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365 Photography Project Twenty-Ninth Post

While this photo is NOT particularly attractive, it is noteworthy because we have been waiting for the day when work would begin on revamping and -- we hope we hope we hope -- reopening this ugly and empty store. Rumors fly as to what may locate there, we'll just have to be patient.

Monday April 25, 2011 Work has begun on refurbishing the closed Mervyns across the street from where we live. This is a very good indication of better times ahead.

Tuesday April 26, 2011 A new kitty to come sit on our fence, view from our front door.

Wednesday April 27, 2011 shadow with paint, a now favorite 'portrait' of Lauren

Thursday April 28, 2011 Hallmark reflection, which is located right next to the above-mentioned being refurbished Mervyns.

Friday April 29, 2011 April book. This month I've included my laptop in as much as several stories I read were fanfic.
If you're in need of a good book that discusses the parts of speech, 'When You Catch an Adjective, Kill It' is worth the read. The title comes from a remark made by Mark Twain who then went on to say...'not really', as does the author who, in fact, collects 'very cool' adjectives. The point is...don't overdue, that's all.

Saturday Aapril 30, 2011 I said, 'Pose' and she did. She had a practice AP Lit test, from 10 to 1:00 and then had to go to Jimmy's to study for their AP physics test, which they're taking this afternoon. The rock behind her is constantly being repainted, by whoever wants to and for whatever reason.

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May. 9th, 2011 08:04 pm (UTC)
I love the kitties on the fence and the shadow pic.

I hope the store space gets filled. I hate when we have big empty holes in strip malls.
May. 9th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
The real kitty was contemplating the iron one, until I opened the door, then she could only seemingly contemplated me :)

The mall where I work, which is about three or four blocks away had TWO large stores gone empty but now they are both filled so, once this one is, we'll be fairly back to normal. The main rumor is a hardware store, that woulds be awesome.

The shadow pic is definitely my second most favorite.
May. 10th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
Aw cute kitty!
May. 10th, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC)
I know!!
May. 10th, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)
The shadow shot is so cool! I like the cats too. :-)
May. 10th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
I really like the shadow shot myself and I'm glad you liked the cats shot, it certainly makes the view out my front door look nicer then I tend to think it does. Funny how precise cropping can manage that ;)
May. 10th, 2011 08:20 am (UTC)
Love the kitties! Adorable.
And I love the shot with LAuren's shadow, but also the one when she is in 'pose'.
Hallmark reflection is really cool!

Thanks for sharing =)
May. 10th, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
I really love the Lauren's shadow, which was actually her chosen pose also. I said, 'Ooooh, shiny' and pointed my camera, she stood so her hand was framed by the heart. I think I may have that one printed up :) Glad you enjoyed, even my 'reflection' shot.
May. 10th, 2011 08:55 am (UTC)
I love the one with the cats on your fence :)
May. 10th, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC)
when flesh meets metal!! I've had that happen before where a real cat will sit for far too long wondering if my laying down rusty one is real. They work it out eventually.
May. 11th, 2011 08:28 am (UTC)
Well now I feel slow LOL I totally didn't notice that one of the cats was a metal sculpture :)
May. 13th, 2011 01:15 am (UTC)
May. 10th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
God, I hated Mervyns! Not because of the store, but because of what it represented. Back when we lived in California, they were one of the places all the cool kids got their clothing -- mostly OP and Mossimo (which is now sold at Target for 1/3rd the price it was in the 80s much to my horror/amusement.)

Dad didn't make anywhere near enough money for us to be able to afford those prices so I got my shirts at K-Mart and the Salvation Army. I was teased mercilessly by the kids because of it. God, kids can be such little asses.


I like the cat picture! The play of colors between the garden gate, the cats, and all that lush, green foliage. I'm wondering though what is that flowering bush in the background? At first, I was thinking azalea, but the leaf shape looks wrong.

I also like that shadow and graffiti picture. It almost looks like Lauren's shadow was painted onto the cement, too.

From all your book pics, I'm guessing you're more a cerebral reader like my sister is. She's the type that's always learning and always adding new info to her mind.

