Photo galleries of places I have been

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Float preparation at Fiesta Floats

A couple of weeks ago I headed out to Fiesta Floats in Irwindale, CA to take some photos of the float being entered in the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade by the City of Torrance. Fiesta Floats creates some of the best floats in the Tournament of Roses and has won the Sweepstakes Award for the last 19 years. That is pretty impressive. As it turned out, Kaiser Permanente was having a family day there, so the warehouse was pretty packed and it made it difficult to get a lot of shots. I went back this morning to see what kind of progress had been made.

Well, it was pretty obvious that they had been busy at Fiesta Parade Floats, because there were several new floats there. It did not look like a lot of work had been done on the Torrance or Kaiser floats; but I don’t know that they really needed much beyond the application of the flowers. To that end, all of the floats had scaffolding around them so that the volunteers and workers could apply the flowers and seeds. Unfortunately, that took away from my ability to photograph the floats. Oh well; it is what it is. They start decorating on December 26 and unless I can arrange a pass I will not be able to get any more preparation shots.

The Torrance float is funded by donations to the Torrance Rose Float Association (TRFA). The Torrance Rose Float Association is a non-profit so they rely entirely on donations. For more details on how you can help, please visit the Torrance Rose Float Association website. Continue reading

Mayans were wrong; ESBC celebrates with Standard Crude Release

These photos are from El Segundo Brewing Company’s (ESBC) Standard Crude Release party which was held Friday evening, December 21, 2012. Throwing caution to the wind, Rob Croxall and Thomas Kelley decided to not worry about the end of the Mayan Calendar, and possibly the world as we know it, and released their first 10% beer, Standard Crude American Imperial Stout. Judging by the turnout at their tasting room, there were many that were equally relieved that the world did not end and they came out to welcome El Segundo’s latest brew.

In addition to the Standard Crude, ESBC offered their Blue House Pale Ale, Citra Pale Ale, White Dog IPA, Blue House IPA, Two-5 Left DIPA and Hyperion Stout on cask. They were all delicious and everyone seemed to have a great time. Next month, El Segundo Brewing Company will be releasing their Standard Crude American Imperial Stout in bottles, so ESBC should be congratulated for that as it is a pretty big step up and pretty much guarantees that more people will be able to enjoy the fine brews that are coming out of El Segundo. I, for one, am very glad the Mayans got the date wrong for the final Apocalypse. Continue reading

Sleepy Hollow and the Legend of Candy Cane Lane

These photos were taken last night at the Sleepy Hollow area of Torrance, which is known as Candy Cane Lane during the Christmas season; a look at the photos makes it easy to figure out why they call it that. On December 1, Tanya and I went there to take some photos like I have for the past couple of years. There were definitely a lot of lights that went up between then and now. Homes that we thought were decorated on December 1 had even more decorations on December 18. Even though it was cold and windy, there were a lot more cars and pedestrians out enjoying the view.

After the first night of photos I submitted a report to CNN’s iReport, and was subsequently vetted by them for use on CNN. In the vetting process I was asked things like why they called it Sleepy Hollow and how long has the mass decorating been going on. My dad had told me that he thought the decorating had been going on for 40 years; so I passed that along as fact. The Sleepy Hollow thing I could not answer because I did not recall it ever being called that when I was a kid. One of my Facebook and Business & Beer friends, Dan Thomas, sent me a message that he knew who the “father” of the Candy Cane Lane phenomena was and he put me in touch with him, a Mr. Bob Solomon. Here is his story: Continue reading

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