Photo of the Week – Encounters at LAX

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This strange but well known landmark is something that many people have seen who either don’t know what it is or think it is something that it is not. I’m sure of it.  Or not.

The “Theme Building” was built at LAX in 1961 and is a wonderful example of Mid-Century “Googie” architecture. I have always loved both Mid-Century and “Googie” and I note that the Wikipedia page for this building uses both of those terms.  Googie architecture or style is used to describe all sorts of modern and space-age influenced architecture, signage, and interior motifs. Think Jetsons.  A common theme is the use of the boomerang shape for ashtrays, serving plates, tables, and all manner of decorative patterns on almost anything. read more

Photo of the Week – Volkswagen Spider


Did you think this photo of the week entry would be about a small sporty Volkswagen convertible?  Ha!

This is a picture I took in a junkyard in North Palm Springs, California. There were some other crazy metal sculptures there but this one has always amused me the most.  I guess the people there at Hole in the Wall Welding just like to have a bit of fun.

As you can see the spider body is most of an old VW bug and the legs are some kind of huge tubes. Menacing spikes jut out from the leg joints.  It watches over the junkyard as though waiting for innocent people to get caught up in its terrible web! read more

The Big Easy Doggie


I have only been to New Orleans once, and it was for about 22 hours. My parents had earned a free round-trip flight from one of their credit cards and had given it to me.  For one reason or other I was unable to use it for most of that year and it was early December that I realized I needed to use it within a few weeks or it would “go away”.

I was traveling regularly for work at that time and had lots of Starwood hotel points, which meant that I was able to get a free room at most any Sheraton or Westin hotel. I was out of vacation time though, or close to being out, so I needed a quick trip.  I got out the map and started thinking about where I could fly to where there would be a decent hotel and where there were interesting things to see and do.  Flying Continental from Philadelphia was somewhat limiting as Continental is not big there and I didn’t want to spend hours sitting in some connecting hub. read more

Photo of the Week – Cocodimama Resort


Some of us need another photographic warm-up after all that snow shoveling over the weekend! Today’s picture is of the Cocodimama Resort on Eleuthera, in the Bahamas.   (The actual full name is Cocodimama Charming Resort.)  I must say that is a strange name but it certainly is a charming place!   About 10 minutes north of Governor’s Harbor, the resort sits on beautiful Alabaster Bay, on the sheltered west coast of the island.

In 2013 it closed down for a major renovation and re-configuration and now specializes in renting out as one property to large parties of 20 – 30 people. With a nightly rate in the neighborhood of $1900 per night, it is probably not somewhere that Mr. and Mrs. Working Stiff will be seeing again anytime in the near future!  Realistically though, it could make good sense in a variety of situations.  Hosting a destination wedding for example.  Four nights would come to a base rate of $7,600 which is not all that much in wedding terms.  (Though almost twice the total cost of our wedding.)  Or for a company executive retreat – what the heck – it’s all a write-off!  Another way to look at it might be if you had a bunch of friends that wanted to pitch in for a fantastic week at the beach.  Seven nights for example, for six couples, would only be about $2200 sand dollars per couple – starts to not seem quite so crazy.  Coordinating that many people to commit to the travel and who would actually cough up the money in advance – hmmm.   If you can pull that off we are probably not moving in the same social circles. read more

Photo of the Week – Vanishing Point


Today’s Photo of the Week entry comes to you by virtue of the fact that I brush my teeth frequently.

Over the past few weeks I have spent some hours browsing through tons of jpeg files on my hard disk as well as digging through hundreds of actual paper photographs. (Yes, I still have piles and piles of those!)

I’ve been keeping an eye out for weird or simply interesting pictures for which there is an obvious story or that I can construct a story around.

Which brings me to the brushing of the teeth. I was standing in our master bathroom the other day doing just that and my gaze settled on my custom-painted bathroom door. read more

Photo of the Week – Two friends on St. John

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While working on my recent blog entry regarding a comparison between the town of Cruz Bay and the “settlement” of Coral Bay, I had occasion to click through hundreds of St. John photos. This picture of these 2 resident donkeys caught my eye and I just think it’s a really fun picture.

All around the Virgin Islands there are many very wild areas where it is common to see a few of these guys or frequently larger groups of a half-dozen or more. On a side trip some years ago to the British Island of Virgin Gorda, I remember seeing someone’s car stopped in the road by a group of them, with one actually standing on the hood of their car!  Perhaps they were in cahoots with the local officials and this was some sort of toll-collection scheme – I don’t know. read more

Photo of the week – Rainbow Bay Beach on Eleuthera

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13 degrees this morning! Yikes!

I can’t really complain about how it’s so cold outside – it is January after all. It’s just that it happened so fast!   We were spoiled by all that unseasonably warm weather leading up to Christmas and even after, and now the arctic air has moved south to remind us that Mother Nature is still in charge.

At times like this I believe it can be good for the soul to look at pictures like today’s Photo of the Week. Maybe it can warm us up a little too.  If you are really lucky, maybe you’re even planning a trip south to the sunny islands. read more

Photo of the week – Bermuda Harbor at Christmas

A ship in the Bermuda Harbor at Christmas 1956

With this “Photo of the Week” entry I am kicking off a new blog category. I will pick an interesting photo each week, some old, some very old, some more recent, some great, and most likely some silly!  I will only use pictures taken either by me or by a family member. 

I’ll write about the circumstances of the photo and will try to include some information about the trip or the area. I will shoot for getting these entries out early in the week, Monday or Tuesday.


Looking across Bermuda Harbor at Christmas, 1956 read more