Friday, June 22, 2018

The other kind of golf


Yesterday I posted about Rio Hondo Golf Course and its beauty. It is a lush and tranquil 18-hole golf course in the heart of Downey. There is another kind of golf that we here in Downey can enjoy and it's located just over the Downey/Norwalk border. It is the Golf N Stuff Miniature Golf facility. They have four 18-hole courses and a variety of other amusement rides and games.


The grounds are well kept and make the game pleasant and fun for everyone. The patrons were of all ages this Friday night. We saw lots of families.


This lady was the winner in her foursome. She had three hole-in-ones during the night.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Longest day of the year


Today, June 21, is the summer solstice. The sun is at its furthest north latitude journey. It will now start heading back south. This means that today was the longest daytime of the year. And what better way to utilize all this daytime but to get off work and get over to Rio Hondo Golf Course. They have special prices in the evening right now that allow you to rent a cart and play as many holes as you can get in before dark. What better way to spend one of these beautiful Southern California evenings.

"Golf is a lot of walking, broken up by disappointment and bad arithmetic." 
~Author unknown

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Forever young


The Twilight Summer Concerts in the Park have started. Tonight Atlantic Crossing, a Rod Stewart tribute band, performed many of Rod Stewart's favorites.

As I watched and remembered how much I love Rod Stewart's music, I realized that no matter how old he is, for me, Rod Stewart will be forever young.

IMG_6035"May the Good Lord be with ya down every road you roam
And may sunshine and happiness surround you when you're far from home
And may you grow to be proud, dignified, and true
And do unto others as you would have done to you
Be courageous and be brave
And in my heart you'll always stay
Forever young (forever young)
Forever young (forever young)"


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Take me out to the ball game


It is baseball season and evening at Rio San Gabriel Park is brightly lit for a local ball game.

IMG_6029A group of small boys had their own game off to the side.

"We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing."

Monday, June 18, 2018

Sunset over the library

Downey City Library sunset

This picture combines some of my favorite things—books (the Downey City Library was a favorite destination when I was a child), sunsets (our crazy weather these last few days has made for some colorful ones), and wiggy tree branches silhouetted against the sky.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Cuban fusion


I discovered a new cafe in Downey—CaƱa by Tropicana Cafe. It is located on the corner of Firestone and Old River School Road.

20180616_181959-120180616_185453-1They serve Cuban fusion and the menu choices make it really hard to decide what to eat. I ordered a couple of the sliders and a side of yucca fries. Here is a picture of the Ropa Vieja slider with some of my fries. Dinner was amazing.

"I am not a glutton, I am an explorer of food."
~ Irma Bombeck

Friday, June 15, 2018

Instant messaging


On my way home on the 105 freeway, I spotted this message on the SUV in front of me: "Love you dad. Have a great day at work.". What a sweet message for this dad. With this being Father's Day weekend, I thought the message was even more special.

"A father is someone who carries pictures in his wallet where his money used to be."
~ Unknown

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Humans of Downey - Jim (and Andreas)

Jim and Andreas

"I'm glad that I'm a dad. Andreas has brought peace in to my life. My father was always working. My dad immigrated in 1972, my mom came in 1975, and I was born in 1977. The immigrant work ethic was very strong in my family. To get ahead and give the children better than we had meant work, work, work. So, my dad wasn't around very much. Instead, I had my dad and my two uncles as my male role models.

Andreas"I followed in my father's footsteps by choosing to work, work, work. But I don't think that's fair to him, so I have chosen to calm my life down and spend more time with him. Bringing him here to sit and watch him hit golf balls is one way he helps me to be more peaceful. I had to step back and take a look at how I was earning money and see if I could be smarter about it. He is my future and if I want him to be a good person, then I'm going to need to be a role model and a mentor."

~ Jim

"One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters."
~ George Herbert