New Years in State College

Tracy and I visited Gwen and Mike and the kids in State College for new Years this year. We had a great time. The kids enjoyed playing with their presents, Mike made a great warm fire, and Gwen and Mike both made delicious food. It was nice and snowy too, I like the snow. We went for a few walks, and also went to see the ice sculptures being made downtown as part of the New Year’s celebration. Gwen snagged herself a swell sculpture of her own!

Then after that we went to the Penn State Michigan State NCAA Basketball game. Penn State played really well in the first half, and was up 47-40 at the half. But then #5 ranked Michigan State rallied going on a 10-0 run to start the second half and never looked back as they won the game. Still fun though. After we went home and played Cards Against Humanity for New Years. Then sleep.

Here’s a few photos.

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2014 Ice Sculpture
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Ice Dragon
ice carving
Polar Bear Chair
ice carving
Ice Buddha
ice sculpture
Too Cool
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Gwen and her ice
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Penn State BBall
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Foul Shot

XMas Cookies

Here’s a few photos of our Christmas cookies from this year. A decidedly video game theme this year. Featuring Scorpion and Sub-Zero, multiple Mario Brothers characters, Luigi, Tanookie, Kuribo’s shoe. Lots of animals, pac-man, ghosts and more.

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Christmas Cookies 1
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Christmas Cookies 2
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Christmas Cookies 3
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Christmas Cookies 4

December Ice Storm

The ice storm that hit Rochester overnight didn’t turn out all that bad, and if there had been a little more snow on the ground to make it less dreary, it could have been downright beautiful. It looks like we got between 1 to 2 inches of rain in the past few days, and with all the snow melt from last week’s storms there is quite a bit of water out there. I took a little time to walk around a bit, and here are a few photos of the ice on the trees.

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Ice on the Trees
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Ice on the Trees
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Ice on the Trees
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Ice Buds
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Ice on the Trees
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ice on the Bushes
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Ice Bushes
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Ice Trees

Frozen Frontier 2013

Friday and Saturday we went to Frontier field to watch the outdoor hockey games. This year they set up an outdoor rink at the baseball stadium in downtown Rochester. We bought tickets to the Friday night AHL Amerks game, and the Saturday night RIT Hockey game. With the tickets bought back in October, we had no idea what to expect weather wise in December. We were fortunate to have a cold snow weekend that Tracy and I were both hoping for.

Friday night’s game of the Amerks vs. Lake Erie was great. It was 18 degrees out, and we saw a great game. Lake Erie tied the game up at 4-4 with 0.1 seconds left to go. Then after 5 minutes of overtime it was still tied, so on to a 5 round shootout. Lake Erie took a 2-0 lead after three rounds of the shootout meaning Rochester had to score the next 2 goals without letting any in. They did, and won the game on the 6th round of the shootout, then we even got fireworks! The attendance was 11,000+, and we actually ran into a few friends we knew from playing hockey. It was really cold, and I decided to add more layers for the game Saturday.

Saturday’s game was even more fun. At 16 degrees and in the middle of a snow storm, there was much excitement. Announced attendance was 4,000+, and we were treated to a downright snow bowl. It was snowing so hard the Zamboni could not lay down new ice and was left to try and collect snow off the ice between periods. There were extended commercial timeouts during the game while an army of skaters with shovels tried to keep the ice clear. The game itself was slowed by the snow on the ice. Players were taking shots and sending out poofs of snow. I wore three layers of socks, pants, and fleece, while Tracy went for 8 layers. It was quite cold, and you needed to walk around during the intermissions to keep blood flowing in your toes.

Here are a few photos from Fridays game, and some cell phone shots from Sunday…

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Frozen Frontier
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Frontier Field
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Outdoor Hockey
RIT Hockey
RIT Hockey
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2 cold cats
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handshake line

Hello WordPress?

What’s going on at ScaredyCatFilms? I converted the blog to a WordPress site. For those that don’t know WordPress is a popular blogging software for making websites. When I first created ScaredyCatFilms.com, I wrote most of the web code myself to get things to work and look the way I wanted them to. Well, in the last 8 years things have really come a long way. A lot of the things I needed to do on my own, like styles, galleries, and more are now so common that it didn’t really make sense to keep doing all the work myself. This is why the site has been “down” for so long. I was waiting for a nice snowy winter weekend to start the conversion.

Not all the pages are completely updated, and you may find a broken link, or two, or more. I have left the old site in existence as I transfer content to the new site. Some pages may link to the old site, some to the new. Over all, I think this will make it much easier to modify the content on the site. I will no longer have to go home and write my own HTML, all I need is an internet connection and I can update the site through any web browser. So stay tuned!

February Snow Storm

The “fun” wasn’t trying to get down to Florida, but back from Florida, when a giant snow storm crippled the east coast. I was able to get home but mom and dad had to stay in Florida one extra day. The difference? My flight left an hour and a half later than theirs. When we did make it back to Rochester we were greeted with over a foot of heavy wet snow that remained in the trees for a few days after. It made for fun photography, and quite a change from the 80 degree weather of Key Largo.

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Snow in the Trees

snowy yard
Snowy Backyard

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Deer in the snow

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Deer family in the snow

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Deer in the snow

Florida 2013 – Key Largo

First post of 2013, it’s been a busy month. The first week of February my mom, dad, and I traveled to Key largo for vacation. We stayed at the Key Lime sailing club, which had a ton of fun stuff for us to do out on the bay, yes, including sailing. We went snorkeling twice which was awesome both times. We also went to the Florida Everglades where we saw tons of neat birds and alligators. It was a really great trip. There are a ton of pictures in my flickr gallery, and here are but a few of them.

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Blue Heron in a tree, Florida Everglades.

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Alligators? Yeah, we saw those, Florida Everglades.

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Great Egret with a catfish.

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Green Heron.

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Sunset at Key Largo.

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The pelican dance.

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Purple Gallinule

Pentagon 9/11 and Air Force Memorials

So I’ve been trying off and on for a couple years now to make it to the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial and the Air Force Memorial, which dominates the sky line in the same area. Spent an hour circling the Pentagon in my rental car once but never could find the place to park. Turns out, there wasn’t a place to park, and you need to park on the opposite side of 395 at the Crystal City Mall area and walk under the highway to get to the memorial. This past weekend was a beautiful sunny fall day and I managed to make my way over to the 9/11 memorial and the Air Force Memorial. Both were well thought out. Here’s a few photos from my trip.

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Entering Pentagon Memorial

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Looking back to the entrance

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View towards the Pentagon

The Air Force Memorial is just a short distance away, by car. I showed up just in time to be alone for a bit, before a few cars showed up. The memorial area is surrounded by sycamore trees and the parking area is really nice. The memorial stands over 200 feet tall, too tall to get into one photo so close. It was nicely done. Right when I left 3 tour buses showed up! The memorial is on a hill overlooking all of DC, so its a neat place to see.

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Monument Left Side
Air Force Memorial
Looking Up
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Washington Monument

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Air Force Memorial and Washington Monument

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Right side of the memorial.

For more information about the Air Force Memorial, visit the official site.

Tree Time!

There are 3 cotton wood trees next to our house, one belongs to the neighbor, and one is really large, and the third leans at a weird angle kind of over our house. So this year we decided to get a little work done on the trees. We decided to have the weird leaning tree removed all together. The tree guys came on Thursday November 8th to take down the one tree and trim the other. The did a really good job, and cleaned up nicely. Here’s some photos.

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Tree Work 1

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Tree Work

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Hauling it Down

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No More…

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Final Cutting

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No More Tree