Wednesday, January 31, 2024

No One Was Run Over By A Reindeer At This Shindig

 

A few months ago our lawyer invited us to a party at the San Francisco Yacht Club to celebrate his 70th birthday and the 20th wedding anniversary of him and his wife.

We stayed at a cute little lodge in Tiburon, California, and attended the party at the yacht club.  There were about 90 people in attendance, a live band, great food, and an opportunity to speak with some really nice people.  I was lucky enough to be seated next to a friend of our lawyer who had known him since they were little kids.  He was interesting and chatty - a great dinner partner.

And to top the evening off, we were treated to Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer, sung by the original artist, Elmo Shropshire, who is a former client and personal friend of our lawyer.

A good time was definitely had by all!


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2020: Yellow Gaze
2019: The Beautiful Cabbage Flower
2018: Waiting In Wilmington
2017: The Wild Life Of Trucking
2016: Special Order
2015: Clooney Was Not At The End Of The Pier
2014: Where They Build Palaces Out Of Corn
2013: Modern Market Girl
2012: A Berry Good Time
2011: Traveling Through Mountain Ranch
2010: Backroads
2009: If Only I Could Fit All Of This Information On A Bumper Sticker…
2008: Gambling Haze
2007: Published
2006: Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Cool Air

Casual rider on the air train at the San Francisco International Airport.



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2019: 
A Big Kid Races The Clock
2018: Cycle On Down For A Taco Or Two
2017: If Only I Could Bottle This...
2016: Climbing The Regal Horned Lizard
2015: The Valley Of The Temples
2014: The Day The South Fell Apart...Again
2013: Island Graffiti 
2012: Four Seasons Of Food To Conquer 
2011: Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head 
2010: As Seen On TV 
2009: Eddie Polishing His Chrome Friday 
2008: Traveling With Your Cat 
2007: Getting Wet In The Next County 
2006: Down With O.P.P. 
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Monday, January 29, 2024

Coming About

 

This fountain sculpture is called Coming About and was made by husband-and-wife team Jeffrey Read and Jennifer Madden.  It's located in the center of downtown Tiburon, California.

For us non-sailors, “coming about" is a sailing maneuver by which a sailing craft, whose next destination is into the wind, turns its bow toward and through the wind so that the direction from which the wind blows changes from one side of the boat to the other, allowing progress in the desired direction.


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2020: Sorry, no post on this day.
2019: 
I Can't Contain Myself
2018: Laugh Out Loud
2017: American Power
2016: I'd Rather Be Listening To This All Day
2015: North Shore Surfin'
2014: Calling It A Day
2013: Eight Ways To Take It Easy
2012: Dinner With Friends
2011: This Is What Sheer Joy Looks Like
2010: I’ll Have The Tootsie Rolls And The Butterfinger And The Lollipop And The Gummi Bears And The Hershey Kisses And The Snickers Bar And The M&M’s And…
2009: Meals On Wheels
2008: Mercury Dropping
2007: James Cameron For $79.99 A Night
2006: The Town That Big Tobacco Built
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005

Sunday, January 28, 2024

A Vintage Ride

 


The interior of one of the vintage historic streetcars in San Francisco, California. 



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2020: Sorry, no post on this day.
2019: 
Access To Pleasure Crafts Just Got Easier
2018: Parked For The Night
2017: Red Lamp District
2016: Walking Along The Canyon Of Gold
2015: Aloooooooha
2014: Better Than No Touch Freight
2013: The First Step Is To Admit You Have A Problem
2012: The Top Five Sweet Scents In My World
2011: A Weekend Full Of Bright Stars And Not Much Else
2010: I’m Floored
2009: Two Worlds Collide
2008: Girl Crush
2007: Silly Boys
2006: It’s Nowhere Near Mexico, Y’all
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Saturday, January 27, 2024

We Cannot Walk Alone

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream.  

Unfortunately, he was assassinated on April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of this hotel in Memphis, Tennessee.  

The hotel now houses the National Civil Rights Museum.  It's definitely worth a visit if you happen to be in the city.



