In Retrospect: Fremont Street

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The occasion was a political demonstration called Occupy Wall Street way back on October 15, 2011. Anybody remember the good old days when we took to the streets to protest?

Did it do us one damn bit of good?

Will it this time?

For What It’s Worth

Buffalo Springfield

Lyrics by Stephen Stills

Cee’s Share Your World – April 10, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

Great In Bed
Fremont District
Las Vegas NV
January 8, 2017

Have you ever participated in a distance walking, swimming, running, or biking event? Tell your story. See the photo above? I can go the distance on sleeping. Eight hours is easy for me. Ten? No problem.

Name one thing not many people know about you. I would venture to say that many people have forgotten, or never did read, that I am considerably older than Emilio Pasquale. “Luke, I am your father!” Yes, Emilio is fashioned after my son. He will be 34 this year. This is the second marriage for both Lynn and myself. Lynn’s first husband died of cancer, my first wife is still very much alive. But between Lynn and myself, we have ten kids.

What is your favorite flower? I don’t really have a favorite flower. In fact, I’ve gone on record as stating I do not like flowers. At least in captivity. Lynn has forbidden me to purchase flowers on her birthday or anniversary or in apology for the countless times I have been at fault! But I have also been known to travel far and wide when the desert wildflowers are in bloom. And watching the hummingbirds levitate over a flowering plant is truly a sight to behold.

Things I want to have in my home (paintings, hot tubs, book cases, big screen tv etc) We are at that time in our lives when we want to scale down and rid ourselves of some of the clutter we’ve accumulated over the years. So, I think all we really want, or need, is a roof and a bed. And books, music, probably classic movies on dvd (and a way to view them), coffee, wine, pizza at least once a week. Friends, and family! Oh, and that hot tub? Just make it a shower. For two. 🙂

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? Grateful? I guess I am grateful that my 2006 Nissan Altima has just passed 204,000 miles and did not “crap out” on us in Death Valley yesterday. As for the following week? A movie or two, hopefully getting the book I am working on into it’s first edit, and a trip on the weekend to a section of Route 66 between Barstow and Needles.

I’m happy to hear that Cee and Chris are better this week and that Cee was able to come up with these questions. It’s always fun! Join in sometime! Check out Cee’s Share Your World every Monday.

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

Where Is Dan Quayle Now That We Need Him?

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“It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.”
Dan Quayle

Obviously I had no title for this post. But it sort of fits if the tank pictured above is actually for water.

And for those of you old enough to remember him, doesn’t Mr. Quayle seem like a breath of fresh air, now?

So, anyway, I was playing around with a different post processing technique and came upon this combination, which looks great on my desk top. And Lynn complimented me on it. So it stays!

Share Your World – January 30, 2017

Prompts and Challenges
A wall in Mandalay Bay Las Vegas NV December 8, 2016

A wall in Mandalay Bay
Las Vegas NV
December 8, 2016

(The photo above has absolutely nothing to do with the questions or answers below and probably should have been saved for Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge. But go visit Cee’s Share Your World for more sharing from other bloggers.)

What is the most incredible natural venue that you’ve ever seen in person? I want to say my wife but I think people are getting tired of that rote answer for almost every question. So it would have to be the Grand Canyon, when I first saw it I was around 24 years old. I had seen it in photos but really, you have to experience it in person. We happened to be there when no one else was around and came up to the edge of the cliff to look out over that expanse and I was just speechless. Awestruck. I have seen it about 4 more times since but it is impossible to recapture the feeling of that first time.

How many siblings do you have? I had a sister, but she died from lung cancer. She took up smoking at a very young age and, when she was eventually diagnosed, finally gave up smoking. Too little too late. She died 6 months later.

What’s your birth order? Well, if I had known I could order something, it would have been breast milk. But I was not breast fed as a baby and I think that’s where all my problems stem from. My mother did try to make it up to me afterwards by allowing me to order anything I wanted whenever we went out to eat, but at home it was whatever she was serving that night. And my mother was never the best of cooks.

If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why? Now what kind of a question is this? Why would I want someone’s smelly feet inside of me? Gross. OK, wait. Is this supposed to be some kind of simile or metaphor or something? Let me think. The shoe would have to be comfortable, elegant, understated, dependable, in a basic color tone, though it could be trimmed in something a bit more flamboyant. Either that, or the Jordan 23 Breakout shoe!

