Stepping Back in Time

Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan is about ten minutes from where I grew up. As kids we’d take annual field trips here but I never truly appreciated the history of the village and the adjacent Henry Ford Museum. There is so much history in between these two places – including the presidential limo that Kennedy was assassinated in, the rocking chair from the Ford Theater that Lincoln was assassinated in, the bus that Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on during civil rights protests, an exact replica of Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park Laboratory (all buildings built in exact size and scale) that even Edison was amazed at since all of the details – like where varying chemicals were stored – were perfect.

Bicyclists at Greenfield Village – Dearborn, Michigan

Throughout the year, there are many people who work at Greenfield Village and dress in period costumes as the two above are. They were riding old bicycles from the late 1800s and early 1900s – I have gotten into biking the past few years and have a nice, light road bike that I’m sure weighs a fraction of these beasts. The other question that is pretty obvious is how the heck did he get all the way up there? Well just in case you wanted to find out (as I did) – there is a video posted by one of these riders showing how they get on the ‘Ordinary Bicycles’


Christmas Season

December first so I guess it is now Christmas season – a time for family and friends. We are kicking it off right today with some ice skating up at Wrigley Field and then Winterfest for dinner and drinks this evening.

Photo of the Day – Mierry Christmas Everyone

Christmas at the Mier house (yes I know how to spell Merry but my last name is Mier – pronounced close to Mirror and so my creative wife has started saying Mierry Christmas) as my parents always put up a great tree and overwhelm it with presents. This is a shot taken last year at my parents house on Christmas eve as you can see there are a lot of presents. I love Christmas time and I’m hoping for some December snow to get me in the mood. Unfortunately, the past two seasons we haven’t had any here in Chicago in December. The snow helps set the mood for me. Enjoy the season everyone – whether you celebrate Christmas or not make December a time for family and friends because that’s what it is all about.

Societal Norms

I tend to be a ‘conformist’ in that I don’t challenge authority much, while I think independently often I believe rules are established and set in place for a reason and who am I to try and change them. I found this post by Paolo Coelho’s blog interesting. It is about the ‘Importance of Cats in Meditation‘.

Makes you think about why we don’t ask more questions sometimes – instead just taking things at face value. While this is a minor thing (cat’s in meditation) I think the bigger point is that by asking questions and thinking about whether it makes sense we, collectively, have the ability to change things – for better or worse.

Short post today as I’m off to the Cubs-Astros game (which by the way may be the WORST pitching matchup I’ve ever seen – what do you expect from a couple of teams fighting their way to 100 losses though). I’ll be paying close attention to those Monday Night Football games – have some fantasy implications involved. Ray Rice needs to be nice and Rivers needs to struggle a bit.

Photo of the Day – Dream Plane

HDR at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan (they let you use tripods – how rare!). I tried to add a slight ‘glow’ effect to the plane to make it appear like you see some of these planes in more recent movies during flashback scenes. I can’t specifically place the movie right now but I know I’ve seen effects like this on the big screen.

Preserved in Time

This is from the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI and is an old cobbler/shoe maker shop. It’s pretty cool how they’ve been able to preserve everything.

Photo of the Day

In order to minimize the reflection I stuck my lens against the glass and took the picture. The shop is actually lifesize but I got down low because I wanted to pull in some texture off of the floor.

Black Sunshine

There is a Rob Zombie song called Black Sunshine which is about a racing car (a Ford Mustang) – however this car is CLEARLY not a Ford Mustang. In spite of that every time I look at this photo the song Black Sunshine just pops into my head. ‘Gripping the wheels, his knuckles white with desire’…..this is Black Sunshine

Photo of the Day

This is from Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI – the home of Ford Motor Company. This was President FDRs limo during his time in office. Needless to say (during WWII) it is outfitted with some bad @ss protections. I’ve published this picture elsewhere prior but I’m travelling so apologize for those for which this is a repeat. Try to get back to some original material tomorrow. Waking up in a few hours to go take some pictures of farm houses and windfarms in lovely Minnesota – maybe those will work for tomorrow night if my flight gets in early enough to get them uploaded.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Great movie and my life this week and the next two – not that I’m complaining. Really enjoyed my time in LA (including the work meeting) and heading out to Denver Sunday morning for another meeting. My client is going to take me hiking on Monday so hopefully I’ll get some good shots of the Rockies.

This picture is from the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan – it is a 1939 Douglas DC-3 and this plane flew more than 12 million miles over the course of 23 years in service. I’m hoping the plane we take is much younger than this one.

Photo of the Day

My wife and I will also be out in the DC area in about a month and I’m hoping to check out the air & space Smithsonian Museum to catch some other plane pictures. The good thing with this museum is that they allowed tripods. I don’t think the DC museums are as tripod friendly.


I grew up in Dearborn, Mi the HOME of Ford Motor Company so what I’m about to disclose is enough to earn me a life of harassment every time I drive the 250 miles home but I felt I’d share it anyways. My parents would get so angry when friends and family didn’t buy American cars – often I would as well but now that I’ve been gone nine years I’ve officially softened and turned my back on my country. As of today – about three hours ago in fact – I am the proud owner of a Subaru Impreza 2.0i – the Motor Trend/Consumer Reports 2012 Sedan of the year. I did my research – compared prices, features, etc…and just kept coming back to the Impreza. I wanted to hate it when we test drove but I didn’t – we went to a couple of other dealerships Saturday afternoon (Ford, Toyota, Hyundai) to get the car out of our minds but we couldn’t and today we bit the bullet and took the plunge.

Paying my Respects

So here I am paying my respects to that little car that made it all possible – the original Model T car from the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mi. It’s going to be hard to go home and pull in the driveway in this but the affordability makes it worth the ridicule.