Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I'm thankful for:


I'm thankful for sunrises. They are a reminder that each day is dramatic, filled with possible beauty and ever changing. When I get up early enough to see the sun come up over the horizon, when I make the effort to change my view and get the obstructions out of the way, then I can see more clearly throughout the day the special and the ordinary gifts that God has given me each day.

Have you seen one today. Have you said "Thank you"?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Downtown lights

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Tonight I found myself intentionally driving through downtown Downey just because I think it is pretty at night. The buildings and trees always take on a much more elegant feel when they are lit up at night. It gives a warm, welcoming feel to downtown Downey.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

A new angle

Angles of The View

My previous posts about The View, the new housing complex in downtown Downey, have focused on the colorful aspects of the building. (See The view). But what caught my attention this time were the building's many angles and lines.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Military etiquette

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Bastard's, one of several restaurants in downtown Downey, is named in honor of owner Nick Velez's former battalion, the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, nicknamed the "Magnificent Bastards." The decor inside and out is in keeping with the military theme. But these aren't just store-bought decorations.

I remember seeing clearing barrels for the first time when I attended a friend's graduation from army boot camp. Clearing your weapon before entering a building was just one of many many things that I as a civilian had never given a thought to. And viewing these items here was a reminder to me that I'm grateful to those who do.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Proof of life

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I know it doesn't look like much. But seeing these shoots pushing their way out of the ground made my day. Planting bulbs is so dissatisfying. You don't have anything to show for it. You have to be patient. It seems to take forever before they show. But once they do, I have hope.

"You can find joy everywhere if you only look close enough."

Friday, November 21, 2014

Old boat

Boat outside Russell's

I'm not sure why this scene struck me as funny. Is it that a boat is parked outside a bike shop? Or is it the thought of this old boat being dismantled piece by piece, week by week, to fit it into this trash bin?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fall is here


There has been a discussion here lately about not being ready for the Christmas season. For me, I'm ready for winter weather. I love the rain, the clean crisp air, and the endless photo opportunities winter provides. I took this picture on top of my roof today after taking the picture below from my work's east parking lot. I love when a storm moves through.

Then when I got to the other side of the building, I saw the golden sunset. But I wanted to get high off the ground to get a better view without all the buildings. I rode home as fast as I could. When I got home, I called for my wife but she had gone for a walk to enjoy the sunset. I immediately got my ladder and climbed onto the roof. I was rewarded with an amazing burst of color. Thank you God.

Oh, I'm ready for winter.


"Peace is seeing the sunset and knowing who to thank."
~ Unknown Author

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Habit


The Habit Burger Grill opened in Downey today and was greeted by enthusiastic burger fans on its opening day. This is the fifth Habit in the Los Angeles area.


They started in Santa Barbara over 45 years ago.


From the beginning, they have had the slogan of "Respect the Burger." You can tell this still drives every decision in their business. The produce, the toppings, and the meat are all chosen and handled to "Respect the Burger."


On my way out, I saw this view of the patrons and structure of the interior and felt the same drive went into the design of their buildings.