sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Old West

There are a lot of sayings that come from the American West.

Some are self evident like "don't pee on an electric fence", "don't squat with your spurs on" and "if you think you're important, try ordering somebody else's dog around".

There are others that simply provide sound advice:
  • Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco.
  • Always drink upstream from the herd.
  • The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket.
And I'll end with this one, "Never miss a good chance to shut up."

It's 2:40 am

Sigmund Freud put it this way: "The great question that I have not been able to answer is 'what does a woman want?'"

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I'd like to tell the President

If there is anything you'd like to tell President Barack Obama, you can put it in the comments below:

My comment - Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Medicine Show

Phineas Taylor (P. T.) Barnham had an interesting perspective on life and humanity. He was the self-proclaimed inventor of the American Traveling Circus, the Greatest Show on Earth. He coined the phrase, "There's a sucker born every minute." On a smaller scale, there were medicine shows (portrayed above).

In the days of the old west, people traveled from place to place selling medicine -- usually a secret elixir or tonic that they guaranteed would put hair on your head if you were balding, removed stains from clothing, cured plague and would even mend a broken heart. If you weren't interested in those solutions to your problems, you could engage in a game of Three-Card Monty or try and decide where the pea rested in the "old shell game".  The medicine itself usually contained small amounts of alcohol or laudanum (laudanum was opium mixed with alcohol). One famous recipe included the ubiquitous laudanum, sherry or wine, saffron, cinnamon and cloves. A few gulps made people feel terrific. The bottles sold for considerable money because of their magic curative properties.

Though I am NOT that old, I remember an organ grinder with a monkey who played on the Redondo Pier (Redondo Beach, California) when I was a kid. You gave the monkey a penny, he took it, doffed his little cap and kept the penny. 

The Monkey Show provided a sense of entertainment. It was fun to be engaged by the monkey and the man grinding out tunes on his portable organ. You got something for your penny. No lies, no deceit. The Medicine Show was something different. It was a scheme, a scam, and was theft.

Today the most visible Medicine Show I know of can be witnessed on C-Span (political television channel) or simply by listening to an Obama speech. It makes you feel good, but doesn't do anything to make you feel better because it's largely based on a false product that the administration is selling.

I think I'd rather just have the Monkey Show where the monkey takes my money up front and I feel good about THAT.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Hand of God (?)

No, Jesus did not appear on a tortilla. Not this time.  
(CLICK HERE) for the CNN story.  

This time the hand of God appeared in Idaho on a rock face and it's being auctioned on e-bay. There was a purported shift in the Earth on Lent (March 8) of this year and the hand appeared in Paul Grayhek's (52) back yard. The hand is 9 feet tall and 4 feet wide and, according to Grayhek, appeared after he prayed for help after he lost his job. 

Grayhek stated that he's not auctioning the hand of God to get rich - on the contrary, the auction is merely to spread His word.

Make of it what you will. Since today is a Sunday, I thought the story would either strengthen your faith or your resolve toward skepticism in the daily discovery-for-profit of God's face in every cloud, on every tortilla or on Paul Grayhek's rocks, behind his house.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Jesus on a Tortilla

If you are not from Mexico or the United States you may not appreciate the hysteria that erupts whenever the image of Jesus or the Virgin of Guadalupe appears on a flour tortilla (flat bread). People travel long distances to witness the miracles. Now there is a how-to-do-it guide on the Internet. CLICK HERE to get all the instructions you need to create your own miracle tortilla.

To learn more than you ever wanted to know about the face of Jesus appearing on tortillas, CLICK HERE

I've heard rumors that Barack Obama is now appearing on pancakes across America. If his image shows up on a pancake next time I have them for breakfast, I'll photograph it for your edification before I toss it in the trash.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Fuel Prices

Has anybody besides me noticed that they are going up at the pumps? I know they are not where they were -- but every week it's another dime a gallon.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Greedo is back

Greedo, the household hummingbird is back from his migratory trip! He's thin from his trip but it's the same old Greedo. I missed him! Ok, I have a soft place in my heart for hummingbirds.


When you see this image, comment with the FIRST word that popped into your mind.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

worst job?

What is the very worst job you can think of? What is the worst job you personally have ever had?

My list of bad jobs may not sound that bad: 
  1. Turkey catcher. At harvest time, before Thanksgiving you go into vast pens, catch really angry huge turkeys and haul the flapping bird whipping the amonia-smelling turkey dust to a trailer bounded by a very tall wire fence that encloses it. You must toss the turkey into the air over the top of the fence and down into the trailer. Usually there were 3,000-4,000 turkeys to enclosure.
  2. Root cellar digger. Of all the jobs this may sound like the best but you had to do it under people's homes and shore up the walls so they - and the floors of the old homes - wouldn't collapse on you and bury you alive.
  3. Docking sheep and cattle (before they had the elastic bands). It involves gelding the animals, putting tar-like disinfectant on the wound and putting a hot iron to new horns. Sheep brands are done in paint. Cattle brands are done on the flesh. The sheep and cattle are none too fond of the process. And yes, I know what Rocky Mountain oysters are.