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2020:  Sorry, no post on this day.
2019: 
With A Little Help From My Friends.
2018: Industrially Farmed Land
2017: The Angels Will Migrate
2016: Ed Knows How To Break The Fast
2015: The Mighty Mo
2014: We Work A Lot, We're Fat, And You Can't Get By Without Us
2013: Domestic Cat Life
2012: Being Appreciated
2011: Just A Phone Call Away
2010: A Practically Perfect Circle
2009: My Frozen Kentucky Home
2008: On Tour And Collecting Paper As We Go
2007: Finding Your Way
2006: Trivia From The First Tsar Of Russia
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Friday, January 26, 2024

Rock Painter's Heaven

 

The rocks that line the shore at French Beach Provincial Park on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. 

Next time I visit this place, I'm bringing my paint pens!



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2020: Sorry, no post on this day.
2019: Champions
2018: 
One Of The Westchester Castles

2017: A Tree Leans In Atoka
2016: Furniture Recon
2015: Deck Walkers
2014: The Land Of The Blue Angels
2013: Taking A KW For A Spin
2012: New York And Snow – My Two Favorite Things
2011: Doin’ The Math
2010: Well, Butter My Butt And Call Me A Biscuit
2009: I Even Have Time To Go On Strike
2008: Teaching Them Young
2007: You Gotta Be In It To Win It
2006: Cinema Stupido
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Who Wants To Rack The Balls In This Room?


This is the billiard room at Graceland, Elvis' mansion in Memphis, Tennessee.  The entire room is wrapped in this fabric.

Look at the ceiling:


The work involved in this is insane.  All I could think about while I was looking at it was, what a bitch to keep that clean.  I mean, he obviously had housekeepers, but still.  I think about the dust that collects on the fabrics in my house and how I have to vacuum the curtains to keep dust bunnies at bay.  This is next-level cleaning!


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2023: Sorry, no post on this day.
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2020: Sorry, no post on this day.
2019: Soup's On!
2018: Power Over The Green River

2017: The Only Color For Miles
2016: Natural Desert
2015: Ed Humuhumunukunuku─üpua╩╗a
2014: NOT An Oasis
2013: Drop The Flag And Take Me Home
2012: Cottonwood Trading Company
2011: Service With A Smile
2010: Getting The Red Out, One Barn At A Time
2009: Obamaduck!
2008: How A Four-Year-Old Can Make You Feel Like Crap For Trying To Get Out Of Doing Yard Work
2007: Florida Fro
2006: Hail To The McGriddle Gods
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!




Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Westbound In The Sunflower State

Heading west in Edson, Kansas.


 

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2021: Sorry, no post on this day.
2020: Sorry, no post on this day.
2019: Improving Lives With Every Mile
2018: Warehouse For Rent

2017: C'mon In And Click The Links
2016: I Fell Into A Vat Of Caramel-Colored Carbonated Water
2015: Three Squares And A Midnight Snack
2014: They Were Five
2013: Wake Of Imagination
2012: Woman With Cat
2011: From Blue Grass To Wine Country
2010: Plump With Fat Quarters
2009: Eddie Out With The Old, In With The New Friday
2008: You Can Get Them At Home Depot??
2007: There Are Never Enough Hours In The Day To Do Anything When You Have A Baby
2006: Tequila Sunrise
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005! 

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Tons Of Bales

 

Round bales of hay in Stratton, Colorado.



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2020: Sorry, no post on this day.
2019: You Talking To Me?
2018: Garnish

2017: The Hostile Living Conditions Of The Desert
2016: Drop Zone
2015: King (And Queen) Of The World
2014: Winding It Up Before Leaving Town
2013: Who Is A Bahamian?
2012: Pay No Attention To The Cat Behind The Curtain
2011: Papa Can You Hear Me?
2010: The Err Erudes Them
2009: Sorry, no post for this date.
2008: Addicted
2007: When You Just Can’t Decide Between Dinner And Breakfast
2006: Purple Industrial Skies
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Monday, January 22, 2024

On The Tarmac At JFK

 

In line for takeoff at JFK International Airport in New York.



