On The Road With Fastfreta...Back in California

Scenes of Southern California

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Need I say anything, Well I will, beautiful!These are pictures of the San Bernardino county area of Southern CaliforniaWhat can I say, breathtakingWOW!
Need I say anything, Well I will, beautiful!
Need I say anything, Well I will, beautiful!
These are pictures of the San Bernardino county area of Southern California
These are pictures of the San Bernardino county area of Southern California
What can I say, breathtaking
What can I say, breathtaking
WOW!
WOW!

In California

So here I am back in California, I would say home, but that appears not to be the case, because at this point I don't know where home is. I'm actually in Loma Linda for a spell, with my "adopted son", Terrance, ( he adopted me, more about him later), and his sister Pat. Loma Linda is the primary home of the Seventh Day Adventist religion, so Saturday here is pretty much closed down.

I'm enjoying the scenery, even though I've lived in Southern California for over 40 years, I've never spent this much time this close to the mountains. These mountains are called the San Bernardino Mountains. Such lovely views.

My Fair Day

Yes I said day, because I only spent one whole day here this time. Oh, I did do a quarter of a day too. Well, in the vernacular of the day, "it's all good," I enjoyed it nevertheless. My one full day began with my customary things. I bought the turkey leg, curly fries, and lemonade. Being alone, I knew that I could not eat all of that food, so I invited some new "friends," to sit and eat with me, so I wouldn't have to throw the remainder of the food away. Take a look at my dinner "friends." Not only did they help me eat all that food, they provided a little comic relief. All in all this was a fun dinner break, very nice group.

Fair Friends

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Billy, CeCe, Lisa,  Domenic, and Carlos,Domenic, Lisa, and CarlosBilly, CeCeFree ride couponBilly and CeCeDomenic, Lisa, and CarlosFair crowdFair crowd
Billy, CeCe, Lisa,  Domenic, and Carlos,
Billy, CeCe, Lisa, Domenic, and Carlos,
Domenic, Lisa, and Carlos
Domenic, Lisa, and Carlos
Billy, CeCe
Billy, CeCe
Free ride coupon
Free ride coupon
Billy and CeCe
Billy and CeCe
Domenic, Lisa, and Carlos
Domenic, Lisa, and Carlos
Fair crowd
Fair crowd
Fair crowd
Fair crowd

A few Fair sights in pictures

One of the most interesting sights I saw this time around was the, Our Body, exhibit. They exhibited actual real bodies, I mean real live, dead human beings, (oxymoron I know), but I was struck by the fact that once living humans were actually on display. Pictures were not allowed, you know if they were, they'd be here now. Anyway, there was this one man that they sliced like bacon,(BIZARRE), and displayed in bacon like slices in glass, standing. Now, these were not just skeletons, they displayed humans in various stages of development, or life. There was even a piece of skin that looked like leather, showing every part of the person, from which the skin was removed, like eye holes, ears, etc. Virtually every part of the human body was on display, I mean inside and out. I was thinking as I saw this display, "I'll bet when the person donated their body to science, they never thought they'd be on display like this." Okay, enough of that now, although I thoroughly enjoyed it, I didn't think I would, but I did.

Oh, take a look at that giant teddy bear the little girl is holding. Those very large stuffed animals were some of the prizes that could be won in the arcade section of the fair, this year.

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This horse is called by it's owner the world's smallest horse.Calves cooling themselves in animal nurseryBaby goatsBaby goatssleeping piglets.Sleeping pigletsBig MamaBaby and MamaMama and babyNewborn CalfMiniature horse, and spotted horseClydesdale horseshow lineup at FairShow lineup at Fair
This horse is called by it's owner the world's smallest horse.
This horse is called by it's owner the world's smallest horse.
Calves cooling themselves in animal nursery
Calves cooling themselves in animal nursery
Baby goats
Baby goats
Baby goats
Baby goats
sleeping piglets.
sleeping piglets.
Sleeping piglets
Sleeping piglets
Big Mama
Big Mama
Baby and Mama
Baby and Mama
Mama and baby
Mama and baby
Newborn Calf
Newborn Calf
Miniature horse, and spotted horse
Miniature horse, and spotted horse
Clydesdale horse
Clydesdale horse
show lineup at Fair
show lineup at Fair
Show lineup at Fair
Show lineup at Fair

The Taste of Soul

Here is another reason I had to come back to California during this time of the year. This is the 6th annual Taste of Soul in L.A. I have not missed this event from its inception. The Taste of Soul is a street festival, showcasing the various "Soul" foods around Los Angeles. Even though that is the original intent of the festival, that's not all it entails. The event also showcases the various small businesses in and around L.A.

