Romance isn’t just for teenagers…
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Image by Ed Yourdon
I love scenes like this, perhaps because I don’t see them as often as I’d like to. Obviously, you can see teenagers and young adults holding hands, hugging, or smooching one another in public places … but you don’t often see a couple like this, who have probably spent 50 years or more with each other — and who apparently still walk down the street holding hands…

This was taken on Broadway, near 89th Street, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Note: this photo was published a couple days after I took it, in a Feb 14, 2009 blog entitled "How to Keep Romance Alive." It was subsequently published in an Oct 22, 2009 German blog titled "Alterszeit."

Moving into 2010, it was published in a "Big Day Plunge" (wedding) blog post titled "Take a walk together." And it was published in a Jan 16, 2010 blog titled "Wishes for Sweeping Romance." It was also published in an undated (Feb 2010) "Regroupement des Aidantes et Aidants Naturel(le)s de Montréal" blog posting titled "Crédits photos." And it was published in a Feb 24, 2010 blog titled "Top 5 Ways To Make A Relationship Last—The Hard Ones!" It was also published in an Apr 26, 2010 blog as an illustration of a poem titled It’s So Much More." And it was published in a May 31, 2010 blog titled "Joyful Blessings Days: Intergenerational Gratitude Experiences." It was also published in a June 1, 2010 blog titled "The Death of a Romantic," and a Jun 6, 2010 Dating Tips blog titled "Cool ‘Romance’ Images." And it was published in a Jun 24, 2010 Online Dating Finder blog, with the same title as the caption I used on this Flickr page. It was also published in a rather strange Jul 7, 2010 Dating Tips blog titled "What say One Piece ‘Romance’?" It was also published in an undated (Sep 2010) blog titled "Natural Remedies for Arthritis." And it was published in an undated (Oct 2010) blog titled "Arthritis Remedies and Natural Treatments to Reduce Pain and Inflammation." It was also published in a Dec 16, 2010 blog titled "Having A Hand To Hold While Traveling," and it was republished on Jan 1, 2011 with the same title.

In 2011, the photo was published in a Jan 2, 2011 MSN Dating News blog, with the same title as the caption that I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Jan 6, 2011 blog titled "Crédits photos." And it was published in an undated (early Jan 2011) blog titled "Natural Remedies for Arthritis." It was also published in Feb 14, 2011 blog titled simply "Romance." And it was published in a Feb 16, 2011 blog titled "Online Dating Sites Most Popular Among Baby Boomers." It was also published in a Jul 15, 2011 blog titled "Over fifty Dating – Baby Boomers Finding Love – It’s Easier Than You Assume!" And it was published in an Aug 20, 2011 blog titled "Ten Pieces of Inspiration #33" It was also published in a Sep 8, 2011 blog titled "Guidelines For The Management Of Side Effects In Older Myeloma Patients – Part 3: Revlimid-Related Side Effects." And it was published in a Sep 28, 2011 blog titled "Q&a: First Date After Meeting Online?" It was also published in a Nov 4, 2011 Schöne Online Dating Photos blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. And it appears as part of the title/banner in a blog titled Caring for Aging Parents. It was also published in a Dec 19, 2011 blog titled "One Step Closer to Beating Old Age."

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in an undated (early Feb 2012) MagForWomen blog titled "8 Valentines Gifts for Parents." It was also published in a Feb 19, 2012 "Find True Love blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. And it was published in a Mar 1, 2012 blog titled "How Americans Are Planning for Their Biggest Financial Challenge – Living Too Long." It was also published in an Apr 17, 2012 blog titled "Love Is Good for Your Heart." And it was published in a May 18, 2012 blog titled "Kemik Erimesi Diye Bir Hastal?k Yoktur." It was also published in a Jul 9, 2012 blog titled "Planning for Old Age: You Need to Do More Than Save Money." And it was published in a Jul 20, 2012 blog titled" Writing Poetry Online," as well as a Jul 31, 2012 blog titled "Top 10 best U.S. cities to grow old in." It was also published in an Aug 3, 2012 blog titled "Jon and Leslie Brain Buster Trivia Answer 8/3." And it was published in a Sep 24, 2012 Atlantic blog titled "Does Who You See on the Street Determine How Long You’ll Live?" It was also published in an undated (late Oct 2012) blog titled "The Question You Should Avoid Asking On A First Date," as well as an Oct 29, 2012 blog titled "Retirement, vagabonding style." And it was published in a Dec 2, 2012 blog titled "Can somebody PLEASE help me find out what this song is?" It was also published in a Dec 14, 2012 blog titled "3 Astuces Pour Obtenir Un Rachat De Crédits Pas Cher."

Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Jan 1, 2013 blog titled "How The Memory Works In Learning." And it was published in a Jan 15, 2013 blog titled "how can i promote my website for free to receive alot of traffic?" It was also published in a Feb 7, 2013 blog titled "Starwood And Delta Air Lines Announce ‘Crossover Rewards,’ Joint Loyalty Program Benefits." And it was published in a Feb 4, 2013 blog titled "Net Worth TV presents 4 Ways Retirement isn’t Retired Anymore."

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This is the continuation of a photo-project that I began in the summer of 2008: a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan — between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

As I indicated when I started this project in 2008, I don’t like to intrude on people’s privacy, so I normally use a telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they’re still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what’s right in front of me.

I’ve also learned that, in many cases, the opportunities for an interesting picture are very fleeting — literally a matter of a couple of seconds, before the person(s) in question move on, turn away, or stop doing whatever was interesting. So I’ve learned to keep the camera switched on (which contradicts my traditional urge to conserve battery power), and not worry so much about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture … after all, once the digital image is uploaded to my computer, it’s pretty trivial to crop out the parts unrelated to the main subject.

Thus far, I’ve generally avoided photographing bums, drunks, crazies, and homeless people. There are a few of them around, and they would certainly create some dramatic pictures; but they generally don’t want to be photographed, and I don’t want to feel like I’m taking advantage of them. I’m still looking for opportunities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which might inspire others to reach out and help them. We’ll see how it goes …

The only other thing I’ve noticed, thus far, is that while there are lots of interesting people to photograph, there are far, far, far more people who are not so interesting. They’re probably fine people, and they might even be more interesting than the ones I’ve photographed … but there was just nothing memorable about them.

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center: Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat
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Image by Chris Devers
Quoting Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum | Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat:

The Grumman F6F Hellcat was originally conceived as an advanced version of the U.S. Navy’s then current front-line fighter, the F4F Wildcat (see NASM collection). The Wildcat’s intended replacement, the Vought F4U Corsair (see NASM collection), first flown in 1940, was showing great promise, but development was slowed by problems, including the crash of the prototype.

The National Air and Space Museum’s F6F-3 Hellcat, BuNo. 41834, was built at Grumman’s Bethpage, New York, factory in February 1944 under contract NOA-(S)846. It was delivered to the Navy on February 7, and arrived in San Diego, California, on the 18th. It was assigned to Fighter Squadron 15 (VF-15) on USS Hornet (CV12) bound for Hawaii. On arrival, it was assigned to VF-3 where it sustained damage in a wheels-up landing at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. After repair, it was assigned to VF-83 where it was used in a training role until February 21, 1945. After numerous transfers 41834 was converted to an F6F-3K target drone with the installation of sophisticated radio-control equipment. It was painted red with a pink tail that carried the number 14. Its mission was to be used in Operation Crossroads – the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll. It flew on June 24, 1946, with a pilot, on a practice flight and was launched, unmanned, soon after the first bomb test. Instrumentation on board and photographic plates taped to the control stick obtained data on radioactivity. Three more manned flights preceded the final unmanned flight on July 25, 1946, which evaluated the first underwater explosion. Records indicate that exposure of this aircraft to the radioactive cloud was minimal and residual radiation is negligible.

