Day 76 (Fri., Aug. 13)
Salvador "The Al Dia Legend" has left the building.
Today was a very sad in the summer internship at Al Dia. The
"Godfather", the first-ever Al Dia intern, the "Legend"...
Salvador "Salamander" Hernandez ended his internship
today. He was sent off with a cake and a very nice present from
Al Dia -- a business card holder with a bullhorn and his name
inscribed on the cover. I was given one of these great gifts,
as well. Although, you know I am not done with my internship
just yet. Salvador made a lot of great friends around here.
I could feel the energy and the love as everyone wished him
well in the future. Some how, though, I think Al Dia staffers
have not seen the last of Salvador and I'll bet anything Sal
will come back through this office once again sometime in the
future. Anyhow, I think I was sad. Oh OK, fine. I WAS sad. I
mean, who is going to be my buddy for the rest of my internship.
I don't think anyone is going to let me make fun of him so much
while I take photos of that person in compromising positions
as Sal has. I'm going to miss you dawg. You're my boy -- Blue!
In the above photo you can see Salvador getting a goodbye hug
from News editor Lourdes Cardenas. On the left you can see Bobby
Sanchez and I think he is thinking "man, all this love
around here is making me uncomfortable".
I started the day by visiting an elementary school, where teachers
are gearing up for the upcoming school-year which starts next
week. I thought I was pretty creative as I made a photo of this
teacher, Monica Marquez-Hernandez, as she was putting up a calendar
in her first-grade classroom. I thought it was kind of a cool
angle. I always try to look a new angle. Going under the classroom
chairs was fun and took me back to when I was little and we
used to train our earthquake drills in elementary school in
Finally, I just want to wish a happy b-day to Ana. That's her
in the above photo when we celebrated her b-day by having a
really romantic dinner at the "Top of the World Restaurant"
on top of the Stratosphere in Las Vegas two years ago. That
night was very romantic and I was glad to give her this surprise
b-day gift. That year, Ana had taken a long-needed vacation
to her hometown of Guadalaraja, Jalisco, Mex. She went to many
places, which sound really beautiful from what she said. Among
those places is Melaque. She describes the beach so beautiful.
Anyways, so that's her at her b-day two years ago. I gave her
the b-day gift plans, which included all travel preparations,
as soon as she got off the plane from Mexico. I think that year
she had great b-day presents that included going to places she
loves. So anyways, wherever you are, Ana, Happy B-Day Baby!