Friday, September 30, 2016

Day 1527: Do you ever look down at those round things?

NYC sidewalk, Iphoto

Most of the time on my first 5 day trip to NYC, I was looking up.
But then I noticed the variety of manhole covers ...
and thought I'd share a little bit of NYC.

(A manhole cover is a removable plate forming the lid over the opening of a manhole, to prevent anyone or anything from falling in, and to keep out unauthorized persons and material. Manhole covers date back at least to the era of ancient Rome, which had sewer grates made from stone.)

Keep in mind I risked life & limb to stop & shoot these beauties,
while WonderWoman blocked for me. Enjoy.















 So, what do you think? 
I numbered them just in case, so ... 
if you tell me your favorite, I'll tell you mine.

A smile for Friday ...

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Day 1526: Do you know a poodle-faker?

poodle-faker, old photos, collage & digital

Some of you know that one of my loves is words, in all forms! 
Text, books, calligraphy, graffiti & the meaning of words.
To that end, I get  "A.Word.A.Day" with Anu Garg 
delivered to my e-mail box daily ...
(you can too if you choose & go here to subscribe, free)
Some words are familiar & some fascinate me, like ...


(POOD-l fay-kuhr)

A man who seeks out the company of upper-status women, especially for advancing himself.

The term poodle-faker was British slang for a newly commissioned officer who cultivates female company, especially for social or professional advancement. From poodle (a breed developed to retrieve game from the water), from German Pudel (poodle), from Low German pudeln (to splash about), from pudel (puddle). Earliest documented use: 1902.

So above, I tried to make my version of a poodle-faker ...
what do you think?

For FB Throwback Thursday ...

Seminar, Mission Viejo, CA. August 1984, Ozawa Sensei, Dan Ivan Sensei & Demura Sensei

A smile for Thursday ...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Day 1525: I♥NY Last Hurrah!

top deal, junk mail collage


TMI Notice:
I admit I have been fixated on NYC for awhile now.
It was my first trip to NYC & a fabulous Mother/Daughter trip!
In brief form, while on the actual 5 day magical trip,
(9/14 here, 9/15 here, 9/16 here, 9/17 here & 9/18 here)
& lately filling in with some of the 600 photos!
(9/20 here, 9/22 here, 9/23 here, 9/24 here, 9/25 here, 9/27 here)
So today covers our last NYC days & the trip home. Done.
Images will creep into my artwork though, so be forewarned.

Sunday morning
we were up early in order to fit in as much ...

as possible before heading for JFK.

We stored luggage & walked to ...

 Central Park.

843 acres in the middle of the 305 miles of NYC ...

and it's 8.5 million people.

We loved it! Then ...

brunch reservations at Tavern on the Green.

Back to the hotel with NY's finest & the start of UN week.

Then, a cab to JFK airport ...

leaving New York' JKF for ... 

Orange County's Long Beach


Thanks to our daughters for 5 perfect days!


Trip sidebar:

Friend, and artist Jan commented: 
"Jacki, another lovely "travel along" post. 
I love your photos but I'm exhausted just following along :-)"

I responded: "Thanks Jan! It was a fast paced trip 
but the girls had everything so well planned that 
I wouldn't have changed a second of it. 
I do admit when I got home I was beyond exhausted, 
but it was so worth it. 
I am almost back to my normal snail pace!"

A smile for Wednesday ...

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Day 1524: MOMA, SOHO & Little Italy, Oh my!

"heatwave", junk mail collage

Back to the NYC Mother-Daughter trip of a lifetime.
I gave you a break in case you overdosed on buildings?
Saturday was day 4 and we started at MOMA!

six floors of galleries of art ...

installations, multi-media, film 

 & art ...

and more art!

 We saw it all ...


& did some damage at the MOMA gift store.
Then a cab to SOHO!

Brunch, sightseeing and shopping ...

I love graffiti & street art ...

and architecture ...

Cheryl is a huge Prince fan,
note the shirt, 
so we had to get a picture 
on Prince Street in Soho.

And, we were in Little Italy for the ...
89th Annual Feast of San Gennaro, noted as
NYC's oldest, biggest & best religious street festival.
Streets closed for food booths, vendors, people & dogs!

A walking marathon, loving the buildings but 
WW said this Mom hit a wall, so parked us at a cafe for sorbet.

More buildings, walking & shopping ...

We went in this terrific upscale antique store ...

I fell in love with the huge & very worn carnival game,
the 5 foot wide, $45,000 chandelier was not bad either.
The grouchy owner needed a vacation. More walking.

While on our walk to a different restaurant, 
we passed Dos Caminos and voted for Mexican food.

Smart move. Great choice & so ready to sit.

A delicious & leisurely meal in Soho.
We stopped at the famous Magnolia Bakery for extra calories!

Back in our hotel rooms for the evening ...

Hilton Midtown Manhattan

we learned of the nearby Chelsea bombing.
The NYC mayor, fire & police chiefs were impressive
on tv, on top of the situation, and such pros.
We all received texts & e-mails checking on us.
Readying for our last day of this magical trip on Sunday.

And still ...

A smile for Tuesday ...