Daily Archives: July 28, 2013

Humans of New York ‘Love this Blog’

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Five years ago I got hit by a jeep on my bike“Five years ago I got hit by a jeep on my bike. I woke up in the hospital, my face was messed up, I was on lots of morphine, and my family had all gone home because they’d been told I wouldn’t wake up that night. I was really scared. The next few weeks, while I was healing, I told myself that if I ever got better, I’d never live a mediocre life.” 
“And what are you doing now?”
“I got a BS in Mechanical Engineering and now I’m getting a PhD in Biomedical Science.”
“What are you going to do with it?”
“I’m going to save humankind, of course.” —

So Inspirational !

Santa Monica Pier, in 1900’s LA

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Santa Monica Pier, in the 1900's

The last time Angelenos had something to celebrate on September 9, ’09 was one hundred years ago today when the Santa Monica Municipal Pier first opened to the public. Ever since its beginning, the 1,600-foot-long concrete pier has been popular with tourists, fishermen, and hungry locals. To celebrate the “pleasure pier’s” centennial, the city of Santa Monica is hosted numerous events that evening including a fireworks display and musical performances by The Big Bamboo Steel Band and the “king of surf guitar,” Dick Dale. Hungry visitors were invited to picnic on the beach or visit one of the many restaurants on the pier to watch this evening’s firework display. Between the ocean-side amusement rides and trinket stands, there were plenty of eating options that range from gourmet to gut wrenching. Dining choices on the pier included food court fare from Harbor Grill, shrimp and ribs from Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, crustaceans from The Lobster, funnel cakes from the Funnel Cake Factory, and something called Dippin’ Dots–an ice cream served in the form of day-glow beads. If a self-catered beach picnic is more your speed, then a stop at Bay City’s Deli for essentials or just a Godmother sandwich to go was in order.

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Carline Ray, pioneer jazz singer R.I.P.

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Carline Ray, a pioneering jazz multi-instrumentalist and singerCarline Ray, a pioneering jazz multi-instrumentalist and singer, circa 1940s. Ms. Ray, a member of the all-female International Sweethearts of Rhythm in the 1940s who played bass with luminaries like Mary Lou Williams, died on July 18th in New York City at the age of 88. Ms. Ray’s father, Elisha Ray, was a 1925 graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and she graduated from the school in 1946. Ms. Ray, the mother of jazz singer Catherine Russell, released her first recording as a lead vocalist this year. Photo: James J. Kriegsmann, Sr.