Okay, so I’ve been slacking a bit on updating my blog. Its been a busy month. Also, I have to wait until things publish in the paper before I can present them here. So without further adieu, here are some recent and not-so-recent images.
Remember when the Rockets were still in the running? They fell out after a record 21 straight game streak that got them into the playoffs.
The Lakers Kobe Bryant (24) and Rockets Shane Battier (31) scramble for the ball in the first quarter, March 16, 2008.
I had to photograph this next one twice. The first time I didn’t notice the guy in the very back wasn’t sharp. I came back a second time with a tripod. A lesson learned, I photographed them inside a wreck of a building they’ll eventually transform into their collective.
From left, Matthew Wettergreen, Ned Dodington and Adam Brackman are partners in the Caroline Collective, Houston’s first “collaborative workspace,” although it’s still in the making.
Palestinian-American poet and emergency room physician Fady Joudah, whose first collection, The Earth in the Attic, has been selected as winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize, one of the most prestigious such awards in the country. In addition to writing poetry and working at VA hospital here, Fady has been active in Doctors Without Borders.
Chris Hauff, 23, was a specialist in the army and an Iraq war vet who is now speaking out against the war. “The war is pointless. We shouldn’t be over there. There are too many that have died for somebody else’s gain,” he said.
Former Aramark worker Vernita Murdock, right, protests with Aramark workers from the GRB Convention Center, Reliant Stadium, and Minute Maid Park and community allies as they march to Tranquility Park through downtown from the Wedge Building April 3, 2008. Murdock was fired from Aramark. Murdock said the company said she missed too many days, but she said it was because she joined the union.
Terminal B, April 4, 2008 at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Ex-POW’s John Gutierrez, left, Jack Haus and Robert Black share a laugh following Guiterrez’s addressing a crowd at the DeBakey VA Medical Center April 9, 2008. Gutierrez was in the same POW camp in Germany with Black over 60 years ago.
Firefighters battle a blaze at 419 Richy, April 11, 2008, in Pasadena.
Josselin Aguiluz, 11, center and Kimberly Manqueros, 9, deal with the smoke during a fire at 419 Richy, April 11, 2008, in Pasadena, TX. Neither of the girls lived in the apartment.
Panic at the Disco, April 20, 2008 in Houston at the Verizon Wireless Theatre.
Jacob Jones, a chemical technologist at Dow, is reflected in an injection mold that produces samples of elastomer at Dow in Freeport, TX. Jones is helping to develop new grades of the substance. Jones, 25, holds a BS in chemical engineering from BYU and is one of the younger people in his laboratory.
Jacob Jones studies samples of elastomer studies samples of elastomer.
George Observatory manager and astronomer Barbara Wilson is concerned about light pollution. She said it has increased over the last half century due to the proliferation of outdoor lighting. “We have a generation of children who have half the world above their heads and have never seen the wonders of a starry sky,” she said.
The Rev. Huyen Viet lights a torch at the Human Rights Torch Relay rally and parade April 27, 2008 at Jones Plaza in Houston. According to the group’s literature, the relay is an international grassroots campaign that seeks to bring an end to all human rights abuses against the people of China while highlighting the persecution of Falun Gong.
Aregawit Kenfe, left, and Giday Gebre Wahid pour coffee during an Ethiopian coffee ceremony at the Ethiopian booth during the last day of this year’s IFest Sunday, April 27, 2008 in Houston. The cultivation of coffee started in Ethiopia in the 9th century. The coffee ceremony, an integral part of Ethiopian culture, compels one to drink at least three cups, the third cup bestowing a blessing.
Ashley Coxen will board a plane early Tuesday morning, April 29, to return to Denver for the last month of her high school career. After spending two years at a Humble high school, Coxen — who has serious testing anxiety — hasn’t been able to pass the science portion of the TAKS. She’ll return to Colorado, a state without high-stakes exit-level testing. The family had to scramble to think of another option since Ashley would lose her scholarship to a private college if she doesn’t finish high school.
