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2015 Fiat Abarth by flatsix911 2015 Fiat Abarth :iconflatsix911:flatsix911 0 2 2015 Fiat Abarth by flatsix911 2015 Fiat Abarth :iconflatsix911:flatsix911 1 0 Kelso Station 2.0 by flatsix911 Kelso Station 2.0 :iconflatsix911:flatsix911 1 0 Desert Landscaping by flatsix911 Desert Landscaping :iconflatsix911:flatsix911 5 3 M103 Heavy Tank v3.0 by flatsix911 M103 Heavy Tank v3.0 :iconflatsix911:flatsix911 11 3 They Fall One By One by flatsix911 They Fall One By One :iconflatsix911:flatsix911 6 0 Joshua Tree Forest by flatsix911 Joshua Tree Forest :iconflatsix911:flatsix911 5 2 Desert Ruins by flatsix911 Desert Ruins :iconflatsix911:flatsix911 5 0 Joshua Tree by flatsix911 Joshua Tree :iconflatsix911:flatsix911 4 2 Kelso Station by flatsix911 Kelso Station :iconflatsix911:flatsix911 9 0 Abandoned Post Office by flatsix911 Abandoned Post Office :iconflatsix911:flatsix911 1 0 M7B1Priest 105mm self-propelled artillery by flatsix911 M7B1Priest 105mm self-propelled artillery :iconflatsix911:flatsix911 21 0 Fiat 500 by flatsix911 Fiat 500 :iconflatsix911:flatsix911 3 0 M103 Heavy Tank by flatsix911 M103 Heavy Tank :iconflatsix911:flatsix911 37 7 M247 Sergeant York 40mm anti-aircraft gun by flatsix911 M247 Sergeant York 40mm anti-aircraft gun :iconflatsix911:flatsix911 54 6 M115  203mm howitzer at sunset by flatsix911 M115 203mm howitzer at sunset :iconflatsix911:flatsix911 11 6

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Female Northern Cardinal 32 by kbcollins Female Northern Cardinal 32 :iconkbcollins:kbcollins 4 2 bocca del diablo by Burtn bocca del diablo :iconburtn:Burtn 37 12 Soft Sun by Burtn Soft Sun :iconburtn:Burtn 104 28 DSC_1926 by frunkel DSC_1926 :iconfrunkel:frunkel 32 25 Milkweed Pods in Snow by kbcollins Milkweed Pods in Snow :iconkbcollins:kbcollins 4 2 sleeping mill by Burtn sleeping mill :iconburtn:Burtn 43 14 Sunrise Over a Chicken Coop by kbcollins Sunrise Over a Chicken Coop :iconkbcollins:kbcollins 5 4 Male Northern Cardinal 38 by kbcollins Male Northern Cardinal 38 :iconkbcollins:kbcollins 2 3 Blue Jay 57 by kbcollins Blue Jay 57 :iconkbcollins:kbcollins 6 3 First Snow by kbcollins First Snow :iconkbcollins:kbcollins 4 8 Pay Your Respects Photo by LostInTheDesert Pay Your Respects Photo :iconlostinthedesert:LostInTheDesert 121 61 The Sun Breaks Through by kbcollins The Sun Breaks Through :iconkbcollins:kbcollins 1 4 Cooling down by Burtn Cooling down :iconburtn:Burtn 9 9 Deep in the Woods by kbcollins Deep in the Woods :iconkbcollins:kbcollins 1 1 November Day 4 by kbcollins November Day 4 :iconkbcollins:kbcollins 1 3 October Morning 3 by kbcollins October Morning 3 :iconkbcollins:kbcollins 3 1


Back in the day, I would update my journal every month or two.  However, I just reviewed my last posting and noticed that it had been almost four years since I had last written a journal entry.  I had promised some things, but those journals will remain unwritten.  In that intervening period since my last entry, my assignment ended in Arizona, and I was reassigned back east.  I spent a fall, winter, and spring in the epicenter of misery, Detroit, Michigan.  I was sent back to the Middle East for a final time and then quit the job that had taken me around the world several times.  I returned back to my home after spending six years away, and found out that you could not really settle down after being gone that long.  I discovered that looking for work in this economy was not (and is not) fun.  I learned that commuting to a regular job is boring and would not make me happy.  I discovered that the eastern US is not nearly as interesting "photographically" as the western US is.  And I discovered that friends are very, very important...especially when one starts outliving them.

I'm still here on DA and I still check my page about once a week, although I haven't added anything for a long time.  My pictures of old tanks are still receiving mild interest, although I'm sure just about everyone who is interested in looking at tank pictures has already seen them.  I apologize for not having anything new, but life has gotten in the way of having fun.  The places that were shrines to the old "war horses" are disappearing as the people of this day are more interested in playing with computer generated tanks than in appreciating the cold steel and engineering excellence of those old machines.

I will probably not make another journal entry and I'm not sure how much longer I'll stay on DA.  Some of my friends have died, while others have moved on to other interests.  To the ones who are still out there... well I used to close my journal postings with "hope to see you on the road."  But since I've stopped being a world traveler, I can only say "Greetings, I hope you are doing well."  One day I will close my account and just leave.  "Vaya con dios, my friends" will be left unsaid, but the thought will come from my heart.
  • Listening to: Black Uhuru
  • Reading: Conspiracy Of Fools
  • Drinking: Financial Light (cheap beer)


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scadragon Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
no more maids?
flatsix911 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Sadly no.  My model said she was getting too old for that so I retired her pictures when she stopped participating.  Too bad because that was just when my own photography skills started getting better...but I guess we all get older, even when it's inconvenient.  It was fun while it lasted though.  

You may try searching in Flickr.  You'll have to look hard, but with luck, you may encounter some of my work.  Hint- searching French+Maid won't get you'll have to think outside the box.  Second hint- I don't use flatsix911 on Flickr either.  I imagine you'll find my pictures, but you may not know it's me because my style and location has changed.  Look at this as a puzzle...everyone likes solving puzzles.  :) 

I'm not very active on DA anymore.  I encountered too many people who made rude or snide comments...then when I looked at their profile, there was nary a posting.  To paraphrase George Bernard Shaw: those who cannot do, criticize.  I decided that I didn't need that aggravation.  I let my pro account lapse several years ago and I considered closing my account several times.  I mainly stick around because DA is still a good place to see some nice astrophotography, and you occasionally see some really exceptional art.  

There are some impressive artists on DA who work really hard, and produce wonderful, beautiful images.  They don't ask for anything in return, except maybe to have people "fave" or (especially) comment on their pictures.  Unfortunately, it was only a very tiny minority who could be bothered to give encouraging comments.  Scadragon, you were one of those very few people, and I would like to thank you for your comments.  Those comments were appreciated by both my model and myself. 
tanker22052 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
Awesome gallery! I especially like the armor photos.
WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
Thanks very much for the :+fav:  
SchwarzWieEbenholZ Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014   Photographer
Thanks for the fav! :hug:
broshsara Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Thank you for the faves Lee:happybounce: 
jennystokes Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for the recent Fav's.
BigJaa Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks 4 the save. See gallery 4 more art if you want.
broshsara Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Thank you for the fave!
The-Car-Gallery Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the faves.
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