Hi. Thanks for stopping by! My name is Jessica and I want to share some of my photos with you since I RARELY print photos any more. I have no agenda or aspirational purpose for the blog, other than my need for a creative outlet. That said, though, I do hope that the contents of this blog will make you laugh (or at least smile) and occasionally add some beauty to your day. I may even throw in a poem or short story once in a while.

Please ask me before using my photos for anything. You can reach me at jsb1999@gmail.com.

The name for my blog comes from my lifelong desire to find connections with others through my own stories and personal experiences. I used the phrase “This one time, at band camp” long before it was made famous by the movie American Pie. Incidentally, I also have red hair, played the flute and used the exact same inflection in my voice as the actress (Alyson Hannigan) when saying it. Coincidence?

For those of you that know the movie: Yes, I used that phrase often; yes, I have red hair; and, yes, I played the flute. The answer to the next question is “NO!” πŸ™‚


56 thoughts on “About

    snappy~speak said:
    October 19, 2012 at 1:08 am

    I like your new site layout! Looks good!

      Renchick responded:
      October 19, 2012 at 5:25 am

      Thank you! I am still tinkering with it a bit, but I think it is almost all set πŸ™‚

        Maurice Sapiro said:
        October 28, 2012 at 8:57 pm

        I taught flute for 40 years. Thanks for viewing my site.

        Renchick responded:
        October 28, 2012 at 8:59 pm

        Hahaha! I really wanted to learn violin, but all I had access to was the flute. I was never a great flautist, and preferred the piccolo when I was able to get my hands on one πŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting!

    Maurice Sapiro said:
    October 28, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I taught elementary school instrumental music—we had several violins available. Too bad you didn’t go to school in North Haven.

      Renchick responded:
      October 28, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      Yes! Though I was lucky to get any music training in elementary school at all – attended an inner city school in Seattle that did not have a formal music program (no school-owned instruments, so we had to purchase, which is why I had a flute instead of a violin – it was much less expensive). If it were not for the interest of one of the teachers, Mr. Yamaguchi, I would not have had exposure until much later.

    Maurice Sapiro said:
    October 28, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    We may be in luck—are you still in Seattle? A dear friend and classmate of mine (Eastman ’54, 55,) lives in Seattle, and still teaches music. I think I can get you a discount. She’s a piano teacher. Is it too late to change instruments?

      Renchick responded:
      October 28, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      Funny! Thank you! I have been in the Midwest since 1991,though, so I will have to miss that opportunity πŸ™‚

    Angeline M said:
    October 29, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Thanks for the follow over on my blog. I love that photo of yours, Sunset on The Great Plains….it looks similar to things out here where I live in Northern California. Nice to meet another fellow blogger/photographer.

      Renchick responded:
      October 29, 2012 at 2:39 am

      No need for thanks – your photos are wonderful and I look forward to seeing more! While I have never been farther north than Sonoma, I have been told that I need to plan a trip to Northern California. I would love to see if the landscape is closer to where I live now, or the cities I grew up in on the west coast in Washington and Oregon πŸ™‚ Thank you for taking the time to stop by!

    nealxavier said:
    November 5, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Thanks for checking out my page and following! Your title/url are awesome, it makes you want to read the whole thing. Keep up the great work!

      Renchick responded:
      November 5, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      Thank you!! I am looking for a way to focus a bit, but until I find it, I am just going to post random stuff πŸ™‚
      Thanks for stopping by!

    There's a frog on my Sprocket! said:
    November 11, 2012 at 3:21 am

    as you know I love your blog… So I wanted to pass this onto you!
    I wanted to inform you that I nominated you for The R.E.A.L.I.T.Y. Blog Award. It’s special, for a blog special like yours. For information about the Award and the award image stop by my post.Β R.E.A.L.I.T.Y. Blog Award
    I’m glad that I know you and am a part of your blogging family!

      Renchick responded:
      November 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      What a nice surprise to wake up to!! Thank you so much! I will take a look at the rules this afternoon. The feeling is mutual – I am glad to be in your blogging family, also! πŸ™‚

        There's a frog on my Sprocket! said:
        November 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm

        Thank you… and glad to brighten your morning

    ajaytao2010 said:
    December 4, 2012 at 2:36 am

    have no agenda or aspirational purpose for the blog, other than my need for a creative outlet. That said, though, I do hope that the contents of this blog will make you laugh.

