Saturday, November 30, 2013

 "Perhaps ye knows too much... ye've seen the cursed treasure,
you know where it be hidd'n."
My son took this picture - circa 2003.
~ Disneyland, California ~

Friday, November 29, 2013

Must be making a cigarette and cough drop run
before heading out to one of the casinos.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

~ Thanksgiving 2013  ~
(I realize that it's not very dignified, but I had fun making it.)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My Barbie's pose just screams for a punchline.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

I always like it when a picture I take does this. It makes me feel like
the photo's subject is blessed from "on high" or something. But I
know it's not because it's just a check cashing place.

Monday, November 25, 2013

I saw this sign at the store and when I could finally make out what
it said, I totally passed on buying it because.. well...
because it's pretty stupid and ugly.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

 You gotta heart nature.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

"Imagine 200 million years ago..."
I can't quite get my head around 200 million years ago.

That's all I got.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Oink oink oink. Oink oink oink.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

I love these names. I wonder what it must be like when
the good folks over at HOSPECO gather in a room to
brainstorm a new name for their toilet seat covers.
It must be fun. Oh, and I bet this gets said at least once
during every meeting: "Okay, we're all adults here...."

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

And I bet their bill says, "Please make check payable to:
Global Laser Cosmetic and Laser Vision Medical Centers."
It's that one you dread writing every month because you just
KNOW you're gonna mess it up and waste a check.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A note to guys out there in the world:
If you are ever in a parking lot, especially at night, and
you need something, be it a quarter, a ride, something to
eat, to make a cell phone call, whatever it is, if you see a woman
in her car, do not under any circumstances approach her.

You have no reason at all to come close to her. In this day and
age if a woman opens her window or her door to you, she is
taking a huge risk. If you are a decent guy, you would never
put a woman in this position.

Unfortunately with the way things are now, if you need something
and the only person around is woman in her car or otherwise, you
are going to have to find another solution to your problem.

Monday, November 18, 2013

It looks like our raccoon "friends" took a little shortcut
through this tub of water. Just keeeeeep movin'
Mr. Raccoon. Nothing for you here.

Those guys are a pain.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Forgive me another popcorn post (or as I always type it the first
time, popcron), but my son bought for me not only a ton of
popcorn salt, but he then surprised me with this Movie Theater
Style Buttery Popcron Topping. It looks a little gross in the container,
but when you put a bit in a little pot and heat it up while stirring, it
soon becomes clear and buttery gold.

This stuff is just awesome. It can't be that good for you, but it
is good. It can be found on Amazon. I believe this is what
those pesky youngins would refer to as, the shiz.

I had some tonight while watching Pulp Fiction. Yummy.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Not too long ago I went to a pretty cool miniature golf
course in Vista, California. It has great water features.

This course has two themes. The theme side we chose
was "pirates". That choice was a given for me. I think this
mini course goes above and beyond on the motif.

And back on  October 28th I had posted this picture as a
"Mystery Spot" writing that "Anybody may visit this place
year round." And they/you can, at this mini golf course.
And I know thar be plunder 'round that corner, aye?
Just beyond me bloody reach. ...bugger.

This place is a lot of fun and looks fantastic. I took a few
other pictures that I am going to post from time to time. They
have a pirate ship sitting in a body of water that is awesome.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Here is something you don't see anymore. Well, to be honest
you can't see it here too well either, but you get the idea.
Hollywood Video. Closed all stores in 2010 I believe. Some of us
really miss going to video stores to rent movies, buy snacks and
sometimes even buy a piece of movie memorabilia or two.

A few years ago I bought this framed Back to the Future photo
and film cell from the movie. It's kind of cheesy and the film
cell is the same in every single one.  But it was fun to buy
at the time, it is fun to have, I got it when it went clearance,
and there ya go. I did get this at Blockbuster Video though,
not Hollywood Video.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Astromech happiness.
If you've spent any time at my "website" at all, you have to know that
 R2D2 is my all time favorite Star Wars character. So, I will assume
you do not know. Did you know that R2D2 is my all time favorite Star
Wars character? Indeed. I have more than a couple Artoo figures.
So when this "Black Label" wave was released (I think about six
months ago), I wanted him. But not for $19.99.
Enter Toys "R" Us $10 coupon.

He is now all mine. He is slightly larger than other figures and although
collector reviews have been a bit on the disappointed side, most
including me are happy to have him.

Why "Dogzilla"? No idea. But I do know that this cute little guy
is a dog toy and is destined for a violent end. I think it is sad. But I just cannot
bring home every one of these guys I feel for. I did that for a time and
it is not good.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Today I was supposed to make my annual trip to
the Autry Museum of Western Heritage.

