The hustle and bustle on a Saturday night in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.
On the streets in Canada he was smoking his weed, but then again... he knows what he is doing because as you can see his sign shows that he is a doctor.
His hat read, “Police Box.” The Police Box is a public callbox to call police or for members of the police department to use to contact their headquarters. They were used between the late 1890's up until the 1920's in both America and in the UK. It was also used as a miniature police office for officers to fill out reports in.
In case you are curious, Canada was the second nation in the world to legalize marijuana. It became legal under "The Cannabis Act."
His Starbucks Coffee had the name Patricia on it, his leftover food on his chair to the left of his foot was handed to him by a passerby, he broke his back.... but, he had humor and sobriety on his side.
Jason, who is on the streets of Seattle, Washington, knows that laughter helps him and others make it through the ups and downs in life.
A 2017 article in Forbes Magazine by David DiSalvo highlighted the pros to laughing and feeling good noting:
Laughter is an endorphin releaser
Laughter forms social bonds
Laughter fosters brain connectivity
Women typically laugh 126% more than men
Men usually instigate laughter
Laughter activates the release of the neurotransmitter serotonin
Laughter helps your heart... it has an anti-inflammatory
He is blind, but stands singing while skillfully playing his guitar at Pikes Place Market in Seattle. He is known as Strumming Blind Chad.
Success is not about money, it is about inspiring and aspiring to reach your goals, your potential. Perhaps that means learning to play a guitar when you are blind, learning to stand before others and sing... or in Chad's case, both.
The infamous bubble gum wall in Seattle, Washington is a site to see. It is full of ABC (Already Been Chewed) gum of all colors – some faded and some nice, bright and wet (gross).
It is in a dimly lit walkway lined with an old brick road. Reports indicate only a few pieces of neatly placed gum started the tradition in about 1993. In other words, some of the gum is 25 years old.
In 2009, the wall had the honor of being named one of the 5 most germy tourist attractions in the world. As you can see, the germs do not prevent tourist from leaning their yellow rented bikes against the wall.
In case you're curious, the tourist attraction with ranked at number 4 germiest is said to be the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle, Blarney – a few miles from Cork, Ireland. People from all over lean backwards and over an edge to kiss the bottom of the stone in hopes of receiving the gift of gab. Some people should probably refrain from that kiss.
I know, germy and germiest are not real words.
Today I got a phone call from Fox 17 asking to meet at Select Inn to visit with Kathy, who was told she has to be out of the hotel by Tuesday morning at 11 after they extended her stay from the original ouster date of Friday. Keep in mind, it is not about rent being paid as it is always paid. It is instead about cleanliness.
After interviewing Kathy, who talked about her urgent need of getting into the government assisted Westbrook Towers or else she will be on the street Tuesday, Matt Alvarez (Fox 17) spoke to the manager. After that talk, things changed.
You may recall, Kathy is the woman with Cerebral Palsy who lost her husband about 6 months ago. The two once lived in the hotel together.
In closing, Kathy will be allowed to stay at the Select Inn, enjoy their free breakfast for nightly guest as long as someone can volunteer to help with the following, perhaps a church small group project for the next 6 to 9 months?
1. Help with bathing (wheelchair bound)
2. Help cleaning her room
3. Paying for / delivering a small amount of groceries
Photo: Kathy listens intensely as the manager of the hotel on South Church Street talks to Fox 17.
I always find it so intriguing how others have all the answers on what to do, right from wrong, how you should feel vs. how you really feel, etc. I wonder how so many people know so much about others?
He was standing quietly against a wall of windows, barely audible as he asked those who smirked past him, “Do you have any change?” I failed to see even one person stop to simply ask why he needed the money.
If anyone did ask, they would learn the elderly gentleman has a place to stay, but his entire social security check went to the monthly cost. He had no money to eat. It was that simple... money to eat.
If you asked a passerby one might state, “That's what his food stamp or EBT card is for.” Then, the senior citizen might reply, “But, $15 is not enough to eat more than four meals on - if I shop for the most valuable deals.” Of course, that is only if he has a card.
It is to easy to assume you have the answers to the problems, the life obstacles, the aliments or the cures for another until you live their life both the past and the present. But, make sure you are able to stomach their past.
