Acme Steel Coke Plant

Trespassing Back in July 2004, I was driving past the Acme Steel Coke Plant that was located on Torrance Avenue near the  South Deering neighborhood on Chicago's extreme Southern tip. I noticed that the fence was partly skewed. It was locked,…

The Drifter Chicago

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The Drifter Chicago. It has great entertainment, lovely burlesque acts etc.  Great drinks. They have a rotating list of over 100 cocktails and present the drinks on Tarot cards. Nightly performances, this hidden gem is perfect for cocktail…

Through the Dakotas

Personal Time Off In 2012 I was working for a Chicagoland blood bank, LifeSource. It was a semi-ok job. It allowed you to have a bit of PTO (Personal Time Off). etc. I developed an umbilical hernia at work. So, I needed surgery. Also with that…

Monument Valley Tribal Park in Utah

Beautiful Monument Valley I had the opportunity to visit Monument Valley's Tribal Park twice so far. The Tribal Park is on the border of Arizona and Utah.  Both times, I had great weather.  Monument Valley is a Navajo Indian Tribal Park . …

The Moki Dugway in Utah

A way to transport uranium ore to the processing facility The Moki Dugway. Originally built to get uranium ore from the valley floor to the processing plants on top of the cliff. Believe it or not, semi trucks used to and maybe still…

Infrared Technique

This is a pretty nifty infrared or (fake infrared) technique in Adobe Photoshop CC2020. This guy has pretty good tutorials. Normally people modify their cameras to shoot infrared images. Or they use an expensive lens filter. This…

Chicago Cultural Center

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The Chicago Cultural Center Inside the Chicago Cultural Center. It's located on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street. Very nice staff, I asked them if photography was allowed. The woman behind the reception desk said "Yes, but …

Cruising California with Jim

Cruising California I had an awesome stay at the Best Western in Mammoth Lakes, California. I stayed there for two days and nights. I ordered pizza from a local place, not bad actually for California pizza. My room and the staff at the Best…

Triple Digits in Nevada

The West is the best In May of 2015 I had the opportunity to take a Southwestern road trip.  The desert is a beautiful place. It's very inserting being out there in the wide open spaces. You feel really small. Also you develop an appreciation…

Monument Valley Tribal Park

I had the privilege of visiting Monument Valley Tribal Park on two occasions. It's a must see in the US. There are two hotels within the park, however they are a bit spendy. There is The View Hotel, and the Goulding's Lodge. Visit the…

Driving down to Death Valley

Driving down to the valley floor Driving down to the valley floor Driving down to the floor of Death Valley. Death Valley is hot, and sandy. It is also a dry environment.  What I did not realize before driving here is that you had to drive …

Bordel Chicago

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Bordel Chicago Bordel Chicago is the spot for great burlesque shows. The interior is lit up with red lights. The drinks are great, the bartenders are great! Great service. For a good time, and a great performance. Check them out!

Art Institute of Chicago

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The Art Institute of Chicago The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879 and located in Chicago's Grant Park, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States. I really like this museum. As I found on my more recent visit,…

Bodie, California a ghost town

The ghost town of Bodie In the Spring of 2015, I had the opportunity to take a Westward road trip to California. There were a few places I wanted to see. The ghost town of  Bodie, California was one of these locations. The Ghost Town…