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Use your own Power


Our lives are defined by the decisions we make each day whether we are selecting a restaurant or considering a cross-country move, we shape our lives. The decision-making process can be empowering, allowing us to enjoy the benefits of self-determination. Yet it can also be a source of anxiety because decisions force us to face the possibility of dissatisfaction and inner conflict. As a result, many of us opt to avoid making decisions by allowing others to make them for us. We consequently turn our power over to spouses, relatives, friends, and colleagues, granting them the stewardship of our lives that is ours by right. Though the decisions we must make are often difficult, we grow more self-sufficient and secure each time we trust ourselves enough to choose. Ultimately, only you can know how the options before you will impact your daily life and your long-term well-being. Within you lies the power to competently weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each selection. Even if you feel incapable of making a decision, your inner wisdom and your intuitive mind will give you sound counsel if you have faith in yourself. Try to come to your own conclusions before seeking the guidance of others, and even then, treat their suggestions as supplementary information rather than votes to be tallied. When your choices are your own, you will be more likely to accept and be satisfied with the outcome of those choices. Your decisions will be a pure reflection of your desires, your creativity, your awareness, and your power. Since you understand that you must live with and take responsibility for your decisions, you will likely exercise great care when coming to conclusions. 

This was shot was taken at The California State Railroad Museum. The museum features 21 restored locomotives and railroad cars, some dating back to 1862. The “Sierra Scene” shows a large scale mockup of a construction scene high in the Sierra Nevada representing Donner Pass circa 1867, featuring the locomotive Gov. Stanford. Other exhibits show how the influence of railroads changed American society, influencing travel, commerce and daily life, as well as the lives of railroaders and the diversity of people who work on railroads. Changing exhibits featuring photography, ephemera, and artifacts from the museum’s collection, add depth and incidental information to the overall story of railroad history. The Museum has an extensive educational program for elementary students from across the region to help them learn about railroad history using re-enactments, costumed docents, and including train and handcar rides.

The Ghost in the Machine

Spirits in the Material World

We discovered this unusual image after carefully exploring the California Train Museum in Sacramento. The details of the mechanisms used to propel these ancient beasts is absolutely fascinating. It appears then someone wanted to add a bit more character to this behemoth with a bit of their own styling. Wonder who she is?

The “Ghost in the Machine” is the British philosopher Gilbert Ryle’s description of Descartes’ mind-body dualism. The phrase was introduced in Ryle’s book The Concept of Mind (1949) to highlight the perceived absurdity of dualist systems like Descartes’ where mental activity carries on in parallel to physical action, but where their means of interaction are unknown or, at best, speculative.

In addition, Ghost in the Machine is the fourth album by The Police, released in 1981.  The group released three successful singles from the album: “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic“, “Invisible Sun“, and “Spirits in the Material World“. It went multi-platinum in the United States. The album was listed #322 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Do Drop In

This was taken prior to a Vintage Car Shoot on the runway – recall an older post ( We had breakfast at this wonderful Cafe and watched as anxious first time parachuters lined up every 30 minutes to be whisked into the blue and dropped onto the green!  Note the instructor equipped with cameras on his helmet!

Lodi is a city located in  San Joaquin County, California, in the northern portion of California’s Central Valley. The California Department of Finance’s population estimate as of Jan. 1, 2011 is 100,340. In recent years it has become an increasingly popular  exurb for commuters priced out of home ownership in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Take The Midnight Train Going Anywhere

This is another look at this spectacular Locomotive in Sacramento, California. I took some liberties to reflect an image of a vintage postcard. I can imagine this might have been the last communication from a broken heart.

Of course “Don’t Stop Believin'” is a  popular song by the  American rock band Journey, originally released as a  single from their 1981 album  Escape. The song has been described as “an anthem for the young who wanted to feel free and unrestricted”, featuring “one of the best opening keyboard  riffs in rock.”

“Just a small town girl, Livin’ in a lonely world, She took the midnight train going anywhere”

Remove Before Flight

We spotted this rather well-preserved Douglas DC-2 at the airport in Lido, California. What struck me where the number of rivets and sections of aluminum that made the skin this superb aircraft. This is a view from the rear of the aircraft. Give its immense size and where it was parked, it was impossible to get the entire plane in view.

The  Douglas DC-2 was a 12-seat,  twin-propeller airliner produced by the American company  Douglas Aircraft Corporation starting in 1934. It competed with the  Boeing 247. In 1935 Douglas produced a larger version called the  DC-3, which became one of the most successful aeroplanes in history.

In the early 1930s, fears about the safety of wooden aircraft structures (responsible for the  crash  of a  Fokker Trimotor compelled the American aviation industry to develop all-metal types. With  United Airlines having a monopoly on the Boeing 247, rival Transcontinental and Wester Air issued a specification for an all-metal .

The response of  Douglas was more radical. When it flew on July 1, 1933, the prototype, DC-1 had a highly robust tapered wing, a retractable undercarriage, and only two 690 hp (515 kW)  radial engines driving variable-pitch propellers!

