I haven't been updating the pictures on my website lately. I have been busy doing things, and posted pictures on my other websites. Here are some of the fun things I have done in August, September, October and November 2009.
I haven't been updating the pictures on my website lately. I have been busy doing things, and posted pictures on my other websites. Here are some of the fun things I have done in May, June, and July 2009.
On Saturday, April 4th, 2009, I went to see Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and their production of Over the Top.
On Friday, April 17th, 2009, I marched in the DC Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.
In February 2009, I attended the Circus Magic convention in Williamsburg, VA. It was my first clown convention.
In January 2009, I went on a Clown Cruise on the Ruby Princess and sailed the caribbean. I have three pages of pictures from the cruise.
In December 2008, I joined a few other clowns from my clown alley, Just Clowning Around of Northern Virginia and volunteered at the Fantasy Flight at Dulles Airport.
In November 2008, I went to NYC to see the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in person. It was a cold day, but a lot of fun.
In September and October 2008, I worked at Cox Farms and helped with their Fall Festival.
In September 2008, I started taking Unicycle lessons with the UniStars in Fauquier County, VA.
In October 2008, I continued my annual tradition of decorating and getting dressed up for Halloween. I managed to build a few new props for my driveway.
In October 2008, I joined a few members of my clown alley, Just Clowning Around of Northern Virginia and marched in the Vieanna Halloween Parade.
In July 2008, I became a clown and went to Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp.
On, Friday, July 4th, 2008 I led a group of SVDC members who marched in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, DC.
On May 16th, 2008, I attended a second St. Baldrick's
Event. This one was held in South Riding.
On April 15th, 2008, I purchased a 2008 smart fortwo.
On March 16th, 2008, I participated in my fifth St. Baldrick's
Event. This year, we had a small group of shavees at Ned
Devine's in Centreville.
On January 26, 2008, I joined Maryland's Governor Martin O'Malley and more than 10,000 plungers in entering the Chesapeake
Bay from Sandy Point as part of the Maryland State Police's 12th Annual Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics. I was
willing to grin and "bear" it for the athletes of Special Olympics Maryland.
In November 2007, I responded to a post on Craigslist looking for volunteers to help with the first ZooLights. I told
them that I was interested in being a costumed characters for a giant snow globe.
I love Halloween. This year, I dressed as a skeleton pirate for the South Riding Halloween Spooktacular and
for the trick-or-treaters on Halloween night.
In September and October I spent three nights on the set of the independent film Trapped by Gary Ugarek. I played a zombie
in the movie about a group of people trapped in a movie theater.
In October 2007, a group of UMR students constructed their solar house on National Mall as part of the Solar
Decathlon. Members of the MSM-UMR alumni in the DC area came to support the team. We were given a private tour
of the home before going out to dinner.
This year, I made two trips to Colonial Williamsburg with my first foreign exchange students. I have some of the pictures
from my second trip in the fall.
In April 2007, I reserved a 2008 smart fortwo PASSION from smart USA. At the beginning of August, 2007, they sent me
an email saying that the "street smart" 2007 smart USA Road Show was coming to town. I made reservations to see the
smart fortwo at Mercedes-Benz of Tysons Corner on Friday, August 17th after work.
In August 2007, I attended the New York Film Academy's (NYFA) One-Week Acting For Film Workshop at Universal Studios in
California. I arrived a day early and spent the afternoon and evening at Disney's California Adventure Park and Disneyland.
I spent my week with 10 other actors in series of acting related workshops. On Thursday, we filmed a series of short,
silent movies with the students in the One-Week Film Making Workshop.
On July 4th, 2007 I joined a group of SVDC volunteers and helped with the Washington DC Independence
Day Parade for the third consecutive year. This year, we helped with the Curious George helium
On Saturday May 5th, I volunteered to be a plane crash survivor for the Washington Dulles International Airport Emergency
Exercise 2007. I was given two large facial wounds and as part of the exercise I was taken to Reston Hospital Center by
In March, I spent two days on the set of the John Adams miniseries being filmed for HBO. I played a uniformed
militia member in both scenes.
Once again, I participated in the annual St. Baldrick's Day event and shaved my head to raise funds for
childhood cancer research.
On President's Day, Supakorn and I went to Mount Vernon. In honor of President's Day and because President George W. Bush
was coming, admission was free.
I spent a week in Chicago between Christmas and New Year's Day in 2006. While there, I was able to get together with
friends and family and take in some of the Chicago tourist attractions.
Once again, I turned Halloween into a major production. I attended to Halloween costume parties, helped with the
South Riding Halloween Spooktacular, decorated the front of my townhouse.
On the 4th of July, I volunteered with SVDC to march in the Washington, DC 4th of July Parade. We helped
with the Raggedy Ann and Andy helium balloons.
On Sunday, May 21st I attended the Joint Service Open House at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.
On Saturday May 6th and Sunday May 7th, I had the chance to be a re-enactor in a movie being filmed for Mount Vernon.
I played a British soldier in the French and Inidan War.
This year, I made two trips into DC to see the Cherry Blossoms around the Tidal Basin. Since I had a lot of pictures, I broke it into two pages.
On Tuesday, March 28, a fire started in a townhouse in the 43100 block of Katama Square in South Riding, VA. The fire resulted in extensive damage to four townhouses. I watched the fire from the front of the South Riding Town Hall before running home to get my camera.