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2020: Sorry, no post on this day.
2019: Free Poured Art
2018: 
Tastier Than A Tide Pod
2017: Moving Reward
2016: Her Talent Is Black And White
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Sunday, January 21, 2024

History All The Way Back To The Boot

 


This is my setup at the FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.  This place has the largest collection of genealogical records in the world and has been invaluable to me in my family history research.

Last year, while my husband and his father were out golfing with family, I spent days at the library researching my ancestors.  The amount of information here is astounding and the help the volunteers provide is invaluable.  

I look forward to every visit to Salt Lake City because I know if there's extra time in our schedule, I'll be spending a few hours here.  

There are satellite locations all over the nation, allowing you access to their records.  Check out their website to find the one nearest you.

You may be amazed at what you'll find!



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2020: Sorry, no post on this day.
2019: Smooth Operator
2018: The Road To A New Beginning

2017: We The People
2016: Two Old Ladies And A Truck
2015: Leaving San Diego In A Lavender Glow
2014: Thin And Crispy. Just How I Like 'Em
2013: Amber Jack
2012: Adding A Poodle To The Mix
2011: If…
2010: How The West Was Fun
2009: Pecking Order
2008: The Sympathy Train Stopped Dead In Its Tracks
2007: Shalom
2006: A.D.I.D.A.S.
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Young Love


Last summer, my oldest nephew and his girlfriend got engaged while on a trip to Hawaii.

I remember the day he was born.  I was there.  I saw him when he was less than an hour old.  Now he's engaged to be married!  Where has the time gone?  Boy, I'm old.

I'm so very excited for both of them.  His girlfriend has been part of our lives for 11 years and we love her!  She's beautiful and kind and off-the-charts smart.  We totally scored when he decided to make her a permanent part of our family.

One thing's for sure...I'm already looking forward to their wedding!



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2020: Sorry, no post on this day.
2019: That Famous Smile
2018: Southern Italian Bottega

2017: Smile Because It Happened
2016: A Sea Of Blue
2015: We Are On The Biggest Boat In The Marina
2014: The Only Thing I Haven't Done
2013: United Tails
2012: I Grew Up In The O.C. Too
2011: Snowy Arrival
2010: Not A Pretty Sight
2009: Marking This Day In History With A Vibrant Spot Of Color
2008: Lighting To Do Laundry By
2007: The Benefits Of Dating A White Boy
2006: Shhhhhh, You’ll Wake The Driver
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Friday, January 19, 2024

Keepin' It Clean

 

The laundromat at the Petro truck stop in Joplin, Missouri.



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2020: Sorry, no post on this day.
2019: You Won't Believe Your Ears
2018: It's All About The Hat

2017: Stanley Steemer Gets Your Home Cleaner
2016: Cat Nemesis
2015: Bon Voyage!
2014: All This Entertainment For Less Than The Cost Of A Restaurant Entree
2013: Ten Things I Hate About Flying
2012: Teeth Or Another European Vacation? Ooooh, It’s A Real Toss Up.
2011: Not So Wacky After All
2010: Spreading The Word
2009: He Had A Dream. Tomorrow We See It Come True.
2008: Who Do You Know?
2007: South Beach Blue
2006: Jawl Spake Anglesh??
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!  

Thursday, January 18, 2024

I've Got A Thing For Grain

I love grain elevators.  This one was seen in Chamberlain, Saskatchewan, Canada. 


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2020: Sorry, no post on this day.
2019: University's Main Drag
2018: Meat Sticks Don't Make The List

2017: Blue By You
2016: Fierce
2015: The Nuts And Bolts Of It
2014: Gorgeous, Rich, And Rugged. And That's Just The Bag.
2013: Back To Basics
2012: I Can Think Of Better Ways To Spend Hump Day
2011: Can I Appoint Myself The Baroness Of Cattle?
2010: This Time Losing The Wallet Really Means Losing The Wallet
2009: Marley & Me
2008: Eddie Gets Handy Friday
2007: The Perfect Neapolitan Slice
2006: The King Of The Flying Salmon
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

A Gateway To Chinese Canadians

 


Chinatown in Victoria, British Columbia is the oldest Chinatown in Canada and the second oldest in North America after San Francisco.


