Friday, February 12, 2016

The Terrifying Aedes Species Mosquito

I was at the travel clinic this morning to discuss where I would be traveling the next two months and what I could do to protect myself from disease. The suggestions were immunizations against Hepatitis B, Typhoid and Yellow Fever.  A prescription for pills to protect myself against Malaria.

NOTHING for Ebola, Zika, Dengue or Chikungunya - hummmm.

Protect yourself from mosquito bites the doctor said looking sternly at me over the rims of his glasses.

I came home (instead of shopping for thick long sleeved shirts) and spent a little time on the CDC  site to learn more about how to protect myself from mosquitos. Who ever thought I would be searching the sporting good store for a huge net to go over our bed? How will I keep the net off of our skin?  I obviously cannot carry a netting frame.

Checking on line for Permethrin - the insecticide that kills mosquitos so i can treat my clothes and shoes.  Yep - Amazon sells everything

Sunday, January 24, 2016

LA at Night


We had dinner at Clifton's last night.  We both have fond memories of eating in this restaurant when our families brought us here as little children.  The restaurant had a reputation of welcoming all people and our families felt comfortable here.  My friends and I took the bus here to have a celebratory dinner the day we graduated from High School (we thought we were so adult) and I was here in the fall when it first reopened after an extensive renovation.  I was sure Robert would enjoy seeing the old restaurant  - and he did.

The Restaurant has retained some of the decor and fixtures from  the earliest years of operation.   This bench and lamp are downstairs where the telephone booth was located.  (The booth is still there but no telephone)  I imagine people sat on this bench and twiddled their thumbs as they waited for caller ahead of them to finish.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Moose Lodge

Jimmy often performs at the SmokeHouse in Burbank, at least that is where we saw him before, but this time we found him at the Moose Lodge, still in Burbank but so much more intimate.  The fans had a great time, singing along on occasion,  having a drink or two at the bar and jumping up to dance on the tiny little floor.  It was a fun night.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Alaskan Youth Native Dancers

Twenty-five High School students from the only native reservation in the state of Alaska at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Orange, CA .  

Friday, May 15, 2015

Us and Them

Los Angeles City Hall Reflected from the Los Angeles Police Department Building

 I was shooting (you know with the camera) in downtown yesterday.  I walked past the new Los Angeles Police Department building and saw the smiles and hugs of families celebrating a new generation of officers as they were being promoted.  

 I wondered if there were videos of the hundreds of positive interactions between "us" and "them" would that help improve the trust between our citizens and the people who have taken an oath to "protect and serve" or would we simply ignore the positive stories?

I suspect the horror stories we see today are not new to our culture but the "camera in your pocket" phenomenon has brought it to everyone's attention.  I think it is also true that there are many more positive interactions between the police and our citizens everyday but no one is photographing these events and perhaps, if they did, they would not be seen as "news".  What is about the consumers of news that we are always more attracted to the negative?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Night at the Races

Sooo the one thing I have learned is that blogging is no joke.  If one says they are going to post something every week, then the followers you attract EXPECT you to post something every week.

Whew - it's been a while since I posted something here and I am not promising to post something every week - but I do promise to see you every now and then.... Thats enough apologizing.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Finally.... Cherry Blossoms in Washington D.C.

I have along list of places to visit, and although I have been in Washington DC several times, I have yet to see the Cherry Trees in blossom around the Tidal Basin.  Last year I was here in April but the weather had been unseasonably warm and by the time I arrived on the 2nd the blossoms were gone.

I was so hopeful they would be in bloom this year, but when I arrived Thursday morning the prospect seemed gloomy.  The trees were bare and it was cold.  But Friday the sun was out and the announcers were projecting peak bloom for the weekend.  We drove down Sunday afternoon and I was in luck -  the Cherry Trees were in bloom.

Not only were the trees in bloom, thousands of people had come out to celebrate at the Cherry Blossom Festival. The whole city was abuzz.  Happy to see the warm days and the pale pink blossoms.

Yep - that me - right in the middle of the celebration

We ran into a crew of documentarians  who were interviewing people who had recently relocated to the area - Yvonne took the mike and explained why she had chosen to make this part of the world her home.

It's time to go and the men consult a map to plan our walking route to Ruth Chris's Steak House.

Why is there never quite enough time to do EVERYTHING I want to do?  Would loved to have time to browse through the National Portrait Gallery.  How can a photographer go to the capital and not see this collection of portraits?  

After dinner we make our way through the darkened streets, find our car and drive back to Haymarket.
Maybe I will return  and bring the girls on An Adventure with Nonnie - there is so much to see and do - I know 
they will love it.

If you would like to see the Cherry Trees in blossom but don't want to fight the crowds you can see these beautiful flowering trees at several other sites around the city