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365 Photography Project_Forty-Third Post

Oh my, so behind!!

Frozen yogurt with much fruit...yum. Mine is the berries et al while Lauren's is the kiwi et al.

Sunday July 31, 2011 Willow Glen is getting a new shopping/ dining complex, which is good and bad. Good because all neighborhoods need investment dollars, but bad because Willow Glen is a street of little stores, like an old-fashioned downtown. This complex will be something more like a outdoor mall. Still...nice architecture.

Taken at Kohls because Lauren and I both like the look of the kid. As she pointed out, 'Little dude's got attitude'. Hell, yeah.

Monday August 1, 2011 At Kohls for the very first time. I took this because Lauren thought it was creepy-cool how the poster guy 'peeked' out at us, like he was a stalker :D

Tuesday August 2, 2011
For Lauren: The bottom box is Grandpa Rode's 'Jewelery' box, which is really more a catch-all of broken things, momentos etc. Above is a box Tom gave me when we lived in San Francisco. I keep left-over money in it from my sojourn to Europe with your 'aunties' Esther and Barbara. Above is a little book written, anon, by the guy who was Frank O'Hia's roommate, Joe LeSueur, who also wrote my favorite 'bio' on Frank. His little book alternates gay and straight chapters, which as a gay man he had difficulty writing, so he could get it published. The next is a book of love poems your dad gave me when we were very young. I have pressed flowers in it. Above is Grandpa Rode's favorite lighter which I keep as a reminder that smoking does in fact kill, while next to it is Grandma Mary little catch-all box of keys and dice and broken things. And finally is a carved wood rabbit Auntie Barbara gave me I no longer remember why, Probably just because she liked it and thought I would too. All this sits on my side table, as is, behind the lamp.

Downtown Los Gatos

Wednesday August3, 2011 Lauren and I spent the day shopping, but not so much buying, in Los Gatos, the next town north of us. This signage is fairly indicative of the types of stores Los Gatos caters to. Although really it's more Inner Journey and Nirvana, there's still room for little places like Mario's even if it is in the back.

Thursday August 4, 2011 Our optometrist's office_Lauren and my annual visit

OSH being built_Side view

Friday August 5, 2011 OSH front-view

Reflection of telescope in glass

Saturday August 6, 2011 Lauren, David and I went to the Lick Observatory at Mount Hamilton to not only listen to wonderful music by "Ancient Future', to not only listen to a very interesting lecture by a physicist whose name I forget off-hand, from Berkeley about finding new plants around nearby stars, but also to have the chance to view through 2 of the Lick's telescopes including this one, a 1reflector telescope, which is housed in the most wonderful120 year-old room made of copper, brass and wood.

The flickr of our lives


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Aug. 28th, 2011 12:51 am (UTC)
Thank you. It's weird because my dad loved that lighter, but it did help cause his death, so my emotions are mixed. What it is is a part of his life and so maybe does deserve to be described at least a little bit lovely.

I'll tell you what, after the drive back down in the dark, it'll probably be years before we go back again too. Man, I had nightmares, the next night though, which I thought was a little weird, still...freaked me out. And David!!
Aug. 26th, 2011 01:03 am (UTC)
That first pic is absolutely delectable. :-)
Aug. 28th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
'That first pic is absolutely delectable. :-)'
It really was. We will have to go back for more.
Aug. 26th, 2011 01:11 am (UTC)
Hopefully the new shopping center will be charming and tasteful and add to the community rather than detracting.

Did you get new eye glasses?

The yogurt and fruit pics are so beautiful!
Aug. 28th, 2011 12:45 am (UTC)
'Hopefully the new shopping center will be charming and tasteful and add to the community rather than detracting.'
It should, what's been done already looks promising, so...fingers crossed.

'Did you get new eye glasses?'
I did!! and new sunglasses...EEEE, I am happy

'The yogurt and fruit pics are so beautiful!'
Frozen yogurt with healthy add-ons is ALL the rage around here, you can't turn around without bumping into yet another one. This is a new place, right across the street from the new shopping center from the first photo, and Lauren and I loved it.
Aug. 26th, 2011 01:22 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed this post and the little story behind the items that sit on your side table :)
Aug. 28th, 2011 12:39 am (UTC)
I so glad you did and that you liked my little story. It fun, yet sad at the same time, remembering what everything means.
Aug. 26th, 2011 05:41 am (UTC)
love the photos
My favorite is the reflection and telescope in the next to the last pic and the 120 year old room. Lovely, just lovely.

Who is Lauren?

Aug. 27th, 2011 11:52 pm (UTC)
Re: love the photos
Photographs of reflections are my favorites in general, but I do like the telescope one in particular.

Lauren is my 17 year old daughter who is leaving for college, UC Santa Cruz, in less than a month. She has always figured prominently in my LJ journal threading through almost everything I have done. Fortunately, Santa Cruz isn't far, about 40 minutes, so she will be able to come home once a month for a longish weekend and I'll be going 'over-the-hill' for lunch once in awhile. Still, I will miss her desperately, shes my buddy.
Aug. 28th, 2011 02:13 am (UTC)
Re: love the photos
Oh, my goodness, you will miss her, I know.

