Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: 2016 Week 42

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What Stays In Vegas

What Stays In Vegas


Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge (COB) is all about those great photos that you take which really don’t seem to fit into a common category.  We’ve all taken them and like them, because we just can’t hit delete and get rid of them.

There is never a theme to this challenge, so what is an odd ball is all up for you to discover and photograph.

Share Your World – 2016 Week 42

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Amargosa Opera House Amargosa CA February 13, 2016

Amargosa Opera House
Amargosa CA
February 13, 2016

If you wanted to de-clutter where you live, what room / space would you start with?  (And why, if you’re feel like admitting to it.) There are several rooms/ spaces I would like to de-clutter. You can’t find anything in our pantry because Lynn has all kinds of seeds in 5 gallon buckets for sprouting (anyone lost at this point can ask for clarification). Also, our two car garage can only fit one car because of all the stuff we are storing for family, including empty boxes. Who would store empty boxes?

If you want to remember something important, how do you do it (sticky note on the fridge, string around your finger, etc.), and does it work? I usually tell Lynn to remind me. Does it work? Let’s put it this way; Lynn’s memory is only slightly worse than mine.

If you could create a one room retreat just for yourself, what would be the most important sense to emphasize:  sight (bright natural light, dim light, etc.), hearing (silence, music, fountain, etc.), smell (candles, incense, etc), touch (wood, stone, soft fabrics, etc.), or taste (herbal tea, fresh fruit, etc.)? When we moved in March, I was able to create my retreat and I love it- though it’s nothing like what I had imagined. What I wanted was a den with dark walls, preferably wood. I got beige paint. I also wanted a leather couch but, since we are both vegetarians, I opted for a naugahyde chair. No animals were harmed in the making of this chair, though two fully grown naugas gave up their hydes gratefully as it was quite warm for March. And since my photos are all around the house, I have old, vintage ads and artwork on the walls. This is where I do most of my Lightroom work and listen to classical music.

If you could interview one of your great-great-great grandparents, who would it be (if you know their name) and what would you ask? My mother’s parents and grandparents all died before I was even born. There is no one left of her family, but I just recently learned that her side were all Russian Jews. I would love to find out more. And then I could have a Jewish name. Or Russian. Myron Ginsberg. Or Alexey Dostoyevski. How great would that be?

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Last week was rather quiet. We saw the film Snowden. This coming week is Lynn’s birthday so I am surprising her with a mini vacation. Details to follow afterwards- and photos, too, I hope.

Now, get yourself on over to Cee’s Share Your World to share your world!

(And, as always, the photo above has nothing to do with this post except that this post is mine. And so is the photo!

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The theme this week is Round! With an exclamation point! This must be important!

Canyonlands UT May 7, 2016

Canyonlands UT
May 7, 2016

So we’re vacationing in Canyonlands and Arches National Parks in Utah surrounded by some of the most gorgeous natural rock formations in the world. Sculpted by wind and rain and whatever else Mother Nature has in her arsenal. And I take photos of old gas station signs?

Well, yeah!

See, anybody can take beautiful photos when they’re surrounded by the beauty all around. Like in Canyonland and Arches. In fact, most everybody has. Just take a look at 500px.

I rest my case.

Now, go check out The Girl That Dreams Awake for more Round! objects.

Coming Out Of The Closet

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Hanksville UT May 7, 2016

Hanksville UT
May 7, 2016

Emilio Pasquale does not exist. He is a figment of an overactive imagination, a young man trapped in an old man’s body! A product of the sixties, he survived the Summer Of Love in San Francisco and the business world of New York City before divorce and ill parents led him to Las Vegas, where he now resides and contemplates retirement.

He is happily remarried to Melinda, commonly called Lynn (or babe, or dear, or milady- which she prefers). They have a large extended family with 10 children- all thankfully grown, though two still reside with them. Educated in the arts, he has only recently returned to his first love- photography. He shoots mostly landscapes in and around the southwest United States with occasional forays to parts further east and west.

He will continue his posting under the name and persona of Emilio Pasquale, though he is fully aware that some may feel duped or lied to. But everything he has said and done in his postings have been truthful, though names and/or relationships may have been changed or juxtaposed, e.g. references to brothers or sisters were usually one or more of their children.

He is open to all questions, queries, and comments- angry, bitter, or otherwise.

You may have questions, he might have answers.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Yellows

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El Dorado Canyon NV June 28, 2015

El Dorado Canyon NV
June 28, 2015

Yes, we live in a desert. But Lake Mead- formed by the Hoover Dam- is the largest reservoir in the United States. It is on the Colorado River about 24 mi (39 km) from the Las Vegas Strip, southeast of the city of Las Vegas, Nevada.


This post is in response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.

