August 21st, 2006

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st. louis is being very good to us. we did five portraits today, which might be a new record. we have three or four scheduled for tomorrow. then off to indianapolis to photograph two little girls and their pink ar-15's. everything is absolutely fantastic. we went to this place called the "city museum" which i can't really describe it's ... an urban, indoor, CAVE, a giant six story habitrail, they tell you "anything you can fit into, you can climb" -- you can climb six stories up, outside, in the air in wire tunnels (crazy ground visible beneath your feet) and inside in a giant labrynth that sometimes goes down to tunnels about 18 inches high, or opens up into vaulted ceilings, or a sliding board that takes you down on a 70 degree angle for three stories, or spinning around in a corkscrew for 100 feet. it's freaking amazing. it's worth flying out here just to go to that place.

we went to a zombie squad dinner tonight, did a portrait upstairs from a bar, made incredible friends with wonderful people. i really couldn't be having more fun if i was playing guitar in aerosmith.
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the city museum really plays heavily on two adult fears -- fear of small spaces, and fear of heights.

here's phil tackling two at once, clamboring headfirst (and fearlessly) down a metal tube about 24 inches in diameter suspended 30 feet or more in the air.



and here's zombie squad kyle clamboring up a tube even higher in the air to join us at the top of a three story sliding board.



and finally, here's our friend dan who is crawling behind me through a series of tubes about 24 inches wide and maybe 18 inches high which snake through the ceiling of the first floor of the museum. if you can fit in it, you can climb it.



it was great fun. we're in a portrait lull right now. waiting for the phone to ring. phil's asleep on the sofa with his arm around a giant fluffy cat who's purring and drooling. phil is not purring or droolling.

we're having amazing amounts of fun. we just photographed a cool police officer named drew.