Petaluma Street Lights–ONE person does it all!!!

Several years ago I noticed that some street lights were on all the time and decided to be a “good citizen” and report them. I was advised that they only had one person for this task and it would take some time.

I did not follow-up on any of this but remembered it when a street light problem recently developed on our street–half the lights were out. So I reported it last March via the City web page. Here is their prompt response…

“Thank you for your submission…we will make every effort to address your request in a timely manner…Please note that at this time, because of reduced staffing, the Public Works Department has fewer personnel available to work on street light outages. We have one full time Street Light Technician working to eliminate the backlog of requests.”

AND HERE HE IS!

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 Sigh…

Crows Nest In Petaluma River!!

BREAKING NEWS

Local crows– found in open and clear violation of “Cal Fornia” Penal Code!!😦

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In front of the entire public on Water Street they took over an Abandoned Shopping Cart in the Petaluma River–visible only at low tide.

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Ah April 16! Another Rebuilding Together Community Workday!

Yesterday, Rebuilding Together Petaluma (RTP) volunteers once again fanned out across the city to work in some of our parks or to help qualifying homeowners with critical maintenance needs. It should be noted that many of the home projects have been underway for some time meaning that it was not all done in one day. The volunteers have been hard at work for many days—rain or shine!

I had occasion to visit some of the worksites on April 16th and offer a few photos of the volunteers at work.  My selection, as usual, is arbitrary and capricious.

PHOTO GALLERY

(Click On Any Image To Open The Gallery)

It’s Just TOO Big!

…TO FIT IN THE HOME…

Yard sales and “Free” items set out on the curb are popular means to transfer possessions that are in need of another home. 

This free item (Bean Bag Chair) and sign in our ‘Hood caught my eye…

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For a closer look at the sign…:-)

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IN THE ALTERNATIVE…It’s Just TOO Big!

…TO FIT IN THE CAN…

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Take A Photo…Make A Print?

From time to time, I am fortunate to “capture images” that give me pause and demand a physical print. For the most part I have been able to satisfy my printing needs with my Epson Photo printer.  Lately, however, I have slipped into desiring very large prints on canvas and metal and have been able to secure them from local photo services such as Shutterbug or Bay Photo.

All went well until I wanted a print of a large metal panorama composed of three Egret photos from Water Street in Petaluma. Securing a full-sized print of a panorama photo without cropping is not easy to come by as it is a non-standard image size. After checking with many printing labs online I almost gave up because the lab was not set up to do it or I did not understand what they were saying they could do.

Fortunately I was directed to Digital Grange in Petaluma.Once there, Bill Kane patiently and quickly advised me as to what was possible in terms of non-standard sizes and offered several excellent options…

  • I could have gone as large as 56 inches in width with the image at hend but I was not trying to panel a room!
  • I decided on a width of  36 inches which meant that the height of the final print would be 11 1/4 inches.
  • For the record, Digital Grange can print up to 72” in width on metal with 48×72” being the largest size. They can print considerably larger on paper and canvas. Up to 60” by 40 feet!  They recently printed a 5×23 foot image for a client.

If nothing else, this meeting with Bill demonstrated the importance of actually talking with someone face to face to exchange information and to make decisions.  A quaint concept these days.

In short order I picked up the print…and WOW! It clearly exceeded my expectations!!!

Imagine, if you will, the screen image below as a large metal print on your wall…Trust me, the image on your screen does not come close to the print produced by Digital Grange.

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GEEKY PHOTO STUFF

  • Underlying Photo Details: Exposure Time 1/60 Sec, F 2.5. ISO 200, Aperture Priority, Hand Held.  Shot in RAW and converted to TIFF for printing.
  • The final metal print produced by Digital Grange’s was 11 1/4 inches by 36 inches at 266 dpi.  Size 9567 pixels by 3013.

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* “Digital Grange is the partnership of Bill Kane, Joe McDonald, and their colleagues, designed to serve the creative community by providing a complete range of artist services for the digital creation and final presentation of fine artwork. Together they offer the highest quality photography, digital imaging, archival large format printing, framing/ support systems and graphic design services.”

A look back in Internet software (app) history

I realize that today just about EVERYONE connects to the world exclusively through their mobile devices and are constantly looking 24/7 for the latest apps (shorthand for software)…

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Back in the Dark Ages (a.k.a. Pre SmartPhones and the Era of Dial-Up 56 K Modems) people purchased software on little disks–at first they were floppies and then late in the last century they came on little silver disks called CD’s…

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People also received “free” software in the mail to join Juno, AOL, EarthLink, and countless other internet service offerings…

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As you can see from the first photo above…WE HAVE MADE CONSIDERABLE PROGRESS AND ANYONE  CAN DOWNLOAD ANYTIME, ANYWHERE…WHILE MULTI-TASKING :-)

P.S. But be careful…you don’t want to risk stepping in a pile of doggie poop while downloading. Hmmm! There must be at app for that:-)