Pastor Randy Weaver, who leads a cowboy church in Montgomery, TX, launches into a sermon on chickens. “They make a sacrifice for producing that egg,” he said. “You have to have something to give it away.”
Carol Guidry, 64, left, and sister Drue McClure, 58 are sisters who train for triathlons. It is Guidry’s second year in training and McClure’s third.
The Art Car Parade, a 21-year tradition of artists decorating cars and parading them through central Houston is an ode to the city’s creative spirit. Unfortunately, this year’s festival ended in tragedy when the beloved photography curator at the Art Car Museum, Tom Jones, was killed by a drunk driver. Jones was sitting on a curb outside the museum in the early morning hours following the parade relaxing with friends when a car hit another car parked at the curb. The parked car slammed into Jones and killed him. The following images are from the parade and the following memorial the next day and a week later.
Students get an eye-full at the Main Street Drag, the official launch of Orange Show Art Car Weekend, May 9, 2008 at Twain Elementary School in Houston.
Art Car Parade participants stage their vehicles before the beginning of the event near downtown Houston, May 10, 2008.
Drew Graves, 8, gets a peak at other cars.
The Houston Grand Opera gives a performance from The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart during judging.
The Blues Brothers make an appearance.
One participant figures out a way to keep things cool.
Holly Beretto, of the Houston Grand Opera, adjusts her costume after stuffing a cold pack underneath her helmet.
Caroline Anderson keeps cool in the shade.
Michael Lites sports a haircut custom-made for the occasion.
Friends of Art Car Museum curator Tom Jones mourn his death May 11, 2008 in Houston. In the early morning hours following the 21st Art Car Parade, Jones was killed when a drunk driver hit a parked car which then hit Jones as he sat on the curb in front of the museum.
Jim Settles lights incense at an altar in memory of Tom Jones during a memorial for him at the Art Car Museum, May 18, 2008. Settles said he placed the incense inside a helmet he wore during the parade last week.
A woman who identified herself only as “Melanie” passes by a sculpture of a horse during a memorial for Tom Jones, former curator at the Art Car Museum. The boots turned backwards in the stirrups is a military tradition when burying officers and symbolizes the deceased died as a warrior and would no longer ride.
Ben Gibson wipes away a tear after taking a moment to remember his friend Tom Jones during his memorial at the Art Car Museum.
Bagpiper Ramon Martin plays “Scotland The Brave” as art cars pass by in memory of Tom Jones.
Also depressing was the demolition of an almost century-old church in the third ward in Houston. Some community members were in the final stages of getting the decrepit building a historical designation. One morning, however, the bricks spontaneously fell from one side of the building. It was later decided the building needed to be demolished immediately.
A fireman walks past a century-old church near downtown, where a large section of the roof and at least one exterior wall have collapsed and other parts of the structure appear close to giving way, May 16, 2008.
Authorities were notified shortly after 7 a.m. that the large, brick-facade Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church at Valentine and Ruthven had partially collapsed.
An excavator pushes in the western wall of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church near downtown Houston.
An excavator demolishes the sanctuary.
Heather Thompson reacts to the demolition of the Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church. “It’s just sad. It’s the culture of the community. It hadn’t gotten to this. I’m so sad for it,” Thompson said. Thompson lives three or four blocks away in “Tin Town.”
A demolition man hands a picture of Rev. Robert (R. T.) Bingham, a founder of the Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church to a fireman.
Sally Wickers, left, executive director of the Coalition of Pastoral Leaders Freeman’s Town Houston, and Lue Williams react as they watch the demolition of Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church. At their feet are broken pieces of the building’s cornerstone.
Firemen carry out the bell.
Not to leave you depressed, I end this blog entry with…tiny horses. Everyone loves tiny horses. Please enjoy.
A scene from the Galaxy 2008 miniature horse show in Katy at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center.
Kea Iller, 5, and her miniature horse Oreo, run back to the gate after showing in the Youth Halter Obstacle event for kids age seven and under at the Galaxy 2008 miniature horse show.