While We Were Gone

Well May and June turned out to be pretty busy, too busy to attend to figuring out why the site was down, though some pictures were taken as we were occupied in various ways. First off, as April became May, we were close to a week in Southern California, living the good life at a stunning (at least for us) resort/hotel in the mountains east of Santa Barbara, attending the wedding of some best friends' lovely daughter.

Early May in the Southern California Mountains

Early May in the Southern California Mountains


Summer Color

Summer Color


Adequate Accommodations

Adequate Accommodations


Another Cocktail, Please

Another Cocktail, Please


The Mountains Beyond

The Mountains Beyond



 

Back In Town

For the four or five of you who even knew this "blog" existed, we're back. A couple of months ago, got one of those standard "security upgrade" messages, and I clicked and "upgrade failed" showed up two minutes later. No big deal except when I went back to the site it was gone: I could not find it, I could not log into it, I could access nothing. Figured it had to be somewhere up there in cyberspace (or at least on a server somewhere) but I had no idea where. I knew it would take me at least a frustrating day or two to figure it all out, but a day or two I did not have, as we were about to head to California for an almost week's worth of wedding. Then other plans, our annual CES show in June and suddenly there was no time. Finally, over a lazy Fourth of July weekend, I committed myself to getting to the bottom of the problem which took, a frustrating day or two. But back we are, I may play around with the site a little in the upcoming days, but back it is. At least until the next update.


Some summer in the city pictures...

From the High Line

From the High Line


City Eats

City Eats



Through the Canyons

Through the Canyons


Green Space

Green Space


Silhoettes

Silhoettes


Summer

Summer



 

The New York Complaint

Well, one of the New York complaints. There are more than a few. But one of them is as to how so many neighborhood shops are disappearing only to be replaced by big banks, drug and "big box" stores. Still get my haircut a little further down Broadway where I lived twenty something years ago. There the other day and three full blocks of shops, restaurants, bars, etc, have basically been replaced by the above mentioned, recently, usually on the ground floor of a newly constructed luxury apartment building. New York is becoming generic.

75th Street and Broadway

75th Street and Broadway


76th Street

76th Street


77th Street

77th Street


Almost 40 years ago, a friend and I who worked in a bar together would stop on our way home at another bar that was on this exact corner, we knew the bartender, the three of was would sit until it started getting light. It lasted a long while, then became a succession of restaurants, finally a CVS drug store. But I shouldn't bemoan the passing of things. This new, generic Manhattan is going to be fabulous.

I'm sure it is

I'm sure it is

Spring Trees

Again, away from putting up pictures for a few days. Some spring city trees during my day, including the white blooming omnipresent "callery pear" trees.

Spring Trees

Spring Color

Tree2 Tree3 Tree4 Tree5

Color on a Rainy Day

Put your head down doing taxes for a couple of days, look up and suddenly there is spring color around, even on a rainy day.

Tulip Town

Tulip Town


Spring

Spring