got picked up by National Geographic for their stock photo page! It's not a BIG deal as they have like jillions of photos on that site, plus I don't have a High Res version of it, having snapped it with a disposable camera and I seem to no longer have the original photo, just the scan I made of it so all they got was a low res digital version which they have made available for free because no one will pay for such quality. But still, cool. If you want to see it on the stock photo page, go to nationalgeographicstock.com and then type 'Chiemsee' in the search bar, mine should show up in there somewhere.
And now I just have a couple of leftover shots from the first week in New Mexico of various signs I ran across. Above is the New Mexico State Road 2001; it is a very short road that leads up the hill to the International Space Hall of Fame. I kind of have to think it's a gimmick. Somebody pushed someone to get that road appellation put there.
New Mexico has some pretty existential road signs. Gusty winds may exist. They might not, who knows?! Wind is invisible so it may be the aether. No no, I get what they really mean; that it might be supergustywindy so drive with caution. It's just an odd way to word it. Maybe in Pennsylvania here we should change our signs to say "Icy Roads May Exist. They might not, if it's Summer, but they might."
A sign on the way in to the White Sands Missile Range, with the Organ Mountains in the background. Doesn't really need further comment. And that's pretty much it for my leftover photo salad. As I said I just got back from my second New Mexico trip and I'll have more on that soon. In the meantime, here's a leftover flash forward sign shot.