Friday, March 1, 2024


~ Happy National Pig Day, 2024! ~

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Over at one of our favorite places, the Indian Store, they
have some nice busts representing Native Americans
of various tribes. The gentleman above is of the
Arikara tribe out of Missouri.


And these gentleman (starting on the left) are from
the Apache tribe out of Arizona, the Chinook tribe
out of Washington and Oregon and the
Piegan tribe of Northern Montana.

Saturday, February 24, 2024

A way long time ago when my son was little and my
beloved stepfather was still with us, I took my first
trip to the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage.
The museum was very young then. While there I bought
this greeting card in the Museum Store as it
reminded me of my son and his grandpa as they
rode around The Ranch on the ATVs.

I framed it and we gave it to my stepfather. He hung
it up and it has been there ever since. It is a
great picture and a wonderful memory.

Friday, February 23, 2024

This fungus is growing on a log around here.
I don't know what kind (split gill?) it is.
I'm not in love with fungi.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

I spotted a simple purple flower today.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024



Yep, I am trying to not collect stuff like this anymore
and for the most part I have been very successful at it.
But when I spotted this Friday the 13th Part 3 3D poster
box at Walmart, I knew I would KICK myself later if
I did not pick it up. I LOVE F13 and Part 3 is
my favorite of the series.

So I decided to use some of the birthday gift
money I had saved to buy it.

The box it comes in is actually very nice. It is collector
friendly as the front cover hinges open and closed
using a magnet. No ripping stuff apart.


This is the 3D box in the flesh. Now, do
I display it in the box? Or do I 86 the box
and hang the thing on the wall. Oh man. This
part is always difficult.


Walmart had other movie boxes as well. I remember seeing
boxes representing IT and Child's Play. There were probably
about four others, I cannot remember. The kind of tricky thing
with THIS box is that the blood you see dripping and pooling
there? The two little "blood" pieces come separately and it is
up to us to place them in the correct spots.

The bottom one was not too difficult, but the knife tip drip was
a bit of a bear. I had to use the tiniest bit of white glue to keep
it in place once I was able to get it into position.
You just gotta be prepared for that.

I really like this box. Not sorry I bought it.
 I mean, Part 3. That's my jam.

Look for 3DEEP VHS by Culturefly.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

These Starkist Snack-To-Go Tuna Salad Kits are
pretty good. But at 130 calories and 3.5 grams of
fat (1.5g saturated fat) you don't want to eat a lot
of them. But every once in a while, a great treat.


!!! GHOST PEPPER UPDATE !!!
My little ghost pepper plant that I pruned on Friday, February 2
is making a comeback. I really didn't think it would. But it is
and I guess we start all over again. Maybe this time it will be
heartier and actually give us a pepper to try. That was the
goal. Bottom line? She's giving us another go so let's DO this.

(Originally started from seed on Wednesday,
June 21, 2023. As I still have some seeds left
I may start another one in a month or so.)

Monday, February 19, 2024

We are seven films in and the Star Wars
Film Festival marches on at Borden Cinema!
Over the next three nights!
The Force Awakens! The Last Jedi!
The Rise of Skywalker!


Hey, come inside.
You are going to freeze your
butt off out here, man.

Sunday, February 18, 2024

TRANSMISSION #6

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Trees and bushes are for when we are just too
tired and worn out to take our trash to a
waste receptacle.

Mother Nature is so accommodating.

Friday, February 16, 2024

Man, we've been waiting since 2007 for this. The movie
"Grindhouse" (2007) featured two movies within a movie.
Sandwiched between these two movies were faux movie
trailers, trailers for movies that would probably never be
made. But "Grindhouse" fans wanted to see some of these
movies come to fruition. We REALLY wanted
to see them.

Eli Roth finally did it. His faux trailer was for a movie called
"Thanksgiving" and now, "Thanksgiving" is a full length movie.

I cannot WAIT to see this one. I hope it is as good as the trailer is.
I will see it soon. But the Star Wars Film Festival is still happening
so "Thanksgiving" will screen right after that wraps up. Huzzah!

Thursday, February 15, 2024

This is another decal I bought sometime in the
1960s at Rocky Mountain National Park in
Colorado during one of our cross country
adventures. I believe this decal is actually
from the 1940s to 1950s.







After viewing Episodes I through III and Rogue One, the
Star Wars Film Festival has indeed gone from six nights
to ten! Borden Cinema will continue tonight with the
Original Trilogy of Episodes IV through VI!
This is getting GOOD.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Happy Valentine's Day 2024!


For Valentine's Day I am showing this
figure I bought a long time ago. It is
a Mezco Toyz Alice in Wonderland
Living Dead Doll. This is Inferno
as The Queen of Hearts.


I bought her for a low low price but she was never one
of my favorites. Her hair is all over her face. And
because I never wanted to open the box, I could not enjoy
her for that reason. Maybe someday I will open it up
and she will become a Top Five. Who knows!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

My mom bought his Ever After High
Raven Queen doll for me.