The Tower Bridge

This was shot during a visit to Sacramento’s Old Town and Train Museum. The Tower Bridge is a vertical lift bridge across the Sacramento River, linking  West Sacramento in  Yolo County to the east.

In 1911, construction was completed on the M Street Bridge in Sacramento. In 1933, the city realized that it needed a better crossing over the Sacramento River in case of war, and that the existing bridge was highly inadequate to handle heavy traffic.

In 2001, as the old paint job could hardly be distinguished, residents who lived within 35 mi (56 km) of the capital voted on a new color scheme. Their choices were burgundy, green, silver and gold; or all gold. The winning color was all gold, and it was repainted in 2002.

However, that did not lessen the bridge’s color controversy. Some people complained that the new paint was not as gilded as advertised. Others have suggested that copper would have been a far better color choice, especially in the context of nearby buildings. The new coat is expected to last 30 years.

Three Wheeler

This was taken using a Gorilla Pod strapped to a railroad track to stabilize the camera – I love this portable Tripod!  I was intrugued by the complexity of this fine Engine and wanted a low perspectice to capture the power it once harnessed.

 The California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento is a tribute to the role of the  Iron Horse in connecting California to the rest of the nation.

The museum has its origins in 1937, when a group of railroad enthusiasts in the San Francisco Bay Area formed the  Pacific Coast Chapter of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society. This organization worked for years to promote the idea of a railroad museum, donating 30 historic locomotives and cars to the California Department of Parks and Recreation to be the nucleus of a State-operated museum in Sacramento. The Museum’s first facility, the  Central Pacific Railroad Passenger Station, opened in 1976. The Railroad History Museum was completed in 1981.  Steam Powered passenger train service on the began in 1984, with the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot opening three years later.

The Periwinkle Princess – By Tish and Rich Riley

We had the pleasure of shooting an amazing restoration this weekend just outside of Sacramento at the Lodi Airport. Tish and Rich were kind enough to drive this beauty out for the shoot…Here is their story!

The truck is a 1950 Chevy 1/2 Ton 5-window pickup and it was a Mother’s Day present from my husband.  When Rich found it at a swap meet in Turlock , it was a “project” and had to be transported in pieces on a flatbed tow truck to our home in Pleasanton .  After 18 months the mechanical rebuild was completed but the exterior was still unfinished.  When we drove it to its first car show it was painted black but had dijon mustard colored primer spots on various body parts where the customizations were still in progress.  The truck was called ‘ Holstein ‘ all weekend as a result.


After all the body mods were done, it finally received its namesake color of periwinkle.  This was my favorite color when I was a little girl so I took the Crayola periwinkle crayon to the paint shop and had the color matched to that crayon.  I’ve never regretted choosing that color because it always catches peoples’ eyes and generates a lot of interest. 

 She is now known as the Periwinkle Princess and I’m proud to say she has over 13,000 miles on her and has not been trailered anywhere since she was completed. 

Rich started the P-Town PushRods in 1994.  He had been looking for car owners that shared our love of cruising around in street rods but didn’t want the rules and cliques found in the car clubs he’d checked out.  He drove around Pleasanton looking for street rods in driveways and open garages.  He would periodically drive by those houses again until he saw the owners working on their cars.  He would then stop and talk to them to see if they were interested in getting together for breakfast once in awhile and going on car cruises.  We started out with 8 couples and eventually had over 185 people on the roster from places as far away as New Zealand .

The name P-Town PushRods came from Pleasanton ‘s nickname and the double meaning of pushrod as an engine part what we have to do when there’s a breakdown; push ‘rod’. If you look closely at the club’s logo you will even see 2 hand prints on the trunk of the car.  We consider ourselves an ‘un-club’ since we don’t have any rules or official officers. All the men are Vice President because they don’t want to have to do anything and all the women, aka: Rodettes, are President because someone has to be in charge to get stuff organized. 

The PushRods are the ‘host association’ for the 4 Good Guys car shows held at the Alameda Fairgrounds in Pleasanton .  We volunteer to help out at the entry gates and specialty area parking.  In return, our volunteers get free passes into the show and a reserved area for us to park in.  At these shows we sell t-shirts with our cars on them as a fundraiser for different causes.  Over the years we have donated tens of thousands of dollars to various organizations including the National Cancer Society, the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Center and Hope Hospice.  We also adopt families during the holidays and visit patients at the Veterans Hospital in Livermore .  During the West Coast Nationals show in August, the PushRods bring veterans from the hospital to the fairgrounds for a bar-b-que lunch in appreciation of their service to our Country.

Since Rich and I moved to Stockton , we aren’t as active in the club as we used to be but once a PushRod, always a PushRod.  We still love to meet up with our car buddies and hit the road with our street rods whenever we can.

  Like our club motto says, “You gotta drive ’em”

(Thanks to Tish and Rich for the great article)