News Flash: Darth Vader’s secret hideout found in the most unlikely place right under his sleuths and Star Wars fans noses, a place nobody most likely would ever dream of.
While touring Montreal’s downtown winter festival site which unfortunately has turned into a spring-time one because of the sudden warm weather, I headed east until reaching Saint Laurent boulevard also famously known as the “Main”.
This area is undergoing tremendous transformation with many of the centuries old buildings being torn down replaced by modern concrete, metal and glass ones however, some old structures remain and one of them is Vader’s secret lair.
The give away was not easily noticeable for the untrained eye however, I am very alert for hidden clues that my sharp vision spots as happened on Friday, February, 24, 2017.
I was passing by an army surplus store two of which are side by side on this boulevard just a little north of Saint Catherine street when I saw a strange metal manikin in the window convinced me to enter the surplus store to check it out.
After walking inside I inspected the manikin better and while doing so spotted R2D2 or its double right next to the window manikin, both were metal art works composed of used car parts including sheet metal.
Because it was inside a busy business establishment I immediately inquired whether I could take a few pictures asking someone working there and got my OK.
This gentleman also told me that besides those two metal art works more existed at the far end of the store and that it was OK if I took pictures of those too.
I immediately wandered over and suddenly I spotted Darth Vader hiding in a far corner drapped with an American flag for camouflage fortunately, I knew about this evil Sith Lord.
Although amongst the greatest fictional character villains ever he instinctively knew how to blend in when hiding until I spotted him having watched Star Wars years ago, so the jig was up now everybody knows his secret whereabouts.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”HIDEOUT”.
During the 2016 Canada Day celebrations parents brought their baby on stage to have fun with similar aged little ones although some were still not ready for it as my picture shows.
City provided organizers invited all parents to bring their little children on stage to sing nursery rhymes and songs, clap their hands, and do all sorts of fun activities that little ones enjoy meanwhile, giving parents a break and happy seeing their children having a great time.
Canada Day celebrations include whole families in all sorts of entertainment, fun, and games for children of all ages as long as they were able to take part.
True babies like the two depicted bottom left, obviously are just too young and need to be held lovingly by their parents not to frighten them with all the goings on.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”BABY”.
A musical slur is a notation indicating that the piece played must be sung or played smoothly based on learned technique to relax quickly, something trained professionals know how to do instinctively.
My two images depict slur technique practiced by these trained artists in action during last year’s annual Montreal International Jazz Festival.
The first, a gentleman from Chicoutimi, Quebec, named Israel Proulx accompanied by his rockabilly band plays Jerry Lee Lewis’s famous “Great Balls of Fire”.
The second is a Montreal university jazz band with a young woman singer, playing a mix of hybrid Funk type Big Band music that interjected with a lot of interesting vocals in between by the young lady.
This music seemed experimental to me in style however, it was unique and new to my ears reminding me of the Artie Johnson doing his skit on the old “Laugh In” TV show, he used to say “Verrry Interestingk!”
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”SLUR”.
A good match plurality depicted are New Orléans musicians John Cleary, his guitar man, and his drummer (hidden) doing beautiful music mixture.
Hanging on grey brick wall at far end, another pairing shown, a picture of pink ice cream in cone, croissant, strawberry topped with cherry and a barbershop patterned plastic straw.
I took this picture in June 2016 during the very popular annual Montreal International Jazz Festival when the John Cleary and his The Absolute Monster Gentlemen played on the Rio Tinto Stage delighting hundreds of fans with their unique style funk music.
This professional trio, a transplanted white Brit to New Orléans on piano, an American black man on acoustic guitar, and Cuban born Latino drummer put on a fantastic show that afternoon.
Watching these guys from way down south in the USA perform and listening to their awesome music was wonderful, it brought me much satisfaction.
By-the-way, that other pairing depicted on that picture certainly would bring enjoyment for me too!
This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”A GOOD MATCH”.
