Thursday, February 28, 2013

I believe the year was 1880 and in the town of Big Whiskey, Wyoming,
Sheriff Little Bill Daggett killed William Munny's best friend, Ned Logan.
Sheriff Daggett then placed in an open coffin out in front of Greeley's bar
the body of Logan with a sign that read "this is what happens to assassins
around here". When William Munny rode into town that rainy night and saw
his deceased partner and the sign, he totally lost it. He went into the
bar and started the justice process rolling with a mule ear coachgun.
The movie is Unforgiven (1992) starring Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman
and Gene Hackman. The sign that was used in the movie is in the photo above
and I took this picture at the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage in
Griffith Park, California (2010). Unforgiven won the Academy Award for
Best Picture of 1992.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I went to the mall today and while there I went to Surf City Squeeze
to have another one of those delicious banana-banana smoothies.
I got my smoothie, took a seat on a nearby bench to balance my
checkbook and when I looked up these guys were staring at me,
just like you see here.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

~ Reason #14 Why I Would Not Be Good Law Enforcement ~
Because if I were a cop, and I saw you cross this double yellow
line to pass a car in front of you (like I saw you do today) just because
they were going a little too slow for your liking, I would light you up
and ticket you a minimum $500 traffic fine right before I pull you
out of your window and thrash you to a pulp for putting everybody
around you including me in possible lethal danger.
This another in a series of reasons
Why I Would Not Be Good Law Enforcement.

Monday, February 25, 2013

When my much beloved stepfather was alive, he had a bar at
the ranch and one of the items he decorated it with was this
train. It is actually a Jim Beam (I believe) collectible and all
those cars are totally filled with whiskey. He said that this
collectible would be my son's when my son was old enough
and had a place for it.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Mr. Fox (featured once before) is enjoying the warm
sunshine here on the ranch today.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Blue Rhino Propane.
I don't care what Billy Prim says, it sounds political to me.
Calm down, Mr. Prim, calm down. I'm just messin' about.

Friday, February 22, 2013

In 1995 I bought this small pirate skull with the "ruby" eye at the
Pieces of Eight Shop at Disneyland. Pieces of Eight is the store
that you pass by as you exit the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction,
or at least at the time it was. I think they've remodeled since I've
been so I'm not sure if it's still in the same location. I used to love
that store. I have one or two other items I bought there that I might
post pictures of in the future.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

We got us some "cactus apples".
Or some folks call them "prickly pears". I'm not sure what the
real name is, but we got a lot of 'em. These are actually edible
and can be used for everything from jam to salad dressing.
I've never eaten one although we've had them around for years
and one day I should try them.
They usually just fall off and go back to Mother Earth.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Quentin Tarantino's awesome movie "Grindhouse".
Three movie posters at 0.49 cents each: $1.47
Three wood frames total: $15.00
Sub total: $16.47
Tax: $1.27
Total: $17.74

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

It's been pretty cold and we had some hail here the other day. That's
about a haily as it gets in these parts. And usually when it hails
the wind blows strong and BAM against the windows with that stuff.
Pretty loud.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Here are two more things that I bought at gun shows quite a few
years ago. Have you ever seen a Spyderco FOLD-A-VEE knife sharpener?
I've never really used it. I bought it because it looked unique. It's for field
use and when folded up it fits in the leather sheath you see there. It works
pretty good I suppose.
Also pictured is another item I never really used. That's an older
version of a Gerber LMF knife. It's a cool knife, but I feel that it's a
little "pretend", kind of  like the Buckmaster 184 survival knife that
I posted a photo of not too long ago. I think that they are good knives, but
not very practical. I'm not sure how much abuse they would
take. I've never even taken the LMF to a stone.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Playing tonight at Tex Cinema is Bullitt (1968) starring the one
and only Steve McQueen. Pictured above on the cinema screen is
Mr. McQueen (on the right, if I have to tell ya) as Lieutenant Frank Bullitt
and Don Gorden as Sergeant Delgetti, both members of the
San Francisco Police Department.
My dad and his wife took me to see this movie when it opened and I really
enjoyed it. So much so that I begged my mom and her boyfriend to take
me to see it again at the drive-in. So they did. But when we got there the
 box office ticket guy said to us, "Sorry, we're sold out. Just drive on through
to the exit please." So we did. But on the way through we spotted an open
space and SCORE! Free movie.

