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Title: Just curiosity.
Post by: truckersau on November 19, 2007, 09:23:09 PM
I'm a rather curious person at the best of times,  ::)but now with the internet/furums and being able to talk to people all round the world like here.
I often wonder what other people do for a living, when their not restoring photos.
Me, I'm retired. I do nothing except look after the two youngest grandkids before & after school on weekdays. Take them to soccer, netball, baseball & little athletics, while their mum works.
Apart from that I just potter in my very little garden (when health allows me), I live in a semi nursing home so the main garden gets looked after by gardeners.
So what do our other OPR members do?
Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: OPRAng on November 19, 2007, 10:04:02 PM
I am actually a pediatric physical therapist--that's why you will NEVER see a restoration I have worked on--I have no clue how to do them. I work for a local school system with students from 2 to 22 years of age. We also have a 3 year old little boy that keeps us on our toes and we are expecting another little boy in January. When OPR started, I just had to help out. I thought the business angle would be easier for me to learn than how to do restorations--I was right. The magic you guys do is not something I will be able to learn anytime soon--I'll stick with balancing the check book. :)
Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: Tess (Tassie D) on November 19, 2007, 11:39:29 PM
Um, where to start. Mother of  2 daughters, 21 & 11. Secretary, accounts manager and trades assistant (fancy words for gopher) with hubby's business we run from home. Certificate 4 in workplace training & assessment. I also do some work modifying webpages, fixing computers and cleaning spyware off them. Oh and I repair photos in my spare time.  :funny:  :crazy:
Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: Ratz on November 20, 2007, 01:26:37 AM
Ray I work at a gas station full time and do some photography when I can.
I'm looking forward to being able to retire from Caltex and do photography full time.
To that end,I am using my wage to buy all the equipment I will need.
Photo rescue is a side-line I have found I really love, so hopefully I can do some restoration work for
paying customers one day.
Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: Ausimax on November 20, 2007, 07:05:06 AM
Hi Ray,

I too am retired, we live on 5 acres and we mow about 3.5 - 4 acres of it, so when we have rain that can keep me pretty busy. We also try and grow a few veggies and run half a dozen chooks.

We do volunteer work at our local primary school and are members of the P&C, so that uses up a bit of the spare time, plus where we live it is DIY territory, if you need something done you do it yourself, costs too much to get a tradesman to travel out even if they would consider doing it, so we have to be pretty self sufficient.

That said it still leaves a good patch of time to restore photos, a good excuse to stay in out of the heat, well thats my story and I'm stickin to it!

Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: kiska on November 20, 2007, 07:43:04 AM
"Chooks"????? (chickens??)
Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: Ausimax on November 20, 2007, 07:51:31 AM
You got it!  We'll soon have you all speaking Aussie. :up:

Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: Hannie on November 20, 2007, 09:31:39 AM
Hi Ray,

Nice topic you started!  It's great to read what interests people and what they do in the course of day. .
I'm a mother of 3 daughters, 26, 32 and 33 years old and grandmother of 2 boys and a girl (4, 6, 7),
Highschool math teacher, the pupils ages are from 12 to 18.  It is a demanding job and the hours are long and many. 
Last year one of my daughters asked me to digitize some photos for for a project she was doing.  They were old and damaged photos so I decided to see if I could clean them up a little.  She then suggested that I might get into photo restoring a little more and I did.  I tried some tutorials on the net  and that's how I found the OPR video on Youtube.  I immediately loved the idea of restoring photos for flood victims.  (The struggle with water levels is always an interesting topic for the Dutch  )
This forum is a great place with really nice people.

Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: Dave on November 20, 2007, 11:21:04 AM
I'm a photo editor for a daily newspaper called The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, VA (just south of Washington DC). For those of you who aren't as familiar with OPR history, The Free Lance-Star was integral to getting this operation up and running.

Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: GP on November 20, 2007, 02:43:25 PM
I am also a mother of to grownup children ( daughter, 33, married, 2 girls ages 6 and 7; son, 29, single). I work as a research scientist at a biotech company, which is part of a big pharmaceutical company.I found a link to this site on the Adobe photoshop elements user site.
I also liked the idea to restore photos for flood victims. Although I did not have much skills or experience to restore photos, I dove right in and learned on the way a couple of tricks to get the job done. Now I am really addicted to restoration. I am not a lot here at the forum right now, except for reading. But I am working on a picture and I will be back for feedback when I am done with it.
It is slow going right now because of the holidays approaching and we will be going away on a cruise for 5 days. Afterward, we will have my parents visiting for a month from Germany ( haven't seen them in 6 years!), but I will try to plug away on more restorations during that time.

