Sunday, April 30, 2017

Spring Snow


Denver was hit by a spring snowstorm Friday night that continued all day Saturday.  I took the above photo after coming out of the library Saturday, looking toward the Bonnie Brae Ice Cream Shop, which was not doing a very brisk business.  The media outlets played it up big, of course, and the local grocery store where I work part-time was one again busy all day Friday with people preparing for the deluge.  The last time they predicted snow, I didn't see a single flake (the south and west metro areas supposedly received a lot), and so I was surprised to see about 4 or 5 inches of snow to dust off my car Saturday morning.  Still, it was a spring storm, and while snow accumulated on the grassy areas, it melted as soon as it hit the pavement, leaving the roads clear.  Which is why I always wonder why people act like they will be holed up in their houses until summer, and buy accordingly.  Must be all those Californians who have never seen a snowflake before.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Adventures In PickList Land


I had intended to take a self-portrait of myself in the office at my part-time job at a local Denver grocery store, where I fill online shopping orders and deliver them to the customers out in the parking lot.  However, just a few days ago I, along with the rest of the staff, was given a form to sign forbidding us from taking photographs of the store or any of the people there.  Therefore,  I decided to crop the photograph to the point where no one would suspect where it was taken. As for my part-time job, I had an exciting adventure last week.  I had loaded up a customer's car, and as I was heading back to the store, I noticed shopping carts in the parking spaces where our customers pick up their orders.  I left the pick list pallet, loaded with the empty totes, by the store and went back for the shopping carts.  As I was putting them away, the pallet with the totes started to roll into the parking lot, gaining speed very quickly.  I chased after it and got hold of it just as it crashed into a cement post and sent the totes flying.  I don't know if I hit the post or the totes hit me, but my shoulder still hurts from that little incident.  Fortunately, no customers were hurt or any cars damaged.  I mentioned this episode to my friend Stuart and my co-workers at my regular job at a local Denver bookstore, and they all thought it was pretty funny.  They only wished there was a U-Tube video they could watch of the incident.  So much for sympathy.  But I learned a valuable lesson - always set the brake.  You see - old dogs can learn new tricks.

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Bridges Of LoDo


A number of years ago, when the The Bridges of Madison County (both the book and the film starring Robert Redford) came out, someone jokingly suggested I put together a collection of photographs called The Bridges of Commerce City, a gritty industrial suburb just north of Denver.  I never did, but probably should have, and was reminded of this when I ran across the above photo while looking for some zoo photographs.  This is in fact a photograph of the bridges of Lower Downtown Denver, which I have to guess would beat out the bridges of Commerce City hands down.  A brand new photo project?  Perhaps when I have the time - possibly as soon as 2019.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Back To Old Chicago With Stuart


I had burgers and beers with my friend Stuart (seen in the photograph above) at the Old Chicago Restaurant on South Colorado Boulevard here in Denver yesterday evening.  As luck would have it, the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs were both on the television screens there.  The Rockies have the best record in the major leagues right now, and people are already beginning to talk playoffs.  Stuart and I both agreed that since the baseball season was barely three weeks old, that might very well be a bit of a stretch.  As if to validate our point, the Rockies were losing 5 to nothing to the Washington Nationals when we left.  As for the Cubs, they were losing 6 to 5 to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the bottom of the 8th inning, with at least a fighting chance to win.  As for my team, the South Side Chicago White Sox, they had already won a tremendous victory over the always tough Kansas City Royals.  Now THAT is the team to watch, in my humble opinion.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Noah Visits The Bookstore


Noah, my friend and former University of Denver Bookstore colleague, stopped by the bookstore where I work as the bookkeeper yesterday afternoon.  It has been a while since I last saw him, and he tells me he is at long last going to receive his bachelor's degree this summer.  This semester he is taking three classes, in addition to working full time as the DU Bookstore's stockroom supervisor and together with his wife raising two young daughters.  And I complain about being too busy. Congratulations Noah!  Good luck to you.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Great Day For Animal Portraits


I went to the Denver Zoo Sunday afternoon and was happy to find that many of the animals were very amenable to posing for portraits, even the elusive mandrill in the photograph above.  Most of the time, this mandrill hides in its cage or behind the trees in its yard.  I was therefore shocked when it walked right up to the front of the compound and looked me straight in the eye, posing for the above photo.  It must have been the nice weather which put him in a good mood.  Either that or they are starting to give the animals a bit of (in Colorado, anyway) legal marijuana to cheer them up a bit.  A good idea, considering how depressed most of these zoo animals look most of the time.

Monday, April 24, 2017

A Zooey Kind Of Day


I had to start work at my part-time job at a local Denver grocery store at 5 A.M. yesterday morning. While it is true that I was almost catatonic for the first 3 hours, on the bright side I got off work at 1:30 and was able to spend the afternoon at the Denver Zoo.  And was therefore able to photograph the zoo's baby giraffe while it was still outside, and show just how tiny it is compared with the adult giraffes.  I can't help but notice that this baby giraffe's main interest in life seems to be eating.  Not a surprise.  And no - this is not the baby giraffe that was seen born on the internet.  The Denver Zoo did not even realize it was coming until the last minute.  It was even too late to order the cameras.  Dam.