Thursday, October 8, 2015

Humans of Downey - Alyssa


"Bookstores! The smell of bookstores always reminds me of my dad because he would take me to a bookstore almost every weekend when I was growing up. I got into French that way. I've taken three years of French in school because of books that I got at these bookstores. The love of foreign languages is one of my passions that was cultivated in the bookstores my dad took me to.

"My dad and I still go to bookstores but sometimes I'll go by myself. It's like a habit I've taken on. I love those memories."
~ Alyssa

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Humans of Downey - Veronica and Marley


"A girlfriend of mine was seeing this guy and my future husband was at this guy's house one time when I came over. We were introduced and started seeing each other after that. Mostly, we saw each other at the friend's house and on double-dates. But then, for our first real date alone, we went to this bookstore in downtown LA. It was this coolest little bookstore. It had floor to ceiling books all over the place. We sat in there, had coffee, and talked through the evening. It was something I hadn't done before."
~ Veronica

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Sun shine

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I spotted this plane as the sun was setting and the reflected shine on the plane made the it look like the plane was covered in light and the whole bottom of the plane had a distinct glow to it. Light has a way of reflecting so magically that you are drawn to an object that would otherwise seem ordinary.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Old home week

First house

I grew up in Downey. My parents bought their first (and only) house in Downey in 1950. (See Post-WWII housing boom.) But when they first got married, in 1946, World War II had just ended and it was impossible to find a place to live. So, for the first couple of years of their married life, they lived in this second-story duplex in downtown Los Angeles with my mom's parents.

The G.I. bill paid my dad's tuition and books plus provided some additional money for living expenses. That,  with my mom's job and her parents taking care of my brother, made my dad’s schooling possible.

All this I learned a few weeks ago when the family was together and took a drive through the old streets of Los Angeles. My dad immediately remembered that upper patio room where my grandfather sat and played with my brother. It's fun that it's still there, nearly 70 years later.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Practice makes perfect

Baseball lessons

Practice. Patience. And drills. That's what it takes to teach new skills. These young girls have just finished some infield drills and are wrapping up with some stretching exercises. Fun stuff!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

One year later


Last August we posted the grand opening of the new children's play area—a gift from the Downey Kiwanis Foundation. This morning, the equipment was deserted.

IMG_5997 as Smart Object-1Perhaps it was too early, or all the kids are in school. Normally, I see it covered in little ones climbing and sliding. Probably why I never noticed that the Kiwanis logo shows so perfectly through the side viewing spots!

"Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time."

Friday, October 2, 2015

All you need

Morning at the park

This man has everything he needs for a relaxing morning at the park—something to drink, something to read, and a quiet place to sit in the shade.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Humans of Downey - Gustavo


"I'm going to school right now to get my barber's license. Being my own boss is what drew me to pursue this profession. Working for nobody and the money is good. It will be better than submitting all those applications. I want to prove to myself that I can accomplish this. I have to put in 1500 hours at the school to get my license. I can put in those hours at my discretion but if I don't complete them within my contracted time, I have to pay more. I'm on schedule though. I currently have 530 hours in since March.

"I used to work at Home Depot and I felt the people there were struggling because of the environment. I'd hear the same stories from most of them about how hard it was. Some other events were pushing me to make a change. I started thinking and decided that I wanted something different. That's when I started pursuing barber school."
~ Gustavo