For my walkin’ in DC Part 2, I have 14 “people” photos. In a few pics, I have shared some thoughts on getting along with “people” – because as annoying as some people can be – relationships are what makes our life come alive! If you do not have time to read, please feel free to just skim the photos.
Have a nice day and if you are in the mood for an old school song, H E R E is a link to Triumph singing “Fight the Good Fight”
And if you have not had your fill of cherry blossoms yet – the link to the Washington DC Live WEB Cam is HERE
Mark’s cherry blossom post is HERE
And Radical Ramblings has an amazing single photo up view of white cherry blossoms, with a nice poem by A. E. Housman HERE
“About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.”
For a Walk with Jo this week I invite you to join me for a stroll in Washington D.C.
Hope you have are having a great start to your week and thanks for joining me with a stroll around DC.
If you are in the mood to check out more Monday Walks – or if you would like to join in and share one of your own strolls – check out Restless Jo’s blog (HERE) where this week she brings us to Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire.
PS – If you want more photos of DC (before I can bring you my part 2) well check out Mark’s blog because he has a handful of posts from his Easter visit to DC – his post “D.C. in Photos: Peek-a-Boo Views” is HERE
For my walk with Jo this week, I thought I would take you around RVA to see some doors, windows, and um…. alligators!
For more walks with Jo or if you want to join in and share your own stroll – go here.
Have a nice day! And I hope you have lots of green lights along the way.
The wpc is BLUR this week, and as I continue on taking “people shots” this year, last week I was chatting with a cashier who had the prettiest nails. She let me take her photo and later I found that the two photos of her nails were quite blurry, but they still captured the pretty pink and bling of the index fingernail.
Then… on Thursday I was digging through some assorted cards and I found this hummingbird one for my friend Christine, who was in town with her three girls and we met up to do some art. The art on this card (with a slight top blur) is from a painting by Judy Mizell – you can see more hummingbirds by Judy here.
Before I sealed the envelope – I took a quick photo so I could remember to look up the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote that was paired with the art: “Every moment of the year has its own beauty“
When I looked up the quote, I noticed this Emerson quote was butchered for the card.
I like the full version so much more:
“To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same fields, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again.”
Do you like the full version more?
Anyhow, I then noticed that Emerson’s quote sort of describes why I like taking informal “people shots” right now….
The lighting will never be the same, the person’s facial features will never be the same, and the atmosphere and mood was never seen before. The essence of that very moment will be preserved in a way that can never be duplicated.
Helen Chen has the goal of taking 1000 street shots, which is unfolding and developing project. I plan on following along and here is the link if you want to peek in and/or follow too.
(ALSO! – Lisa D. has some great variety of folks, and here is a post with shots from the streets of Samoa and Raiatea.)
Hope you all are having a nice weekend.
Thanks for reading…
This is the final Ybor City post, which includes a few favorites. The second part of this post is dedicated to a 33-year-old Tampa woman, who loved Ybor city and spent the last night of her life there.
First, 13 photos:
For Part 2 – here is my dedication to Apryl Foster.
Apryl Foster is a 33 year-old that went missing in early February- after partying at a bar in Ybor city. I read about her story in the news while having some morning java at my cousin’s kitchen table. I do not know many folks that still have the paper newspaper delivered, and so it is a treat to explore the jam packed Sunday News when I visit them.
Anyhow, last week I checked on Apryl’s story to see what unfolded and found out that her death was actually DUI related (story is here).
She left the bar and while close to home, she pulled off the road for 50 minutes and then instead of going straight, she turned left and drove into a lake!
However, the part that shocked me was that they were keeping the DUI part private! I guess it is because if the DUI news is released, it might interfere with other helpful tips that keep coming in, which could help with other cases.
I disagree with keeping the truth about the DUI quiet, because by doing so, they are robbing people of the full story! So a big shout out of THANKS to Wfla, Channel 8, for reporting the truth.
Also, by not sharing openly that Apryl’s demise was DUI related, they are missing out on a chance to teach more people about the danger of drinking and driving.
Now I know some of you cynics out there might be thinking that “it does not make a difference” because no matter what we report, “people do not care and they will still drink and drive.”
But I think it does make a difference – it can…. even if it is a very small difference.
Every single time we share the truth about the dangers associated with alcohol consumption, we raise awareness — and it adds up — to one day sink into someone’s head to where they “get it” and to where they care!
Please don’t drink and drive! Even if you have been doing it safely for years – today is the day to say “no mas”
Here are some tips for teens:
1. Remind teens that driving buzzed is still driving impaired (and could be deadly).
2. Talk to teens about how some people minimize impaired driving because they have “safely” gotten away with “driving after drinking ” dozens of times. But it is like playing “Russian Roulette” with a vehicle.
