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SNIPPETS (7-29-2014)

Snippets

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snip-pet: a small piece of something

Snippets: mini blog posts

SNIPPET 1

I recently read a report somewhere, probably on a blog, that not only is the younger generation supportive of gay marriage, but generally they don’t mind paying higher taxes for things like police protection, fire protection, emergency medical transportation, roads, bridges, teachers, schools, and libraries. Pretty much the things that make a civilized society civil.

Such was proven in 2010 when students at San Diego State University were asked whether or not they supported an extra fee—a tax, basically—that would go to tear down the Student Center, built in 1962 for a campus of 10,000 students, and build a new one for a campus of 40,000 students. The vote was overwhelmingly in favor of the fee.

Does that show that they were in favor of the tax, or that the old Student Center was grossly inadequate?

Here is Photographic Art based on a picture of the old Aztec Center which served from 1962 to 2011.

San Diego State University Aztec Center 1968-2011

SNIPPET #2

And just for comparison, here’s the new Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Center (click on the picture for a monster image).

The new Aztec Center on the campus of San Diego State University

Conrad Prebys is one of those good billionaires (and there are way too few of the good ones) who gives a lot of money to charitable purposes. In this case, $20 million to provide scholarships to Aztec students.

SNIPPET #3

When I was growing up in Kingsville, Texas, under the watchful eye and whip of my wise old grandmother, a second cousin came by to show us his brand new 1965 Ford Mustang. I loved that car, and I have been enamored of Mustangs ever since. I finally bought a 1989 Saleen Mustang in 1991 and drove it until 1998. Its top end speed apparently was 153 mph because I reached that speed twice, once on the I-8 straightaway between Pensacola and Fort Walton, Florida, and once on the boring stretch of I-10 from Fort Stockton to Van Horn, Texas. Don’t tell anyone, though.

Recently I saw a 40th Anniversary (2004) edition of the Mustang. Here is Photographic Art based on a picture of the 40th Anniversary logo from the side of the car:

Mustang 40th Anniversary logo

SNIPPET #4

Balloons are very popular with children, so when I go to a parade and see balloons, I’m pretty sure that’s where all the rugrats are going to be, making it difficult to get a good picture.

Following is Photographic Art based on a picture of balloons at a recent Gay Pride parade in San Diego. The children were cropped out.

Rainbow balloons at San Diego Gay Pride

SNIPPET #5

Pelicans are my favorite bird that I’ve actually seen out in their native habitat. The awesome Julian says that Russel Ray Photos has to have the largest collection of pelicans in the world (or something like that). Here are three of my recent Photographic Art based on pictures of brown pelicans in La Jolla, a beachside neighborhood of San Diego:

Brown pelican coming in for a landing

Brown pelicans in flight

Brown pelicans in La Jolla, California

Remember in a recent post that I said I cannot be trusted? Well, the second picture is actually Photographic Art based on two separate pictures of brown pelicans in flight. I lifted the pelican from one picture and placed in with the pelican in the other picture. Twins are much better than loner birds!

SNIPPET #6

The original designers of downtown San Diego at the harbor saw fit to install lots of ugly parking lots and ugly buildings. Fortunately, the City is coming to its senses and realizing that since downtown is located directly on the bayfront, it might be a good idea to make everything look snazzy.

The following is Photographic Art one of the new water parks in downtown San Diego, this one on the south side of the San Diego County Administration Building (where Jim and I got married on October 30, 2008).

San Diego Water Park

All of the trees and water you see in that picture used to be a huge, ugly parking lot for the Administration Building. So, you might ask, where do they park cars now?

A-ha! (not the group). The two water parks are on top of an underground parking garage:

Underground parking

The former surface parking lots were so ugly that I don’t even have a picture of them. Must be the only thing in San Diego that I don’t have a picture of!……….. 🙂

SNIPPET #7

When cruise ships used to arrive in San Diego, there was no real place for them to dock. I think sometimes they just parked in the bay and pushed people overboard. A few years ago we got a new cruise ship terminal, and it is beautiful.

San Diego's cruise ship terminal

SNIPPET #8

Of course, cruise ships always make nice Photographic Art. The Sapphire Princess is my favorite so far because it looks like they stole the engines from the Starship Enterprise and put them on top of the Princess.

Sapphire Princess cruise ship in San Diego, California

SNIPPET #9

A mommy red river hog and her six little ones:

Mommy red river hog and her six little ones

SNIPPET #10

Smile if you can read this:

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I finally learned its name!

Picture of the Moment

San Diego State University is just a mile down the road from me.

