The _Bosque_, or forest, is a large area, around a hill, that has stood green since the time of the Aztecs, and which held the rulers of Mexico City from the time of the Conquistadors to well after the Revolution. Here are a few pictures I took on my “recent trip to _el D.F._”:http://juniorbird.com/archives/001619.php As usual, click to enlarge, etc.
After driving and driving on Monday through the desert, I finally got back to my little house in the Palms neighborhood of LA. I’d both desperately anticipated and feared my homecoming; I was ready to leave Phoenix but I feared I’d idealized my home and would be dissapointed by its small size, its rickety construction, its lack of air conditioning, or the ghetto that surrounds it. But my homecoming was everything I’d hoped. The house was cute (if “rustic”, as was commented), it was comfortable, and the neighborhood was vibrant and filled with fun things. Hello Los Angeles!
Hello little house!
Hello clawfoot tub!
Hello TiVo, oh lovely, lovely, TiVo, with my Battlestar Galacticas on it!
Hello alley in front of my house!
Hello street, with palm trees and cheaply-made apartment boxes from the 1960s!
Hello Payless Produce Market and “Halal”:http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=halal “Carneceria”:http://www.websters-online-dictionary.org/definition/Asturian-english/ca/carnicer%25C3%25ADa.html, source of tons of tasty vittles!
Hello Cafe Brasil, purveyor of fine sandwiches and hefty plates of tasty churrasco!
Hello Katmandu Kitchen, source of complex-spiced Himalayan food in mass quantities!
Hello Katacut, surprising and exciting and spicy spicy Pakistani restaurant!
Hello inaptly-named Media Building down the street, your owners’ hopeful naming makes me laugh every time I see you!
Hello rows of identical cyan boxes, built as housing in the ’50s, when we all hoped the world would be filled with identical, cube-shaped dwellings!
Hello neighborhood strip mall, haven when I’ve been too long between trips to Whole Foods!
Hello LA! After all these years, I’ve finally missed you, believe it or not.
Humans had gone to the stars, filled with hope, and colonized one planet, many light-years away from Earth. But, as we entered the universe, we made enemies, and one of these enemies attacked earth and rendered it uninhabitable.
Now, over a hundred years later, we’ve returned to the stars, determined to colonize yet another planet and give our civilization a chance to grow. I brought my family with me, on one of the gray, bulbous colony ships; my blonde wife was excited about the planet the fleet was headed for. But, when we arrived, three alien races had all begun to develop the planet for themselves. We had to turn around.
So I went to the council meeting with my crazy idea — I have always been good at crazy ideas. We met on the bridge of one of the transports, a wide-open, plexiglass-enclosed space, with a control panel, covered with blinking lights, standing on a pillar in the middle of the large, black room. Standing around the control panel with the few council members, I made my proposal. This many years after the attack on Earth we know that life on the planet has grown back; it’s a green planet, without animals, just waiting for civilization to return. And wouldn’t it be a triumph for us to return to our home planet?
The council bought it, and we turned the ships on a course for Earth. But boy was my pretty blonde wife angry! She had her heart set on the planet we were headed for, and she was quite irate to think of us heading nowhere. But where else could we go? The fleet headed for Earth.
I’ve had “all”:http://juniorbird.com/archives/001693.php of “these”:http://juniorbird.com/archives/001700.php “galleries”:http://juniorbird.com/archives/001707.php of “photos”:http://juniorbird.com/archives/001716.php “from”:http://juniorbird.com/archives/001717.php “South”:http://juniorbird.com/archives/001728.php “America”:http://juniorbird.com/archives/001738.php, but the number one question I get is: “what about those beach babes in thongs on Copacabana and Ipanema in Rio?” Well, this is the entry in which I finally answer that question.
Actually, the answer’s kind of a cop-out; the talent on the beaches was disappointing (unlike the “talent in the Samba clubs”:http://juniorbird.com/archives/001510.php). But I took a few shots anyway. Here they are (click to zoom, buy prints, etc.).
Well, that’s it for the PRIME photos. Up next: my shots of “Mexico”:http://juniorbird.com/archives/001614.html “City”:http://juniorbird.com/archives/001619.html and “Baltimore”:http://juniorbird.com/archives/001649.php
For some reason, I’m always inspired to put all of my photos of churches in one album. Certainly, churches make for great photos. Well, here’s the ones I took in Rio. Oh, and for some balance there’s two pictures from a street that was filled with hookers. Not that I took any pictures of the hookers. Just of the street on which the hookers sat. Frankly, Rio hookers scared me. There’s probably a future blog entry on that.
Anyway, click to zoom, see titles, etc.
As “promised”:http://juniorbird.com/archives/001513.html, pictures of the impressive Fort Copacabana in the Rio Harbor. Click to zoom.