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Monday, November 10, 2008

11/11: My Birthday, Your Gift

Well, tomorrow's the b-day.

This year's birthday seems so much about wanting to look forward, to look forward to. I can't help but be excited about what might happen in the coming year.

The day seems like a present waiting to have its bow untied.

I have decided to make a present. It's been fun giving stuff to you guys (Kath, you're next!).
So I think I'll give one of you a copy of my next photo book: The Mission, San Francisco Series, Vol. 2.

I'm almost done with the collection of photos, and if I know I have someone to send a book to then it will be more of an incentive to put the finishing touches on it and get it out the door to be printed.


I've been falling in love with the Mission. The colors, the life in the people, the unexpected surprises.
It's been hard to choose the photos for this book because there are so many that I love.

The one below in particular has a sweet story behind it. I was walking down Clarion Alley, which is filled with some of the most amazing murals in San Francisco. Taking photos left and right, I heard a giggle above me.

There was a young Hispanic boy, camera pointed at me, ready to take a picture of yet another picture taker wandering under his window. We laughed as we snapped photos of each other and gave each other a thumb's up at the end of our little impromptu session. Two photographers happy with their work.

This photo in particular felt like a gift to me when I took it, and even now as I remember the story of it. So it would be great to share even more of the story with you, so you can see what hours of walking and looking have come to lately.


So no special requirements. Just leave a comment if you'd like to be in the drawing and I'll pick a name. All of you guys, even my little lurkers. First time visitor or long-time buddy, wherever you live in the world. How about we have the drawing on Friday?

It will be nice to give you a present. You're always so encouraging and thoughtful! And so nice to have around.



Brenda@View From The Pines November 10, 2008 at 5:29 PM  

Well, I don't know quite where you are on the age thing. But I will tell you here and now, at nearly 52, that something surprising happens at about 50. You firmly speak your mind and don't give a damn otherwise. Happy Birthday, whatever the number happens to be!

Elizabeth November 10, 2008 at 5:39 PM  

Happy Birthday Tangobaby, You are a delight!

ModernTanguera November 10, 2008 at 5:57 PM  

Happy birthday! I always find myself smiling as I read your blog, so here's to many more smiles to come! :)

NYC Tango Pilgrim November 10, 2008 at 6:37 PM  

Happy birthday, my dear cyber friend!

julochka November 10, 2008 at 8:45 PM  

happy, happy, happy birthday to you. may you continue to enlighten us with your clever postings and fabulous (i can't really stop using that word) photos for many years to come.

/the other julie

Mtnhighmama November 10, 2008 at 9:16 PM  

Oh, Happiest of Birthdays to you Tomorrow! I will have a cupcake to celebrate!

mrs. sarah ott November 10, 2008 at 10:15 PM  

I hope you have a fasicating birthday, Tangobaby. i cant wait to see you're new book. it seems like such a colorful world and i love color so much. you are an absolutely fascinating person and i'm glad to know you in some world wide web way. : )

A Cuban In London November 11, 2008 at 1:32 AM  

Happy Birthday, fellow Scorpio!

Greetings from London.

paris parfait November 11, 2008 at 3:48 AM  

You know I can't wait to see this book, whether or not my name is drawn. So get busy, Birthday Girl and maybe a special treat will arrive for you. xoxox

Jeanne November 11, 2008 at 4:38 AM  

Happy Birthday
May Heaven smile and hear your every wish.
Love Jeanne

d i a n a m u s e November 11, 2008 at 6:24 AM  

Traits of the Scorpion (according to some random website that I found):

Determined and forceful.
Emotional and intuitive.
Powerful and passionate.
Exciting and magnetic.

Sounds like someone we know.

Happiest of birthdays to exciting, magnetic - and gorgeous - you.

Gillian November 11, 2008 at 7:53 AM  

I love the story of the two photographers!!!! Delightful!!!! That makes me smile.
Okay put my name in, even though I am new!! I love your blog so that has got to count.
Happy Birthday!!! Did you know that 111 is my favourite number!
Enjoy yourself and have a ton of fun.
Off to read something I spy below...

Marilyn Miller, the Marmalady November 11, 2008 at 7:55 AM  

Happy Birthday!
I once lived in the Mission District for a few days. What a colorful place.

Bill Stankus November 11, 2008 at 7:56 AM  

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday Dear J
Happy birthday to you

And many more!

Joan November 11, 2008 at 8:48 AM  

Happy Birthday!
May this year bring you all your heart desires :)

The boy in the window... what a gift indeed.
As a former California girl I cannot wait to see the beauty you are gathering to press between two covers.
Your work is gorgeous and totally infused with your spirit too :)

Congratulations on the new book, and Happy Birthday again!!

dutchbaby November 11, 2008 at 8:58 AM  

Happy happy birthday, Tangobaby! I should have bought you a glass of champagne last Friday! Will you take a raincheck?

me November 11, 2008 at 9:15 AM  

Happy B-day!

