Monday, May 21, 2018

Beyond the Streets

Photo by Patrick Jones. LA Hands by Slick. Los Angeles, 19 May 2018.
On Saturday I had the opportunity to see the awesome Beyond the Streets exhibition in Los Angeles. Many of the artists at this show I have had the opportunity to see in other places, such as Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Aiko, Faile and Faith 47. Others were legends or influential artists whose work I was familiar but hadn't seen in person. It is a cool show and if you have the chance to see it in LA, go do it. If not, this will be traveling, likely next to New York. I took many photos, some of which I may share here. I have already put some of my photos in other places, such as Instagram.

On this trip I was able to explore Echo Park and hike in Griffith Park and Runyon Canyon. I've been to LA many times over the years, it is one of my favorite cities in the world. But Echo Park was a new neighborhood for me. It was nice to see a different part of LA, and makes me feel even more connected to the city.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Cinco de Mayo

Photo by Patrick Jones. Casa de los Azulejos, Mexico City. 5 Mar 2009.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Back Again

Photo by Patrick Jones. Artist at work in Alexandria, VA. 28 Apr 2018.
I am back in the US after several flights from the Middle East. I didn't blog last week because I was running a technical training and participating in a two day conference in Turkey. Posts to the blog have been much slower this year. While I have been to Turkey many times, this was my first visit to Ankara, the capital of the country.

While I was overseas, Ancestry has been running a great promotion for its AncestryDNA kits at $59. I am hopeful that two months from now I'll see some more DNA matches in the results I administer. There have been some recent exchanges with interesting matches on the Mexican side of the tree, and it is timely to be able to dig into those links with Cinco de Mayo approaching.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

A Blue Ribbon Gardener

Source: Arizona Daily Star, 14 March 1968.
In Tuesday's post, I wrote about Concepcion "Concha" Campuzano, sister of my great-grandfather Plutarco. She was a champion horticulturalist, and regularly won prizes for her African violets in Tucson. Excellent gardening skills seem to run in the Campuzano family, my Granny's brother Ernie operated an orchid greenhouse in California.

Arizona Daily Star, 17 March 1963.
Arizona Daily Star, 8 April 1962.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Digging into Arizona Marriage Records

While looking around on Ancestry, I found a few records that I had missed previously for my great-grandfather Plutarco Campuzano's sister, Concepcion "Concha" Campuzano. She had first married John Dobson in Pinal County, Arizona. At some point prior to 1925, she separated from him, and settled with Italian immigrant Samuel Polito (formerly Ippolito). Concha and Sam married in Tucson on 16 May 1929, after the birth of two of their three children.
Source: Ancestry. Arizona Marriage Records, Image 429 of 960.
Source: Ancestry. Image 429 of 960.

The marriage record from May 1921 indicates Concha was 19, but really she was 17 at the time.
Source: Ancestry. Arizona Marriage Records.
John Dobson was a brother of Edward Dobson, who also married a cousin of Concha's, Rosaura Campuzano. Rosaura was a daughter of Jose Jesus Campuzano, brother of my 2nd-great-grandfather Vicente Campuzano.