My NFL power rankings are out

Finally. The wait is over! My first power rankings of the 2012 season are out. Here’s my top 5:

1. Houston (5-0)
2. Chicago(4-1)
3. San Francisco(4-1)
4. Minnesota(4-1)
5. Atlanta(5-0)

And here’s my bottom 5:

28. Tampa Bay(1-3)
29. Kansas City(1-4)
30. Carolina(1-4)
31. New Orleans(1-4)
32. Cleveland(0-5)

For the complete rankings, go here.

Weekend travel

We visited some friends at Lake Gaston this weekend. They have a house on the lake. The kids had a blast. I did some fishing. I’ve come to believe fish hate me. Not a single bite. I really wanted to catch a largemouth bass.

Anyway, here’s the view from our friends’ house.

Lake Gaston

On the drive back from Lake Gaston, I came across this abandoned house in White Plains, VA. I couldn’t resist and had to stop. I’m a sucker for old and abandoned houses and barns. By the way, you can buy this property.

Abandoned home

Blue Ridge Mountains

I’ve been slowly migrating my old raw photos from Aperture to Lightroom. I’m using Lightroom for the processing and storage of the raw files and then the “finished” photo gets imported back into Aperture. I love Lightroom’s editing capabilities but I’m just not thrilled with its photo management. So I’ll continue to use Aperture for the management of my finished photos as well as adding keywords, ratings, etc.

These photos were shot back in 2006 on my way back home from a Virginia Tech football game. I stopped at one of the scenic areas on Interstate 64 between Waynesboro and Charlottesville.

Virginia Mountains


Virginia Mountains


Fall Foliage

Sun breaking through the clouds

Sun through the clouds


Farm in Virginia mountains

Currituck County Historic Buildings

While my son was at baseball practice today, I drove down to the Currituck County courthouse and took some photos of the Old Currituck Jail and the W.H. Snowden General Merchandise Store. The Old Currituck Jail dates back to 1820. I don’t know how old the building is for the store, but I’m guessing it probably goes back close to 100 years ago.

Convenience Store

Old Currituck Jail

Carova Beach 4th of July

We spent the 4th of July on Carova Beach, NC. Carova Beach is at the north end of the Outer Banks just below the Virginia and North Carolina border. However, it takes us two hours to get there from Chesapeake because we have to drive an hour to reach the Outer Banks and then turn north back to Virginia. The road ends in Corolla and from that point on, you ride on the beach all the way to Carova Beach. But it is worth it. It’s beautiful. There is little traffic. It is famous for it’s wild horses.

Some high school friends of mine settled in Carova Beach 20 years ago when, as he likes to say it, “Went surfing and never came back”. They started a parade on the beach a couple of years ago. It’s a lot of fun. Here are some pictures of it:

Larry and his son surfing

Carova Beach

Carova Beach parade



Barbie Jeep