2. This was something I found surfing. Kind of nice if you are one of those romantic types. It was done by a Disney veteran who quit them and seems to have started his own shop.
3. Walked out the front door at Shawshank and saw this. Wonder if it's a sign from the gods, those tricky little SOB's. Yep, that's a double rainbow, readers.
4. The City is an acquired taste which I have yet to acquire. I don't particularly like the people, the traffic or their driving, or the fact that in a service oriented area everyone has their hand out. You literally cannot walk three blocks without someone asking for a handout or a cigarette. It may be the way a certain strata of city folks operate, or it may be enhanced by the economy - either way, one soon learns the value of uttering "no". Like the guy said, "You can't feed every starving Indian that wanders into camp." While I think society and civilization has a moral obligation to try, there comes a reckoning that some are really down on their luck and deserve compassionate consideration, while others simply make a living on your generosity and naivete.
5. Sometimes you get screwed when you do nothing at all.
I have been keeping my truck up in Northlandia while I reside in Southlandia. It is inconvenient and should be resolved at some point, like my living arrangements, but for now I prefer to have wheels when I visit and this is the best way I know how to accommodate that wish. It didn't start the other week so it had to be towed and new battery cables installed. It cost close to $300. Moral of the story: get used to the fact that things happen that you have no control over and be prepared to pay. Or, the fates like to send you a zinger every once in a while to keep you from getting too complacent.
I took this while waiting for the 4th of July fireworks show at the Vinoy. It was a long way up there and was able to do a bit of zoom to make it easier to see.