Last year I showed you this house as it was being remodeled. It use to be a single-story 1,000 square foot home. Now it is over 2,000 square feet with a second story. Kind of a play on words since the house will now have another story to tell.
They have moved the space shuttle mock-up from its home here on the old Rockwell/Boeing site to a local warehouse. The move took several days and was done with little fanfare. Just the opposite of last year when they moved it (see Small boy, big dreams.)
As I've mentioned before (see Medusa trees), winter lets you see the "bones" of a tree. I'm finding more and more often that this view of the tree is more interesting to me than the fully clothed tree of spring and summer. I'm not alone in this—there's an entire board on Pinterest of Bare naked trees.
Last Friday, I showed you the garden and children's playground that was being created in memory of Elaine Lopez. Today, you can see the final result. You can tell by the big smiles that the kids are enjoying their new play area.
The work was finished just in time for the dedication ceremony on Sunday.
But the work was completed on time only because a group of dedicated workers worked through this weekend's downpours.
About 8 miles from Downey is the city of Vernon. Vernon is an odd city. It is 5.2 square miles and has industry instead of residents. Although it is devoid of residents, it does have lots of employees. Approximately 55,000 people travel into Vernon for work each day.
One of the original manufacturing businesses that still remains is Farmer John's, located at the corner of Soto and Bandini. It is the one remaining meat packing company, operating from this site since 1931,
My favorite part is the wall. The entire plant that spans from Vernon to Bandidi has a mural-covered wall that has been maintained as long as I can remember. When I was little, I remember my mom driving past it on our way to Glendale. It was a familiar, homey sight,
A couple of weeks ago, my friends and I noticed some construction work going on at Messiah Lutheran Church. We watched as the project progressed and took shape. Then last week, I happened to chat with a man parked nearby. "You like it?" he asked. I replied that I did, and asked him for more details.
His name is Dave Lopez. This is going to be a garden and a children's playground. He donated the entire project to the church in memory of his wife Elaine Lopez, who passed away about six months ago. The finished project will be dedicated this Sunday.
Elaine Lopez sounds like a very special person. (You can read about her in this article from the Downey Patriot.) Even though I never met her, I will think of her, and her husband's gift, whenever I pass by.
Also on my bike ride yesterday along the San Gabriel river, I had noticed that the water level had increased significantly from the day before. Towards the end of my ride I found the source of the increased water. This outlet just north of Firestone was opened to release stored up water in anticipation of this weekend's heavy rain.
I don't seem to be the only one curious about the increased water flow.