Of Anniversaries, Birthdays and Other Thoughts of the Past …

Today is the one-year anniversary of this blog. I started it at the urging of a friend, who had read some of my previous blog (which lasted for 8 years and can be found here), and said I should start doing it again. I did, but the focus this time is on my photos, not my writing. I still sit down and occasionally bang a noun and a verb together, but only every once in a while do I come up with something I actually like or want to talk about at length. Maybe it’s just me getting older, maybe it’s having to be articulate and wordy at my job, I’m not sure.

This week also marks me mum’s (I’m practicing my British English … how am I doin’ so far?) birthday. She would have been 98 on August 24th. And that, of course, always brings back memories of our week-long summer vacations, which we always took over her birthday week. Those forays to Atlantic City and Asbury Park, NJ, are some of my fondest memories of growing up. I’ve written about them before on my old blog (click here for Atlantic City or here for a particular Asbury Park memory), but suffice it to say late August never quite floats around without my thoughts turning to that time and place in my life.

My trips these days are solitary affairs, but I love them nonetheless. As 2016 comes to an end, I’ll be gone almost an entire month (not all at once, so don’t make any plans to come and rob me), and traveling to Portland, New York City, London, and Leeds. Expect lots of photos (you can find most of them as I post them on Instagram … click here to follow me), and eventual “travel diary” entries (with more photos) right here.

Happy anniversary, happy birthday, and happy vacation to you all, and thanks for following me this past year. I hope you’ll hang around for more.

Seattle 2016 • Part 3: The EMP Museum …

I’ve gone to Seattle 4 times now, and the past 2 times I’ve visited the EMP Museum. Both their permanent and traveling exhibits are always fascinating and incredibly well done. This year’s big attraction was Star Trek 50: Exploring New Worlds.

I’m not a huge Star Trek fan … I’ve enjoyed the new movies and watched the original series when it came on in 1966, but even as an 11-year-old, sci-fi TV left me cold. Still, the franchise has a fascinating history and certainly has become an iconic part of pop culture in America, if not the world. Having seen the Star Wars Costumes exhibit last year at EMP, I was more than curious to see how they staged this one, and it lived up to the high standard set by last year’s exhibit.

EMP started as more of a music museum (EMP stands for Experience Music Project), but it has since branched out to encompass more of popular culture. In addition to the ST50 exhibit, I visited some of the museum’s other exhibits, including WOW (World of WearableArt), and it’s permanent ones, Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction, Indie Game Revolution, Fantasy Worlds of Myth and Magic, and Can’t Look Away (about horror films). It’s always a great visit … here’s some photos from this year’s trip.

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Seattle 2016 • Part 2: The Space Needle …

No trip to Seattle is complete without a trip to the Space Needle, that “Back to the Future” icon that dominates the skyline along with Mt. Rainier. The Space Needle–built for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair–is within easy walking distance of downtown, but why walk when you can ride that other futuristic invention, the Monorail? It takes about 2 minutes to go station to station, but it’s the coolest ride in Seattle.

I went to Seattle Center (which features the Space Needle and numerous other attractions) twice this time. I was curious as to what the SN looked like at night … it wasn’t disappointing! Here’s a bunch of photos from both excursions, including a side trip to see the beautiful Cinerama Theater, in the Belltown area of Seattle, which I had glimpsed from the Monorail on my night trip. That stunning graphic mural is by Invisible Creature, an art & design studio in the Pacific Northwest.

Seattle Center is also home to the EMP Museum … more on that next post!

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