New Urban Landscape

A view of the future, a view of an alternate universe or simply a view?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Test Cat

This is an example of the latest in monorail technology - a mechanical cat on a test rail to determine whether or not it would be practical for humans to travel this way in the future.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tres Cool

I saw this photo, thought it was "way cool" and simply had to post it. I wish I had the eye to create things like this. Sadly, I don't. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Make Your Own Posters

There is nothing quite as fun to do as to make fun of the motivational poster industry. You can make your own using this template and Adobe Photoshop.

Mid-Life Crisis

Odds on the guy who owns the Viper and lives in the mobile home that's not mobile is:

(a) Single

(b) Dating attractive women.

(c) Having a lot of fun.

(d) Maybe going through a mid-life crisis. (because most young guys can't afford a Viper)

Which brings me to the subject of the so-called mid-life crisis. What is a mid-life crisis when one speaks of men? (I can't address the woman angle but there is one) I'll answer my own question.

Guys go through life doing what it is they think they're supposed to be doing until one morning they wake up and find that the hour glass is less than half full. They weren't able to do what it is they wanted to do, there isn't all THAT much life left and they are left to decide what is important to them. For some, it's a girlfriend half their age, a Viper, a divorce and so forth. For others its a grim wake-up call that they can't cheat the reaper but they go with what they have. And unless a guy is a happy idiot, he'll go through that thought process sooner or later.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Homer Simpson: "All right brain, I don't like you and you don't like me - so let's just do this and I'll get back to killing you with beer."

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Awkward Easter Posting

Yes, I wanted to step away from the politically correct for just a minute on Easter Sunday. For those of you who know me, you understand that I'm not at all afraid to be politically INCORRECT.

Friday, April 10, 2009

What is it about mobile homes/trailers/coaches that attracts tornados like magnets? Seriously, why would you live in a trailer in tornado alley? It's like waving a red flag in front of a bull or spitting into the wind. The result of your decision is a forgone conclusion.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Coming to a Japanese city soon...

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Hillary Clinton

In the past, I haven't seen much good in Hillary Clinton. Yes, she's a scorned woman. Yes, her husband performed the entire Kama Sutra with 10,000 other women while married to her. Yes, she has the reputation for being more attracted to women than she does to men. Now here's a motivational poster that explains it all to me.

Your Thought for Wednesday

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Turn down the lights, turn down the bed,
Turn down these voices inside my head.
Lay down with me, tell me no lies,
Just hold me close, don't patronize.

I can't make you love me if you don't.

I can't make your heart feel something it won't.

Ardor Cools

Is this true?

Frankly I never found this to be the case, but I thought I'd put the question to you all for your consideration.

Monday, April 6, 2009


California prohibits smoking in buildings open to the public. You get used to it if you live here.

When you are in many US states outside California or are in Europe or Latin America people smoke in restaurants, and more or less everywhere including medical offices or hospitals. 

I visited a Chinese hospital a couple of years ago and literally everyone including the medical staff were smoking. There was no ventilation on the ward and the place felt as if somebody was piping automobile exhaust directly in. I found it odd.

I don't smoke, so there you have it. My prejudice is exposed!

Where do you feel your rights begin and a smoker's rights end (if you don't smoke). If you do smoke, do you feel that there are places where it would be better not to light up? Have you ever considered smokeless tobacco? If you are a non-smoker, have you ever had the urge to kiss somebody who is chewing tobacco? (curious)

Please leave your response in the comments section

Sunday, April 5, 2009


I think the squirrel is a Democrat. There is that Nancy Pelosi/Joe Biden thing going on.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Former Frog Man

LCDR's LL (USN, ST-5) and Hoang (ROK - Navy, Squadron 56, ROK ST-2)

I'm not the girl with the golden orb. That's for sure.


99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.

It's simply how I feel this morning. Shakespeare was right when he wrote, "The first thing we must do is kill all the lawyers." (Henry the Sixth, Part 2, Act IV, Scene 2)

For those of you who don't know me personally, I retired from the District Attorney's Office in Orange County, California two years ago. Orange County is located south of Los Angeles and people make reality television shows about people who hang out there. (Real Housewives of Orange County, The OC, Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County) So I do know lawyers. I simply have a stone in my shoe at the moment for the profession.

PS - None of the reality shows on television reflect reality - this comment has nothing to do with lawyers, but I felt that I needed to have some fine print in this blog.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

New Moon

Don't you think it's sad when a lady can't afford a pair of jeans that fit and don't have tears in them? 

I'm not an apologist

There is something about going to war on a horse, encased in armor that appeals to me. I'm sure I'm not the only one. Well, I know I'm not the only one. Somebody drew this picture (left) and it wasn't me.