Monday, July 27, 2015

First impressions

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Newly built houses always come with newly planted landscaping. And that makes sense, since the front yard is the first thing that potential buyers see.

LandscapedThe landscaping at this new house is going all out to make that first impression a good one, with everything in bloom all at once. This flower-bordered walkway makes me want to walk right up.

"You never get a second chance to make a first impression."

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Take me back, country road

Fence and geraniums

On Friday, I wrote about this dead-end road. But if you look to the right of the dead end, there's a ramshackle wooden fence with a geranium bush peeking through to provide some color.

This little bit of road takes on the feel of a back road in a small country town, and takes me back to an earlier era in Downey. This house and its neighbors were built in the 1920s, '30s, and '40s—before every house had a curb, and a concrete block fence, and all those things we take for granted.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The hawk

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For the last week or two we have heard this screeching sound in the back yard. It was this raptor-like scream that went on for hours.

IMG_5282 as Smart Object-1But, until a couple of days ago, we didn't know what was making the sound. I now believe it was a red-tail hawk. And, there wasn't just one hawk...although I didn't realize there was a second one until I put my camera away (of course).

I think they like our tall pine trees!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Dead end

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This short dead-end street ends just before the railroad tracks that divide Downey. On the other side is the Coca-Cola bottling plant. I think it's a coincidence—really! This isn't an allegorical statement about Coca-Cola being a dead end...

"A dead end can never be a one way street; you can always turn around and take another road."
~ Bo Bennett

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Humans of Downey/Ireland - Brendon

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"I'll be doing a 1500 meter speed swim in the ocean. They will lay out a course to show us the path to go. I will have to maneuver the course as fast as I can, without a wet suit. Which over here won't be too bad. In Ireland, the warmest you'd ever get in the sea would be 53 to 56 degrees. I also swim the 800 meter in the pool.

"I've been swimming in the Special Olympics since 2003. My parents wanted me to learn to swim so they started me at several weeks old. I'm 30 now, so I've been swimming for over 29 years."
~ Brendon

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Special Olympics 2015

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Downey is the host town for Ireland for the Special Olympics this year. Tonight Downey officially welcomed the coaches, trainers, and athletes from Ireland to the city with a festival. Local businesses had informational booths while the Parks and Rec department had face painting and a free photo booth along with several other entertainment booths.

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The mayor and city council were there to give speeches that welcomed the delegates. There were also several Irish dignitaries on hand, including Philip Grant, the Consul General of Ireland to the Western United States. Our guests joined right in when the rock and roll music began.

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The Irish delegates were dressed in tee shirts and hats proclaiming their team spirit.

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I think this coach, encouraging this athlete to be involved in the moment and to feel secure in what he is doing in his event, is a great example of what the Special Olympics is all about. I took this photo just before the National Anthem was sung. The entire Irish delegation stood.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Patch of color

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Flowers have a way of popping up in places where you did not plan them and would not expect them. But, they can still make you smile.

"A flower's appeal is in its contradictions — so delicate in form yet strong in fragrance, so small in size yet big in beauty, so short in life yet long on effect."  
~ Terri Guillemets

Monday, July 20, 2015

What people will do!

Golf N Stuff Tree House

With the Special Olympics starting soon in Los Angeles, there will be many records set. But Golf 'N Stuff, our local miniature golf course, has its own very unique claim to fame.

This tree house, on one of the golf courses, is where two Guinness World Records for tree sitting were established.

From January 1 to July 2, 1978, Glenn T. Woodrich, age 23, sat on this tree house for a total of 182 days and two minutes. From July 4, 1982 , to Sept. 8, 1983 (yes, 1983!), Timothy Roy, age 29, sat for a grand total of 431 days. He is the current champion.

What would you do to get your name in a book?