3. Judge Judy says that “automobiles can be lethal weapons” and we need to operate them with CARE and regard.
4. Young kids can benefit from learning about the addictive nature of alcohol. For example, talk about not “driving under the influence” – and also about not going through life “living under the influence” – Maybe also talk about how easy it is for some folks to use alcohol for escaping – for short-term coping – or how some people “party hearty” because they are conditioned to view that as the ultimate indulgent thing to do for enjoyment. On a trip to Florida in 2009, this group of folks sat at this table, beachside, drinking for hours. While talking with them (we knew them all), well I realized that a few of them viewed spending their entire Saturday getting smashed as their “right” and as their pleasant way to unwind. I was trying not to be too critical at the time, but I was really shaking my head because these were older folks – and I guess I just felt a little sad for them that this was “the preferred way” they wanted to spend their entire day off from work. I also learned that day that the way we “view” alcohol is sometimes skewed and sometimes so conditioned to be one way.
5. Use everyday examples to talk with tweens and teens about alcohol dangers — stories like Apryl’s are everywhere (sadly) – so let’s use these examples to teach. For example, I saved an email from WiseGEEK (here) and then one day we were “conversating” about the topic, and I pulled it up on my phone and shared this snippet of sobering info:
“On average, one person is killed every 53 minutes in a drunk driving accident in the US. Drinking is found to be involved in nearly a third of all traffic deaths in the US. Additionally, a third of drinking-related traffic accidents are caused by repeat offenders, meaning those who drink and drive are somewhat likely to continue the habit. On average each year in America, about 1 in 2000 drivers are operating under the influence of alcohol on a given trip.”
6. Talk to teens about the damage that alcohol causes to the body. It is not a health drink folks, and every time we indulge, it comes with a price to our physical body.
In closing, I wish you a great ending to your week – and here is a Throwback Thursday song to wrap up the post, Losing Grip by Avril Lavigne (here).
Also, if you know anyone that needs info about alcohol – click here – or click on the link below for self-help alcohol awareness tips from helpguide:
Welcome to post 1 for YBOR city in Tampa, FL. Some of my cousins live in Tampa and it is always fun to visit them. On this trip, cousin G brought us to YBOR city.
In closing, here is Los Lonely Boys with Cisco Kid – I think it kind of fits the mood of this post.
Happy Friday everyone – and have you bought any art form a local artist lately? If you have not, I would like to encourage you to keep your eyes out for nicely priced pieces that can enrich your life while they support the artist…
A couple more YBOR city posts coming soon…
The wpc is FRESH this week, and here are some fresh baby chicks that were fun to observe at the tractor supply store last week.
Here is a short video I made of the chicks – synced to an old school song (Dick Van Dyke — Put On A Happy Face) to help us start our fresh week with a little cheer:
For those that like this song and want the whole version, here is the Bye Bye Birdie version
Over on Bytes (here), we have a nice reminder from Captain Jack Sparrow:
Miss Nancy of Romper Room
“Romper Room was owned by a company up in Philadelphia and they had selected a woman who was the romper room teacher and she was doing fine, but her husband was transferred so she was going to leave the show….
Well, when I was doing that Marking Time program, I had said in one of them, “If you really want to do something, if you really, really, really, want to do something hard, write it out on a little piece of paper: I want to do this ____. And you take it with you every where you go and you keep reminding yourself this is what I want to do. In all probability you’ll wind up doing it.
Well, I’m interviewing people and Nancy Stillwell comes in to be interviewed and we’re chatting away. She reaches into her pocketbook and pulls out this ratty little piece of paper and it says, “I want to be the Romper Room teacher.” She was one of my people that I selected and she was the one that won the final thing and became Miss Nancy for Romper Room. And she was so perfect for that part. She was great! She’s a wonderful woman….” Mark Barker
For Day 5 of my B & W challenge, I bring you to you the Crossroads Art Center.
Last night we went to the art reception there and I was not thinking of taking photos – really! But it all started when I saw this guy sitting on a bench. Walking by – I peeked in and saw this:
Here is a slightly different version to show you this room in color (notice you cannot see his pen in this second shot).
We were not at the art reception very long – just long enough to get some art into my soul and to take about a dozen+ photos.
I turned a few photos into gifs for a little fun.
On the way out we had the chance to speak to one of the artists (Emma Knight – see below). I did get some video footage, but not sure if it is usable.
Thanks again to Jo, Jill, and Aletta for thinking of me. <3
So do you have a favorite art piece from this selection?
Would you pay 13,000 for a painting?
Hope you have a great weekend….
Hello – For Day 4 of the B & W Challenge, I bring you into this little store where I bought an old Kipling book for RV. Do you see it there? It was in bad shape, but for three dollars I took a chance.
And now here are TEN more of my street shots from Florida. These are all from February 2015.
I hope you have a nice Tuesday – and the blogger I link today for the B & W challenge is the muchacho Sir Spaniard Charly Priest from the Crazy Life blog. (warning – he sometimes swears and writes about adult content, and I skip those posts…)