There's also entertainment. This year, the entertainment included, Eric Benet, Tyrese, Al B Sure, Deniece Williams, to name a few. There were at least 6 major stages, featuring Gospel, Comedy, Jazz, R&B, and various radio stations from the area, all vying for our attention. Of course, the politicians were out in force, as usual at such events.

This year the boast was that there was over 200,000 people, and I believe it. To say that I didn't enjoy it as much, this year, is an understatement, because my main reason for going is to eat, and I could not get a "taste" of all the foods that were featured. So, yes I was disappointed to say the least. Oh well, I can say I was there,( ho-hum)!

A few of the interesting people I met at the "Taste of Soul"

As I always do while on my journey, I attempt to meet and talk to interesting people, so let me tell you about a few of them. (pictures included)

The first was a very nice young author of children's books, who goes by the name of David Hollaway. David not only writes the books but he also illustrates them. By my standards he does a really good job. I always try to support enterprising young people, so with my limited funds I purchased one of the books. Being that I have five grandchildren that could benefit from them, I'll have to keep this one for myself, because one book won't do for them, and anyway he autographed it for me. I encourage all to support David, and while you're at it you can also encourage a child to read, and enjoy doing so, using David's books. His website is, www.quackenworth.com go over and take a look.

The next was a very nice gentleman name Kelvin E. Fossett. Mr. Fossett is also an author. His book "Off To a Bad Start," looks like it will make an interesting read, so when I can I'll purchase it. His website is, www.kelvinefossett.com.

However my favorite encounter of the day was a very nice family, the Williams' Albert, (not Fat Albert either, LOL, his words, not mine), Felicia, and Danielle, very beautiful people. I'll tell you why I say that. As always, before I take a picture of anyone, I explain to them who I am, and what I'm doing, letting them know that I'm putting these pics on the Internet, and asking their permission. Well, anyway this family was so sweet, and encouraging. They genuinely had my best interest at heart, I say that because Felicia continued to hug me, wish me well, and showed genuine concern for my safety, and well being. Now these are people that I would welcome into my circle of close friends. (See pics below). They also took the only pictures of me at the festival, because they were the only people I felt comfortable handing my camera to.

The Taste of Soul, Los Angeles, California, USA

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The crowdRandom crowd picOne of the many stagesDavid HollawayDavid HollawayDavid HollawayDavid's boothKelvin FossettKelvin FossettRandom Crowd PicMe, at the Taste of SoulThat's me againMy new best friends, whom I'll probably never see again. The Williams' Albert, Felicia, and DanielleDanielle, Felicia, and Albert, (not Fat Albert)Rock Climbing at the festival
The crowd
The crowd
Random crowd pic
Random crowd pic
One of the many stages
One of the many stages
David Hollaway
David Hollaway
David Hollaway
David Hollaway
David Hollaway
David Hollaway
David's booth
David's booth
Kelvin Fossett
Kelvin Fossett
Kelvin Fossett
Kelvin Fossett
Random Crowd Pic
Random Crowd Pic
Me, at the Taste of Soul
Me, at the Taste of Soul
That's me again
That's me again
My new best friends, whom I'll probably never see again. The Williams' Albert, Felicia, and Danielle
My new best friends, whom I'll probably never see again. The Williams' Albert, Felicia, and Danielle
Danielle, Felicia, and Albert, (not Fat Albert)
Danielle, Felicia, and Albert, (not Fat Albert)
Rock Climbing at the festival
Rock Climbing at the festival

Dawndee

Have you ever heard of Anime, Cos Play? Well, neither had I until I met this young lady, Dawndee. Dawndee lives in the complex where I'm temporarily staying, while in California.

Because of Dawndee I got a real education in both. Anime, is a style of art usually referring to Japanese cartoons. Some of the most popular are, Speed Racer, Yugioh, Pokemon, Naruto, and Bakugon.

Cos Play is short for Costume Play. In Cos play the participants chose a story, cartoon, or any play, book etc, dress accordingly, and act out the play, book, etc.

Dawndee's favorite form of Cos play is Anime. She's so into it that she spends her free time totally immersed in the art form. She makes all of her costumes, mostly by hand. She travels wherever to participate in various events surrounding her hobby. I don't even know if I should call it a hobby, because Dawndee seems to have made it her lifelong pursuit. She's participating in a convention in San Francisco this weekend, (October, 20, 2011). Before I close this out, I've got to tell you that Dawndee, and her Cos Play partner won their event, (first place). As I knew she would, just look at that costume.

Warning: Some forms of Anime may have questionable content, so do your research before watching or reading.