Wonderful rhythmic music by Freddy James and his sister Rosalind Hunt along with his “Project” band entertained the gathered 2016 West Island Canada Day evening crowd until 10 PM when the fireworks display began.
Entertainer-singer Freddie James, originally from Chicago, is an international singing sensation, who gained fame with “Get Up and Boogie” in 1979 reaching number 5 on the US music chart hit parade.
The “Freddie James Project” band has been a favorite for several years now at the annual West Island Canada Day and Jazz Festival celebrations drawing crowds of excited and adoring fans with their special kind of sound.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt: “RHYTHMIC”.
Late night fireworks create overhead glitter momentarily lighting up dark sky eliciting many oohs and aahs from gathered multitudes celebrating Canada Day.
Each year our municipality, like many others all across Canada, has a festival all through the day ending with a fireworks display when it is sufficiently dark, about 10PM.
My picture depicts one of the fireworks rockets exploding overhead shooting brilliant white sparks helter-skelter momentarily lighting up the black sky while hundreds of excited admirers scattered all over the grounds near city hall enjoy it from below.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”GLITTER”.
Goalie is defensive blur as are his two defencemen protecting their net from opposition centerman, who overshot the net and slows down before hitting retaining ice rink wall.
The opposition hockey player, probably a centerman, wearing Boston Bruins colors, zoomed in at high-speed trying to score instead overshoots the net while two defencemen try to take him out.
The two defense-men desperately try to take the puck away from him however, he was just too quick and ended up behind the net after slowing down at last moment so as not to slam into the rink wall.
I witnessed this play at the local municipal arena a couple of years ago when these juniors played an exciting tournament game where both hockey teams were literally flying, skating high-speed end to end trying to score on each other all afternoon.
This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”BLUR”
A terrified young woman after seeing the evil zombie ran away screaming meanwhile, it got drunk at the all-night bar after entering it and sampling red wine, more, and more red wine much to the amazement of the staff.
You see zombies are not known to be drinkers however, once they sample some booze they are quickly addicted and leave a place only after emptying the liquor supply then stagger out like our drunken, slobbering, zombie, who then tried to strangle a waiter.
These undead creatures wander around during the night searching for food and a McDonald’s “Happy Meal” won’t do because they prefer raw flesh quenched with red blood therefore, you probably will have a hard time finding a boozer amongst them.
Fortunately, for us our drunk evil zombie, after scaring a man out for a walk, wandered out into the street when somebody in their car suddenly smacked it putting it out of commission for good.
That car then sped away after leaving tire tread marks all over it.
Since a zombie culture seems to exist even at WP, as evidenced in the serious list of blogs dedicated to it, this is my contribution, hope you get some chuckles from it!
Fresh juicy tomato slices with a sprinkle of black pepper and salt to taste are wonderful when this fruit is in season which to North Americans is everyday.
Tomato slices are also fabulous with meat sandwiches such as roast beef or smoked meat, and also with eggs on toast, chicken or roast turkey sandwiches etc.
We can thank our aboriginal Peoples of Central and South America for discovering and later cultivating this marvelous fruit used everyday raw or as an ingredient in a multitude of dishes, sauces, salads, and drinks.
Personally, I love them and have grown several varieties in our little backyard garden most years although last year I failed to plant any however, lucky for me 2016 was a bumper crop year at least that is how it appeared to me because their availability and prices were cheap at the local grocery store.
This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”JUICY”.
Against the odds, on Crescent street, young lad staring, totally incredulous, meets Lipstick-man waving hand at him.
Both the young boy and his father were wandering around Crescent Street viewing the exciting things on display along with multitudes of muscle car fans in town for the race when suddenly there was Lipstick-man waving his hand at him.
The young boy just couldn’t believe his eyes that this six-foot plus pink and gold-colored character existed as far as he knew only TV and the movies had them yet here he was waving at him.
I captured this very interesting scene while wandering around the street looking at everything going on that Thursday morning and was also amazed to see that mascot character.
This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”AGAINST THE ODDS”.