Throughout the week, I watched traveling stories of horror on the news about how backed up the freeways were so I decided to travel on Thanksgiving morning. I drove to San Diego to meet my cousin, Wendy at her house in Linda Vista. Earlier in the week, she posted pictures on Facebook of a dead raccoon on the side of her neighbors house. For days it laid there and she was completely disgusted that nobody properly disposed of it. After a while, it didn't smell so she figured it was a taxidermy raccoon. Once I saw a photo of it on Facebook, Mr. Raccoon had to participate in their family portrait. When I arrived, Wendy and I took a walk to the neighbor's house and I knocked on the door. The music was blaring and once the door opened, I didn't see who was on the other side from the metal screen door but I said, "Hi, we're your neighbors and I am a photographer...may I borrow your raccoon?" The voice on the other side said, "sure" and the door closed. Mr. Raccoon fit in just perfect with the family of Wendy, Don, Pasa, Goldie, Colin and Jennifer! The following day, we went back to the house and Wendy asked if we could adopt the raccoon. It is now a part of my family. It's me, Max and Mr. Raccoon!
After the zoo, Wendy and I headed to her father and step mothers house. I don't get to see Dick and Judy very often so it was nice to spend some time chatting and having a piece of pie. Dick makes me laugh and this photograph of him taking a photograph seems to fit his personality well.
I am thankful of my loved ones on this holiday, as well as every day in between. I know we are all nuts (perhaps I may be the freak show leader), but I wouldn't want it any other way.
Here are some photographs from the day...