So who wants to meet here on Sunday at 4 for a lovely photo walk?

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Trying to reacquire some sense of normalcy.

The Colors of Santa Monica, from the Shutter To Think! blog at R Vaarsi Photography. The Colors of Santa Monica, from the Shutter To Think! blog at R Vaarsi Photography. The Colors of Santa Monica, from the Shutter To Think! blog at R Vaarsi Photography. The Colors of Santa Monica, from the Shutter To Think! blog at R Vaarsi Photography.

On the precipice, 1988 

Me with my boss/Svengali John Payne in October of ‘88. Dig the bowler! I was about to start a course of chemotherapy in order to be rid of a pesky lymphoma and John figured a few cool hats might be in order. He rolled into Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center to let me know that the family I’d just joined at The Iron Horse restaurant was going to help me get through this nonsense however they could. That help mostly took the form of a very flexible work schedule and a truckload of compassion. Something must have clicked because I worked at the Horse on-and-off for something like 22 years and met my wife¬†
there. Life went rather ass-over-teakettle for me when I was 16 but somehow memories like this one are still sweet ones. Have a happy Flashback Friday y’all!

No matter how often I see this—and I see it with remarkable frequency—it always brings a smile to my face.

I’m trying a new-ish app called Stellar, which let’s you combined words and images in attractive, book-style layouts. This first effort, which is almost exclusively images, proved fun. I’m working on my ability to tell stories with images and this could be a very useful tool in that regard.

I’ve been here roughly 3 years and I still can’t help playing the tourist. J’adore this town!

Ejyptian Queen and Les Nubians (lesnubians) backstage at People Get Ready: A Soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement. More photos, and my notes on how everyone handled the rainy night in LA(!), can be found at the Shutter To Think! blog: http://ryan-vaarsi.squarespace.com/blog/2014/8/8/ejiptian-queen-at-grand-performances