Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Our Little Corner of the World...Expanded!!!




Imagine what it would be like to not be able to lock your front door...
because you have no front door, or a door to lock.


Yep...it's that time of year again!!!

You may remember a previous post or two about our yearly project in Mexico...
with Rotary and Corazon!!!
With the help of service clubs and organizations like Rotary,
Corazon.org builds homes in Mexico
for people who otherwise would not be able to afford their own home...
complete with a lock on the front door.

Most of the families that get homes from the Corazon program have come
to the Tijuana or Tecate areas from Central or Southern Mexico.
They are very poor...but have managed to purchase the lot
on which the house will be built.
The families are then required to do many hours of community service,
learning what it means to live in a community, and help one another.
They are also required to take various classes in things
like job skills, how to get and keep jobs,
domestic violence and child abuse prevention,
gardening, nutrition...and many more.

This year we went with the Mammoth Lakes Rotary Club to 
Chula Vista, CA...our "base camp" and on to Tijuana for the build.

That Saturday morning we met at a local grocery as usual...


...at the crack of dawn!!!

The Corazon.org President, 
Tom McMillen started the day off with organization instructions for the 4 builds, 
and how to get where we're going.


 This family was ready for us!!!


Once there, we got a few words of wisdom from Sean Ferragher...
our Lead Builder-Extraordinaire!!!


Then it was time to get to work!!!


The painting crew had to be organized...


...and the walls had to be put together.


 It didn't take long and those walls were
ready to put up!!!


How many Rotarians does it take to hammer a beam to a wall???


Can you believe it???  
The roof was up before noon!!!

 The afternoon was finishing touches...
windows...doors...


...and TheChief's favorite...the roof shingles!!!  
(BTW...the guy standing in front, by TheChief...
that's our Doris' daddy, Sam, 
who came all the way from New Jersey to help out!)


Sometimes you just need to step back and take it all in...

Then there's the addition of a personal touch...


...and a few gifts for the family's housewarming!
 

And the most important part of the day...
handing the family the keys to their new home!!!


It was a great day...and a great crew!!!

Mammoth Lakes Rotary has a great reputation for a hard working group
that gets in and gets it done...early!!!
(There's something to be said for that burst of sea level oxygen
after living at 8000 feet altitude where the oxygen levels are a bit scarce!!!)


And then the really hard part of the day...
...getting back across the border at the Tijuana crossing!!!
It took 1/2 hour to get to the border crossing from the build location...

 
...and 3 hours at the border crossing!!!  

(we much prefer the Tecate builds...the Tijuana crossing is always pretty bad)



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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Practice Makes Perfect!!!




Still getting used to the Fuji XT1...






It's very different than my Nikon d700

The mirrorless mechanism is slower...
and I'm not always sure I got the pic...

But then I guess....practice makes perfect!!!



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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Our Little Corner of the World...Easter!!!



There are many ways to celebrate Easter...
...even if it's a few days early!!!


There's hunting for Easter Eggs...


...there's watching a marionette show...
(I think these are the same marionettes that 
Bob Baker used to bring to my elementary school for special occasions!!!)


...but the best thing is the petting zoo!!!


(the tiniest little pig Grandma's ever seen!)


Ahhh...but then there's the baby goat...





Now...what could be better???



Still in a sling and in recovery from surgery but fortunately my new
Fuji XT1 is nice and light so I felt ok taking it...
So now I'm starting to get the hang of it!!!
I definitely haven't figured out all the buttons and whistles yet...
but I'm getting there!!!


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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Our Little Corner of the World...LA Zoo






I don't think I've ever posted this one...

I took this way back when I got my first DSLR...my Nikon d70s.

I'd been taking classes at Tri Community Adult Ed Photography Center in Covina...

Not bad for some of my initial efforts, eh?!!!






Photography has had to take a back seat again...had surgery on my
rotator cuff over a week ago...turned out to be more bicep surgery than rotator cuff...
Soo...I'm a bit immobilized right now...
although the sling holds my hand at just the right angle to be able to do a little something on 
my computer keyboard!!!


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Monday, March 2, 2015

Our Little Corner of the World...Hollywood style!!!




Marilyn lives on!!!




Hanging out at Grauman's Chinese Theater with a photography location class...

(I refuse to call it TCL Chinese Theater...to me it will always and forever be
Grauman's Chinese Theater!!!)

Turns out my best shot was a couple of doors down...

at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum!!!

Brought back memories from high school...

a date...

a jeep...

Madame Tussaud's...

the jeep malfunctioning on the freeway going home...

coasting off the freeway...

being picked up by his parents...

finding out he wasn't supposed to drive the jeep on the freeway!!!

Oh well...just a little high school drama!!

(Pretty rowdy, eh???)


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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Our Little Corner of the World...SoCal!!!




I'm going to be making some blog changes down the line...

Terrace of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library


Probably eliminating MammothLakesDP.blogspot.com...

and updating Photographic Journey...

or not...

we'll see...


In the meantime...

here's a new pic...

no...it's not my Nikon d700 or my Fuji XT1 (which ran out of battery power at this shoot)...

it's my iPhone!!!

Gotta love the iPhone backup!!!

Have you ever been to a Presidential Library?  We've got a couple within decent 
driving distance.  The Ronald Reagan library is in the Simi Valley...
a fascinating look into the world of a president...
There's an exact replica of the Oval room (decorated as Reagan had it...complete with jelly beans!)
there's an Air Force One that you can walk through...(no pictures past the gate though)
there's a Presidential helicopter that you can also walk through...
there's a large piece of the Berlin wall...
and of course, the usual history of the president in pictures and captions...
an interesting morning, and fun photo shoot with the Tri-Community Location Shoot class!!!



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Friday, October 11, 2013

On to Mallorca, Spain...




On the way to Cuevas del Drach,
our bus drove past the Catedral De Palma De Mallorca...


Not bad for a moving bus, eh?!!!



On the way to the Cuevas...we made a compulsory stop at a jewelry shop
featuring the Mallorca pearls!
I was pretty excited until I realized they're manufactured pearls...
Yep...just call me a jewelry snob!!!
Besides...I'm really not the pearl wearing type...
(except for my beautiful black pearl ring TheChief bought for me
in Princeville, Kauai!!!)


Right next door to the pearl shop was a cheesy souvenir shop...
but the real interest for me was this magnificent tree trunk
out front of the store...


The Cuevas del Drach was absolutely breathtaking...
it is one of the largest underground lakes in the world.

Unfortunately, my photos don't do them justice at all...
we really weren't supposed to take any photos at all...
Surreptitiously...I did the hip raise and click move with no flash of course...
but wasn't all that successful...


Upon entering we walked down a pathway to the center of the cave
to a small amphitheater.
When all were seated, the lights went out and small boats came out
from inside the caves...lit with strings of lights.  
In the second boat was a quartet of musicians playing classical music.
The boats circled around continuously playing...at the end of the concert
there was a light show designed to imitate the sunrise over the lake.
Such a lovely experience... 
So sorry I wasn't able to photograph this...
(even though the site information said photos without flash was allowed...
the Cuevas guides were quite adamant that we cease and desist)


When we got back on the ship, we saw a submarine leaving port!!!


Looking down on the port while preparing to sail...