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My 67th Birthday Party
with photos by J R Compton

Bear Head J R by Marty Ray

J R, Bear and Balloon - photo by Marty Ray

It's not like I was taking pictures constantly. Most of the time, I was so wrapped up in my birthday party, talking, listening and having fun, that I barely remembered I had a camera. But sometimes, when I remembered, I just had to do some picture-making. These are those. Well, starting with the next shot. I was sitting there with the bear I'd carefully balanced on my head even though it was tied to a balloon floating overhead, when Marty Ray felt need to photo me, and why not. She done good.

I probably shouldn'ta put that silly copyright notice up the side of it. It shoulda been copyrighted to her and me. I'll change that.

Roses, Callas and Daisies - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Callas, Daisies and Roses

There were plenty of flowers, and since they mostly held still, especially when I wasn't, I managed to get them more or less sharp and in the right colors. Kinda nice to photograph them while they're still vibrant, for a change. The best shots of them gradually giving up their ghosts is on my DARts Member Page.

Laening In - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

My 60th birthday was a madhouse of a zillion and a half people. For this, we invited favorite friends numbering just enough for us all to keep up with nearly all the conversations nearly all the time and so we would all fit in the smaller venue. Great night. Great friends. Great birthday. Great conversation. Great fun.

Conversation - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

I'm still hoping to have a big party — not anybody's birthday — later, when I get my house in order, but this small one on my actual birthday, was marvelous fun and different. Hardly were any conversations I didn't see, hear or participate in.

A Rose - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

A Rose

Nice thing about flower pictures is they provide transitions between the otherwise untransittable.

David, Anna with Cake, Linda and

David, Anna with cake, Linda and Susan

Somewhat later, Anna disappeared into the kitchen and wouldn't let me come in, then she brought out the cake. Chocolate on chocolate with some raspberry and not nearly enough candles. They sang the usual song, and I could not miss the opportunity.

Smiling Anna, Glowing Cake - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Smiling Anna, Glowing Cake

Especially to see my dear Anna glowing like a cake. Chocolate chocolate with raspberry something between the layers. Anna made her Birthday cake with her pastry chef son Aaron, and near as I can figure something of that was in my cake, too. Wunnerful cake, and just enough candles that it was a real challenge to blow them all out with just one breath without moistening the top of the cake.

Sunflowers - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Sunflowers, Tablecloth & Anna's Purple Shirt

My other shot of this same scene didn't have Anna's shirt in it, and it wasn't nearly as compelling. Flowers, on this page, act as transitions, but then, don't we all.

David Watching Anna Play - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

David watching Anna play

For her birthday about a week ago, I got Anna the accordion she'd been wanting as long as I've known her, this time. She's been practicing and this impromptu concert was very nice. I love live music better than almost any, and seeing and hearing it done on a gift I gave her was very special.

Richard Playing the Accordion - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Richard Playing the Accordion

Richard is a musician willing to give the accordion a try. He looks great in it. So intense. He said the keyboard felt upside-down.

Marty, Richard, David and Alex playing accordion by committee

Richard toyed with the keyboard, Marty, David and Alex chugged the squeezebox, and the resulting music had a rhythm, not much a tune, but plenty volume, but nobody cared. More fun than music, it were amazing. Amid great laughter all around, the four, musicians and non-musicians alike, together played the accordion, pushing and pulling and squeezing and releasing the box. A mighty noise.

Marty Folding Paper - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Marty Folding Paper

The noise was amazing, but the commotion was over by the time Anna ran and got her video cam or I figured out I was not shooting video push though I did the video button. Someday I'll find the right button, but with this many smiles in one pic, who needs it? As I unwrapped presents, Marty folded paper, and Richard was being Richard in front of a camera.

Wind-up, Walk-around Toy from Susan - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Wind-up Walk-around toy from my friend Susan