Lighten Things Up

The rest of this week is pretty busy for me. My fiancée (yes, we’re now happily engaged) and I just closed on a house yesterday, and to top it all off, her parents are in town this weekend. So, I’m going to point to the work of others for the rest of the week.

Today, check out the excellent photography of Troy Paiva.

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Pretty cool, huh? He uses some great light-painting techniques to come up with stunning shots. You can see a bunch more of his photos by clicking here.

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9 Responses to Lighten Things Up

  1. George Bolaris says:

    Please, please provide more information on your engagement. (The LAX-DEN trip report still had “girlfriend” references) Personally, I am a sucker for romantic stories. Have there been any airplanes/airports involved in this momentous event?

    And CONGRATULATIONS!

  2. james says:

    That reminds me – when does “Lost” start up again?

  3. CF says:

    I should have known that it wouldn’t take long for people to be curious about details. It actually didn’t involve any airplanes or airports except for the departures from LGB that fly over our new house . . .

    I had been planning to propose for a couple of months, but once we had entered into an agreement to purchase the house, I knew it would be ideal to involve it in some way in the proposal. Before we closed escrow, my girlfriend had said she wanted to go in and look at the walls to see which ones we’d want to repaint before moving in. I figured that was my opening, so I got our realtor to let us in to the house for that purpose.

    One thing that bugged my girlfriend about this whole house thing is that I never wanted to celebrate. I kept saying we had to wait for the inspections to be done, the final loan approval to come in, etc. Sure enough, that happened just before that weekend, so I was finally in a celebratory mood.

    When we got to the house, I surprised her with a bottle of J 2001 Robert Thomas Pinot Noir, the same bottle of wine we had on our first date. I said that I finally wanted to celebrate the house, so we went into the backyard and had some wine.

    We started talking about the house, and I said it was MY house (I’m the one on the title for now). She just rolled her eyes and I said, “But I want it to be our house” and I proposed.

    At that point, she tried to put together a coherent sentence, I think, but all that came out was “Oh my god” and “I’m shocked” over and over again. She finally settled down enough to say “yes” and the phone calls started.

  4. Congratulations to you both, on the engagement, the house, and for finding the same bottle of wine that you shared on your first date! Best of luck!

    So the next (travel-related) question: Where’s the honeymoon going to be? ;)

    Congrats again.
    Mark

  5. CF says:

    Thanks, Mark. We’ve got some time before we have to put the honeymoon together, but you can be sure there will be a trip report!

  6. Albert says:

    Oh sweet. Congrats!!! :)

  7. Zach says:

    Wonderful news! Congratulations!

  8. JackStraw says:

    Wow, that’s a wicked picture of the plane. The lighting is perfect to really
    get the detail of the crash.

  9. nealio says:

    Thanks for sharing your wondeful story, congratulations! Yet another reason I love the Cranky Blog; it IS personal.

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