An empty pay phone bank at The Venetian, Las Vegas

Over the years, I’ve occasionally taken photos of pay phones that were distinctive in some way or just new to me. Sadly, instead of pay phones, I’m discovering more and more places where a pay phone used to be. Until recently, casinos were places one could consistently find pay phones, but that’s no longer the … Continue reading An empty pay phone bank at The Venetian, Las Vegas

Lazy afternoon by the pool at The Orleans in Las Vegas

One of the reasons we chose The Orleans over Gold Coast last weekend was for a somewhat nicer pool area. In spite of cooler-than-expected temperatures, we spent a lazy Saturday afternoon relaxing in the shade by the pool, sipping cocktails that received quite generous pours from the bartender. We didn’t actually go in the pool, … Continue reading Lazy afternoon by the pool at The Orleans in Las Vegas

Home, sweet home

After talking a break for coffee and a sweet in Wickenburg, we’re home again in Phoenix. Our tea-time stop was someplace new for us, Bedoian’s Bakery & Bistro. It was a great place for a snack, but we didn’t find the 4 pm closing time particularly convenient in light of our 3:40 pm arrival. Fortunately … Continue reading Home, sweet home

Sunday morning in sunny Las Vegas

It’s a sunny Sunday morning in Las Vegas, and we’re showered, dressed, and ready to begin the drive back to Phoenix. First, though, we’re heading to Sunday Mass at St. Bridget, about a fifteen-minute drive from The Orleans and about a mile from Downtown. Last time we were there, the priest overslept and was about … Continue reading Sunday morning in sunny Las Vegas

Yet another weekend road trip to Las Vegas

We’re about to set out on yet another weekend road trip to Las Vegas. This time we’ve booked The Orleans, a sister property of Gold Coast, which is where we stayed last time. The rates for this weekend were about the same at each place. However, The Orleans has a nicer pool area, which starts to … Continue reading Yet another weekend road trip to Las Vegas

Virginia State Capitol

Our recent trip to Richmond wasn’t just about French films. We also spent some time sightseeing and making an additional French connection. Here we’re on the lawn of the Virginia State Capitol, which was a short walk from our hotel. The seat of Virginia’s legislature, the building was designed by Thomas Jefferson, who modeled it … Continue reading Virginia State Capitol

Platform of train station, Sète, France

I snapped this photo from the platform of the train station in Sète last fall, as Kathryn and I waited for our train back to Montpellier. It was a sunny and somewhat hazy afternoon; converting the photo to black-and-white made it look a bit less washed out. There’s nothing particularly distinctive about this platform or … Continue reading Platform of train station, Sète, France

Excellent customer service at McDonald’s

This morning I drove Kathryn to work, her car being in the shop today for a minor repair. She typically leaves for work about 90 minutes before I do, so I decided to skip my usual breakfast at home and grab something to eat after dropping her off. I had a hankering for a sausage … Continue reading Excellent customer service at McDonald’s

Smith System driving course: Is it worth your time?

If you ever get an opportunity to take a Smith System driving course, take it. When I started my current job almost four years ago, my employer required me to take a full-day Smith System driving class, even though my job seldom sees me more than a few feet from the computer, much less behind … Continue reading Smith System driving course: Is it worth your time?

Marquee above the Byrd Theatre in the evening

We arrived rather early to our first film at the French Film Festival in Richmond, so we were able to get a photo of the marquee at the Byrd Theatre without a crowd in front of it. The pylons were in place to reserve parking for the shuttle bus carrying the delegation of French filmmakers … Continue reading Marquee above the Byrd Theatre in the evening

Coffee roasting infusion

Most likely our last stop before the airport, we’re at Shockoe Espresso & Roastery solely because they’re roasting beans right now and clouds of delicious-smelling coffee smoke are wafting through the neighborhood. Kathryn is inside buying a half-pound to take home with us. Whoever sits next to us on our flights will be in for … Continue reading Coffee roasting infusion

Inside the Byrd Theatre, Richmond

It’s not easy to get a good interior photo of the Byrd Theatre with a mid-tier phone like mine, especially in near darkness. This was the best I could manage. What betrays the age of this place — something you can’t see in photos — is the seating, which is as old as the cinema … Continue reading Inside the Byrd Theatre, Richmond

Thus concludes the festival

It seems like we just got here, but we’ve come to the end of the French Film Festival. It was a lot to take in over roughly 72 hours. In numbers, we saw nine feature-length films and two hour-long collections of courts-métrages. The films covered a range of genres including drama, comedy, documentary, and even animated … Continue reading Thus concludes the festival

Brief encounter with Marianne Denicourt at the French Film Festival reception

We attended the reception for the French Film Festival this evening, which afforded us an opportunity, if we so chose, to rub elbows not only with other attendees but also with the delegation of French filmmakers, actors, and technicians who participated here in Richmond. Out of the blue, of all the people present, a notable French … Continue reading Brief encounter with Marianne Denicourt at the French Film Festival reception

First full day in Richmond

We’re ​just finishing up a great first full day in Richmond. We slept in this morning and had a late breakfast at the hotel. Kathryn went for a more traditional breakfast of pancakes and eggs, while I switched things up and had sauteed shrimp and grits. Lunch was at a restaurant that our Uber driver … Continue reading First full day in Richmond