Cee’s Share Your World – July 24, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

New York New York Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas NV
October 15, 2016

List some of your favorites types of teas. My favorite type of tea? That would be coffee. I’ve never met a tea I liked. Really. We, as a nation, are mainly coffee drinkers. We take our coffee in 12 oz. heavy ceramic mugs. We do not, as a rule drink tea in china cups with matching saucers. OK, I know Cee does because she told me. On her site this morning in answer to this question. The rest of us drink coffee. Sometimes even with a shot of whiskey in it. Wakes you right up in the morning!

If you had to describe your day as a traffic sign, what would it be?

Image result for slow children at play

OK, that was easy. But you have to watch where you put the comma. It’s not “slow children, at play”. It’s “slow, children at play”!

What are a couple of things people could do for you on a really bad day that would really help you? Just listen and make appropriate facial expressions. No talking. No suggestions as to what you would do. Not even when I’m done.

Irregardless of your physical fitness, coordination or agility: If you could be an athlete what would you do? I’ll tell you, ever since The Karate Kid, I wanted to be Ralph Macchio so I could beat the crap out of anybody who offended me. I know part of your training would probably include never fighting in anger or revenge. And nowadays you’d probably get shot because everybody seems to own a gun. But One can dream!

Optional 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 shocking week all around and proves the adage that you never know how much time you have so live life to the fullest. A member of Lynn’s extended family was mountain biking, fell, and severed two vertebrae. He never regained consciousness and they took him off life support last Saturday. We are in Los Angeles now for his funeral tomorrow. Next week we are headed to San Diego for a wedding in which the entire family of the bride seems to be opposed to the groom. Now that should be interesting!

Cee’s Share Your World

In Retrospect: Goldfield NV

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Welcome to Goldfield
May 15, 2016

The purpose of  Friday’s “In Retrospect” was to feature older photos from my archives that I had not previously posted. The question, then, is “how old is old?” These images are only a year and a few months old. But I had fun reworking them and hope you enjoy seeing them- one or two you might have seen before. But these are all newly processed. And all were taken during our second (or maybe it was our third) trip north to Goldfield Nevada.

Sunset Boulevard
May 15, 2016

Why do I call the above Sunset Boulevard? Because that’s the film in which Norma Desmond says “Alright, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up” and this looks just like one of the characters from Disney’s (Pixar’s) “Cars” waiting for their close-up. Look at that anthropomorphic face!

OK, so the first two shots I left the sky alone. But then I got crazy, I admit it.

Ford Model
May 15, 2016

The sky I added is subtle here. Just because. No real thought behind it. I just tried different clouds and decided this worked best with the deep rust of the car.

This next one I went a little crazy but love the way it turned out.

Sinking Like A Sunset
May 15, 2016

OK, this last one isn’t clouds at all. It’s a texture that I found but I think it works beautifully!

Riders On The Storm
May 15, 2016

 

It’s Not Unusual…

Prompts and Challenges

The International Car Forest of the Last Church
Goldfield NV
May 15, 2016

“For this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge”, Lignum Draco says,  “please post a photo that is unusual in some way for you, whether it be through technique, by subject, or in some other unique way. This theme is wide open to interpretation because only you know what is unusual to you.”

Well, some of you might think nothing much is unusual to me. But this “forest” was quite a find. Though every website that mentions this place states you can’t miss it, you can. We did. It is not visible from the highway into Goldfield and we finally had to ask for directions from a friendly storekeeper in town after our third attempt at trying to find it on our own.

For me this was not the highlight of our visit to Goldfield as it is a pretty lively ghost town with a population of 268. And just about as many photo opportunities of the kinds of subject matter that intrigue me; old wooden and brick ruins, old cars and trucks, abandoned homes and hotels! What’s not to love?

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

Share Your World – July 17, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

Mojave National Preserve
July 2, 2017

This week, Cee Neuner asks:

What is your favorite cheese? My favorite cheese? I’m Italian! OK, maybe only half. And the other half is vegetarian so there’s a constant battle going on with my taste buds over cheese. I probably shouldn’t eat dairy and call myself vegetarian, but then I shouldn’t eat fish, either. And yet, guilty. Favorite cheese? You name it, I love it. And if you happen to name one I haven’t yet tried, I will search it out. I have heard that limburger cheese smells like feet. Maybe that’s why some people have a foot fetish? I would prefer the limburger!

Are you left or right handed? My left hand is basically useless. It does nothing. I envy people who are ambidextrous as they can do twice as much as the rest of us. I have two left feet. Why can’t I have two right hands?

Do you prefer exercising your mind or your body? How frequently do you do either? I was always tall and lanky and used to take for granted that I would always remain the same. So I exercised my mind. And now that my belly has finally caught up to my lazy lifestyle, I have begun to exercise three times a week for the last two years. Unfortunately, the belly is still there. But I enjoy going to the gym.

Complete this sentence: Hot days are … all relative. We here in the desert love to talk about the weather. But seriously, once you hit 110, every other degree is superfluous. Hot is hot. Except when it’s not. Yesterday was 109 in Las Vegas so we went north to Caliente (“hot” in Spanish) which was almost frio (“cold”) at only 95 degrees.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Last weekend we were more than an hour north of our home when the air conditioner in my car died. I’m just glad we made it back without the dog dying. Or my wife. Or me. The repair cost me $500. I’m just grateful we weren’t further away and were able to make it home. This week I am painting and moving my desktop computer into the den. I am looking forward to completing the task by next week.

In Retrospect: Cima CA

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Just off Cima Road, where it intersects with the Cima Kelso Road, we found this railroad spur line. Littered around the area were old creosote railroad ties and spikes. Across the way is the shell of an old country store. Out in front is this ancient relic:

It no longer works. There is no coin slot, no dial tone. Behind the store is an area that resembles a graveyard for old cars and trucks:

But the photo is deceptive as the property behind the store is not quite as neat, more of a dumping ground:

And it seems like the old store has been boarded up by whatever random wood could be found lying around.

