The Day After

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Some of you are aware that we live in Las Vegas. Actually, North Las Vegas. That’s about a half hour north of Mandalay Bay where last night’s horrific event unfolded. I wanted to share with you the text messages I woke up to this morning, unaware that anything had happened. These are all between family members and I have used initials only.

October 1 11:18 pm TS
“Please tell me none of you are on the strip. This is insane.”

October 1 11:18 pm WJ

“I’m getting scared. We’re at our house.”

October 1 11:19 pm TS

“So scary. I heard Mandalay Bay but now seeing some people are saying there’s multiple ones at different hotels.”

October 1 11:19 pm WJ

“One of K’s (her 16 y.o. son) basketball friends was at the concert and he got shot in the arm. He’s apparently at hospital now.”

October 1 11:19 pm TS

“OMG! I can’t imagine that is horrible.”

October 1 11:20 pm WJ

“That’s what K is telling me that it’s at other hotels but news hasn’t said that yet.”

October 1 11:21 pm TS

“Someone said there’s bombs now.”

October 1 11:21 pm WJ

“K just told me that too.”

October 1 11:22 pm TS

Well I’m glad you guys aren’t there and imagine Mom (Lynn), E (me) and J (brother) wouldn’t be down there but just had to check. I hope K’s friend is ok.”

October 1 11:22 pm WJ

“K was just at a huge concert on the strip last weekend. S (her daughter) is scheduled for 2 in the next month. I want to move.”

October 1 11:23 pm TS

“[She was?] Omg thank god not tonight.”

October 1 11:23 pm WJ

“Omg ur right. Now [maybe she’ll] understand why I don’t want [her] going down there.”

October 1 11:24 pm TS

“Yeah it’s getting to be too dangerous maybe hold off on big events for a while.”

October 1 11:25 pm WJ

K (her son) has a friend who is hiding at Top Golf right now. Her boyfriend is the one who is at the hospital now.”

October 1 11:26 pm TS

“This is horrifying.”

October 1 11:26 pm WJ

“News just said maybe one suspect is dead in hotel room at Mandalay Bay.”

October 1 11:28 pm TS

“That’s some good news. But it sounds like from what I’m seeing there’s shootings at Tropicana and NYNY and maybe Aria.”

October 1 11:28 pm WJ

“Omg.”

Today 6:37 am Lynn

“Just woke up this morning to the news. So sad.”

Today 6:48 am WJ

“Glad ur ok.”

Today 6:55 am Lynn

“Fortunately for this family none of us [were at the] country music festival. And E (me) was too sick to be doing night photos on the strip, as he likes to do. Not so lucky for others. But always knew Vegas would be a prime target and was just a matter of time. Figured it would be terrorists, though.”

Today 7:14 am WJ (oldest daughter)

“One of K’s basketball teammates was shot in the arm as he laid on top of his girlfriend (a good friend of K’s who lives in our old neighborhood). He punctured his lung and broke his rib and will be in hospital for a week. The girl hid out at Top Golf for hours. They are both ok now. We have several friends who had family members there too. S had a couple friends down there as well.”

Today 8:05 am Lynn

“Just never figured anything would be going on here on Sunday nights. Today is a good day to donate blood. On my way.”

We could not get near the blood services building. Traffic was being diverted due to the amount of people wanting to help the only way they knew how. I got into my office around 11:30 to find almost no one here. I just learned that my secretary was there last night with her husband and his sister, who were both wounded.

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In Retrospect: Venice

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Piazza San Marco Facade
January 30, 2014

Ah, Venice. Venezia. The name is derived from the ancient Veneti people who inhabited the region by the 10th century BC. Venice has been known as “La Dominante,” “Serenissima,” “Queen of the Adriatic,” “City of Water,” “City of Masks,” “City of Bridges,” “The Floating City,” and “City of Canals.”

The Grand Canal
January 30, 2014

This is, of course, none of the above, but a mere reproduction in the desert of Las Vegas Nevada.

Piazza San Marco
January 30, 2014

OK, I’m sure this could have passed for the real Piazza San Marco if I had cropped it so that the Mirage Hotel in the background wasn’t so obvious. Or if my Photoshop skills were up to the challenge. So, if you’re like me and have yet to visit the real Venice, then The Venetian Hotel will have to do. For now.

In Retrospect is an ongoing series of older photos from my archives, newly processed. I hope you enjoy the series as much as I enjoy revisiting the memories.

 

 

In Retrospect: City Center Las Vegas

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City Center
Las Vegas NV
February 8, 2014

OK, in the attempt at being politically correct, I am going to blame someone else for posting late today. It’s not my fault. When Bernie made all those promises he sort of locked me into a corner and I lost all awareness of what day it was. Really. That’s so much better for my psyche than to take responsibilities for my own actions. I feel so much better now. Anyway…

City Center in Las Vegas is just a fancy name for more hotels and casinos. The buildings are impressive, a wee bit fancier than others on the strip. But they are still casinos. As is my habit, I quote from Wikipedia: City Center Las Vegas is a “…16,797,000-square-foot (1,560,500 m2) mixed-use, urban complex on 76 acres.

