Wednesday, July 31, 2013

These look like Jason's woods, at least from parts 3
and 4 they do, but they're not. They're our woods.
Chh chh chh... etc....

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

I've never seen a car with eyelashes before.
At least... it's been that way till now.

Monday, July 29, 2013

I'm not always the sharpest pencil in the box,
so it took me a minute or two.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

~ Sunset at El Rancho De La Tex ~

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Happy National Day Of The Cowboy!
July 27th is National Day Of The Cowboy. NDOTC is dedicated
to (from the website)  "preservation of America's Cowboy heritage
so that the history and culture which the United States Congress's
National Day of the Cowboy resolution honors, can be shared
and perpetuated for the public good, through education, the arts,
celebrations, gatherings, rodeos, and community activities."

National Day of the Cowboy website

(Turn down your speaker volume before visiting the website)
I took the photo above at the Autry Museum of Western
Heritage in Griffith Park, Ca in 2010.

Friday, July 26, 2013

I wonder if he or she had any coffee with those?
These showed up a day or two ago. Dangerous stretch
of highway to be doing that on as cars travel this road at
speeds of up to 70 MPH even though the limit is
closer to 45 or 50. It is just two lanes. BAM!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

~ Ye Old Nerdith Central ~
I went to Toys "R" Us.

Well, I could not get one NECA without the other. I picked
up Tonto and thought, I'm gonna get The Ranger sooner or
 later, so, I bought 'em both. This was the last Ranger there and
I know they will probably have more, but I'm glad I got him.

He looks pretty good...

...but I think they captured Tonto even better.
And yes, the movie did explain the mystery of the
crow on his head, sorta. Both The Lone Ranger and
Tonto will of course remain... unopened.
They had a new NECA John "First Blood" Rambo there too,
but he doesn't look much like Sly so I'm passin' on it.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Late dinner.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Wow, El Rancho De La Tex is coming alive.
Grapes are happening.
And I wish I could have caught this cactus in full bloom.

Monday, July 22, 2013

I'm not sure what these boxes on the wall in-between
the stores of this strip mall are for...
...but somebody left their KEY IN THERE! I have no
idea what happened next.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

"Waiting for the summer rain, yeah..."
~ Jim Morrison - The Doors ~
Unexpected today.

Friday, July 19, 2013

A sign in Old Town Temecula for Old Town Temecula.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A photo from my 2012 trip the the Autry Museum of
Western Heritage in Griffith Park, California. This is a
bronze statue of Crazy Horse. He was an Oglala Lakota
leader who fought against the U.S. Government for encroaching
on Lakota territory. In 1876 Crazy Horse joined forces with
Sitting Bull to defeat George Armstrong Custer's Seventh
Calvary in the Battle of Little Big Horn.
This statue was created in 1997 by Richard Greeves who was
born in the United States in 1935. The statue was purchased for
The Autry in 2009 (from what I can figure out). It is located
out on "Trails West".

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I broke down. I didn't pay the price I saw the other day, but
it was still too much. My "stuff I need" bill was not so high
this week, so I pulled the trigger.
Sorry about all the total movie related stuff lately. There's
just been a lot going on in that department.
"Are you really sorry, Tex?"
Well, only a little.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Yeah, "The Lone Ranger" time. You can see by the light
coming through the cracks in the exit door that I went during
daylight hours. I took my mom. She wanted to see this movie.
She likes to go a little earlier, so, the light.
I got a free ticket for The Lone Ranger when I bought "Oz the
Great and Powerful" on Blu-ray. The movie was okay. I enjoyed
it, but I'm not sure why. Action? Western? Adventure? Comedy?
I don't think this movie knew what it wanted to be.
That's okay, I had popcorn. LOTS of popcorn.

And I got this "Pacific Rim" movie poster. I have no interest in
seeing this movie at all, but as you know, I have poster love.

Monday, July 15, 2013

I grew up going to a dentist in the Pacific Palisades here in
California. This was pretty much the view when I parked there.
(I did not take the above photo.)
I have lived out where I live now for quite a few years. Every-
time I park at my current dentist's place and look at this view, I think
back to the underground view. That view sucked, but there were trade-
offs. With the lousy Pacific Palisades view, life was a little faster and a
little more fun at times. I saw quite a bit of action in those days.
But I kind of like this view now. I'm a little older. I'm a little slower.
I guess it fits. I do miss the action at times, but this is good too.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Oh yes.
Big doins at El Rancho De La Tex today. I wanted to buy the
new Evil Dead Blu-ray, but mucho dinero es el grande bummer.
So instead I bought two others that I have had my eye on for a
while, at a good price. The Scarface Steelbook and Rise of the
Planet of the Apes. Both Blu-ray with digital copies. I will pick
up Evil Dead later on. I know it will go down in price.
I know that you are waiting for that too. Si?
Did I say big doins? Well heck yeah I did! Beck Odelay! The
Weezer Blue CD! Sepultura Chaos A.D.! Toad the Wet
Sprocket Super (and I do mean SUPER) Hits! I like looking at
that Glen Phillips TTWS guy.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

