Tuesday Photo Challenge: ACTION

There’s always plenty of action around us, so your challenge is to share some of your best captures of that action with all your blogging friends.

Tuesday Photo Challenge

Ever since self’s Nikon Coolpix stopped working, she hasn’t taken as  many pictures. Taking pictures with her Android is such a bear! Nevertheless, she did manage to take some action pictures:

  • Top Picture: San Mateo Farmers Market, the Yang Gang, January 2020
  • Middle Picture: On the street in front of Ottolenghi in Spitalfields, East London, Nov 2019
  • Bottom Picture: Jollibee Hamburger, a little past midnight, Manila, September 2019

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: REST

Self loves the idea of REST.

REST is crucial to her creativity.

Recently, she had an opportunity to see an amazing exhibit at the Bakersfield Museum of Art:

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Night. Rest. Nocturnes. What a beautiful theme.

Not to mention: The paintings she saw were otherworldy, powerful in their depictions of this special and mysterious time of day.

For instance, Jessica Dunne’s, which showed a San Francisco street in fog:

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Just after she drove down to Bakersfield, the Bay Area had a brief string of sunny days. Gorgeous! Self went to the backyard, for the first time in weeks, and saw an eight-foot-high bush completely covered in bright, yellow flowers. So many flowers, she could barely see the green.

What is the reason for such a ridiculous display, flowers? She never fertilizes and barely waters. This is a common euryops, which is the landscape plant of choice for new subdivisions. But she’s never seen them throw out flowers in a display so in-your-face! That’s the ony way she can think to describe it. It is so overpoweringly extra. She took this picture early in the morning:

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Euryops, February 2020

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #80: LINES

Leading lines carry our eyes through a photograph. They help to tell a story, to place emphasis, and to draw a connection between objects. — Tina R. Schell on the blog Travels and Trifles: Expressing Thought Through Photography

Self loved the quote from Pete Bridgewood:

  • Unlike the painter who starts with a blank canvas and builds up his image by the addition of paint, as photographers we work in the other direction.

The photos below are from December 2019, during which, as usual, self did a lot of traveling.

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Old Albuquerque, December 2019

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On the I-25 from Santa Fe to Albuquerque, 27 December 2019

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Kepler’s Books, Downtown Menlo Park, December 2019

Thanks for the interesting prompt, Lens-Artists!

Stay tuned.

 

Covered California is a Scam

Every day, self gets a message in her in-box: You have until Dec. 15 to sign up for mandatory health insurance.

Then: GET HELP PICKING A PLAN BEFORE DECEMBER 15.

Then, a glorious array of plans starting at $871/month, and going up all the way to $3,000/month.

Then,

PLEASE CONTACT US. WE MAY CONNECT YOU TO A MARKETPLACE-REGISTERED AGENT OR BROER WHO WILL CONTACT YOU TO HELP YOU ENROLL, THROUGH A SERVICE WE’VE PARTNERED WITH, HELP ON-DEMAND. AGENTS AND BROKERS ARE TRAINED BY THE MARKETPLACE AND LICENSED IN THEIR RESPECTIVE STATE. THEY ARE USUALLY PAID BY THE INSURANCE COMPANIES WHOSE PLANS THEY SELL.

The above message is giving self all kinds of trills of alarm: “They are USUALLY PAID BY THE INSURANCE COMPANIES WHOSE PLANS THEY SELL.”

These ‘brokers of health’ will get all your vital information, and end up telling you the same thing you know already: Health insurance is mandatory, here are the plans: $871/month, $918/month, $1,001/month, $1,300/month.

When the IRS penalty is $700, doesn’t it make better financial sense to pay the penalty, which is less than even just one month’s premium?

Even on a plan, annual deductible is $6300, so you would be paying roughly $12,000 year and some, FOR ROUTINE CARE.

