Friday, April 18, 2014

Downtown view

Downtown Downey

It's Tuesday evening, just after sunset, and downtown Downey looks quite appealing, in an old-fashioned way. Except for that traffic! This is the view from Downey Gateway, where my daughter and I had dinner that evening.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Stay for the music

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Tonight my wife and I went to another concert here in Downey. This time the concert was at the Stay Gallery on Downey Ave. The band in the above picture is a group called "New American," a local Downey band. Another band was to follow but I needed to get home to write this post and then get to bed. The other group is called "Fathers & Suns" and you can see their video on the Stay Gallery website here.

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The audience seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Flower as art

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Last week I shared some pictures of the concert held at the Downey theater. Today I wanted to share pictures of the art that was on display during the concert. It was also for sale. This red flower is three dimensional and just popping out of the canvas.

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This is Bobby Rojas showing off his entry into the art exhibit. Here is the poster for his painting.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Language by immersion

Signs

One of the advantages to living in southern California is that we are surrounded by the Spanish language. Palos Verdes, Costa Mesa, and even El Pollo Loco provide us with the opportunity to learn new Spanish words without even working at it.

Of course, not all the words relate to happy circumstances. Lately, I've added these unfortunate words to my Spanish vocabulary list.

Monday, April 14, 2014

One man's trash

Castoffs in the alley

I look at "trash" in our local alleys the same way some people look at yard sales. I can't help but stop to look. Is there anything there that I can use for a plant stand in my garden? So far, I have a stool, a little table, an old-fashioned wheelbarrow, and a picturesque window frame.

People with alleys behind their houses often put large items out as trash. Eventually, they'll call the city for a "large item pickup." But often, these items disappear long before trash day, benefiting everyone.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

School daze

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At USC, most of my classes are held in the Accounting Building. This is the side entrance I use each morning to enter the building. Even though it is just a side entrance, it has charm. I like the added curved windows above the door.

20140403_093502Every afternoon, we encounter a multitude of bikes that have appeared while we were in morning classes.

"I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught."
~ Winston Churchill

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Tropicana dinner

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We had dinner the other night at Tropicana Bakery and Cuban Cafe. My daughter ordered chicken and a salad. Not only did it have amazing flavor, it was beautiful. I love that the salad was colorful with berries and avocados. Yum!

"Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity." ~ Voltaire

Friday, April 11, 2014

Puppies 4 Sale

Yard sale

How much is that puppy in the yard sale?

Yard saleWhen you have a yard sale, you want to put something front and center to draw people in. Often, it's a large furniture item. In our case, all it took was a sign--"Puppies 4 Sale."