This is a picture I took from the the balcony of a friend's office a
couple of years ago. This is La Jolla CA, and the Pacific Ocean is
just beyond those trees in the overexposed portion of my
award winning photograph.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Who varmits? What varmits? Me?
See if I ever tee off here again.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Eight years ago I decided to lighten my daily load and stopped
carrying any knife whatsoever for about a year. Mistake. One day
when out and about with my son we had an issue with our car's tail light
and really needed a small pair of pliers. Didn't have any. We had
to make an extra long drive for a repair and I decided on that day
that I would never to be without a knife again.
I don't know what model this Swiss Army Knife is, but the brand is
Wenger. I carry this one every day. I like it because it has pliers and
does not have a corkscrew, a useless tool for me.
There are many many many Swiss Army models available and if
you have never carried one, you should give it a try. But do not buy
an imitation. Victorinox or Wenger. Stick with either of those brands.
Twenty to forty dollars will do you nicely.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

This was the standee at the theater for the movie called
"Olympus Has Fallen". In this movie, all the bad guy had to do
was to kick the heck out of an old lady (not a pleasant scene)
and the Prez gives up every secret he's ever been privy to in an
effort to save her the pain and suffering. If this were a real scenario,
you, I, everybody would cease to exist.
That tears it. Aaron Eckhart has lost my vote.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Today was a nice day for eating at Denny's. But I didn't.
Hey, look at this stuff I bought. Futureworld with Peter Fonda. This
is the follow up to Westworld. Westworld has super rewatchability
for me. Futureworld is probably not as good, but I want to see it again.
A collection of Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks songs. Black Swan Blu-ray,
another with mega rewatchability for me. And finally, Revolver by
The Beatles. I got good prices on all except Futureworld which never
seems to go down (in price). That was my fun day. I sure do get around.


...later that night.

LOL... Holy cow... This was good.

Monday, July 8, 2013

I was the last one to leave the dark lot this morning at about
1:30 AM. Kind of spooky, but I am a night person and this
is my favorite time to go to the movies.
I saw World War Z with Brad Pitt. Great fantastic eyes, but
the movie did not do a whole lot for me. I keep asking myself
why, but I can't exactly say. It was just lacking something. Not my
preferred kind of zombies either. More like monsters than zombies.
But I did receive another free movie ticket via the Regal Club card.
When I got home I spotted this scorpion on the side of the house.
Now I know for sure how they get into my bedroom on the
second floor. One night in my dimly lit bedroom I accidentally
picked one up with my bare fingers. When it wriggled and I figured
out what it was, I threw him down. Then I scrambled around trying
to find him again. Who wants a scorpion running around their room?
I did find him. We scooped him up and threw him out the door.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Something a little different today. I recently came
across my Monkees collector's cards and scanned a few
of them to share. I was a pretty big (and young if you please)
fan of The Monkees when they had their TV show circa 1967.
My favorite Monkee was Mickey with Davy a close second.
I remember also having a Tiger Beat (or something of that
nature) magazine with photos of a very young Mickey opening
gifts with his family on Christmas morning. I poured all over
that one. I think I still have it in a box someplace.
Anyway, this is a pretty lousy scan with the cards all askew,
but I left it big so it can be opened in a new window to
see these guys in all their glory.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Absolut Hands.
I don't even want to tell you what the most prevalent bacteria found
on shopping carts is. In this day and age... I keep a small one in my
purse and another one at work. I just keep refilling them with germ-x.
I love germ-x. It smells just like vodka and so you KNOW it has to
be doin' SOMETHING. I know I know... There are several schools
of thought on the use of hand sanitizer. But I don't seem to be having as
many colds since starting with germ-x several years ago, so I
am going with it.

Friday, July 5, 2013

West-Cut Knife

When I was seventeen years old I went with a couple of
friends to Yosemite National Park in California. Once there,
when we were almost alllllllll the way up to Tuolumne Meadows,
our car broke down. This is a much longer (and fun) story, but
long story short, we coasted the car into a service station and
ended up hitchhiking all around Yosemite for a couple of days until
the car was repaired. Before we began this little adventure I had
decided that I wanted to have a knife (for a couple of reasons). The
knife pictured above is the one that I bought. It was my first
fixed blade knife.
I didn't know anything at all about knives when I bought this one.
It is a WEST-CUT (Western Cutlery) Knife made in the good ol' U.S.
of A. This is not my oldest knife but it is pretty old. I like the way age
has made it look, even if it is rusty in spots.
K-5, whatever that is. These knives won't break your bank. I've seen
them sell anywhere from $6 to about $28, used. I don't think they
even make these anymore. Western Cutlery knives are not great
knives at all, but I'm glad I've managed to hold onto this one for
all these years. It brings back some good memories.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

July 4th, 2013

Happy Birthday, America!