Category Archives: Observation

Meet Artie D, the…

Also seen in the Stockton Chinese New Years Parade was “Artie D” the mascot for the San Joaquin Regional Transit District. Like so many other business mascots, Artie is portrayed by a person in a plush costume. The thing is, I don’t know what Artie is supposed to be. Pacific Gas and Electric’s mascot (which [...]

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Luck of the…

It is a Chinese tradition to give out small red envelopes during special events such as a wedding or New Years. They’re supposed to represent good luck and prosperity. The envelopes are red, a color that’s supposed to represent good luck in Chinese culture. They’re usually stuffed money and given as gifts. The sum can [...]

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A hairy situation

“Give me a head with hair, long beautiful hair Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen Give me down to there, hair, shoulder length or longer…” – ”Hair” by James Rado and Gerome Ragni Last week, I covered a press availability event for the 2015 Supra Boats Professional Wakeboard Tour at Mossdale Quarry Lakes in Lathrop. Photographers [...]

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Blast from the past: Retrograde progress

In 2007 I wrote a blog post about remembering a photo that I took in the late 1980s. It was of an adult couple having a pizza lunch by themselves on the playground equipment at Beckman Park in Lodi. It was one of those structures that had a spiral slide, a tube slide, a pole [...]

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Get a job

Recently the PexaPixel Website posted a story on which cities were the best to be a working photographer. Their criteria were cost of living, annual salary, photographer job openings and the number of working photographers in the city. Jersey City, New Jersey, tops the list. Never having been to Jersey, I can’t say if it’s [...]

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Love springs eternal?

I found this graffiti spray-painted on one of those fabric barriers to keep dirt from being washed into the storm drains from construction sites. It was at the months-long closure of Swain Road underpass at I-5 due to work on freeway above. It read: “Joel still loves you, 2/25/13.” The road has been closed to [...]

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Stand down

I have to admit to feeling a little melancholy when I see a fireworks stand on the day after the Fourth of July. Its hollow plywood shell and empty shelves echo the festivities of just the night before. The stands go up a few weeks before Independence Day and they’re just as barren as the [...]

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Several years ago, the City of Stockton changed its static theater marquee-style message board for an electronic one at Center and Fremont Streets outside the Stockton Civic Memorial Auditorium. Messages on the old board had to be posted one large letter at a time by a city worker. The new display can run as many [...]

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Where gnome man has gone before

My family and I recently visited the campus of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. On a student led tour we stopped outside of the math and science building and as the young tour guide told us about the facility I noticed something high atop the building. On a rain spout near the top corner was [...]

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No foolin’

I was thinking of a good story that I could concoct for an April Fool’s Day joke. One that that would sound preposterous yet at the same time somewhat believable and at the end I could say a hearty “April Fools!” The first idea was that of a merger of camera giants Canon and Nikon [...]

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