Kath November 11, 2008 at 10:00 AM  

Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday to you!

Happy birthday Madam President

Happy birthday to yooooooooooooou!

*sung of course in my very best marilyn monroe voice!


P November 11, 2008 at 10:01 AM  

Wonderful pictures. I love. Happy birthday now, in case I am a deadbeat tomorrow.


Evelyn November 11, 2008 at 10:18 AM  

I'm new to your blog, but I've already added it to 'my favorites.' As a native Californian, I would love to win your colorful book and re-visit home. Why did I ever move away? Happy Birthday!

Molly November 11, 2008 at 11:03 AM  

Happy birthday!
Thanks for all the wonderful posts over the election period and beyond. I'll be rooting for you in 2012, and for on Friday when you draw for the book!
Have a super day all about YOU!

My Castle in Spain November 11, 2008 at 11:28 AM  

dearest tango girl
oh..i'm sure your new book is gonna be fab!
wish you lots of happiness !!!

big hugs

Vanessa November 11, 2008 at 11:53 AM  

Happy birthday, my dear! You are a joy.

willow November 11, 2008 at 12:00 PM  

Happy, happy, happy! Hope you and yours enjoy the festivities!!

Willow x x

birdtweets November 11, 2008 at 1:00 PM  

oh how i have missed you and missed you! i absolutely believe in horoscopes as of this very minute.. that description....
"Determined and forceful.
Emotional and intuitive.
Powerful and passionate.
Exciting and magnetic"
it is you isn't it!!!!?
magnetic is a good word for what you are.
a happy, belated birthday to you my dearest!!!

p.s. yes, yeah!! here i am coming over to visit you! i decided to join rachel at work today for her 8 hour shift so i could have a little on-line time to visit everyone without the pressure of connection issues.
and i am glad i did. i wouldn't have wanted to miss your birthday by even one minute longer than i already have. your photography i reaching new heights of passion and skill! and i have been working hard too ... i love that we are on parallel paths of passion :)
i have so loved your visits while i have been away. it feels like you are visiting me in a sick room.. it means so much when people send little bouquets of kind thoughts.

mrs. sarah ott November 11, 2008 at 1:24 PM  

ooh can i add my name to the drawing twice? teeheehee

Carol November 11, 2008 at 1:25 PM  

Happy Birthday!!! I especially love the black and white photo of the boy. Wonderful interaction :-)

Johanna November 11, 2008 at 2:23 PM  


And many more!

Sweets and surprises for you all day.

Christina November 11, 2008 at 2:36 PM  

I love you, dear friend. ; )

PS: You know I'm claiming that pic "photographer vs. photographer. ; ) Brilliant, love!

Happy Birthday!

Octavine Illustration November 11, 2008 at 2:39 PM  

happy birthday to you my most dear tangobaby. the photos are amazing. you are both an inspiration and a stabilizing force for me. i thank you most heartily and wish you another year of incredible creative pursuit

mademoisellechitchat November 11, 2008 at 4:13 PM  

Happy! Happy!

Enjoy YOUR day.

Blue Sky Dreaming November 11, 2008 at 5:01 PM  

Happiest Birthday to you! The day is a great day to be born and for me it was a great day to be married two years ago! Enjoy your birthday all day and the year ahead...dream big!!
Scorpio too in Santa Cruz,
Mary Ann

Red Shoes November 11, 2008 at 6:06 PM  

Happy birthday, darling.

Debbi November 11, 2008 at 8:25 PM  

I wish you the grandest of all days, filled with your favorite things! I hope you have a wonderful day of love and celebration!

Elizabeth November 11, 2008 at 8:36 PM  

happy, happy day!

I love the photographer vs photographer story. :)

Amanda November 12, 2008 at 5:14 AM  

Oh Happy day! A birthday AND a giveaway! Hope your day was great!

msHedgehog November 12, 2008 at 12:16 PM  

Happy birthday Tangobaby! You're a hoot.


rochambeau November 12, 2008 at 2:31 PM  

Dear Tangobaby,
I'm late! Can we still dance and sing? I'm glad you were born, I'm glad you like to Tango~baby! I'm glad that you respect the beautiful place you live by documenting it! I'm glad to have met you.
May this be the start to your best year yet.
Happy Birthday!

TheElementary November 12, 2008 at 5:11 PM  

That's such a great story. The picture seems full of meaning anyhow, but having the history makes it more special. Your pictures and words are a breath of fresh air and vibrant colour, much needed.
Happy Birthday to you...

tangobaby November 13, 2008 at 3:50 PM  

Hello all! It's such a joy to write back to you...just bear with me...

@brenda: As far as the age thing goes, I'm too old to get carded but young enough where two guys wanted to give me their numbers/take me out for "coffee" last week. So I guess I'm doing okay. Thank you for the birthday wish!

@elizabeth, thank you sweetie!

@ModernTanguera: I'm so glad you find some smiles here. I do try. Thank you!