Gerlinde  :loveit:
Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: cmpentecost on November 20, 2007, 02:48:07 PM
I was in the insurance and finance industry for about 12 or so years, primarily working as an insurance adjuster.  I never really enjoyed what I did for a living, and as a birthday gift to myself in 2000, I quit!  I've since been greatly involved in volunteering, first with the Ronald McDonald House, and now with OPR.  My life is now much happier and complete, as I'm doing what I love - volunteering and contributing to a great cause. 

Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: glennab on November 20, 2007, 05:11:20 PM
Hi Ray

Good question! A few of us oldsters in OPR got to know a little about each other at the get-go, but we have so many wonderful "newbies" that it's a good idea to catch up!

I'm a graphic designer for a publisher of tourist guide-maps in central and southwest Florida.  My work mostly consists of designing ads and covers, as well as coordinating between the art department and the area managers of the publications for which I'm lead artist.  I've done some web work and in fact designed a good portion of the web site for our Southwest Florida publication.  Over my 500 years in the trade I've been a production manager, typographer, designer, art director and doer of anything that's on the table when everyone else has said "no way am I doing that!" (as in designing a set of fonts for our publications when the rest of the crew stonewalled the job.  I have sticky notes that say "stupid is when your mind says 'no way' and your big mouth says 'no problem'."  That would be me!)

I'm a rescuer of cats (I have 12 of my own, but have fostered about 70).  Truth be told, I'm a cat freak.  Hubby swears that if I found a large chunk of cow dung in the shape of a cat, I'd have to have it.  I confess -- it's true!

Back when I had a life, I was a horticultural hobbyist.  I love growing, propagating and tending to plants, especially since we can grow exotic flora all year.  That's rather fallen by the wayside, since I'm so involved with photo restoration.  There ARE a few nondescript dessicated morsels still out back, but I'm ashamed to admit how pitiful they are.

I'm a compulsive reader and (go figure) love to write.

Right now I'm in the middle of my annual Thanksgiving grandkid fest.  Hubby and I have the week off. The weather is gorgeous, so the youngsters have spent a lot of time at the park, the skateboard park and in the yard playing soccer and football.  Grandma even got up the gumption and go out and throw the frisbee a couple of times.  (Last year I played soccer, fell, and the eldest grandchild put me on restriction and wouldn't let me play anymore.)  Tomorrow we're going to make kitty litter cake to take to my daughter's for Thanksgiving dessert (guaranteed no one will touch it.  The last one I made was so realistic that even though it was very tasty I had to throw most of it away.  Quote: Ewwwww!  That's gross!  But it's lots of fun to make, and sculpting tootsie rolls (use your imagination) is a hoot!

Two of the five are going shooting at the range with Pop-pop, and the rest of us are squabbling, wrestling, watching movies and just enjoying being together.

Speaking of which, I have to run.  I've been invited to join the crew to watch another DVD.

In case I don't get back on the forum before then, I hope everyone has a glorious Thanksgiving and takes time to remember how lucky we are, wherever we are, and whatever we are dealing with.  Life can be so good!  We just have to make it so.

I love you all!

Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: Mhayes on November 20, 2007, 05:21:16 PM
I was in aerospace for about 20 years, starting at the bottom on the assembly line and working up to upholstery, technical writing, weight/balance engineering and spares customer support. Parts of that time were enjoyable, especially the five years that I got to travel. In the end I got tired of being another casualty of lay offs and having work that I once done, outsourced.

After the last layoff, I was offered the chance to go back to school and get some additional training. Under the Displaced Worker's program, I enrolled in a graphics art program.  Because of that training, I now enjoy freelancing and the chance to be a part of OPR. (My husband's take on this would be that I am retired with no intention of working.)

Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: klassylady25 on November 20, 2007, 05:41:36 PM
I'm a homemaker by choice, though I have worked outside of the home off and on.  I just left a 2 1/2 year job as head of housecleaning at a salon in Edmond.   Now, I work at home and never run out of things to do.   
Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: kiska on November 20, 2007, 05:50:05 PM
My last employment was a finance and insurance assistant at a car dealership. I've also been a traditional retoucher, negative and print. I'm a 'widderwoman' with two grown children; daughter is a graphic desighner, son a photographer. I volunteer at a wild animal rescue zoo and other places. I have three dogs, the HANNAH being the queen.
Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: cmpentecost on November 20, 2007, 06:07:21 PM

You need a cat!   ::)

Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: truckersau on November 20, 2007, 06:11:31 PM
Fair dinkum, ( yep, more Aussie slang ).
This is what I love about this sort of organization, (apart from being able to give something back in life ).
All these people, all over the world, from all walks of life and backgrounds, here for one perpose.
I left school when I was 13 and put to work, in the building trade untill I was about 20, joined the army and while I was there I got my semi licence. When I got out of the army I took on interstate truck driving and did that untill about 5 years ago.
A friend of mine bought me Photoshop a bit over 12 month ago, and I've been teaching myself that since ( and still learning ), so I have no formal training, or real education.
Oh, by the way I have 2 kids, a boy 29, a girl 36, and I have 11 grandkids, the two youngest one now life just around from me, the others live in Queensland.
Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: glennab on November 20, 2007, 06:38:15 PM


kiska and that royal Hannah pooch are up to no good.  A cat could be just the ticket to keep them out of trouble!

And Ray -- you've led a very interesting life.  For a guy who's been using Photoshop for such a short time, you've done some wonderful work for OPR.  Especially knowing that you're doing it all upside down! Amazing!


Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: Tess (Tassie D) on November 20, 2007, 06:54:17 PM
Quote from: Glenna
Especially knowing that you're doing it all upside down! Amazing!

Yep that superglue is good stuff.  :funny:
Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: Charlene5 on November 20, 2007, 11:25:50 PM
I spent nine years in the Army and got myself discharged when my son was born.  My husband served 23 years and dragged us from pillar to post all over the world.  We moved 13 times in 19 years.  While the kids were little I did a lot of volunteer stuff.  My favorite was an adult literacy tutor.  I taught adults to read.  It was magical.  In 1996 I started with an online service in the UK.  The money was flowing and it was great fun until we were bought out by a big corporation and the party was over.  When I finally figured out (I'm a bit slow at times) that the IRS - the income tax people - were taking roughly 35% of my income and I weighed that fact along with how un-fun it had become and handed in my notice in 2005. 

I built and am furnishing a big fancy dollhouse, all of it made by me.  It's something I always wanted to do.  I've sewn since I was 10 years old and I still enjoy that.  I have four cats, two adult children (21 and 23) and a husband who is all Type A and organized.  He's a network engineer.  Last Christmas I bought myself a huge Photoshop upgrade from 6 to CS2 with an eye to restoring some old family photos that I found in deplorable condition stuffed in a grocery sack in my mother's shed.  I finally started on them in July and found OPR via Katrin Eismann's website.   I very much enjoy taking something that was a mess and making it look sortof the way it did.  I learn something from every picture and I've learned from all of you.
Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: Johnboy on November 21, 2007, 05:35:07 PM

I too am among the retirees. I have been retired just over 2 years. In my former life I worked in higher education in the audio visual area. In simple terms I started out as an order taker and order writer up for the production area involving photography, graphics, printing and copying. I did this for about 15 years and then became manager over this group. I retired as the manager over just printing and copying. I spent about the next 20 years in some form of management.

I too, Ray, like to garden. I have done both vegetables and flowers for many years. I just wrapped up the garden for this year in the last few days. I don't mind mowing grass but 3.5 to 4 acres is a but much Max. It was quite dry here this summer so there wasn't much need for mowing. I also tutor at an elementary school near our church. I am now in my third year doing that with the same teacher.

I am married and have two daughters (38 & 33), and two grandchildren a girl 6 and a boy 4. These two can keep you busy when they visit. Everyone lives local so that is not a problem.

When I retired one of my goals was to learn more about Photoshop. Plus with a strong photo background it only seemed natural. I would help the students send their digital files to the printer, but knew little else about the software. Layers used to be a mystery to me. I found some tutorials and started working on them. I still have several more to do. I learned about OPR through an Apple web start up news page. I read the early blogs and then the forum. I finally joined last December. I don't have extra travel funds to go help build houses, but I can set at home helping to return memories that could have been lost forever. I have enjoyed being part of this group, and all its comradery.

Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: Tess (Tassie D) on November 21, 2007, 05:45:44 PM
MJ do you have pictures of your doll house? I'd love to see them.
Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: truckersau on November 21, 2007, 06:31:10 PM
Tess, I was thinking of the same thing about the doll house, I think Hayley (grand daughter) would like to see them too.

