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Peace out

The symbol of two raised fingers, the index and middle, have meant a number of things over the years. First, it represents the number 2. In American Sign Language it stands for that number as well as the letter “V.” It’s also known a sign for “victory” used most notably by Winston Churchill in the [...]

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Random photo #18: Rain ride

On a rainy night last week, streetlights shimmered off of the wet pavement in downtown Stockton.

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Random Photo #15: Red bear

Nearly everyone in Stockton knows the two golden bear statues that stand in front of the Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium in downtown Stockton. Many a Stockton child has climbed on one of the other at some point. A few years ago the static movie marquee-style message board near the bear at the southeast corner of [...]

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A first

This photo that I shot of the sun breaking through some clouds over a stand of trees near the northern county line outside of the town of Thornton represents a first of sorts. It ran in the Local section of the Record on March 7 which was my birthday, but that’s not reason it’s special. [...]

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I was driving by the Weber Point Events Center in downtown Stockton recently on my way to an assignment, when I saw a young couple attempting to launch a kite. I say “attempting” because there didn’t appear to be any wind. Still, there was some nice light on them, and I thought they might make [...]

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Random happenstances

One of my favorite things to shoot is the “enterprise” photo. Sometimes called “wild art” or “stand alone” pictures they are usually shots that run by themselves without a story, just a caption. They are usually “slice of life” pictures that show something interesting or picturesque (or both) in the community. It takes equal amounts [...]

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Horse on a hill, redux

“There are places I remember All my life, though some have changed 
Some forever not for better 
Some have gone and some remain 
All these places have their moments 
With lovers and friends I still can recall 
Some are dead and some are living 
In my life I’ve loved them all” -In My Life by [...]

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Face plant

At the Got Milk Breakfast Challenge kickoff rally at Tokay High School in Lodi pairs of students were picked for a Nickleodeon-type game. One student covered their face with shaving cream while the other threw miniature marshmallows in an effort to get them to stick to the foam. The winner would be the one with [...]

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Rebirth of the cool

For about as long as I’ve been at The Record (28 years) the compressor used to maintain the ice at the Oak Park Ice Arena had been ailing. The interior temperature of the arena was literally kept at freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit) so that the rink’s machinery wouldn’t be over taxed. But in late April [...]

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The big bang theory

May 4 was a beautiful day in Angels Camp. Puffy white clouds floated serenely in the sky and the temperature was comfortably in the mid 70s. It was a good day… to blow up things.   Evan Lacks of Tomball, Texas, has been struggling with leukemia for about half of his 8 years of life. [...]

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