Friday, July 25, 2014

Serendipitous art

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Sometimes art is hidden away, off the beaten path. This image of two exuberant children is hidden between two garage walls, and further hidden by trash cans waiting for trash pickup.

But when I stumble across it on a morning walk, it makes me smile.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Close enough to visit

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My wife and I went down to San Diego California for a convention. We stayed at the Bayview Sheraton Hotel and this was our view each day. San Diego is just over 100 miles south of Downey, but it is much cooler due to the ocean effect.

DSC_0397Looking out over our balcony, this was our nighttime view. I thought, "San Diego has the most colorful night skyline I've ever seen."

San Diego, where else can you look out your balcony and see a wedding party being photographed next to the bay?

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Show me the beef

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Some years ago there was a Wendy's commercial depicting two elderly ladies getting a hamburger from a fast food restaurant. When they lifted the four inch bun they found a one inch patty. Their reply was, "Where's the beef?". I feel that way when I drive by the future site of Promenade at Downey.

Ground was broken Last November after all the buildings were demolished. That's the ground up dust of the building cement in the background. I thought once you broke ground the buildings would start to take form. The only thing to take form here are the tumble weeds growing. But then, I don't know big business.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Morning neighborhood walk

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This morning I went out to walk the dog and look for pictures for Downey Daily. I didn't find any really interesting pictures, just the normal sights on a typical Tuesday. But, typical sights can be fun and familiar.

IMG_9475 as Smart Object-1As I watched the postal worker, I wondered how much longer will there be home delivery of mail from a person who walks through our neighborhood every day?

Then,  thanks to a gardener at work, I had a sneak peak into a beautiful back yard I have never been able to see before. Finally, I rounded a corner and noticed these beautiful pomegranates growing on a tree in someone's front yard.

This mornings walk was a reminder that we live in a beautiful neighborhood and sometimes it good to remember that and just appreciate the normal sights that are all around us every day.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Good intentions

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Have you started an exercise program lately? The Downey YMCA has a really great program called FitLinxx that tracks your workouts and makes it easy to see your progress.

I know this because I joined the Y (again) a couple of months ago. And I had a couple weeks' worth of good workout sessions.

Then I went on vacation. And I came down with a cold. And then my daughter (my exercise partner) came down with a cold.

It's really hard to get back to a routine after a few weeks' off.

How is your program going?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Is it contagious?

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Is a smile contagious? Research suggests that not only are smiles contagious, but that the smile you "catch" improves your own mood.

Does it work with signs? If you pass this sign on Paramount Blvd, see if it brings on a smile.

And if it doesn't, have a little laugh anyway, and cheer yourself up for a few minutes.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Rainy day adventure

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I have to admit, I took this picture some time ago. But, I thought the two of them looked so cute walking down the street together.

“Being soaked alone is cold. Being soaked with your best friend is an adventure.”
~ Emily Wing Smith

Friday, July 18, 2014

Yard sale leftovers?

Halloween decorations in July

On a walk the other day, I stumbled across these Halloween decorations sitting on the edge of a flowerbed, closer to the sidewalk than to their house.

Were they yard art, set out three months early? Or were they leftovers from a weekend yard sale?

I don't know, but I sure thought they were cute. Especially that mummy with the green nose poking out.