Why Is This Dragonfly Smiling?

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Susan and I walked to and from the last day of the Lotus Festival at Echo Park Lake today, in part because we’d never been and even moreso because we volunteered to be a part of Team Metroblogging Los Angeles in the dragon boat races that run the north south length of the lake.

The good news is that while we won our head-to-head race, finishing at 8:17 a good 20 seconds ahead of our competition, the bad news is we came in second in our bracket — the media division. Why is that bad news? Because there were only two teams, and first place went to the KTLA team which about an hour after we crossed the finish line zoomed out and back during their race in 6:59.

Oh well, it’s not every day you get to climb into a boat that’s got a dragon head in the front and a tail off the bow and row around Echo Park, plus it was as much fun as it was a workout.

Afterward Susan and I took in the sights and sounds before heading on back home through the heat.

The Flickr photoset of the day is here. Susan’s is here.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."