If I gave him a nickname, it would be happy. He was sitting on a decorative brick wall in front of a closed business on a sunny Saturday morning in downtown Seattle, Washington.
"Where are you from," he asked inquisitively. "I'm from the Nashville, Tennessee area," I told him. He smiled, "Nashville, I've been there."
He talked about some of his past careers under his belt and then pointed at a nearby building. "I live right over there," he told me. "The price is right, I only pay $300 per month because of my age," he happily said as he talked about his current retirement years often spent outside watching people.
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Water has an awesome power of healing, damaging, and destroying. But, can also be calming.
Nugget Falls sits to the right of Mendenhall Glacier and actually flows from another nearby glacier known as Nugget Glacier in Alaska.
The waterfall is 377 feet tall and drops in two tiers with the first being 99-feet and the second at 278 feet into Mendenhall lake, which is freshwater.
Years and years ago, the waterfall was cut short as it flowed onto the glacier, which is still massive, but nowhere near the size it once was. It is said that at one point, the falls were basically non-existent due to the size of the glacier.
As for glaciers, they constantly change by nature. While they form with an accumulation of snow over centuries, they slowly slide away due to the stress of their own weight, they crack and creak.
Glacier's are made of freshwater. The melt-water is important for animals and nature in general as it melts as a source of fresh vs. salt water.
Glacier's are affected by long term climate change, which is why you will often hear talk of glacier melting when climate is discussed. They are sensitive indicators that are often utilized as a map to the climate change on earth.
On the way to Eaglecrest, 12 miles from Juneau, Alaska, motorist pass this house of skis on Douglas Island. Eaglecrest is a 1,540 foot vertical mountain that is a popular area for skiers far and wide.
A man named Pat Harmon built this piece of art starting with 1993 with only 20 pairs of discarded skis. Back then the idea was to build a ski fence. But, as time went on and more skiers passed his fence and his collection grew to a three story wall shaped like a house.
Today, Pat has about 230 pairs of skis that make the wall along with multiple pairs of skis sitting around waiting to be added or hung elsewhere.
During past interviews with magazines, sports guides and newspapers, Pat has said that he has walked to his ski wall to find wedding parties doing photo shoots, tourist from Japan posing in front of the skis and European skiers helping themselves to ski parts to fix their broken skies... of course Pat smiled upon the opportunity to help.
Alaska... “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity” ― John Muir, Our National Parks
This is Gold Mine Creek… In 1880, Joe Juneau and Richard Harris found large pieces of quartz mixed with gold in this very same waterway. Juneau later created the Treadwell Mine which became the largest gold mine in the world.
This area of where Joe Juneau discovered the first substantial piece of gold in Alaska was eventually named after Joe, which of course is what you know to be called Juneau, Alaska.
Too bad for Russia – Russian Prime Minister Baron Edward Stoeckl completed the Treaty of Cession of Russian America on March 30, 1867. It was then official, the territory became the property of the United States for a price tag of $7.2 million. Not a bad deal considering the fact that Alaska has produced over $27 BILLION in precious metals, coal, oil and other commodities between 1880 and 2009.
The mountains in Alaska jut from the earth sharply and are kissed by the crisp cold air as the warmer air below makes its way up. Snow from the top then mixes with the warmer air on its trickle down and creates even more fog, preventing you from seeing the peeks.
Naturalist and father of our National Parks once stated, John Muir stated, “The mountains are calling and I must go.” No truer words were spoken as he was considered a “Wilderness Prophet,” which was his nickname. Muir was one of the true explorers of Alaska in search of beauty, which he became engulfed in.
I never know what I will see as I step from town to town. But, I never imagined that those who are homeless in Seattle, Washington would have such positive attitudes and great senses of humor. It was as if they were put in place to make those who passed smile.
Some mornings you wake up barely breathing. The next morning you wake up to see what takes your breath away.
"The most beautiful gift of nature is that it gives one pleasure to look around and try to comprehend what we see." - Albert Einstein
Photo: I took this in Alaska - Twin mountain tops high above the frigid ocean #alaska, #sonyalpha
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David lives in Victoria, Canada and as he was walking out of a Japanese Sushi restaurant he looked at me and described how they wouldn't give him any leftover food for the night. I looked at the sign on the door which read, "CLOSED."
