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About Russel Ray Photos

Forty-five years as a photographer, beginning with yearbook staff in sixth grade.

Who are you and what are you doing on my property?

I livew in my own little world

During my delivery rounds for Amazon, I meet a lot of dogs and cats.

The dogs love me.

Cats?

Hmmmm.

Check out the expressions on these three cat greeters from last week:

Cat greeter

Cat greeter

Cat greeter

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Notice the black spot on the forehead of the first cat. It’s more than just a black spot. It was a tumor. I so wanted to take the poor thing to a vet and have it look at but the cat had a collar on and was hanging out where it lived, and who am I to assume that the cat didn’t have a vet appointment scheduled for the next day or so. Still felt sorry for it, though.

On a side note, I believe I am very close to returning to daily blogging. Everything will hinge on these next couple of weeks, but it could be even sooner. Here’s hoping!

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It’s upside down. So what?

I livew in my own little world

One of my goals for delivering people for Uber and delivering packages for Amazon is to discover the nooks and crannies of San Diego County, the places where I have not been and probably would not go under normal circumstances.

With Amazon’s Prime Now service, I get to go to restaurants and stores that I definitely would not have gone to because I’m so stuck in my rut of a routine.

Yesterday, I had some pickups at Northgate, a Hispanic food market.

As soon as I walked in the door, there they were, two of them calling my name, begging me to take at least one of them home.

But I was working, on a time-sensitive delivery, and the register lines were long long long.

I couldn’t take time out to buy one.

Well, this morning, I went back to Northgate.

There they were, about forty of them, each wanting to go home with me.

Well, one did:

Pineapple downside up cake

Trust me when I say it doesn’t look like that anymore.

25% of it is gone. Poof! Like magic! Gone, gone, gone….

….and good, good, good.

As they might say at Northgate, “Bueno! Bueno! Muy bueno!”

I’m not a big fan of cakes, for the most part, me being a pie person. But I do love my pineapple downside up cakes.

My question, though, is, Why does a Hispanic food store have forty pineapple upside down cakes while regular grocery stores like Vons, Albertsons, Ralphs, Kroger, Food4Less, etc., have nary a one? Does Northgate buy them all before the other stores wake up? Do Hispanics really eat pineapple upside down cakes like that? Hmmm. Maybe I have some Hispanicity in my background that I’m not aware of….

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Obviously named after me

I livew in my own little world

Back ca. 1993, I was sitting in Pat O’Brien’s in New Orleans, during Mardi Gras, with my brother, sister, and mother. I had not seen my mom in 25 years at that time. As we were drinking Hurricanes, my mom said to me, “Russel, I have to tell you something.” Ears around the table perked up because it sounded serious.

“What?” I asked.

“I misspelled your name on the birth certificate,” she said.

“Huh?”

“It was supposed to have two L’s.”

I was 38 at the time.

I had never met another Russel using only one L.

Met a lot of people named Russell, though.

Well, yesterday, one of my Uber riders was going to an address on Russell Road.

Wrong!

He was going to Russel Road!

Proof:

Russel Road

Obviously named after me, yes?

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Music on Mondays (5-23-16)—When the music’s over, turn out the lights

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

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When I’m driving for Uber I always play classical music in the car because even if one doesn’t like classical music, one cannot possibly be offended by it. That’s not necessarily the case with rap, hip hop, and even rock and roll. I can immediately think of a song where John Lennon says “f**k” and another where Joan Jett sings “Starf**ker” which is also the name of the song. Not knowing when the offensive language might come up in a song prevents me from listening in the car to songs with words while other people are riding along.

Yesterday, one of my riders commented how nice it was that someone was listening to classical music. That started a long conversation since it was a long ride to his destination, and we agreed that if they brought music (orchestra, band, chorus) back to grade schools, we might have a less angry world.

Following, then, are some songs about music in your day. If you have a favorite that I haven’t included, feel free to leave the name in a comment.

“I Can Hear Music” by The Beach Boys, 1969

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“Make Your Own Kind Of Music” by Mama Cass Elliot, 1969

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“Add Some Music To Your Day” by The Beach Boys, 1970

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“That’s When The Music Takes Me” by Neil Sedaka, 1972

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“Don’t Stop The Music” by Rihanna, 2007

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“Rock And Roll Music” by Chuck Berry, 1957

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“The Sound Of Music” by Julie Andrews, 1965

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“Let The Music Play” by Shannon, 1983

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“I Got The Music In Me” by Kiki Dee, 1974

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“Let The Music Play” by Johnny Winter, 1970

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“They Can’t Take Away Our Music” by Eric Burdon & War, 1970

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“When The Music’s Over” by The Doors, 1967

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Friday Flower Fiesta (5-20-2016)

Friday Flower Fiesta

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over five months since my last Friday Flower Fiesta. Alas, time flies when you’re having fun….

People say we don’t have seasons here in San Diego, but I’m here to tell you we do. In fact, we’re in the midst of one of them right now: Purple Season.

Purple Season is when the Jacarandas, Lilies-of-the-Nile, and Sea Lavender all are blooming simultaneously.

Picture 7 - Biggest, baddest Jacaranda I've ever seen

lily of the nile 4x6 stamp

Sea lavender

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I’ve been catching up on my Stephen King reading lately—Cell, Dr. Sleep, and now Insomnia. I have not been disappointed. As I was creating Photographic Art this morning, I hit the wrong key combination and came up with the following Lily-of-the-Nile, which made me think of Insomnia. Those of you who have read Insomnia probably will understand.

Lily of the Nile

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Day LilyDay Lily

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Tuberous BegoniaTuberous Begonia

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FuchsiaFuchsia

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AnthuriumAnthurium

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Giant HibiscusGiant Hibiscus

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GingerGinger

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This is MY territory!

Picture of the Moment

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One of my goals of driving for Uber and Amazon is to explore San Diego County, the little nooks and crannies that I would never find on my own. I’m quite pleased that I’m accomplishing that goal.

If I don’t have time to stop and take pictures, I simply note the location on my tablet with the intent of going back later. My list is getting quite long because going back later isn’t happening….

Here’s a picture that I took recently in Cardiff-by-the-Sea;

Bee and aeonium flower

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The flowers in the picture are from an aeonium, a succulent that has beautiful leaves, too:

AeoniumPictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

My walkaround lens is a Tamron 28-300 mm zoom lens, so getting a good picture of a flying bee is not the easiest thing to do since the shutter speed is slow at the 300 mm end of the lens.

Best lenses for getting good pictures of little flying guys is something like a 50 mm or 100 mm macro lens.

I, however, don’t have an intense desire to get too close to them so I either take a bunch of 300 mm shots and hope for a good one, or I mosey along to find a cute kitty cat keeping its eye on a stranger invading its territory:

Pretty cat

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DO NOT PARK HERE! Never. Ever. Ever.

Picture of the Moment

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It’s no secret that, even though California is a big state, parking is scarce, sometimes making it difficult for me to deliver packages for Amazon Prime Now.

And when one is near a beach, parking is virtually nonexistent.

One of the worst things to do is park where you’re not wanted.

Private Parking

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So…………..

DON’T DO IT!

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