January 16, 2022

On Broadway

Jewish Lights Over Broadway Tour Group
Not my photo
. This came in a recent email from the Museum of Neon Arts. Somebody shot this at the conclusion of the Jewish Lights Over Broadway Tour. I'm the one in the white sweatshirt wearing a pink cap. Left of me (on my right) is Edmon Rodman who led the tour. I think we lost three or four from the group at the mid-point of the tour, the Grand Central Market.

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January 5, 2022

Four On Kentmere Pan 400

All these photos taken in Desert Hot Springs were shot on Kentmere Pan 400 film. Kentmere is Ilford's cheaper brand. I used a red filter with these.

Cactus Drive
On Cactus Drive
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Dollar General Construction (17)
Dollar General construction a few months ago
.

The Former El Reposo Spa
El Reposo Spa
, a former spa on Fifth Street. It's obvious they've been under a little pressure from code enforcement over the last couple of years to finally clean up the place. Not long ago they removed the plywood that had been covering these windows into the hot mineral water pool room, which I'm sure is no longer in use. I would think the room could get really overheated on sunny days.

Boarded Up On Fifth Street
This is the mobile home park between Fifth and Sixth Streets
which is also finally getting seriously cleaned up.

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December 23, 2021

Santa Claus Nabs A Hit & Run Driver


You'll probably appreciate this more if you speak French, which I do not.

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December 22, 2021

Jewish Lights Over Broadway

The Museum of Neon Arts seems to be able to schedule a tour (or two) during each COVID low point. This past Sunday they offered "Jewish Lights Over Broadway." The route was simple. We met at the Eastern Building which is almost at 9th and Broadway. From there we walked up to 4th and Broadway (the Bradbury Building), turned around and came back down on the opposite side of Broadway. Along the way the tour leader shared his incredibly detailed knowledge on the history of the buildings, the neon, and the people who built it all, many of whom were/are Jewish. I'd be willing to do this tour any time of the year, although if you tried it in the summer you'd have to wait until well after 9 o'clock to insure solid darkness to appreciate all the neon. But at this particular time of year it appealed to me even more because it looked like a social event during the holiday season that was NOT likely to include traditional Christmasy stuff. And Hanukkah has passed, so I wouldn't even have to hear a dreidel song.

Eastern Columbia Lofts (7480)
The entrance to the Eastern Columbia Lofts
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Villa Moreliana (7509)
At the Grand Central Market
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United Artists Theatre (7486)

Orpheum Theatre (7552)
The neon wasn't turned on, but it was still up there
.

Neon Display at Grand Central Market (7515)
Also at the Grand Central Market
. The MONA had some connection to the creation of this display.

Globe Theatre (7530)

Broadway Bar (7546)

Apple Tower Theatre (7534)

The complete set of photos is here.

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December 16, 2021

Four Locations

Quincy Market (1)
Kodachrome, 2001
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Merchandise Mart & Chicago Skyline
Chicago
, Ektachrome, 2000.

Pru & Christian Science Center - 2001
View of the Pru from the Christian Science Center in Boston
, Kodachrome, 2000.

AIDS Lifecycle 1 (8)
AIDS LifeCycle 1 in West Hollywood
, Ektachrome, 2002.

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November 26, 2021

Bicycling The Triboro Bridge

The GNI Gatherings are in August in northeastern Pennsylvania. I bicycled to the event from Boston several times. The first time I rode with Michael and we took the inland route which had us make a big curve north of the NYC area, but that made the route much longer than necessary. In subsequent years we (or I, solo) took the shorter, more direct route which was to cycle from Boston to New London, Connecticut, ferry from there to the eastern end of Long Island, and then ride from there directly to and through New York City. The usual way into Manhattan was via the Queensboro Bridge, but then the city closed the bike path on that bridge for a construction (or rehab) project, so I decided to try the Triboro Bridge (RFK Bridge) in August 2000 which, according to the information I had, also had bike routes (sidewalks) on it. It became an adventure. I arrived at the bridge just before sunset so I could get a few photos. I managed to get onto Randall's Island okay, but the gates on the pedestrian path on the bridge (on the north end of Randall Island) that would actually take me into Manhattan were locked shut. The city probably wanted me to go to the south end of the island and take the Wards Island Bridge, a pedestrian bridge used in The Wiz. But by then it was dark and I didn't relish the idea of trying to find my way to that bridge, plus I had a friend waiting for me on 125th Street in Manhattan. So I simply took my panniers off my bike, lifted the bike and then the panniers over the gate, climbed over it myself, put it all back together and then rode towards Manhattan. Along the way I came across a bum who was sitting on the bike path while injecting himself. He apologized and pulled his legs out of my way. There were more locked gates at the Manhattan end of the bridge, which I got past in the same way, and then continued my ride into Manhattan.

