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Posts tagged ‘everyday life’

Ellsworth Drive

05/31/2014

Rufus Mangrove

Ellsworth Drive by Rufus Mangrove #Maryland365

Ellsworth Drive.
#Maryland365 – Silver Spring, MD.

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#Maryland365

05/20/2014

Rufus Mangrove

#Maryland365

University Blvd.
#Maryland365 — Langley Park, MD.

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The project is full steam ahead! I truly appreciate all the support for the project! I’m always looking for new faces, so please get in touch with me if you live in Maryland! I want to take your picture!

Metro

04/03/2014

Rufus Mangrove

metro by rufus mangrove

I went to sleep last night just like every other night.
But this time I woke up three years later,
with a little less hair and a little more wrinkles than before.

Today I think I’m going to try something different.
I have a note posted on my desk.
It says that if you keep doing the same thing you’ll never change.

Tomorrow I’m going to start.
For real this time.
I’m going to write it down.

Once upon a time

03/28/2014

Rufus Mangrove

once upon a time by rufus mangrove

Maybe I should have gotten on that train.

Street Photography and Hopelessness

03/07/2014

Rufus Mangrove

street photography and hoplessness by rufus mangrove

Is there anything more hopeless in the photography world than street photography? Here’s a camera, go wander the fucking streets by yourself for a period of time and for no money, and come back with something good that most people don’t want to look at on their walls.

You ever get your rolls back in the mail and ask yourself why you were allowed to carry a camera that day? You ever review a memory card worth of pictures and immediately want to sell all your digital equipment on Ebay? Street photography can be fucking hopeless. But you do it anyway, because you saw a picture, and you had to take it. Or worse, you do it because you saw a picture and you missed it.

So if you’re going to do it, just know what you’re getting into. Because once you start, you will never stop, like some kind of sick Alfred Hitchcock episode . . .

Do you want to bang heads with me?

03/04/2014

Rufus Mangrove

do you want to bang heads with me? by rufus mangrove

It seems that most of the stuff on my facebook feed has evolved into inspirational quotes and amazingly uplifting videos. It’s so full of positivity that I rarely have negative thoughts anymore. But when I lose reception on my phone, I’m almost beside myself. I start wondering what videos I’m missing from Sun Gazing, and I start to pace around, constantly pressing the refresh button on my phone, as I whisper how fucking unacceptable it is to have no phone service in a relatively civilized part of the city. But in the back of my mind, I know it’s T-Mobile, and I have a blackberry, and that combination isn’t very reliable. Still, it’s no excuse but then after a few battery pulls everything goes back to normal except now everything is going a little slower on my phone. Then I realize I have to renew my passport by the end of this month so when I go to that site listed first on google that promises you will “avoid the lines” in “three easy steps,” I of course immediately try to sign up. It takes me about twenty minutes to type in all my details but then it asks me for payment and I forgot to read the FAQ beforehand. I’m going to be paying you first but at what point are you going to tell me about the passport picture. Sure, I’m happy that I don’t have to wait at the post-office, but I’d be even happier if I didn’t have to go to some Kinkos or some hole in the wall place for some stranger to take a picture of me.

Wildflowers

02/24/2014

Rufus Mangrove

wildflowers by rufus mangrove

I’m just trying to get it, each and every day.

Delegating

02/20/2014

Rufus Mangrove

delegating by rufus mangrove

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. But I’ve been smoking endo and sipping gin n’ juice since the early eighties. And I still have healthcare, even before all this Obamacare shit went down.

Everyone’s a Photographer

02/18/2014

Rufus Mangrove

everyone's a photographer by rufus mangrove

She told me to get a camera and get back to business.

My open letter to peanut butter

12/17/2013

Rufus Mangrove

my open letter to peanut butter

Dear Peanut Butter:

Often times as parents we get a lot of advice, either from books or from our parents. But noticeably absent in any chapter or advice columns about parenthood is the importance of peanut butter, not necessarily for the child, but for the parent.

You have solved about 99 percent of all problems I have faced with my child. Don’t want to eat your broccoli? Well, here, have some fucking ants on a log. Don’t want to do your homework? That’s fine, but you won’t get a piece of toast with peanut butter. You sound a little grumpy? Here, a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup will make everything better.

Parents have a hard job. We are taught that the “in” thing now is to talk to your children all the time. Some of the uncles or single guys or ladies out there writing these advice columns must think that talking to their favorite niece at a birthday party for fifteen minutes proves their point. But stay at home with the child for at least a year and then come and tell me that children make great conversationalists.

I think you understand that more than anyone or anything. Unlike parents that have replaced peanut butter with hummus or some vegan/gluten free concoction, I have free space in my life where my kids know NEVER to enter. And I couldn’t have done any of that without you, peanut butter.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Darlene