It’s that time of the week again…
July 16, 2007:
Pigeon Point Lighthouse (Off Highway 1)
On my way to Oregon, I had to stop to take a picture of this lighthouse. I am fascinated with lighthouses. There are a variety of sizes but they all serve the purpose of guiding ships from danger to safety. They seem like vigilant giants searching for lost ships and their crew. Fascinating. Enough of my rambling. Enjoy.
Memory Lane Monday
This marks my month of doing “Memory Lane Mondays.” I could make an “MLM” of How I started my “MLM”… Which I won’t. So here we go!
June 15, 2007:
A couple of days on the road towards Oregon, I planned to go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Before going into the aquarium, I walked about Cannery Row, grabbed a crepe, sauteed mushroom stuffed at that, and then headed to my destination. After the aquarium, I walked around a bit more, checked out the bay and walked into a cigar lounge. Cool Cat Cigars. Here is where I had my first conversation with a stranger throughout my road trip. It was a woman who seemed to be in her mid 40s who was sitting at the coffee bar and seizing the day. I don’t remember much of the conversation but what I do remember is talking to her and becoming comfortable with the sound of my own voice. I left that lounge with a sampler box of cigars and a sense of accomplishment. I had spoken with a stranger all alone in an unknown place. I would love to return to that cigar shop, unfortunately, I did some research and it is now closed.
Memory Lane Monday
Just a quick intro to Memory Lane Monday for any new followers. Every Monday I post up a picture that I have taken and write about it. Simple as that. Let’s do this.
July 17, 2007:
It had been four days on the road to Oregon. Eureka was the last place I was going to stay before I hit the state line of California/Oregon. I sneaked into Eureka a few hour past midnight. The city was tranquil, not much activity at night(unlike San Diego where there are still people awake at such an hour). I stopped at the first vacant hotel found. It was crowded with cars, vans, and trailers. The red glowing vacant sign gave me hope that I will sleep soon. I approached the window and asked the reception staff what were the rates of the room. As she was explaining the rates, a truck with a trailer approaches and a small family escapes the confines of the vehicle. Unfazed by the family, the receptionist explains that the last room is a 2 queen bedroom.
I’m traveling alone, I don’t need 2 beds. I then back out from the offer and give the spot to the family. The mother was grateful and that’s what counted. My new dilemma is finding a new hotel to stay at.
I drove through the dark lonely streets until in search of another sign of hope, the red vacant sign. The thought of sleeping in the car wasn’t a bad one. Showering was the only issue. Then, EUREKA! I have found a vacant Inn. This Inn had 2 rooms left. A king and a queen. The prices were high, but the luxury of a bed and a shower did not stop me from getting a room.
The Innkeeper greets me, offers me the rates and while looking at my drivers license for the intake papers, sees that I am from San Diego. He seemed ecstatic but was hiding it really well. He then tells me he was from Chula Vista. (Before that night I began to feel extremely homesick. I was close to turning back not caring the little distance I had to my goal. But finding out that this man once lived in my home city invigorated me to complete my goal.) We talked for a bit and then I was off to my room.
I woke up the next morning, greeted by the cool crisp air and some drizzle. It had rained while I slept. I took a little drive around town. I hit the boardwalk and took very little photos. I didn’t spend much time there which I regret. However, Eureka became the city where I overcame homesickness and I will return one day to enjoy every inch of it possible and thank the city.
Memory Lane Monday
While doing a few chores around the house, it dawned on me, IT’S MONDAY! Dropped everything to do this weeks “Memory Lane Monday.” Let’s start the show.
Year: 2009 Exact date is forgotten.
Location: Fullerton, CA
I was on my way to meet up with one of my brothers and his friends for a session and a few beers. I’ve been there a plenty of times with my brother but this time, I drove without him. He usually was my GPS around there. Once off the freeway after nearly two hours of driving. I spot the Albertsons where we usually buy our liquid courage and stop there to make a phone call and pick up a few things for the shindig(you can’t attend a function empty handed). While receiving directions at the parking lot, I pulled out a SuperSampler camera which an old friend let me borrow (which I still have…) and chased a pigeon. Once it began to take flight, *snap, snap, snap, SNAP* Captured.
Not sure what a SuperSampler Camera is? Here’s a link that will enlighten you:
Since there is no viewfinder for this camera, I had no idea whatsoever if I captured the pigeon or not. Once I took the film to get developed and printed, I was excited to see I took a good photo.
That night was a good night. Chilled with good company and listened to some good tracks and sang as well. All while on an elevated state of mind.
This concludes this weeks “Memory Lane Monday.”
Memory Lane Monday
I would like to first apologize to those who read my Memory Lane Mondays for not posting one up this past Monday (This has just been a hectic week). Even though it’s not Monday, I will post this one up just for your reading and viewing pleasures. Vamonos!
