My California cousin (a veggie, like me) always raved about Trader Joe's whenever I'd visit LA.
And so when one opened up fairly near me in MD I hurried over to check it out. Unfortunately, after all the hype I was underwhelmed: smallish size store, somewhat meager selection, not all that veggie, etc.
Now I get it. The staff is laid back and very service-oriented. I just dig the whole funky, proto-counter-culture vibe. Green but not pedantic. Prices are competitive too (thought they would be 'Whole Paycheck' high). Certain friends of mine like it because of all the attractive middle-aged women which shop there (they have rather un-gallantly taken to calling Trader Joe's 'MILF Mart').
The video was apparently created by some guy named Carl Willat using the video camera on his Palm Treo. It is exceedingly clever in its writing and editing and the tune is relentlessly catchy.
Intrepid researcher that I am, I determined that the tune is called Aguas de Marco, or the Waters of March. Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim, who did the music for Black Orpheus (my favorite movie). I downloaded the Jobim original recorded in 1974 with vocalist Elis Regina, though I haven't figured out how to (legally) link to it here.
I have been a professional photographer in DC for over thirty years, and for the past several years, an adjunct college professor as well. I teach courses in photography, photo history, and film appreciation.
I have always been opinionated, yet I have always tended to cede the soapbox to those with a greater compulsion to use it.
That said, I was reading Esther Iverem's excellent new book on Black people in film called "We Gotta Have It" in which she says something to the effect that we all have just as much a right to our own voice as anyone and maybe more, and it really resonated with me.
It is in part to help me hone my voice that I have started this blog. The other part is to have a place where I can share some of my photos and get some honest feedback about them. As an artist, I've always sort of acted in a vacuum, but I've come to realize, belatedly, the importance of getting feedback regarding my work.