I often ride my bike to campus and then ride around campus, or I’ll walk down the hill from my house to the 70th Street trolley station and take the San Diego Trolley over to SDSU.

Either way, a ride or walk around the SDSU campus invariably provides many picture opportunities.

Following are two Photographic Art of Hepner Hall, the iconic building on the campus that appears in anything and everything about the university. I never knew its name, even after 21 years in San Diego, until Julian and I were uploading pictures to our galleries at Fine Art America.

Hepner Hall on the campus of San Diego State University

Hepner Hall on the campus of San Diego State University

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Old student center at San Diego State University

Moving sale

Out & About

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Over on the campus of San Diego State University, there is a huge new student center being built. The students voted in Spring 2011 on whether or not to increase student fees to destroy the old Aztec Center and build a new one. Amazingly, they voted yes! Imagine people voting for an increase in their own taxes……….lol

Following are some pictures of the old morphing into the new. It should be ready for the Fall 2013 semester.

June 13, 2009Old student center at San Diego State University

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June 17, 2011Aztec Center at San Diego State University being demolished in June 2011

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Aztec Center at San Diego State University being demolished in June 2011

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November 9, 2011Building the new Aztec Center at San Diego State University

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Building the new Aztec Center at San Diego State University

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April 19, 2013New Aztec Center at San Diego State University

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New Aztec Center at San Diego State University

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New Aztec Center at San Diego State University

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Effin's Pub & Grill

For an effin good time….

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Out & About San Diego

 

Barely a hop, skip, and a jump down the road from me is Effin’s Pub & Grill, a sports bar catering to the 31,000+ students at San Diego State University.

Effin's Pub & Grill

 

They have an effin great atmosphere — effin fine food, beer, pool, and all the trappings of an effin great sports bar.

Located at 6164 El Cajon Boulevard, it’s just an effin mile south of the effin SDSU campus:

Effin's Pub & Grill, 6164 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego CA

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Speech, Lnguage and Hearing Sciences

Is there a message here?

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My other half is a staff piano accompanist in the Department of Music at San Diego State University (he also works as a Realtor and at Barnes & Noble Booksellers). Parking on the SDSU campus is at a premium — meaning if you want to park on campus, you pay big bucks — and parking around campus is non-existent.

Whenever Jim has to go to campus, I usually drop him off since the campus is just a mile from where we live. I pick him up by waiting in the loading zone across from the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences building. I’m pretty sure that’s the name of the building even though the sign out front says differently:

Speech, Lnguage and Hearing Sciences

 

 I’m wondering if there is a message there. Any Twits want to translate that into Tweetereese?

 

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Sunflower on campus of San Diego State University

Sunflower for a cloudy day

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Picture of the moment
PICTURE OF THE MOMENT

 

Sometimes when I’m camping out in blogs, I learn lots of interesting stuff about the people who own the camp sites. Yesterday I left 315 LIKEs and 89 comments. That’s my record on comments but 316 is my record on LIKEs. I’m on a quest today to go 400/100.

However, if I find too much really good reading, things slow down, and that’s what has happened this morning already.

In fact, while I was camping out in jazfagan’s hippy Bohemian Buddha blog, I mentioned in a comment about sunflowers that they make a great plant to do time lapse photography with. Find a location where you can take pictures from each week and document the weekly progress of the sunflower plant. Once you have all your pictures, create a slide show. The effect is awesome!

Many decades ago I did a time lapse on sunflowers in my own garden, from bare seeds, to planting, to poking their first little leaves out of the soil, to growing up, to blooming, seeding, and dying. It was quite interesting. Unfortunately, I scanned those pictures in the late 1990s, through the printed copies away, and then lost the digital files in the Great Hard Drive Crash of August 2005.

Maybe it’s time to do another…. San Diego State University, just a mile from my home, has been transforming the campus into a beautiful botanical garden, and each summer they have a lot of sunflowers, including red sunflowers — didn’t know they came in any color other than sun yellow. lol. It’s too late this year, but next year, time lapsed sunflowers is on my schedule.

Meanwhile, here’s one of my favorite sunflower pictures from San Diego State University.

Sunflower on campus of San Diego State University

 

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Traffic signal silhouette at sunset

Why is everyone honking?

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Picture of the moment
PICTURE OF THE MOMENT

 

I had to go over to the Music Department at San Diego State University an hour ago. I could tell that I was going to get to see a good sunset. I was stopped at a traffic signal, thinking it would be logical and safe to stop at a red light. While sitting there looking at the sunset, I thought I’d take a silhouette picture of the traffic signal.

All of a sudden people were honking. Wonder why……………….

Traffic signal silhouette at sunset

 

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