What is the strangest/weirdest thing you have ever eaten? Alligator. Well, it was either me or him. And truth be told, alligator DOES taste like chicken. Like tender white meat.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Grateful? I hate this question. I always feel like I have to come up with something earth-shattering or interesting. But honestly, I am simply grateful to wake up each morning and face another day. Looking forward to? Getting it right.

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Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: January 13, 2017

Prompts and Challenges
Transformer Fremont Street, Las vegas NV January 7, 2017

Transformer
Fremont Street, Las Vegas NV
January 7, 2017

I have no information on this art installation in downtown Las Vegas, except that it is supposedly open to the public once a year. This night it was blocked off and I had to shoot over a chain link fence.

Please visit Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge for more odd balls and their photos!

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52 WEEKS PHOTO CHALLENGE:WEEK 19TH-VIEW

Prompts and Challenges
Gallery of Fine Art Bellagio Las Vegas NV

Gallery of Fine Art
Bellagio
Las Vegas NV

It was free admission night for Las Vegas locals at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. So Lynn and I packed the Fuji and headed on down to the Strip. It is a testament to the popularity of the gallery that not one of our friends- nor family members- cared to join us. Or maybe it is a testament to our own popularity! Anyway, I can’t tell you all the artists on display as I was too busy making art of my own. There was this fellow Picasso, and Lautrec. And Moliere, I think. It was an ‘M’ name for sure.

This week, for The Girl That Dreams Awake‘s 52 week challenge, the prompt is view.

Daily Prompt: Protest

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Arts District Las Vegas NV December 3, 2016

Arts District
Las Vegas NV
December 3, 2016

Well, the directions for the Daily Prompt are to “Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt.” But I was never one to follow directions. So, instead of writing, I present to you this photo of artwork which definitely represents the protest that is currently in progress at Standing Rock.

“In honor of our future generations, we fight this pipeline to protect our water, our sacred places, and all living beings.”

Quoted from the website http://standwithstandingrock.net/

Cee’s Share Your World – 2016 Week 49

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Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health Las Vegas NV December 3, 2016 6:01 am

Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health
Las Vegas NV
December 3, 2016
6:01 am

What do you value most in a friendship? A woman. Now, I don’t mean anything sexist by that. But I am sexist. Against men. I have never had a really close friendship with a guy when growing up. All my closest friends were girls. They were just easier to talk to about sensitive things like feelings. I think that’s why most people thought I was gay when I was in high school. Well that and being in the drama club.

Do you prefer eating the frosting of the cake or the cupcake first?  Do you prefer a specific flavor? When I ate cake, I would usually eat the cake and the frosting at the same time. And chocolate is (was) my flavor. Since cutting out as much sugar as possible in my diet, the only chocolate I get is if I order a mixed drink with creme de cacao.

Have you ever been in a submarine?  If you haven’t, would you want to? I do remember being in a submarine in Disneyworld once. Does that count?

If 100 people your age were chosen at random, how many do you think you’d find leading a more satisfying life than yours? I don’t think I could find anyone leading a more satisfying life than mine right now. No one’s life is perfect, but mine is definitely satisfying. Well, except for having to put up with that damn dog!

Optional 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, my wife went away for the day. Now, that in itself is not why I am grateful. But, because I woke up at 5 on Saturday morning, alone, I got out of bed, showered, dressed, and got out of the house by 5:19 am. With my camera. It was still dark out but, by the time I decided where I was going, the sun was already starting to turn the black sky to blue. And it was freezing out. And yet I felt so alive. The photo above is one I took of the Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health in downtown Las Vegas. The colors have not been manipulated in any way. The structure is all silver, lit only by the existing streetlights. The interior lights are all purple. What a sight! Just beautiful.

Now please go visit Cee’s Share Your World post to read what others find satisfying.

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Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons – November 2016

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November at Calico Basin

November means autumn for most of the United States, with winter breathing down its collective neck. Here in Las Vegas it usually means more of the same blue skies but with cooling temperatures. This year was only slightly different. We were enjoying 70 to 80 degree temperatures for a week or two when autumn really hit . Temperatures dropped into the high 50’s, low 60’s. And tomorrow is even better. Rain.

The image above was taken the day temperatures first dipped and the skies grew ugly- which, to me, is beautiful. I mean, come on. Who doesn’t like a cloudy sky? I was already late to work the morning I saw clouds over Calico Basin and I thought, what’s an extra hour late? So I took a detour. This is a two image pano of the basin, facing southwest, taken for Cardinal Guzman’s year long challenge You can read about it here.

And now, as is customary, a slideshow for your viewing pleasure.

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