I have not had a chance to update my blog so I am starting with this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: UP. For more information and other post on the Weekly Photo Challenge theme of the week go here http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/weekly-photo-challenge-up-2/
For this photo challenge I headed to the Los Angeles Central library in downtown after work.
I was looking at my pictures for inspiration to this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Change. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/weekly-photo-challenge-change/ When I saw a photo of Jackie Robinson, I said Yes! what better picture for me to represent Change than Jackie Robinson
This picture where Jackie Robinson is agreeing to the terms of then Brooklyn Dodgers president and general Manager Branch Rickey signifies not only a change in Baseball but a change in America.
Branch Rickey had a long conversation with Jackie wanting to know if he would be able to take the racial abuse he was sure to be subjected to without fighting back. “Are you looking for a Negro who is afraid to fight back?” Jackie asked. Rickey replied that he was looking for someone “with guts enough not to fight back.” Jackie agreed and Rickey signed him to a contract for $600 a month.
“There’s not an American in this country free until every one of us is free.” -Jackie Robinson
After his baseball career ended Robinson continued to work as a civil rights activist working tirelessly for equality. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said that Jackie was “a legend and a symbol in his own time”, and that he “challenged the dark skies of intolerance and frustration.” (Dr. King was still a college student when Jackie took the field on April 15, 1947).
“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” -Jackie Robinson
me: “Quick! Do the Weekly Photo Challenge from WordPress before Friday!”
Here is the link to the Weekly Photo Challenge: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/photo-challenge-lunchtime/#comment-165232
I took this picture last Friday before I devoured the fish tacos.
Fish tacos with orange and jicama slaw. One co-worker came back complaining that they had run out of the fish tacos. I will definitely make the orange jicama slaw.
Today I had a spinach salad with quinoa, carrots, cranberries, chick peas, edamame, pumpkin seeds and carrot ginger miso dressing. It was yummy! I bought it from Trader Joe’s. I love that place.
Enjoying my spinach salad while I check some facts in the 2012 Dodgers guide.
First picture I had it on Instagram and I was having dificulty copying it. The second picture I had uploaded it to Twitter.
I am a little late posting for this week’s photo challenge http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/my-neighborhood/ but here it is. I decided to do this based on my 45 mile commute to work. It is basically my two neighborhoods traveling from the San Gabriel valley to the other valley, the San Fernando Valley.
All pictures taken with my Iphone and I will start from work to home because in the morning I am always rushing to get to work.
Chatsworth, CA train station. My Metrolink train #118 is arriving on time. Lots of Western movies were filmed in Chatsworth.
Rainbow picture taken from the train thru the window at the Northridge train stop.
Final destination: El Monte station. Note the Lions theme at the top.
El Monte was the home of the Gay’s lion Farm. The infamous MGM lion shown at the beginning of MGM movies made in that era was kept here along with lions in Tarzan movies. Also one of the lions was also in Charlie Chaplin’s movie “The Circus.”
Funny that I have driven past this intersection numerous times and I have never noticed the bronze statue. When I found out about it today I missed again and only saw it on my way back. Thanks to the photo challenge I learned more about my neighborhood.
Baseball related. Tony Malinosky who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers was a resident of El Monte and attended El Monte High School. Also Fred Lynn went to El Monte High School. Both Tony and Fred were born in Illinois.
I started reviewing my pictures to see what I could use for this week’s Photo Challenge: Lost in the Detail http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/weekly-photo-challenge-lost-in-the-details/
I found these pictures when I took a road trip to Seattle with friends Lorena & Rosie to see the Dodgers last year.
We were taking pictures of the Chihuly Garden and glass
I am afraid of bees but I stayed there taking the picture.
I also took this picture aiming low at the reflection of Lorena and I taking pictures.
These are Dodgers minor leaguers running during Spring Training. I like this picture because it depicts the minor leaguers fighting to make it to the Majors.
Like Cristina Saralegui says in that Cuban expression “Pa’lante, pa’lante, pa’tras ni pa’ coger impulso” which means “Forward, don’t step back, not even to gain momentum (coud also be understood as “to get a running start”.)
That is my advice to the minor leaguers. Pa’lante muchachos! Spring forward!
First Spring Training game for the Dodgers today! Baseball is back! Pa’lante todos mis muchachos! Good luck to all the guys new ones, old ones and those struggling to make the team! Pa’lante!
My first time participating in the Weekly Photo Challenge with a theme. This week’s challenge is a picture that says FORWARD
photo by Jon SooHoo, Dodgers great photographer