A friend from swing-dancing asked me if I wanted to participate in the 5K Graffiti Run that took place at Woodward Park last Sunday. My first reaction was to check the weather report. Yes! It was expected to be mostly cloudy. “I’m in!”, I told her.
I’m glad I finally participated in a run. It’s one of those things I keep telling myself I will do one of these days. I did absolutely no prep work for this 5K. The last time I ran a mile was over a year and a half ago and the last time before that was in high school. I can go out of town and dance for several hours at a time but running…that’s a different issue.
Fortunately, most of the participants walked. I took my sweet-ass time enjoying the route and the beautiful scenery and taking photos. The sky was, indeed, cloudy. I could faintly see snow on the mountain tops. It was a lovely day in Woodward Park.
I’ll definitely be walking this trail more often. The trail even goes to my grandma’s house! Next time, I won’t be paying the cost of a marathon.
My grandma, mom, and uncle were at the opening of the Fulton Mall 50 years ago. They urge me to take as many photos of the pedestrian mall while it still exists.
And, well, that’s a damn good idea.
Asked by Anonymous
I am from Fresno! Fresno is one of California’s the best kept secrets! 💖 There are amazing restaurants here! Great Mexican, Vietnamese, BBQ, Italian! The best street art imaginable! We have a great art scene here, lots of cool graffiti pieces that people paint on trains. Amazing music plays at our arena! Huge concerts! Famous pro skaters visit skate spots here! The mountains and the beach are both just a couple hours away! There are farms, but city. You can ride horses or get a swanky salad. I love it. People say what they will about Fresno! That its hot, there are gangsters, or that our downtown sucks, but those people are not cool. 👎 I hope you move here! I truly love Fresno. 💕😄
This is the most enthusiastic comment, about Fresno, I have ever read on tumblr. I appreciate the positivity!
This Thursday (2/27/14), #Fresno City Council will decide whether to restore the pedestrian-only mall or to reconstruct it and open it up to cars.
The Fulton Mall opened almost 50 years ago. Fresno was nationally recognized as being ahead of its time for battling urban sprawl. Now, Fresno is seen as a joke; a city with a dilapidated urban core. Whether the city decides to update the mall or to tear it out, something needs to be done.
The City Council meeting will start at 5PM at City Hall in #downtown #Fresno. There will be a “pre-game party” at Peeve’s Pub on the Fulton Mall. Pizza, beer, and t-shirts will be passed out. This will take place around 3PM.
Photo via Fresno Bee.
If you go
What: The bacon vs. tofu throwdown with the Grizzlies
When: Game starts at 7:05 p.m. Thursday (6/27/13)
Where: Chukchansi Park (in #Fresno)
Cost: Tickets start at $8, packages that include tickets and a bacon or tofu-themed T-shirt cost $15 or $20, depending on the seat
My friend, Kim, shared a Fresno-centric blog. Pretty fitting name, huh?
My father, Robert Ayala, is an Army World War II veteran. Photos available through the Craigslist link above. He fought in the “forgotten battle,” AKA the Aleutians campaign where Japanese soldiers occupied U.S. soil on the islands of Attu and Kiska in Alsaka. He helped reclaim the island of Attu for the United States in a bloody battle. It was “forgotten” because the U.S. Government didn’t want to alarm the population by informing them that the enemy was on U.S. territory. He received a Good Conduct Medal, as well as an Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal.
Background on Aleutians:
My father was moved to Fresno in 2008 to be near my sister and her husband, who relocated to Fresno a few years earlier. I am attending the funeral from Boston and New York (I reside in both cities), and return to the East Coast this upcoming Wednesday. Because he knows so few people in the area, I am inviting anyone who would to pay their respects to a WWII veteran to join either the funeral ceremony in Fresno, or the Military Burial Ceremony at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella.
Though not a requirement, it would be nice to know if you’ll be stopping by (please email at above link).
Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 10:00-11:00AM
Hurst departs to cemetery, 11:15-11:30AM
Viewing and Ceremony at Sterling & Smith
1103 E. Street
Fresno, CA 93706
Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 1:30PM
Military Burial Ceremony at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery
Honor Guard Presence
Possible firing of volley shots
U.S. Flag folding and presentation to son and daughter
Taps played by bugler
San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery
32053 West McCabe Road
Santa Nella, CA 95322
Phone: (209) 854-1040
Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thank you and God bless!
#Fresno Film Festival is taking place, this weekend, in the Tower District!
April 19th-21st, 2013
The ninth annual Fresno Film Festival, presented by Fresno Filmworks at the historic Tower Theatre, will feature seven exclusive programs of short and feature-length movies, including special filmmaker appearances, social gatherings, and Q&A discussions.
Visit Fresno Filmworks’ Web for this weekend’s schedule.
This is like no other event in Fresno. Jefferson Beavers, board member, introduced me to the organization. Thanks to him, my friend and I attended the viewing of Oscar-nominated shorts, back in March. It was an amazing event! And it was my first time at the Tower Theatre. It was an amazing opportunity!
Fresno Filmworks does a great introducing independent films to Fresno. This is something organizers felt was lacking in our culture.
Nowhere else would a giant teddy bear eating a hot dog tacked to a wall make sense.
But it does at the newly opened Brown Bear’s Hotdogs, a little stand at Herndon Avenue and #Fresno Street, just north of Chili’s restaurant.
Almost here! Three more weeks till they’re mature enough to harvest! /squeal
Photo by Bossom Bluff Orchards of Parlier, CA.
THE LADIES’ MAN (PART 2)
I attended one of my favorite #Fresno events, to-night: Live swing music and dancing at Silver Dollar Hofbrau in #Fresno. You can check it out every Tuesday, from 7:30-10pm.
"The Ladies’ Man" was there again. I wrote about this old fella, in this post. The gentleman was sitting in-between several feisty old women. He had a camera with him. A disposable camera! I watched him fumble with this alien device. He shaked it. Turned it around. Moved with a few nobs. Once he figured out how to use it, he took photos of the beautiful women at his table. The ladies held their drinks high in the air and giggled as he took their photo. The scene reminded me of college students vacationing during spring break.
I’m visiting my grandma, to-night, and I’m still figuring out what to food bring over for dinner.
Any suggestions? Keep in mind, she lost her taste buds and pours salt on everything.
What I’m really asking is this - what should I buy for dinner?
To-day, I had lunch at CArtHop's Fulton Mall location.
I’ve been making excuses not to get out of the office. Part of me feels as if I should be completing more tasks before I go out. Another part of me has a slight fear (I lie - it’s a big fear) of sun exposure and I’ve been trying to become less dependent on sunscreen lotion. Lame excuses…
BUT! I slathered on some coconut oil (It’s a natural sunscreen; I figured I’ll test it out on my pasty skin), wore a gigantic floppy hat, and took a trip to downtown Fresno. I had a burger from Tako BBQ food truck. I visited Twee Boutique and bought a headband and a coin purse (pictured above). Melanie is closing her storefront, by the end of March. I stopped in Misc. Trading Co. to satisfy my obsession for inexpensive dresses!
It felt great supporting local businesses. I used to be a total tight-wad. That has changed, since starting the blog. I still save a lot of money but it feels good putting some of my money into the local economy. Most importantly, going to downtown makes me enjoy my job more!