Posted in Finding Frost's Road: Encounters with the Culture

Report #4 from The Washington Auto Show: The Automobile As Canvas

(The following is a reprint of an article I posted in 2008 which features photos and commentary from a visit to the Washington Auto Show. I will repost these reports over the next successive Saturdays as a KMLS PhotoShop feature).

Previous Reports:

Report #1

Report #2

Report #3

Report #4

The automobile has always been a place for the human to express his/herself, from bumper stickers to air brush masterpieces. The 2008 Washington Auto Show has some pretty amazing representations of customization and car art. The following are some of the examples:

Car Custom Front by KMLS
Car Custom Side by KMLS

Pretty impressive art, huh? Such work speaks for itself. I as the photographer am only the documenter. Here is a roadster that was next door to the funny car:

Face Custom Car by KMLS

And those flames, who can stay away from flames, and on a Fairlane no less.

Fairlane Flames by KMLS

I’ll leave you with a very interesting car called “Hip Hop.” This baby was decked out with beautiful art on the outside and included an amazing sound system on the inside complete with a DJ system so you can make your own grooves and have your own party wherever you go.

Hip Hop by KMLS

Tomorrow will be my final reflection. See you then!

Posted in Leaves on the Poet Tree (Poems)

Thoughts of Farewell

i feel myself leaving already
such is the nature of things
these days i think
when one can in a few hours
move from warm sea wind
to winter’s breath

my destination begins its
subtle call and my mind
answers
the list of responsibilities
left behind begins to
roll behind my eyes

but grains of these sands
will remain with me
the taste of salt on my lips
like my lover’s kiss
the ache in my arms from the
surf and fishing in the deep

and in the days ahead
the memories of this place
her beautiful people
melodic conversations
will follow me into my dreams
as i close my eyes
in sleep

Posted in Finding Frost's Road: Encounters with the Culture

Report #3 from The Washington Auto Show: The Past Is Beautiful

(The following is a reprint of an article I posted in 2008 which features photos and commentary from a visit to the Washington Auto Show. I will repost these reports over the next successive Saturdays as a KMLS PhotoShop feature).

Previous Reports:

Report #1

Report #2

Report #3

The theme of this year’s auto show is “Engineered for the Future.” Visitors are invited to see a piece of the future of automobiles. My first report took a look at this theme with an emphasis on new 2008 models and vehicles featuring green technology. But no auto show is complete without those beauties from the past. In this report I will feature “oldies, but goodies,” cars from history that still have the power to turn heads.

Since we’re talking about history, here’s some tidbits about the show: As far as I can tell this is the 66th year of the Auto Show. For 62 of those years it was held around Christmas and New Years to take advantage of visitors. But to make it a more world class show for everyone, especially residents of this fair city, Washington Convention and Tourism Corp (WCTC) and the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association (WANADA), the primary sponsors of the show, decided to shift it to a later date.

Now for some shots of history:

Corvette by KMLS
Oldies by KMLS
Nissan Racer by KMLS

Below is the lowly, reliable Fiat, movie star of the ages and workhorse for eons, framed by a muscle car.

Fiat Juxtaposition by KMLS

And we’ll end with those sports cars that have had us salivating for years-Ferrari and Porsche.

Ferrari by KMLS
Porsche by KMLS

My next report will feature art on wheels. Stay tuned!

Posted in Finding Frost's Road: Encounters with the Culture

Report #2 From The Washington Auto Show: On The Inside And Fun With Filters

(The following is a reprint of an article I posted in 2008 which features photos and commentary from a visit to the Washington Auto Show. I will repost these reports over the next successive Saturdays as a KMLS PhotoShop feature).

Previous Reports:

Report #1

Cars Through Glass by KMLS

I never realized this before but one of the cool things about an auto show is that I get to sit inside cars that I will probably never see again, let alone afford to drive. I can do this at a dealership I know but it’s nice not to have somebody pressuring you to buy. I checked out a couple and I must say I was more impressed with the comfort of a “cheaper” American-made sports car than a Jaguar. Here are some pics:

Funky Pink Inside by KMLS
Car Interior PC Filter by KMLS

This report features photos with filters and manipulation through Adobe Photoshop. Automobile pictures lend themselves to very cool results due to light refraction and the intersecting lines and curves. Comment with your questions about specific filters used. Here are several more:

Car Collage 1 by KMLS
Car Front Neon by KMLS

Stay tuned tomorrow for my historical piece. This is your Slow Mover Reporter signing off.

