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Would you spend $25 a year to avoid waiting in line?

Of course you would, and so would I. Most recently, I donated $25 hard earned bucks to get my name onto The Great Gold Board in the Sky.

I'm speaking, of course, of the Hertz Gold Canopy board. This board entitles me to bypass the long line of other equally tired/hungry travelers and proceed happily to the car parked in the numbered spot listed next to my name without actually having to engage in conversation with other humans (sometimes I like this when I travel).

Apple testing labs visit!

Today we drove to Palo Alto and met up with Dave Martin and his beautiful girlfriend Peggy. After ogling Peggy's gorgeous backyard--complete with orange trees, herb garden, beautiful flowers, and a wine closet!--we headed off to the Apple testing lab where Dave works.

First riding day

So today my husband and I cranked up the bikes and took a little afternoon ride. We bundled up nice and tight and though it was a mere 47 degrees out, I was quite comfy. We took a narrow little road up a nearby mountain to a town called Bethel. Super cute and quaint, there just so happened to be a pub within 20 feet of where we parked the bikes (that, my friends, is called good karma).

And wow, it feels so good to be back on my bike again. Seems like forever! Can't wait till it gets warmer.

A surreal weekend in Miami

Last weekend I had the honor of teaching at SPE, the Society of Photographic Education, in Miami, FL. Wow. What a great time that was. My girlfriend Leslie from Dunedin (near Tampa), drove five hours to hang out with me and we had ourselves a right proper good time.

Beach art

Sometimes you see the most interesting things on the beach. My girlfriend Leslie and I tried to get the artist to add more seaweed, well, you know... in the southern region. He wouldn't. He said he wanted the sculpture to be "natural."


We shook our heads and called him a big chicken.

Much fun at the Golden Nugget

Yes it's in the seedy downtown area and I frackin' love it. I'm talking about one of my favorite hotels in Las Vegas: The Golden Nugget. While I was there for PMA (Photo Marketing Assoc), my mom met my husband and I there and we all had a blast. Where else can you get an $8 filet mignon eggs benedict and play $5 three-card poker?! Mama and I also enjoyed a decadent spa day. Then we all relaxed in a pool with... well... a bunch of sharks!

Check out the pictures because it just doesn't seem real. Video of the water slide through the acquarium lives here!

QuickTip: Super Delete in iPhoto

Normally, iPhoto won't allow you to delete a photo from its database if you select it from within an album. If you do press Delete in that situation, it's zapped from the album, but remains in the library. Arg.

However, if you hold down the Option + Command keys and then press Delete, KAPOW! It's gone from both, just like that!

Red Rock Canyon photo shoot with Panasonic

While in Vegas for PMA, Shawn and I had the pleasure of taking a Hummer out into the desert for a private photo shoot with Panasonic. Click here to see the gorgeous photos I snapped with the new Lumix DMC-TZ3; a really sweet, 7 megapixel camera with 10x optical zoom and a 28mm wide-angle Leica lens.

Lesa and Tiffani do Orlando

I'm going to Disney World! Or actually, I just went. While working the NRB convention in Orlando on behalf of iStockphoto, Tiffani and I somehow managed to pack Disney World, Epcot and our beloved Kennedy Space Center (we're both huge NASA geeks) into 1.5 days. I don't quite know how we did it, but it was great fun! Tiffani took some fantastic pictures with her Canon Rebel, which I've posted here. We also shot a video of us floating in space while at Epcot. What fun we had! Hope you enjoy the pictures and video.

How to Avoid Icon Clumping

When you drag multiple items from a folder or mounted network volume onto your Desktop, the icons often appear stacked on top of each other, like so:

To avoid this, try dragging them onto the Desktop icon in the sidebar of a Finder window, like this:

The items will then appear on your Desktop arranged in a nice and tidy grid.