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#CFFC: White or Cream Colors Before COVID 19

Lens Artist Photo Challenge #124 Before and After

The entire world is adjusting to life after COVID. Now Vince plays free poker online and complains about it every time he does. “These people don’t know how to play.”

Vince in 7th heaven before COVID 19 got to play in a tournament in the Venetian.

Fortunately our friends Glen and Carol came all the way from Australia BEFORE the COVID lockdown. We had such a good time that they went back the third week they were in the US, and we went back in February. The clear blue sky contrasted so beautifully with the statue and the pharaoh’s head dress.

Because of the cooler weather, November through March or April were the best months to visit Las Vegas. Now travel is limited. Even though COVID had not reared it’s ugly head, when we went in February 2020, Vince was careful not to touch railings and to use hand sanitizer constantly.

These adorable polar bears visited the Bellagio for the winter. I’m sure they had to go home after COVID hit.

I just realized that I spent some worthless time putting white frames around all these pictures. So much for trying to impress you all with my Photoshop talents.

This next photo shows you how hot it gets in Las Vegas. This shade covering stands outside of the Shelby Car Museum. What interested me was the tree growing underneath the cover. The heat in the summer is brutal. I swore the last time we went in July for a Kiwanis conference that I would never do it again. It was easy to stay away this year. Because of COVID, Kiwanis put all their conferences on Zoom.

Finally, you all know I love history, but I was more interested in the contrast of colors in this picture of New York New York in Las Vegas. I think I was shooting for the doughboy on the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, but I can’t tell you for sure that’s what it is. I’m making an assumption based on the fact there is a Doughboy Park in the Queens in New York and I think his clothing and weapon look more like WWI than WW2. Agree or Disagree?

Before the destruction that followed COVID, I don’t remember any statues in my lifetime – controversial or otherwise that were torn down by rioters or protesters in the United States. Vandalized statues are something we no longer have to imagine in the United States. As of July 22, there were 179 monuments ruined including a 120-year-old statue of an elk in Portland, Oregon. History will tell if this violent method of protest was more successful in bringing about racial equity than the marches of the 1960s.

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I hope you enjoyed my whites and creams for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, which runs from Tuesday through Monday. I barely squeaked in this week. Click to see some other samples of whites and creams and to learn how to submit your own photos.

CFFC runs weekly challenge starting every Tuesday.

Amy of the Lens-Artist team invited us to reminisce about life before and after COVID in Challenge #124. Check out her comment section to visit other contributors. Their challenge comes out each Saturday at noon.

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  1. Hi Marsha,
    enjoyed your take on the themes for the challenges and a top photo for me of this post was the shade covering outside of the Shelby Car Museum – so cool with the angle and the tree growing like that
    and your story about the heat at the time – whew – it reminded me of a time I was at Busch Gardens in FL and it might have been the hottest day I have experienced trying to do something – too hot –

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    • I know that place, too. We went there when I was a kid- in August! Too hot but a gorgeous place. Thanks for stopping by. I’d been thinking about you so I stopped by your blog. Loved your responses to Now and Then.

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      • Thanks Marsha – I had to take a bit of a blog break but am back now and plan on doing your interview post in early December – and I am looking forward to it – be In touch about that as it gets nearer
        – and Marsha –
        I also stopped doing the august “neighborhood night out” in our area because it was too hot – I can handle heat a lot better now (crazy how cleansing helped me with that – and the health of the blood and immune system also helps the body regulate cold and hot temps better – so more iron in my blood has seemed to really help me with weather) anyhow – still don’t like humid days over 100 – 😫

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  2. I haven’t been LV for a long while. These are great photos. I remember the Christmas decoration of the Bellagio, so creative and fabulous. Thank you, Marsha for joining in.

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  3. Wonderful response to the challenges Marsha (and a good use of multiple challenges too!). Been to Vegas, been to NY, hope to see the pharaoh and polar bears some day. Loved Vegas although I didn’t do any gambling. There is marvelous golf out there (I suppose for all the high rollers. We were picked up in a white limo for one round LOL) and the restaurants are superb. It’s kind of a mini world unto itself. So glad I got to see it, probably wouldn’t go back. The heat was unbelievable, and that’s from a southern girl!!

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    • Hi Tina, Thanks for the comments. I am not a gambler either, and I can’t stand cigarette smoke, but there is so much to see and do, I don’t mind going – except in the summer. WOW – a white limo. You must be famous. LV is definitely a mini-world with its casinos replicating different famous buildings and places.- well put


  4. I’ve never been to Vegas, but I have lived in Queens (East Elmhurst). I had to look up the word “doughboy”, and there is indeed a Doughboy Park in Queens. I learn something each time I read the entries for the weekly challenge.

    I was drawn to the shade covering, which has an outline similar to a Star Wars Imperial Cruiser.

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    • I know exactly what you mean, Khurt. I learn something all the time, too. I did not know the term Doughboy either, LOL. Interesting observation about the shade covering. I hadn’t seen that.


  5. Your images speak of innocent times, Marsha. Who would have ever thought we would find ourselves living in and through a global pandemic? The stuff of sci-fi, not so much. Everything changed, some for the better, as you and I personally experienced. Sounds like you are starting to settle in. Im packing still and we will be on our way in 3 weeks. Weird and exciting times, you stay safe, ya hear?

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    • Wow, three weeks. It has flown by. I thought about you last night as I prepared my post and marveled at how much you have accomplished in such a short time. It took me months to pack everything. Are you having a garage sale, or just taking everything? You stay safe, too and have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Vince has a birthday on the 25th, so he wants to eat out on Thanksgiving. Are you doing anything special for the holidays?

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      • Marsha, I started packing in March. I went through every drawer in the house and donated mountains of stuff. Our last trip we took a ton of boxes of things we don’t need and put them in storage there. We have a PODS coming this Saturday to start loading. We hope to be driving away by Dec 15 at the latest. Happy birthday to Vince! Where can you eat out? Enjoy! We are having Thanksgiving in the house with my two daughters, so they can say their last goodbye. I ordered a turkey dinner for 4 from Raleys, they deliver it on Wednesday!

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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