23 and Turkey.

“The Weiss house is shown in Lutherville, Maryland Thursday, November 22, 2012.”

On this day last year here in Maryland it was freezing and pouring down rain all day. This year, I got a perfect, sunny fall day to celebrate my birthday. 22 years in the books! Hello 23. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Photos: Spartan Race comes to Fenway Park.

Nov. 18, 2012 – Adam Wood of Spencer, Massachusetts evades an obstacle on the warning track in Fenway Park at the finish line of Spartan Race, a time trial obstacle-filled 2.8 mile race set through various areas of the ballpark. This was Adam’s fourth time participating in the nationwide race series, which was founded in 2004. Photo by Billie Weiss.

Nov. 18, 2012 – Racers scale an obstacle net in front of Fenway Park’s Green Monster during Spartan Race, a time trial obstacle course set through most of the park’s public space and warning track. Over 4,000 racers and 2,000 spectators came on each of the two days of the race. This was the first Spartan Race event held at Fenway Park in the race’s eight year existence. Photo by Billie Weiss.

Nov. 18, 2012 – Racers scale an obstacle net in front of Fenway Park’s Green Monster during Spartan Race, a time trial obstacle course set through most of the park’s public space and warning track. Although the event organizers were not allowed to use the stadium grass, they utilized the warning track, concourses, and bleacher seats to construct the obstacle course. Photo by Billie Weiss.

Nov. 18, 2012 – A race participant completes a “burpee,” a combination of a push up and a jumping jack, on the Budweiser Roof Deck in Fenway Park during Spartan Race, a time trial obstacle course set through most of the park’s public space and warning track. Photo by Billie Weiss

Nov. 18, 2012 – Racers jump rope inside Fenway Park’s Gate B entrance during Spartan Race, a time trial obstacle course set through most of the park’s public space and warning track. Over 4,000 racers and 2,000 spectators came on each of the two days of the race. Photo by Billie Weiss

Over the weekend, the very popular Spartan Race came to Boston, and what better venue to host an obstacle race than Fenway Park?

The ballpark has so many nooks and crannies as is, and there were many games this past season where I felt like I was in an obstacle course just walking around. 

I shot the second of two days of the race, and had some fun with it. If anything, it was nice to wander comfortably while other people struggled through the course. 

Boston Globe Video: Growing up fast in New Hampshire.

“Jenna Randall, 14, prepares for a practice run inside her race car at the Riverside Speedway in Groveton, New Hampshire Saturday, November 3, 2012.”

I had the great pleasure of contributing on a story for The Boston Globe several weeks ago.

I assisted Darren Durlach, Senior Multimedia Producer at the Globe, and shot some of the b-roll footage that appears in this video. A huge thanks to Darren for having me along. 

Click HERE to watch the video, and enjoy!

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Photos: Red Sox recognize Veteran’s Day.

“Members of the Boston Red Sox front office serve dinner at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans of Boston Friday, November 9, 2012. Wally the Green Monster and the World Series Trophies were present at the dinner as well.”

“Members of the Boston Red Sox front office serve dinner at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans of Boston Friday, November 9, 2012. Wally the Green Monster and the World Series Trophies were present at the dinner as well.”

“Homeless military Veterans line up at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans of Boston Friday, November 9, 2012. Wally the Green Monster and the World Series Trophies were present at the dinner.”

“A United States Marine Corps Honorable Discharge certificate is shown during a brunch at Fenway Park celebrating the birthday of the Marines Saturday, November 10, 2012. After brunch, complimentary tours of Fenway Park were provided to Marines and their families, and a 30% discount at the Team Store on Yawkey Way was available to attendees. “

“Marines stop on top of the Green Monster during a tour of Fenway Park Saturday, November 10, 2012. Attendees were treated to tours of the ballpark after a military brunch hosted by the Boston Red Sox celebrating the birthday of the Marines.”

“Marines attend a military brunch celebrating the birthday of the Marines Saturday, November 10,2012. After the brunch, attendees were given complimentary tours of Fenway Park.”

I shot several events over the weekend as the Boston Red Sox recognized Veteran’s Day. The first was a visit to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans of Boston, where we volunteered by serving dinner and displaying the 2004 and 2007 World Series trophies.The second was a military brunch at Fenway Park recognizing the birthday of the United States Marine Corps. 

These were both great events, and I was honored to be a part of them. It’s nice to see how baseball can bring people from other walks of life, such as the military, together.

Election Night Photos from Inside Romney Headquarters.

Nov. 6, 2012 – Losing Presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivers his concession speech to an audience of Republican supporters on the ballroom floor in the Boston Convention Center, the site of the Romney-Ryan election night headquarters. Photo by Billie Weiss.

Nov. 6, 2012 – Losing Presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivers his concession speech to an audience of Republican supporters on the ballroom floor in the Boston Convention Center, the site of the Romney-Ryan election night headquarters. Photo by Billie Weiss.

Nov. 6, 2012 – Losing Presidential candidate Mitt Romney waves to an audience of Republican supporters alongside his wife, Ann, and other members of his family in the ballroom of the Boston Convention Center, the site of the Romney-Ryan election night headquarters. Photo by Billie Weiss.