Self tried yesterday to enroll in a national health insurance plan. As soon as the rep learned self was a California resident, she said, “Sorry, can’t help you. You have to choose a plan from Covered California.”

The system of health care in the United States is in the hands of snake-oil salesmen.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

A Photo a Week Challenge: In the Neighborhood

Love this week’s Photo a Week Challenge.

Self is heading home soon. Here are three pictures she took just before she left on her latest trip:

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Kepler’s Books and Magazines, Menlo Park, California: Self read here when her first book came out, ages and ages and ages ago.

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Courthouse Square, Redwood City, California: This has been her home for almost as long as she’s lived in America. It’s one of the most vibrant, ethnically-mixed places on the Peninsula.

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Stanford University, which made of self a writer.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Happening to Neelay in Redwood City, California: The Overstory, p. 279

Really love these Redwood City scenes (where Neelay bases his electronic game company), just sayin’.

Below, a scene self has just finished reading (Neelay’s just had a telephone conversation with his mother, who’s misconstrued his reference to his female caregiver as a reference to a fiancée):

“Goodness. These things take time, Neelay.”

When they hang up, he raises his hand in the air and slams it down onto the desk’s front edge. There’s a very wrong sound, and a sharp white pain, and he knows he has broken at least one bone.

In blinding pain, he rides his private elevator down into the opulent lobby, the beautiful redwood trim paid for by millions of people’s desire to live anywhere else but here. His eyes stream with tears and rage. But quietly, politely, to the terrified receptionist, he holds up his swollen, snapped claw, and says, “I’m going to have to get to the hospital.”

He knows what’s waiting for him there, after they mend his hand. They will scold him. They’ll put him on a drip and make him swear to eat properly. As the receptionist makes her frantic calls, Neelay glances up at the wall where he has hung those words of Borges, still the guiding principle of his young life:

Every man should be capable of all ideas, and I believe in the future he shall be.

Note to dear blog readers: Never ever let your mother have this kind of an effect on you. Or you may end up like poor Neelay here!

Stay tuned.

 

 

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 70: MONOCHROME

P. A. Moed quotes Kim Hunter:

. . . emotions come through much stronger in black and white. Color is distracting in a way, it pleases the eye but it doesn’t necessarily reach the heart.

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Domestic Terminal, Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila: September 2019

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Sitting at an Outdoor Table, Café Borrone, Menlo Park, California: August 2019

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Monterey in 1786: Life in a California Mission, from the Journals of Jean Francois de la Pérouse

The commander’s house, the largest in San Francisco, had a dirt floor “without being boarded, paved, or even reduced to an even surface: the roof was covered in with flags and rushes; the furniture consisted of a very sparing assortment of the meanest kind.” The commander’s wife, while “decently dressed,” received him “seated crosslegged on a mat.”

Landscape: California

Hidden Valley Loop Trail, Joshua Tree National Park:

  • In the distance were giant boulders and, everywhere on the plain beneath them, Joshua trees. I had always loved the oaks and pines and redwoods of the Bay Area, with their long and leafy limbs, but I had missed the desert trees: stout, prickly, wild-armed, and yet utterly fragile.

The Other Americans, by Laila Lalami, p. 137

3 CALIFORNIA CITIES (Tuesday Photo Challenge)

Self loves whenever viveka of my guilty pleasures posts for a new photo challenge.

Yesterday she posted on Tuesday Photo Challenge’s prompt: CITY. She has pictures of Chicago, Seattle, Hong Kong, Stockholm, and several others.

Self took the picture below last Saturday, during the Palo Alto Art & Wine Festival.

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Here’s a picture of Courthouse Square in self’s very own Redwood City:

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Friday, Just before an evening concert, July 2019

Self gave a reading at Philippine Expressions in Long Beach in March 2018. The naval yards are huge. This is the marina at sunset. I have never seen so many boats gathered in one place, virtually stretching to the horizon. My feeling was awe:

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Long Beach, California, March 2018

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