Impressive, no?

“It is the largest privately funded construction project in the history of the United States. The project is connected by a people mover system to adjacent MGM properties.”

People Mover
Las Vegas NV
February 8, 2014

“The project was started by MGM Resorts International; Dubai World became a joint partner during the project’s construction phase. As of 2015, the ‘CityCenter’ branding has been largely retired, with the focus instead on the Aria brand of the development’s centerpiece property in names such as the ‘Aria Express’ (formerly ‘CityCenter Tram’) and ‘Aria Art Collection’ (formerly ‘CityCenter Art Collection’).”

City Center
Las Vegas NV
February 8, 2014

My initial intent was to process the buildings all in stark black and white. That’s how I normally see them as they are mostly glass and highly polished steel. But, they reflect the colors around them so well.

Ciyy Center
Las Vegas NV
February 8, 2014

When I showed these images to Lynn, she said she can appreciate the geometry, but they don’t speak to her. They’re not of nature.

I know exactly what she means.

In Retrospect is an ongoing series of older photos from my archives, newly processed. I hope you enjoy the series as much as I enjoy revisiting the memories.

 

 

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?

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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

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: 2016 Week 42

Prompts and Challenges
What Stays In Vegas

What Stays In Vegas

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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.

Faux Graffiti

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DSCF5607-Edit-2Yes, I’m in a lousy mood today. Just some news that at any other time wouldn’t bother me as much. I feel like I’m in a slump emotionally and have no real desire to do much of anything. Hopefully this will not last long as we have house guests coming for the weekend (Lynn got back from China yesterday morning)and we will be celebrating our 4th anniversary this week. Trying to get tickets for Cirque de Soleil’s Love. It’s a great show. We’ve seen it twice already and they just revised it.

Anyway, I wandered out to the Las Vegas strip one day last week and found this faux graffiti at The Linq Hotel and Casino. That’s where the High Roller is and I call this faux graffiti because there is no way anyone could have done this uninvited. The strip is open 24 hours a day and there are always a couple of security people stationed here. But, even if it’s corporately sanctioned, it made me smile. So I posted it hoping that would get rid of my funk. But now that I look at it again, it’s not really helping.

Oh well, maybe it will bring a smile to your face.

Best Of…

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Better late than never, I always say. Actually, I only say that when I’m late. Procrastination and me are frequent companions. But I finally thought I’d give the “best of…” a try. Not that anybody really cares what I think are my best images of 2015. But it gave my ego quite a boost just to go back and look at some of these again. So here goes…

I began the year with a series of Las Vegas Strip properties. I have still to do nighttime shots but maybe all that neon and glitter is passe. So, early morning light on this first one.

The Strip

About 8:30 am on a Sunday morning looking north from the Mandalay Bay. Love the overhead light pole directing your eye.

AFTER

Detail of the New York New York Hotel and Casino with added sunlight flare.

Out in the middle of nowhere, taking shots down the tracks when this pedestrian appeared. The image still needs work but one of my favorites.

Attempted to convert this image to black and white but stopped here. Love the varied textures besides the colors. And that stomach ain’t bad, either.

A mostly retirement community about an hour out from Las Vegas called Chloride AZ. I only wanted the little gas station when this person and pet walked into the shot.

Brunswick Hotel Route 66 Kingman AZ

The Brunswick Hotel on Route 66 in Kingman AZ. The route traverses almost 2,800 miles between Chicago IL and Santa Monica CA.

Fujifilm X-T1 1/3800 sec at f/1.8 ISO 400 32mm

Another Route 66 image, this time taken in Seligman AZ, on my second drive out that way.

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Taken in 2012 but not posted till this past year. The image was overexposed and boring until my processing skills improved. (And no smartass comments.)

The Hamm's water tower in Nelson NV with real golden hour lighting!

The Hamm’s water tower in Nelson NV with real golden hour lighting (though I did add the clouds)!

Overton trestle-

A trestle in Overton NV. We were out for a Sunday drive, just being spontaneous (we call it being “spont” because we’re lazy)!

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These last two were taken in Kanosh UT, courtesy of my wife who told me to pull off the highway when there was a sudden clearing in the storm we were driving through, just before golden hour.

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So, there you have it. Hope you stuck around to the end and enjoyed my walk down my own personal memory lane.

Tautologous Tuesday

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16868656511_7bb2525b7f_o copyOK, for all of you “ESL” students, tautologous can also mean wordy or talky, which is why I did not post this on Wordless Wednesday as I have something to say! I’m not sure whether or not I ever posted the above photo this past year, shooting South on the Las Vegas Strip one fine Sunday morning. So, if you remember it, then just pretend I titled this post “The Best Of 2015. OK?