I'm more the 'get-it-done' type. I actually used to love to read as a child, but I ran into one teacher that just utterly and completely stomped any happy feeling I had for it out of my system.

Then, I hit college later, and they were all about the classics. I found most were extremely overrated like Ulysses by Joyce and some of those overly flowery texts from the Victorian era where a paragraph could cover what seemed like 90 pages and every other word was an adverb or adjective.

What made it worse was that, once you edited out all that BS floral language, the story would have been 10 pages if that.

Now, I mostly skim cookbooks, fan fiction, or easy reading like Harry Potter. It drives my sister crazy! LOL!

One of the things I have noticed since I've gotten older is that it's fun to go back and read the books you read as a child - especially the chaptered books - and look at the stories you loved through older, more experienced eyes. I've found lots of nuances and hidden jokes in some, and found that others I loved as a child weren't actually all that well written.

And, now that you think I'm some sort of village idiot, I'll leave off my comment here. :D
May. 17th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)
By the time we started shopping at Mervyns it had lost its cache, still, I bought a ton of stuff there, from clothing -- the boys dept for Lauren when she was little -- to dishes, Christmas stuff to bath rugs...whatall. I miss it still. Your experience makes me so angry, kids can be such little shits, I'm only thankful that Lauren experienced none of that. Where in California did you live?

In the background of the 'cats' photo is a rose tree, it's made several appearances in my 365 project, it stands about feet tall. Also, point of clarification, the lying down cat is made of metal, it's cool that everyone has thought it real.

I like reading nonfiction, I don't know if that makes me cerebral, but yeah...if I'm going to take the time to read, I want to learn something. Fanfic is my main vice otherwise and my bookclub which forces me to read many books I wouldn't otherwise, mostly novels. It's been good for me.

I never read the classics much, now that Lauren has had to for AP Lit, I'm following along reading Jane Eyre and Scarlett Letter whatever and liking them. I like your idea of going back and rereading books from childhood, for me that would mainly be science fiction/ fantasy. I devoured all of those. You?
May. 17th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
Where in California did you live?

We lived just south of San Bernideno in a town called Redlands.

It was a beautiful city. Lots of old, Spanish architecture. The school system was a fairly strong one, too.

Some of the classics were good. I did enjoy the Scarlett Letter (though I kept hoping she'd go all Rambo on those people and get even).

As to childhood lit, I read everything I could get my hands on. My elementary school had a small but neat little library that I was forever borrowing from and our city had a massive library, too. Mom would drive us over there twice a month, and we'd all check out gobs of books. (Mom would bring our little Radio Flyer wagon with us, and we'd pull it behind us to load our book onto.)

I went through a horror stage where I read through Koontz and King and then the sci-fi/fantasy stage where I was reading Asimov and Anne McCaffery. I didn't really have a set favorite author or genre though; I was an equal opportunity reader. If it had an interesting dust jacket and the first chapter was interesting enough, I'd pile it onto the 'to read' pile.

We also read through at least 10 chapter books per semester at my elementary school. Those are the ones that I've been rereading through lately since they're the ones I really don't remember clearly.
May. 18th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
While my parents never actually lived there, my grandparents did so, I was born in San Bernardeino. I do kind of know Redlands, at least I've driven through there a LOT.

What I remember is ordering books through school and how once a month when the little packages arrived, how every time it felt like a mini Christmases. I don't have any of those elementary school books left, except 'Emile and the Defectives', I'm glad you do. And now, I will always have this image of you, as the little kid I think you should look like of course, pulling a wagon full of books around a library, which will also look just the way I want it to. Very cool.
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May. 13th, 2011 01:24 am (UTC)
thanks, glad you do.

It is a waste, but it also reflects badly on the neighborhood, makes us look borderline and we're not so, yeah, will be great when they're done.
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May. 16th, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
the sign went up this weekend on the old Mervyns, they're putting in an Orchard Supply Hardware Store, a local company known as OSH, which is awesome...plants plants plant!!! right across the street. We are happy.
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