Posted in Finding Frost's Road: Encounters with the Culture

Report #1 from The Washington Auto Show: Introduction and Concept Cars

(The following is a reprint of an article I posted in 2008 which features photos and commentary from a visit to the Washington Auto Show. I will repost these reports over the next successive Saturdays as a KMLS PhotoShop feature).

The Washington Auto Show up is happening January 23 through 27 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Today was Washington Post Day which more than receiving a plastic bag with some trinkets meant that I got $4 off at the door (reg $10) with a coupon from the Post. (P.S. Print a page from AutoTrader.com and get $4 off for Friday).

I’ve never been to an Auto Show before and I figured I should go as your Slow Mover Reporter. (And to take a plethora of cool photos). So here’s Report #1.

Crushed Car by KMLS

No, this is not a booth on the dangers of drunk driving. It was at the Washington Post Booth on Level D. Guess the make and model of the car and get free gas for a year. I didn’t try. But I thought it’d make a cool pic. (Some guys talking behind me thought it was a Mazda, 1987 maybe?). What do you think?

Car Supended by KMLS

Here is an interesting display set up featuring two 2008 GM Pontiac Firebirds. I noticed no one was getting into the one underneath.

Close Up Chevy Volt Concept Car by KMLS

The 2008 Show features the latest in green technology. The Chevy Volt (above) is a concept car with the E-Flex System. It uses batteries alone for a 40 mile radius before the auxiliary engine starts and can adapt to alternative fuels including diesel or hydrogen fuel cell. Also, it has a transparent polycarbonate roof for all around visibility.

The following are several other concept cars:

Fuel Cell Car by KMLS
Ford Hydrogen by KMLS
Engine and Car by KMLS
Buick Enclave by KMLS

And I’ll leave you with a final reflection. Until tomorrow, this is the Slow Mover Reporter at the 2008 Washington Auto Show signing off!

Funky Close Up by KMLS
Posted in The Sunday Driver: Life in the Slow Lane

Traffic

The powers that be, still reeling from the humiliating end of their Inquisition and the destruction of their plethora of torture devices, after long nights of secret meetings and years of R&D, returned with a vengeance to unleash upon society an instrument of torture the likes of which history had never known.

They called it “Rush Hour.”

Posted in Leaves on the Poet Tree (Poems)

Magic

on the island
my magic with
creatures did
not seem to
work

the bioluminescent
lagoon remained dark
regardless how much
i swirled my long
white pole in the
rain strewn water

no matter how many
habichuelas i ate
i could not mask
my gringo scent
the dog at
la pared rose up
to snap at me

on the road
to the kioskos
the black turtle
slipped beneath
the road before
she could catch it

in humacao
the iquanas
ran before us
to hide in the palm
shadows near
the lagoon

the fish in
the reef off
playa azul
blurred by
my poor vision
stayed just
out of reach
and clear
sight

and yet
i remember
many
magical
moments
bright like
the stars
above the
lighthouse
near
fajardo

a giant
frog snuggles
against
her warmth
on the
road to
solimar

tiny crabs
no bigger
than my
fingernail
scurry
along the edge
of the
lagoon
in the
reserva
natural

a dog
frolics
in the
sunset surf
off
playa
luquillo

at night
on a quiet beach
in las cabezas
she reaches
into the sand
opens her hand
to reveal
a tiny blue
glowing star

Posted in Leaves on the Poet Tree (Poems), SLOW MOVES

Flight

when we arrived
a man in shorts
sandals and a
machete
was climbing
the palms
for coconuts

when she went
to see him
he gave her a
coconut
when she
returned
with money
he refused
and gave her
another one

generosity
and times
like these
are sweet
like the
coconut
water
dribbling
down
my chin

i could
hold onto
this place
like a
kind stranger
clinging
to the
waving
fronds
high up
in a
palm tree

or i
can let
the experience
be what it
has been
the strange
bittersweet
taste of
seasalt and
mango

near the beach
a seabird
holds tightly
to the
electric wire
before
suddenly
letting go
and
surrendering
to the pull
of the
ocean
wind