    I liked that very much u seem to be very honest in your approach.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, be in touch with my blog

      Renchick responded:
      December 4, 2012 at 2:46 am

      Thank you! I look forward to staying in touch! πŸ™‚

        ajaytao2010 said:
        December 4, 2012 at 2:50 am


    Colleen said:
    December 17, 2012 at 6:34 am

    I shared your site for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”. Thank you for your wonderful inspiration.

      Renchick responded:
      December 18, 2012 at 12:12 am

      Oh my goodness! Thank you so much!! I am always quite honored when someone thinks of me for something like this…I appreciate the thought and time that goes into it!I will visit your site and check out the rules tonight!!

    snappy~speak said:
    December 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Have an amazing Christmas Jessica!!

      Renchick responded:
      December 18, 2012 at 12:07 am

      Thank you so much!! I wish the same for you! πŸ™‚

    1EarthUnited said:
    December 19, 2012 at 4:58 am

    Thanks for the follow, I look forward to reading your blog. Take care!

      Renchick responded:
      December 22, 2012 at 7:06 am

      Ditto! πŸ™‚

    dhonour said:
    December 19, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Thanks for stopping by Wine and Cheese (Doodles), the like and for following. I look forward to checking out some of your photographs and the allure of brightening these gray Copenhagen days..

      Renchick responded:
      December 22, 2012 at 7:05 am

      You are welcome! I enjoyed it and look forward to more!

    allthingsgeography1 said:
    December 22, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Looks like an interesting blog! Look forward to following and thanks for following mine πŸ™‚

      Renchick responded:
      December 22, 2012 at 6:03 am

      I love your blog!! Then again…my first job out of college was as a GIS Operator, then urban planner…so I am a bit of a geography geek πŸ™‚

        allthingsgeography1 said:
        December 22, 2012 at 6:08 am

        That’s awesome! Yeah, I’m working on a degree that will include every GIS course my school offers. I have to admit, even though I got an A in cartography (which uses GIS) and a B in Intro to GIS this semester, I still find the program a tad intimidating. It’s such cool software, but it has so much capabilities I’m still trying to wrap my brain around it all. I was originally going to pursue another avenue, but I think GIS is the wave of the future for geography jobs and so I think in the bad economy especially it’s a good idea to know as much GIS as mentally possible as a technical skill. So I’m diving in head first πŸ™‚ I’m happy you enjoy my blog, it’s nice to know people appreciate the work I put into some of these postings.

        Renchick responded:
        December 22, 2012 at 6:19 am

        I enjoyed my job in GIS, but went into planning because I am much more of a “bigger picture” person, and GIS required incredible attention to detail – something I am good at, but it drains the life force out of me πŸ™‚

        Definitely has huge capabilities – most of which I don’t have the patience to learn, so I REALLY appreciate the efforts of those who do! Trust me, I know what it takes to create a map, and most people think GIS folks can just push a few buttons and spit it out on a printer, but SO much more goes into it!

        Good luck in your career and keep in touch – I would love to know which direction you take!

        allthingsgeography1 said:
        December 22, 2012 at 6:31 am

        I felt the exact same way about GIS…it seems like a real detailed-oriented thing. It kind of reminds me of weather forecasting. I love forecasting the weather and it’s a skill I will forever appreciate learning but it is incredibly tedious and detail-oriented. I think knowing this about GIS will help me be more patient as I learn more about its capabilities and how to apply them properly.

        I will definitely stay in touch and you can certainly do the same as I occasionally give updates about school and life in my blog. I would like to build as many connections to the geography community as I can get, as I progress on this relatively new path. Thanks again!

        Renchick responded:
        December 22, 2012 at 6:59 am

        Great! I look forward to it! If you are a big–picture person like me, feel free to ask me anything about how I coped with some of the details I found a bit annoying πŸ™‚

      Renchick responded:
      December 22, 2012 at 6:03 am

      Oh – and thank you! πŸ™‚

    ajaytao2010 said:
    December 26, 2012 at 4:31 am

    Hi Jessica

    Merry Christmas, Lot of Love & Happiness for you in the New Year.

    Thank your for your support and encouragement.

