1958 Impala at the Diner on Main car show

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1958 Impala at the Diner on Main car show in Alhambra

Once again I found myself at the Diner on Main in Alhambra for this local cool car show. Pictured above is a blue 1958 Impala, just one of many cars in the parking lot.

This time however, I took my 1968 Firebird. Hey why not, no sense in just keeping in my garage, I’m a giver and like to share. 😉

It was mostly a local crowd with some of the same cars I’ve seen before. I captured several more, but too many to post on here. If you’d like to follow me on Instagram, look me up under nach0max (note that the “0” is a zero).

Alhambra Butterfly Looking at its Shadow or is it?


Butterfly looking at its shadow in Alhambra…or is it?

As I was leaving this morning for work in Alhambra, I noticed this orange/red spot on the pavement. Getting a closer look, it was no spot, but a very still and colorful butterfly.

I was able to get so close to it that at first glance it appeared to be dead. After watching it a while I noticed the wings move slightly.

It seemed to be watching its own shadow, as though it was waiting for something. But what? If it continued there, surely a person or car would kill it. People are mean that way. Well, not mean, simply in a hurry I guess.

I took out my myTouch Slide 4G Android Phone camera and snapped this quick photo. As I walked over to my truck, I passed an area that was in the shade…brrrr, it was cold and I realized what the butterfly was doing. Laying in the warm pavement, spreading its wings allow it to capture the warmth of the sun rays and the rising heat of ground.

If only we all had wings…

Diner on Main Alhambra Car Show

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Diner on Main – Alhambra Car Show

Southern California is home to dozens of local car shows, like the Huntington Beach Woody car show, but last night I spent some time in Alhambra where the retro 1950’s Diner on Main hosted a car show.

I captured the photo above just as a 1965 Mustang Fastback drove by. At the parking lot, car aficionados were able to see some pretty cool cars. One of my favorites was a 1951 Chevy Sport Coupe. Funny, I just noticed my reflection on the chrome bumper! 🙂

Another nice classic find was a 1956 VW Microbus 23 window, at least that’s what it looked like to me. Honestly, there were so many cars available for viewing, it’s impossible to show them all here.

38 Degrees Bar & Grill after $425,000 in ARA assistance

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Alhambra Redevelopment Agency (ARA)provided $425,000 in assistance to 38 Degrees Bar & Grill

There’s a big debate about redevelopment agencies in cities across California, one such debate for the Alhambra Redevelopment Agency is going on right now at alhambrasource.org. It’s a good read even if you’re not from the Alhambra, issues like this affect everyone in California.

As for the photo? Well it shows how ARA’s $425K assistance to the 38 Degrees Bar & Grill enhanced the building and look of this corner. You know what I think? Some of that money should have been spent to fix those ugly pot holes in the street!

Instead of a sloppy patch job, why not do it right and repave the street? But then again, I guess getting a flat and denting a rim by slamming into one of those right after a rain storm and spending $200 to fix is not their problem. Or is it? Ok, enough of my ramblings. I do however like the photo, not because of the $425K spent on the building, but due to my awesome photography skills! 😉

City Of Alhambra’s Arch is an Oddity

City of Alhambra Arch on Valley Blvd

City of Alhambra Arch way – Oddity

Yesterday I passed by this arch on the corner of Fremont and Valley Boulevard in the City of Alhambra. It stuck out like a sore thumb amidst a few homes in the background and a busy intersection. Like a bad dream from MAD Magazine making fun of the original Arc de Triomphe in Paris, but in a bad way.

Apparently it was built last year in 2010 and cost about $300,000. The problem, besides the price tag? It looks very awkward in that location. Doesn’t seem to fit the surroundings, plus it’s in an intersection that is very busy with cars and very little if any pedestrians. So why here and why this thing? Seems people over at the Alhambra Source also seem to feel the same thing.

But one person’s eyesore could be another person’s Arc de Triomphe! What do you think?

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