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July 13th, 2005

A driveway moment...

From today's obits... I love that these two passed within four days of each other.

HAROLD AMOS STREETER, 92, of Raleigh, NC died peacefully on Tuesday, July 5, 2005. His loving wife of 68 years, Evelyn Ruth Offringa Streeter, 90, passed away several days later on Saturday, July 9, 2005.



I met Eric (innoman), David Del Toro, and Jody (the guy we met at karaoke last night) for lunch at Panera Bread at Brier Creek for lunch today. Earlier in the day, I'd heard a commercial of theirs on the radio, which stated that all stores now had wireless Internet access. Sure enough, someone at lunch had their laptop up.

Driving to Panera's, I heard the most fascinating story on NPR -- definitely one of those "driveway moments." The story was about a photograph dubbed, "The Green-Eyed Afghan Girl," taken in Peshawar, Pakistan in 1984 by Steve McCurry, which has become quite famous. About the picture and photographer:

The photographer Steve McCurry disguised himself in Pashtun clothing, and headed into the mountains of eastern Afghanistan in the late 1970s at a time when the Afghan war with the Russians was fierce and dangerous. He wasn't sure at the time if he was doing the right thing; he was certainly not to know that it was the start of such an illustrious career as a photojournalist. His photographs of faces from the front line and portraits of ordinary people in war zones have become the trademark of his work. For the past 25 years, McCurry has spent most of his time on the road, and always in search of those perfect shots. He found one at a refugee camp in Pakistan and his haunting image of the 12 year-old green eyed girl is now among the most recognized photographs in the world. Telling stories with picture.

The story interviews Mr. McCurry and a colleague of his who spent many years looking for the orphan refugee in this picture. The gist of that search is highlighted here.

What I found particularly interesting was the end of the (audio) story on NPR, where they talked about finally finding "the girl," who was then 27, but "now looked 57," and how she, and her family, were "compensated." It's well worth a listen. The NPR story can be listened to from this page or by clicking here: .

Here are "then" and "now" pictures:

12 Years Old in 1985

Now




I met with Nathan today, and we discussed how we're going to "finance" my TATW, pretty much narrowing it down to two options -- with those "rolling CDs" with a no-lose, 5% interest cap ones tied to the NASDAQ (I believe it is), or with some high-grade corporate bonds with a 2-year maturity. Always a pleasure working with Nathan.



Dancing was fun tonight. We had a decent amount of dancers, and the crowd wasn't too thin. Steven (a311renegade) made a long-overdue appearance, and "jumped right back on the horse." (Good job!) Gerald stopped by with his sister, Jan, who he introduced to us, and we (he and I) shared a fun Shadow Dance. My favorite dance of the evening was my waltz with Robert. Loved it.

At home, after showering, we almost completed a very challenging crossword puzzle. Yeah, us!

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