Max, I have to agree with Johnboy about the mowing, unless you have a ride-on mower. I was born on a 2000 acre sheep station but we had a 10 acre home section that we mowed, but we had a ride-on mower.

Glenna, after reading this thread, I think everyone has lead a interesting life in one way or another.

Chris, I showed the daughter-inlaw the photo of the cat you want to get, her reply "Thats b e a u t i f u l, I'd love one like that." but I think their dog might eat it.
Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: Charlene5 on November 21, 2007, 08:11:47 PM
Oddly enough I don't have any pictures of the house or the furnishings but I suppose I could?  I'm still building - the electrical wiring is making me insane - and making furniture, fixtures, and etceteras.  It's a period house set in 1939 England.

Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: schen on November 22, 2007, 11:01:50 AM
I started out my study in biomedical science.  Drafted after my in-school deferment.  Because of my background, I was assigned the instructor in the military medical school for my service.   My research in electrical physiology led me to study in electrical engineering after I was discharged and eventually finished a degree in EE.  I worked at university for several years doing engineering work to support the campus research projects including some NASA space programs.  The lure of the proximity of the big city and relatives made me move to the Chicago suburb and worked on the design of computers behind the telecommunication systems.  Six years ago, at the start of the decline of the industry, I was encouraged to take the retirement.  So I left the industry and went on to teach electronics at a college 70-90 minutes away.  Some semesters, the teaching load is lighter and I have much spare time in my hands.  With the recent completion of the highway, the commute was down to 45 minutes Tuesday even when the area was covered with thick fog and light drizzle.  I realized that I will have one more hour each day to work on restoration.

Earlier this year, a coworker’s home business got a new computer system.  He abandoned the old PS7 and switched to PSP.   He gave me his old stuff because he knew I was just getting into digital photography.  I struggled to learn PS by going through every book I can find at the local library until I stumbled on an Eismann’s restoration tutorial DVD.  I was immediately drawn to the idea of photo restoration.  I bought her book of restoration and while downloading the exercise images at her website, I found OPR.  Seven months later, I finished 21 restorations for OPR and learned a lot about PhotoShop and photo restoration through practices and the advices from this forum.

On the day of Thanksgiving, I would like to thank OPR for the opportunity for me to learn photo restoration and help others at the same time.  More importantly, I got to know all the wonderful volunteers on this forum.

Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: Mhayes on November 22, 2007, 01:27:28 PM
Hi Schen.

It's amazing how many people found OPR by way Katrin Eismann's restoration book. I too stumbled on the website when I was downloading the exercises to go with the book. From that day in July of this year; I am richer for the people I have come to know on this forum.

Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: John on November 28, 2007, 01:40:54 AM
Hey everyone...

I work for a privately owned 'CLEC', i.e. phone company, as an account rep.  I basically assist medium/large size businesses implement communications solutions.  Or as I tell my girlfriend (who I'm also lucky enough to have met and work with) 'I'm slingin' dial tone'.  Before my telecom days, I managed a sporting goods store similar to Dicks Sporting goods which took me to Rome (NY, lol) and Pittsfield, MA.  Retail was the toughest (but most fun at the same time) job I ever had, 6 day workweeks on my feet all day with only 3 holidays off a year.  The only perk was getting 40+% discounts off wholesale prices to test sporting goods equipment.  Needless to say I have a lifetime supply of golf clubs, ski bindings, tennis rackets, etc.

I got into photoshop via the weekly contests over at Woot.com where I actually won one and placed in several others.  

OPR has been quite an inspiration and proof positive that the human spirit is alive and well.
Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: hoodman3 on November 28, 2007, 08:35:35 PM
Hi all,

I work for a small construction company in New York City, building ultra high end residences. Married since 2000, but we don't have any kids so I can mostly control my spare time.
I've been into Photoshop since v6 came out. This site came to my attention in a forum at Worth 1000, a site for Photoshop contests.
Louisiana is my home state and jumped at the idea to help out the people down there. I have many friends in New Orleans, relatives in Hammond, relatives in Pass Christian, and relatives in the panhandle of Florida. All escaped damage except a friend in New Orleans had some damage to his house in the Bywater section.
What OPR is doing is very special and growing and I'm happy, happy to be a part of it.

Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: jneil2 on November 28, 2007, 09:43:07 PM
I retired from American Airlines last year.  My passion has always been photography, about 20 years ago I had my own studio (and darkroom), doing mostly portrait work.  (the dark ages of film.....)

I live in San Diego, California.  I have 2 children, a daughter (31) and a son (29), and 2 beautiful grandkids.  Once my husband retires we plan to really take advantage of my free travel benefits

I heard about OPR at Photoshop World in Las Vegas a little over a year ago.  I came away from that conference with a few goals, one of them to become a member of OPR.  Last summer I went to Biloxi on the copy run.  Worked my butt off (happily) for three days, and fell in love with OPR and the volunteers I met there (you know who you are.....)

These days I am busy keeping up with the distribution of those Biloxi photos.  Thanks to all of you for helping me.

Jan Neil


Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: cmpentecost on November 29, 2007, 12:04:36 AM
Uh, John...can we talk about those extra ski bindings you have laying around???

Christine - in Montana....where we have LOTS of ski hills!

Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: Miz Cozma on January 11, 2008, 11:25:41 PM
Hi all :)

nice to meet everyone and to learn more about who I am talking to almost daily these days :)

I do some freelance graphic, web design. Also some photo retouching and computer repair. I want to do all of this full time! :)

I taught myself almost everything I know, and then tried to take school to get a cert. in Advertising Design. Sadly last year my slightly over priced school sorta screwed us around. Telling us suddenly they were closing and moving locations. It was the news paper that told us they had gone bankrupt.

After a few months another school bought them over and reopened the school, but they have not offered my program again yet for me to continue :(

So I am trying to find more work, even better a job in the industry. Til then I keep teaching myself and work as a research assistant, and trainer for b2b research. Not too exciting but pays the rent

I have my own motto...Cats not Kids, for me alone of course hehe  I love kids! just prefer when they are someone elses LOL  My 2 kittys, Bear and Clawdia, have been with me for 14+ years :) 

I live in Canada (yes burr sometimes)  and as my profile pic I just uploaded shows, I sorta have my own style  ;D  People, when they first see me, are not always sure how to take me, and once they talk to me are usually happily surprised that I am nice and social-able and don't bite.. well not complete strangers :) 

One thing that I love about my style is the smiles I bring out on peoples faces when they see me bouncing down the street towards them, even the most blah looking person can't help to crack a smile specially when I have my daisies in my hair :)  I like having that effect on people!

so thats a bit about me :)

Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: schen on January 12, 2008, 12:36:08 AM
Hi Miz, I like your look.  How boring it will be if we all look the same.  In my line of work, I do get to meet people with dyed hair, piercings and such.  After knowing a few nice people like that, I really understood that you can't judge the book by the cover.  Welcome to the mad house and thank you for the great jobs.

Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: Mhayes on January 12, 2008, 01:29:38 AM
Hi Miz, it's great to have you on board! You have come to the right place, seeing that you are a cat person.  :up: :up: At the present time, those of us that are owned by cats outnumber the dogs. We try not to gloat too much as there is an unhappy hound by the name of The Hannah who runs with Kiska, who doesn't have much good to say about felines.

I sympathize with you and the school closing. The same thing happened to me when I enrolled in a technical college that taught graphic arts. It was a great school and we had author/designer Robin Williams and John Tollett come for a visit. They were very impressed and could not believe it when the school board decided to drop the program. I was only into the 1st year and had to transfer to a junior college, which was not a good fit.

You will love the Forum and everyone here is more than willing to help out. Plus, this group has a really great sense of humor. Good luck in your career and don't give up!

Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: Hannie on January 12, 2008, 09:53:56 AM
Hi Miz Cozma,

You look just like Julie Miller (great singer/songwriter, wife of Buddy) she is a cat person too, looks after stray cats.
I hope you will stay with us for a long time, it is fun to read your postings.



PS oh yea, don't worry about The Hannah, I think her bark is bigger than her bite!  :)
Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: kiska on January 12, 2008, 10:47:13 AM
Best watch yo' mouth, Mz Hannie!


Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: schen on January 12, 2008, 11:13:48 AM
Look at Hannie's teeth, if I were Hannah, I will stay quiet.  :funny:
Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: Miz Cozma on January 12, 2008, 02:22:10 PM
LOL hehe I love puppys too no worry there hannie hehe but same rule applies to pups as to kids.. wonderful as long as someone else takes them home at night  hehehe

and yes you will find me around here for a while I really enjoy being part of this gathering of creative and sweet people!

Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: glennab on January 13, 2008, 11:38:00 PM
Hi Miz

It was great learning about you, and I so appreciate that you're adamantly yourself and proud to be so.  I've known many creatives over the years who are so wonderfully eclectic in the way they dress, approach the world and interact with other people.  I always find that a breath of fresh air.  I'm happy to see you posting so much and look forward to more of your perky posts!



P.S.  I'm so glad to have another cat person aboard.  We have to really struggle to keep THE HANNAH under control.  I think I'd nickname her "Attitude Annie!"
Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: Susan F. on January 29, 2008, 01:32:17 PM
I am a real newbie here and wanted to say 'hi' to everyone as well as mention to Miz that I absolutely love her style!  When I first noticed Miz's avatar, I immediately thought of Cindy Lauper when she did the 'girls just want to have fun' video; colourful and fun!

Insofar as my background, originally from Chicago, moved to Canada when I was in my 20's, moved to Arizona when I was in my late 30's, and now that I'm in my 50's, I'm in Oklahoma.  Raised four sons too.  Professionally, my background has always been in accounting, currently, unemployed since moving to very rural Oklahoma.

Although I have loved playing around in photoshop for years (did design work for a web company as well as their accounting) my interest in photo restoration began after my Dad's death and I inherited the family albums to archive.  Many of the photos were severely damaged and I went one step beyond just archiving them, to archiving them restored.  I am addicted to photoshopping!!  I would love to do this for a living. 

OPR is a wonderful concept and I am very proud to be a member here .  :)
Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: Mhayes on January 29, 2008, 01:58:16 PM
Hi Soonercitysue,

Welcome, it's great to have you as member! It's interesting to see how you came to restoring by way of the family albums. I wish I would have had the knowledge to have done that with my family's albums. I also wish that while my parents and grandparents were alive that notes would have been on the backside of the photos. I have so many photos that I haven't a clue to their identity.

In a couple of weeks I will be doing a mini-copy run for a lady in Coffeyville, KS. She lost her home, business, and all of her possions in the flood. What was the most devasting to her though was the loss of the photographs in a small suitcase that her father had intrusted to her. She had planned to scan the pictures and archive them on her computer with the hopes of also sharing them with her brothers and sisters. She did not get to them in time, because the flood did. She still doesn't have the courage to tell her father what happened. He on the other hand doesn't, I would imagine, have the heart to ask. Hopefully OPR will be able to restore a lot of these photos.

Thanks all of you for the enormous help you bring people.  :hug:

Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: glennab on January 29, 2008, 02:25:51 PM
Hi SC Sue

Welcome, welcome!  It's wonderful that we still have people joining OPR.  Be sure to hang out on the forum.  You'll meet some incredible and talented people.  I'm glad you're here.



Margie: another Coffeyville run?  You are the best!  Here's hoping that we can restore the contents of that suitcase.
Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: Mhayes on January 29, 2008, 03:05:21 PM
Hi Glenna,

Thanks! One big difference this time is that the lady will be driving up to be with her grandchildren in Andover, KS for a week. I will meet her there, which is only a 20 minute drive from I am, instead of doing the two hour drive. Talk about relief!

Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: Hannie on January 29, 2008, 05:08:36 PM
Welcome to the forum Soonercitysue, it is great to have you here!


Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: klassylady25 on January 29, 2008, 05:34:08 PM
That makes 2 Okies!!  Hi SoonerSue, I'm an Okie too.  Oklahoma City here!!  Welcome     ;)
Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: Susan F. on February 02, 2008, 10:22:43 AM
Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome but most especially for just being such a wonderful group of people helping other people, especially for helping fellow restorers work through their pics.

Candy, so terrific to find another Okie here!!
Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: hendersonforhomes on February 15, 2008, 11:12:56 AM
I've been a Realtor for 15 years, and also shoot about 40 or 50 senior portraits/family portraits a year.
Title: Re: Just curiosity.
Post by: Sunniee on February 15, 2008, 08:05:56 PM
Howdy! I live in northern California and work for the local PD  :police:
I do photography and PS work for fun.... I am also going to school for my AS degree. My daughter is getting married in a few months.... and I have 3 kids still at home (3 dogs)

Nice to be here and help with such a worthy cause! I look forward to getting to know ya'll.
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Post by: Mhayes on February 15, 2008, 08:48:48 PM
Welcome you two! Randy despite being a newbie as far as post; you have some experience in restoring photos from the Galleries. Sunniee welcome to the Forum and you will find it is not only for a worthy cause, but a lot of fun as well. It will be noted that you have three dogs, which puts you in the minority; however, before the cats get too smart and gloat over the fact, they want to know if you will be packing heat?

