Threes: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

The prompt this week from the WordPress Daily Post is THREES.

Threes meaning: “three-picture stories.” Meaning, narrative.

QED, self thinks. After all, self has often thought that most of her pictures function better as a sequence.  Each photo like a still of a silent film.

But when she finally sat down this afternoon to select her three-picture sequence, she ended up choosing three pictures she took of a site (the Bruns Amphitheater in Orinda) that don’t seem to tell much of a story. Shrug. Self will keep posting. Even when she’s in Seattle, attending the AWP annual conference for the first time in something like six years.

Below are pictures she took last summer, when she indulged in two Cal Shakes performancesRomeo and Juliet, on her birthday, with son and The Man and Jessika and Pepe and a small group of son’s high school classmates (Self still finds it hard to believe that Margarita Donnelly, who ended up publishing self’s first book, Ginseng and Other Tales From Manila, was a graduate of that same school, Sacred Heart in Atherton, CA.  Back when it used to be an all-girls school!)

She saw another Cal Shakes production in August, this time with just one other person, Jessika Remolona (who’s expecting a baby this June! Woot Woot!): Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan. Jessika and self brought enough bottles of wine to carry us through almost three hours (They let you take the wine inside the theater. You can actually drink during the performance. Which makes self feel like she is in the Golden Globes or something)

Bruns Amphitheater, Orinda, July 2013

Bruns Amphitheater, Orinda, Summer 2013

Close-up of the Theater Lights

Close-up of the Theater Lights

The grounds outside the amphitheater have very unexpected artwork.  Part of the fun of the whole Cal Shakes experience is having a picnic just before the start of the performance.

The grounds outside the amphitheater have very unexpected artwork. Part of the fun of the whole Cal Shakes experience is having a picnic just before the start of the performance.

Self loves Shakespeare.  She loves Shakespeare outside.

After she saw her first Cal Shakes play (Romeo and Juliet with Adam Scott playing Romeo.  Adam Scott) she could never watch Shakespeare in any other guise than outdoors.  In the summer.  With a bottle of wine.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Let There Be Light 3: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

The Photo Challenge this week is “Let there be light.”  Here’s an excerpt from the prompt on The Daily Post site:

We’re entering a truly light-filled season.  Christmas trees, Hanukkah menorahs, and Kwanzaa kinarahs are spreading their glow in homes the world over (or are just about to), while main streets and public buildings are being prepared for the winter holidays with an explosion of bright decorations.

Take a look around you.  Choose one of the light sources you see, and make it the focus of your challenge entry.

So here are the light sources in this post:

  1. The taillights of passing cars, freeway signs, billboards — all on Highway 101, heading south towards San Jose
  2. The San Francisco War Memorial Opera House chandelier.  Self and The Man were there to watch the San Francisco Ballet.
  3. Boardwalk, Santa Monica.  Son and Jennie and self had watched a Cirque du Soleil show.  Afterwards, we had dinner at one of the restaurants on the pier.
101, 10:30 p.m., Saturday Night, May 2013

Heading home after attending a concert by the San Francisco Symphony:  Highway 101, 10:30 p.m., Saturday Night, May 2013

The Chandelier:  War Memorial Opera House

The Chandelier: War Memorial Opera House, April 2013 (Attending the ballet)

Santa Monica Wharf, after the Cirque du Soleil Show

Santa Monica Wharf, after the Cirque du Soleil Show, with Son and Jennie, February 2011

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Horizon 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

The theme of this week’s WordPress photo challenge is HORIZON.

HORIZON:  The space or line where the sky meets earth.

We were on I-5 South, just passing Six Flags/Magic Mountain.  The roller coaster is in the lower left corner.

We were on I-5 South, just passing Six Flags/Magic Mountain. The roller coaster is in the lower left corner.

A hill in Edgewood Nature Preserve, Redwood City

A hill in Edgewood Nature Preserve, Redwood City

Negros Occidental:  A field of sugar cane, somewhere between Bacolod City and Murcia

Negros Occidental: A field of sugar cane, somewhere between Bacolod City and Murcia

Infinite: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge theme is INFINITE.

The infinite always has something to do with the sky. At least it does in self’s photographs!

Crossing the San Mateo Bridge, at sun-up

Sun-up, San Mateo Bridge

Next photo:  Ah, Venice.  There is something so unnerving about being faced with open water.  Especially when, seemingly just minutes earlier, you were on the Grand Canal, with its press of palazzos and museums marching right to the very edge of the water.  There are no transitions in Venice.  Which is part of the reason the city can be so disconcerting.  Nothing can match the drama of the way the vaporettos move so suddenly from canal to wide open water.

On the vaporetto en route to Burano, April 2013

On the vaporetto en route to Burano, April 2013

Finally:  The southern California freeways do present one with a sense of the infinite.

Sunset over the 210, May 2013 (Visited Claremont to attend son's graduation)

Sunset over the 210, May 2013 (Visited Claremont to attend son’s graduation)

Self thinks the word —  “Infinite” — is such a powerful word.  It means limitless.  It means something that is beyond imagination.

