Monday, April 28, 2008

Small Town Parade

Our town has an annual parade which celebrates it's history as a supplier of Dairy & Poultry products. This year is the 150th anniversary of becoming a "city"

I was gone for most of the day, but my beautiful bride took some pictures.
Our front porch.
This is the float which staged in front of our house
Technically, it's a "Tidal Slough", but you don't get federal funds for dredging those.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Another filched email

Proposed alcohol warning labels

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WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may leave you wondering what the hell happened to your bra and panties.
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WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you are whispering when you are not.
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WARNING: The consumption of alcohol is a major factor in dancing like a retard.
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WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them.
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WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to think you can sing.
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WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may lead you to believe that ex-lovers are really dying for you to telephone them at four in the morning.
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WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you can logically converse with members of the opposite sex without spitting.
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WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter, faster and better looking than most people.
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WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may lead you to think people are laughing WITH you. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause pregnancy.
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WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may be a major factor in getting your ass kicked. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~
WARNING: the crumsumpten of alcohol may Mack you tink you kan tpye reel gode

Friday, April 25, 2008

Another "out of gas" desperation post

The person who sent me this email doesn't read the blog, so it's fair fodder

"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand and "lollipop" with your right.

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).

There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

A snail can sleep for three years.

Almonds are a member of the peach family.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Babies are born without kneecaps They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.

February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

If the population of China walked past you, 8 abreast, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction. (this is crying out for several punch lines)

Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite!

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.

There are more chickens than people in the world.

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Thought for today-

Mainly because I'm out of gas.

Good judgement comes from experience.

Experience comes from bad judgement.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

WooHooo, gonna party TONITE!

After PAYING a 4 figure sum, today we got this in the mail.

Ahnald, iff you vanted it, ve vould haff let chu haff eet.
And I got the Prius back from the shop this afternoon. Does it get any better than this?

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Whale of a tale or Tail of a whale

After an absence of almost a year, during which time, my neighbor the artist, has mentioned on numerous occasions how much he missed our weather vane, ("It was one of the first things I noticed when we looked at the neighborhood") A Dude observed, "It really tied the block together"

It has made a triumphant return, but not without lots of planning and angst.

Problem #1- Mounting it in it's previous position (pre new roof) would void the roof warranty. So where do we put it, and how.

Problem #2- Having chosen a site and "proper" materials, finding 3/16ths aluminum, ($4 a lb at scrap yard), then finding a way to bend it to 105 degree angle. (After numerous attempts to bend it neatly, I ended up clamping one side to a 4X6 and beating the shit out of it)

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Backlash to Smug pollution?

The title is a reference to an episode of South Park. But


Vandals strike 6 hybrid cars


A vandalism report involving a Toyota Prius parked overnight on the west side of Petaluma highlights a disturbing trend, police said Saturday.Someone is stalking the popular hybrids.Six such cars have been vandalized in Petaluma in the past two weeks, all but one of them parked on the city's west side.Five times a brick, rock or hammer has been thrown through a window. Once, a fender was dented, police said."We have no idea at this point" who is responsible or why, police Sgt. Mark Hunter said. "And it's possible that there are vandalisms that have occurred that have not yet been reported."The first case was reported March 30 after a rock was thrown through the window of a Prius on Oak Street not far from Oak Hill Park.Subsequent reports involved damage to cars on April 3 on St. Francis Drive; April 4 on El Rose Drive; April 5 on Fourth Street; and Saturday on Webster Street and on West Street.Anyone whose car has been vandalized should let police know at 778-4372, Hunter said.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

My Neighbor, The Artist Pt Deux

What can I say, obviously the man LOVES Opera!

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Lucky Me

Through the "courtesy" of an unknown person last night, I have been given an opportunity to practice my letting go skills and breathing/stress relief techniques. (And I have yoga tomorrow morning)

Somebody kicked in the driver's door of my car last night.

I've spent the morning meeting new and interesting people like our police Community Services Officer (CSO) who took pictures and made a report, estimators at two body repair places ($1750), talked to an insurance rep and waiting for a call from another. After going for a walk to use up some of the endorphines, I talked to some neighbors to see if they had heard/seen anything. (In my absence, apparently the gendarmes had made the rounds)

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

My Neighbor, The Artist Pt1

For those who may have gone back and read the Bad neighbor series, this is who moved into the house after they left. Actually both next door neighbors are artists, but I digress.