Photography And Half-Thoughts By Mitchell Hegman

...because some of it is pretty and some of it is not.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A New Machine

The words you are reading were written on my new machine.  My new machine is silver and black and is filled with GBs and USBs and F-whatnots.  We (me and my machine) seem to be getting along fairly well thus far.

I have been feeding my machine old backup files and smarter-than-me photographs and allowing my 40 pounds of housecat to shed all over the keyboard.

Now to upload: Welcome! 

--Mitchell Hegman

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


Something, aside from becoming increasingly uglier, is happening to me as I grow older. The thing I am talking about is NOT freaking-out about bad stuff when it occurs in my life.

I give you (the possibly inane) example of being confronted yesterday with a totally dead computer. Back in "the day" such a loss would have launched me into total panic. I might have thrown my mouse to the floor after a few fruitless attempts at bringing the screen to life. At a minimum, I would have yelled curses at the nearest lamp or doorway. Instead, I simply sat back and said to myself: "Self, this is not particularly good."

The loss of my machine is a big deal. Without my computer and access to my previous work, I had to force closed (temporarily) my entire business since my work is steeped in creating documents, Power Point presentations, and the production of online training.   Furthermore, I needed to immediately expend the better part of $1,000.00 on hardware and software to assure I can get busy again before the end of this week.

I remained utterly calm throughout an entire day of running my machine about to see what might be done. I had to find someone able to quickly retrieve my most recent data. I had to purchase (locally) the required hardware and software.

At the end of the day, I thought about my calm reactions and behavior as I sipped on a glass of Scotch and watched the sun drop into a snowstorm. I wondered if my behavior in the face of this adversity might be attributed to my finally learning to accept and reason through troubles or if, perhaps, I just don't give a damn anymore.

I am all over the latter answer on this one.

--Mitchell Hegman

Monday, December 29, 2014

Two Horses

My laptop computer crashed yesterday afternoon, leaving me with need to be innovative in my efforts to post a blog. I shall spare you the details on how I finally managed a blog (this post took me hours) and simply inform you that I am posting a photograph that I captured about ten years ago while driving through a storm about a mile from my house.
--Mitchell Hegman

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Other Considerations

Today we shall consider the bigfoot hunter from Oregon who lugs his entire set of drums out into the deep forests and plays the hell out of them for hours, sometimes for days.  The bigfoot hunter has reasoned that one day he will attract the full attention of a bigfoot that will turn the tables and seek to investigate him.
I must admit, his plan seems as solid as any other.
--Mitchell Hegman

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Like Hanged Men (An Example)

Like hanged men, we left our prepositional phrases dangling there.
--Mitchell Hegman

Friday, December 26, 2014

The Human Christmas Tree

Yesterday, one of my sisters and I drove to Butte to visit another sister and her family.  The highway was covered with snowpack and ice for the entire way there, but once in Butte I had a great time visiting with everyone—especially my nephew’s young girls.
At some point early in the morning, the girls decided that I should be a human Christmas tree.  Posted today is a photograph of how I look as a Christmas tree (which is first-cousin to looking like an Algerian Shriner) and a photograph of the girls with their parents.
--Mitchell Hegman

Thursday, December 25, 2014

My Christmas Eve with Leo

Last night I broke a tradition that extends back to the early 1980’s.  That tradition is driving into town to spend Christmas Eve with my friend Bill and Kim and dozens of stoppers-bye touring the luminaries in their neighborhood.  I was actually pulling my shoes on to go there when the power dropped from my house and left me in the cerulean blue of first darkness caught in a sudden snowstorm.
The house fell into perfect silence.
My friend Leo turned 87 a few months ago.  He presently lives all alone just below me on a slope overlooking the lake.  He is mostly confined to a chair in his living room, attended by all manner of electric gadgets.  Worried that he might be without power for an extended time, I used my twice-as-smarter-than-me-phone to call in the power outage and then to call off my trip into town.
I had to pull the emergency release on my garage door before I could lift the door and back out into the dizzying swirls of snow.  I drove the short distance down to Leo’s place.
I need to express this right now: I had a great Christmas Eve with Leo.
We sat together in total darkness for about two hours, talking about our lives.  He loved his wife and he loved my wife.  I loved my wife and I loved his wife.  He told me he was born on an Indian Reservation in eastern Montana and told me he could recall, as a boy, thinking the age of fifteen was old and hoping he would someday be that old.
“I wish I could be that old again,” he said.
We talked about how my Uncle Nick was his best friend, about my cousins, how proud he is of his own sons and his daughter, his grandchildren—though he gives every generation hell.  We talked about everything you might imagine.
The lights eventually blossomed from darkness all round us.  We celebrated with a verbal “thanks” to the linemen out there.  I made sure all of the electronics (and in particular the television) were in working order.  “Well,” I said as I stood by his door to drive back to the light of my own house, “Merry Christmas, Leo!"
“Merry Christmas,” he said.
--Mitchell Hegman

