Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Sign Of The Times


The Bruno Truck Sales sign can be found in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn, right off of Interstate 278.  It is a scaffold design and was built around 1965.  

These signs, like the old Kentile Floors sign, are quite popular with historians and sign aficionados.  Everyone remembers a sign from their childhood or from a place they loved.  Maybe it was a spot that marked how far you were from a place ("once you see the XYZ sign, you know you're almost there"), or it belonged to a business you frequented.  I have many memories like this, as I'm a visual person and often associate a place or memory with a structure like this.  I take pictures of the signs I love when I can - anything to avoid another flickertail.  

If you happen to be a fan of the Bruno Truck Sales sign, you can now wear it - it's been memorialized on a t-shirt.  

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2019:  Sorry, no post on this day.
Essential Travel Preparation
2017:  Getting The 'Ol Girl Washed
2016:  Lit From Below
2015:  The Devil's Highway Takes You Past A 27 Million-Year-Old Rock With Wings
2014:  One Of Millions 
2013:  I Walked In The Footsteps Of Richard Gere
2012:  Flower Bar
2011:  A Sign For Sore Eyes
2010:  A Primm Landscape
2009:  I Am A Kandee Addict
2008:  The Tiny Intersection Where The Colors Collide
2007:  Loved Shack
2006:  Holy Mother Of Pearl
2005:  The Starfish Effect

Monday, September 21, 2020

Rescue A Coconut, Save The Planet


In 2009, Ed and I found ourselves in Key West, Florida taking some time off after delivering a load to a business a few towns over.  While there, we rented scooters to get around town and had some fun wrangling coconuts.  The abundance of the coconuts there for the picking got me thinking.  I thought about the tropical islands you see in the movies, where the main character is usually stranded, just them and the palm trees.  What do they eat?  A lot of coconuts, I imagined.  But seriously, when you have an abundance of something what do you do with all of it?  Especially the parts that are leftover.  

I collected about 15 of those coconuts, in their husks, and brought them home to family members.  I still have mine.  But when you take the actual nut out of the husk and eat the coconut meat, you're left with a shell.  We've all seen the coconut bras sold at seaside souvenir shops.  But what can really be done with them?  People in locations where they're plentiful must use them practically.  Have you ever wondered what happens to all the coconuts in the world?  I have.   

Well, you no longer have to wonder.  

Rainforest Bowls has the answer.  And they're out to save the planet with a solution.  In a partnership with them, through their Ambassador program, I'm here to offer you a way to help.  First, this, from the documentation I received from them:

Did you know that over 55 billion coconuts are harvested worldwide per year?  It also means that billions of coconut husks are discarded and burned in landfills each year. Rainforest Bowls helps the Earth by turning coconut waste into useful, food-safe bowls.  With your purchase, enjoy peace of mind knowing that you rescued a coconut shell from being burned as waste, you're supporting the livelihood of local farmers and artisans, and you're doing the environment a favor by choosing sustainable products.

They have a mission.  For every 10 bowls they sell, they will plant one tree through environmental charities - One Tree Planted and Trees For The Future -  that focuses on global reforestation.  So if you buy a few bowls, you're not only adding something unique to your home, you're helping to save the planet.  Can't get any easier than that, can it?

The bowls are beautiful!  I have this set:

The bowls are made from reclaimed coconut shells and handcrafted by local artisans in Vietnam.  See how they're made here.  

And courtesy of Rainforest Bowls and my association with them, they are offering my readers a 20% discount if you decide to make a purchase.  Just use the coupon code SALENALETTERA at checkout to get the discount.

Click HERE to start shopping!

And don't forget to follow them on Instagram and Facebook!

* Sponsored post.  Photos courtesy of rainforestbowls.com

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2019: Sorry,  no post on this day.
Pom Wonderful
2017: How Do?
2016: Silver Luxe
2015: Art From The Bottoms Up
2014: Weekend Getaway
2013: Long Shadow In Kansas
2012: Spreading Joy, Pixie Style
2011: Coming Soon 
2010: Feren Films Y’All Shouldn’t Miss 
2009: This Guy Sucks 
2008: Shine And Shine 
2007: Eddie Hoots It Up Friday 
2006: Eddie The Bird Whisperer 
2005: Laundress

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Fire And Brimstone In The West


The fires in California have left an eerie haze over much of California, Arizona, and Oregon.  Reports of smoke have come from New Mexico and as far as Europe.

In this photo, we woke up in Suisun City, California to a weird yellow cast over the sky.  There was ash on the asphalt where we parked.  At first, we thought it was dust, but when Ed reached down to inspect it, discovered it was white ash.

We've seen the haze in the sky here in Tucson and up in Phoenix and our neighbors have family in Oregon whose farm has been affected by the fires.  

What else is 2020 going to bring us?  Should I keep my eyes open for locusts?

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2019:  Bird Of Prey
2018:  Down The River
2017:  Valion Pride
2016:  Be Virtually Anywhere
2015:  This Is Not 100% Natural Spring Water
2014:  Rain Day Delay
2013:  That Sunday, That Summer
2012:  Heading To The Mountains
2011:  End Of Summer Rainbow
2010:  UGG, What A Surprise!
2009:  Under The El
2008:  We Escaped With Our Teeth Intact
2007:  Praying In The Jewel Of The South For Over 250 Years
2006:  Drive Time Champion
2005:  Yukon Bet We're Far Away