Monday, March 30, 2015

Laundry: Loads of fun

Empty clothesline

Laundry is a universal task. When I am traveling, I enjoy the picturesque site of clean laundry hanging outside on a line strung from window to window. sometimes across the small alley I'm walking down.

This clothesline next to the Rio Hondo riverbed reminded me of those scenes, as I pictured loads of laundry waiting to be hung.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Gym class

Downey High School joggers

The two main high schools in Downey, Downey High and Warren High, are about an equal distance from Furman Park. So it's not unusual to see groups of students from either school running to the park on a school morning.

At this point in their run, these students from Downey High have come a little over a mile. The students at the head of the group look pretty cheerful and are setting a brisk pace. The students at the end of the group, not yet in sight, are a different matter.

"Slow runners make fast runners look good. Thank you."

Saturday, March 28, 2015


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Sunset is my favorite time of day. The warm colors that light up the sky are beautiful if you are on a beach far away, or just walking along the river walk.

IMG_3968 as Smart Object-1In Africa, every night we headed out for a night drive around 4 pm. It was called a "sundowner," because you started the night's adventure by heading to a scenic location to watch the sun set, have some snacks, and maybe score animal sightings. Our guide would set up a "tailgate" on the front grill of our vehicle and put out wine, beer, and savory snacks to enjoy while we just absorbed the beauty of our surroundings.

"It's almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream."

Friday, March 27, 2015

Biking at dusk

Biking Rio Hondo riverbed

In the twilight immediately after sunset, you don't have to ride very fast to make the camera think that you're racing along at high speed.

These bikers were enjoying their leisurely rides along the nearly empty bike path a couple of weeks ago.

Biking Rio Hondo riverbed

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Where's the flag?


This is the flagpole at the Los Angeles County Office of Education. The pole has been flagless for a week now since one of the ropes broke.

20150324_161016I'm not sure if there is a professional flagpole repairman but they must be scarce here in Downey. It seems to me you just go to Home Depot and get 60 to 70 feet of rope and restring the pulley. They probably even have ropes that already have the hooks for the eyelets on the flags.

I just think it is important to fly the American and California flags at a government site.

What do you think?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Stop and discover Downey


We have shown you some of the improvements on Firestone Blvd. that Downey has been doing recently. I noticed this addition recently as I was across the street at the Downey Gateway. It is a bus stop for the LA metro bus line. Since the buses are equipped with bike racks for their riding passengers, the bus stop has bike racks for waiting passengers.

DSC_0774And since Downey taxes paid for them, we get to advertise Downey.

How have you "discovered" Downey this year?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Riverbed cityscape

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I found this view of the LA cityscape when I was commuting to USC, which surprisingly is only about 13 miles via surface streets from Downey. I liked that it looked as if the city buildings were sitting on this bridge.

IMG_3974a as Smart Object-1According to Wikipedia, a cityscape is the urban equivalent to a landscape. In the visual arts, a cityscape (urban landscape) is an artistic representation, such as a painting, drawing, print, or photograph, of the physical aspects of a city or urban area. So, for fun I also created a more artistic cityscape.

Unfortunately, as with many views from the riverbed, it's hard to escape the power lines.

"The life of our city is rich in poetic and marvelous subjects. We are enveloped and steeped as though in an atmosphere of the marvelous; but we do not notice it."
~ Charles Baudelaire

Monday, March 23, 2015

The porch cat

Porch cat

A cat on the porch is a peaceful thing. A dog at the window will bark and race around, either in welcome or warning. But the cat lies quietly, and just watches through half-closed eyes.

"There's no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat."
~ Wesley Bates