Category Archives: spring break

Proposition 8 Supreme Court

What a week, Spring Break and the kids in Washington, D.C.!  The Smithsonian, Capitol Building, Lincoln Monument, Natural History Museum , Metro trains and taxis……..oh yeah, and a little Supreme Court action thrown in for fun!!

Vacationing in the Nation’s Capitol was quite an adventure I must admit. My 8 year old, Zane was captivated by the Washington monument, so tall and grand, and older bro Blaze was digging all the snow, the Spy Museum and the MTA subway trips……me, well, lets just say I have a small issue with wanting to film everywhere I go. The plan was to leave the big guns at home, as well as the Apple laptop…..I resolved myself to bringing just the Ipad and the Canon G12, point and shoot….

…………………..my bad!

Had I done a little more research, I would have known that the Supreme Court would be settling down this week for a challenge of California’s proposition 8 bill that basically, in short terms, discriminated against gay couples who want to get married and the benefits that come with……

On my second day of the trip, we ran across the demonstrators lining up to sleep overnight on the steps of the Supreme Court building. It was in the low 30’s, the rain was falling, melting the snow on the sidewalk that had accumulated the night prior.   I knew at that point I was in trouble, my trigger finger was twitching uncontrollably,  I caught myself already scouting shooting positions and angles for the next day………”sorry boys”,  was on my mind already. After a few snaps on the Iphone and an upload to Linnea at KGO Radio in San Francisco for a sound clip, we were back on our way.

The next day was gorgeous out, the air was extremely crisp, and the chants and cheers could be heard the minute I stepped up from the bowels of the MTA station…..”GAME ON!!!”….. I only had one quick chance to capture what I could.   The boys were headed to the restroom, just steps away in the Library of Congress…….I bolted for the event and shot for exactly 14 minutes, and only got screamed at 3 times by DC’s finest……

Those damn Westboro idiots yelled at me every time I stuck the lens in their red, childish looking faces, I gave them the dirty look as I mashed the shutter button with all the FLASH I had in that little camera…….

Most couples holding signs were laughing and having a grand old time, and the person dressed in the devil outfit was spinning in circles, dancing and rubbing up on anyone within his grasp…….it was almost as if I had entered a rumbling, synchronized carnival full of laughter….

I was gone as quickly as I had arrived, and uploaded a few dozen frames to the Associated Press. Shooting events like this always gets my spirits up and my instincts on edge.  I can’t wait to go back in June when the final verdict is due….I sure hope they win!

More images here:   http://alexmenendez.photoshelter.com/gallery/Supreme-Court-Gay-Marriage/G0000ZxkEvja3wPM/

Rock Climbing NC



Family took a trip to Chimney Rock, North Carolina a few weeks back. Rainy weather with the temps in the high 30’s. Not exactly what I had planned for Spring Break weather but you know what, my phone didn’t work there and that was alright with me. My boys, ages 6 and 7, regularly climb at the indoor rock wall in Longwood and get a kick out of it. We decided that for this trip we would try to climb real rocks….game on!!

We hired Fox Mountain Guides and were on our way. Blaze and Zane had a blast climbing, even though it was so foggy and we were so high up that they couldn’t exactly see where it was that they were climbing to….
Fun, never the less.