The Nite Before…

…And all through the town, not a creature was stirring…

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…The Grinch was securely confined in Petaluma’s Copperfield’s…

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Grinch

…Patti Page was still wishing everyone a Merry Christmas on the Boulevard…

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…Angels & Snowmen sprouted on the sidewalk at Petaluma Blvd & E. Washington…

E. Washington & Petaluma Blvd

E. Washington & Petaluma Blvd

…A winter mist settled on Petaluma…

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…Then Santa arrived in a flash of lights…

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Emoji …Proclaiming Emoji

Happy Christmas…Festivus…Hanukkah…Holidays…Kwanzaa…Winter Solstice Emoji

and

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So, where will you die?

Of course, one never knows where or when they will die, but if you are homeless, the chances are you will die alone…on the street…or in a cold dark place.

And so it was last night in Downtown Petaluma…

“B” Street at Petaluma Blvd. South

“B” Street at Petaluma Blvd. South

Petaluma Police Report No 14-6086

“At approximately 7:30 pm, a citizen reported seeing a man lying face down on the sidewalk near the intersection of “B” Street and Petaluma Boulevard South in downtown Petaluma.  The citizen called 911, and Petaluma Police and Fire units responded.  The man was transported to Petaluma Valley Hospital, where he was declared deceased.  The deceased man was known to be a local transient.”

“The deceased subject had a visible head injury; investigation is continuing to determine how the injury was sustained and its relevance to the case.  An autopsy is expected to take place this week.”

Petaluma 360

“This is the eighth time this year that a person believed to be homeless was found dead outside in Petaluma and the 21st since 2010….During the same four-year period, Petaluma police conducted 238 death investigations overall. Tuesday night’s body is the first of the homeless deaths found on a downtown street….”

“B” Street at Petaluma Blvd. South

“B” Street at Petaluma Blvd. South

Update 12/19/14–The man has been identified as MICHAEL LEE PATTON, 60 YRS

RELATED ARTICLE: So, where do you sleep?

So, where do you sleep?

I realize that the homeless population is a topic that we read about or see in San Francisco or on some of the trails or waterways in Petaluma.  But their plight often becomes more visible and serves to remind us of their reality…

As to what to do to help them, I leave that to others.

But consider this person who takes refuge and sleeps on the sidewalks in downtown Petaluma…

Storefront, Petaluma Blvd

Storefront, Petaluma Blvd

Storefront, Western Avenue

Storefront, Western Avenue

Known Knowns…Wistful Thinking…a Unique LA Tour Bus

Foreword or Forewarning: This post was created from “leftover” photos from my monthly camera downloads for the 2014 Photo Gallery.  For some reason, these disjointed scenes seemed to deserve their own special showing. A decision, encouraged perhaps, by my favorite cheap wine!

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KNOWN KNOWNS

“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.” (Donald Rumsfeld)

Known Water Leak (Healdsburg)

Known Water Leak (Healdsburg)

 WISTFUL…IF NOT WISHFUL THINKING

While downtown recently, a parking sign caught my eye…Could it be?
Great solution to the shopping cart problem in Petaluma!
Way to go City Hall!
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But alas, it was not true. I blinked and then rubbed by eyes.
Reality returned…
Downtown Petaluma

Downtown Petaluma

IN CLOSING…CONSIDER THESE TWO IMAGES

Downtown Petaluma on the Boulevard…

Speak Questions Only (Petaluma Blvd)

Speak Questions Only (Petaluma Blvd)

An image “captured” in San Rafael. A “tour” bus I don’t think you want to take…

Los Angeles County Prison Bus

Los Angeles County Prison Bus

 NOTE—

Part II of the Photo Gallery will be released later this month. Part I is available by clicking on the link at the top of the page.

ALSO NOTE—

Random street photos from Downtown Petaluma are available now, go to Scene(s) On The Street…Petaluma