Thursday, May 19, 2011
Any time I go back to the country of my birth, I feel like an outsider. That's to be expected after leaving so early, and staying away so long. Plus, I wear too many shorts and my Spanish is not up to date.
But feeling and looking like an outsider is acerbated by the camera. That big black box with a tube coming out with a little motor noise - it stands between you and people; though, sometimes it unites you with a person, but often it doesn't. Like in this case, where the camera is just an object from a car staring like a tourist at the way these people live and transport themselves.
So the people stare back.
Often I wonder what kind of person I'd be had I stayed in Guatemala, I'd probably be skinnier.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Dave Ammons, who spent nearly 40 years with the AP in Olympia, stops by the bureau to say hi to new capitol press corp member Mike Baker, not pictured. Baker took over the bureau in late April. Always beaming with a positive attitude, Dave was a rarity in the cynical world of politics and journalism. His love for state government continues to show as the communications director for Secretary of State Sam Reed.