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mouse from merced

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The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 19, 2013 - 08:10pm PT
I got out at noon and went for a walk. When you take a camera on a walk, it is less work. You are pre-occupied with the shots, and not with how tired you may feel. So you may cover less ground but enjoy it more. I know I'm onto something here.

And the reason I wanted to take the camera is the new underpass on G St., one of the major ways to cross the RR tracks and Bear Creek to get from Hwy 99 to the northside of town, the hospital, Merced High, Merced College, and the UC campus. M St. and R St. still cross over the Santa Fe tracks, whereas the passengers heading south on Amtack see this sign on the way out of town at the underpass.

It is richly decorated, and worth seeing up close, IMO. We Mercedians are trying to live up to our image as a Gateway City to YNP, as you can tell. But we are also celebrating our diversity and our livelihoods, which are due mostly to agriculture, of course.

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Views from the southeast side of G St.



mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 19, 2013 - 08:21pm PT
And here are views from the north side of G St.
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Shelter from the storm.
Shelter from the storm.
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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 19, 2013 - 08:34pm PT
I got these photos and walked up 21st Street taking shots of older homes and got downtown just in time to be greeted by the rainstorm that had been threatening all day. So I ditched into the Arbor Gallery for a view of their Red Exhibit to wait it out and chat with the lady in attendance, who said that the next exhibit will be Blue. I wondered if yellow were the next color, and she asked why yellow? I said Jasper Johns, of course!

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Yosemite Ablaze by Helen Swickard.
Yosemite Ablaze by Helen Swickard.
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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 19, 2013 - 08:52pm PT
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And this double rainbow just a few minutes ago.
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Feb 19, 2013 - 09:57pm PT
eenie MINI minee mo


Whaaat?

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 19, 2013 - 10:16pm PT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkiRVxNMjU8
http://science.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/19/17020293-mount-etna-roars-to-life-in-new-eruption-and-its-all-on-video?lite
Evel

Trad climber
Nedsterdam CO
Feb 19, 2013 - 11:27pm PT
Thanks, Mouse. If I haven't already posted this thought I'll do it again. You are one dude that I want to meet. I hope we can share a pipe and a fire someday. Thanks again.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Feb 20, 2013 - 02:01am PT
That's redfully cool Mouse. TFPU!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 20, 2013 - 02:05am PT
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You'll observe the notification @ the County Fair, which gives us a color theme.

The woman in attendance at the Arbor Gallery told me that their exhibit colors were red, blue, and white, not yellow. It was a lead-in to the Fair's Veterans theme.

Doh!

It's good to know the new high school's almost done, even though it may seem we don't need it, right yet. We will be glad to have it soon enough.

Thank you, Evel.
Ditto, Marlow.
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Feb 20, 2013 - 02:58am PT
Jasper had a thing about yellow. Glad you mentioned it. Just got back from a concert with my pal randy abbott. His mom, Linda is soon to have an exhibit in Merced. Not sure which venue. I' ll let you know when I find out. Linda and Arvin used to be neighbors with fossil climber (wayne merry) .
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Feb 20, 2013 - 08:16am PT
nice trip report(s) mousie

i'm riding the rails to LA today, first train trip in quite some time

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 20, 2013 - 10:14am PT
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She's very good in art class. This is one of hers called "Deck the Walls."

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 20, 2013 - 10:28am PT
zBrown from Choo-choo-chula Vista.

http://www.freep.com/article/20130103/ENT04/301030045/Kim-Simmonds
http://www.myspace.com/savoybrown/music/albums/voodoo-moon-18046274#!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-61WMiajA8

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Feb 20, 2013 - 11:03am PT
hey there say, mouse.... wow, this is a very speicial share here...

i am going to see if there is an article to seee about this train accident, :(


wondering if the art was done way back then, or added later...

there is beautiful artwork on it... i wonder how many folks daily,
ever stop and wonder, (those that have never seen,the bridge, before) even some locals, about the history of this...

thanks for the road trip NOW that i can see the pictures...

some have not showed yet... the close up of the woodpecker/flicker
feeding babe, i think, is the last one that i can see... so far...


will be back...later...
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 20, 2013 - 11:21am PT
neebee, the tile and all the art work is the project of this lady, Monika Modest, who also is responsible for the tile display at Bob Hart Square in downtown, from the earlier tour around Christmas.
Monika Modest at her work, installing others' work.
Monika Modest at her work, installing others' work.
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This project was only possible with great patience shown by commuters, who were forced to crowd into the other arteries. Oh, and the Feds and RR helped.