      Renchick responded:
      December 26, 2012 at 5:15 am

      Oh thank you very much! I wish the same for you and thank YOU for your support and encouragement! I look forward to continuing to enjoy your blog in the new year!

        ajaytao2010 said:
        December 26, 2012 at 5:34 am

        very nice of you my beautiful friend. I feel you should at least post some pictures on a regular basis, as you are passionate about it.



    Jonathan Caswell said:
    December 29, 2012 at 3:05 am

    JESSICA—No, I didn’t see the movie but Yes, your tiny thumbnail looks cute….BUT…No, I’m just trawling for more readers! A lot of my poetry and your postings seem to have a common thread. Come see? You answered a post (me, too) on RETURN OF THE MODERN PHILOSOPHER. Come check (my poetry) out?
    —Jonathan Caswell on bythemightymumford.wordpress.com.

      Renchick responded:
      December 29, 2012 at 3:06 am

      On my way! πŸ™‚

    barack2012 said:
    January 8, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Thanks for the like. I look forward to following your blog.

    joy2wrld said:
    January 16, 2013 at 11:51 am

    This is awesome. “This one time at band camp…I met my future husband.” Seriously – I met him when I was 15 at band camp. I play the flute. He plays trombone (movie #2). We got married at 20. The name of your blog brought me here but you’re writing and photos will bring me back!!

      Renchick responded:
      January 16, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      GREAT story! Thank you so much!! I look forward to spending some time on your blog, also – that is, after I hit band practice πŸ™‚ Actually, I am going to the gym, which most people would think is way cooler than band practice (but those of us that have been there know…shhh…keep the code of band camp – what happens there stays there). πŸ˜€ I think I might need to cut back on my caffeine… πŸ˜€

        joy2wrld said:
        January 17, 2013 at 10:49 pm


    roo365 said:
    January 17, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Hi Renchick. Please see below link to an award I’ve nominated you for: http://arooseyeview.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/not-what-it-seems-oh-a-blogging-award/

      Renchick responded:
      January 18, 2013 at 2:06 am

      Wow!! Thank you so much! Made my day! I will check out the rules and details later tonight! πŸ™‚

    allthingsgeography1 said:
    January 25, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Congratulations! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award and posted a link to your blog on my page πŸ™‚ The award has “rules” but of course you don’t have to follow them. (http://allthingsgeography1.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/versatile-blogger-award/)

    Jonathan Caswell said:
    June 28, 2013 at 1:14 am

    HEY….JESSICA!!!! I’ve nominated you for being one of my “favoritest” readers, with THE WONDERFUL TEAM MEMBER READER SHIP AWARD! Hope you are okay…and thanks for checking in πŸ™‚

    Jonathan Caswell said:
    June 28, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    The Award…at http://bythemightymumford.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/an-award-presentation/ has time limits and a chance to opt out. And lots of keyboarding practice for whomever is involved!!! πŸ™‚ Please check it out, even if refusing!!!

      Renchick responded:
      June 30, 2013 at 12:27 am

      I will check it out tonight! Thank you!!

    Herman said:
    September 8, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Hi Jessica. Thank you for following HoB. Much appreciated!

      Renchick responded:
      September 8, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      Likewise! Welcome to my blog, as well – though posts these days have been a bit sparse… πŸ™‚

    Gray Dawster said:
    September 28, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    As I enjoy viewing photographs I am sure that your Space will be one to frequent regularly and if you do happen to add poems and stories then that will be a bonus πŸ™‚ I really like your Hoover Dam offering, it is superb. Have a very nice rest of evening and weekend πŸ™‚


      Renchick responded:
      September 28, 2013 at 9:56 pm

      Wonderful! I’m so glad you stopped by! Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    shenrydafrankmann said:
    October 3, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Thanks for stopping by — definitely a worthwhile blog you have! As the father of a red haired floutist/drum major, you caught my interest. I look forward to seeing more from you here.

      Renchick responded:
      October 4, 2013 at 1:38 am

      Thank you! Watch out for those band camp kids πŸ™‚ Glad we connected!

    Noeline Smith said:
    October 9, 2013 at 9:58 am

    I obviously need to watch American Pie! πŸ™‚
    I meant to thank you for your lovely comment on Leanne’s introduction post – one word can say so much! I hope you continue to enjoy my photographs ….

    Steve said:
    October 29, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Thanks for the follow, I’ve never been to band camp :(. Banned from camp, maybe πŸ˜‰

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