He said, “I really wanted a bowl of noodles, that's all.” I told him that I would buy him a bowl of noodles if he knew where another Japanese or Chinese restaurant was located. I then followed him for the next three blocks simply observing those we passed at about 9:45 on a Friday night. Some would move to the far opposite side while others refused to make eye contact. David never noticed, but I couldn't help but to notice.
We finally arrived and as we walked in the woman behind the counter handed David a menu. He quickly scanned over it unable to make a decision. I told the employee that he would simply like a large bowl of noodels and David jumped in and said, “With seafood on it, like shrimp.”
I paid and told David it would take about 10 minutes for his order to be prepared. He followed me outside and I snapped a couple of photos of him.
As I turned to walk away David said, “Wait, let me go inside to make sure you paid.” I laughed and said, “Good idea, let's double check.” We headed back in and he asked the hostess, “Did he already pay for my noodles?” She smiled and told him, “Yes, he sure did.” David then shook my hand and thanked me.
Inside the small island community of Ketchikan, Alaska you will feel at home.
The population rings in at 8,208. During fishing season, that number grows to about 12,000 seasonal residents. The island is locked in by water.
One local resident told me, “Remember hearing about that bridge to nowhere project? This is the town that wanted that bridge built because it was not a bridge to nowhere.” As the man talked more about the proposed bridge he pointed across the waterway and said, “See, that is our airport (pointing towards an airport about 200 feet across a narrow waterway), we needed that bridge because you currently have to take a ferry to get to our small airport which helps our local economy.”
So now you know, the bridge to nowhere was actually a bridge to the Ketchikan airport and to homes on the neighboring island.
PRISON: In 2014 the state proposed closing the Charles Bass Correctional Complex in Nashville with a goal of saving over $16 million per year. At the time, the facility housed 650 medium security inmates. The governor later signed off on the closure.
The prison opened in 1946 and some of the more recent issues were as follows:
In 2003, Correctional Officer Frederick Gayle Hyatt was beaten to death in the prison. At the time, the facility was called the Middle Tennessee Correctional Complex. The death of Hyatt came when five inmates attempted to escape. Hyatt was 59 years old when he died. Inmate Malcolm Jenkins was later charged with his murder. The 40-year-old inmate would have been eligible for parole later that year.
It was 2005 that saw a prison guard fired at Bass after smuggling in a handgun. The female guard brought the weapon into the facility for a prisoner whom she was said to have a romantic relationship with. The woman was eventually fired, and two inmates involved in the incident were transferred to a maximum-security facility.
By 2007, the facility was operating at 96.9% capacity with 1,065 inmates.
In 2009 the prison was used as an intake point for new inmates. Knox County killer George Thomas who murdered UT Students Channon Christian and her boyfriend Christopher Newsome made his first stop to his new found prison life at Charles Bass Correctional Complex. The man is being held without parole for life.
In 2010, inmate Steve Travis from Rhea County was being held in the correctional complex when he decided to escape. The man was serving a 31-year sentence for more than 100 counts of aggravated burglary in Hamilton and Rhea Counties.
During the floods of 2010, inmates at Bass had to be relocated. The low-lying prison sits on the banks of the Cumberland river.
In 2011, a 20-year-old inmate named Anthony Walker escaped from his cell at 1AM. The man was later seen by a truck driver who notified authorities after Walker asked the trucker for a ride at a nearby gas station. The Rutherford County man was behind bars under a sentence scheduled to end in year 2020. His conviction was for attempted aggravated child abuse, neglect, theft and burglary.
That same year of 2011 an inmate named Romeous Lockridge escaped, but later checked himself into a hospital. It is believed that his lacerations and broken arm were sustained while scaling a razor wore fence surrounding the prison.
In 2016 the state told the public they would sell the 119 acre landscape is for “Cash Only.” Of course, in the world of government that may make perfect sense. In the world of industry, not so much as most realize you can often secure more for a property if you allow for loans because money is still relatively cheap to borrow.
Regardless, the top bid was submitted by the Rogers Group, Inc. at $12.5 million which was $3.5 million under the annual operating cost when the facility was active. The next highest offer was $7 million followed by offers of $3.1, $1.2 and $1 million dollars.
In April of 2017, the property was sold to the Rogers Group.