It was gratifying that last night I mentioned on Facebook that the image of the Merced Courthouse on the south side "gallery" is getting caked with deposits and the former chief of police saw the comment, and then took it to the city council for fixing last night. Boom! Problem taken care of!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Feb 20, 2013 - 11:23am PT
hey there say, mouse....
and all...

i FOUND a link, as to the building of the bridge, and all the tech stuff to drain the area, surveylance for to protect art from vandals...

some of the artists mentioned, a survivor, and a few more interesting
notes on the opening ceremony...


http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2011/11/30/2140292/public-invited-to-array-of-opening.html

will put some of the bits in quotes in just a few minutes:

wow! as to this:
The underpass is the largest road project in the city’s history. It involved the complete reconstruction of the railroad crossing, the installation of 45 pilings to hold the bridge and the construction of a massive storm water drainage system. In addition, the project involved rerouting sewer and water lines, along with moving natural gas lines and power poles. The completion of this project means that Central and North Merced residents can move without having to stop for train traffic. Before the underpass, police, fire and other public safety vehicles in Merced spend up to two hours each day delayed by the trains. The City can have up to 42 trains a day cutting through town. The only overhead crossing for the BNSF railroad in the city is the two-lane Bradley Overhead on the edge of town that is more that is more 70 years old and gets closed in the winter when roads are too frosty or icy. (It is now being rebuilt) The next nearest crossing is 10 miles away. The $18 million project is funded by: California Transportation Commission $9 million Merced Redevelopment Agency $4.8 million City Public Facility Financing (Impact fees) $2.3 million Burlington Northern & Santa Fe RR $1.9 million In addition, the city spent another $2.4 million for improvements in the project area, including a $1.1 million water line replacement. No general fund money was used in the project and the funds could not be used to pay for personnel such as police or fire personnel.

note: there is an area in south texas, next door to where i used to live: train would shut off half of the town from reaching our area, for 20 min stretches, upon more 20 min stretches, etc... safe thing, was, though, you could see it coming for manyyyyyyy blocks down the road...

the article starts this way:
i went from back-end finance, to front, :)


un-Star staff (news share was nov 2011)

The city of Merced said the public is invited to tour the G Street Underpass before the formal dedication ceremony at noon, Saturday, Dec. 3. The road will be open to pedestrians at 11 a.m. so that people can see the modern marvels normally hidden from view. Later in the day Mayor Bill Spriggs and former Mayor Ellie Wooten will ride in the vehicle that will be the first car to drive under the underpass. Local students will be involved in a ribbon cutting for the sidewalks that lead to an elementary school and a middle school. Staff and contractors will be on hand to show the huge storm water pumps that would drain the underpass in case of a heavy rain, explain the network of pipes buried below the asphalt and the electrical system that provides all the power. Artists Kristan Robinson and Monika Modest will be at the underpass to discuss their artworks that will be decorating the underpass walls and City staff will also be available to discuss the surveillance cameras that protect the art, and other features, from vandals. There also will be information tables on Neighborhood Watch, recycling, crime prevention, fire safety, transportation available during the event. The road project has its roots in a tragedy occurring almost 80 years ago. It was at the intersection of G Street and the then Santa Fe railroad tracks that a school bus coming from Fremont School was struck by a train. Seven students were killed and another 23 were injured. The tragedy on May 7, 1931 helped lead to the legislation that requires all occupied buses to stop at railroad crossings. One of the survivors of the accident will be on hand for the undercrossing dedication. G Street has been closed for the last 18 months for construction of an underpass at the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe tracks.


wow, last part of article, talk about TREES, :)
The project had a “finished” look earlier than expected when the paving schedule was moved up to October to beat the early winter storm that dumped an inch of rain on the city. Staff estimates work would have been delayed at least three to four weeks to dry everything out if the asphalt had not been laid prior to the storm’s arrival. Even after G Street is opened, additional work will need to be done, including installing an emergency generator, pouring concrete near the car wash and finish planting the 6,000 bushes and 200 trees that will decorate the project.

* wow, looks like they got done, just in time, without weather damage


edit:

wow, thanks mouse... i DID see her name on the article, and now i know
that she is teh TILE artist... wow, thanks....
neat new share, of yours, by the way, :)
more than 'by the way' now...

:)


aother old pre-do, link:
http://www.cityofmerced.org/civica/press/display.asp?layout=1&Entry=289
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Feb 20, 2013 - 11:36am PT
hey there say, mouse... oh my....

as to this:

It was gratifying that last night I mentioned on Facebook that the image of the Merced Courthouse on the south side "gallery" is getting caked with deposits and the former chief of police saw the comment, and then took it to the city council for fixing last night. Boom! Problem taken care of!


well, how about that, :)
:))
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 20, 2013 - 11:49am PT
Gypsy--
I saw your beech tree from Biltmore.

Here's a Quercus suber from Courthouse Park.
Quercus suber, the cork oak.
Quercus suber, the cork oak.
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Cork is hypdrophobic. It's why it works. It's the most environmentally friendly bottle-stopper, too.
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I don't know what this little guy sees in them. He thinks they are the Supermarket, probably.

Merced is a "Tree City" as proclaimed by the flag in the Square. Here's a page I found which may encourage you to put a cork in your space.
http://www.angelfire.com/ca2/diablobonsai/oaks.html

I don't mean that the way I intended it. :)
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Feb 20, 2013 - 12:03pm PT
hey there say, mouse...

my mom and i always loved seeing the cork-trees...

we only seen a few, of course, but neat stuff...
:)


mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 20, 2013 - 12:07pm PT
It's clearing up outside and I may go for a jaunt to Applegate Park. And the rose garden. And Bear Creek.
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