Sunday, May 24, 2009

Lots of Meat

Originally uploaded by Joe Ganci
Viva Vienna today in Vienna, Virginia. I couldn't help but take this picture of a ton of meat and the man wearing a Big Fat Daddy's shirt. A carnivore's bliss, a heart surgeon's job security!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Fountains of Kansas City

Originally uploaded by Joe Ganci
Nice 14-block area of fountains and shops. Did you know that Kansas City has more fountains than any other city except Florence, Italy? Also, many of the fountains in KC were sculpted by Italian artists. All this was due to the founder of Hallmark, who loved fountains and Italy.

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Kansas City, Friends and Barbecue!

I met my old friends John and Jeanene Underwood and Chris Phillips at Jack Stack Barbecue while working in Kansas City. Yum - very good barbecue! Interestingly, when I was flying to KC, my seatmate was on her way there to visit her grandchildren and she told me that her niece works at Jack Stack and to ask for her, but her niece was still away on maternity leave. :-)

1960 Volkswagen Beetle

Originally uploaded by Joe Ganci
I took this while visiting my client on the fourth floor of Audi / Volkswagen Headquarters. Pretty cool, huh? The other photo shows it from above and you can get a better idea of its actual size.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Bird in Garage

Bird in my garage. He just kept going back and forth on the top shelf in my garage, acting as if he were taunting me to shoot him down! I didn't know that birds really did the back and forth thing like in the videogames! Take a look at the video. BTW, I didn't shoot him down, I whisked him out of the garage with a rake. Yeah, I was out of ammo (haha).

Saturday, May 9, 2009

On a warm summer day a few years ago, six friends and neighbors gathered together in my home. Among them were Richard, Sabine and Ruth who, as flight attendants, had many stories to tell about flying the friendly skies. Also present were Tom and Kitty, the beautiful married couple who manage a large hotel. I videotaped the conversation and created a transcript of the conversation, editing for clarity.

I hope you enjoy it!

Here's the link:

Friday, May 8, 2009

Today, these birds started to attack the screens of the windows in my home office. What gives? I added an audio track so you can hear a little of what I could hear.

Put The Kids to Work!

My friends Katya and Ian and I put their two kids to work on a scavenger hunt at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens to find all the frog statues! As a result, we all got a packet of wildflower seeds. Score! Make the kids work and reap the benefits!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

My new friend Pasquale and me. Pasquale is the first friend that I had previously met on Facebook and then met in real life! He is quite an awesome guy for many reasons, including being a great Italian cook!

The lovely couple, Pasquale and Colleen! Thank you for having me to your home for a wonderful Italian home cooked meal!

My Friend Lisa!

I saw my very good friend Lisa while in Minnesota recently. She married a great guy named Larry and that transplanted her from Corpus Christi, Texas to the frigid Minnesota! Now THAT is love!

My Minnesota Students

These were four of my students from the class I taught at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, in April. What a great group of people! In the second photo, from left to right, we have Scott and the married couple Ann and Jeff.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

As Seen in Atlanta #2

Originally uploaded by Joe Ganci
These are my wonderful friends in Atlanta: Ian and Katya and their two boys Ben and Nikki! Katya has her own blog which you can see here:

Also, to see all the photos of our outing at the Botanical Gardens, click the photo!

As seen in Atlanta #1

Originally uploaded by Joe Ganci
This shows the windows that were damaged during the tornado of 2007 and have not yet been replaced because they are custom windows and are still on back order.

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Our Garden

Originally uploaded by Joe Ganci
I love springtime! I wish someone would invent a perfume as good as the garden smells right now!

Click the photo to see all the photos I took of the garden at the end of March.

As Seen in Seattle #2

Originally uploaded by Joe Ganci
Yep! I visited the very first Starbucks!

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As Seen in Seattle #1

Originally uploaded by Joe Ganci
Monkfish....looks ugly, tastes pretty good!

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Everything is Size

THIS is fascinating - it's rather dazzling to see it presented this way. (Click the photos to enlarge them.)

Antares is the 15th brightest star in the sky. It is more than 1000 light years away.

This is a Hubble telescope ultra deep field Infrared view of countless entire galaxies. Billions of light-years away.

Below is a close-up of one of the darkest regions of the photo above.