I took the plunge...

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS® AREC License #15292
I finally did it. I talked about it long enough. I looked at it and talked about it so much the boss told me if I mentioned it again she was going to knock my lights out... and I think she meant it.

I've been using an old(er) Cannon SLR for more years than I care to remember. A couple of days ago the FedEx man delivered my new Cannon 40D DSLR. Now, where photography is concerned I'm certainly not as good as my buddy Richard Weisser or John & Margaret Hokkanen but I like to tinker with it. By the way, if you haven't had the chance to meet Richard or see the magic that John and Margaret can do with a camera then put your mouse in gear and click on over. They're all amazing people.

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While out running errands with our friends from out of town this afternoon Dave leans over in the front seat and points out the ginormous flag flying over the Auto Trim Building. It's not often we have gale force winds in Fairbanks but today was a doozie and the flag was out in full force. Years ago I tried to talk Kathy into letting me put a similar flag in the center of our front yard but she was concerned planes would hit it while lining up to land at Eielson AFB so I settled for a 'normal' sized 'Ol Glory. We pass this beautiful flag every day on our way into Fairbanks and it never ceases to bring a smile to my face.

There's a running joke that if you're ever lost, just look for the Auto Trim flag and you'll have your bearings. As memory serves the flag is 15' x 25'... it's quite large. The 'video' above was a series of shots this afternoon and an experiment with Veoh. Hope you enjoy it!

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Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Jessee, we have a car dealer here in Saline that flew huge flags like that on ALL their light poles. The township passed a new ordinance that you could only have them so big. It was terrible, the national media picked up the story, but the township didn't budge. Yesterday, my husband and I drove by and all small, barely able to see flags flew, made me sick.

Enjoy your new camera, sorry for getting off topic, but I'm still disquested with our township.

Jun 23, 2008 12:04 AM #9
Sondra Meyer:
Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Jesse, that is a HUGE flag. It was kind of nice listening to the Star Spangled Banner this morning.  Congrats on the new camera.  I hope you enjoy it. 

Here in Texas, where we are not having any rain....I think those clouds sure do look beautiful.  Wish they were hear. 


Jun 23, 2008 12:09 AM #10
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Jesse thanks for sharing the fine on Veoh.com. I will check it out. That is a big flag.

Jun 23, 2008 12:25 AM #11
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


I wore out the Nikon 8088 That I purchased in 1985. When I bought the D80 in 2006, I was afraid of the transition. But my old lenses not only fit but work properly, so all my filters still function normally.

The video brought a little tear to my eye, if there was a fly-by at the end I think I would have sobbed uncontrollably! Thanks for the mention, I appreciate it.

I have also featured this post in the Whacked Group! I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did.

Jun 23, 2008 12:44 AM #12
Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area


Great video and it brought tears to my eyes too!

How do you like the new camera?

Jun 23, 2008 01:04 AM #13
Audrey June-Forshey
RE/MAX Realty Services - Darnestown, MD
GRI, Gaithersburg, MD

Jesse, I love it.  What a great way to start my day.  We are all truly blessed to live in such a great country.  I need a new camera too.  I will have to check this one out.  We have a car dealership in our area that has one of those flags too.  You are right, you have to have some pretty big winds to make it stand up.  Great post since the 4th is coming up!!

Jun 23, 2008 01:21 AM #14
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes


Love the video and you are right about Richard being a really good photographer, I will check out John and Margaret.  Have you had an opportunity to visit Mike Jones blog and see the pic that he takes he is equally as good. 

Thanks for the video and have a great week.

Don R.

Jun 23, 2008 01:49 AM #15
Jo Olson
HOMEFRONT Realty - Kettle Falls, WA
Retired - HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt

Nice camera! Nice way to break it in. I love huge flags!

Jun 23, 2008 02:22 AM #16
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

What time of day did you film this because it looks really dark outside. I thought you got 18 hours of sunlight this time of year. Shows you how much I know about Alaska -- evidently not much! But nice video, Jesse.

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Jun 23, 2008 02:38 AM #17
Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ


We wanted to get a larger flag, but decided to stay with the 50 star one!!! Thanks,   Fran

Jun 23, 2008 03:23 AM #18
Mana Tulberg
805 County Real Estate - Camarillo, CA
Real Estate Agent - Camarillo CA

Jesse, Good luck with your new toy camera. Looking forward to many of Jesse's productions now, so put on your director's hat.

Jun 23, 2008 04:33 AM #19
Mark Horan
Resident Team Realty, LLC & Toni's Property Management LLC - Saint Cloud, FL
"The Resident Chef" - Resident Team Realty LLC &

Jesse- Thank you for your picture of the flag. Currently in the lower 48 they see it as dicrimination to fly old glory.....what have we become.

Jun 23, 2008 09:09 AM #20
Melody Botting
Broker Associate PenFed Realty - San Antonio, TX
You Deserve The Best

How fancy are you?  Mr big SHOT!

Jun 23, 2008 09:28 AM #21
C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Hey Jesse, that was pretty cool. I love my Nikons and don't know too much about your camera's features, but do know it is always good to buy the thing that you want, especially when it is also something that you need. Enjoy your day in the Rain. Regards, Carolyn.

Jun 23, 2008 09:59 AM #22
Jeremy Blanton
Myrtle Beach Homes Blog - Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com

Jesse...me wants one...I have wanted an SLR Digital for a long time.  I have an older Pentax regular SLR, and want to get a digital version to use my lenses...of course, then Real estate tanks...oh well!

Jun 23, 2008 10:48 AM #23
Melody Botting
Broker Associate PenFed Realty - San Antonio, TX
You Deserve The Best

Jeremy- Perhaps you should ask Santa.  That would mean you would have to stay on the 'good list'.  Never gonna happen, eh?

Jun 23, 2008 12:53 PM #24
Jesse & Kathy Clifton
Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS® - Fairbanks, AK

Good list???? No, no, no.  Santa likes Scotch... liquor the fat bastard jolly fellow up and he'll give Manson a new bauble or two. He's easy that way.

Jun 23, 2008 01:13 PM #25
Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

Wow Jesse!  Now is this a series of stills taken one after the other? Or is it a video camera? I noticed the same black SUV going down the road and disappearing!  Kind of like a video game...  Also, what were the other flags in the background?  I saw several  (2 per pole.)


GREAT PIC of Old Glory. 

Jun 23, 2008 02:45 PM #26
Jamie West
Your Virtual Assistant - Paducah, KY

Great video and glad you like the new camera.  I have a similar cannon.  Sure does make your life easier when you have great equipment to depend on!

Jun 23, 2008 03:19 PM #27
Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop
RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker - Chelan, WA
A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!

VERY nicely done! The editing was superb...I'll have to check out the Veoh site. (Though I'm not making any videos anytime soon!)

Jun 24, 2008 01:29 PM #28
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