September 23, 2021

Three In California; One in Boston

Round Valley (1)
I took this photo (Kodachrome) of the trunk of a Jeffrey Pine in Long Valley on Mt San Jacinto on my first visit to Palm Springs - in 1996

Ocean Beach (2)
Here I am on Ocean Beach in San Francisco
in the days just before California AIDS Ride 2 started in May 1995. This was my Cannondale bike's first trip to the west coast, so I wanted to baptize it with Pacific Ocean water.

Park Street Church - Boston (3)
Park Street Church and Park Street Station shot on Agfachrome in December 1992.
In the foreground is the Brewer Fountain.

Prosperity Cleaners
Prosperity Cleaners on Cole Street in San Francisco
, May 1995.

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September 21, 2021

Fall River

What grinds my gears in this brief news article about former mayor Correia of Fall River [pronounced like 'Faw Rivah'], Massachusetts, being sentenced to six years for "fraud and extortion tied to the licensing of local marijuana businesses," is that they refer to FR as "a small Massachusetts town." Don't you picture a town green with a white church and a few other 18th century buildings lying about? Fall River is the tenth largest city in Massachusetts with a population of 94,000. It was one of those Massachusetts cities that were early leaders in the American industrial revolution. So when the ex-Mayuh of the tenth largest city goes down for fraud and extortion, that's kind of big town.

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September 20, 2021

The Rodney King Videographer Has Died Due To COVID

George Holliday, a plumber from Argentina, grabbed his Sony Handycam when he heard the sirens outside his residence. He shot the video from his balcony. He tried to offer the video to the LAPD twice, but they were uninterested, so he handed it over to KTLA. The video - a bit over 8 minutes.

Mr. Holliday died at a hospital in Simi Valley on Sunday.

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August 13, 2021

Date Shake History

Here's an interesting and informative podcast on the history of dates and date shakes in the Coachella Valley. I'm sure I don't need to caution my informed readers to beware of the claim that somehow date sugar is more "natural" than refined sugar and, therefore, is safer for diabetics. Sugar is sugar.

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August 11, 2021

Four Kodachromes From The Early '90s

The Bandstand On Boston Common (1)
The bandstand on Boston Common
, Kodachrome, 1991.

NYC Public Library During Pride - 1994
NYC Public Library on Fifth Avenue during Gay Pride
, 1994. Kodachrome.

Robert Frost, poet
The grave of Robert Frost and other members of his family
in Bennington, Vermont, Kodachrome, 1991.

Cannondale Bicycle At Covered Bridge
My Cannondale in front of a covered bridge somewhere in New England
, Kodachrome, 1990.

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July 24, 2021

Aluminaire House Coming To Palm Springs

It will be built in the south parking lot at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Google satellite view.

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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 2, 2021

January 6 Insurrection

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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

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (2190)
A look down at Tim Cook from the balcony

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

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 23, 2021

Four More In Massachusetts

Visit Our Organ Bar
Somewhere in Boston
, 1983.

Gate of Heaven - South Boston
Gate of Heaven Roman Catholic church in South Boston
, 1982.

Nantucket Lightship (2)
Nantucket Lightship in Nantucket
during my one and only trip there. Kodachrome, 1982.

Old South Meetinghouse (1)
Old South Meetinghouse
, Agfachrome, 1984. Some history.

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June 18, 2021

Two in DC, Two in Maine

Lamp on US Capitol Grounds (1)
A light on the U.S. Capitol grounds
. I couldn't find any information about this lamp (there is probably more than one) such as designer or the year of installation. If you have more info about it please leave a comment. Kodachrome, 2001.

Stephenson Grand Army of the Republic Memorial
Stephenson Grand Army of the Republic Memorial in Washington
, Kodachrome, 2001.

Lower South Branch Pond (2)
Lower South Branch Pond in Baxter State Park, Maine
. This was my usual campground when I went to Baxter State Park. Kodachrome, 1987.

Maine Woods (2)
Maine - probably Baxter State Park
, Kodachrome, 1987.

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June 14, 2021

The 20th Century Will Never Go Away

South Korea and Japan posturing over a border dispute. But of course, North Korea claims an interest as well.

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June 9, 2021

How Did I Come Up With Five?

Comm Ave at Packard's Corner
The view along Commonwealth Avenue from Packard's Corner in Allston towards the Prudential in the Back Bay
, Kodachrome, 2001.

BU Bridge with Traffic (2)
BU Bridge
, Agfa Scala black & white slide film.

Zakim Bridge (30)
Zakim Bridge when it was opened for pedestrian visitors before opening for traffic
, Kodachrome, 2002.

Mrs. Sarah Clap
Mrs. Sarah Clap, deceased 1826, in Dorchester North Burying Ground (Boston)
, Kodachrome, 1990.

Succulent Flower (2)
Flowering succulent
, Kodachrome, 1989.

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June 1, 2021

Three Bostons and a Houston

Boston University School of Law (1)
Boston University Law School (among other things)
, Agfachrome, 1984.

TC Energy Center (4)
TC Energy Center in Houston
, Kodachrome, 1989.

View From 530 Atlantic Avenue
Looking out from the entryway at 530 Atlantic Avenue in Boston
, Kodachrome, 1989.

20 Pinckney Street, Beacon Hill
20 Pinckney Street on Beacon Hill
, Kodachrome, 1982. This was the home of Louisa May Alcott and her family from 1852 to 1855.

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May 28, 2021

Some Unknowns Here

World Trade Center 1985 (1)

JFK's Childhood Home (1)
JFK's childhood home in Brookline
, Agfachrome, 1983.

Public Garden Gate (1)
Entrance to the Public Garden
, Ektachrome, but I don't know what year.

Sunrise seen from a boat
Date unknown, don't recognize the boat and there are no landmarks on shore
, but I can tell you it's Ektachrome.

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May 21, 2021

The Republicans

Insurrection Tour

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Four From Washington DC

Lincoln Memorial (4)
Lincoln Memorial
, Kodachrome, 2001.

Washington Monument seen from the Lincoln Memorial (1)
Washington Monument seen from the Lincoln Memorial
, Kodachrome, 2001.

Church Building (1)
Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington
, Kodachrome, 2001.

Gettysburg Address at the Lincoln Memorial
The Gettysburg Address at the Lincoln Memorial
, Kodachrome, 2001.

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May 14, 2021

War Deaths, Military and Civilian

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May 2, 2021

Two Hoover Dams, Two Bostons

Hoover Dam (2)
Hoover Dam
, Kodachrome, 2001.

Hoover Dam (1)
Hoover Dam
, Kodachrome, 2001.

Winthrop Building (1)
The Winthrop Building, the first steel frame skyscraper in Boston, 1894.
Kodachrome, 2002.

Old State House - Boston
Old State House, Boston
, Kodachrome, 2002.

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April 28, 2021

Yet More Kodachrome

Niels Esperson Building (4)
The Niels Esperson Building in Houston
, Kodachrome, 1989.

Calm Water
Kodachrome, 1990

Grave (1)
A cast iron tombstone
, but I don't recall the location. Kodachrome, 1990.

Miss Hannah Goddard
Miss Hannah Goddard, deceased 1786
, Walnut Street cemetery, Brookline, Massachusetts. Kodachrome, 1989.

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