Saturday, July 4, 2015

And the rockets' red glare

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IMG_4976 as Smart Object-1Today we celebrated our 239th year of independence from Great Britain.

We enjoyed the day with our friends in the usual way: swimming and a BBQ. Of course, the day had to end with fireworks.

When we couldn't find our usual firework show at Downey High, we
headed for South Gate, the next town over, I couldn't believe the displays we saw. In addition to the official show at South Gate Park, there were fireworks everywhere, lighting up the sky and creating such loud pops and whistles, that car alarms were set off all around. We got to watch all this from the rooftop of Grace Bible Church. It was a great view point.

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In 1776 Thomas Jefferson wrote his wife a letter talking about how we should celebrate this day (although, he clearly thought we should be celebrating on July 2nd.)

"The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more."

Friday, July 3, 2015

The setting sun effect

Pink house and faded flag

The setting sun turned these walls into a flamingo shade of pink. After I looked beyond that, I noticed the faded flag in the window, and lastly, the moon overhead.

Did you know that five of the six flags planted on the surface of the moon, beginning in 1969, are still standing? However, after 46 years in the harsh environment of the moon, the stars and stripes have long faded away.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Fourth of July preparations


Driving around Downey, we can see many different preparations for the citizens of Downey to celebrate the 4th of July. This year we get a three-day weekend out of it.

This house is getting ready by renting a couple of jumpers for the kids to enjoy. I understand it is only part of the festivities planned by several houses in this neighborhood. The whole block is invited for this one.

How are you going to celebrate the anniversary of our independence from England?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Let's go to the beach


Yesterday it rained but this weekend is July 4th. So this weekend, like these young men, many southern California residents will flock to the beaches along the coast.

It's great to live where we can go 30 minutes and be at the beach to celebrate with friends and family on July 4th. Or any day of the year for that matter. Enjoy this three-day weekend and remember why we celebrate July 4th, our independence from the colonial rule of England.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


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What a surprise it was to have rain this afternoon.

20150630_170756 as Smart Object-1I was outside and it felt so humid and tropical. Then came the rain. As I watched, the sun (which had been hidden behind the rain clouds) became more visible, trying to peek through...while it was still raining.

It has been so long since it has rained, I couldn't resist staying outside and soaking it up.

"Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet." 
~ Roger Miller

Monday, June 29, 2015

The view from Burns Avenue

Railroad tracks

I grew up just a couple of blocks from these train tracks. I remember hearing the trains come through, but I don't remember ever thinking that the sound was a nuisance. In fact, I can hear the train passing through right now, while I write this, and the whistle and very faint sound of the wheels have a rather haunting sound.

The railroad tracks have always held a certain fascination for me, from their rustic looks and parallel lines to images of places to go and things to see.

There's something about the sound of a train that's very romantic and nostalgic and hopeful.
~ Paul Simon

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Feed the can!

Flowerbed litter

I stopped the other day to take a picture of these colorful flowerbeds on a side street near downtown Downey. It was then that I noticed the litter.

"Feed the Can, Man! Cuz littering just isn't cool."
~ Sign in Nebraska

See the following image, from, for some eye-opening littering statistics.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Better prepared

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Just outside Downey, off the 5 freeway, I came across this business. I was so curious, I had to pull over and check it out. Their motto is "Better prepared than scared." Evidently, this is a thriving business: affordable underground shelters. I was intrigued by the idea. You can check out their website where they offer a visual tour of one of their bunkers.

You gotta admit, it is not your everyday business.

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