Bus Driver by occupation,pro photographer, businessman in the making, wannabe musician, amateur designer/artist/writer/poet, a native of Detroit now living in Suburbia. Here is where I pretty much unwind whatever's on the brain.

Monochrome Composition 66

Subject: Hubble Telescope

Camera: iPhone 7 Plus

Filters: iOS Mono with Light Adjustment

Location: Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, CA


Monochrome Composition 65

Subject: Kite Fountains

Camera: iPhone 7 Plus

Filters: iOS HDR and Mono with Light Adjustment

Location: Meridian Headquarters (formerly Compuware). Campus Martius, Detroit, MI.

Tumblr Tumbles Down NSFW!

Well, some good news and bad news. Tumblr is banning all pornography from their site, and the bad news is that Tumblr recently took down their app because some child porn has occasionally crept into popular social media/blog site.

And another outcry is that those who have NSFW material on their Tumblr accounts now have to find another medium for their filth. Some of which was even a source of income for them.

Now with all this in mind, I am willing to give the “Big T” another chance. I had a massive following with them when they first came out, and for awhile Tumblr was the number one blog site, and WordPress was number two.

If I’m inaccurate with those stats, I will correct them and rectify them as quickly as possible!

So come December 17 (just days away), all adult material with the exception of artistic nudity (still considered porn matter how you slice it) will be done away with. Pinterest is dropping the hammer heavy on this issue, so is Instagram, now if Flickr and Twitter would do the same, all the more that would be appreciated. Especially by those who don’t care for that kind of thing.

Who knows? Maybe once again the “jvlivs” moniker will appear again on Tumblr. But for now (someone else has the domain), I’ll just have to wait and see. And because most of the stuff I’ve seen on Tumblr was NSFW, I decided to sever all ties with Tumblr, and now this huge weight was lifted off the shoulders of those who wish to read/view material for all ages.

Again, I may give it another go. Never say never!

Warp Speed on Woodward Ave

I don’t do panning shots often, let alone using my iPhone to do so, but I was at the right place place at the right time despite the bitter cold downtown.

I gotta admit, this didn’t turn out as bad I thought it would.

Still needs some practice. But under more pleasant circumstances. But I’ll be plugging along during the inclement months ahead.

No Place Like Home!

And I will leave it at that.

Bienvenue a’ de’ toit (Welcome to Detroit)!

Texas de Brazil Detroit

As the missus and I completed the final tour of our anniversary, we dined at Texas de Brazil downtown and we were in for a treat. TDB is a Brazilian-American that’s mostly buffet, and they have various servers who offer samples of the finest meats on iron skewers from rack of lamb, to spicy sirloin, to filet mignon, even the chicken was off the chain!

But first, appetizers!

Fried bananas. Despite my reservations at first, they were very delicious! Wasn’t a fan of them at first, but my mind was changed.

Some mashed potatoes do some buttered bread. I believe we went through more bread than anything else…

And BTW, you do not hit a fancy joint like this and not indulge in some “unclean spirits”! It defies logic. This South American libation is called a “Caipriniha“. Very delicious. Came in either lime, or mango, for strawberry.

And now the buffet…

Lobster Bisque. You just can’t go wrong with this, but wait! Got something better, though…

Had a second helping of some good ol’ “LB”, and I added some “skrimps” to it!

Shrimp, that is.

The buffet was to die for. Cold mashed potatoes, tossed salad (not the other kind, thankfully), sautéed artichokes, smoked salmon (my favourite), croutons, spiced sliced pineapple, and more skrimps! The lobster bisque was a part of the buffet as well!

The various meats that I mentioned at the outset. We ate so much red meat that night let alone this past month, I swear, I’m paying for it now.

These double-sided pads serves as indicators as to whether or not you’d like some extra meat. Green on one side for yes, red for no. I swear the meats were flowing left and right like liquor in a nightclub at midnight!

Check out that tab, baby! Got over $100.00 worth of food for just under fifteen bucks! A brief backstory to this: After we returned from Panama last November, I surprised the wife and told her that I’d like to eat at Texas de Brazil. So I bought some gift cards from Costco. Fast forward twelve months, and the rest is history.

And this is but one of the corridors of the restaurant. If you ever visit Detroit, be sure to check out Texas de Brazil! It’ll put a dent in your wallet, so save your pennies, you’ll thank yourselves later.

Huli Huli Burger n’ Fries

A real treat. As our time in Cali was winding down, the missus and I went to Coconut Joe’s in Bakersfield with a couple whom my wife are good friends with, and I finally got to meet them myself for the first time-we’ve corresponded for years on Instagram. We met halfway in Bakersfield and CJ’s was recommended, and we went to town.

The Huli Huli Burger along with a Double Dark Brownie for dessert (which we ate later) was very delicious. The burger consisted of two juicy patties with pepper jack cheese and a pineapple slice along with steak fries washed down with a Sprite/Pink Lemonade mix. And I’m not a pop drinker, but I’ll do that mix any day without hesitation!

Especially with a shot of gin or vodka!

Now prior to my burger comin’, I had this!

A salad with a bread bowl of clam chowder! Can’t go wrong with clam chowder on a Friday! Nice and chunky, filling, it was so darn good, I was scraping off the bread with leftover soup as I got down to the bottom of the bowl! Even when the hamburger came, I still had some chowder left over!

To say the least, I had a blast at Coconut Joe’s, it right up there with Jimmy Buffett‘s Cheeseburger in Paradise! In you’re ever in Bakersfield, California, be sure to check out this nice, fine eatery! It’s worth every penny.

And BTW, the next time I swing around, I’m gonna make it my aim to have some “unclean spirits” with these fine eats! I’m just sayin’.

Monochrome Composition 64

Subject: Percolator

Camera: iPhone 7 Plus

Filters: iOS HDR and Mono with Light Adjustment

Location: Fraser, MI

Monochrome Composition 63

Subject: Disco Ball Table

Camera: iPhone 7 Plus

Filters: iOS HDR and Mono

Location: Ross Store, Bakersfield, California

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