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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Friday, June 26, 2015

Codes of the City of Downey - Property


Here's a question for you home owners: who owns that land from the edge of the street up 10 feet toward your house?

Until Monday, I thought it was the property owner and the city had an automatic easement on that property to do necessary stuff like sidewalks, trees, waterlines, and so on. But I have since spoken with the city and found out that the city owns the street plus an additional 10 feet into my yard and driveway. I have the easement in order to maintain the property.

Whoa! what a mind opener. This is why I have to get a permit to alter any of the city's property in front of my property which, contrary to what I used to think, is 10 feet shorter.