One thing great about speaking to other professional photographers throughout the country, Â isÂ I expandÂ my boundaries.Â IÂ push myself professionally as a public speaker and must "really know my stuff" plus I get to see and do things I normally wouldn't otherwise. This year, I have spoken to groups as large as 200 from Las Vegas to Michigan, from upper Minnesota to Professional Photographers of Massachusetts, in Boston.
I hadn't been to "Bean Town"Â or seen a USAF buddy for decades.Â Alan took me to a REAL Chinese restaurant, which we got used to after being stationed in Taiwan (i.e.Â free China).
WeÂ Â sawÂ the USS Constitution, better known as "Old Ironsides"Â (called that way due to its strong Georgia Pine siding where cannonballs bounced off it), and got on the ferry in the BostonÂ harbour where you could see the "Old North Church" surrounded by modern buildings.Â This is the church where Paul Revere used the lantern, "1 by sea, 2 by land " message.
I learned a lot about the history of the Revolutionary war like how brilliant, militarily, George Washington really was.Â The odds were definitely against us winning.
The day was topped off by going to Fenway Park and watch the Red Sox beat the Marlins.Â Â Â Â Â Awesome!