Same-Side Seating or Opposite Preferred

I came across this couple at Reuben’s Burger Bistro in Boulder, sharing a dessert from the same side of the table. I told them I once saw a 70-year-old couple at a restaurant seated together. (The older couple told me they’ve done it their whole life.)

Yet, I know other couples that feel odd, or embarrassed, to sit on one side.  Wondering which side most fall on.

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Every Picture Tells a Story

With street photography, while the goal is to find storytelling photos in public, sometimes it’s not clear what the story is.  As this photograph attests.  (See more street photographs.)

Photography by Kenneth Wajda.

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A Grin and a Spark On the Street

Street Photography – the art of finding human stories in public and capturing them with a camera. I am a street photographer, a documentary photographer, a photojournalist.

When I photograph people in the street, sometimes I capture a look that says a little something.  I wonder what her she’s thinking. 

Street Photography by Kenneth Wajda.

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Get Your Lowrider Motor Runnin’

Did you know there is a lowrider car culture including 200 cars right in Longmont?

There is and it’s on display at the Longmont Museum through May 14 at the Lowriders: Cars & Culture exhibit.

It’s one of the first-ever exhibitions to showcase lowrider culture. Lowriders are customized cars with chassis that have been lowered so that they narrowly clear the ground, and are bountiful in Colorado and rich with history.  This exhibition gives visitors a behind-the-scenes view of how these rolling works of art are created.

The lowriding lifestyle began in the Latino ethnic neighborhoods of Los Angeles in the 1950s.  Lowrider cars have had their suspensions altered or use extra-small tires and wheel rims to place the car lower to the ground.  The lifestyle draws inspiration from Latino culture–the vehicles are a way for each owner to express their style and honor their culture.

Lowriders: Cars & Culture features cars, custom bicycles, pinstriping and upholstery examples, old-school military hydraulics, vintage posters, magazines and historic accessories all related to the lowrider scene.

Photography by Kenneth Wajda.

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Visitors to the exhibit take in Fred Perez’s 1948 Chevrolet Suburban

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Car window accessories

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Jesse Rodriguez’ 1964 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport convertible

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Shaun Martinez’ Reaper Revenge lowrider bicycle

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Hydraulic suspension equipment

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A mirror shows the underside of this lowrider.

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Jose Carrillo’s 1979 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

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Lowrider bikes and pedal cars.

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Town Hall Forum Done Right

Lyons knows how to get a turnout for a Town Hall forum.  Bring State Representative Jonathan Singer and State Senator Steve Fenberg to the local pub, Oskar Blues in Lyons, and throw a bash, with live music and refreshments.

It was a packed house, with all ages in attendance, and residents could ask questions, and they did, from local issues to national politics.  The event was presented by the Lyons Economic Development Commission.

Photography by Kenneth Wajda.

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Colorado State Representative Jonathan Singer and State Senator Steve Fenberg on the Oskar Blues stage.

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Open mic for questions.

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Attendees of all ages listen to Representative Singer and Senator Fenberg.

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Decked Out in Red

The Lady (or perhaps Ladies) in Red!

Street Photography by Kenneth Wajda.

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SimBLISSity, The Tiny Home Company

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Byron Fears and his wife, Dot, just moved their tiny house construction business two weeks ago into the building where a boat company used to be, out on Highway 66, just east of the town of Lyons.  And already you can see the tiny houses are going up.

His crew is working on six houses at the moment, and Bryon said on average it takes about three months to complete a home, though one could be built in six weeks if they were only working on a single construction.

They are high-quality construction, and bigger than most of the tiny houses you see.  Byron said their 24-foot option sells for $65-85k, and they are comfortable for a couple, not just someone living alone.

“They’re movable, but they’re not RVs.  Most folks put them on a piece of land and stay put for a while,” Bryon said.  “I know someone who lived in one in Nova Scotia, Alaska and here in Colorado.”

The company has been featured on TV on Tiny House Hunters, and Tiny House, Big Living.  Perhaps they’re working on your next dream house that’s both comfortable (they have tiled bathrooms and propane fireplaces) and transportable.

Photography by Kenneth Wajda.

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Carpenters work on sheathing a house.

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Byron Fears, owner of SimBLISSity.

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Detail of the tile work in a tiny home bathroom.

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Construction materials still take up considerable space.

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Bryon working with an electrical engineer on a home.

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Super Duper Good Treasures & Fun Junk

It’s billed as the Super Duper Garage Sale, and this annual sale certainly is, as it draws hundreds of antique sellers and buyers from distances near and far.  From corner to corner, they fill the Boulder Fairgrounds Exhibit Building with great treasures. And the crowds came out in droves on Saturday to search their wares.

Photography by Kenneth Wajda.

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Agile Little (and Big) Dogs!

Hoops, tunnels, barriers, ramps, and vertical posts to pass through.  And it’s all set up for the dogs.

The Front Range Agility Club is holding a dog agility event this weekend at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, and what a treat to see these speedy dogs (and their equally speedy handlers) running the course.  Want to check it out?  The competition continues Sunday, 1/19, from 8:00-5:00 at the fairgrounds in Longmont, and admission is free for spectators.

Photography by Kenneth Wajda.

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The Visit – Don Colard’s 99th Thanksgiving with Friends

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Don Colard is a vibrant 99-year-old in Lyons, Colorado. He was recently mistakenly thought to have suffered an injury, which turned out to be untrue.  So, the local community made up a Happy Thanksgiving sign and brought some gifts to Don to remind him how much he means to the community.  Some stayed with him to spend a little time on Thanksgiving morning with him.  He welcomed the friends with coffee and stories from his life. [Order Reprints]

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Photography by Kenneth Wajda, photojournalist.

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