For those folks who might have missed this on social media, sessions 2 and 3 are both now on Youtube. In Session 2 I talk about how you can use a feature in Photoshop called Content Aware to help you enhance your photos.
Session 2 is coming soon, hopefully within the next week and will discuss removing unwanted objects, and adding more to your scene to create a final, better image.
"No, I don't think so." I replied. "Why?"
"Because my last name is Rose too." Interesting.
"Is that your maiden name?" I asked.
She started talking about other people that shared our last name, but I couldn't connect the dots with any of them.
"Are you on Ancesry.com?" She asked.
"Yes, it's very cool."
"Have you checked out Ancestry DNA?"
"No, not yet, but I want to."
"You should! It's cheap! $99 and you'll know a lot!"
"99 Dollars? That's all??" At this point, I think I completely forgot I was there for a haircut. I'm so doing that!
In the months that followed, I sent away my DNA and the results came back. I was little surprised.
My Mom and I were surprised as to how little Europe West was drizzled in there, considering her parent's parents had immigrated here from Poland.
I'm sure my sister and I share identical data. The interesting aspect of doing this on Ancestry.com is that not only do you find out your own ethnicity regions, it will automatically link you to who ever shares your DNA, who's also done the test. You'll have to review the hints and approve them of course, but they show up pretty regularly. I have several new cousins that I still have yet to review.
It's really funny to me that all my life I've unknowingly most often mimicked a British accent. I just thought it sounded cool, and for some reason, I was always drawn to it. Now I know why!
In the end, I would just say to my readers that if you're interested in doing it, just do it! Ancestry isn't giving me any money to say this, but it's only $99. They send you a kit that's incredibly easy to work through and in a few weeks, you'll know. Don't keep sitting around wondering and speculating. Get the real data. Everything else is just codswallop.
"Okie-dokie." I started the walk back up to the front of the hotel. I picked my stomach back up on the way. I could still hear it screaming. No, really.
I chose my vantage point and stood there waiting as my impending doom rolled towards me at a speed of 2 MPH. I tried to calm myself by going over the science behind my position. These guys go up in these things all the time, right? Safely! Yes. And come down safely? Yes. I looked around at a few trees nearby. It wasn't windy, so it shouldn't sway much, right? Yes. So, what am I so worried about? Gee, I don't know...going up over 100 feet in the air, in a see-through metal basket that's no bigger than my coffee table. What could possibly go wrong? I decided that going over the logistics wasn't helping.
After what seemed like an hour but was probably more 10 terrifying minutes, the gentleman and my doomsday ladder got into position.
"Open the gate and climb on in!" The man said. We'll call him Bob. "Make sure the gate latches behind ya!"
Sure thing, Bob. If I was going to plummet to my death, Bob and this gated metal basket are damn straight coming with me. I thought I would politely encourage him to be as cautious as possible.
"Say, Bob, I've never been in one of these before...they're pretty safe right?" I said.
"Oh yeah, just hang on to the railing...you'll be fine." Bob said.
The railing! This was a spectacular idea! I draped my camera over my shoulder and grabbed on with both hands as the lift started to rise. My stomach decided to wait on the ground beneath me. Chicken.
Once we reached our desired height, the real terror set in. In order to capture the shots I wanted, I was going to need both hands. This meant I was going to have to let go of the railing. Meanwhile, Bob's patiently waiting.
"This is a great view from up here." Bob said.
Yes it was. I took a deep breath, let go of the railing and began shooting. Once my concentration was centered on getting the image, my fears of being over 5 stories up in a metal basket with Bob fell away. I ended up coming away with this image.
It's exactly what they wanted. I was pretty happy with it under the circumstances.
Bob and I came down minutes later. Safely, I might add. As Bob began his 2 MPH journey back to the trailers, a sigh of relief poured over me. I did it. I survived the doomsday ladder.
The Grand Opening ceremonies began. We heard from Mayor Dave Wood, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski and all the people who were affiliated with making the project a success.
The ribbon was cut and the hotel was officially open for business. They even had soldiers raise a new flag.