Posted by Nolan Dalla on May 25, 2023 in Personal, Travel |
OLD PHOTOS: DAY 2
CONSTANTA, ROMANIA (BLACK SEA COAST) — MAY 1990
Today’s photo was taken 33 years ago. It’s special to me, for several reasons. First, this was the first weekend vacation Marieta and I ever took together and was way before we were married. We drove from Bucharest to Constanta, Romania on the Black Sea Coast.
It was supposed to be hot that time of year, but the weather was miserable. It never got above the 50s and rained all weekend. So, we had to stay in the hotel (that was actually kinda’ a lucky break for me, but I won’t go into details). One afternoon, we visited the beach but it was still way too cold to swim.
Constanta is Romania’s only major port. Most of the resorts are south of there, stretching all the way to the Bulgarian border. If you were to look behind me and travel those waters another 150 miles or so, you’d be in Odessa, Ukraine (while living in Romania, I never did visit there).
Gee, I’d love to be this age (and weight) again!
Note: We held a garage sale recently and I’m going through lots of old stuff, including photographs which I’ll be sharing in the coming days and weeks. My philosophy is — a photo does no good tucked in an album or stored in a box. A great photo should be shared, especially when it tells a story. This is Day 2 of the series.
Posted by Nolan Dalla on May 24, 2023 in Blog, Personal, Travel |
MARIETA DALLA IN PHILADELPHIA (1998)
I snapped this photo of Marieta on a street in Philadelphia’s Chinatown district about 25 years ago.
We had just eaten on a rainy afternoon and I turned with a camera and caught her at the perfect moment. Just when I snapped the button, one of those ugly old car boats zoomed by and created a really cool blurred background effect.
I’m maybe the worst photographer on the planet, but then sometimes luck prevails.
Note: We held a garage sale recently and I’m going through lots of old stuff, including photographs which I’ll be sharing in the coming days and weeks. My philosophy is — a photo does no good tucked in an album or stored in a box. A great photo should be shared. And, this is a great photo. First in a lengthy series. Quoting Rod Stewart, “every picture tells a story (don’t it?).”
Posted by Nolan Dalla on May 10, 2023 in Blog, Essays, Las Vegas |
I’m a big believer in doing small things. Let’s admit — it’s tough to take on big tasks. But, if we do enough small things and there are enough of us, well then that’s a big thing.
Posted by Nolan Dalla on May 1, 2023 in Essays, Personal, Wine Reviews |
MY FIRST WINE LOVE
We’ve bought more cases of Cline than I can remember. We branched out and tried Cline’s Zinfandel and Cline’s Ancient Vines — both outstanding.
Posted by Nolan Dalla on Apr 21, 2023 in Blog, Essays, Personal |
MAGIC MICKEY MOUSE CRYPTO FUNNY MONEY AND THOSE ATM BITCOIN CANDY MACHINES
Blockchain/cryptocurrency is nothing more than a giant financial meth lab. Sure, some people are getting rich off of it. So do drug dealers. But in the end, it’s toxic.