Give As You Live

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“A check or credit card, a Gucci bag strap, anything of value will do. Give as you live.” ~ Jesse Jackson

 

I’m A Jerk

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Lower Antelope Canyon
Page AZ

OK, all right. I admit it. I can be a jerk at times. Before we were married, Lynn wanted to surprise me with a trip to Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley. That’s a drive of 285 miles one way. When we drove into the parking lot, I had a mini meltdown and refused to go on the tour because there were about 25 or 30 other people waiting in line before us and I hate crowds. I thought we were going to explore the canyon alone, I guess. (I’ll take a break here so you can all laugh.)

Well, do NOT make the same mistake I almost made. Lynn coaxed and coddled till I relented. And it was one of the most exhilarating, exciting natural wonders of the southwest United States I’ve ever seen, rivaled only by Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon, and Arches National Park. And maybe one or two others.

Don’t all you men wish you had a woman like mine? Who’ll put up with your shenanigans? And don’t all you women believe that all we men are still just 13-year-old brats who have to always have our way? And throw tantrums if we can’t?

To this day, I have no idea why Lynn decided to marry me. Maybe she felt sorry for me and thought she could change me? I know she’s still trying.

 

Unenlightened

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“All the problems we face in the United States today can be traced to an unenlightened immigration policy on the part of the American Indian.” ~ Pat Paulsen

Why do I have such a fascination with graffiti?

It all started with my son.

When he was 4 years old he showed us a picture of Mickey Mouse that he said he drew. We basically called him a liar so he sat us down and drew Mickey again by first looking at a comic book, then drawing what he saw. When he was 11, a drawing he did of Batman was published in a comics industry newspaper. In junior high, he was caught vandalizing the local high school with his “tag” (his graffiti signature).

Some 20 odd years later, he has been commissioned to decorate store windows and also the exterior wall of the local pizza parlor’s parking lot. I’m very proud of him.

I think the people who practice graffiti are true artists. I love seeing their creativity. I even get enjoyment from the intricate “tags” they use. Unfortunately, the artist above did not tag his/her creation or I would have given him/her credit.

This photo was taken in 2015 in the Arts District of Las Vegas, where the artwork changes almost on a daily basis. This piece no longer exists.

Building A

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World Market Center
Las Vegas NV
December 3, 2016

Architectural detail of Building A in the World Market Center in Las Vegas NV

New York Skyline

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New York New York
October 15, 2016

OK, so it’s not really the New York skyline. It’s the New York New York Hotel and Casino skyline in Las Vegas NV.

But it will have to do!

A Long Time Ago…

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Rachel NV
August 20, 2016

… in a galaxie far, far away…

Great In Bed

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Fremont Street District
Las Vegas NV

 

Graffiti on an abandoned Western Motel and Casino in beautiful downtown Las Vegas

Get Your Paper Here!

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Fairfax District
Los Angeles CA
March 23, 2017

It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper.
Jerry Seinfeld

You Tell Me

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Rachel NV
August 20, 2016

There was no insignia on this truck, parked in the middle of the desert near Area 51. Maybe it was used to transport alien bodies for dissection?

I Am A Lucky Child

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral
New York City
December 15, 2015

“Parents and schools should place great emphasis on the idea that it is all right to be different. Racism and all the other ‘isms’ grow from primitive tribalism, the instinctive hostility against those of another tribe, race, religion, nationality, class or whatever. You are a lucky child if your parents taught you to accept diversity.”
Roger Ebert