August in photos, part 1

August 1: I spent a day with friends celebrating their little ones. First I attended Lil’ HP’s baptism. The little guy didn’t seem too fond of getting water poured on his head. Later that day I went to a baby shower for a high school friend I hadn’t seen in years, but it didn’t feel that way when we were joking around and catching up.

August 2: Alan knows how to make pictures. (Taken at Santa Monica Beach)

August 3: HappyHappy by Choi Jeong-Hwa is part of the Your Bright Future: 12 Contemporary Artists from Korea show at LACMA. It’s quite impressive.

August 4: 31 spotted on a sidewalk in Westwood.

August 5: Did I mention I got a new haircut? That was two weeks ago. I’m trying to show it off here rather than do laundry.

August 6: I went home to spend some time with the family and celebrate Dad’s birthday.

August 7: The UCLA Mildred E. Mathias botanical gardens is one of my favorite places on campus. I love checking out the bamboo for the rare message among the “X *hearts* Y” etchings.

August 8: Andre Ethier (swoon!) at bat with Manny Ramirez on deck.

Alan and I decided late in the afternoon that we wanted to go to the game. We couldn’t find tickets online so just went to the stadium and found a scalper.

I’ve sat throughout the stadium over the years. There’s really not a bad seat in the house. These seats were great, possibly better than being field level right by the Dodger dugout. The stadium feels different when you’re at this level. It’s quite impressive. There were other factors to contribute to the great night: perfect weather; a pitchers duel (Kershaw had 10 K’s); funny and overall cool fans sitting near us; and the fact that this was the first time I’ve been anywhere near a foul ball (twice).

Too bad Mota gave up two runs in the top of the 10th. The Dodgers would scored one in the bottom of the 10th, but we couldn’t make the comeback. Oh well.

August 9: Alan and I packed dinner, beers and headed to the Hollywood Bowl once again for Reggae Night. Sadly, Gregory Isaacs, the headliner cancelled due to illness. Michael Rose and Toots and the Maytals played longer sets to compensate.

August 10: I like Choi Jeong-Hwa’s colorful installations. These primary-colored swaths decorate the Ahmanson Building at LACMA.


3 thoughts on “August in photos, part 1

  1. gargola says:

    “Bamboo is a fascinating material due to its incredible strength, regenerative properties, and its natural aesthetic beauty. In structural engineering tests, bamboo has a higher tensile strength than many alloys of steel, and a higher compressive strength than many mixtures of concrete. It even has a higher strength to weight ratio than graphite.

    Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on Earth. Some species have actually been measured to grow over 4 feet in 24 hours. A pole of bamboo can regenerate to its full mass in just six months! Bamboo can be continuously re-harvested every 3 years, without causing damage to the plant system and surrounding environment. During the time it takes to regenerate, the bamboo plant’s root system stays intact so erosion is prevented.”

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