May 31, 2018

Beemer Memory 24: motorcycle gauntlets ~ 1972


 photos by Styrous®

I bought these motorcycle gauntlets and my elegant 1972 BMW R60/5 "Toaster" motorcycle on the same day, forty-six years ago (link below). They saw a lot of miles as their condition testifies; they endured decades of sun blazing down on them and sometimes rain. They kept my hands warm and protected them from flying rocks; they were my guardian angels, so to speak.          

The amazing thing is I lost them several times over the years, left them in restaurants, theaters, all over the place. They kept coming back to me one way or another as if I was a magnet that attracted them. I even lost them along the highway on my final road trip (link below).    





Viewfinder links:        
Beemer Memory 1 ~ the end & the beginning       
Beemer Memory 7 ~ the last run        
Beemer Memories       
My Beemer became history over five years ago; my gauntlets are still with me. They are worn and ragged but I  haven't had the heart to toss them, they have too many memories soaked into them.                

Styrous® ~ Thursday, the last day of May, the 31st, 2018    


May 28, 2018

San Francisco 40th Anniversary Carnaval ~ Grand Parade 2018


photos by Styrous®

Yesterday I caught part of the finale of the 40th San Francisco Carnaval. It was the culmination of the two day festival (link below).   

Most of it ran along exciting and colorful, Mission Street, the heart of the Mission, the Latin quarter of San Francisco, California.    

The parade started at 24th Street and Harrison and ended back on 15th Street and Harrison (link to map below). 

Carnaval San Francisco (CSF), is a multicultural celebration of music, dance, and artistry that since 1979 has showcased Latin American culture and the talents of Mission District residents in an atmosphere of harmony and revelry. It was a FREE 2–day family festival in San Francisco’s Mission District over Memorial Day weekend — on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets — and showcased global cuisine, international music, dance, arts and crafts, and other fun activities and entertainment on every street corner for the entire family to enjoy. Carnaval San Francisco is the largest multi–cultural celebration on the West Coast.      

(click on any image for slideshow)

Net links:      
Parade lineup      
Parade map     
I wish my iPhone battery hadn't run out on me. 
I hate when that happens!   

Grrrrrr. . .
Styrous® ~ Monday, May 28, 2018             

May 27, 2018

Rhythmix Cultural Works presents Island City Waterways

On May 19th I spent a lovely day at the beach during a presentation by the Rhythmix Cultural Center entitled, Island City Waterways. It was the second event the Center has produced presenting the history of Alameda through dance, music and story telling. The first was, Dancing the Bridges, in 2016 (link below).       

It was not a traiditonal theater venue with the audience seated. Actors, dancers and musicians lead us through Crab Cove (originally Neptune Beach) in Alameda, recounting the history of the cove. The ultimate theme was the despoiling of the seas. The finale of the performance had the despoilers grabbed by the ears and lead off by a woman with a red parasol who represented the Spitit of the Sea; I only wish it could  be so easy.  

The following photos documant the merry parade we made around the lovely Cove. Again, it was a brilliant, educational theater piece and a hell of a lot of fun! 


Crab Cove map


photos by Styrous®

(click on any image for slideshow)

Viewfinder links:        
Island City Waterways ~ Dancing the Bridges - 2016           
Rhythmix Cultural Center events/exhibitions
Net link:                 
Rhythmix Cultural Center         

Well done!
Styrous® ~ Sunday, May 27, 2018