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Post by: Sunniee on February 15, 2008, 09:53:24 PM
Well... I'm always packin' heat in one form or another  :P
If it matters.... the dogs are probably smaller than the cats!
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Post by: Mhayes on February 15, 2008, 10:29:11 PM
Sunniee, after careful consideration of your last post, the cats on this end are willing to extend a paw in friendship.  :)

Ok, all silliness aside, how did you find out about OPR?
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Post by: Tess (Tassie D) on February 16, 2008, 12:04:08 AM
Welcome to the forum, nuthouse, whichever you prefer. :)
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Post by: glennab on February 16, 2008, 01:02:54 PM
Randy, I know you've been with us for a while, but it's great to have you posting more.  I so appreciate that you're a professional photographer, as I believe I've learned more from our photographers than from anyone else (and that's saying a lot).  I hope you continue to be a presence!

Sunniee, a huge welcome.  How in the world do you have time for OPR, with all you have going on in your life?  Job, school, kids, dogs – WOW. As with Margie's felines, my pride of 12 will condescend (they are cats, after all) and welcome your pups into the family as well.  I hope you'll be a forum regular.  You won't find better people anywhere!  And the wonderful thing is that they're EVERYWHERE!

Hugs to both of you,

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Post by: Sunniee on February 16, 2008, 01:10:38 PM
First.... the dogs are happy to be friends with cats....

I found out about OPR when it first started and someone talked about it in the forums at DPChallenge.com, where I am a member. I signed up to help then, but didnt really have the time for it...
I know I appear too busy now... but playing in photoshop is actually a stress reliever for me since I love to do it! :up:
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Post by: Ratz on February 16, 2008, 04:04:07 PM
Welcome to the boards Randy, it's always nice to meet new inmates :up:
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Post by: cmpentecost on February 16, 2008, 04:20:40 PM
Hi Suniee,

Welcome to OPR!  I think a lot of us can relate to working in Photoshop and on the restorations as a form of relaxation.  I will forewarn you that restoring these damaged photos can be addicting....in a good way!   :halo:

Glad you've joined us! 

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Post by: paulboyowhite on May 28, 2013, 06:24:46 AM
I am a humble factory worker .I make electronics that fit inside cars to save your lives in the event of an accident .
Very boring but I like my co workers and its a nice easy job.
Outside of work my life revolves around family.
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Post by: KenStephens on September 28, 2016, 11:40:18 AM
Many of us mention being retired and having grandkids.

We have seven grandchildren.  When one of them was three years old, she simply did not wake up one morning.  She had no diseases, and no cause for her death was ever discovered.  Because she lived a thousand miles away, we had not seen her as much as we would have liked. 

Enjoy them while you can.  Carpe Diem.
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Post by: Mhayes on September 28, 2016, 02:09:00 PM

How horrible to lose your granddaughter; I hope you have photos of her and imagine it hard when the miles separate you from seeing her more often.

We have lot of volunteers that are retired and sign up for OPR, myself included. Thanks for sharing.

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Post by: Mshake on January 15, 2018, 12:55:37 PM
Hi all,

I'm a retired Tool & Diemaker from Toledo Ohio. My hobby was always photography and I now sell stock photos, mostly landscape and nature, especially waterfalls. I'm married and have one 32 year old daughter. I joined OPR to use my skills in Photoshop to help people. I love this organization and what it does. I like to think we are restoring memories, not just a photo.
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Post by: Shadow on January 15, 2018, 05:19:08 PM
A hearty welcome Mshake! Look forward to seeing you around. Good luck with your first restore.
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Post by: Hannie on January 15, 2018, 06:23:14 PM
Welcome to the forum Mshake and have fun with your first OPR restore!

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Post by: Candice on January 15, 2018, 11:52:55 PM
Welcome to the OPR family, Mshake! 

Candy from Oklahoma
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Post by: Mhayes on January 16, 2018, 12:16:34 AM
Hi Mshake, welcome to the Forum. Great to have you and hope you will post your work here.

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Post by: Lynnya on January 16, 2018, 10:57:52 AM
Welcome from sunny Florida  :)