Today is Memorial Day 2016 and just a short time ago my neighborhood of Bay Ridge was once again host to the King’s County Memorial Day Parade. This would be the 149th edition of this parade and it was initially kind of scary in terms if the weather above us. It rained a few hours ago but reports were that it would clear up around the time of the parade and lo and behold it did. Now it was time to honor those who’s service and sacrifice have helped keep this country safe and free. Once again this was to be an early starting parade, at 11am to be precise and would be led off by the Rolling Thunder motorcycle club. I grabbed my usual spot on the corner of 92nd Street and Third Avenue and snapped away for your own enjoyment for those who could not be here with us today based on no longer being in the neighborhood or with other commitments. As I’ve done in the past I will start off with the video of the Rolling Thunder and then get right into a whole lot of photographs. Please sit back, enjoy a coffee or something else to relax you and enjoy our presentation.
It’s Independence Day 2015 my friends and as per usual I am here once again with a few images that reflect a sense of pride in these United States and in the support of the red, white and blue American Flag. Let’s get right down to it. First up is a great and massive flag that waves over the streets of Newburgh, NY where I just visited some friends.
I have to apologize to my buddy who always has to deal with my sudden bursts of photographic mania when we are driving around in his region. I can only imagine how that can be. Sorry dude but its for good use as you see here 🙂 Continue reading Happy Independence Day 2015→
According to the image below, it was at 5:18PM on May 29th 1965 in Elmhurst, Queens NY at St. John’s Hospital when I made my first appearance. Now while I have been told very often about my memory being astounding and detailed about the most minute of things, there is not much that I can tell you about that particular day itself. Suffice it to say, I was here and very likely quite happy about that.
What I can tell you is that the road to this milestone of “The Big Five Oh” has been both an interesting one and for the most part a very fun one and that is the reason that I am posting this new narrative here on the personal blog site as opposed to only letting it live on Facebook and being confined to my immediate circle of friends and colleagues. To those who know me personally, this is no surprise since I have found quite a bit of fault in Facebook as being peoples only means of doing their daily agenda items but I don’t quite hate on it as much when I see several hundred wall posts from people wishing me a “Happy Birthday”. There were a few advance wishes and a batch of day plus afters but it was still nice to see them chiming in. Right now I am in the middle of thanking everyone who made that a point of their Facebook time with the idea if they could take a moment then so can I. If you did that and are still waiting don’t worry its coming. Imagine writing that many thank you cards…
The photo you see above was taken right after some coffee at our nearby Duane Reade since they had the necessary candle prop I wanted and since I was in a KISS shirt at the time. I had to make sure that I did something for my actual birthday which it was at the time. Closing up I will add another few bunches of thanks and those go to my ever awesome parents, my dear friends who span the close by regions, the faraway ones and the net and to any of you who find some enjoyment in my creative mediums on PiercingMetal and right here with PiercingKen. You all have helped make these past 18,250 days pretty darn cool. Now its onto the next chapter and if you want some “old guy wisdom” based on the whole thought about experience coming with age I just say “live your life to the best of your ability and care for the important ones around you”. It’s not always easy but worth a try. I do what I can when possible and there you go. Ciao.
Yesterday was Memorial Day and Bay Ridge was once again host to the King’s County Memorial Day Parade. This would be the 148th edition of this parade and it was great to be around the neighborhood that morning with nothing else to do except focus my time on honoring the men and women who’s service and sacrifice have helped keep this country safe and free. It was an early starting parade, at 11am to be precise and would be led off by the Rolling Thunder motorcycle club. I grabbed my usual spot on the corner of 92nd Street and Third Avenue and snapped away for your own enjoyment if you could not be there with us. I’ll start off with the video of the Rolling Thunder and then get right into a whole lot of photographs. Sit back, get a coffee or something else to relax you and enjoy the presentation.
This year in honor of Memorial Day, I decided to use a few photographs that I took of the statues of the 7th Regiment New York, that stands on Fifth Avenue at Central Park around 67th Street. I shot these with my mobile device as I headed to a show in the park and felt they came out nice enough to use in this fashion. Let’s forever remain thankful for the sacrifices that men and women such as these have done for our freedom.