All photos are Ektachrome.

RFK Bridge (2)
Facing northwesterly
.

Hell Gate Bridge Viewed From Triboro Bridge
Hell Gate Bridge
, the railroad bridge that parallels the Triboro Bridge here.

RFK Bridge (3)
Facing mostly east, into Queens
.

RFK Bridge (5)
The view back into Queens
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October 16, 2021

Four In New York City

All in New York in July 2001; all Ektachrome.
Herald Square (1)
Herald Square
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Empire State Building Base (1)
The base of the Empire State Building
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Empire State Building (3)

Macy's - July 2001
Macy's at the corner of 34th Street and 6th Avenue
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August 22, 2021

Two Pairs Of Unclear Origin

These first two were shot in October 1992, a month in which I visited Washington DC, so there's a good chance I saw them in a museum there. Both are Kodachrome.
Statuette (1).

Slender Sculpture (1)

These next two were shot on Ektachrome in May 1995, in which month I was in California for California AIDS Ride 2, but neither look like California. More likely the Boston area...or Washington DC...or possibly any urban center in New England.
City Market
I'm pretty sure Boston was not using trash receptacles like these in 1995
, but Cambridge? Somerville? Springfield?

1961 Chevy Impala (1)
That's a 1961 Chevrolet Impala
.

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August 6, 2021

A Return To Slides

Saguaro National Monument (9)
Saguaro National Monument
, 1988, Kodachrome.

Cactus (6)
Ektachrome, 1988
.

Road Ahead UNSAFE
"Road Ahead UNSAFE For Trailers Trucks Buses."

Boston City Hall Plaza (1)
Boston City Hall Plaza
, Agfachrome, 1984.

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July 18, 2021

Four More In Los Angeles

These were shot on Bergger Pancro400 film.

Lamp Fixture at Union Station (2)

Million Dollar Theater (1)
The Million Dollar Theater
, the first Grauman theater. Wikipedia.

Million Dollar Theater (2)
The Million Dollar Theater, all of it
.

Cameo Theatre (1)
The Cameo Theatre
operated from 1910 to 1991, making it "the city's longest running, continually operating theatre." More info.

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July 16, 2021

Four More In L.A.

Again, all of these were shot on Rollei Retro 80S film.
Spirit of Growth by Tony Sheets
Spirit of Growth by Tony Sheets
on the side of a parking garage in L.A. More info here.

Broadway-Spring Arcade (1)
The Broadway-Spring Arcade
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Douglas Lofts
The Douglas Lofts
at Spring Street and Third. More info here.

Los Angeles Theatre (1)
Los Angeles Theatre
. Wikipedia article. You can see some of the interior of the theater in this video from 2009:

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July 15, 2021

Four in Downtown Los Angeles

These were all shot on Rollei Retro 80S film.
Triforium (2)
LA City Hall and the Triforium
.

LA Boutique

Gateway to Los Angeles (1)
US 101 passing under Los Angeles Street where you can see Gateway to Los Angeles displayed
.

Los Angeles Times (1)
Part of the LA Times building
.

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July 14, 2021

Milky Way Over Los Angeles


MilkyWayOverLosAngeles_thumb
A composite of two images shot from Mt. Wilson on July 4 by Reddit user wuwu24
. Discussion here. He writes:

Never thought I'd see milky way in LA, but that was exactly what happened on 7/4th at midnight. After the fireworks subsided, the milky way appeared over the LA sky, as blankets of smoke from fireworks enveloped the city, effectively blocking light pollution from reaching the sky. This photo is a composite of two images, taken merely 2 hours apart, at the same location - starry sky at 12:19am and city foreground at 9:51pm.

Also, he offers a timelapse.