One of my students one year told me about missing her grandmother when I asked, "What do you miss most about your grandmother?"

She wrote a charming story about her grandmother losing her legs due to diabetes and what she missed most was her grandmother's lap.

I'm so happy for you that she will be near. Is her being gone from home to college or anticipating her being gone from home more difficult, I wonder.

I'll be thinking of you, Gayle. I never had the good fortune to like my mother that much. I am so happy for you that she is in your life, girl.


Aug. 30th, 2011 06:59 am (UTC)
Re: love the photos
What a sweet story, thanks for sharing.

I am sorry you weren't that close to your mom, were you with your dad? Lauren and I have always just gotten along and even though we often disagree, we never stay mad. She's been a part of my QAF obsession since she was 10 and I've been a part of her Harry Potter obsession since she was 8. But we are already setting up new ways to stay connected, so we'll deal. Thanks so much for your concern, I really appreciate it.
Aug. 30th, 2011 07:05 am (UTC)
Re: love the photos
Don't be sorry, I'm not. That's really all in the past; it helped make me who I am today. Sometimes, I wish I had a family of my own. Who knows, maybe I'll marry into it.

Wow! Those are great ways to connect. God, you should see the writing I did about QAF. I got two really nice letters from Scott Lowell. One written with a fountain pen on stationery. It came on December 21 one year and made my holiday. Got a gift from Tiffany's that year. It was really something. I'll treasure it always.

Aug. 31st, 2011 03:33 am (UTC)
Re: love the photos
I've always imagined Scott to be a really wonderful human being and now you've confirmed for me that he is!! How lovely of him to write to you. The writing that you did about QAF, was that a letter to him? Is that why he wrote you back?
Aug. 31st, 2011 04:54 am (UTC)
Re: love the photos
Sorry, just realized that I didn't just answer your question. I told a story.

Yes, a lot of the letter was about QAF, his and Gale's on screen chemistry, their growth as actors, my going to film school etc.

Oh, I get what you are asking. Yes, I'm sure it was part of why he wrote me back. I said something about how tired he must be of hearing about his work in Queer as Folk.

I'm almost sure it was the letter I wrote and actually sent in 2007. I wrote it in April, mailed it in June and you know the rest.


I'll send you a copy if you want to see it.

Edited at 2011-08-31 04:55 am (UTC)
Sep. 1st, 2011 01:33 am (UTC)
Re: love the photos
I would like to read your letter. Can you attach it to an email or will you need to send it via snail mail?
Aug. 28th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
Photo reflections
I love reflections. Did a piece on Portraits of Valor, an exhibit about the still living Congressional Medal of Honor awardees. I have one photo I like especially that is a reflection.

When I am taking screen grabs from films, I love the dissolves that are halfway between one frame and another. Reflections, almost.

Aug. 29th, 2011 12:24 am (UTC)
Re: Photo reflections
'Did a piece on Portraits of Valor.'
What kind of piece, photography?
Aug. 29th, 2011 06:49 am (UTC)
The telescope is gorgeous. Copper, wood, and brass. I'd love to visit here.

I eat yogurt like that at least once a week - my favorite is tarot and kiwi flavors, topped with mango, kiwi, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. So yummy.
Aug. 29th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
It is a beautiful place, perched on a mountaintop with only one very very narrow road and with no guardrails to divide you from that road and eternity, especially at night on the way down. My poor little husband was scared the whole hour it took us to drive it. Still, we had a lovely time while there so, iz cool.

We were doing the same for awhile, but it can get a little expensive, but looking at the pic makes me want one. Your combination sounds very yummy even if I don't really know what tarot is. Doesn't matter, still sounds delicious.
Aug. 30th, 2011 03:37 am (UTC)
with only one very very narrow road and with no guardrails to divide you from that road and eternity, especially at night on the way down.

Stop teasing me!

Tarot is a red root vegetable. The yogurt is tart and not very sweet and I love it.
Aug. 30th, 2011 04:53 am (UTC)
'Stop teasing me!'
no teasing, I had a horrible nightmare about that drive the next night, I think I was probably too tired that same night :D

I will definitely look for tarot, it sounds very interesting, the tart against the sweet of the fruit.

Oct. 10th, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
Cahing up
I am dreadfully, dreadfully behind at reading your LJ. There are a dozen reasons, but no excuse, and I plan to catch up.

I have gone back to the first entry I know I read even though I didn't comment. I know I read it because several of the pictures have stuck with me, starting with the yogurt. I have, I believe, posted my own yogurt picture, but mine was heavier on the M&Ms than the fruit.

I also remember the shirt rack in Kohls, not because of the poster but because of how neatly the shirts are regimented in the beginning. Then, as your eye is drawn along the rack, up pops disorder on the right! Finally, I love the 5th and the 11th because, besides their photographic merits, they both say gaeln to me. FanSee
Oct. 12th, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Cahing up
how cool to think some of my images stick with you, no higher praise.

I just liked how the sight-line led directly to the kid wearing those clothes, you see more than I do.

I must have the very best documented bedroom on LJ, sometimes I think I say too much, but maybe not :D

MY REFLECTIONS!! I saw that beautiful old telescope, I saw glass, I knew I had my photo for that day anyway :D
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