 

All photos were taken in Cima CA, part of the Mojave National Preserve , on February 28, 2015 and processed on July 12, 2017

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: COLLAGE

Prompts and Challenges
Collage: An assortment, a collection, a hodgepodge. This week, share one — whether found in the wild or assembled yourself.

Jazz
San Francisco CA
August 16, 2007

Bill Weber’s 1987 piece, known as the “Jazz Mural,” can be found above New Sun Hong Kong Restaurant at the corner of Broadway and Columbus Ave in San Francisco CA. Weber’s murals can be found throughout North Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Haight and the Castro.

This was shot with a Fujifilm FinePix A330. A pretty simple point and shoot camera that wasn’t even mine. I didn’t own a camera in those days. Had to borrow one. I was on vacation, just walking around the city, when I spotted this. It’s been sitting in my archives until I just recently added the sky and the sort of sepia edges and posted it for your viewing pleasure.

At least, I hope you enjoy it!

 

 

 

Share Your World – July 10, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

Nelson NV
June 3, 2017

How do you like to spend a rainy day? Getting wet. Lynn will kill me for this but when we were first “dating”, we were sitting outside on the backyard covered patio at my house. It was around 9 at night and it started to rain. Lynn walked into the back yard, took off her clothes, and started to dance in the rain. Well, what was I to do? I couldn’t just sit there and watch. So, I did the same. To this day, she denies it happened. Since we’ve been married five years now, I’m starting to believe it never happened, either. It has certainly never been repeated.

List at least five favorite treats. (They do not have to be sugary). Dancing! Rain! Repeat!

Where’s your favorite place to take out-of-town guests? Well, the further out of town they are, the better. But if they do venture in, we usually end up at Nelson, an old mostly abandoned, mining town about an hour outside of Las Vegas. The mine is open for tours and  the owners have done their best to repopulate the surrounding area with old barns and homes and rusty old vehicles from other desert sites.

You are trapped in an elevator, who would you want to be trapped with? Since Cee stole my answer, I’d have to say Sophia Loren. That is if Lynn isn’t with me.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I’m grateful that the fourth of July is over. The fireworks freaked the dog out. For almost a week, she seemed as if she was suffering from PTSD. Shaking, couldn’t eat, couldn’t sleep. The dog is usually just annoying but last week I almost felt bad for her. A temporary moment of weakness on my part.

Share Your World – July 10, 2017

In Retrospect: Virgin UT

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Fort Zion Virgin Trading Post
Virgin UT
November 14, 2015

Now before you get all excited or start a petition against the practice, I’m here to tell you that the Fort Zion Virgin Trading Post does not actually trade virgins. They don’t actually trade anything, come to think of it, unless you call paying cash for something trading. And it’s not a real fort, only built to resemble one. I mean, come on! They have air conditioning. I can just see old Davy Crockett at the Alamo asking someone to set the ac lower during the fighting. (And yes, I know the Alamo wasn’t a fort, but a mission- which has air conditioning now. And why do you always allow me to get side tracked?)

Fort Zion Virgin Trading Post
Virgin UT
November 14, 2015

Anyway, I have never been inside the “fort” because they are closed off season, between November and, I think, March. It is actually a souvenir shop and restaurant. From reading people’s comments on Trip Advisor, the store is overpriced but the restaurant is not and the food is good. They also have a petting zoo and there are other buildings out front to resemble a small western town.

Wild West Town
Fort Zion Virgin Trading Pos
Virgin UT
November 14, 2015

Wild West Town
Fort Zion Virgin Trading Post
Virgin UT
November 14, 2015

And let’s not forget the conestoga wagon out front. Now that’s what I call air conditioned!

Stagecoach
Fort Zion Virgin Trading Post
November 14, 2015

Cee’s Share Your World – July 3, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

Ivanpah Road
Mojave National Preserve
July 2, 2017

For your main meal do you prefer sweet and sour, hot and spicy, spicy and sweet, bitter, salty, bland or other? For me, every meal is a main meal. In the morning I’m thinking about what we will have for dinner. At night, before going to bed, I wonder what I should have for breakfast. I used to love spicy, but now, at such an advanced age, I also enjoy subtle flavors. I must say, though, that salt is my downfall. Lynn introduced me to salt on watermelon and I just had that this morning after my coffee. That might be the only thing I don’t salt; my coffee!

Where do you hide junk when people come over? Hide my junk? Unthinkable. I revel in my junk. That is why I have a den, to have all my junk on display. The only junk we would have to hide when people come over is the dog paraphernalia. And if we hide that, beware the dog!

What daily habit would you like to introduce to your life? That’s a difficult one. I could probably go out and take photos every day if Las Vegas had anything interesting to shoot. And I’m pretty sure I can guess what you’re thinking. But since the strip started charging for parking, I don’t go down there anymore. And as I’ve complained since June, the weather prevents me from going out lately.

If you were to perform in the circus, what would you do?  Well, I liked Cee’s answer that she would work at the concession stand. But since I don’t like people- or kids- I’m not sure I would last very long. Maybe work as the company photographer, taking shots of the performers and animals and people in the stands, and then maintain the circus website!

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Well, like Cee with a pulled groin muscle, I’ve had a bad back all week. It even prevented me from sleeping well at night. But yesterday, we did finally get out and the back seems to be back to normal which, for me, is merely a constant low grade ache. I can live with that. The photo above is from our trip yesterday to Mojave National Preserve which was 5 to 10 degrees cooler than Las Vegas, believe it or not.

Cee’s Share Your World – June 3, 2017