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Sunny Day, Sail Away

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Finally, the icy cold of winter (okay, it’s more like the mild chill here in San Diego, but it feels cold to me) has moved on. Now we’ve got some sun and warmth - which means it’s time to hit the beaches and the bay. I’m usually on the water with my itty-bitty outrigger canoe so drinking beers on a 40 foot sailboat was a welcome, and relaxing change.







The coolest part was seeing the big-ass (that’s a technical term BTW) Navy ships head out to sea. The escort security boats kept a close eye on us subversive beer drinking potential terrorists. The coolest was witnessing the USS Carl Vincent sail out of the harbor. That’s a huge aircraft carrier that takes half a dozen tugboats to unhitch from its moorings. Security kept us far away from that one - but it’s still an awe-insprining sight.













John

The LA Riots 20 Years Later for Los Angeles Magazine

Friday, April 13th, 2012

For Los Angeles Magazine’s article on the 20th year anniversary of the LA Riots, they asked me to photograph former Angelino Titus Murphy. He was sitting at home in South Central LA watching the TV on the afternoon the riots began. As he sat comfortably at home, he caught the news reports of a white truck drive getting pulled out of his truck and being beaten by a vindictive mob.

Once he realized that the mob was around the corner from his house, he ran out the door and helped rescue the poor guy from certain death. Titus was one of the heros of the riots and reminded us that there’s still a lot of good people amidst us who are willing to help when the time comes.


More articles and photos on the LA Riots can be found on the Los Angeles Magazine website.

John

Walking Around the ‘Hood

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Had 40 minutes to kill while waiting for my camper van to get smogged so I walked about a bit and shot some pretty pictures. It’s fun being a tourist in my own backyard.















John