Petaluma’s Mystic Theater Marquee–A Blast From The Past

In this digital big screen age, one institution in Petaluma, CA still relies upon an “old style” theater marquee to promote upcoming events…

Mystic Theater

Mystic Theater

Granted, the Mystic Theater does have a web site and a dot com web page. However, they still rely upon the human touch…and a ladder… when it comes to the street display…

Mystic Theater

Mystic Theater

Mystic Theater

Mystic Theater

Do You Know The Way To Jeju Way? If So, Have You Seen The Jeju Way Murals?

Of course, the questions posed in the title presume you already know where Jeju Way is situated. 

I certainly did not know until “discovering” Jeju Way…and its murals… last week.

:-)

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Chances are you have walked this street and did not notice Jeju Way or the murals. I can certainly plead guilty to this personal failure.  But a few days ago I was in the area on one of my walks and the lighting caught my eye and…there they were…just beyond the stone fountain “sentry” I had photographed many times in the past…

4th St Santa Rosa

4th St Santa Rosa

Of course you know where this is…don’t you? :-)

The plaza/walkway beyond the fountain on Santa Rosa’s 4th St is Jeju Way.

Upon entering you will encounter this mural on the entire side of one building…

Sonoma Cownty Mural

Sonoma “Cownty” Mural

And if you look across the way…

Jeju City Mural

Jeju City Mural

The Jeju Way murals have been there for quite a few years and are in pristine condition. 

The lighting in the area was confusing, to say the least, and as a rank amateur, I was not equipped with lighting, shields, reflectors, etc. However, I hope I managed to capture enough decent shots to encourage you to visit the scene in Santa Rosa and take a look for yourself.

Below are two slideshows that attempt to show some of the detail of these very large works.

I’ve included additional information about Jeju Way, Jeju City and the murals at the end of the article below the slideshows.

 Sonoma “Cownty” Mural

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 Jeju City Mural

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & BACKGROUND

  • Jeju City in South Korea and Santa Rosa, CA are sister cities
  • YouTube video link for the Sonoma “Cownty” Mural 
  • Article & Photo of Santa Rosa Way in Jeju City
  • I have no information as to who painted the Jeju City Mural in Santa Rosa
  • The names of the Sonoma “Cownty” Mural artists were included in one of the panels and are part of the slideshow
  • I could find no articles or information (Using Google or Bing) reporting on the creation of the Jeju Way murals…zip…nada. The little information I did retrieve was, as you can see from the links included here, from a Jeju City newspaper in South Korea
  • By the bye, Jeju City, Korea got a Snoopy from Santa Rosa

Can One Photograph “Irony”?

Photographs of Irony?

Perhaps, Perhaps not.

In any event, I may have come close with these photos of discarded paper cups in Petaluma.

The cups carry the name, “Earth Cup” with a slogan: We’re the Solution, not the Pollution.

The cups are a well meaning expression of concern for the environment but they still ended up as part of the detritus & flotsam in our streets and river.

Obviously the users did not “absorb” the slogan on the cup Emoji

Earth Cup

Earth Cup

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2015…Going Forward

I’ve been contemplating changes in how…and when…I publish and also trying to determine the future use of my two Blogs (The Petaluma Spectator and THE PETALUMA SPECTATOR PHOTO BLOG)

Initially I thought I would merge them or just delete one of them.

However, I have decided to dedicate the future use of the “Photo Blog” for submissions to the Word Press Weekly Photo Challenge.  In fact I have been trying it out for the last few months and think it is perfect for that purpose.

Consequently:

  • There will be no more direct e-mail announcements about posts to the “Photo Blog” as the traffic from participation in the  weekly photo challenge will keep me sufficiently occupied.
  • If you already subscribe to the photo blog or follow it, nothing will change.  You will get your notifications as before. Each weekly challenge post on the “Photo Blog” will also contain a link to the complete collection of WordPress weekly photo challenge posts from around the world.
  • Note that this not apply to this blog (The Petaluma Spectator) as it has its own set of followers and subscribers.

As to how I am going to utilize The Petaluma Spectator, has yet to be determined. Given the realities of small screen viewing I have already decided to forego future large galleries in favor of one to three photos a post.  These are easier to view on a tablet or phone.

Inspiration will save me, I’m sure  :-)

So…What WERE They Doing? :-)

Dateline: Petaluma, California

One afternoon on the dock by the old trestle…

For the longest time I could not decide what these curiously attired people were doing. 

Now after a month with our first Smartphone…I finally figured it out!

He was teaching her how to use her Smartphone… :-)

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After much (futile) resistance…finally…a SMARTPHONE

While I am not entirely sure about the “Smart” portion of the name, we finally added a piece of the 21st Century to our repertoire of devices and toys…courtesy of Sprint…

Smart? Phone?

Smart? Phone?

After struggling up the learning curve a few inches, we finally managed a video phone conversation with my wife’s cousin in Illinois.  To be honest, it was a real hoot. Will be attempting it again with my mother in law next week.

Getting used to finger swipes, etc., takes some doing for “mouse oriented” people like us.  To be perfectly honest, using a stylus is much more accurate for us than our ancient fingers.  Frankly, we don’t understand how people can manage it while driving or walking across the street.  They must have more agile fingers than we do.  By comparison, I use a blunted toothpick to operate my Mp3 players.

On balance, we are getting use to it.

I intend, however to keep my Dumb Flip Phone :-)