See Dawndee's costume which she made entirely by hand

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Notice the details on every inch of the costumeCheck out this bow, she actually made that by hand, cute, huh!That chainsaw was made entirely from scratch with items you can find at any craft store.I don't know if you can see the vest, but Dawndee hand stitched each and every sequin on it, again I might add by hand.
Notice the details on every inch of the costume
Notice the details on every inch of the costume
Check out this bow, she actually made that by hand, cute, huh!
Check out this bow, she actually made that by hand, cute, huh!
That chainsaw was made entirely from scratch with items you can find at any craft store.
That chainsaw was made entirely from scratch with items you can find at any craft store.
I don't know if you can see the vest, but Dawndee hand stitched each and every sequin on it, again I might add by hand.
I don't know if you can see the vest, but Dawndee hand stitched each and every sequin on it, again I might add by hand.

Conclusion

Okay, since I'm obviously still here in California, and frankly don't know when I'll be heading back to Georgia. I'll have to do my California "adventure," in two parts, as this is getting a little long. So until later, as I always say, "stay tuned, more to come."

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

I love the photos.. thank you for sharing. I have always wanted to visit California! I guess for now I'll have to be OK being stuck in Texas. Thank you for sharing your trip. I'll be looking for part 2 :)


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Jamie, you're not very far from California, just hop aboard Amtrak, and come on over. LOL! You won't be sorry. Thanks very much for stopping, stay tuned, more to come. Oh say have you been following along with the other stops, if not go back and at least take a look at some of the photos. See you real soon.


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Teria Wendel 5 years ago from Bradenton,Florida

I love the pics, had to show my son and now we are going to plan a vacation there soon. Love your sense of humor...be safe and be blessed!!


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Teria, go over and take a look at my Hubs about Pasadena, because they give you some insight about interesting things you can do and see while here. Thanks for stopping, and I'm glad you enjoyed the pics. Go back and take a look at some of the other hubs relating to this subject, perhaps there may be some other places you'd like to visit, I have interesting pics on those too.


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg

Great pics, I love California. Thanks for sharing your trip!


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks carcro, I hope you've been following my adventure, I have tons more pictures on the entire series, of cities all around the country. Go over and take a look. Follow the links above. I guarantee if you enjoyed these, you'll enjoy those more. Anyway thank you for stopping by, stay tuned, more to come.


healingleaf 5 years ago

Hi Freta. Thank you for the photos. I will try to catch the Taste of Soul next year.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you healingleaf for stopping and taking the time to read, and leave a comment. Stay tuned, more to come.


Felicia Williams 5 years ago

Alfreta, it was such a joy to meet you--you are certainly an inspiration to us all. Your life is an example of what it means to give thanks for EVERYTHING. We, too, are grateful and give thanks to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ through the good and the bad. Thank you for the very kind words--we certainly feel so fortunately that our paths have crossed. I will certainly share the link with Albert (not Fat Albert, lol) and Danielle, too. Safe travels to you on your awesome journeys around the world. And do be careful! Blessings to you, Felicia Williams


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you again Felicia for your kind concern for my welfare, you're too nice. I'm trying to encourage readers to my site, so please pass the word, and thank you for stopping, please come back, and read more, and let me know what you think. Also please tell your family I said hello.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

You are such a wonderful and great person, having the right attitude. Judging by the photos you are having a wonderful time and I am so pleased for you. Take care and hope to read from you soon.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

What a marvelous day you had and thank you for sharing all those wonderful photos. I really enjoyed this hub. It sounds like you enjoy meeting people, enjoying life and what more could anyone ask? Rated up and awesome.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you both so much. Yes I've had a nice time since returning to California, but that must end soon, as I've got to head back South soon, and that will be another hub. So stay tuned.

Yes, Hello, hello, the pictures are telling the truth, I am having a wonderful time carving out a new life for myself. That of being a road warrior.

Pam, I'm not sure which day you meant, but so far most have been very nice, especially the Fair day.

Again, thank you both for your very nice comment. As I said before, stay tuned more to come.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

Freta, glad your home in a sense though. I love you entire series you are going Freta and I sure do hope things turn out good for you. You seem to see through the storm clouds per say in every situation that has popped up. Best wishes and we are on stand-bye.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks thelyricwriter, but unfortunately I'm not home, I will be headed back to Atlanta shortly. Frankly, these days I don't know where home is, I'm living like a nomad. I will settle down one day, and I hope to call Southern California "Home" once again, but for now the road, or rather Amtrak, is home. I'm actually looking forward to getting back on the road. I wish I could stay on the train indefinitely, however they won't let me do this for free, LOL, so I must keep moving. Again thanks, for the encouragement, that's something I need constantly, these days to keep going. As I always say, stay tuned, more to come.

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