Friday, February 27, 2015

It's a small world

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And no, I'm not talking about the Small World ride at Disneyland.

I had the opportunity to attend an LA Kings hockey game again this week. But considering that this isn't a Downey event (and that we posted about the previous game here), I wasn't planning on turning this outing into a Downey Daily post—until I looked up and saw Don Lamkin doing pushups on the big screen during a break in the game.

Don is a local Downey resident and the artist responsible for the Downey Doodle-icious mural in downtown Downey. According to Don, the promotion folks grabbed him and his buddy and talked them into a push-up contest for a Golds Gym sponsored in-house "commercial." They both won gift boxes filled with healthy snacks. (By the way, Don won the competition with 36 pushups to his friend's 34.)

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Night construction

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Three streets of our neighbors here in Downey were without electricity tonight because the telephone poles holding their electrical wires were being replaced. It will take the Herman Weissker Inc. workmen all night to replace all six poles.

The poles were first installed in the 1920s and need to be replaced before an accident happens. Each pole must have its wires disconnected and then reconnected to the new pole. Some of this work happens in the air.

And some happens on the ground.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

How does your garden grow?

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I took this picture on Naples Island, which is part of Long Beach just twenty miles south of Downey. It was during Christmas and we went there to see the homes lit up for the season. This tree intrigued me with its growing sideways. I should go back during the spring or summer to see it with leaves on.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Magical snow

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Yesterday Pam talked about the sky exploding and the thunder, lightning, and pounding rain we experienced. Well, it's dry now and almost feels like spring.

IMG_3823 as Smart Object-1But, looking up Paramount Blvd. you can see that when the sky explodes, it doesn't just mean rain. The mountains were absolutely covered in snow, as if by magic! Even from Smallwood, the snowy mountain tops loomed above the trees.

Looking up at all that snow had me wishing I could drop everything and go enjoy it...make snow angels and just have fun.

"The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event."
~ JB Priestly

Monday, February 23, 2015

The sky explodes

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I stopped at Downey Gateway yesterday while looking for pictures. I thought, with the rain, that I wouldn't have any difficulty finding a parking place. But I was wrong—the parking lot was full.

But that's not what I really want to talk about today. What I really want to talk about is last night's rain. It started out gently enough. But within a few short minutes, it was raining cats and dogs out there! With my window slightly open, the sound of the falling rain soon drowned out the sitcom I was watching. I thought, too bad I can't take a picture of the sounds. And I settled back to enjoy the rain.

Then, boom! the thunder came, the perfect finale.

"I love thunderstorms. Because sometimes nature can't handle the pressure. Because sometimes the sky explodes."
~ Unknown

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Another rainy day

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The clouds made today a little dreary, but the rainy reflections and the bright yellow tree added some cheer.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Snow day

Snow in Downey

Snow is rare in Downey, and even rarer when the temperatures range in the 70s. So imagine my surprise the other day when I passed this large patch of snow in my neighborhood.

It looks like someone had a good time on a short sled run.

"Happiness is fresh snow and a sled."
~ Anonymous

Friday, February 20, 2015

This Normal Life

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Tonight's exhibit at the Stay Gallery was of photographer Steven Clouse.  His "normal life" is quite different from most of us. As his story tells, Steven doesn't stay.... He has no permanent residence. He explained to us that he actually lives out of his Subaru Outback.

IMG_3799 as Smart Object-1His odyssey began as a two-month adventure to experience and photograph the beauty of the US. Now, almost three years later, he is still on the move. As he described it, he has visited the "lower 48" in his travels. Alaska and Hawaii have so far eluded him. He invites you to follow him on his continuing quest through his blog or Instagram.

His photos were interesting glimpses into his adventures. One of my favorites was the photo below that shows what looks like a wharf through a chain-link fence. I like the framing of the fence and that you don't really see where the "path" is going. Kind of like Steven's path. It could lead him anywhere.

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I find it inspiring that he has such an amazing ability to just pack up and go. He is a brave soul.

"Remember what Bilbo used to say: It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
~ J.R.R. Tolkien