My Snaps

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Mr Padre

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Anthony Keith "Tony" Gwynn, Sr. (May 9, 1960 – June 16, 2014), nicknamed Mr. Padre and Captain Video, was an American professional baseball right fielder who played 20 seasons (1982–2001) in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Diego Padres. The left-handed hitting Gwynn won eight batting titles in his career, tied for the second-most in MLB history. He is considered one of the best and most consistent hitters in baseball history. He was an 18-time All-Star, recognized for his skills both on offense and defense with seven Silver Slugger Awards and five Gold Glove Awards. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007, his first year of eligibility. Gwynn attended college at San Diego State University (SDSU), where he played both college baseball and college basketball for the San Diego State Aztecs. He was selected by the Padres in the third round of the 1981 MLB Draft as the 58th overall pick. Gwynn played in the only two World Series appearances in San Diego's franchise history. He had a .338 career batting average and never hit below .309 in any full season. Gwynn accumulated 3,141 career hits as a contact hitter. Following his retirement, the Padres retired his jersey number 19 in 2004. He served as head baseball coach for the Aztecs. Gwynn died on June 16, 2014, after battling salivary gland cancer. (John Nelson)
Years ago when I was a photographer in the San Diego area I got to spend an afternoon with one of the great MLB hitters of all time, Hall-of-Famer Tony Gywnn and his family in their Poway, Calif. home. He didn’t just have talent he was was an amazing student of the game and spent extra  hours at batting practice and pioneered the use of video in perfecting his swing and honing his craft. When reading the many obituaries you’ll find that he was classy guy, down to earth and loved by  baseball fans. RIP Mr Padre.
click on the photo to see a couple more photos from that afternoon.

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June 17th, 2014 at 4:11 am

Memorial Day

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A sentinel guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. (John Nelson)

A sentinel guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. (John Nelson)

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May 26th, 2014 at 3:50 pm

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Julie Lawson

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Julie Lawson is a marketing consultant and environmental activist in Washington, DC. (John Nelson/photo by www.johnnelsonphoto.com)

Julie Lawson is a marketing consultant and environmental activist in Washington, DC. (John Nelson/photo by www.johnnelsonphoto.com)

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April 23rd, 2014 at 4:09 pm

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It’s Right at the Tip of my Tongue

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comic book super heroes gather on the Mall, Washington, DC. (John Nelson/photo by www.johnnelsonphoto.com)

comic book super heroes gather on the Mall, Washington, DC. (John Nelson/photo by www.johnnelsonphoto.com)

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April 20th, 2014 at 3:09 am

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NOMA Chef’s Competition

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Water and Wall works on final touches on entry at NOMAbid Chef's Competition, Washington, DC (John Nelson/photo by www.johnnelsonphoto.com)

Water and Wall works on final touches on entry at NOMAbid Chef’s Competition, Washington, DC (John Nelson/photo by www.johnnelsonphoto.com)

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April 20th, 2014 at 12:55 am

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Heather Schoell

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Heather Schoell came to DC 18 years ago, and in 2000, she and her husband Eric bought a house on Capitol Hill where they still live with two children, a cat, and a dog. She likes books, music, photography, and Project Runway. Heather advocates for the success of public schools, writes for the Hill Rag, and is a real estate agent with The Smith Team. She strives for a strong and healthy community.

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April 8th, 2014 at 12:58 am

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Ivan Frishberg

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Ivan Frishberg is an ANC Commissioner from the Eastern Market neighborhood in Ward 6. He is a prominent environmental and community activist in DC. Follow Ivan on Twitter: @DCIvan

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February 13th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

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Maceo Thomas

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Maceo Thomas, realtor, arts supporter, community organizer,  humorist (John Nelson/photo by www.johnnelsonphoto.com)

Maceo Thomas, realtor, arts supporter, community organizer, humorist (John Nelson/photo by www.johnnelsonphoto.com)

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January 27th, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Che and Tadd Ruddell-Tabisola – The BBQ Bus

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Food and politics

Not that long ago food trucks were more identified with the tourists at the Mall, because they were there and they weren’t familiar with local eateries that were convenient to get to. Now the trucks serve up gourmet food and have huge fawning  fans in foodie critics, newcomers and longtime residents of Washington and are followed like rock stars on Twitter, whence their daily locations and menus are tweeted and retweeted.

Partners in life and partners in business, Che and Tadd Ruddell-Tabisola started The BBQ Bus in 2011. They are passionate about their food, their business and the community they live in.

Che first met Tommy Wells in 2012 when they were both judges at a live band Karaoke contest at a Food Truck and Beer Festival.

 What’s the most important ingredient in your BBQ recipe?

BBQ is all about meat.

What’s the most important ingredient in your business life?

Separation of powers: We both have things we’re responsible for and that we’re better at than the other, and we rely on the other to do their part.

what kind of music do you listen to in the truck?

Lots of ‘80s with some others mixed in: Electric Slide, Just a Gigolo (David Lee Roth version), some Pointer Sisters. When Che closes the truck he always plays Body of an American by the Pogues for the last song.

who’s the better driver?

Tadd.

Let’s talk Tommy: What is it that you like about Tommy Wells?

Councilmember Wells doesn’t come across as a quote-unquote politician. His decision to decline corporate donations is just one example of that. He is an individual putting forward a vision for our city and asking us to believe in that vision.

How do you think Tommy Wells will make DC an even better city to live and work in?

His mantra — building a livable walkable DC — runs much deeper than those five words would appear to express; Councilmember Well’s vision is for a community where you feel safe, where there is opportunity, that you want to invest in, and raise a family.

How has Tommy Wells had an impact on you and your business?

When new food truck regulations were proposed, Councilmember Wells went out of his way to ensure that food trucks would continue to operate while DC Council made needed revisions to the rules. And he worked with his fellow councilmembers to reduce a proposed $2,000 fine for a food truck parked at an expired meter to $50, which is the same as what other street vendors pay.

Back to food: Any particular incident in your food truck business experiences you’d like to share?

One of the things about running a food truck is that you have to bring everything you need with you for service; there’s no running to the stock room if you forget forks or napkins. Our first year in business we forgot plenty of things — pickles, the cash drawer, utensils, etc. One morning we actually forgot the staff. It wasn’t until Che was parking at Farragut Square and they called to ask if anyone was going to come back for them that we realized they were still at the kitchen.

 

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January 21st, 2014 at 10:47 pm

Ringside

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A young boxer watches a bout at ringside as he waits for his match at Calvin Woodland Sr Boxing tournament at the Merrick Recreation Center in Washington, DC. (John Nelson/photo by www.johnnelsonphoto.com)

A young boxer watches a bout at ringside as he waits for his match at Calvin Woodland Sr Boxing tournament at the Merrick Recreation Center in Washington, DC. (John Nelson/photo by www.johnnelsonphoto.com)

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January 21st, 2014 at 8:54 pm