Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Street Mural

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- Karen

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Hidden Stairway

In case anyone overindulged during Thanksgiving or any other time, San Francisco has a few staircases where you work off some weight.
A few months ago, I walked with a meetup group through San Francisco and encountered a number of "hidden" staircases. Well, they weren't actually hidden if you knew where to look for them.

The picture here is of the "Farnsworth Steps" on Farnsworth Lane. It was named after Philo Farnsworth who was one of the first inventors of the television back in the late 1920's. Mr. Farnsworth used to live at the end of this stairway.

You have your choice of walking off your food at a number of San Francisco stairways listed here on the website.

- Karen

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Fishing Pier

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Memories at the Moving Wall

Continuing the story of my Moving Wall outing...
I don't mean to pry, but some of the items left at the Moving Wall were quite touching like these teddy bears.
Click on the photo to enlarge.
The note says she has been missing him for 39 years!

Remembering lost buddies?

This is the truck that hauls The Moving Wall along with a host of other notable items like...

A board that shows the timeline from the start to the end of World War II to...

A board that pays tribute to all the soldiers who gave their lives to fight the global war on terror.

- Karen

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - The Moving Wall

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- Karen

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veteran's Day

November 11th is known as Veteran's Day in the United States and a day to honor military veterans past and present.
These photos were taken from last year's Veteran's Day Parade.
This motorcycle rider in the fancy patriotic hat is part of the Patriot Guard Riders who participated in the parade.
The group's mission as taken from their website is
  • Attend military funerals and show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.
  • Shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors.

Pictures of military heroes past and present carried by volunteers on the parade route.

A special THANKS to all the military veterans today and everyday!

- Karen

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Water Tower

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- Karen

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Toothpick Art

Why is this man wearing a funny hat?
He is, Scott Weaver, an artist and creator of toothpick sculptures like the hat he is wearing.
He doesn't just build toothpick structures, he builds them in such a way that you can roll ping pong balls through them from one end to the other.

This huge 9 ft x 7 ft (2.74m x 2.13m) sculpture called "Rolling Through the Bay" with famous San Francisco landmarks was displayed at a local county fair several months ago.
What started as a school project in the 4th grade, it eventually morphed into this unique piece 36 years and 103,487 toothpicks later . His teacher would be proud.

Close up of San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts.

Close up of San Francisco's Coit Tower.

- Karen

Friday, November 04, 2011

Falmouth, Jamaica Revisited

Upon disembarking our ship in Falmouth, we were captivated by these lively entertainers at the port.

This talented carver displays his wares for people to buy.

In town, not far from the port, is the historical Albert George Marketplace and named after Queen Victoria's grandsons, Albert and George (who later became King George V).
According to internet sources, it was built in 1894, and was the place to be to buy almost anything from produce to slaves. It was refurbished in 1989 and now sells mostly crafts.

Built in 1815, this is the city's town hall and courthouse. It was later destroyed by fire and this replica was built in the 1920's.
There is so much history here and unfortunately, I did not know about them until I did research for this blog post.

This looks like the tax collector's office. I guess no matter where you are, you cannot escape from taxes.

(Note: My first Falmouth post was on October 7th and can be found here).

Have a good weekend,

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Window

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- Karen