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

An English Man wakes from a Coma Speaking French and Convinced he is Matthew McConaughey

I will admit to mistakenly thinking I was good-looking—this occurred only one time and was the direct result of drinking tequila.  Interestingly enough, tequila is also responsible for the huge blank space in my memory where the better part of two days should belong.
No recollections at all.  Nada.
I am now convinced that tequila is a gateway drug.  What I mean by that is: tequila is the very gate to hell.
As bad as all of the above sounds, imagine yourself waking one day speaking a foreign language and convinced you have become a famous movie actor.  That is exactly what happened to Rory Curtis, a 25 year old Englishman from Worcester.
Mr. Curtis landed in a coma following a nasty car crash on a rainy highway.  Rescue workers required the better part of an hour just to extricate him from the wreckage.  Rory, among other damages, suffered from internal injuries that left blood leaking into his brain.  Doctors and nurses worked for six solid days to save his life.  Rory remained comatose for the entire six days.
When Rory Curtis finally came about again, he was speaking rather fluent French, a language he studied a little back in high school, and he was convinced that he was Matthew McConaughey, the famously handsome actor.  While there is a somewhat tenuous connection to speaking French, the leap to thinking he was Matthew McConaughey is curious for Mr. Curtis—not that he is particularly bad-looking—but Matthew McConaughey is godlike.
Rory more or less drifted in and out of thinking he was Matthew McConaughey and struggled a bit with many normal activities at first.   After months of treatment and re-training as a barber, Rory Curtis settled back into his normal life again.
When submitted to traumatic experiences such as car crashes and tequila, the human brain will perform peculiarly.  I often wonder which of these experiences, if either, is responsible for the whacky behavior of Gary Busey and wonder when he will recover.
Posted is a photo of Rory Curtis.
--Mitchell Hegman

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Angel of Death

I know that I annoy some people.  I purposely annoy my sister by producing weird accents and teasing her about her inability to talk without throwing her hands all over the place in accompanying gestures.  My daughter had a stock response for most everything I said to her during her teen years.  The exact phrase was this: “Stop being so annoying!”
Luckily, I never annoyed Daniela Poggiali.  Poggiali typically killed anyone who annoyed her.  She has been dubbed “The Angel of Death” by the Italian press.  The “angel” part of this moniker is a result of her rather striking beauty.
Daniela, age 42, worked as a nurse at a hospital in Lugo, Italy, until her arrest for the deaths of dozens of patients under her care.  By some estimates she may be responsible for as many as 90 deaths.  She is believed to have poisoned her patients with potassium chloride.  At times, Poggiali took selfies while posed with some of her deceased victims.  Police discovered the images on her phone.  In a few images, Daniela Poggiala is seen with a broad smile—sometimes giving a thumbs-up sign—while leaning over her recently departed patients.
Mrs. Poggiali behaved quite calmly, if not coldly, during her arrest and has remained chillingly composed ever since.  She has also been flooded with fan mail and marriage proposals.
As near as anyone can determine Daniela Paggiali killed her patients because either they or some of their family members annoyed her.  She was not opposed to stealing her patients personal items, prescription drugs, or money.
Some of her coworkers were suspicious about the number of deaths while Daniela was on duty.  The death rate was about twice that of normal during those times when Daniela Paggiali was on shift.  Three of her patients died under suspicious circumstances in just one day.
Posted are photographs of Daniela Paggiali gleaned from the internet.
--Mitchell Hegman

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Shopping Carts

On Friday I shared a sweet moment with a couple that I would gauge as something near my age.  The unique part of this is that none of us spoke a single word.
I and the couple entered Costco at the same time and arrived at the lines of shopping carts just as a very old woman selected a cart from one of the three lines.  I freed a cart from the second line of carts just a few seconds before the couple grabbed a cart from the third.  In the meantime, the old woman pushed her cart two steps, dropped her overly large purse inside the cart and, with her head down, began digging through the purse with great earnest—completely unaware that she had blocked me and the couple from pushing away with our own carts.  I stood pinned between the wall and dozens of carts.  The couple stood on the opposite side of the old woman but was blocked from entering the store by a row of carts.
The old woman remained there, blocking us, for a considerable length of time.
Oddly enough, I felt far from frustrated as I watched the old woman.  Out of respect for the woman, and feeling no particular need to hurry, I simply stood there in great amusement.  When I glanced over at the couple, both the man and woman offered broad smiles of mutual understanding.
We happily stood there waiting for the woman to finish fiddling with this or that in her purse before she pushed away, oblivious of us.
Perhaps this is odd, but the highlight of my Friday was right there when that old woman blocked our way.
--Mitchell Hegman

