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2nd Day of My Trip to Washington, D.C.

by Jon Pinney on September 20, 2010

So I realize I’m not a good blogger lol :)

Life just moves so fast and I don’t always find the time to catch up here.  I will try to do better…

Anyway, I did have an awesome time in D.C., and in my last post I mentioned that on my second day we saw one of my favorite monuments of all.  It was way bigger than I expected, and was just beautiful.  It’s always been one of my favorites, and having my brother there to explain it’s significance and the story behind what it depicts made it even more special.  The monument I’m talking about was the Iwo Jima Memorial – the memorial of the Marine Corp.  If you ever go to D.C. and have an opportunity to see this monument up close, I think you should.

Washington DC Iwo Jima Memorial Front

Washington DC Iwo Jima Memorial with family

Here's me and my brother and sister at the memorial

Washington DC Iwo Jima Memorial Back

My favorite picture of the memorial... beautiful

I loved the following view.  You can see the Memorial in the foreground of the picture, and the Washington Monument and the Capitol Building in the distance.

Washington DC Iwo Jima Memorial, Washington Monument, Capitol Building

And I loved the quote on the back of the monument by Admiral Chester A. Nimitz, when describing the soldiers on Iwo Jima island:  “Uncommon valor was a common virtue”.

Uncommon valor was a common virtue

Anyway, I loved the trip.  Can’t wait to go back and visit again :)

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My Photographic Trip to Washington, D.C. – 1st Day

by Jon Pinney on August 25, 2010

So a couple weeks ago I went to Baltimore for a conference.  My sister lives in Washington, D.C., a mere 45 minutes from Baltimore, so of course I went a few days early to go sightseeing.  I went to D.C. once when I was thirteen, so I was excited for another opportunity.

My older brother also went, and together the three of us had two days of sightseeing.

Washington, D.C. Temple

So, first on our stop was the Washington, D.C. temple for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I have never seen a more majestic building.  I’d seen it in photos, but nothing compares to seeing it firsthand.

Washington, D.C. Temple with Jon, Ashley, and Ryan

Breathtaking…

Breathtaking Washington, D.C. Temple

Beautiful and powerful…

View of Washington, D.C. Temple

I was trying to think of the word that best describes this edifice, and I decided that MAJESTIC was the best word.  If you ever get a chance to see this building in person, take it.  It is well worth it.

Washington, D.C. Marine Corp Museum Photo

After our trip to the Washinton, D.C. temple, we headed over to the Marine Corp Museum.  As you can see from the image below, my older brother was in the Marines (as well as the Army and Air Force).

Washington, D.C. Marine Core Museum

Inside I got to wear a sample 120 pound backpack (what our soldiers wear, without a weapon or body armor… it was heavy).  Sorry the image is blurry – my sister doesn’t know how to take pictures with my camera lol :)

Washington, D.C. Marine Backpack

At the end of the tour, I found the part that hit me the most… I was in the Dominican Republic when it happened, but I still felt the shock of it.

New York Times 9 11 Newspaper Clipping

I almost cried as I stood there looking at the memorabilia from that day: photographs, items found in the debris, and newspaper clippings telling the story of my nation’s dark day.

The Washington Post 9 11 Newspaper Clippings

Part of me is sad I was not here in America to feel what everyone else felt; to see the patriotism; to feel the unity of the nation I love.  I hope a day like this never happens again.

After the Marine Corp Museum we went to the Capitol Mall (where all of the monuments are).  We saw the Washington Monument and then the Capitol building (I couldn’t help it… I had to take the next photo.  It’s me holding up the Capitol Building!).

Jon Holding Up the Washington Capitol Building

Then we drove by the Supreme Court and visited the Lincoln Memorial.

Lincoln Memorial In Washington, D.C.Jon In Front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

After that we went to the Vietnam Memorial (it was cool seeing it at night, but unfortunately none of my photos turned out).  And our final stop on our 1st Day was the Jefferson Memorial.  We were dead tired by the time we got there, but it was my favorite site of the day, with the exception of the Washington, D.C. temple.  It stood all alone away from the other monuments, yet the structure itself was beautiful.  I didn’t get a good picture of Jefferson or the outside of the building, but I did manage to sneak in the following picture of myself…

Jon in the Jefferson Memorial Washington, D.C.

My next post will conclude my photographic trip through Washington D.C.  We got to see one of my favorite monuments, and I had no idea it was so huge.  Tune in tomorrow (or possibly the next day…) for Day 2 of my trip :)

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Smiling Is Great

by Jon Pinney on February 4, 2010

I just have to say that since yesterday when I wrote my last post I have been smiling pretty much non stop… It is a great feeling. :)

Here’s the proof:

Jon Pinney Smiling

Here I Am Smiling!!!! :)

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My Historic Photographic Trip Through New York City

by Jon Pinney on October 15, 2009

I recently went to New York City to help my sister move apartments.  While not my first time there, it definitely had some of my most memorable New York City moments.  Carrying mattresses, desks, and other random household items through the financial district (by Wall Street and Broadway) was definitely one of them.  The others however all had to do with the historic sites I was able to visit.