F6F-3K 41834 was transferred to NAS Norfolk and logged its last flight on March 25, 1947, with a total of 430.2 flying hours. It was assigned to the National Air Museum on November 3, 1948, and remained at Norfolk until October 4, 1960, when it was moved by barge to Washington and placed in storage. In 1976 this Hellcat was loaned to the USS Yorktown Museum at Charleston, South Carolina. A superficial restoration was performed at the museum, but because of the harsh environment and its poor condition the Hellcat was returned to NASM on March 16, 1982. In 1983, it was sent to Grumman Aerospace where a team of volunteers completely restored the aircraft. In 1985, it was shipped back to the Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration and Storage Facility in Suitland, Maryland, and put in storage. NASM’s F6F-3 Hellcat is scheduled to be displayed in the new Steven F. Udvar-Hazy center at Dulles International Airport in Virginia in 2004.

Transferred from the United States Navy.

Manufacturer:
Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation

Date:
1943

Country of Origin:
United States of America

Dimensions:
Overall: 338 x 1021cm, 4092kg, 1304cm (11ft 1 1/16in. x 33ft 5 15/16in., 9021.2lb., 42ft 9 3/8in.)

Physical Description:
Heavy armor plate, reinforced empennage, R-2800-10W engine, spring tabs on the ailerons (increased maneuverability), could carry rockets as well as bombs.

A Whole New Mind
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Image by Earthworm
Lots of strokes for Right Brain people in this business self-help book. Author then proceeds to sell your soul as usual. Starts with the premise that the future of American jobs will take a big hit hit because of three factors Abundance, Asia and Automation. Particularly those information era jobs which we thought were our just desserts in the age of globalization. But no more. Now the MFA (masters of fine arts) will be the new MBA so touts the author repeatedly.

Those Left Brain linear people who were formerly so successful because of number crunching brain power, code breaking logic and legalese word smithing, will now find themselves replaced by cheaper info-tech workers in Asia and Quicken-like software and boilerplate legal contracts online. In other words lawyers, accountants and computer geeks will find their customers going elsewhere and doing stuff themselves with user friendly software just as travel agents and car salesman lost their jobs to the power of the Internet. Thus the Information Age, (and the tech age) will succumb to the Conceptual Age, so the author declares.

Abundance in consumer goods means that the only thing that distinguishes one widget from another is good design or "high concept, high touch" features and the only thing that will keep clients coming to a lawyer or an accountant over using a software program is human contact and care taking. The author then proceeds to teach the proper Right Brain attributes to these former achievement oriented nerds including good design, empathy, playfulness and ability to dispense meaning. This is the soul selling part because it has nothing to do with art or human inspiration or meaning. It has only to do with product and marketing.

Thus the MFA is a red herring. Just because doctors make better diagnosis if they have spent time looking at paintings does not mean that they are going to get a Masters of Fine Arts instead of doing pre-med. Future business people are not going to get an MFA either although they might start taking art classes in an attempt to glean cultural substance or rip off some mythology to write their motivational Chicken Soup for the MBA Soul book.

And design the way he describes it was not taught in the Fine Arts department. My design degree was a Bachelor of Science degree. It’s true lots of creative writing majors ended up writing blurbs for catalogs or doing technical writing, but they weren’t necessarily happy about it. But seriously, designers have always been a part of business; that’s why Mad Men is such a conceptually popular TV series.

Having gnawed on his ankles a bit, I think the author has made a very provocative case and I find myself thinking about this book quite often because I have taken my Right Brain attributes and built for myself a high touch, high concept business full of meaning making and storytelling in which I use language and metaphor to motivate and inspire people to clean up their lives. Not only that, when it comes to marketing, it turns out that being a larger than life character full of eccentric and idiosyncratic habits is now, in this era of social marketing, the key to standing out in a crowd of standard issue, business suit wearing consultants with string of letters after names. Author does not put it this way. His narrative is in the tradition of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People which makes reading this book feel like yet another hackneyed, simplistic, problem solving, rah rah, standard issue, self-help book with absolutely no meaning except to figure out how to make a living.

Speaking of good product design I really like these new books on tape they have at the library. You use your own headsets and provide the battery and you can amp up the sound much higher than music players. Doesn’t have enough bookstops though.


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