Friday, July 3, 2009

Summer Bash Party

I attended the International Academy of Design & Technology Summer Bash Party. I was attracted to this event because I heard they were going to hold a sand castle building contest. I imagined engineers and artists working together as teams to create astounding architectural and sculptural wonders. What I found when I got there was a sad pile of sand with one ten year old girl digging a small hole with a plastic shovel. I stopped back several times and not a single sand castle appeared.
Several young women in tight shorts and white tee shirts did offer me a free drink however. They were Red Bull girls and things started looking up. My attention wandered to the sidewalk chalk artists. These students attacked the task at hand in the blazing noon day sun with gusto. The young woman in the foreground used a two fisted approach as she layered in the yellow and orange hair on her Henai creation. The artist in the black skull cap took a more somber view and half of his sidewalk square was filled in with pure black chalk.
On the stage in front of the entrance of the school, a group of man dressed in red sweats began a strength demonstration. They tore phone books in half, busted baseball bats and crushed a tower of cement blocks. Between bouts of destruction, they explained that they were destroying things for Jesus. Each of them at one point was at the top of their game living the plush life of a sports star, when for each, an unexpected injury bought them down and made them realize they were living only for themselves. When they discovered Jesus their lives were turned around. I applaud their dedication to destruction, but they would have been far more entertaining without the lecture.

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Katherine Tyrrell said...

Thomas - your images are taking a very long time to load.

I'm wondering if you've made your pics web-ready?

I always reduce mine to 72 dpi and then generally to around 500-600 pixels longest dimension. That keeps to about 100KB and then they load really fast.

Thor said...

Thanks for letting me know. Images are 72 DPI and 600 Pixels wide GIF format. I will switch to JPG format, let me know if things speed up.

vani pereira said...

Lindo!!que vc continue fazendo cada vez mais trabalhos lindo como este.

Thor said...

Thank you Vani.