First things first, I visited my sister at work.  She’s an Associate Producer with National Geographic.  Here we are in her office:

Me and My Sis at her Work (National Geographic TV)

Me and My Sis at her Work (National Geographic TV)

The first historic place I visited was the World Trade Center plaza.  The big empty space behind me is where the twin towers used to stand.  It’s crazy to think that only two buildings took up that entire space, and that they fell…

Where the Twin Towers used to stand

Where the Twin Towers used to stand

The following morning my sister and I went to Liberty Island.  While on the way, I came across this monument titled “The Sphere.”  I cried.

The Sphere Monument in New York City Battery Park

The Sphere Monument in NYC Battery Park

It was originally a monument to World Peace at the World Trade Center plaza.  The remains of this monument were salvaged and placed in Battery Park.  Below is the plaque that describes the monument.  There was also a flame in front of the monument that isn’t pictured.

The Sphere Monument Description in New York City Battery Park

The Sphere Monument Description in New York City Battery Park

When we arrived to buy tickets to Liberty Island, there was no one in line.  It was 8 am on a Friday morning–the perfect time to buy tickets to and visit the Statue of Liberty.  We were early enough to avoid the huge line, but not too early to stand in line with the early birds (who were all already waiting inside to get on the ferry).  We got on the first ferry out to the island.  I took a lot of pictures.

My Sister Ashley and I in front of the Statue of Liberty

My Sister and me in front of the Statue of Liberty

As we got closer to the Statue of Liberty, my sis took a picture of me and Lady Liberty.

Me and the Statue of Liberty

Me and the Statue of Liberty

She is such a beautiful statue.  I seriously took about 100 pictures of her.  Here are some of my favorites…

Lady Liberty

Lady Liberty

The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty

My Favorite Picture of The Statue of Liberty

After climbing up into the Statue of Liberty and all around the base and taking a bazillion photos, we hopped back onto the ferry and headed back to NYC.  I can see why the idea of The Statue of Liberty had such an amazing effect on the people coming to America.  Below is one of the quotes I saw in the museum of someone who had recently arrived in New York early last century.

Quote Inside the Statue Of Liberty Museum

Quote Inside the Statue Of Liberty Museum

Overall this trip was a lot of fun.  I was really glad to be able to see my sister and also many of the historic sites in New York City.  As a final picture, this was one I took somewhere on 6th Avenue (I think).  I put the camera on a mailbox and had it take the picture of us.  My sister kept telling me the camera would get stolen, but I had faith in the good people of New York City that they wouldn’t take it.  Plus I figured I could run as fast as any of them.

My Sis, Me, and Lyle somewhere in NYC

My Sis, Me, and Lyle somewhere in NYC

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How Can You Tell If He’s Into You?

by Jon Pinney on September 25, 2009

Is He Into You?

Is He Into You?

Good question.  It’s a question that gets asked by both sides about the opposite sex.

It seems to me that in our society we have a hard time making up our minds.  We’re always looking for the next best thing, the next exciting thing, the next attractive thing.  This also carries over to our romantic relationships.  Oftentimes we are too caught up thinking about the next person we’ll meet or see that we fail to fully engage with the ones we see right now.  (I am guilty of this also).

I know a girl that can’t tell if a guy is into her.  She told me the signs, what he’s doing, why she thinks he might be interested…  He flirts with her, he finds random excuses to talk to her, she often catches him looking at her.

She also mentioned the other signs why he may not be into her…  He never asks her out; she’s invited him a few times to hangout and he always has an excuse.

She’s having a hard time deciding if he’s into her or not.  Should she hope for a relationship with him or just forget about him and move on?  It can be a frustrating situation to be in.

Is He Into You?

Is He Into You?

In my opinion, if a guy is interested, he will pursue.  That means he’ll ask her out or find ways to spend time with her.  He’ll get her phone number and communicate with her through text or phone calls.  If you work with him, he will find reasons to hang out with you outside of work.  These are all ways that guys show they are interested.  If he doesn’t do these things, it means (in almost every situation) that he is not interested.

If he was interested, he would make it obvious.

But what about the flirting, the looks, the random questions or excuses to talk, etc.?

They are good signs, no doubt, but are not enough.  Many guys (and girls) like to flirt.  They can be attracted physically, emotionally, or intellectually.  Because of these attractions, they may give you attention.  But if they are not trying to move the relationship to a deeper level than just flirting, they are probably not interested in doing so.  If they were, they would do it.

