Francine In Retirement
Seeing Life Through Photography

Apr
01

PIRATE PARROT

The Pirate Parrot introduced in 1979, The Pirate Parrot is the popular costumed mascot of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

He entertains the crowds at all Pirates home games by dancing, interacting with fans — young and old — and leading cheers.

In addition, The Parrot often appears at events and fundraisers throughout the region, as well as Pirates team functions.

ICEBURG

Iceburgh, the official mascot of the Pittsburgh Penguins, has been entertaining hockey fans worldwide since 1992. As one of the Penguins’ most popular ambassadors, not to mention one of the NHL’s most beloved mascots, you can find Iceburgh leading cheers and dancing in the aisles at every Penguins home game, attending major hockey events around the world, visiting local schools, or just spending time at local hospitals and community events. There’s no doubt about it, Iceburgh is one busy Penguin!

STEELY McBEAM

The Pittsburgh Steelers. They stand for might. They stand for strength. They stand for hard-working, old-fashioned, American blue-collar values. They stand for … Steely McBeam!

Steely is the youngest mascot, having been introduced to Pittsburgh in the summer of 2007.  He seems to be a hard-working steel man, who wears a hard hat, carries a steel beam and has Bill Cowher’s jaw.  McBeam doesn’t look funny and friendly like the other mascots; he looks more like someone you might want to get a beer with.

ROC THE PITT PANTHER

The Pitt Panther but better known as ROC has now been alive for over 100 years. He is a formidable addition to any athletic event at Pitt. Whether it is football, basketball, or an olympic sport there is always a chance that you will run into the beloved mascot. Most recently ROC was awarded ‘All-American’ status as well as being named the 2010 ‘Most Collegiate Mascot’ at NCA’s Collegiate Mascot Camp. This award is given to the mascot that showed the most school spirit and was most enthusiastic throughout their time at camp. ROC has also been active in the community as of late. Whether it is charity events, community functions, parades, birthday parties, and even weddings, ROC brings his Blue and Gold pride to share with all.

All information taken from the internet.

HIGH SCHOOL MASCOTS

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Mar
30

 THE GUMBALL MACHINE

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Do you remember as a child saving your penny, nickel or quarter to feed into the gumball machine?  Originally one penny, the standard cost of one gumball in the United States is now a quarter.

During my childhood this piece of bubble gum cost a nickel.  The machines could be found in the supermarket, the corner stores and at the amusement parks.

I would put my nickel into the slot at the base of the machine, turn the handle clockwise at a 360 degree angle and wait for my piece of candy to be dispensed into a chute at the bottom of the machine that was closed off by a little metal hanging flap.

I remember putting that big round piece of hard candy in the jaw of my mouth, sucking on it until is became soft, and then crack into it and start blowing large bubbles.  Boy, was that fun.  If I was lucky I would come across the gumball machines that had the small rectangular pieces of gum and you received a handful of little pieces instead of one large piece.

I saw these lines of gumball machines at the mall and they brought back some odd ball memories of childhood pleasures.  Do you have such odd ball memories?

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Mar
28

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Mar
28

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While walking along the streets where the Pittsburgh Arts Festival was located, there were a number of very alive looking statues that got a lot of attention. The details of the images portrayed by the sculptures, from facial expression to the objects in their hands was amazing. These statues were done by world-renowned artist J. Seward Johnson Jr.  One of the life-like statues is a sculpture of a businessman hailing a Taxi. This piece of art is appropriately named Taxi.

The sculptures portray all different kinds of individuals being busy at doing day-to-day activities. Below are a few that I have photographed from the 2012 exhibition.

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Mar
26

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Mar
25

TAGGED “L” - LIGHT UP NIGHT

I am not very good at night photography, but here are a few of the city that I captured on Light Up Night, when all the building lights in the city are lit to welcome in the holiday season.  It is when Pittsburgh puts on its party clothes and dresses up to impress all of its visitors.

What’s so unique and fun about Light Up Night is that it is a free outdoor event that truly has something for everyone – families with small children, college students, and grown-ups who are kids at heart.  There are Horse-Drawn Carriage rides, photos with Santa Claus, the Pittsburgh Crèche, and don’t miss the party on the Roberto Clemente Bridge with music, and lots of different food booths to choose from.

SKYLINE OF THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH

SKYLINE AT NIGHT

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Mar
24

Jakesprinter in his Sunday Post has challenged us to show some billboards in our posts this week.  Visit his site in the link above to see more.

A billboard (sometimes also called a hoarding in the UK and many other parts of the world) is a large outdoor advertising structure, typically found in high-traffic areas such as alongside busy roads.

Billboards present large advertisements to passing pedestrians and drivers. They are everywhere. They are on buildings, buses, and cars to name a few.

Here are a few I found in Times Square and in Pittsburgh.

TIMES SQUARE BILLBOARDS

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PITTSBURGH BILLBOARDS

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Mar
23

Have you ever taken a photo focusing on one thing and after downloading it found something else in the photo that you didn’t expect.  Such was the case in the photo below.

HOUSE IN A RIM

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I was shooting at a Columbus Day parade last year when a line of antique yellow cabs came along.  I noticed later this house reflected in the wheel of one of the cabs and stretched along the black wheel cover.  The original photo is below.

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For those of you who are antique car buffs, here is the complete car below.

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Mar
20

TAGGED “K”  –  KINDNESS

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When I first started my blog I wanted to feature the photos I took of life as seen through the lens of my camera.  Those photos would show the good, bad and the ugly side of life.  In past posts I’ve shown you the beauty in God’s creation. The wonders of nature.  The diversity of people and cultures.  The violence killing of our children.  The protest in our streets for change.  The homeless.  The abandoned houses in our cities.  And the end of life in a funeral’s procession.

The simple act of kindness is another matter.  It is a state of being “unruffled and  unflappable.”   Kindness is a behavior that flows from love.  It is, therefore, behavior that is gentle, pure and totally rooted in good and for the good of another person.  Kindness refers to loving behavior that is mellow and gentle.

Kindness is a manner of speaking and acting.  It is an attitude, a quality of behavior that stands firm without forcing others to their knees.

When I sought out advice from a wise old minister about what do you do when you are in doubt, he said “DO THE KIND THING”.  A principle that has served me well so far in life and hopefully as well in the future.  We cannot always control the circumstances in our lives, but we can control our actions towards them.

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So I end this post with a slide show of my favor color for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Color Purple.

THE COLOR PURPLE

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Mar
16

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“A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.”
― James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

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This post is the beginning to some wonderful things I’ve learned over the past few weeks.  I hope you will return to hear more.

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