Sunday, November 13, 2011

Pendleton Heights Holiday Homes Tour Preview

Saturday, November 26 from 12pm to 5pm is the Fifth Annual Pendleton Heights Holiday Homes Tour. Six homes are on this year's tour and all will be decorated for the holidays. For information:
Above, a beautifully restored Queen Anne built in 1884 400 Garfield. Below, an equally well-restored Craftsman-Style Bungalow built in 1905 344 Garfield.
Below, 504 Garfield, built in 1902 this brick home combines elements of Craftsman and Victorian styles... the first owner was David M. Jay, president of Jay and Smith Hat Company.
Below, 421 Garfield... newly restored and purchased this Queen Anne home was built in 1887.
Below, this two-story, two family walk-up apartment building was constructed in 1924. It is now a single family home with a three bedroom, 2 1/2 bathroom floor plan, open, and very up to date. The home is located at 2203 Elma Street.
In 1907 the home below was built for $3,250 in the Bungalow Style. Trimmed in mahogany, the living room has a large fireplace on the south wall.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Running the Drive: Cliffhanger 2011

Perfect weather for 1300 souls who raced along Cliff Drive in the 5K and 8K Cliffhanger 2011 a benefit for Northeast Neighbor to Neighbor and Gladstone School. You can see all of the images I shot here:

Above the start of the Elite Runners Race beginning at 8am.... below, all ages participated from 5 to 85....

The Drive looked beautiful and the folks were impressed. Parks and Recreation did a great job of getting it ready....
Above and below, the crowd for the second race which began at 9am.

Above and below, the start of the second race.... walkers and runners together....

Young critters.... including, in the carriage, Simon Henggeler, born three weeks ago, pushed by his Mom Jen.....
Some participants had four legs... all shots taken with the Nikon D3 and either the 24-70mm lens or 70 to 300mm lens. ASA 1000 to get a high shutter speed ...usually 250th or 500th... to stop action.... F stops varied... usually around F8.
I am terrifically impressed by those who can smile on the way back.....

After the race participants headed to Gladstone School for pancakes.... eating in the gym.

Above, Pam and Malenda enjoy their reward!!!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Russian Throughout History

"Kansas City With The Russian Accent" is blogged by my friend Meesha who hails from Olathe and gripes from cyberspace on a range of subjects only surpassed by his lack of knowledge on them. He recently tied for third in the PITCH's Best of Kansas City category.... Most Luscious Hunk or some such... had to be based on the talent portion. I decided to peruse historical photographs to see if I could verify some of his more outlandish claims.... or, at least they seemed outlandish until my research turned up these photos.... Dude is really, really old... and steeped in failed political movements. Above, parade in the 30s when M was a member of the Politburo ... which is a kind of donkey. Below, working construction on the Empire State Building.M was on several space mission as "Helmut Adjuster".... below on the Vomet Comet in high five glory.
Below, set decorator for Castro. By the way, he apparently never embraced the politics of the moment... just the art.

Fixing a shelf during the Castro/Kruschev meet up at the July Supper Club Borscht Meetup.
Above, another shot of his work on the Empire State Building.... some of the microphones can still be found today. Below, set decoration and internet boosterism for the Washington family.

Above, any leaks can prove fatal. Meesha was given Nasa's highest honor for his rescue mission Apollo 23. Below, Lenin relied heavily on M during the formative years of the Revolution but rejected out-of-hand M's slogan, "Red or Dead Pig Faces."

M suggested to Abe.... "go with the Western Drinker".... and the rest is history.