Now I know there are exceptions out there.  We learn about them in the movie “He’s Just Not That Into You.”  But that’s what they are: exceptions.

Is He Into You?

Is He Into You?

If you are really frustrated and need to know for sure one way or the other, I suggest confronting the guy and asking him.  Say something like this:  “Hey I’ve noticed you’re sending me a lot of mixed signals; I can’t tell if you’re interested in pursuing a relationship or just flirting for fun.  Which is it?”

Then the guy can let you know.  This could potentially make the situation awkward, but won’t if you don’t let it.  If he’s interested in pursuing a relationship, then great; good thing you asked.  If he’s not, well, at least you know, and now you can move on.

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My Photographic Walk Through Chicago

by Jon Pinney on September 22, 2009

This evening I decided to take a walk through the city.  I think it’s supposed to rain again tomorrow so I figured this would be my best opportunity.  I brought my camera with me and decided it would be fun to document my walk.

Here I am at the beginning of my walk, still in the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown.  I’m about to get on the elevator.

Here I am about to enter the elevator

Here I am about to enter the elevator

From right outside the hotel I had a beautiful view of the Chicago River, Michigan Avenue Bridge, and these two historic buildings.  The one on the left is the Wrigley Building.  The one on the right is the Tribune Tower.

The Wrigley Building (on the left) and the Chicago Tribune Tower (on the right)

The Wrigley Building (on the left) and the Chicago Tribune Tower (on the right)

When I reached the side of the bridge, I noticed some stairs that went down.  As I descended I found my first spot for a self-portrait.  You’ll notice I found lots of these spots…

My First Chicago Self Portrait

My First Chicago Self Portrait

Right around the corner from here (directly under the bridge) I found my second spot for a self-portrait.  Keep in mind that I’m here in this city by myself.  I wanted to be in pictures to remind me of where I was (plus pictures are much more exciting with people in them).

Under the Michigan Avenue Bridge

Under the Michigan Avenue Bridge

After I crossed under the bridge and tried a few more self-portraits, I went back up top and crossed over the bridge.  On my way I took a blurry picture of the Chicago River and the buildings on each side of it (it was really pretty but the picture didn’t turn out).  Then there was a guy playing a drum and singing.  Another guy was taking a picture, so I took a picture of him taking a picture (not shown here).  Then I walked down Michigan Avenue, also known as “The Magnificent Mile” at this point because of all the shopping etc.  Here is a picture of me and the Magnificent Mile :)

Me on the Magnificent Mile (Michigan Avenue)

Me on the Magnificent Mile (Michigan Avenue)

You may have noticed by now that I haven’t been smiling.  It’s funny how you don’t often think of smiling when you’re taking a picture of yourself.  I didn’t really notice till after that all of the pictures were so serious.  I actually had a great time and lots of fun.

While looking for more cool spots for self-portraits, I ran into Mike.  He was from somewhere near the slums and wanted to share some Positive Poetry with me.  It was pretty cool.  After I asked if I could take a picture with him.  I liked his glasses.

Me and Mike after he shared his Positive Poetry

Me and Mike after he shared his Positive Poetry

After wandering for another 15 minutes or so, I eventually found myself at a bus stop.  Here I am waiting…

Here I am waiting for the bus

Here I am waiting for the bus

While there I noticed the advertisement at the bus stop echoed the sentiments I was feeling for my friends and family.

Meet me out here

Join me out here

After waiting for the bus (which never showed up), I decided to continue my walk.  I found myself in a beautiful garden with a bunch of yellow lights.  It was really cool.  The lights were very dim and created a surreal ambience.  It was very calming, so of course I decided to take a picture…

Me in the Garden of Light

Me in the Garden of Light

When in such as a place as the Garden of Light, you can’t help but begin to think of the mysteries of the universe…  I got so caught up in one those mysteries that I had to take a moment to contemplate.  So I parked myself on this bench and began to consider:  why are these the only lights that are out?

Me contemplating the mysteries of universe

Me contemplating the lights

At this point, I’m getting tired of my walk through town.  I’ve taken a bunch of pictures, and am satisfied with what I’ve seen. Chicago is a beautiful city, and I have enjoyed visiting her each time I’ve had the opportunity.  Luckily, my path took me in a big circle and I was nearing my hotel.  As I was about to arrive, I found a final self-portrait location.  It was another Garden of Lights, though this time it was hanging :)  After waiting for tons of people to clear out (so I could get a good shot), I finally took my favorite photo of the evening.

