Creepy 3: Sutro Tower, San Francisco; Holocaust Memorial, Miami, Florida

Still working off the WordPress Photo Challenge this week: CREEPY.

  • “Grab a shot of something you find disturbing.”

First, welcome to creepy San Francisco. It’s little wonder the city served as the setting for the Donald Sutherland movie, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” The pods arrive from outer space and take root in Golden Gate Park.

Sutro Tower, San Francisco: Waiting for The Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Sutro Tower, San Francisco: Waiting for The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Snapped from the lawn in front of the Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park.

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Fray: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

December 2013

December 2013

Must confess self finds the theme of this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge a tad — shall we say — vague: FRAY.

She decided to think of the challenge as “fray” as in frayed material or frayed thread. Hence, the Christmas angel, whose skirt is made out of thin, frayed hemp.

Another from December 2013

Another from December 2013

Below is a detail of the Miami Holocaust Memorial in Miami’s South Beach, one of the most powerful holocaust memorials she’s ever seen. Self realizes it’s quite a contrast: Christmas decorations and concentration camps. But, this whole blog is about contrasts, isn’t it?

Miami Holocaust Memorial, South Beach, November 2013: Frayed Flesh

Miami Holocaust Memorial, South Beach, November 2013: Frayed Flesh

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

On the Move 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

These ballet dancers move along a wall on a street in dowtown Miami (November 2013).

These ballet dancers move along a wall on a street in dowtown Miami (November 2013).

In Self's Opinion, the Picture of the Year: She saw it in the Wall Street Journal, a few days after Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda devastated the Philippine city of Tacloban.

In Self’s Opinion, the Picture of the Year: She saw it in the Wall Street Journal, a few days after Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda had devastated the Philippine city of Tacloban.  There is so much kinetic energy in the picture: from the womens’ purposeful expressions, to the crosses they bear in their arms.

Maria King pushing her mom, Peggy King, from Max's Opera Café, where self met up with them for lunch. They were self's hosts when she first arrived at Stanford, in 1979.

Maria King pushing her mom, Peggy King, from Max’s Opera Café in the Stanford Shopping Center. The Kings were self’s host family when she first arrived at Stanford, in 1979.

 

On Top: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Miami Holocaust Memorial, South Beach. The giant hand pointing at the sky is only the first thing you see as you approach.

Miami Holocaust Memorial, South Beach. The giant hand pointing at the sky is the first thing you notice on the approach.

View from the Airplane on the way to Miami, November 2013

Clouds, Sunset:  Airplane View en route to Miami, November 2013

Bacolod City: the view from her hotel room

Dear Departed Dad’s Hometown, Bacolod City:  Self never tired of the view from her hotel balcony.

Monument 3: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

The WordPress Photo Challenge this week is MONUMENT.

Self took a whole lot of pictures when she dropped by the Cantor Arts Center, a couple of weeks ago, on the Stanford University campus.

Rodin’s sculpture of Adam is standing to one side of probably his most favorite work, the Gates of Hell.  But self didn’t have a good picture of the Gates, so she turned to perusing her photo archives.

And she found these from the Miami Holocaust Memorial, which she and The Man visited last November.

Adam:  Rodin Sculpture Garden, Stanford University

Adam: Rodin Sculpture Garden, Stanford University

Holocaust Memorial, South Beach, Miami

Holocaust Memorial, South Beach, Miami

Detail, Holocaust Memorial, South Beach, Miami

Detail, Miami Holocaust Memorial

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

 

Reflections 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Reflection: to lose oneself in thought.

Self has lost herself in thought in a couple of different places. Here are three:

Holocaust Memorial, South Beach, Miami

Holocaust Memorial, South Beach, Miami

Self's Garden in Fall

Self’s Garden in Fall

The Café at the de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park

The Café at the de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park

Final Selfies (Probably): WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

First Olympic Headline of the Day:

LAST-PLACE SPEED SKATER WINS GOLD MEDAL AFTER EVERYONE ELSE FALLS DOWN

Self happened to catch figure skater Michael Christian Martinez, 17, the lone athlete from the Philippines, in the men’s free skate.  It was early, not even 8 a.m.

