Archive for January, 2009

28
Jan
09

Ice, ice, baby; too cold, too cold…

autumn leaf bracing for winter ice

autumn leaf bracing for winter ice

frozen beach sandals

frozen beach sandals

landscape light

landscape light

quiet morning

quiet morning

Good morning! I am awaiting word from my colleagues/boss whether to drive into work: 27 mile commute through some icey, sure to be scary conditions. The temperature as I write this is 19degrees outside ! I can’t help but think that we Texans ‘freak out’ over temperatures like this. I do believe, and justifiably so: it’s because people don’t know how to drive in conditions like these. I am included in that mix. The mid size truck I have surely is invulnerable to cold…right? no? Oh wait, that’s only Hummers. Oh, I get it.  I think about our northern neighbors on the east coast who sit back and laugh at our cold weather coping mechanisms. But then again, I did snicker few summers ago when New Yorkers couldn’t handle the few days streak of  95 plus degree temperatures. I remember on the evening news the ‘five steps to keeping safe in the heat.’

Okay, time to check in with the boss…gotta be there by 10 a.m.

25
Jan
09

Out with the old, in with the new…

Texas StadiumThe New Cowboys Stadium

The picture on the left is the old home of Texas Stadium in Irving, TX where the NFL Dallas Cowboys play(ed.) Latter part of this year the stadium on the right will be the new home of the Cowboys, located in Arlington, TX. The $1.1 billion dollar stadium is unbelievable. It dwarfs the old stadium. Everything is bigger in Texas, ‘they’ say. Maybe my ‘is this houston’ friend could take  pictures of Reliant Stadium and the Houston Astrodome sitting side by side for comparison. The picture on the right is close to completion and was taken about 2.5 miles away.  While driving back from Dallas yesterday, I could see the stadium 10-15 miles away!

22
Jan
09

Fw-ART

part of East Asia exhibit

part of East Asia exhibit

looking upward to magnificant rust column slabs outside Modern Art Museum

looking upward through magnificant rust column slabs outside Modern Art Museum

These pictures were taken this past weekend at the Modern Art and Kimball Art Museums in Fort Worth. I was very impressed! I’m not a museum connoisseur by any means, but I definitely recommend these museums to anyone that visits. These two buildings sit side by side in the museum district, and provide a very green and family friendly atmosphere. (I have taken more pictures, if you are interested, I could send them to you individually.)

16
Jan
09

In and out of the loop

in the loopout of the loop

*** warning: it is not safe to drive and take pictures at the same time, unless of course you’re stuck in crazy traffic heading into fort worth (reminds me of when I evacuated Houston for Hurricane Rita few years ago: 19 hours to go 85 miles!) *** As for my ride home, (heading out of the loop 820: i was driving slowly, steadily (and praying) while I took this pic heading past 820.

You’ll notice in the pic on left – I work in South Arlington (27 miles from home), and I have to go through downtown fort worth. This is traffic EVERY morning. It is a pain, but the 50 minute commute does give me time to be reflective, bored, peaceful…all at the same time.  Furthermore, you’ll see a hint of what downtown fort worth is like in this picture.  As for the drive home, the picture is an illusion. Traffic is just as bad heading out into north Fort Worth, Keller, Watauga area. At this point around 4:30p.m. –  I’m not so contemplative or peaceful – I’m anxious to get to the gym, go home, and just relax.

Outside the loop heading north there is much growth and development planned. However, Fort Worth officials must make easing of traffic a high priority. More lanes are needed. ASAP.

11
Jan
09

Bass Masters

The iconic Bass Performance Hall

The iconic Bass Performance Hall

An Angel of Bass Performance Hall

The legendary Nancy Lee and Perry R Bass Performance Hall (go to http://www.basshall.com) for more info. According to the site’s history: this is undoubtedly the “crown jewel of Fort Worth…in nation’s third largest cultural district.” Downtown fort worth is definitely a site to see, (more pics to come, of course.) *** pics taken 12/25/08***

07
Jan
09

Allow myself…to introduce….myself: WTFw ???

Greetings everyone. To borrow lines from the iconic Austin Powers movie series, “Here I am….and there you are.” I’m the new neighbor in blogsville and frankly, I’m a little nervous. What’s it like here?  RW gave me the name for this blog site: WTFw??? One main reason is because I write this as a resident of the city of Fort Worth. And then of course, I do catch myself asking: wtf ???  Kudos to RW for the most appropriate title for this blog. As for her better half: PW has had a photo log for the past two years: Is This Houston. A great site delivered from Word Press as well. His site has many pics taken from his cell phone of random, quirky, noteworthy things in and around the Houston area (where I used to live for 7 years)

Furthermore, I’ve always wanted to do this. Call it catharsis, or whatever…but this is a modality to just vent, educate, learn, be myself without care or rule. My intentions for this blog are ill-defined. I will however, make every attempt to refrain from talking too much about myself. That will be a huge undertaking nonetheless.

My hope is for the site to be more of a photolog. I do plan on posting  pictures of Fort Worth rather than a novella of mindless jibber-jabber. Or, I may take a pics of sights around FW to incite some discussion – be it humor, news, religion, etc. Did I mention how this was ill-defined?

I’ve always believed that if the cities of Dallas and Austin could have a baby, Fort Worth would pop out. This is a beautiful small city, with a charm of its own. The people here are absolutely wonderful.  This was keenly observed the first weekend my wife and I moved here when I was attempting to switch lanes, and I was able to do so without being flipped off, honked at , or partaking in a pleasant road rage discussion. Fort Worth is not exactly the epicenter of multiculturalism, but is a dynamic city with history and beauty at every block and even more promising of a future. There is growth and development everywhere.

So, let’s get started: the above picture of the header for this website was taken from the Botanical Gardens in Fort Worth. (Oh, I use a Canon Power Shot SD 850 IS Digital camera. Heck, I don’t even really know what all that means, but it is a good camera, with some cool features including color enhancing.)

The Botanical Gardens in Fort Worth is a little paradise off of I-30 and University Dr., near downtown. Serene and beautiful, this locale takes you away briefly from the daily grind. The picture was taken off-season during the Christmas holidays.

I am a newbie to this whole blogging thing, so please be patient with me. Critique me, hate me, love me… I will not be as verbose next time,  (head tilt-wink-finger point-and an awright.)

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