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You are now in the boondocks

 

Out & About

It’s always an extreme pleasure to do a home inspection out in the boondocks simply because the boondocks are like no other place on Earth.

The people who live in the boondocks have so much fun putting up street signs and addresses so we city slickers can find them!

To wit:

Street sign in the boondocks

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Street number in the boondocks

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Address in the boondocks

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Address in the boondocks

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Lifeguard

Out & About

Remember to keep an eye on my Photographic Art blog because that’s where I announce daily and weekly specials, as well as special specials for special occasions like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, graduation, etc.

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Meanwhile….

Following is Photographic Art titled “Lifeguard” based on a picture that I took while I was up in Newport Beach a couple of weeks ago. This lifeguard looked like he might be a senior in high school or possibly a freshman in college. I’m thinking that he’s thinking how tough his job is, out there on the rocks in the middle of the water all by himself. I felt so sorry for him….NOT!

Lifeguard

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Here’s the deal

Out & About

Later today I shall be leaving on a road trip. Here’s my route:

Road trip

This is a business trip to promote Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos.

Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos

First stop will be Borrego Springs where I shall get pictures of the Rancheti Bigfoot and the many dinosaurs roaming around in the desert. You’ll just have to wait for the pictures….

Second stop is the east shore of the Salton Sea. I have never been there, so who knows what my trusty digital camera might find…

Third stop is La Quinta where I shall drop off a Photographic Art gift to one of my Realtor friends over there.

Last stop is Ontario where I shall be attending a home inspector meeting and publicizing my effort to get out of home inspections and into Photographic Art full time.

The route is 426 miles so I’m sure I will find all sorts of interesting things to take pictures of to make into Photographic Art!

Since I won’t be home today to interact with all my blogging friends, here’s the deal:

First, like or comment on this post.

Next, go to my galleries at Fine Art America (http://1-russel-ray.artistwebsites.com/) and choose your favorite picture. Let me know what it is in an email to PhotographicArt@RusselRayPhotos.com
and that Photographic Art creation is yours in all its full resolution digital glory to do with as you please.

I will be matching likes and comments with emails, so don’t try to cheat!

That’s it! Pretty good deal, no????

I have to go alone, so the home office will be occupied and protected by Jim, Julian, and, of course, Zoey the (ferocious) Cool Cat.

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Photographic Art of downtown San Diego

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San Diego has a height limit of 500 feet on skyscrapers in the downtown area. Supposedly it’s because the airport is also downtown and we saw back in 2001 what happens when planes run into tall buildings.

Following are some new Photographic Art creations based on pictures of downtown San Diego.

The new Skybridge completed in 2011, along with the Coronado Bridge at left and the Hilton Bayfront Hotel at right:San Diego Skybridge

The Omni overlooking Petco Park with the new San Diego Central Library dome in the background:Downtown San Diego

The Omni is an interesting dual-use building. The top eleven floors are multi-million dollar condominiums, and the bottom floors are hotel rooms. Since the Omni overlooks Petco Park where the San Diego Padres purport to play professional baseball, many players bought a condo at the Omni so that when they have a late night baseball game, they don’t have far to go to get home.

Two Manchester Grand Hyatt towers at left, Harbor Club at right, and the two Marriott Marina towers:Downtown San Diego

The Harbor Club has two residential towers, both standing at 424′, although only one is visible in the picture. When Bruce Willis and Demi Moore were married, they owned one of the penthouses.

The Hilton Bayfront Hotel:Downtown San Diego

The two Manchester Grand Hyatt towers:Downtown San Diego

The right tower was completed in 1992 and stands 446′ tall. The left tower was completed in 2003 and stands 497′ tall. It is the tallest building on a waterfront on the West Coast.

The three towers at the left are condo towers—Bayside at The Embarcadero (395′ tall), and The Grande North at Santa Fe Place and The Grande South at Santa Fe Place, both towers peaking at 420 feet. The tower at the right is a Wyndham Hotel:Downtown San Diego

The water park in the lower center and right was just completed a few months ago. Previously all that was ugly parking lots.

