From 1970’s bathroom to turtle spa…

After 28 years of living in our abode, my wife decided it was time to bring the 1970’s master bathroom up to date. Oh, to be sure, we had  updated faucets and undertaken various attempts to make it look a little better over the years…

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Now it was time to quit trying to put more lipstick on the pig and bring the room into the 21st Century.  To this end, an ensemble of craftsmen from Ohana Construction & Bill Boyd Tile set out to implement my wife’s design objectives while incorporating the principles of  ADA Universal Design 

THE RESULT

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Both contractors and their crews were excellent in all aspects of the project.  WE HAVE NO RESERVATIONS IN RECOMMENDING THEM. By the bye, Kimo Garrigan of Ohana Construction and Bill Boyd are members of the Petaluma High School Class of ’83! A little fact I picked up during the course of the project. Ohana Construction Bill Boyd Tile

Part I of the 2014 Photo Gallery Part Is Now Available!

In the process of assembling, editing, processing and otherwise fiddling around with my photos,  I have decided to split the Photo Gallery this year into two parts.

Part II will be released in December!!

Petaluma Pete’s Piano…sans Pete!

I knew that Petaluma Pete had taken to parking a spare piano downtown from time to time to see if others would stop and practice a few riffs…

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Piano Pete’s Piano

I recall a story or video on the Internet where someone had done the same thing in a busy transit terminal somewhere. Quite a few people stopped by…perhaps students at Julliard…and really put on a show.  I did not imagine that I would ever see it here.

However…

One July morning I was taking my therapy walk downtown. As I approached the Shutterbug, I heard the very distinct piano sounds of Chicago style boogie woogie. I knew that Pete’s Public Piano was around the corner but the style told me it wasn’t Pete playing.  I almost expected to see Erwin Helfer or Barrrelhouse Chuck (Think Rush Street in Chicago) as I turned the corner…

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Was he any good?  Oh yeah!

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The B Street Riders…

If one happens to be at the foot of B Street in Petaluma in the morning, one may notice a bicyclist or two…even more so on the weekends as they meet up for a “short ride” on the byways of Petaluma and beyond…

Their images reflected in the B Street storefronts…

Ghostly Images? No, Merely a reflection of the street scene!

Ghostly Images? No, merely a reflection of the street scene!

Ghostly Images? No, Merely a reflection of the street scene!

Ghostly Images? No, merely a reflection of the street scene!

 

Ghostly Images? No, Merely a reflection of the street scene!

Ghostly Images? No, merely a reflection of the street scene!

Turning away from the windows, a clearer view of a typical bicyclist ensemble on B Street…

Riders Assembled

Riders Assembled

 …or by The Apple Box

Riders Assembled

Riders Assembled

As a former transcontinental motorcyclist of many years, and sometimes bicyclist, I select this bicyclist’s shirt as THE BEST ROAD SHIRT OF ALL TIME…

Best Road Shirt Ever!

Best Road Shirt Ever!

 

 

 

 

The morning after…

…particularly on the weekends.

One of the tasks of living in the ‘Hood is checking the perimeter each morning for debris left by revelers and night people. The big stuff goes in the garbage.  Broken beer bottles are harder to deal with so I just sweep  them into little piles for the street sweeper.

Latest sweep street photos (pun intended) are below.  Note the tidy nature of the person as reflected in the knot at the base of the condom :-)  By the way, I wish the night people would drink Lagunitas IPA.  Their bottles don’t break as easily as Corona bottles. Much easier to deal with… :-)

TRASHY PETALUMA PHOTOS

Not enough room to take it home...leave it on the sidewalk

Not enough room to take it home…leave it on the sidewalk

Butts Bottles & Booze

Butts Bottles & Booze

 

Ah, romance!

Ah, romance!

Don't Ask!

Don’t Ask!

Detritus…The Stuff We Leave Behind…

The debris…or fallout…from our daily lives surrounds us.  It mostly goes unnoticed, unless and until it gets so high that it has to be scooped up.  But it can also provide some interesting images…and questions as to how it came to be.

For example, a discarded sock in the street somewhere on Petaluma’s East Side …

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What happened to the other sock?

Now consider this scene on the sidewalk at 4th & B in Downtown Petaluma…

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Hmmm….? Perhaps it is best to leave it to the reader to suggest an interpretation.

Consider next a discarded glove that color coordinates with the walkway…

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Quite stylish indeed!

My personal favorite is this Coke Bottle Rack (Bench in Petaluma’s Center Park)

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Perhaps the owner parked it there while looking for this pizza slice…

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However, that was not the case as a crow grabbed the pizza.

Petaluma’s Newest Mural…by Maxfield Bala

While I generally only post on the 1st of each month, today I will make an exception!

The current edition of the Petaluma Argus Courier contains a front page article on the latest public mural by a local artist, Maxfield Bala.  It is indeed quite a project.  The article mentions the artist having to work on a difficult surface in that the site was corrugated metal.  Well, you have to see it to believe it.

In addition to the uneven corrugated surface, several of the panels had gaps or overlaps in the joints. Yet he pulled it off!  I have been following the progress over the last few days, and I think he has finished.  Although I wonder if he may intend to do the entire building :-)

First, a photo of what I believe to be the finished mural…

Mural by Maxfield Bala

Mural by Maxfield Bala

A FEW DETAIL SHOTS

Mural by Maxfield Bala

Mural by Maxfield Bala

Mural by Maxfield Bala

Mural by Maxfield Bala

Note the surface and panel gap

Note the surface and panel gap

Note the surface and panel gap

Note the surface and panel gap