Monday, March 19, 2018


Window panes

When I travel, I like to take pictures of abandoned buildings. Often, the window panes can take on a look of abstract art. In this case, the building here in Downey's industrial district isn't really abandoned. But the effect is still there.

"There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality."
~ Pablo Picasso

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Celebrate the luck of the Irish


Music, dancing and a whole lot of green...that and more will be happening tonight at Joseph's Grill in downtown Downey. I spoke with one of the managers this afternoon and he listed off an amazing number of performances and events going on in celebration of Saint Paddy's Day this evening.



“Yeah, it's St. Paddy's Day. Everyone's Irish tonight."
~ quote from the Boondock Saints

Friday, March 16, 2018

Look at me!

Sunset at Furman Park

Sometimes the day ends quietly. And sometimes it ends with a loud "look at me!" that you just can't ignore. This end-of-day from a couple of weeks ago was one of those. I had to stop what I was doing to marvel at the colors and beauty.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Humans of Downey/New Orleans - Michael

Michael with Chase and Cody

"I am the same as everyone else because I want to get along with everyone else. I see everyone as people and I want them to see me as people.

"I'm unique in that I have always been a hard worker. It started with how my parents raised me. I never missed a day of work. When I played sports in school, I played my best or I didn't play. When I graduated and went out into the world to work, I did my best or I didn't do it.

"My mom was a hard worker. I grew up on a farm and my mom was always working until the job was done. If the weather was harsh or she had an ache or two, she still finished the job. She taught me to give it my all."

~ Michael

(Posted by Pam on Steve's behalf.)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Two cool

Chase and Cody

I'm on vacation this week traveling across the United States on Hwy 10. We are going all the way to Florida, but we have stopped in New Orleans to see some sights. We came across these two classy-looking dogs in a square in front of the St. Louis Cathedral.

Their names are Chase and Cody. Chase is 9 months and Cody is 9 years. They are owned by Michael and Sue from Iowa. They spend the winter in New Orleans each year. Cody is a registered therapy dog. Michael takes him to the local Children's Hospital to be with the children.

(Posted by Pam on Steve's behalf.)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

After the storm


The rain had stopped for a short time, so I headed out for a walk. The sky was dramatic with storm clouds still off in the distance, but some bright sunlight was starting to break through the clouds above. All in all, it made for a beautiful, dramatic morning walk.

"I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day."
~ E. B. White

Monday, March 12, 2018

Your time will come

Furman Park exercise

I've shown these scenes many times before, but the difference today is that it's the first weeknight this year with the extra hour of daylight after work. Everyone, kids and adults alike, were enjoying the extra daylight.

Furman Park kidsI love the transition to daylight saving time, and I used to assume that everyone else did too. Sure, for the short term, you give up an hour of sleep, but the extra hour in the evening is worth it to me.

But it turns out there are strong feelings on both sides of the issue. Florida has recently proposed extending daylight saving time year round. Hawaii and Arizona opt out. Massachusetts is considering moving out of the Eastern time zone and into the Atlantic time zone. Of course, neither Florida nor Massachusetts have the authority to make those changes, since our time zones are controlled by the federal government. Pretty confusing!

"There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important thing."
~ Brian Tracy

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Hot dog


On a rainy Saturday night, I was not the only one who wanted a quick dinner from Pete's Burgers. I didn't anticipate the long line of cars I would have to wait behind. However, I decided a chili dog was the perfect comfort food for a chilly evening. Kind of a perfect way to end our week-long focus on dogs!