The newer (taller) of the two Manchester Grand Hyatt towers:Downtown San Diego

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San Diego Historical Landmarks — #1: El Prado Area Designation, part 14

San Diego Historical Landmarks

For the introductory blog post to San Diego’s historical landmarks, click on San Diego’s Historical Landmarks.

#1: El Prado Area Designation, part 1
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El Prado Area Designation

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Next up on our trek through the El Prado Area Designation is Casa de Balboa:

Casa de Balboa

Of all the buildings in Balboa Park, I visit Casa de Balboa most often because my three favorite museums in all of Balboa Park are there:

San Diego Model Railroad Museum
Museum of Photographic Arts
San Diego History Center

San Diego Model Railroad Museum in Balboa ParkThe San Diego Model Railroad Museum has one of the largest model railroad layouts in all the world, is the only accredited model railroad museum in the United States, and is the largest permanent operating model railroad exhibit in North America with over 27,000 square feet of exhibit space.

The museum is particularly popular with children, especially the Toy Train Gallery, home to several model towns with multiple train lines. The towns get decorated for the seasons, which makes the fall colors and Christmas particularly colorful. San Diego Model Railroad Museum in Balboa ParkSeveral of the train lines can be operated by the kids (or adults like me!) with pushbutton controls.

The museum gift shop has a great selection of railroad memorabilia, including vintage railroad posters, for railroad lovers like me. Sadly, my budget won’t let me buy the whole dang store…. If you are into railroads and history, you can easily spend days on end in the Erwin Welsch Research Library.San Diego Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park

The museum and gift shop are open Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65 and older, $3 for students with ID, $4 for all military with ID, and free for children 14 years and under when accompanied with an adult.

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

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The purpose of the Museum of Photographic Arts is to inspire, educate, and engage the broadest possible audience through the presentation, collection, and preservation of photography, film, and video. They do a great job, and I often get inspiration for my own Photographic Art by visiting the museum.

Earlier in the 21st Century I tried to volunteer at the San Diego History Center. At the time, there was a long waiting list for opportunities to volunteer. Sadly, my name never made it to the top of the list after a year of waiting, so I took it off.

The interesting thing about San Diego history is that there are three organizations that seem to own every historical image of San Diego: Google Images, San Diego U-T, and the San Diego History Center. All three organizations make it prohibitively expensive to use one of their images, effectively shutting out little people like me who want to do Then & Now pictures. That’s the only reason why I don’t do more blog posts featuring then and now pictures. I have no desire to infringe on the copyrights of others, and my budget doesn’t allow me to buy permission nor does it have a slush fund for paying the penalty for using copyrighted images illegally.

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

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Where I would stay if I came to San Diego

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I often get asked where the best place to stay is, and it all depends on what one wants to do. One doesn’t want to stay at a fine hotel that is sixty miles from the relatives that you’re supposed to be visiting…. well, maybe you do. That’s between you and your relatives……….LOL

Let’s say that I had to move away from San Diego back in 1993 and am planning on coming for Christmas vacation. I would stay at the Sheraton Harbor Island. Looks like this:

Sheraton Harbor Island as viewed from San Diego Bay

Sheraton Harbor Island as viewed from the airport

The Sheraton Harbor Island is across the street from San Diego International Airport. There are no bad rooms at the Sheraton Harbor Island, and most rooms, if not all of them, have a view of downtown San Diego, which looks something like this when the sun is setting:

Downtown San Diego as viewed from the Sheraton Harbor Island

Regardless of where you want to go, the Sheraton Harbor Island is centrally located to get you there quickly—San Diego Zoo, beaches, SeaWorld, Shelter Island, Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma, Ocean Beach, Gaslamp Quarter, Old Town State Historical Park….

Remember that if you’re flying into San Diego, sit on the left side of the plane. The view of downtown San Diego as you’re landing is spectacularly awesome.

