Yesterday in Downtown Summerlin I came across this memorial to five bikers that were killed by a careless motorist. Whether they all died at once together or separately I don’t know. Reading the seats and other parts of the bike was a sad thing, children of the deceased left their messages too. So very sad, isn’t it?
I’m slowly burning through the photos from the park the other day. Why do trees look better in full black and white? Not gray-scale, but full black and white? They do to me anyway. The photo of the road is also BW since the sun wasn’t fully out so I flipped it. That damned mask was photographed today as I walked to my truck from the grocery store. Does human trash drop human trash on the parking lot? Come on, Americans, you can do better…
This afternoon I was scanning through my Instagram account as usual. I came across a comment from a very public figure that I followed until today that insinuated that I and basically all white people are all guilty of helping to keep the racism against black people rolling. I am so offended by this person’s blatant lie.
Case in point – I went to Michigan public schools that had black students. My high school years were spent alongside young black men and women. In my neighborhood here in Las Vegas, we have a real mix of races. Black, white, and Asians all live in my neighborhood very peacefully, everyone gets along wonderfully!
Add to this the fact that I almost daily encounter very friendly black people around the city whom I treat no differently than anyone else, opening a door for him or her as an example as I do for anyone else. These people and the so-called news media in this country are a sack full of liars. Don’t you dare include me in your lies!
I was raised well by parents who have a great deal of morality in them. They taught myself and my sister to have respect for other people, period. We were not taught to hate people or treat others with violence and always be respectful both at work and while in public. Don’t you dare include me in your bullshit lies, stinking American media!
Nobody could complain about this forecast, could they? Certainly not me! Leaving the party store yesterday, I spotted yet another wasted face mask on the ground. Come on, Americans, you should do better than this. 😡
During yet another trip to the pharmacy, I decided to go west just out of town for some random photos for the blog. It’s a beautiful day again but a bit cool. I forgot that it’s Saturday which means the recreation lands out there are stuffed full of people. I stopped at Moenkopi Road instead of going farther in.
So here they are, there is another set yet to be processed behind this one. On a different note, my doorbell camera recorded someone trying to enter my home last night around 2AM. I am going to take the video to my local police station on Monday morning.
I have a great video of this asshole to show the police, I hope that I can help the police catch this guy. Maybe he has prior arrests. The police are your friends, people, regardless of what the current crop of young hooligans say.
I want to say a warm thank you to each of my followers for this wonderful milestone for this simple photoblog, run by an amateur photographer who loves his photographic journey one day at a time. Thank you! I found the potatoes and chili iPhone photos on the phone, so why not add them in? Have a delicious day my friends.
Are you a Star Trekker? Do you remember the original series and the original characters? Have you set on the bedroom floor munching something while watching your favorite characters perform in black and white? And wow, did I just date myself! I admit to being a full-fledged Star Trek junkie through and through and I’m damn proud of it!
🖖🏻Live long and prosper, my friends.🖖🏻
I have something a bit different for you this morning. Some of you know of my love of outboard boat racing that comes from my childhood during the 1960s. A few days ago, I found these photos online. The boats with the white cowling belonged to my dad’s competition Richard Austin, also a Michigander. The boat with the gold-colored cowling belonged to my father. Very similar boats, with basically identical engines.
The name Looper is derived from the way the fuel and exhaust flow works inside the combustion chamber in these two-cycle engines that burn Methanol, not regular gas. This is a quote from this website:
To combat Quincy Welding’s Quincy-Mercs, Konig radically changed his motors from the cross flow or deflector piston design to the flat topped “loop charged” design being used by other European competitors at that time. Quincy Welding’s deflector piston Mercs could no longer keep up with the redesigned Konigs, so O. F. Christner went back to the drawing board and created the Quincy Looper racing engine. Chris designed a loop scavenged block that would allow the use of a flat top piston design. The inlet ports “loop” the intake charge away from the exhaust ports. These Loopers had exhaust stacks out both sides of the engine. The 1st production Quincy Loopers, known also as Merc/Quincy Flat Heads, were produced in the fall of 1963. Thanks to the Quincy Loopers, speeds in D hydro increased by almost 30 mph literally overnight. In the early 60’s a 75 mph D hydro could run up front. Most racers ran round-nosed hydros and 2-blade propellers. (Photo is of a restored C Looper owned by Frank Novotny.)
So as you can see here, there was a ton of new technology coming forth in those days in two-cycle racing engines. The boat registration numbers and letter are also the namesake of my Instagram account too although nobody would know this. On a different note, there’s a 30% chance of rain and 66F forecast for today. Happy Tuesday!
Las Vegas Photoblog is technically five years old although the numbers in the Archive Search in the sidebar don’t reflect this. Those years were removed due to storage limitations thanks to the dolts at WordPress and their greed. That said, I am now running the Business plan and its terrible price. The tradeoff is that the site storage limit is way higher now and that I am running plugins for the custom fonts and items in the sidebar too.
I believe that the name of this blog has helped accelerate the views number but also that I am not that bad of an amateur photographer either. I very much appreciate each of my followers and wish that more of them would return and comment once in a while. I am thankful for so many of you that do return both daily and occasionally, you are very much appreciated! I plan to continue this meager photoblog indefinitely at this point. Wow, 200,000!
Memories of Michigan, memories of Nevada. Two different worlds in my life.