Signs & Scenes Gallery 2014 Part II

Is now available!!

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Signs & Scenes Gallery 2014 PART I

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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

Phone History…BS (Before Smartphones)

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Before cellphones, smartphones, and wireless everything, we relied upon stationary devices such as public payphones or phone booths to  communicate when out and about. Movies and TV programs featured scenes of reporters rushing to payphones to report breaking news or of shadowy spies and secret agents making clandestine calls from a phone booth in the dark of night…etc., etc.

A phone booth in Petaluma…note the rotary dial.

Phone Booth

Phone Booth

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Payphones, of course, still exist but they are few and far between.  It is my understanding that they are somewhat more prevalent in larger cities.  For a quick history and report on their current status (including interesting photos from New Cork City) see Don’t hang up yet: Pay phones are still a fixture in U.S. culture  (Columbia School of Journalism).  Google (Who else?) also has plans to use payphones as Wi-Fi hotspots. For details go to  Google May Transform NYC Pay Phones Into Wi-Fi Hot Spots

In my wanderings around Petaluma’s downtown, I did notice some of these old units still in existence, although one clearly was not operational. However, it still serves a purpose as a trash receptacle…

Pay Phone

Pay Phone

This unit might be operational…if you use both hands…

Broken Payphone

Broken Payphone

 

Related Article:  Payphone…May it RIP

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!!

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!

 

 

 

 

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.