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SNIPPETS (8-16-14, #2)—WordAds revenue, and more

Snippets

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snip-pet: a small piece of something

Snippets: mini blog posts

SNIPPET 1

The earnings report from my WordAds came in. I got approved for WordAds on July 15, so the revenue is for 16½ days.

Drum roll please….

$16.62.

Yep. A measly $16.62. Wait! Measly? NOT measly! I did nothing other than allow their ads to show up on my blog. $16.62 is 97.76¢ per day! That $16.62 for 17 days in July equates to about $30 per month. Julian and I think we can get to $50 per month by the end of the year, if not sooner. And ever since I got WordAds approved, I have been endeavoring to do everything possible to increase readership and views to get us there. I have even……….

SNIPPET #2

………..caught up on my backlog of blog visits. Remember when I was using Internet Explorer 9 from January 2 to March 27 and got so far behind in reading, liking, and commenting on blogs because the LIKE buttons and the comment boxes wouldn’t load? I got nine months behind. I pleased to say that as of today, I’m exactly 30 days behind.Goats at the 2013 San Diego County Fair

I find 30 days to be just about right because not everyone publishes a blog post each day like I do (sometimes two, like today!). The one thing that really gets my goat in the blogging world is when I go to visit someone’s blog only to find that they have published absolutely nothing since the last time I visited.

SNIPPET #3

My wise old grandmotherMy wise old grandmother was a master gardener before there was such a thing. Everything I learned about gardening, I learned from her. So my memories of her are strong when I visit gardening sites and blogs.

Recently I visited a blog that was telling the reader to provide nesting materials to get birds to build nests in your yard. Twigs make great nesting materials, and the article said that the twigs and sticks should be under four inches long.

Hmmmm.

Nest-building osprey

SNIPPET #4

Photographic Art of a rhinoceros at the San Diego Zoo:

Rhinoceros

Created by Julian. Gotta give credit where credit is due.

SNIPPET #5

Would y’all like a blog post by Julian?

If there is strong enough demand, I’ll force him to comply with that demand as part of his ongoing partnership agreement with Photographic Art, but I won’t put any restrictions on what he can blog about. That might prove interesting……….LOL

Let me him know with a comment.

SNIPPET #6

Suicide is in the mainstream news again due to Robin Williams.

About a year ago, Junior Seau, also known as Mr. San Diego, committed suicide.

For readers who might not know, my dad committed suicide when I was six years old, although I didn’t find out about it until much later. Much, much later.

I also have been depressed and suicidal at times in my life, so I get quite disgusted by people with such a cavalier attitude about suicide and the effect on the people it leaves behind. So disgusted that I unfriend, unfollow, and unlike them.

SNIPPET #7

Tony GwynnWith the recent death of Tony Gwynn (see stamp at right) in June at the age of 54 from cancer, and the fact that the San Diego Padres, for whom he played his entire professional baseball career, won’t be going anywhere in the playoffs, people are reminiscing about the best years of the San Diego Padres. Those years are few and far between, with the Padres playing in, and losing, the World Series in 1984 and 1998. Tony Gwynn was with the team both times.

There have been some highlights beyond the team itself, though, such as when Tony Gwynn got hit #3,000 (see stamp above).

Here are two other players who provided lots of highlights for the Padres:

Steve Garvey
Home Run in the 1984 NLCS,
winning the game and sending the Padres to the World SeriesIMG_6979 steve garvey faa stamp

Trevor Hoffman
Save #500Trevor Hoffman

SNIPPET #8

When Jim and I went to watch the Big Bay Boom! fireworks downtown for the fourth of July, the San Diego Country Administration Building had been made into a Tony Gwynn memorial:

Tony Gwynn memorial on the San Diego County Administration Building

SNIPPET #9

A mural, titled “Escalera After Bechi,” in the Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego:

Escalera After Bechi

SNIPPET #10

Hope you enjoyed the extra blog post today!

Hope you enjoyed the extra blog post and SNIPPETS today

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