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Through A Glass Dark(Green)ly

Jealousy is an ugly emotion. Unless it’s directed at you because you’re walking into an event with two smokin’ hot ladies on your arm.

And by you I mean me and by two smokin’ hot ladies, I mean my wife, known to me as She Who Must Be Shown Off Every Once In A While, and her friend, the Sultry Siren.

It was an entrance for the ages.

Both ladies were dolled up, dressed to the nines, with hair swept up and styled just so. Dresses tight in just the right places, and flowing along suggestively suggested lines. High heels accentuating the well-toned calves in every leg.

Provided you didn’t look in the middle of that particular grouping, you’d probably have your eyes dazzled by the pure, raw sensuality they were pumping out.

The middle being me, of course. Now, I didn’t look bad, understand. I looked pretty good — for me — in my tux, wearing a shocked, disbelieving grin as I kept looking side to side. Still, I was all right. The ladies on my arms. . . Another story all together.

I wasn’t the only person who looked either. I noticed a lot of men glancing our way, looking away, then shooting another glance at us, their eyes slightly greener as they imagined how much better they would look if they were sandwiched between the two smokin’ hot ladies.

What they didn’t know was that they couldn’t have pried my arms out of theirs with a crow bar, three elephants, a camel and one very stubborn platypus. (Which, as you know, are quite stubborn.)

As disappointed as I was that I had to give up two very nice tickets to the off-Broadway production of Sleeping Beauty, I had to feel that I’d received the better end of the deal by going to the March of Dimes Signature Chef’s Auction. Unfortunately, no, the March of Dimes wasn’t auctioning off the chefs.

Instead, the chefs each prepared a single dish and then we, the attendees, would wander throughout the high-toned feeding trough, getting a slice of awesome at each stop. In addition to the food, there were about 50 different silent auction pieces, and another live auction.

Each item or service auctioned off goes to benefit the March of Dimes and that organization’s efforts to help every mother carry her pregnancy to term, and providing care and treatment for children born too soon or with congenital defects. They are, to put it mildly, a pretty fantastic organization.

So when I had the opportunity to dress up, slink out for a night on the town with She Who Must Be Seen To Be Believed and the Sultry Siren, there was no way I was going to pass that up.

Being the object of many, many jealous glares was just icing on the cake. And I love icing.

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Nu Project To Europe

Ask any woman: Most of them hate the way their body looks.

Heck, ask most dudes and you’ll find at least one thing they wish they could change. (If anyone guessed hair would be right at the top of the list, congratulations. Genius stickers all ’round.)

To make matters worse, most of our media showcases only the bodies of those who can afford to spend 12 hours a day working out, the money to afford the best plastic surgeons, and to have a nutritionist and chef on staff to prepare healthy and delicious meals for them.

And then there’s Photoshop and other image-manipulation software. Whoa, that’s a whole ‘nother kettle of colorful horses there, dudes.

What I’m getting at is that the images we see most often in the media surrounding us (and with the internet, we’re almost always surrounded by media), are of perfect bodies. Not one of which are ours.Nu Project cover

Which is only one reason I like The Nu Project. Originally conceived on Kickstarter, The Nu Project is the brainchild of photographer Matt Blum. He went out and created a wonderfully tasteful book of nudes.

The thing is, his models were perfectly ordinary ladies you’d meet whenever you went outside. They are ladies of every color, every age, every size. And they all agreed to display their bodies for this book, in an effort the show that there is beauty in every body. If I may steal from the book’s tagline. And I just did, so I guess I may-ed.

As soon as I heard about this project, I raced to Kickstarter and became a backer, pledging enough money to make sure I got a copy of the book. It’s now sitting in pride of place, on the coffee table next to a huge photo book of the best shots from the Hubble Space Telescope.

It’s available now for people who aren’t Kickstarter backers. You can purchase the book from Matt Blum’s website, or you can buy it at Amazon.com or other book seller sites.

It’s wonderful that these women decided to get over their feelings of inadequacy pushed on them by the continual bombardment of perfect images and showcase the beauty in their body. Not only that, but it’s something that’s been desperately needed for a long time.

Take this comment from the project’s FAQ page: Thank you for this. I have lived with crippling body insecurity all of my life, even seeking help from doctors about it. I recently went through major surgery twice for health reasons and it’s left me very visibly scarred. I saw the photo of a woman with several scars on her body and started crying as the photo tells the story of somebody who’s been through a lot and has the courage to show it off proudly. It really struck a chord with me. Thanks for your work, and thanks for the incredible woman who showed off the hard times she’s been through in a brave manner.

In addition to the book, Matt Blum has set up a website for the project on which he displays some of the photographs he took for the first book, and some he’s preparing for use in the next iterations. In fact, just recently, he was able to photograph his first transgender person when he and the project were in New York.

All well and good, you say, but we’re guessing that’s not the reason you’re writing about this today. And you’re right. It’s not. I’m writing to ask you to support Matt Blum’s efforts to travel farther and take more pictures of more women in more places to create more books.

To travel to those exotic places, like, say, Europe, the project needs to secure more funding. The best way to do that is for you to buy a copy of the book. And then tell others about the book, urging them to buy it as well. Or, if you’re feeling especially flush (in a money sense) these days, you could help to directly sponsor a shoot. You can download the project’s sponsorship packet by clicking here.

It’s a tremendous opportunity to do something good for a lot of people.

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Freefall Into/Blast Out Of . . . The Clouds

Not all that much to talk about today, dudes.

Not when you’ve got such an amazing photo to showcase.

A skydiver freefalling towards Earth managed to photograph a rocket blasting its way towards space. The Delta II rocket, carrying a satellite into space from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc in California, USA, was snapped by Staff Sgt. Eric Thompson while he was plummeting towards Earth. He perfectly captured the silhouette of a falling instructor and pupil with the rocket blasting off into space behind them in the distance. Staff Sgt. Thompson was the instructor with the 532nd Training Squadron based out of Vandenberg. Picture: Caters
A skydiver freefalling towards Earth managed to photograph a rocket blasting its way towards space. The Delta II rocket, carrying a satellite into space from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc in California, USA, was snapped by Staff Sgt. Eric Thompson while he was plummeting towards Earth. He perfectly captured the silhouette of a falling instructor and pupil with the rocket blasting off into space behind them in the distance. Staff Sgt. Thompson was the instructor with the 532nd Training Squadron based out of Vandenberg.
Picture: Caters

 

How cool is this?

Very, very cool.

Some skydivers were headed down to the deck and, just as they were going down, a rocket was blasting off, through the clouds and headed into space.

It’s definitely a moment of wonder and beauty.

Thanks, Staff Sargeant Eric Thompson.

You made our day.

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