Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sunrise, sunset

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This was our sunrise this morning and it looks like there is a sunrise over the upcoming Promenade at Downey. They are starting to lay underground stuff for the street that will be going through the property from Lakewood blvd. over to Bellflower blvd. That's the Kaiser Permanente hospital in the background.

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Sorry for the chain link fence. I couldn't get my camera high enough to see over it.

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This was our sunset tonight. They say a storm is coming through tomorrow or Saturday.

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The sunset was Definitely fiery red tonight.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The serenity of nature

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We visited Los Amigos Country Club today to practice our putting. I think golf courses are some of the most beautiful places in the city, any city. This is the first tee box and fairway. The tee box is lined on both sides with purple morning glories and the fairway is lined with tall trees.

P1040756Another part of golf I love is even if you don't hit your ball down the fairway all the way to the green, which is a good thing, you still get to enjoy the serenity of nature.

And if you're playing with a foursome, you get to smell the flowers and look down the fairway for several minutes. What a massage of the soul.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ice cream and cookies

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Sure, Halloween is about ghosts and goblins and scary things in the night. But let's face it—it's really all about the candy.

But for as long as I can remember, it's been about the wrapped candy. I mean, I always had to throw away anything that wasn't in a sealed wrapper. So cookies and ice cream were never part of my trick-or-treat haul.

But that doesn't stop cookie and ice cream shops from getting into the act. The Ice Cream View (above) and Mrs. Field's Cookies (below) at Stonewood Center are not about to be left out of the fun!

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Tie a pink ribbon

BCA in downtown Downey

Yesterday I showed you breast cancer awareness in the storefront. Today, I promised to show you the city's efforts at promoting awareness.

BCA in downtown DowneyBut then I got to thinking—I really don't know who is responsible for these pink ribbons that line a couple of blocks of downtown Downey Avenue. My usual source of information—Google—turned up nothing.

And I don't know if these ribbons with their cards are honoring breast cancer survivors or breast cancer victims.

Either way, the ribbons do promote awareness, and remind us to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

We're stronger together

Thrift shop breast cancer awareness

October is breast cancer awareness month. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States (other than skin cancer).

The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign was founded in 1992 by the late Mrs. Evelyn H. Lauder with the launch of the Pink Ribbon, the universal symbol for breast health. This year's slogan is "We're stronger together."

The Downey Assistance League in downtown Downey is doing its part to promote awareness. Tomorrow I'll show you what the city is doing.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Halloween

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All around the neighborhood, more and more Halloween decorations are starting to pop up. As Pam mentioned in her Halloween post last week, some houses can be a little too scary. In daylight they are fine, but once the sun sets, things can take on an entirely different feel.

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"There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit front porch." 
~ Robert Brault

Friday, October 24, 2014

Another view of The View

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Here's another view of the colorful affordable living housing called "The View," in downtown Downey. (See The View for the previous view.) This picture was taken a couple of weeks ago, so I'm guessing that construction is nearing completion by now.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Peaceful places

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This is the intersection of Congressman Steve Horn Way and Caring Way. It is a peaceful set of roads set back from the constant bustle of Imperial Hwy just south. I ride my bike here on my way to and from work. It is much safer than the direct route and easier on my nerves.

P1040723Today I noticed something though, a set of three ground boxes for the streets. The first was labeled "streetlights." The second was labeled "traffic signal." And I thought to myself, "What traffic signal? There is barely enough traffic to warrant the stop signs." Then I thought, "They're here for future traffic signals, when the traffic will warrant it." I hope not. I hope it never loses its peacefulness.

The third box read "fiber optic." Downey doesn't have the FIOS fiber optic network, so why do we need conduits for fiber optics?

"I will lie down and sleep in peace for you alone, oh Lord, make me dwell in safety." 
~ Psalm 4:8