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Depositing to my karma bank

Sometimes when you just can’t make yourself feel better, doing something for someone else helps.  At least for me it does.  Added benefit of my latest philanthropic efforts is that I will actually get some exercise and take some photos in the process!

I’ve signed up for LifeWalk 2008.  This is my first year to participate.  It is about a 3 mile walk around a scenic area of Dallas on Sunday, October 5.  And it benefits a cause that I strongly support.

Proceeds will benefit Aids Arms, Inc, a United Way agency that advocates for AIDS/HIV education and prevention, helping Dallas residents with health care, resources and the support necessary to manage the challenges of living with HIV/AIDS. (See www.aidsarms.org)
Why:

  • Dallas leads the state in new HIV infections, with more than 20,000 residents living with the disease.
  • HIV/AIDS continues to be a growing epidemic in the U.S.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that an additional 30 percent are infected and do not know it.
  • African-American men make up nearly 50 percent of all new AIDS cases in the U.S.
  • AIDS is the third leading cause of death for Latinos.
  • Half of all new HIV-infected people are younger than 25.
  • More than 250,000 American women are HIV-positive and make up 25 percent of all HIV infection in the U.S.

Friday

My most anticipated day of the week has finally arrived.  It is sad, really, to look forward to the end of the work week so much.  Working for the weekend has real meaning to me now.

This evening I am going to relax, watch some movies, and maybe clean up around the house a little.  Or start reading something new.  I just finished reading How to Be Good by Nick Hornby and, while everyone raves about its sarcastic wit, it just left me feeling down.  So I think I’ll read something fluffier next.

Tomorrow night it’s dinner at PF Chang’s for a friend’s birthday.

Sunday, out to Fair Park for our employer-sponsored free weekend.  Mexigoalie and I went last year.  It was my first time to visit Fair Park for something other than the State Fair of Texas.  I enjoyed the flower gardens, the Hall of State, and the Musuem of Natural Science.  But not the walking around outdoors in the heat most of the day.  So this year, Mexigoalie, Nala, and V are coming with me and we’re planning to be there earlier in the day.  I’m just excited to have a chance to dust my cameras off again.  I haven’t been making nearly enough photographs lately.

That’s it for now.  Hope everyone enjoys their weekend!

[x] Say cheese!

Dallas World Aquarium

A little bus picked us up from the office today and drove us to the aquarium.  Yes, go ahead and get all of your “you ride the short bus” jokes out of the way.

We got there around 11am and were taken to one of the event rooms and served an incredibly good lunch.  No, we did not have sushi.  The food was excellent though.  I had no idea their catering was so fantastic. 

After lunch, we were allowed an hour and a half to roam the aquarium before we had to be back in the room for our “activity.”  I had not been to this place since almost 6 years ago.  Calling it an “aqaurium is really misleading because, while it does have quite a few of those, it also has a big rainforest type place with all kinds of other animals.  The first time I went, I thought it was nice, but nothing fancy.  And certainly not worth the cost of admission to go again. 

Since that time, they have apparently made quite a few changes and additions.  And the hour and a half to explore was nowhere near enough time, IMO.  I had gone in armed with both my digital and 35mm cameras.  I made it a point this morning to clean my lenses, make sure I had plenty of film, grabbed my polarizing filter to help with the glass glare, and put fresh batteries in the flash.  What I failed to do was realize that the actual camera battery in the 35mm had not been changed in some time.  I got there, loaded it up with film, threw it and my digital on my shoulders and went off to take buttloads of pictures. 

But…you guessed it.  Shortly after turning the 35mm on, the battery died.  And people were making fun of me for bringing TWO cameras.  Now I don’t look so silly, do I?  😛

My little midrange digital still manages to impress me (or I impress myself sometimes.  Little bit of both, perhaps).   It was my step up camera from the last one.  The plan was to use it for a year or two and then step up again to a full digital SLR.  I’m itching to get one, but have to save up the money first (not to mention pay off some debts). 

Anyway, back to the zoo/rainforest/aqaurium place.    I had to rush my way through to get back to our department thing so didn’t really get to spend as much time in each area as I wanted.  They had the obvious:  fish and sharks other sea creatures.  But they also had birds and snakes and flamingos and storks and jaguars and spiders and monkeys…It was a really cool place and I plan to go again soon.

Back at our department thing, I ended up winning one round of the trivia ($25 Visa card) and getting second place in the “Guess How Many POUNDS of Candy Garfield* Has Distributed Over the Last 3 Years” contest.  I guessed 1200.  The correct answer was 1500 I think.  Either way, another $25 Visa for me.  YAY!

*Garfield is a coworker who has a little table outside of his office, constantly filled with all kinds of yummy treats.