Tuesday Photo Challenge: Common

Pirouette 1 c

When the delegation from Parliament had finished with their pretty speeches, Queen Pirouette looked at them all from her high place on the throne with barely concealed exasperation. How can they be so stupid! She thought to herself.

Clearing her throat, she immediately commanded silence from the assembly. “Whenever a delegation comes to me from the Lower House of Parliament, I know that they come, speaking for the common people. As I love the Commons as though they were my own children, it should go without saying that I want to know everything concerning their well-being.”

Pausing to deploy a cleverly painted fan, she gave herself a few quick waves, and then snapped it shut again, as if to say, “I’m done now. Go!”

Tuesday Photo Challenge Week 187: Fantasy, November 19, 2019

Pchtikwitle, the squirrel and his friend Tchk-tchk were on their way to enjoy some breakfast, but they couldn’t agree on the place.

“Let’s go to Glenn. They’ve always got those yummy unsalted, roasted peanuts. On top of that, there’s sure to be some bird seed for dessert,” posited Tchk-Tchk.

“I’m sick of that place!” Cried Pchtikwitle. “Before I’ve taken two bites, those damn blue jays always show up to steal all the peanuts. It’s infuriating.”

“Okay,” sighed his friend. “What do you suggest?”

“How about Taylor?” They’ve been leaving those yummy crusts from peanut butter and jelly sandwiches under the tree.”

“You’re joking, right? If you’re tired of the blue jays, how can you suggest a notorious haunt for the crows? Those damn crows are capable of anything!”

“Alright, fine,” huffed Ptchikwitle. “But the minute I see a blue jay, I’m splitting.”

“Fine. Fine. Fine.”

Note: I’m probably going to submit a second post that pursues the concept of fantasy from pure imagery. I love the example that was presented to us with the surreal vision of taking the dogs for a walk. At first I thought that they might be unicorns! –Russell

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Tuesday Photo Challenge: Tourism

Chines TheaterAccording to the website, tclchinesetheatres.com, the former Grauman’s Chinese Theater receives more than four million visitors each year. TCL is the China-based company that bought naming rights for the theater over six years ago. This is not the first name-change for Grauman’s. Also once known as Mann’s Chinese Theater from 1973 to 2013, it was built in 1926 by Sidney Patrick Grauman.

Sid Grauman also built the famous Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. The Egyptian  cost $800,000 to build and took 18 months to construct. Architects Meyer & Holler designed the building, and it was built by The Milwaukee Building Company. The Egyptian was the venue for the first-ever Hollywood premiere, Robin Hood, starring Douglas Fairbanks, on Wednesday, October 18, 1922.

Both structures represent the dawn of tourism as a major industry for Hollywood, an unincorporated village of Los Angeles, California. According to the tourism website DiscoverLosAngeles.com, over fifty million visitors came to L.A. in 2018, a record number that represents an increase of one and half million individuals (or a 3.1 percent increase.) The number fifty million was a goal set by L.A.’s mayor Garcetti that was met two years earlier than hoped.

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