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Re: [ID?] Getting to know you part 2
I was tagged by bostechie. I do believe that I participated in the original, but some things have changed since then. I'm Malcolm Jones. I was born in Charleston, SC in 1958, but moved away when I was 1 year old. We moved to St. Louis, MO, then New Orleans, LA, then to Monroe, LA, where I spent most of my childhood. After I graduated from college, I moved to Dallas, Texas to be close to the oil businesses.
Monroe was an idyllic place and time when kids could go out all day and parents would not be worried about them. We lived near lots of water and were always doing something. I took an early interest in photography when my Dad gave me his old German Baldax folding camera that I still have. He promised me if I took the photos, he would have the film developed. I don't think he had any idea how many rolls of film I would eventually shoot. It just dawned on me that my Dad was my inspiration to go into photography. He did do a lot of his own photography in the past, especially during his time in Europe and Japan during and after WWII. I'm looking to get those photos from my brother and scan them. There is a wealth of photos stored away - aging.
I married my sweetie, Pam, in 1984 at Ft. Belvoir, VA. We met here in the Dallas area as we both worked as geologists for an oil field service company - hence the name Rockhounds_5 (there are five of us now). We had two boys and a girl, Adam, Corey, and Erin. They are all adults now. Adam moved out a year ago, and Corey and Erin are attending college. Erin said she wanted to get away from us, but not too far, so she goes to school just south of us but stays on campus. Corey stayed here at home. There are many good schools here in the Metroplex and anybody can get a good education at any of the public schools ore one of the private schools.
I had major back surgery in 2004, 2007, and then again in 2008. I've not been pain free ever since. I struggle on a daily basis with my pain, and it makes photography a secondary thing.
In 2010, we lost my mother and my father-in-law. My father-in-law was buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full honors and it was very emotional for both of us coming from families that have long histories in the United States. My mother's family (Pinckney) dates back to the 1600's in South Carolina and were involved in the signing of the Constitution.
I also lost 4 good friends to cancer last year and just recently. It has been a very dark time for me.
So, even though I bought a new camera (5dmkii and a new lens 16-35 L), I've not used it that much as I've just been flat. There really isn't much color this time of year here in N. Texas. I have the Dallas Blooms! event coming up in March which is hosted at the Dallas Arboretum. It is a riot of color and a wake-up call for photographers and tulip-lovers. Over 400,000 bulbs in the ground this year. Hopefully the weather behaves, as it snowed right before opening day last year. While the weather here has been abnormally warm after some serious cold, I do not think we're done just yet with winter.
Handing off to richdelb.