But I am still feeling too under the weather to take full
advantage of a visit. I would just make a coughing
spectacle of myself.

I will (with reluctant patience) await my next
window of opportunity.

(The above photos are from 2010.)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Yes, I did not win the...... whatever it is that was second from the left.

Monday, November 11, 2013

- Veterans Day 2013 -

Saturday, November 9, 2013

This is not a good picture as I took it while I was driving, but this is a ranch
I have been driving by from time to time for the last 25 years. It is just outside
of Norco California, "The Horse Capital of the World". What is sad to me is
that I have watched this ranch go from a property that was covered with hundreds
of cattle and horses to what you see in this photo: zero livestock. And although
you cannot see it in the photo, there are now major business parks just a stone's
throw away. I do not know, maybe these folks made a lot of money on a deal.
Perhaps that is why it has dwindled so.

I am reminded of this ranch as yesterday I watched the Lonesome Dove mini-series.
This ranch always reminds me of Clara Allen's ranch in Nebraska, about twenty
miles from Ogallala. Clara was Texas Ranger Augustus McCrae's one true love and
when he went to visit her at this location after not seeing her for many years, it was
a very touching scene, to put it mildly. It never fails to pluck my heart strings.

If there is anything I have learned in this life, it is that nothing, and I mean nothing
ever stays the same. If you love something, love it now, because it is just not forever.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Sometime back we received a jar of extra fine popcorn salt as
a gift. I ran out of it recently and wanted el mucho to get more.
As I cannot find it in stores, and it is pretty expensive online, and
the different brands are many, I just kept putting it off. But hoo-rah!
My son bought all of this extra fine popcorn salt for me. I haven't
tried it yet as I've been on the sick side, but I will soon. If you love
popcorn like I do, you know that the salt you use on it can make
all the difference in the world.

Hip hip HOORAY for cool kids.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

As I've mentioned once or twice, I've been sick with this stupid
cold or whatever it is for about 12 days now. The latest feature
of this particular illness is the loss of my voice. No talking today.
Anyway, throughout this bout I have watched several mini-series
on DVD. During my last days off I watched Dead Man's Walk,
Streets of Laredo and Return to Lonesome Dove.
Today's feature playing at the Tex Cinema was Comanche Moon.
After the original, Lonesome Dove, I enjoyed this one the most.
On the screen above is Steve Zahn as Augustus '"Gus" McCrae
and Karl Urban as Woodrow F. Call. This was the only one
other than the original that caused me to shed a tear.

This is one of those family owned BBQ restaurants that you walk
into and can just smell the taste. These restaurants are not about
the atmosphere, they are about the food. To get to the restroom
you pass by a big oven with stacks of wood that go practically
to the ceiling. They are constantly being loaded into the fire to
do what they do to the meats they are preparing.
My mouth is watering just thinking about this place.

This is where the food would be if I had taken a picture of it.

So what did we learn from today's post? I am sick. I watched
a movie that you still know nothing about and I go to a BBQ
restaurant sometimes. Wow, that's pretty weak. Sorry.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

And I could only find none that I like.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

You know how much I am all over skull and crossbones
items of all kinds. But not in a hundred years would this
atrocity cross my threshold.

My mom kept asking me, "Are you sure you don't want
it?" as she knows I am a skull and crossbones diehard.
I had many opportunities to reconsider. I did not.

Monday, November 4, 2013

I made my annual trip to Bath and Body Works today to
pick up their once a year offering, Vanilla Bean Noel. I've
said it before, and by golly, I'll say it again: This body lotion
makes me feel like I'm a pancake sitting in a big ol' plate
of maple syrup. I had a coupon for a free slice of pizza too,
so I was all over that.

I also picked up the remake of the 1980 movie called "Maniac".
The original is not a pretty movie. I will not recommend it. I like
it, but if you watch it, it's on you. I am hoping this one is just as
good as the original, and I have heard it is, if not better. Nobody
could imagine that Elijah Wood could be near as freaky as Joe
Spinell was in the original. Apparently, he is.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

 I love pigs in a blanket, but I wouldn't go so far as to
call them "healthy appetizers". It's amazing what people
will fall for when a fancy piece of kitchen electrics is
put before them for the low price of $9.98.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

I'm not a litigious person by any stretch of the imagination,
but if I were Kermit, I would sue.

I took this picture today. It is the pumpkin that I had shown on 10/23
writing that I was going to carve a face into it. Truth be told, I have
been SO sick since last Saturday that Halloween week was pretty much
a bust and I never did make this jack into an o'-lantern. I am still coughing
my lungs out hoping (along with my roomies) that it will all end soon.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Whenever anybody mentions 21st Century Snack Foods (and believe me,
they do), my mind immediately goes to Neon Worms. I'm not alone with that.
Am I right?