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Heavy Artillery The War Begins

Heavy Artillery The War Begins

In the 1960's, a most favored slogan was " Make Love, Not War. " Their were lots of babies conceived in hippie vans as the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jefferson Airplane fanned anti war sentiment, wore flowers in their hair and had meetings with Indian gurus....

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Midway Blues Amusements

Midway Blues Amusements

Bennett's Amusements moves in the day before an event, fences off their area at the Festival, back up huge equipment trucks, rides, and promotions. Agile carnies pick up wrenches and assemble a superstructure of steel connected by hundreds of feet of electric cables...

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Gwen graduates – Video Kindergarden ceremony

Gwen graduates – Video Kindergarden ceremony

On this day, Gwen graduates from kindergarten at a local community center. It takes some urging to go on stage with her aunt April, but she walks on and is recognized.There are recitations by some of the kids, comments by teacher's and invited guests, a small lunch...

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Karaoke Time Singing for fun

Karaoke Time Singing for fun

In Belize, karaoke machines appear in bars and hotel ballrooms with guests wearing Wal-Mart pineapple and palm tree short sleeved perma-press shirts. They sing into late hours and consume vast quantities of rum. In Mogpog, karaoke machines appear in people's front...

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Chili Fundraiser 450 happy diners

Chili Fundraiser 450 happy diners

We spend lots of time waiting in our lives. We wait to be born and wait to be buried, wait to graduate, wait to raise kids, pay off a mortgage, retire, serve and be served,break par, get money back on our taxes.  If we are lucky the line keeps moving and we have...

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Shuffling Along Rincon RV - Resort, Tucson

Shuffling Along Rincon RV - Resort, Tucson

By eight in the morning, on a Saturday, a tournament is humming along. The game is simple enough. Each player has three discs and a stick. Each turn, a player pushes one of his disks down a slick court with his stick and tries to make his disc stop in one of the...

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Electrical Shutdown A day job

Electrical Shutdown A day job

Early morning, city crews are closing traffic on Calle Libertidad and an intersecting residential street. An old fashioned wood electrical pole is going to be replaced by a newer fiberglass model,and new electrical lines are being strung to provide more service to a...

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Independence Day Nicaragua Parades in the Plaza

Independence Day Nicaragua Parades in the Plaza

Like most countries in Central and South America, Nicaragua's independence was wrested from Spain. In some countries Spain held the field till the bitter end and there were fierce battles. In other countries, like Costa Rica, their power and control was more gently...

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Drumbeats Neighborhood parade

Drumbeats Neighborhood parade

I hear and follow the rhythms. This gathering, at a Calzada street intersection, is a neighborhood parade of girls in traditional dress, a brigade of drummers, a crowd following the action. This little group is practicing for a much larger extravaganza celebrating the...

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Burning Man Video couldn't wait till dark

Burning Man Video couldn't wait till dark

This affair starts early. Usually, people wait till dark to do their exorcisms, but this bunch has already laid their body in the street in front of a business and are stuffing papers down its pants. In a world of camera phones, nothing goes un-noticed and...

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Christmas Baby Coming out of the New Cathedral

Christmas Baby Coming out of the New Cathedral

On the 24th of December there is a massive Christmas parade through downtown Cuenca. On the 25th of December, the day officially celebrated as Christ's birthday, there is a much smaller and simpler celebration at the New Cathedral across from the Parque Calderone....

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Cuenca Christmas Parade All day affair

Cuenca Christmas Parade All day affair

The Christmas Parade on December 24th is the full Monte. It is an all day affair with the parade route being prepared at seven in the morning and the end of the parade passing Calderone Park at seven in the evening. It is music, floats, dancers, walkers, Christmas...

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