Share Your World – 2016 Week 41

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3rd Annual RISE Lantern Festival Moapa Indian Reservation NV October 8, 2016

3rd Annual RISE Lantern Festival
Moapa Indian Reservation NV
October 8, 2016

This is our last week to explore the questions that are from kids.  The Happy Quitter wrote Cee Neuner and told her about the workshop she does for neighborhood kids and that some of the kids had suggestions for the Share Your World challenge.  

  1. Do you believe in love at first sight? I definitely believe in love at first sight. But sometimes you need a second, or even third, viewing. Have the kids stopped reading? Good! Love at first sight is usually built upon animal magnetism. Sometimes even pure animal lust. True love, as we adults know by now, needs time to build into a deep bond. Beyond that first blush.
  2. Your first car? My first car was actually a motorcycle- which I purchased when I was 16. I don’t know how my parents allowed it. The bike made it difficult to attend my high school prom. I traded in my third bike when I was 23 after my second accident and subsequent knee operation. My first car after that was a Nissan
  3. Who taught you to ride a bike? How did it go? It went as well as the previous answer would lead you to believe. I remember one day after school on my bicycle- I was about 8 or 10 at the time- I was leaning over to pick up something off the sidewalk. I somehow got entangled in the bike and fell face first into the pavement. Stars exploded. I got up, left the bike there, and walked home. When my sister opened the front door I think she screamed. She rushed me into the bathroom to clean me up and that was when I first saw my bruised face, the bloody abrasions, and the broken nose.
  4. Ugly and rich or beautiful and poor? Who makes up the rules? Why can’t I be beautiful and rich? But really, I have a disdain for money. All I need is to have food and shelter. And wine. So I guess beautiful and poor. I’ve got the poor down. That was easy. Now I’m just working on the beautiful!
  5. What was the first dish you could cook?  That would probably be some variation of ground meat. Meat sauce, meatballs, hamburgers, meatloaf, chile con carne. In college, we had a cookbook titled 365 Ways To Cook Hamburger. It was our bible.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? This past weekend- that counts as last week, right?- we went to a lantern festival on sacred land at the Moapa Indian Reservation. I had no desire to go but man I’m glad I did. Just beautiful. And awesome. Just looking forward to a quiet, peaceful week.


Please check out Cee’s Share Your World for more answers to these earth shattering questions.


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Rte 66 Kingman AZ March 17, 2016 5:38 am

Rte 66
Kingman AZ
March 17, 2016
5:38 am

The above image is in response to the challenge that The Girl That Dreams Awake posts every Monday. I look forward to them.

All I can add to this shot is that it must be love. My wife had to be at the airport by 3 am for a flight to China. I wasn’t invited but I did take her to the airport. And since I was awake, I drove out from there to take some morning photos.

Good morning to you all, no matter when you see this!

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: 2016 Week 40

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Nipton CA October 1, 2016

Nipton CA
October 1, 2016

What is so oddball about this photo? Only the fact that is was a dirt road in the middle of nowhere, one lone dilapidated mobile home with a fenced in front yard and, across the road, a child’s crossing sign and a 5 mph speed limit.

Please visit Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge for more odd ball photos!


Share Your World – 2016 Week 40

Prompts and Challenges
Mail Car Interior Nevada State Railroad Museum Boulder City September 17, 2016

Mail Car Interior
Nevada State Railroad Museum Boulder City
September 17, 2016

For Cee’s Share Your World, the next two weeks’ questions are from kids (as opposed to adults, I suppose, whose questions are always so much more intellectual).  

Why did you start blogging? I started blogging over two years ago with the hope of gaining fame and fortune. I have since lost my fortune. As for the fame, I’m beginning to think there might be easier ways to achieve it!

A piece of clothing you still remember? A bra is clothing, right? I remember my first bra. OK, no, it wasn’t actually mine. It was my girlfriend’s at the time. I’ll never forget her. Or that night, either.

Who are you trying to reach with your blog? There is no one particular person I am trying to reach. At the same time, I am trying to reach everyone. I heard an interview this weekend wherein George Takei said he has 9 million followers. I guess I still have a ways to go.

Is there a stuffed animal in your bedroom? There will be soon enough if that damn chihuahua doesn’t stop annoying me.

The best birthday present ever? I would have to say being born is the best birth day present anyone can have.

What would surprise me about you? That will come in about two weeks time. A big surprise. Please come back October 13.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Last week was a lot of visiting family and friends, which was nice but tiring. And now that our houseguests left this morning I am definitely looking forward to getting my den back.

Please check out Cee's Share Your World for more answers to these earth shattering questions.

Please check out Cee’s Share Your World for more answers to these earth shattering questions.


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Nipton CA October 1, 2016

Nipton CA
October 1, 2016

It should be obvious by the title of this post that the theme for this week’s 52 week challenge is ‘patterns’. It’s amazing to me how much these monster machines remind me of dinosaurs. Well, not really dinosaurs, but mastodons. Don’t ask me to explain it.

Please go visit The Girl That Dreams Awake‘s post for links to more patterns.