Happy New Year!!! 2010 is here, a new year with lots of promises. It is going to be a little weird to be dating notes and messages with 2010 on them, but I’m sure I’ll get use to it. Last year was a pretty good year to remember. There were a lot of good memories that were made and some awesome people that I’ve come to meet and I hope that 2010 will be no different. A look back at 2009 would bring back some good accomplishments. One of the top things that I achieved was to get MichaelJeong.com up and running. It sure has been a blessing to be able to share with all of you things that are happening in and around San Francisco and I thank you readers for keeping up-to-date with me. 2009 was also a year that I took my very first vacation out to the Midwest for about 14 days alone. On that trip I encountered lots of people and were blessed by their presence. So much so that each of them showed their own type of hospitality to me, a stranger.
This new year, I hope to be able to inspire people with my photography and be able to build future relationships with my clients. I also am hoping to bring my visitors more festivals and events to keep you in the loop of the various things that San Francisco and the Bay Area have to offer. Traditional events and new conceptual events I believe are on the horizon and I just can’t wait to get started. Although, everything that goes up on this site is very time consuming I hope that it pleases you.
For you that have been following me since the beginning, I thank you. For those new to my site, I welcome you with open arms. I am pleased to be able to enlighten you on just a glimpse of my life through a viewfinder.
So you probably are thinking, what I did for New Year’s Eve. Well, it all started off with taking a drive downtown to watch the fireworks show out on the Bay. Took the freeway, which was surprisingly empty, and exited off 4th St. Drove down to the Embarcadero and searched for parking. Apparently, hundreds of other people drove downtown also to look for parking; however, thousands of people who took public transit. I needed to get over to a friend’s party following the fireworks so that was my excuse to drive. For over a decade, I’ve made it a tradition to watch the fireworks at the start of the new year. There’s something about colored light that fascinates me. Some years I’m out on Treasure Island where the view is awesome, but the crowds can be vast and the time to get off the island is insane. Anyhow, I found a pretty decent spot at a park out on the waterfront. The park is most notibly known for it’s large bow & arrow art piece. As I was out there, I took a pretty decent amount of pictures and I realize that while watching the show I felt that it was a less intense show compared to the one in 2009. No matter if the show was downsized or not, the show was pretty good still and I was glad to make the trip out to see them.
Following the fireworks, a mass exodus took place as thousands of people on foot flooded the streets of downtown. It took me about 6 mins just to cross one intersection with just two cars in front of me. I parked about four blocks from the waterfront and so there were not too many cars in the vicinity and so I lucked out again. After about 15 mins or so I made it to my friend’s apartment in the Outer Richmond to celebrate the new year. There I met some pretty cool people and just mingled over some cold crisp Martinelli Sparkling Cider. I took a few photos of some new and old friends there and I must say my friends have come up with a pretty cool backdrop for photo booth pictures. After goofing off and socializing for a good amount, it was time to call it a night. After several hours of sleeping, I ended up going back for brunch with a few friends that stayed the night and to help clean up the mess that we caused following the party.
With the start of the new year, I hope for a very prosperous year for everyone and I hope that things will only get better for my photography. If you’d like to help support me financially with a contribution to upkeep my website server and/or book me for future parties, events, shoots, and weddings do let me know how I can be of assistance. Many blessings to all and keep in touch.
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