She is very purple.

Monday, February 12, 2024

~ Random Around the Ranch Photo of the Day ~
Once again, from the top.

Sunday, February 11, 2024

I carried my Streamlight Stylus Pro 2AAA flashlight everywhere
for 15 years until last week when... the dang batteries leaked
and ruined it. This is the third flashlight that I have lost
by way of leaky batteries. Ack. And I do check the batteries
in all of my flashlights regularly in an effort to avoid this
situation, but it seems that some batteries have a schedule of
their own. And that was a good light too. 15 years.


I use my lights on a daily basis. I needed to replace it. So I did
that with this Streamlight MicroStream. This one has two modes:
Low is 50 lumens and high is 250. The light has a clicky switch
that allows for momentary on, a must for me.
(Please pardon the dust. *blush*)


But this time I went with a USB rechargable flashlight. I am
going to see how that works out for me. I have always gone
with lights that use alkaline batteries because if they go dead,
I have more at hand and they can be found anywhere.
But dang it, I don't want another light down due to a leak.
Balance I reckon. So a year or two, we will see.

Oh, and I really do like the new flashlight.
It is working out for me so far.
Never had a bad Streamlight.

But Fenix? That's a story for another day.







Tonight starts the Star Wars Six Night
Film Festival only at Borden Cinema!

We've been looking forward to this for ages!
With luck, it will morph into the Ten Night Festival
which would include Rogue One and the Sequel Trilogy.

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Some folks may call this vintage.
I just call it Monday, April 30th, 2012.

Friday, February 9, 2024

!! Happy National Pizza Day 2024 !!
This video features a Little Caesar's $5 Hot and
Ready pizza I relished on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.
This pizza was GOOD, and this pizza was HOT!

Please enjoy the video and then
go get a pizza!

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Looks cold.
Yeah, it's cold.
Been rainin'.

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

These crackers SUCK.
I repeat: These crackers SUCK.
That is all. As you were.

Sunday, February 4, 2024


I laughed out loud.

Friday, February 2, 2024


~ Random Around the Ranch Photo of the Day ~


!!! HOLY COW IT'S FRIDAY BONUS PHOTO !!!
I pruned my ghost pepper plant down to a twig.
I'm hoping that it will start to come back when
the weather turns warm again.

I have more ghost pepper seeds and I just
may start another one around that time.

Thursday, February 1, 2024


That's kind of scary.

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

This is a video from my visit to the Gene Autry Museum of
Western Heritage in Griffith Park, California. This visit was
in 2014 and features the epic Spirits of the West mural.
My video is not great quality to be certain,
but here it is.

Beware: The audio may be a little loud.

Tuesday, January 30, 2024


Houston, we have rain.

Monday, January 29, 2024

I want to post an update on my plants. It looks
like the ghost pepper plant that I started from seed
last June is just about history. It never did anything.
Not it's fault. Just not an ideal growing location.
But this south facing window was the
only safe place I had for it.

I will keep caring for it just to see if maybe it
comes back when the weather warms up a bit.


And here are the jalapeno plants out in the garage.
I started these from seed as well back in August. This
is the only place I could grow them where they would
not be eaten and although I know it is not good, I said
the heck with it and just did it for fun.

I cannot believe that these little guys are five months old
They look more like four weeks old. If I did not have them
propped up, they would not stand on their own.

The fun continues.

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Funko Pops at Toys "R" Us in 2017.


They are still very much around and I am glad that
is one rabbit hole I never wanted to go down.

Saturday, January 27, 2024

The Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland in Anaheim,
Califorina. This pirate's middle name must be Plunder.
Dude has a thing for hats.  Maybe we are related.
My son took this picture 20 years ago.

Friday, January 26, 2024


If money could talk.
Wait. Strike that.
Probably not a good idea.

Thursday, January 25, 2024

I was doing a chore or two around The Ranch today and
came across this what I believe is an Agave huachucensis,
more commonly called Huachuca agave. This is the
very center of the succulent.


It is native to the Southwestern United
States and northern Mexico.


This Huachuca agave is about 18 inches in
diameter and I will tell you what...


You do NOT want to tangle
with these things.

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Jason Statham plus price comes down equals MINE.
Meg 2: The Trench.
Oh yeah.

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

I had posted a while back that I wanted to make a 2023
vs. 2024 picture of my Birthday Cactus and here it is.
After a year, I don't know... It doesn't look like it has
grown much. It just looks like the soil has settled and
the cactus is a little lower in the pot. 'Bout it I spect.
We will see about it next January.


Here is what I think is a really beautiful cactus out in
back of the Ranch House. Little bit of moss going on.
Didn't expect that.


!!! NEED A LIFT TUESDAY BONUS PHOTO !!!
Here is a picture of Reno Raines AKA Vince
Black from the show "Renegade". It has been
hanging up on the file cabinet to the right of my
computer desk for some time now. When I need
a lift, I look over there.