Saturday, December 20, 2014


I wake from a dream of riding inside a crowded bus climbing a slanting San Francisco street.  When I glance at my fuzzy digital alarm it reads 1811.
Where in the hell is my : and what kind of time is 1811?
I try to sleep again but my long departed wife starts walking through my thoughts and 20 pounds of housecat begins shredding the carpet at my bedroom door.
It occurs to me that getting old sucks.
I climb from bed and chase all 40 pounds of housecat (two of them) down the hall toward the kitchen.  The cats are silent until they reach the tile floor, which apparently triggers their meowing mechanism.
I feed the cats and then eat an overly-ripe banana that tastes like the chemical scent of cheap laundry detergent.
I sit with my computer on the sofa and press the button that makes it yawn and then sing itself to full life.
I write.
The time is 3:39.
--Mitchell Hegman

Friday, December 19, 2014

You call that a Mouse?

Posted is a photograph of 20 pounds of housecat (Carmel).  I captured the image with my twice-as-smarter-than-me-phone.
--Mitchell Hegman

Thursday, December 18, 2014


If we are all on the road to being replaced by automation and machines, I hope that I am replaced by either a machine that makes women smile or one that staples stuff together.
--Mitchell Hegman

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Passing Time

Am I wrong in those times when I find myself passing time by imagining a giant hairball about to devour someone who is explaining (for the eighteenth time) the same unsolvable problem?
Maybe I am.
Would it be better to imagine Salma Hayek disrobing?
--Mitchell Hegman

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

More Mostly Useless Facts

—Sleep deprived men are more likely to conclude that women want to have sex with them.
—Stories of one needy individual tend to attract more charitable donors than stories of unnamed millions suffering.
—Pouring a handful of salt into a full glass of water will cause the water level to drop rather than overflow.
—Scientists have devised a way to transform peanut butter into diamonds. 
—Texas has put into place laws that allow its residents to cast votes from space.
--Mitchell Hegman
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Basic Flaw

It is difficult to fall in love when you should generally be rising to get there.
--Mitchell Hegman

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Into the Black

Yesterday, I drove through a mountain blizzard while listening to the posted song.  I don’t recommend the blizzard, but I do recommend the song.
If the video fails to launch, please click on the following link:
--Mitchell Hegman

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Frozen Mud Puddles

While out for a walk the day before yesterday, I came across a whole series of frozen mud puddles.  The forms created by ice and the patterns created by tire tracks immediately caught my attention.  I captured some photographs with my twice-as-smarter-than-me-phone and have posted two of them here today.
--Mitchell Hegman

Friday, December 12, 2014

Bruce Jenner is not a Regular Guy

Bruce Jenner is not a regular guy.  For one thing, he won a gold medal for the decathlon in the 1976 Summer Olympics.  Following that athletic milestone, he appeared on everyone’s breakfast table as a box of Wheaties.  Bruce Jenner even took up acting.  In 1980 he starred in a movie called Can’t Stop the Music.  He was promptly awarded a Golden Raspberry Award for worst actor of the year.  The movie was awarded a Golden Raspberry for worst picture of 1980.   He took up acting again in 2011 and played a role in the movie Jack and Jill.  That movie was similarly awarded a Golden Raspberry for worst picture.
Not regular guy stuff there.

More recently, Bruce Jenner has started becoming even less a regular guy by seeming to transform into a frightfully awkward woman.  The weird thing is that he is apparently becoming a woman on purpose.  You cannot predict what famous athletes will do these days.  I suppose that transforming your sex is a far better outlet for the athletic whatever-they-haves than slugging your future wife in the elevator or taking a bunch of drugs that turn your muscles into freakish robots and your brain into so much mush, but that hardly make watching the transformation any easier.
Maybe Bruce Jenner will eventually become a 6’-2” swan and look stunning in a full evening gown.  Perhaps he will star in a movie that harvests an Academy Award.
Again, not regular guy stuff.
As a rule I don’t follow athletics or athletes, but I am rather interested to see how the story of Bruce Jenner develops.  This one might be going places.
Posted is a photograph of Bruce from back in his glory days and two more recent photographs captured by the paparazzi.
--Mitchell Hegman

Thursday, December 11, 2014

One for the Negative Team

The votes are in.  Miley Cyrus needs to put on some clothes because that shit just ain’t sexy.
--Mitchell Hegman

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


My body has reached an age at which my limbs often refuse direct orders from my brain and where my unshaven face looks something akin to a junkyard fence plastered with windblown litter.  I sometimes bump into my grade school friends on the street and think, after we part: “They looked like an old person!”
Until my body reminds me of my age by some form of operational glitch or outright failure, I often forget that I am old.  I don’t feel near as old as I considered my grandparents at my age.  Every so often, however, a child is kind enough to remind me of my age.  A few years ago, one of my coworkers brought his young son to work.  As the pair was leaving, the boy glanced up at his father and asked in concern, “Dad, if you come here and work with Mitch, are you gonna start looking old like him?
--Mitchell Hegman

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

White Trees, Dark Sky

Today, I am posting a photograph of frost-covered trees as seen from my back deck at sunset.

