A Rash of Random Photographs That For Some Reason I Haven’t Shared Here – Baltimore, April 2015 …

TODAY   

CAMERA OPERATOR, NORTH AND PENNSYLVANIA AVENUES, APRIL, 2015, BALTIMORE 

  

THOMAS ROBERTS, MSNBC JOURNALIST AND GAY ACTIVIST

  

STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT COLOR EYES I HAVE DURING TENSIONS IN BALTIMORE. NO one can ever accuse me of NOT being versatile, especially in times of crisis! 

Very difficult to photograph your eyes. 

    

CHESS MASTERS, PENNSYLVANIA AND NORTH AVENUES, BALTIMORE, 2015

  

SO MANY BLACK MEN HAVE HIT ON ME, EVER SINCE I MOVED TO BALTIMORE!  Gentlemen. Open about their intentions. No pussyfooting around. This guy wanted to take me to dinner. When I told my neighbor, Brent, who is an angry Black Man, he said to me, “Why not go have dinner with him?”  That is certainly more palatable than the guy who wanted to take me to a bar at 9:30 AM. LOVE IT!

  

NATIONAL GUARD MOVES DOWN PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, BALTIMORE, 2015

    

CORNER OF PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE. MAN WITH SIGN, BALTIMORE, 2015

  

MEDIA. PHOTOGRAPHERS CHECKING THEIR SMART PHONES, OUTSIDE BURNT CVS PHARMACY, BALTIMORE, 2015

  

MAN IN YELLOW TURBAN AND MOTORBIKE, BALTIMORE, 2015

  

MAN WHO RAMBLED INCOMPREHENSIBLY FOR TWO HOURS, BALTIMORE, 2015

  

THE GENERATION OF HOPE MAKES AN APPEARANCE 

  

TWO MEN LAUGHING, BALTIMORE, 2015

NATIONAL GUARD, DOWNTOWN BALTIMORE, 2015    

FROM INSIDE STARBUCKS DOOR ON “PRESIDENT STREET,” DOWNTOWN BALTIMORE, 2015

  

“FREE PEOPLE” STORE AND NATIONAL GUARD, CORNER SHOT, BY WHOLE FOODS, BALTIMORE, 2015

  

EVEN THE NATIONAL GUARD NEED WATER AND BEVERAGES DURING THOSE HOT, APRIL DAYS, BALTIMORE, 2015

  

NATIONAL GUARD ALERT, TUESDAY, APRIL, 2015, BALTIMORE, DOWNTOWN

  

PARALLEL PARKING, ARMY VEHICLE AND NATIONAL GUARD, DOWNTOWN BALTIMORE, 2015

  

THE NIGHT BEFORE THE NATIONAL GUARD APPEARED. BURNING CAR. CHARLES VILLAGE, BALTIMORE, 2015

  

GETTING THROUGH TO 911 REQUIRED PATIENCE THAT NIGHT. FIRST ATTEMPTS RENDERED A BUSY SIGNAL. SECOND ATTEMPT, YOU REACHED A RECORDING, IMPLORING YOU NOT TO HANG UP. ULTIMATELY, COORDINATION OF POLICE, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND HELICOPTER GUIDANCE COMMUNICATED LOCATION AND FIRE WAS PUT OUT. BUSY NIGHT FOR EMERGENCY OPERATIONS. THEY WERE STRETCHED TO THE MAX. (Sorry for all caps here. Didn’t realize it was gonna be that long.)

  

THE SHELL OF A CAR, BALTIMORE, 2015. 

 

(EVEN AS I POST THIS, POLICE HELICOPTERS CONTINUE TO PAYROL BALTIMORE. ONE JUST ROLLED BY, AND IT’S 2:15 PM.)

HOW IT ALL BEGAN …  

Precious, Buttons, Button-Eyes, Ms Precious Button-Eyes, Lost and Found on Streets of Baltimore, Hot Spots

This morning I awoke to a heavenly dream when my roommate knocked on my door, and I had to get out of bed, because she wouldn’t stop knocking.  I reluctantly stepped into the hallway and headed for the kitchen, where my roommate stood with this precious creature. 
I fell in love with her instantly. And as Dexter was absurdly part of the settlement, even though I bought him specifically as a therapy dog, with my own money …  Obviously something wrong about any laws that would do that …
And the rest is history. 
So meet Ms Precious Button Eyes, found during the demonstrations on North and Pennsylvania Avenues, the Hot Spot, as I call it, of the mayhem that took place here last Monday. 
Regina found her yesterday, there, lost  or abandoned, perhaps, in the streets, and scooped her up and brought her home, after people started inquiring about her owner.  
Ms Precious Button-Eyes is now an Emotional Therapy Support Dog to three women!
Plus, she’s some type of breed. A Marque. Seems to have many types. Not sure what that means. 
All I know is that she is precious!
   
 

Je Suis Charlie!

For the past 5 years, I have used a photo I took of the Martin Luther King statue in DC as my screen cover for my iPhone. Tonight, I’m changing it. Read that Tim Cook approved the app within an hour of receiving it from the developers via email.
Impressive!

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/26089/20150112/je-suis-charlie-app-approved-apples-ceo-one-hour.htm

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Commenting on Comments

Probably one of my most concise, rapid and brief responses to another commenter on The Guardian website regarding the hunger strike of a Greek activist (I’m not judging right and wrong here, mind you.)

It just fell from my lips.

To those who try to isolate the intellectuals of Exarchia as some sort of deviant group in Greek society that does nothing more than hang-out at cafes is absurd. ALL Greeks love cafes. It’s a staple of Greek society. And if it bothers you that they are political activists, come visit the U.S. and see their (educated) peers who labor at low-wage jobs to barely survive and are the equivalent of political zombies (for now) and tell me the youth should just shut-up and put-up with the crap of the establishment. That’s what makes them special. They think.