For the 3rd year in a row, I participated in the St. Baldrick's events and raising funds for childhood cancer research.
Please consider making a tax-deductable donation to this worthy cause. The easiest way to donate is to visit my page at
On Sunday, March 5th I visited the
I had tickets to view the new panda cub, Tai Shan. It was a great
spring day and I took more than 200 pictures at the zoo.
I visited DC the weekends before Christmas to see the Christmas decorations.
Once again, I had a great time on Halloween.
In September 2005, I spent several days visiting friends and family in Chicago.
In September 2005, I attended the Week Long Adult Advanced Space Academy at the
Space Camp in Huntsville Alabama.
On te 4th of July, 2005, I joined a group of volunteers from SVDC and marched in the DC Independence Day Parade.
A co-worker planned a fun, art-themed picnic at Great Falls, VA
On Saturday, May 21st 2005, I went to the Joint Service Open House at Andrews Air Force Base. The Open House is a three day event that is open to the public. I had never been to Andrews Air Force Base or to a military air show, so I didn't know what to expect. They had a wide variety of aircraft on display, both past and present. They also had an air show which included the Blue Angels and the 82nd Airborn Mass Jump.
This year, I have made several trips into Washington, DC to see the sights. I have been to the Air and Space Museum, the National Zoo, to the top of the Washington Monument, and more. Here are a few photos I have taken on my trips.
On Saturday, April 9th, 2005, I joined thousands of other people and made the journey into DC for the 2005 National Cherry
Blossom Festival. It was a great spring day to be outside, and the cherry blossoms were in full bloom. For more information
on the Cherry Blossom Festival, visit their website at
On two nice weekends in the winter of 2005, I visited the Manassas National Battlefield Park in Manassas Virginia.
On March 12th, 2005, I participated in the St. Baldrick's Day celebration for the second year in a row at the Old Brogue Irish
Pub in Great Falls, VA. For more information on St. Baldricks, visit
On Thursday, January 20th, 2005, I attended the Presidential Inauguration and Inaugural Parade in Washington DC. I was fortunate enough
to get tickets from my Congressman, Frank Wolf ( http://www.house.gov/wolf/). It was a cold day,
but it was definitely worth it.
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I have been decorating the house and dressing up for Halloween each year since 1998. Each year, I go for something bigger
and more elaborate. This year was no exception. This year, I used a space suit that I purchased for my trip to Space Camp to become an alien astronaut.
On Saturday, October 30th, 2004 South Riding held a parade and Halloween Spooktacular for the residents. On Sunday, October 31st, 2004, Mike dressed up again for Halloween.
On Friday, October 22nd, 2004, I traveled to Huntsville Alabama to attend the Space Academy For Adults Weekend Program. The program gives adults an
exciting weekend filled with astronaut training activities. We experienced various aspects of life in space on five different simulators, flew fighter jets used in the
Aviation Challenge program, attended various briefings, completed two space shuttle missions, watched two IMAX movies and toured the museum. I can't wait to
go back again for their six-day/five-night Advanced Space Academy for Adults program.
For more information on Space Camp, visit http://www.spacecamp.com/.
In September 2004, I took an afternoon off from work to visit the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Washington Dulles International Airport. It is the newest facility of
Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. The center is open to the public, but it is also still being set up. They have a large collection of aircraft from
passenger planes, military jets, and space age travel.
For more information on Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, visit http://www.nasm.si.edu/museum/udvarhazy/.
How can I have a photo gallery without a few candid photos of my dog Buddy. Buddy is a collie-shephard mix that I rescued from the Fairfax County Animal Shelter in
September 1998. I don't know exactly when he was born, but I believe it was around January 1997. He is a great dog.
On March 12th, 2004, I participated in the St. Baldrick's Day celebration at the Old Brogue Irish Pub in Great Falls, VA. I raised a little over $1000 for the CureSearch National
Childhood Cancer Foundation. For more information on St. Baldricks, visit http://www.stbaldricks.org/.
In June of 2002, I got braces for the first time. I was 29 years old, and I was concerned that my front lower teeth were starting to overlap. I had seen other
adults at work who had allowed their teeth to get worse than mine. I decided that it would be better to deal with the problem while it was minor instead of
waiting to see if it got worse. I had intended to take regular photos to show the progress, but I only took pictures once every month or two (mainly just before
or after a visit to the orthodontist. The braces came off in April of 2004
In a way, the gallery is less a measure of the progress with my teeth than a look at the many different hair styles I had while in braces. I started with short hair, and let my hair grow until a month before my braces came off.
I have been getting dressed up for Halloween and painting my face for several years. Here are a few of my creations.
I was taking a photography class in the fall of 2002. I decided to drive west looking for a nice hilly spot to take some photos when I drove past Historic Long Branch. It seems that
I had picked the weekend they were holding their annual Hot Air Balloon Festival. I decided to stay and took a role of slides and a few dozen digital photos. Here are a few select
images of the hot air balloons and other activities.
I have been living outside Washington, DC since the fall of 1996. But I don't make it into the city very often. One of my first real tours of DC came in June 2002 when I
took a day off from work to take the Metro into DC and see the sights. I took a walking tour of the major monuments in DC, unfortunately, I missed seeing the FDR memorial.