--Mitchell Hegman

Monday, December 8, 2014


Doing what is best for others is normally what is best for you.
--Mitchell Hegman

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Tiny Ships

Here, at the pale shoulder of morning,
The final star crossing from darkness to light takes full measure of life.
At first light, mountains tumble into cities that stand upright and shine brightly on one side.
Threads of water begin small but soon stitch themselves into green seas.
In the cities, people gather against colorful reflections.
From the echoes of joined voices tiny ships emerge
And are sent along the blue threads of water
So the men onboard might seek and explore the endless seas.
From darkness into light, from light into darkness,
And from darkness into the light again, the ships sail on,
The men taking measure once
And themselves being measured over and over again.

--Mitchell Hegman

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A Suggestion

I woke this morning and immediately got to thinking that we should add a third, capitalized “G” to the word sugGgestion to make it a much bigger deal.
--Mitchell Hegman

Friday, December 5, 2014

Three Notes on Human Health

1.  It is necessary to floss only the teeth you would like to keep.
2.  If you are shaving a part of your body that requires two mirrors and a contorted stance, the use of a straight edge razor is not recommended.
3.  In spite of persistent wives’ tales, laughter is not actually contagious, but gonorrhea is.
--Mitchell Hegman

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Dude, Have You Seen My Brains?

Some fairly important people are missing their brains.  While you might guess that I am referencing some of your nearest relatives or perhaps a local employer, I am really talking about the staff at the University of Texas.
Before you start in on any jokes about a Montanan, a Texan, and the Pope entering a gay bar in Missoula, I would like to note that the missing brains are, in crass terms, pickled specimens long preserved in jars of formaldehyde.  The brains in question—something near 100 of them—were being held in storage for Austin State Hospital.  One of the missing brains is thought to be that of Charles Whitman, the so called “clock tower sniper.”  Mr. Whitman killed 16 people and wounded 32 others at the University of Texas in 1966.
While you might be able to explain how your relatives came to be missing their sense of humor or explain how your boss lost all common sense, explaining the loss of dozens of whole pickled brains in jars is a notable mystery.  The missing brains were used for studies by the University of Texas Psychology Department.  Any value placed on the brains, beyond their use in university studies or their use as Halloween backdrops, is uncertain.
You are now welcome to launch into a joke about three men locked in a small room filled with pickled brains: a professor of psychology from Texas, a cowboy from Montana, and surfer from California.  I am favoring a joke about milk cartons with an illustration of the human brain printed on the back and the simple caption: “Missing.”
--Mitchell Hegman

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A Quote

If two wrongs don’t make a right, try three.
--Laurence J. Peter

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Flying Boy

Maybe you came from a place where a flying boy is likely Peter Pan.  I, on the other hand, came from a place where a flying boy likely got kicked in the ass by his father or his big brother.
--Mitchell Hegman

Monday, December 1, 2014

I Think She Likes Me

A friend of mine is convinced that he is a major attraction to women.  He is no more attractive to the opposite sex than any other guy with average looks and a pot belly, mind you, but this does little to discourage what we shall call his abundant imagination.  Honestly, he is convinced that every girl he meets is hot for him.  Just to show you what I am mean, I present the following conversation:
Setting: My ladies’ man friend and I are leaving a hardware store.  He has just purchased a small sack of mixed bird seed.
Ladies’ Man (Grinning and swinging his sack of bird seed): Hey, did you notice that girl back there in the store?
Me: Which girl?  There were a bunch of them in the store.
Ladies’ Man: The girl in the bird seed aisle.
Me: Of course I noticed her.  She was nearly standing on my toes.  Why?
Ladies’ Man: She wants me.
Me: Wow.  I did not catch that.
Ladies’ Man (Holding forth the sack of bird seed): Didn’t you notice how she came right up to me and started talking and then helped me pick out this seed?  I think she likes me.
Me: Yeah…I did notice that.  But she is friendly with customers because she works there.  That’s what she is paid to do. She sells bird seed.  I also noticed that the checker gave you proper change.  Does that mean she has the hots for you, too?
Ladies’ Man: Screw you, Mitch.
--Mitchell Hegman