Year: 2008 Exact Date is forgotten (I seriously need to write down the dates of my shots)
Location: Old Town San Diego, CA
Took a trip to Old Town with my girlfriend at the time and spent all day checking everything out. We walked into most of the shops and art galleries, no stone was left unturned. The day was sunny and warm, but since Old Town is located not that far from the beach, the cool ocean breeze balanced out the climate.
During this time I was fascinated with the paranormal and supernatural. Even though I have never witnessed any thing to prove that such things exist, I still believed. We went into the Whaley House, which is said to be haunted, and I had to see if I can get a shot of a spirit, ghost, spook, etc… Throughout the whole roll, I didn’t capture anything. I observed every nook and cranny not only to capture some evidence but to appreciate the way the people lived in that era. I have always been interested in how simple life was in the past. Granted, they had their issues, but it was a bit simpler than our times.
This shot was taken on the second floor of the Whaley House. The window over looks the courtyard. The doorway to the right leads to one of the rooms and the staircase to the left leads… well, downstairs.
Yet again, I apologize for the late post. However, I hope you enjoyed this Memory Lane Monday… Or Memory Lane Thursday? It just doesn’t sound the same. :)
Another Monday has passed that I haven’t posted a Memory Lane Monday… UGH! I could post it right now but I have to get ready for work… Maybe, if I get home on time tonight, I will post it up. I just need to find the right picture to post. Also, I will move Memory Lane Monday to my other blog since the pictures I post are my work, my other blog consists of my sketches and what-nots.
Don’t stress out yet, I will post this last Memory Lane Monday here and will add a link to my other blog for you guys. I hope you all will follow along and read them. That is if any of you read them :)
Memory Lane Monday
There I go again… Posting it late… *sigh* I’m slippn’… I will make it up to you guys. Hmmm. Shall we proceed?
Date: July 12, 2012 (I recorded the date of the roll of film where this picture came from. Woopie.)
Location: U.S. Grant Hotel
This picture is very recent, however, it is a memory that I will keep and tell people over and over and over and over…
I have had the urge to go Downtown and take pictures of the buildings from a higher elevation. I walked all over to find the right view points. I climbed countless staircases, mainly from parking structures and a few hotels. I found good spots but most of the shots I took came out over exposed.
This picture is from within the U.S. Grant hotel. It is quite fancy and it has a courtyard on one of it’s floors that you can see at street level. “I have to go there and take a few shots.” I thought to myself. I walk into the hotel and this is my second time there. The previous time I was in that hotel, an old friend had just got married and the recently married couple had a room there for their “honeymoon.” They invited me and a few other friends over for some drinks.
I was a bit familiar with the hallways and whatnot. However, I walk into the hotel with confidence so the hotel workers won’t see me as a suspicious individual. Walked into the first elevator and swiftly face the console to choose any level. FAIL. The elevator could only be used with a room key. I walk out and climb the nearest staircase and began to search for the fire escape stairs. I located it and began my hike up. At every level there was a sign, “No Rooftop Access”. Bummed out, I continued. I hit the last floor, I opened the door to find myself in a hallway. The staircase wasn’t ventilated at all so I was a bit sweaty… The cool air from the hallway chilled me out. I walked down the hall to find myself stuck in a labyrinth. I lost all hope to find that courtyard and finally gave up…
I decide to take a shot of the hallway and was skeptical of the outcome. There was very low light and I do not own a flash unit for my camera. I took the risk and took a shot in the dark… Pun unintended. I was quite happy on how the shot came out.
I call this shot, “Taken for GRANTed.”
I hope you enjoyed this weeks late post of “Memory Lane Monday.”
Since I will be posting “Memory Lane Mondays” to my other blog, here is the link to my other blog/page:
OR you can access it through my blog on the right side under my icon under “Pages” and click the link Task from The Elevated.
Memory Lane Monday
I went to get some prints done. I’m content with what I have produced! Now, let’s see how often I will update Memory Lane Monday.
Date: Either July or August 2012
Location: Lake Cuyamaca
After going on a short trip to Julian with my mother, on our way back we saw Lake Cuyamaca. Since the sun was still out and we had enough energy, we stopped by and checked it out. The day was just great. People were there and enjoying nature the best they could. I did not see a single soul on their phones, blasting music, technology was not “needed” as it is in the city (granted a few photographers had their equipment, but you know what I mean… I hope). Ducks, geese, egrets, crows and frogs inhabited the lake. The sky was a beautiful blue and the clouds were enormous yet calm giants sharing the sky. I took a few shots of the natives (animals) and took off knowing I had a few good shots. To my amazement, I did. Enjoy “Cuyamacan Clouds.”