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53rd Annual Armed Forces Day Parade in Torrance – Dignitaries and Prologue

These photos were taken Saturday at the 53rd Annual Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade. Torrance is one of the few cities in the United States that has an Armed Forces Day Parade and they have been doing it longer and better than anyone. I read somewhere that this is the largest Armed Forces Day Parade west of the Mississippi River. Since it is the biggest, that means I got a ton of photos; so many that it would be difficult to navigate through all of them if you are looking for something specific. As a result, I am going to break the parade up into three galleries.

This first gallery consists of the very beginning of the parade and includes the Grand Marshal, elected government officials and senior ranking officials representing the assorted branches of the armed forces. Also included is the Prologue section with parade entries 1-12.

The watermark on the photos was donated to the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation to help bring awareness of the only charity specifically for RAD/RA. Continue reading

TACC Regional Mixer at the Toyota Automobile Museum

These photos were taken at the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) After Hours Regional Mixer which was held Thursday evening at the Toyota Automobile Museum. Chamber mixers give members of various local Chambers the opportunity to network with other Chamber members that they might not meet under normal circumstances. The theme for this particular mixer was to feature “Green” products and services offered by local businesses. This included products and services such as recycling and energy conservation, to the new Miyako Hybrid Hotel.

In addition to the networking, we were given the opportunity to walk around the Toyota Automotive Museum which has a lot of very nice cars. I got over 100 photos from there; so I will create a separate gallery for that. There was food provided by Tortilla Cantina, Chick-fil-A and The Crest. There were many door prizes and I actually won a $50 gift certificate to Tony Roma’s and Tanya won a Starbucks gift card; so thank you very much to the sponsors. Continue reading

American Craft Beer Week: Naja’s Place Redondo Beach

It is American Craft Beer Week and I have decided to try and find as many American craft beers as possible in the South Bay. I started my search at Naja’s Place on the International Boardwalk on the Redondo Beach Pier. Tanya has been taken off the Methotrexate that has prevented her from enjoying a nice beer, she is going to be able to join me on this adventure. Since Naja’s Place has 88 beers on tap, it seemed like the best place to start. Unfortunately, Naja’s does not offer flights, but the bartender, Kara, was kind enough to provide short pours so we could try a few different brews. Tanya started off with a Knee Deep Tanilla Porter and I had the Hangar 24 Double IPA. We then moved on to a Black Phoenix for Tanya and a Ballast Point Tongue Buckler.

The food selection at Naja’s is not really our style so we took a stroll down the Boardwalk towards the pier and ended up at El Torito for a little dinner and to take a few photos of the pier and marina. We then went back to Naja’s for a final tasting; this time Tanya had a Firestone Velvet Merlin and I had the Firestone 15th IPA. All of the brews were very nice and I have to thank Kara for her suggestions for Tanya; it was obvious that Tanya really enjoyed the beers she had, especially the Black Phoenix. Continue reading

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