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June 25, 2021

Apple Tower Theatre Opening

Yesterday the Apple Store in the Tower Theatre (first in L.A. to be wired for talkies, hosted sneak preview of The Jazz Singer, first in L.A. to be air conditioned, 1927) in downtown Los Angeles opened. The building had been sitting unused since 1988. This certainly seemed like a worthy event to travel to. I've wanted to see the interior of this theater for years, I'd never been to an Apple Store opening, and this one promised to be a bit more than the opening on El Paseo in La Quinta. So I got up early and drove to Rialto to get Metrolink. This is the first time I've tried parking at Rialto and it was totally fine. The parking lots were about three-quarters empty. And, it's not San Bernardino. Metrolink is still requiring masks for everyone on their trains (and even platforms), but they appear to permit eating and drinking on board?!

Union Station is looking pretty nice. I took some shots on film and continued shooting film as I walked to the Apple Store. I got there about 10:30 and the line to enter was not long at all and moved very quickly. They actually did the applause thing as our bunch walked in. And then I switched to my digital camera, because I just wanted to shoot a lot of photos under a wide variety of lighting situations. So I just walked everywhere and took pictures of everything. It was easy to spot Tim Cook - it was like finding the queen bee in a hive. Just look for all the congestion and wiggling abdomens.

Once I felt I had seen and photographed everything, I switched back to my film camera and walked around taking more photos. There's a chance I may have gotten an okay shot of Tim Cook on film...but I'm finding my film predictions are often wildly wrong.

Here's a nice, short article about the store.

Walked back to Union Station, made the train with like five minutes to spare, got to Rialto and the truck was fine and even in the shade!

The complete set of photos (so far) from Apple Tower Theatre is here. And here are some of them:

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (2188)
Apple Tower Theatre shot with my iPhone
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Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (2190)
A look down at Tim Cook from the balcony
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Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6520)

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6498)

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6492)

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6468)
They restored the drinking fountains, and they work
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Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6454)
Part of the ceiling over a balcony that overlooks the entrance lobby.

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6459)
The loftier parts of the entrance lobby
.

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6429)
I can't imagine the theater actually had windows along 8th Street
, unless they were just for display cases where they'd put their movie posters. These are hinged, but I don't think you'll find them standing open while the store is operating.

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6424)
THe proscenium
.

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6410)
The big, main false skylight
. There's another, smaller one over the balcony, mostly obscured in this shot.

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6379)

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June 3, 2021

Revenue Sources For The City Of Desert Hot Springs

This came from a graphic presented at the June 2, 2021, city council meeting.
DHS Revenues FY 21-22

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May 28, 2021

More American Misuse Of The Term "HIgh-Speed Rail"

Today I saw this article about planned "high-speed rail" in the San Diego area. I was immediately suspicious, since we still have no high-speed rail anywhere in the U.S., what are the chances that one city would build actual high-speed rail. Indeed, the article describes the proposed "trains moving twice as fast as the region’s trolley system." Wow! Twice as fast as a trolley! Well, I've done that on a bicycle in Boston, so it hardly defines "high-speed." Specifics could be found well down in the article: "SANDAG officials said the envisioned commuter rail could travel up to 120 miles per hour in spots, and will average around 50 miles per hour." So, not even as fast as the not-high-speed Acela. Why not call it what is, a proposed train system with good speeds?

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April 23, 2021

Cycling the Paris Catacombs

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March 14, 2021

Lincoln and Houston

Migration - Series No. 7
"Migration - Series No. 7" by Dennis Kowal at the deCordova museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts
, Kodachrome, 1986.

TC Energy Center (2)
TC Energy Center in Houston
, Kodachrome, 1989.

Houston Downtown
Houston
, Kodachrome, 1989.

Tranquillity Park (3)
Tranquillity Park in Houston
, Kodachrome, 1989.

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March 11, 2021

Griffith Observatory

These photos were made with Kodak T-Max 3200 film in October 2020.

Griffith Observatory View (2)

Griffith Observatory (5)

Griffith Observatory (15)

Griffith Observatory (21)

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Cityscape, Boston, MA, USA in 1978

Cityscape, Boston, MA, USA in 1978 by Gösta Knochenhauer
Boston's Back Bay, Charles River, Boston Common and Beacon Hill
. Photo by Gösta Knochenhauer on Kodachrome. Shot from atop the Pru.

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