@NYC Tango Pilgrim, thank you, too. The only thing that would have made it nicer would be to have a birthday dance with you.

@julochka: I will if you will! I'm so glad there is another julie on the other side of the world who feels like a sister. xoxo

@mtnhighmama: I hope you thoroughly enjoyed the cupcake. Thank you for visiting!

@sarah: I did have a fun birthday excursion and I'll try to remember to tell you about it soon. You're a fascinating little lady yourself and I'm glad you're sharing the beauty of the real Alaska with me.

@cuban in london: Fellow Scorpio brother, a happy early birthday to you next week!

@paris parfait: my best laid plans...well, let's say I'm doing my best. I just received the GORGEOUS book and can't thank you enough here so I will in a separate email. XOXO

@Jeanne: Oh, thank you so much for visiting and for the lovely lovely wish! I'm so excited you're here. xoxo

@d i a n a m u s e: Sometimes I definitely live up to my reputation. Sometimes my stinger is broken though. ;-) Thank you for the glowing comment. I will paste this to my vanity mirror.

@gillian: It was a really cute moment. And thank you for putting your name in...I'm so glad you've become a visitor. I always enjoy reading your comments over at Tara's blog.

@Marilyn Miller: Thank you! And the Mission is just as colorful as you remember and I have the pictures to prove it. Hope you can come back to visit SF again sometime.

@bill: Song gladly received and played loudly (in my mind). thank you!

@Joan: Wow! What a lovely comment! Thank you, I'm so touched. xoxo

@dutchbaby: Absolutely. I'm up for champagne, kir royale, a gin fizz or whatever works! Thank you!

@me: Thank you, me! LOL.

@Kath: You always make me smile. I love Marilyn's song on a CD and listen to it once in a while. She was h-o-t! You sang it just like her!

@P: You can never be a deadbeat to me, my love.

@Evelyn: Hello, and welcome! I'm glad you made your first visit here a birthday wish. I'm flattered and also that you added me to your favorites--how lovely. I agree, you should come back. It's still very cool here. At least come for a visit.

@Molly: Hi Molly! I'm glad you're here too--I don't think we've met yet? I'll be sure to let you know tomorrow about the drawing. Thank you for the wishes!

@Lala: You give such great hugs. Someday I'll get a real one from you. xoxo

@Vanessa: Omigoodness, thank you! I'm glad we met!

@willow: I'm still enjoying them. I think this will be a birthday week instead of just a day. Thank you for being part of it!

@birdtweets: Ah, my lovely robin bird. I'm so glad you made it over here and always so touched to have a message from you. I hope you and your girls are well. We miss you when you're away. xoox

@sarah: Oh, you're a funny one. I'm glad you're so excited about the book!

@carol: That sounds like a story you might tell about your son someday. I can see you two taking photos of each other and having a grand time. Thank you for the birthday wishes.

@Johanna: Seeing that song boiled down to the letters is very fun and funny! Thank you for my surprises and the love.

@christina: I love you too. You are never far away from me. I will be sure to get you a photo of the photographer someday. xoxo

@Octavine Illustration: You're such a gifted artist. Hearing those compliments coming from you is a gift in itself. xoxo

@mademoisellechitchat: You know you have the best name, don't you? Thank you for visiting and for the Happy Happy!

@Blue Sky Dreaming: Oh congratulations on your wedding anniversary! I hope it was grand. And a very happy birthday to you as well, Scorpio sister!

@red shoes: Thank you honey. When am I getting my birthday hug? ;-)

@Elizabeth, welcome and thank you. That was one story I'll remember fondly for a long time.

@Amanda: My day was great, and I'm glad you're here, too. Yeah, I'm really loving giving away presents. It makes me happy!

@msHedgehog: Thank you, sweetie. If I crack you up a little, then I'm very glad to hear it. xoxo

@rochambeau: You're never late for me. Of course we can dance and sing. Come out here and we'll have a date, okay? We can go to Addison Papers together! Thanks for the love and the visit. xoxo

@TheElementary: I think I take the photos for the stories now as much as for the images themselves. I'm so glad you and I are buddies. xoxo

Relyn November 13, 2008 at 7:01 PM  

Well, you know how much I would love to win your next book, but I really do think I should buy this one. I said it before, but Happy Birthday, sweet friend.

Pare November 14, 2008 at 7:24 AM  


Here's to a brand new year!

Phivos Nicolaides November 17, 2008 at 10:15 AM  

Happy birthday tangobay, sweet sixteen!

tangobaby November 18, 2008 at 5:01 PM  

Hello Pare,

Have we met yet? ;-)

Thank you for the birthday visit and wishes!

Hi Phivos,

LOL. Sweet sixteen indeed. I would need some sort of mathematical formula to arrive at 16 again, but I'm pretty happy where I'm at now. Thank you for the birthday wishes!

koolricky November 23, 2008 at 12:02 PM  

I can't believe I missed your birthday! A very belated happy birthday, maybe I can make up for it when we dance together...
Happy birthday!!!