Summertime at the beach.
Times Square, New York City.
The center of the universe.
With apologies to the rest of the world.
…hanging outside of a window.
Found while walking in New York City.
A walk along the Hudson River Greenway with the Freedom Tower in the distance.
Traveling on a cable car in San Francisco is part of the experience.
But imagine being the cable car operator. You not only have to operate
antique machinery, but you also have to warn knuckleheads who come
dangerously close to losing a limb.
Lost in thought at the art museum.
The High Roller at night.
The Moon is visible on the left side.
A view of Big Ben from Trafalgar Square, London.
Grand Canyon sunset on the south rim.
So, what painting would look best at home?
The black one or the black one or the black one.
An abandoned house after a winter snowstorm.
The 3 gentlemen pictured have been with the orchestra for many years. The gentleman on the left was also with the Duke Ellington orchestra at one time. I asked the gentleman on the right about the Basie Orchestra’s appearance in the Mel Brook’s film “Blazing Saddles” and it wasn’t Basie’s real band.
Found someone living in my Christmas Tree.
For those unfamiliar with Jean Shepherd’s “A Christmas Story”, it is the story of Ralphie and his quest for a Red Ryder BB Gun. “I want an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle,” exclaims Ralphie! The movie follows his adventures of trying to convince his parents, his teacher and the department store Santa Claus that this would be the perfect Christmas gift. (It also tells the story of his dad wining a “major prize” – the now infamous “leg lamp”.) When Christmas arrives, Ralphie scrambles to open his gifts but is disappointed when he doesn’t find the Red Ryder. As he sits on the couch trying not to show his sadness his father says, “What’s that by the desk?” The Red Ryder was hidden in the corner, out of view. When Ralphie see the box, he knows that his Christmas wish has come true.
(For those unaware, “A Christmas Story” was based on a collection of individual stories written by Jean Shepherd in the 1960’s. )
I also had my own “A Christmas Story” gift. It was 1963 and the toy was “Big Loo”. It was a robot that stood 3 feet tall. Just of few of it’s features were that it could talk, squirt water from its navel, was equipped with a compass, whistle, bell, a Morse code clicker with chart, and could bend over and pick up objects. For me, it was the greatest gift ever made. And when Christmas arrived, my big desire was also “hidden in the corner, out of view”. And when my Mom pointed out the box, I knew that my Christmas wish had come true.
Of all the toys I received when I was a child, that is the one I still have. Some gifts are too special to ever get rid of.
My Big Loo & me.
It’s almost that time!
Somewhere in Wyoming on a trip out west,
these folks were outside my window.
Photograph taken in the Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California.
In the mood…
Zombies are everywhere! Including Vegas…
A beautiful day in the park in New York City.
…near Marble Canyon and Page, Arizona.
No matter where you go, harried commuters look the same.