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Waxhaw, NC, United States
photoEdge is a photography studio in Waxhaw, NC. My passion is photographing people, whether at weddings, as babies, or in families. You can check out my business web site at www.photo-edge.com.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Crayola box of Brown

Being from California, I have never experienced a true fall. There are about 5 tiny trees lining the K-Mart parking lot by my house in CA that change color. In order to change this sad fact, myself and 3 friends decided to take the day off of work and head up to Grandfather Mountain. The colors started getting more and more beautiful the higher we got. Until of course we actually reached the mountains and started seeing snow on the ground. Yep, snow. Not much, it was more like ice at this point, but snow none the less. At that point the trees started to change (aka have no leaves at all). My friend described the view as a "Crayola box of browns." Plus, Grandfather Mountain was actually closed due to wind.

Side note: This reminds me of being at Disneyland waiting in the giant mob of people in excited anticipation of fireworks only to hear the announcement saying "Fireworks have been cancelled due to high winds about the magic kingdom."

Even though our plans had been spoiled, we still managed to have an amazing day and even found a random trail on the side of the road that led us through the trees, over a bridge, next to a small waterfall and then to our great relief, directly back to our car!

Here are a few pictures for your entertainment.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Tasha & Kyle

This past weekend, Tasha & Kyle got married at the beautiful Coker Ranch in Lancaster, SC. The ceremony took place overlooking a pond at sunset. All morning long we were praying the sun would come out and the rain would stay away. An hour and a half before the ceremony it was answered! Everything turned out beautifully and the bridal party danced the night away under the stars.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

WVFD Training Fire

Another Waxhaw Fire Department Training Fire happened on Monday, Oct 13th. Once again... it was incredible :o) It never ceases to amaze me how exciting yet terrifying these fires are! I was sure the barn was going to collapse on the guys inside, but of course they had everything under control :o) Here's a quick little slideshow I put together. If you want to see even more pics go to the following link:

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Alyssa & Christopher

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Goodbye D2622027...

Well, it's official. I no longer have my California drivers license. I tried to wait as long as possible, but the time has come. Technically -well, I guess it's actually legally- I should've gotten my new license 60-90 days after moving here. That would've been April 18, 2007. As you can see, I'm well past that date!! But I just didn't want to give it up... for a few reasons:

1- It's my last official document from the wonderful state of California.
2- The pictures is priceless!! It was taken when I was 15 1/2. Bangs. Glasses. Overalls. Classic.
3- It always provides entertainment when someone is checking my ID. Either they don't believe the picture is actually me. Or they can't find my birth date.
4- This particular card holds great memories of going horseback riding on my 21st birthday, losing the card in the sand at Half Moon Bay, and having to pay for a replacement before celebrating.
5- It glows under black lights which I didn't learn until about 3 weeks ago.

North Carolina has a law that requires you to relinquish your license to the DMV upon getting a new one. I tried to convince the man that he should just poke a bunch of holes - not just one - in the card and let me keep it. But alas, he wouldn't let me. He did however promise to make it last as long as possible tonight during the "Shredding Party".

I finally broke down and got the NC license for a couple reasons. One being I wanted to register to vote in the upcoming election and needed to do so by October 10th. The other reason is that somewhere down the road one of these NC officers of the law, is not going to be so nice and just "let it slide." I've been stopped by the police 4 times since moving here. Just so you know... only one of those times was because I was pulled over and I didn't get a ticket. The other 3 were those fun little road blocks. Anyway... every time I've been stopped, the kind officer proceeds to tell me that I need to have a NC license and should've had one for a LONG time now. But that's all they ever do. One guy even said "I'm not going to write you a ticket though. I'll save that for the next guy." I don't want to meet "the next guy." So, I got a new license.

It was not as quick and easy as I had hoped. I was going to do this Monday morning, but was too exhausted from our busy weekend to wake up. So I opted for Tuesday. Being the night owl that I am, I still did not make it out of the house this morning at 7:30am as planned. It was closer to 9am. After being on the road for about 5 minutes I realized I had forgotten my book. That meant I would have to sit there doing nothing in those wonderful DMV lines. Oh well. I make it to the road and proceed to drive up........ and down. And up............ and down. I can not find this stupid DMV for the life of me! I'm starting to get irritated at this point because I now only have about an hour to complete this process and who knows how long I'll have to wait. Plus, I managed to spill coffee all over my shirt!

I decided at this point that it wasn't worth it and I was just going to go home and try again on Thursday. I turned onto this lovely little road and went around beautiful little curve to be surprised by what?!?? A road block!! This will be the 4th road block with my CA license. I thought to myself - "Great... maybe he's gonna be the "next guy" and write me the ticket. But I bet he knows where the DMV is!!!" I pull up the the state trooper, roll down my window, hand him my license and see that look I've seen before. It's the one that is directly followed by "How long have you lived here? You know you're supposed to have a NC license within 60-90 days of moving?" Instead of letting him get all of this out I stopped him and said "Maybe you can help me. I'm actually looking for the DMV to replace this but I can't find it!!" At this he chuckled and gave me directions. I made my nice little U-turn and headed back for the DMV. I found it this time :o)

But that's not where the story ends. You see, I sat down and after trying to convince the guy to let me keep my card, he said it was time for my "vision/sign" test. I did excellent on that until the very end. The last 4 unmarked signs you have to identify are:

I got the first one right. For the life of me I could not figure out the last 4!! Pathetic, I know. In my defense though, they will NEVER put up one of those signs without the black lines, words or pictures!! The man was nice enough to "look the other way" while I glanced at the cheat sheet!
--- 10 points if you can name all four---
After that whole incident I felt like a COMPLETE idiot and prayed I wouldn't make any stupid mistakes on the test and have to restart this whole process. Luckily, I aced the test :o)

Now I have a brand new North Carolina drivers license with a rather decent picture of me and a lighthouse in the background. (I chose the light house because he explained my options as "Do you like flying, the beach, the state or _______" - I don't remember the last choice. Obviously I went for the beach!!!)

And now I'm going to take a moment of silence in remembrance of CA D2622027 - the license that is no more.

Amber & Jason