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Location: Smyrna, Tennessee, United States

As the title implies, I am Brent K. Moore. I married MariLynn Simons on Sept. 25, 1999. we attend Stewart's Creek Church of Christ. We have five pets, a dachshund, Slinkie, a malamute, Juno, and three rabbits, Ebunny and Ifurry, and now Houdini.

Friday, January 21, 2011

I spent $4.19 and I saved...

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Extreme couponing has been going well for several of my friends. Many of them are people I go to church with, because we had an Extreme Couponing seminar about a year ago. As if they're adding a trophy to their mantle, my friends will post on facebook how they spent $48 at Publix and got $120 worth of food. I think that is awesome for them.

Unfortunately, I'm not that coordinated. I suppose I could be that coordinated but I don't think I have the time to cut and organize coupons and stack them with the store coupons while waiting for the items to go on sale.

That's not going to stop me from having a little bit of fun. Today, I spent $4.19 at Big Lots and saved... How on Earth can you figure what you saved at Big Lots?

To begin with, I had a gift card from a friend, so the $4.19 was really everything not covered by that gift card.

Next, they still have a bunch of Christmas stuff leftover at 90% off. Yee-Haw. This is $25 worth of stuff for $2.50



Starting in the front and working backwards, there's...

1) a pound of Bratapfel-Stollen, which according to the footnote is Traditional German Baked Apple Fruitcake with 10% Almond Paste Filling. Almond paste almost sounds like food.
2) Festoso Panettone Italian Specialty Cake. I'd like to try something Specialty flavored.
3) GrandPaws mini P'nut Butter Flavored Dog Cookies. The footnote says it's Made with REAL Peanut Butterr. [sic] I suppose if it's really Peanut Butterr, could they drop the "Flavored" part of the title.
4) 75 years of Elvis Popcorn coin bank canister. I'm not a fan of Elvis. (I do like the song "Suspicious Minds.") I've sorta always wanted one of these, because I need somewhere to put all my pennies, plus it's uber-tacky. I just never wanted to pay $10 for one of these. I suspect when I'm not looking, my wife will throw this away after all the popcorn has been consumed.
5) 90ft. of giftwrap. You never can be too prepared.

Next, as a collector of sodas, I found four I'd never tried before



1) Frostop Orange & Cream. Frostop sounds like a joining of the words Frost and Stop. Huh.
2) Jarritos Tamarind. AKA the Jarritos Flavor I've never heard of before and that scares me a little bit.
3) Boylan Bottleworks Black Cherry. Boylan is good.
4) Red Bull Cola. I'm expecting this to taste terrible and give me wings. We shall see.

Everything else (or Real food.)



1) Oh, oh, spagetthi-o's
2) Wolf Brand Chili. (not actually made with wolf meat.)
3) Salsa
4) Brent & MariLynn brand baked beans
5) Progresso Minestrone
6) Sunny D acceptable alternative to Orange juice.
7) Hormel gooey dinner in a bag
8) Apple juice. (Some apples were harmed in the making of this blog post.)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Look out, I'm about to Wax Poetic about soda.

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The Country Mountain Dew and the City Mountain Dew

The Country Mountain Dew and the City Mountain Dew

The City Mountain Dew was purchased among the hustle and bustle while walking downtown Knoxville.
The Country Mountain Dew was purchased at Davis Gen. Mdse. during a leisurely drive through rural Williamson County, TN.

The City Mountain Dew comes in a sleek 12oz. longneck and should be enjoyed at a frenzied pace.
The Country Mountain Dew comes in a short and pudgy 10oz. bottle and should be enjoyed on a relaxing afternoon.

The City Mountain Dew has the latest MD logo painted directly on the bottle.
The Country Mountain Dew has the logo printed on styrofoamy-paper, the way it used to be when I was a child and I'd tear off the label in horizontal strips round and round.

I think I'll drink both of them today.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

2010 Photography Year in Review

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Being a Semi-pro photographer, I like to take a moment and reflect on what happened in 2010. As a number cruncher, I also like to look at stats and chart positions and the like. It's fun to remember where I've been as I look forward.

You don't have to keep reading if you don't want. I'm doing this for myself, but if you find this type of thing interesting, feel free to keep reading.

I did one of these in 2008. I didn't do one for 2009 as I spent that time building my photo website.

My last photo of the year was a blurry photo of the Smyrna Gazebo by the train depot on the way home from a new years eve party. (sidenote: the photo is terrible, but I could call it bokeh and someone might think its real art.) The first photo was of MariLynn coming back to the car from Publix with my birthday cake. In between, there were 18,303 other photos, and I can't describe each one. If 18,000 seems like a lot, I'm down from previous years.

Most of my publishing-worthy photos go onto Flickr. I now have 5,453 online there. 1,147 were uploaded this year. All-time, they have all been collectively viewed 1,196,111 times.

Flickr has a term called interestingness where they use a secret formula to determine what the most interesting photo is. My most "interestingness" photo from 2010 is this one of the old neon sign for the Pink Motel in Cherokee, NC

Pink Motel - Cherokee, NC

The most viewed photo from 2010? There's something about Coke murals that brings people out
Coke Mural - Bristol, VA

My favorite photos of 2010:

Some of these aren't quite the best photos, but they are the photos I am happiest to have taken in 2010. Click on any photo to enlarge.

Maury County Courthouse at night
Maury County Courthouse at night

I-24 car fire
I-24 car fire

Shelby Reinhart Bridge 1
Shelby Reinhart Bridge 1

Stones River Battlefield: Tree at McFadden Cemetery
SRNB: Tree at McFadden Cemetery

Falls Mill
Falls Mill

Art of E.T. Wickham: Sam Davis & Bill Marsh
Art of E.T. Wickham: Sam Davis & Bill Marsh

Drive-Thru Waterfall
Drive-Thru Waterfall

Louisville City Hall
Louisville City Hall

Louisville City Hall Tower & Jefferson Monument
Louisville City Hall Tower & Jefferson Monument

Clarksville Fountain
Clarksville Fountain

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Old Elkton Bridge
Old Elkton Bridge

Tawny Frogmouth
Tawny Frogmouth

2010 TN State Fair: Ferris Wheel
2010 TN State Fair: Ferris Wheel

2010 Lincoln Co. Fair Harness Racing
2010 Lincoln Co. Fair Harness Racing

Watauga Lake
Watauga Lake

Goodbye...Tell Your Friends...
Goodbye...Tell Your Friends...

Doc. The L&N LeprechauN
Doc. The L&N LeprechauN

Tennessee's 2010 Christmas Tree at the State Capitol
Tennessee's 2010 Christmas Tree at the State Capitol

A Lynchburg Christmas 1: at Night
A Lynchburg Christmas 1: at Night

Other 2010 notes: This is the first year I've had photos appear on TV, appearing localy on WSMV and WZTV, and Nationally on CBS. In print I had a photo appear in the Tennesseean.

Finally, this is my favorite Self-Portrait:
Eaten by Big Mo