Saturday, March 17, 2018

Ping pong in a public park in Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland has small city parks between the major streets.  This one is near a university.  The ping pong tables are weather proof and permanent.  The solid ‘net’ has a place to store balls and paddles.  It’s free to play and no one steals the balls or paddles.   There were 4 tables around this plaza.

Similar ping pong parks are elsewhere in New Zealand.   LINK

Excerpts from an article in Stuff

Gap Filler and the Chinese Cultural Association have set up three table tennis tables for public use in Christchurch.
Gap Filler installed three concrete table tennis tables in collaboration with the Chinese Cultural Association (CCA) of Christchurch.
Ethan Lin battles Simon Fenwick, and a strong wind, at the opening of three table tennis tables near the Bridge of ...
Ethan Lin battles Simon Fenwick, and a strong wind, at the opening of three table tennis tables near the Bridge of Remembrance.

The tables are due to remain throughout summer and are free to use. People can bring their own paddles and balls, or borrow some from Coffee Therapy on Hereford St and Cosmic in Re:START mall.
Any other cultural community groups that wanted to be involved in putting together a public project to showcase their community were welcomed to get in touch with Gap Filler via

 - Stuff

An Open Letter to 
the City Commission of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Is there a possibility that 
ping pong tables could be installed for public use?


Cost of a typical public ping pong table

Metal from (there is an office in California)
See below

Concrete perhaps $6000


The People's Table: Outdoor Public Ping Pong : 5 Steps (with Pictures) › play › sports
Jul 25, 2015 - There are plenty of ways to build an outdoor ping pong table, from concrete to wood to metal, but we chose this method for its costliness, durability and artistic beauty. Concrete tables are what most municipalities would use for their parks and they cost anywhere from 4 to 8 grand.

POPP | #1 In Outdoor Ping Pong Tables | Permanent and Weatherproof
POPP | Pioneers in placemaking through ping pong and art - POPP manufactures permanent, weatherproof outdoor ping pong tables for public open spaces.

A "non profit" effort in San Francisco put this article together

 We estimate the cost of all the materials to be about $900. Most of the photos you see here are from the table's placement on Market street, near 6th street, as part of the Market Street Prototyping Festival held in early April of 2015.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Waiheke Island is a paradise

It’s easy to escape to lovely Waiheke Island with a comfortable 30 minute ferry ride.  

This 12 x 6 mile paradise offers welcoming beaches and numerous wineries with fine locally grown libations.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Some additional photos about the Brightline Train (January 2018)

This is a view from the road of a passing night train

BLFriend is the code for a BOGO

The two destinations

from West Palm to Ft Laud

Brightline is another way to travel from Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach

The waiting area has 6-foot-long poles that connect like Tinker Toys

The look of the station is Smooth and Finnish and polished metal.

the QR code that i scanned to get on the train SHOULD have been used to generate the TWO tickets (one up and one back), which is donw at a kiosk near the entrance of the station.  Ask an attendant and they will point you in the right direction to get the ticket.

Have a look at these photos.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Hellistic" is a new word coined in Fort Lauderdale

YOu can help spread a new word.  Called a "neologism," some words can be "made up" and they might gain popularity.  You can be part of the effort to spread this new word.

See the website

See the Youtube Channel

See the Facebook page  

The word is defined 

The cat photo is just here to catch your attention.

You can get the t-shirt at  

Here's how the website defines "hellistic"

digging deeper, getting to the bottom and then knowing there is always deeper that you can go

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Fort Lauderdale Watering Hole Closing After 5 Decades

You are looking at one of the final Happy Hours at Maguires Hill 16 three days before its final closing.  The cozy wood and stained glass bar has lasted unusually long for any business in South Florida and the Maguires family felt it was time to move on.  Employees learned of the closing the same day this photo was taken and the decision made.

The successful Restaurant People company has purchased the property and will close it completely without revealing any specific future planned for the spot.

Thus far local residents are keeping their fingers crossed that maybe there will eventually be anoher gathering place in its location.   Fort Lauderdale’s Flagler Village, where Maguires is located, has become a growing area of gentrification as well as it’s trend toward more of an “artsy” area.  Art and technology businesses are competing for space where once few would walk in daylight.

Maguires Hill 16, 535 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-764-4453;

Friday, April 1, 2016

Photos from 1992 -- 500 years later -- San Salvador, the (perhaps) point of landfall for Columbus in 1492

Some photos from 1992

The video was grainy, but here are some screenshots.

There's a reenactment
down there

At the airport


The reenactment
at a beach on San Salvador

Richard was the "designated
consumer" and he found
a nice graphic
documentary in 1948

Here is a screenshot from a 1948 documentary...

To see clearer photos, look at San Salvador 2012 (a private video)