My final Chicago self-portrait under the Hanging Garden of Lights

My final Chicago self-portrait under the Hanging Garden of Lights

After this I was home free and only about 100 feet from my final destination… my hotel.  I hope you have enjoyed My Photographic Walk Through Chicago.  I know I did :)  As a final goodbye, I leave you with a bonus photo.  Enjoy!

Photographic Art by Jon Pinney

Photographic Art by Jon Pinney

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Benton Paul At The Boardwalk In Sacramento

by Jon Pinney on September 19, 2009

Last night I went and saw Benton Paul at the Boardwalk in Sacramento (it’s actually in Orangevale or Citrus Heights…).  It was an awesome show.  He was playing with Brooke White and Michael Johns from American Idol Season 7.

Benton Paul Live at The Boardwalk last night

Benton Paul Live at The Boardwalk last night

Besides being one of my good friends, he is an excellent musician and songwriter.  If you’ve never heard any of his music, please take a listen to the following songs.  The first is a cover of Yellow (by Coldplay) from his live show at the E Center with David Archuletta.

This second is my favorite song of his: The Devil. If you look close in this video you might be able to see me in the third row or so. This is a live video recording from his CD release show last year. :)

After the show I took a photo with him, and then we sat down and chatted for awhile about life.

Benton Paul and I after his show at the Boardwalk

Benton Paul and I after his show at the Boardwalk

Benton and I after his show... Here we are chatting on the Boardwalk (literally a walkway made of boards)

Benton and I after his show... Here we are chatting on the Boardwalk (literally a walkway made of boards)

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9/11 Tribute Videos. Where I was. Where were you?

by Jon Pinney on September 11, 2009

Since it is now officially the 8th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 9/11, I decided I would include a Tribute post.  I started looking through YouTube to find appropriate videos and soon found myself crying, in shock, in awe, and biting my nails as I waited to see again the second collision.  Knowing it would happen only made it worse.

On 9/11/2001 I was serving a mission for my church in the Dominican Republic.  I remember exactly where I was when I found out something had happened in America.  My companion and I couldn’t get good information until we went to a member’s house and turned on CNN.  That’s when I saw what had happened.  We watched and rewatched the footage over and over.  It was surreal.  I wish I could’ve been here in America when it happened.  I’ve been told that American Flags were displayed everywhere and that the Nation was completely United.

I was only going to include one video, but I couldn’t find just one that had everything I wanted to share.  So, I’ve included many.  Watch whichever ones you want, just make sure and remember.

If you can, please leave a comment with where you were and what you were doing that day.  You can include any feelings you had as well.

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Labor Day: Lots of Fun. Little Labor.

by Jon Pinney on September 8, 2009

Happy Labor Day! :)

Today was an awesome day.  I slept in.

Then I got up and headed over to my parent’s house to go swimming.  I invited some friends over, and we had a nice enjoyable day by the pool.

The best part was when one of them pulled out the camera… We started taking a ton of crazy pictures.  I’ve included some of my favorites here.  I hope you enjoy.

Our Best Group Jump

Our Best Group Jump

Pep Talk: Getting Ready to Do Tricks

Pep Talk: Getting Ready to Do Tricks

My First Trick:  Going Vertical

My First Trick: Going Vertical

Oh ow, ah hot hot... Should I go in or not?

Oh ow, ah hot hot... Should I go in or not?

Second Trick 1st Attempt: Superman

Second Trick 1st Attempt: Superman

Trick 2 Success:  Superman!

Trick 2 Success: Superman!

And finally the women attacked us.

And finally the women attacked us.

At this point, we decided it was time to do something else.  We went and ate at Quizno’s (I got the Turkey Bacon Guacamole… yum) and then headed to my place for smoothies, a movie, and a nap.  The movie we chose:  Far and Away–with Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise.  I have to say that’s one of my favorite movies, though it is really long.  We thought we’d take a nap while watching the movie (there were 8 of us) though I don’t think anyone ever fell asleep.

My favorite line and moment from the movie…  Joseph (Tom Cruise) says to Stephen (Thomas Gibson) right after he throws him from his horse into the river:  “We’re not in Ireland anymore, you arrogant bastard.”

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Inspirational Provo, Utah Sunday Morning

by Jon Pinney on April 28, 2009

This past Sunday I drove back from Utah.  I was on vacation visiting friends and attending my friend Michele’s wedding.

As I left Shane’s apartment on Sunday, I stepped into the most beautiful and peaceful Utah morning I have ever experienced.  It was clean and crisp, and the clouds hung low over the eastern mountains.  It felt like the Earth had renewed itself through the previous night and was just beginning to wake.  I stood there for a few minutes and just soaked in the feeling of renewal.

Luckily, I had the impression to take a picture.  Understandably, the picture doesn’t capture the full beauty of the moment…

inspirational-provo-utah-morning

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