Bullitt is notable for a spectacular car chase through the streets of
San Francisco (Steve McQueen did a lot of his own driving) that was just
awesome in the theater but pretty much just as effective on a  smaller screen.
If you are into car chases on film, this is a mandatory watch.
Steve McQueen was McCool. Everybody knew it.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

I bought this snow globe in 2007 at the Dollar Store. I paid a dollar for
it (just in case you wondered). I always liked the little 3-D type treeline
and river, how forced perspective is used.

 And the little deer looks more like an alien than anything else.
But he puts on a brave face. I would pay a dollar for it again.

Friday, February 15, 2013

I took this picture with my old camera because the opportunity
presented itself when I had that one in hand. I like the way the
cactus needles/tines really show up with the sun behind them. But
unfortunately through lack of skill and a not so great camera,
a good photographic representation was not going to happen.

I went out a short time later to try again with my other camera,
still with not much success. Maybe I should stick with pizzas.
You can't take a bad picture of a pizza.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ever wonder what Jolly Time Popcorn does when you plant it?
Wonder no more. But unfortunately, this is all it does.
When I put it in the ground, it bought the farm.
It was an experiment in fun.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I was in the checkout line at Walmart and the "impulse buy" freezer
was full of ARROZ con LECHE. Ice cream bars of some kind, but I
am not sure exactly what kind. It was all pretty much in Spanish.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Forgive me. Another pizza post.
I loves me some pizza.
I went to Kmart to do a little shopping (it's the only place that is
never out of stock on some makeup I use) and lo and behold, a Little
Caesar's Pizza is inside the store! Well, I knew it was in there as I
had been there before, but I decided that it was high time to have
another portion of my all time favorite food.
Two $5 HOT-N-READY pizzas to go.
She even gave me this cool heavy duty foil type bag to keep my
pizzas in so they would stay warm. They actually stayed HOT. I took
them out to the truck to have a couple of pieces before taking the rest
home for tomorrow.
Oh yeah... look at that beauty. And it WAS hot. WAY too hot to
eat. I was dying. My favorite food laid out before me and I
 am serious, it was scorching. It would have taken 15 minutes for
it to cool down enough to eat by hand. TORTURE!
But I am prepared. Everybody makes fun of me for keeping a
Snow Peak titanium spork in my purse. But here's the deal: I
will be greasin' down while they are burning their little hands. Hip
hip for Snow Peak!
And the wonderful view I enjoyed as I ate. Heh heh... Ghetto.
And yeah, I know... Little Caesar's is not the king of pizza, but
I love pizza so much that you really have to screw it up
for me to not like it. Ciao!