He had a fabulous costume, sort of “Disney Prince,” and very thick hair.  He did well.  According to commentator Tara Lipinski, he learned figure skating by watching TV.  Only recently was he able to get himself some professional training.

He closed his eyes briefly as he was waiting for the signal to start.  Oh man, self could hardly watch, she was so tense.

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And Still More Selfies: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Self in Happy Mode:  San Luis Obispo, August 2011

Self in Happy Mode: San Luis Obispo, August 2011

Self in HAPPY Mode Again! An editor of Rogue Magazine (Philippines) wanted self to send a "recent" author pic to accompany the publication of her story "Island" in the special issue on Bacolod.  So self took one of her first selfies ever.

Self in HAPPY Mode Again! An editor of a magazine wanted self to send a “recent” author pic to accompany the publication of a story. So self took one of her first selfies ever.

November 2013:  Self and The Man were in Miami's South Beach. Self took this shot with her cell phone.

November 2013: Self and The Man were in Miami’s South Beach. Self took this shot with her cell phone. It was warm, and self was possibly the only person on South Beach wearing a black, buttoned-up shirt.  Did you know you can have a huge margarita in South Beach for something like $5?  At 9 a.m.?

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Object: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

The first thing you see as you approach the Holocaust Memorial in Miami’s South Beach is the gigantic hand, fingers extended to the sky. As you get close, you pass through a covered walkway, one side of which has names etched into stone. Then you come out to a sort of circular space, and see a column made up entirely of writhing bodies. Around the column are human figures. The one self found most moving was this small one, set off to one side, all by istelf. Mute horror, that’s about all self can say to describe her emotions at the sight.

The Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial.  There is only one word for it:  OVERWHELMING

The Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial. There is only one word for it: OVERWHELMING

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This is a table that has been in self’s possession for almost as many years as she’s been married. It is an extremely heavy object; it was shipped to California from Manila, via container.

The hollowed trunk of a Philippine tree . . . had it shipped from the Philippines

The hollowed trunk of a Philippine tree . . . had it shipped from the Philippines.

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Bacolod City in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines was Dear Departed Dad’s hometown.  From him, self inherited so many things:  her love of John Updike.  Her love of movies, all kinds of movies.  And his idealism.

Coffee Pot, L'Fisher Chalet, Bacolod.  There was a typhoon signal alert outside.

Coffee Pot, L’Fisher Chalet, Bacolod. There was a typhoon signal alert outside.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Juxtaposition 4: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Self has really enjoyed this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition.  Who knew that theme would resonate so much with her.  Below is an excerpt from The Daily Post site:

Juxtapositions are all around us.  Maybe there’s one bright yellow flower in your vase of pink daisies, or you have a shot of your kids, one smiling, one making a face.  Maybe you spied a vintage car parked outside a sleek, modern building, or a new car in front of a run-down house — or one of a thousand other things you wouldn’t think of until you see it.

Self is exceedingly fond of this particular set of juxtapositions: a jeepney in front of books; a friend from grade school days in Manila; skyscraper and sky in Miami.

Someone -- self doesn't remember who -- gave us this little jeepney a long time ago, and it's been on her bookshelf ever since.

Someone — self doesn’t remember who — gave us this little jeepney a long time ago, and it’s been on her bookshelf ever since, a potent reminder of home.

Selfie! The woman with self was one of her best friends in Manila.  Now she lives in San Gabriel.  She hasn't aged a day.

Selfie! The woman with self was one of her best friends in Manila. Now she lives in San Gabriel. She hasn’t aged a day.

Miami Sky  (Driving South on Brickell Ave.)  Self was there the week before Thanksgiving.  She found the city stunning in every aspect.

Miami Sky (Driving South on Brickell Ave.) Self was there the week before Thanksgiving. She found the city stunning in every aspect.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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