But the infinite exists.  Just because we can’t imagine it doesn’t make it any less real.

Self wants to take a step back and ponder that for a moment.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

More of the Sea: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge 4

RORO (Roll On, Roll Off) Pier in the Reclamation Area, Bacolod, Negros Occidental

RORO (Roll On, Roll Off) Pier in the Reclamation Area, Bacolod, Negros Occidental

The pier at Siquijor

The pier at Siquijor

Funny:  Upon arrival at Siquijor, they have you fill in a form that asks for your age. Self decided to take 10 years off.  When she scanned the other names on the list, she was still by far the oldest. BWAH. HA. HAAAA!

View from Dorn's, Morro Bay on the Central Coast (One day, maybe later in the year, self swears she'll get back there)

View from Dorn’s, Morro Bay on the Central Coast (Caveat:  Breakfasts are HUGE! Only go if extremely hungry)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways 4

Self is fascinated by how everything seems so sixties and retro in a Best Western hotel.

We stayed in one when we attended son’s graduation with a Masters from Claremont in May.  Dig that striped chenille carpet and the Levolor vertical blinds!  And the cheaper-than-Ikea table and chairs!

Best Western Pine Tree Hotel, Chino, CA

Best Western Pine Tree Hotel, Chino, California

And of course, since self just loooves crawling around on chenille carpets, here’s Shot # 2:

Chenille # 2, Best Western Pine Tree Hotel, Chino, California

Chenille # 2, Best Western Pine Tree Hotel, Chino, California

There were also quite a few honky-tonks near the hotel.  Must be why it was so much cheaper than the Doubletree in Claremont, har har har!  Self wished she could have included a few shots of those burlesque shows.  But she had to be circumspect because we were usually in the presence of Sole Fruit of Her Loins and Jennie.

Is it just self, or are The Daily Post photo challenges becoming more challenging?  The last two, she wasn’t sure she was understanding the theme correctly.  The Weekly Photo Challenge instructions say you can “take your two photographs from the exact same spot” or “you can get more creative with your angle and point-of-view.” Hope these two shots fit the bill!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Weekly WordPress Photo Challenge: In the Background

Book Sale at Public Library, San Carlos, CA

Book Sale at Public Library, San Carlos, CA

Graduation Day, Claremont Graduate University

The lawn in front of the Psychology Building

The lawn in front of the Psychology Building

One of the speakers was a woman born and raised in Scotland, who funded a fellowship called “Believe and Dream.”  She was hilarious.  She had always wanted to get to America, she said, since Scottish boys were none too handsome.  Now she lives in Paris.  She quoted Anatole France and said she loved his wit.

The Table for Goodie Bags (Handed Out to Each Graduate)

The Table for Goodie Bags (Handed Out to Each Graduate)

It was chilly in the shade, but hot in the sun.

The reception included a "Candy Bar"!  These cookies were absolutely scrumptious!

The reception included a “Candy Bar”! These cookies were absolutely scrumptious!

More of that Fabulous Candy Bar --  Self wishes more schools borrowed this idea!

More of that Fabulous Candy Bar — Self wishes more schools borrowed this idea!

Now self, full to bursting with cookies, champagne, a tremendous lunch, and happiness, will rest for a few hours before meeting up again with son to watch the new “Star Trek” movie.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

 

 

 

On the I-5

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Sky, nothing but blue sky!  (Self took this somewhere near Valencia.  You can just make out the top of the roller coaster of Six Flags/ Magic Mountain, at the extreme lower left.)

And big rigs, plenty of big rigs . . .

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After a good seven hours of driving, we are finally at our destination, the Best Western Pine Tree Motel in Chino (Self had to double-check that there were indeed pine trees, and there were.  Also, there’s an Albertson’s right across the street.  And a gas station on the corner.  And every night, there was at least one police cruiser stationed on Central.  And there’s a nearby restaurant called Avocado House).  The receptionist has a lurid purple streak in her shiny black hair and goes by the name “Imelda.”  Pinay, pinay, self knew right away.

Stay tuned.

Announcing: Launch of the Anthology NEW CALIFORNIA WRITING 2013

Just heard about this from the fabulous Donna Miscolta.  Self is going, for sure!

Come to the launch for the 3rd of the Heyday series on New California Writing, edited by Gayle Wattawa and Kirk Glaser:  New California Writing 2013:  Shifts and Rifts.

When:  Thursday, Apr. 11, 6 to 8:30 pm

Where:  California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco

Tickets:  $5 general admission, $20 book + admission

6 p.m. reception will have free tacos, beer and wine!

Readings begin at 6:30.  Featured readers:  Jodi Angel, Michael Jaime-Becerra, Elizabeth Creely, Chieun “Gloria” Kim, David Mas Masumoto, Zara Raab, Greg Sarris, Stephen Gutierrez, Robert Hass, Kevin Hearle, Sylvia Linsteadt, Donna Miscolta, Juan Velasco Moreno, Keenan Norris

The official announcement is here.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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