Monday, February 11, 2013

I started smoking at a very young age and smoked for a long time. I quit
a few times, once for about five years, then I picked it up again for
a few, but this time I haven't smoked for almost ten years. I am certain I will
not ever start again. But as I have said before, I am always on the smoker's side.
And when I am reminded of the price of cigarettes as I was today by this sign,
I am in awe. I am just in total awe. Ridiculous.
Many years ago when I did smoke and new anti-smoking rules were coming into
effect for the company I worked for, I remember reading a memo about how smokers
and non-smokers would have to reach a "compromise". I think we have seen
what the "compromise" has done for people who enjoy cigarettes. Remember
this: If somebody, anybody ever decides that a legal activity you enjoy
bothers them and it reaches the point where the word "compromise"
is used, you could be on the road to Beingscrewedville.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Alunimum... Alumimnum... Cinmnon... Ciminom...
Torriltia... Trotilleria... Fergit it.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Just taking a quick break from my housework today to take
this picture and write, "Man, I sure do love my Dust Buster." If you
don't have one of these things, you should get one. Why? Because I
said so. Also, they are for the most part inexpensive and they work
great for smaller chores when breaking out a big vacuum cleaner
or broom and dust pan would be inefficient or a pain in the rear-end.
It's really the biggest no-brainer in the history of mankind.
Oh well, back to work.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Think of it as art.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Just some stuff on my shelf. I bought the longhorn steer, the
cow and calf at a feed store in Ojai, Ca. I got the coiled rattlesnake
in Scottsdale, AZ. The chicken came from the gift section of a CVS
drug store of all places. I bought the poker hand pin and the American
flag pin at a shop in the Disneyland Hotel area and the Colt Firearms
logo pin was a something I found at a gun show.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Here is another photo I took at Balboa Park in San Diego, California.
This view is looking towards El Prado opposite the Botanical Garden.
It is a shame that in August of last year somebody put an invitation on
Facebook (the Devil) that there was to be a free-for-all water gun fight
here. Many many "people" showed up and the pond ended up trashed.
Koi fish were killed. Vegetation was torn from the ground and huge water
lilies were destroyed. Trash was scattered about. Thousands and thousands
of dollars worth of damage. I believe it has since been repaired. I haven't
had the opportunity to visit since this happened. This  picture will be full
size if opened in a new tab or window.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Here are some "Reel Sweet Candy Treats". I took this picture the last
time I went to the theater. I always wondered about these. I'm not one to
buy candy like this, but I wonder..... How much candy comes out of
these things. And what do you do? Put it in your pocket or something?
Let it melt in your palm as you save it for the show to start? Or do you
just throw it all into your mouth at one time?  I don't know... I'm not
going to find out either, I guess. Unless maaaaybe...  I buy some for
somebody I might be with. Hmmm... Now there's a thought...

Monday, February 4, 2013

 Feast your overhauled droid lovin eyes on my Titanium Series Star Wars 3 Inch
Vehicles Sandcrawler by Hasbro. Yet another mouthful. Rolling wheels and an
opening cargo door on this guy. These were originally used by the
Czerka Corporation and the Corellian Mining Corporation as mining
vehicles on the planet Tatooine, but the companies abandoned them
and the Jawa's adapted the Sandcrawlers for themselves.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

For my fellow cutlery fans, here is a knife that I bought blah blah
blah years ago. It's a Buckmaster 184. This knife was released during
the Rambo survival knife heyday. The knife is well made and
was touted by Buck Knives as the knife used by the Navy Seals. I
don't think that was actually true. These are now pretty much collector
knives as in all practicality, they are useless. LOL. I have a fondness for
this knife and would never sell it, but it is really not good for much.
It has never been used or sharpened and it has minimal blade wear from the
sheath. The Silva compass is stock. The compass sheath is stock but I bought
the larger knife sheath at a gun show. I keep an old Bucklite lockback
in that. I just read in a Buckmaster online forum about a guy that has
250 of these. You can see that some people love to collect them.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Give it up for my Battlestar Galactica 3 Inch Titanium Series Classic
Cylon Raider Die Cast Vehicle by Hasbro. That's a mouthful. This figure
was released in 2006 and is now out of production. The vehicle
was from the original B.G. television series. Raiders have a crew of
three Cylon Centurions (droids). One as a gunner, one as a pilot and
one navigator. And a whole lot of other stuff like two laser-torpedo
guns and two high-energy fusion reactors. Good stuff.
"By Your Command."

Friday, February 1, 2013

Another picture from my 2012 visit to the Gene Autry
Museum of Western Heritage in Griffith Park, California,
2012. This is Champion the Wonder Horse's bridle/bit.
Champion(s) was of course Gene Autry's horse and pal.
I don't know if those are real ivory "pistol" grips or not.
This bridle was made in 1934 by Ed Gilmore Saddlery.