I love time-lapse photography. Although there’s nothing terribly special about this 2-minute compilation, it’s my first effort at a full-day time-lapse movie shot from my new home in Malaga, WA. The view looks northwest, toward East Wenatchee (center) and Wenatchee (left).
The formula: one shot every 10 seconds compiled at 30 frames per second. This was shot on November 3, 2013.
It’s interesting to note that because there are tall cliffs south of my property, in the wintertime, I don’t get direct sunlight on my home until late morning. I suspect that’ll get even later as the days get shorter. In the summer, however, I get nearly a full day of direct sunlight — perfect for gardening!
A while back, I got into a conversation on Twitter with @flymaine about the pop artist, Adele. I’d heard the name but didn’t really know much about her. @flymaine provided a link to her music video, Rolling in the Deep, on YouTube. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth a watch:
I watched the video and listened to the lyrics. Could she possibly be singing about an unfaithful partner? I tracked down the lyrics and read them. And when I got to this, I cried:
The scars of your love remind me of us
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all
The scars of your love, they leave me breathless
I can’t help feeling
We could have had it all
This is what has been going on in my head since the reality of my situation hit me: While he’d been bouncing from one dead-end job to the next, with periods of unemployment in between, I’d been working my ass off to achieve a goal for both of us — a goal he helped me set for our future. While he was dealing with (and complaining about) the nine-to-five grind, I was doing my best to make us financially independent and get us a great place to go and work and play together every summer. But when it came time to join me as he’d promised he’d do, he made excuses to stay behind. And then, while I was gone this year — my best year ever — he dumped me for a woman he’d known less than a month.
We could have had it all — we almost had it all — but now it’s all gone. It’s still hard to believe.
The rest of the song pretty much covers what comes after the pain: the anger. I have that, too. Hell, it was almost as if she wrote this song with my situation in mind.
Or are there that many women out there who have been burned by men they loved?
And that got me thinking about the Scorned Woman Playlist. A list of songs that express what I’m thinking and feeling about my situation. I bought Adele’s song from iTunes and added it to a new playlist.
I already had another song for the playlist: The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Hit ‘Em Up Style. I bought it about two years ago, back before I ever thought something like this could happen to me. The only video I could find was this live performance. It rocks:
This one is a lot more fun — and definitely more upbeat — but these lyrics still make me cry every time I hear them:
There goes the dreams we used to say
There goes the time we went away
There goes the love I had but you cheated on me
And that’s worth that now
There goes the house we made a home
There goes you’ll never leave me alone
There goes the lies you told
This is what you owe
“There goes the house we made a home” — that line hits hardest right now. As I pack and store and discard the things I added to our house to help make it a home, the place we made together is disappearing before my eyes. Every day it’s less like the place I spent the past 15 years of my life. Less like the place I worked so hard to get paid off by the time I was 50 and he was 55 — so we wouldn’t have to be slaves to nine-to-five jobs to pay a mortgage. So we could go into a sort of semi-retirement while we were still young and have some fun. Together.
In this song, the woman scorned gets revenge with a credit card. I wish it was that easy.
@flymaine also suggested Carrie Underwood’s Before He Cheats, but I’m not a big fan of country music. And her other suggestion, KT Tunstall’s Black Horse and the Cherry Tree, doesn’t quite say it like the two I’ve got.
Any other suggestions? Remember the theme: a woman scorned. Use the comment link to share your suggestions; I’ll add the ones that I think fit to this blog post.
On Saturday, I spent a good portion of the day flying between Martin Scott Winery in East Wenatchee, WA and Malaga Springs Winery in Malaga, WA. I use my helicopter to offer wine-tasting tours for part of the summer season. These are just two of the four (so far) wineries that have suitable landing zones for me and encourage me to bring people there.
As shown in the map below, the two wineries are on opposite sides of the Columbia River. To drive from one to the other, it’s 12.5 miles and will take (according to Google Maps) about 31 minutes. Malaga Springs is a bit tough to find and the last 1.4 miles is on a gravel road. I drove to it just the other day and was convinced I was going the wrong way when I spotted a winery sign that said “Keep the Faith” and encouraged me to continue on my way.
By helicopter, however, it takes less than 2.5 minutes on a direct flight across the river.
Yesterday, I flew nine people from Martin Scott to Malaga Springs and back. For some of those flights, I had my GoPro “nosecam” set up and turned on. Since it’s been so long since I shared a “nosecam” video, I threw one together Saturday night and uploaded it Sunday morning. Here it is:
Some small towns really know how to put on an airport event.
Yesterday, for the fourth (or possibly fifth) time, I participated in one of the nicest airport events in Arizona: The Buckeye Air Fair. The event was held annually for several years until 2009. It moved to Gila Bend for at least one year and I turned down an offer to participate because of the distance. I was thrilled to ask to participate again in the 2012 event when it returned to Buckeye.
I flew almost nonstop yesterday from 9 AM to 5 PM, with only short breaks for an airport closure (for an RC aircraft demonstration) and refuelings. There was a constant stream of people coming on board, aged 3 through 73. Although I missed the rest of the event — being stuck in the cockpit all day — I had a great time and met lots of really great people. I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I estimate that I took at least 50 people for their first-ever helicopter ride. For some of them, our flight was their first ever time airborne.
Interested in what you missed? Check out this video by Arizona Public on YouTube. You’ll see a couple of shots of me and my bright red helicopter.
Thanks again to Margaret and Steve and the rest of the folks at Buckeye for making this such a great event for everyone.