In 1858, the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush brought a mass influx of immigrants from California; one-third of which were Chinese. Later, the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway brought even more Chinese workers. Most of them settled in Victoria’s Chinatown.

The Gates of Harmonious Interest


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2020: Sorry, no post on this day.
2019: Public Works
2018: Sometimes It's Not Just A Cough

2017: The De Facto Logo Of Brooklyn
2016: There Is Poetry In Change
2015: Ski Or Sun? Sun Won.
2014: All The Better To Cook With, My Dear
2013: I Fancy The Castle Life
2012: There Are No Prison Blues If You Have Naan
2011: Now I’m No Longer Alone
2010: Rings Of Spring
2009: Map Schmap
2008: A Willow Weeps In Arizona
2007: Double Team
2006: Turning One Million
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Winds Of Time

The sculpture of a woman rising from the ocean sits high above the Salish Sea, at the top of Gonzales Hill, at the King George Terrace Lookout in the city of Victoria, British Columbia in Canada.

The sculpture is called Winds of Time and was done by artist, Linda Lindsay. Lindsay, originally from California, has been living in Victoria for the past 30 years, raising her family and teaching sculpture classes.



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2023:  A Walk Through History
2022:  Sorry, no post on this day.
2021:  Sorry, no post on this day.
2020:  Sorry, no post on this day.
2019:  Reflecting Miltenburg
2018:  Ed And The Ladies
2017:  Descansos
2016:  Please Come Back!
2015:  Still Life
2014:  Sunset Cycling
2013:  Pit Stop At Home
2012:  Adding A Few More Wheels To The Big Rig
2011:  Again And Again And Again
2010:  Hood Ornament
2009:  Eddie Out Of Control
2008:  My Boyfriend Simon Is Back In Town
2007:  A Little Taste Of Miami Beach
2006:  Ooooohhhhhh, Jabra!
2005:  Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn't start until May 2005!

Monday, January 15, 2024

Peacocks In The Park

 

We came across some peacocks - tons of them! - wandering freely around Beacon Hill Park in downtown Victoria, British Columbia.

See more pictures and videos here.  And peacock facts here.  



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2023: 
In The Heart Of The Baroque City
2022: Campo Wind
2021: Sorry, no post on this day.
2020: Sorry, no post on this day.
2019: Rock Solid Saint
2018: Rainforest Adventures
2017: Low Ceiling In The Desert
2016: An Original Recycler
2015: There's A Black Hole In The Desert (With Truck Parking)
2014: Strength In Numbers
2013: Woman Cannot Live On Bread Alone
2012: Why Milk Is ALWAYS At The Top Of My Shopping List
2011: Fun For Sale
2010: Dublin Is Incredibly Corny
2009: Welcome To Snowhio
2008: When Big Hair And Denim Were King
2007: Open 24 Hours
2006: Lucky One Eye
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Sunday, January 14, 2024

Surf's Up!

 

While in Tofino, British Columbia, Ed decided to go surfing.  He went to one of the local surf schools and they took a few people out as a group.  The water was SO cold, he was clad in a wetsuit from head to toe - he wore a balaclava and gloves.  His face was beet red from the cold when he was done.

He loved every minute of it!



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2023: 
Getting The Lay Of The Land
2022: Sorry, no post on this day.
2021: Sorry, no post on this day.
2020: Sorry, no post on this day.
2019: Iron Wildcat
2018: The Early Bird And All That
2017: The Early Bird Gets The Education
2016: Love On 4th
2015: Distorted Delicious Beauties
2014: The Cockroach Cowboy
2013: Slap 'Em Right Up Here, Ma'am
2012: A Documentary In My Head
2011: Weeding Out The Assholes
2010: Does It Fall Under Some Kind Of Secret Guy Code?
2009: Over 140 Million Years In The Making
2008: If “G” Means Good, Then “I” Must Mean Incompetent
2007: Ft. Lauderdale Storm
2006: You Don’t Need Makeup Or Starbucks
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!