Nov. 6, 2012 – Stephen Betz, husband of Plymouth, Mass. State Representative candidate, Debra Betz, watches as losing Presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivers his concession speech on the ballroom floor in the Boston Convention Center. Photo by Billie Weiss.

Nov. 6, 2012 – MIT students Evan Davis (left) of Riverside, California and Ian Faust (right) of Columbia, Missouri await losing Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s speech on the ballroom floor in the Boston Convention Center. Photo by Billie Weiss.

Nov. 6, 2012 – Randy Blosil, a Republican finance committee member from Utah, takes a photograph as he watches losing Presidential candidate Mitt Romney deliver his concession speech on the ballroom floor in the Boston Convention Center. Photo by Billie Weiss.

Nov. 6, 2012 – Republican supporters watch losing Presidential candidate Mitt Romney as he gives his concession speech on the ballroom floor in the Boston Convention Center. Photo by Billie Weiss.

Nov. 6, 2012 – Craig Romney, the youngest of Mitt Romney’s five sons, addresses crowds on the ballroom floor in the Boston Convention Center, the site of the Romney-Ryan election night headquarters. Photo by Billie Weiss.

Nov. 6, 2012 – The ballroom at the Romney-Ryan headquarters at the Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts begins to fill with supporters. Photo by Billie Weiss.

Nov. 6, 2012 – Media members gather on press risers on the ballroom floor in the Boston Convention Center, the site of the Romney-Ryan election night headquarters. Photo by Billie Weiss.

Nov. 6, 2012 – Members of the media work inside the press filing center at the Boston Convention Center, the site of the Romney-Ryan headquarters on election night. Photo by Billie Weiss.

Nov. 6, 2012 – A media member rests outside the press filing center at the Boston Convention Center, the site of the Romney-Ryan headquarters on election night. Photo by Billie Weiss.

Nov. 6, 2012 – The exterior of the Boston Convention Center is shown on election night. The Convention Center is the site of the Romney-Ryan headquarters. Photo by Billie Weiss.

I’ll remember this one for awhile.

I was lucky enough to have been assigned to document election night for Boston University from inside Mitt Romney’s headquarters at the Boston Convention Center.

Sometimes, doing good journalism in this crazy media world is all about access, who you know, and how you deal with the punches as they come. Last night was one of those times. I was credentialed as a full media member, which I was extremely grateful for, but even with my oversized yellow tag, I was only allowed access to the press filing center. I wasn’t the only one working under these circumstances, either. As you can see in photo 11 above, there were hundreds of media people from outlets all around the world stuck in the same position as me. 

I knew this would be a waiting game, and was prepared to sit around for a long time. But after finding every possible angle to photograph the mundane media room and two hallways which I had access to, I decided to try and work my way into the ballroom. 

I managed to get in while Craig Romney was speaking by blending with a pack of really loud foreign reporters, but was asked to leave within five minutes, and then again two minutes later. The second time, the guard meant it. 

But patience is a virtue and persistence proved to be the best asset we had last night. Just minutes before Mitt gave his concession speech, a BU reporter and I found a window of time and were able to slide in unnoticed. 

After a long night of being told “No,” there’s nothing sweeter than that feeling of knowing you got the shot, and filing the photos at 2:30 in the morning. That’s what makes this profession so fun.

Photos: David Ortiz Signs two-year Extension with Red Sox.

“Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz jokes during a press conference held in Fenway Park’s State Street Pavilion Monday, November 5, 2012, to announce the signing of a new two-year extension with the ball club. The eight-time All-Star will return for his 11th and 12th seasons with the Red Sox.”

“Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz jokes with eight-year-old son, D’Angelo, during a press conference held in Fenway Park’s State Street Pavilion Monday, November 5, 2012, to announce the signing of a new two-year extension with the ball club. The eight-time All-Star will return for his 11th and 12th seasons with the Red Sox.”

Here are a few images from David Ortiz’s press conference today. I’m sure many Boston fans will be happy to hear that Big Papi will be back in red and blue for the next two seasons.

Photos: Fenway Park hosts Trick-or-Treat night.

“Kiara Munguia of Revere, Massachusetts walks in front of the Green Monster dressed as a princess for Trick-or-Treat night at Fenway Park Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Families and kids had the opportunity to go ‘trick-or-treating’ around the warning track, decorate pumpkins, and enjoy magicians, face painting, and balloon artists.”

“Kids dressed in costume watch a magic trick during Trick-or-Treat night at Fenway Park Wednesday, October 31, 2012.”

“Kids dressed in costume line up along the Green Monster during Trick-or-Treat night at Fenway Park Wednesday, October 31, 2012.”

“Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks signs an autograph for Michelle Taukus of Norton, Massachusetts and daughter, Laney, during Trick-or-Treat night at Fenway Park Wednesday, October 31, 2012.”

A bit late, but people still seem to be in the Halloween spirit, so here are a some photos from Trick-or-Treat night at Fenway Park. 

There are also full galleries online, here on CBSBoston.com and here on NESN.com (New England Sports Network).

Happy Halloween!