Wednesday, August 31, 2011


I was out on my scooter the other day to go down to the shopping area on Grant Road.  I had something specific in mind, that you will see at the end of this blog.  Now because there are two major freeways that intersect, along with on and off ramps, I take the long way around by way of the Stevens Creek Trail to avoid getting smashed.  On my way back I took a few photos to give you an idea of the lay of the land.

 In this pic look at the upper left (A).  This where the trail crosses one of the freeways.  Then at (B) the trail makes a ‘U’ turn, and we start to lose altitude.  The cyclists love this as they come zooming around the turn.

That piece of roadway straight ahead is Dana straight, which is the way I get over the freeway on my way home.  But it takes a few turns to get there, as the exit to that street is on the other side of the creek.

 “A” it the side of the trail where I took the picture.  “B” is the trail on the other side of the creek going back under Dana Street.

Ah!  There is the bridge that will get me to the other side.

 Someone out biking.  There is plenty of room to pass..

 Sorry, I can’t go that fast.

“A” on the left is the freeway that Dana Street crosses.  “B”, if you look closely, is the trail, which parallels that freeway for several miles. 

And now the reason I took the camera with me in the first place.
I've been seeing this sign on El Camino for many months now.  I suppose it is really two businesses.  But what if it isn't?  Think of the possibilities!


...of various kinds, shapes, and colors.  Have a look --

American Bison

Darwin's Fox

African Wild Dog

Iberian Lynx
Looks similar to Darwin's Fox


You expect me to spell 'rhinocerous'?

American Bullfrog

Giraffe mother and newborn

Leaf Cutter Ant

 American Crocodile


Saiga Antelope

 Snub nose monkey



On a Plumber's truck:
"We repair what your husband fixed."
On another Plumber's truck:
"Don't sleep with a drip. Call your plumber."

On a Church's Bill board:
"7 days without God makes one weak."
At a Tire Shop in Milwaukee :
"Invite us to your next blowout."
At a Towing company:
"We don't charge an arm and a leg. We want tows." 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


I have had some kind of spot on my arm for a month or so.  It’s about the size of a dime, but it doesn’t hurt or itch, so I’ve been ignoring it.  However, a few people have said that it should be looked at, so I have been looking at it.  That didn’t seem to do anything, so yesterday morning I called the dermatologist’s office for an appointment.  As luck would have it, they were able to get me in yesterday after Avenidas.

The doctor took one look at it, and said it was (several multi-syllable words I’d never be able to recall).  When I looked blank, he said it was a pre-cancerous growth.  Easy to fix, he said, by freezing it.  Whereupon he picked up a container and proceded to spray the spot with what I believe was liquid nitrogen.  YOUCH!  “Well, I didn’t say it would be painless, did I,” said he.  It wasn’t that bad, but it sure took me by surprise.

“Come back in a month to be sure it’s come off,” he said as he dismissed me.  The whole thing must have taken all of 10 minutes.

Cartoons -
Inbred cat

Monday, August 29, 2011


Cool things, from people who think outside the Box

 Sleeping in an aquarium is very quiet.  Fish don’t bark.

 No, no, the youngster is not a basket case.

Well, it is unusual!

 You can see just how much of a charge is left.

Come on in!  The lack of water is fine!

Time to get off to a fast start.  Don’t forget your umbrella.

 Books for every level.

Well, somebody has to keep the wires off the ground!

 For those who cannot use neither an analogue nor digital timepiece.

Humor from real life --

(With this one, if I didn’t laugh, I’d cry.)
The other day when I checked at VA - yeah, them again - I was given my “Personal Health Journal Update”.   This consisted of several pages detailing my various ailments, and a listing of all my prescriptions.  Each medication indicated how much and how often it should be taken.  One of them read as follows (really!)

We had a new fellow at our Avenidas lunch table the other day.  Even though he was sitting, I could tell he was quite tall.  Someone asked him how tall he was.  His response?  “Five foot seventeen.”  I know someone taller than that, don’t we, Alison.

One more from Avenidas --
They are preparing for their annual Avenidas Follies.  This includes both staff and participants.  I was told that last year one person played the harmonica, another the guitar, and yet another the piano.
Me:  “I can play the radio.”

Saturday, August 27, 2011


      Black bears typically have two cubs; rarely, one or three. In 2007, in 
      north Hampshire, a black bear sow gave birth to five healthy young.
     There were two or three reports of sows with as many as 4 cubs,
      but five was, and is, very extraordinary. The photographer learned 
      of them shortly after they emerged from their den and set a goal of 
      photographing all five cubs with their mom - no matter how much time and 
      effort was involved. He knew the trail they followed on a fairly regular 
      basis, usually shortly before dark. After spending nearly four hours a 
      day, seven days a week, for more than six weeks, he had that 
      once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and photographed them. He used the 
      equivalent of a very fast film speed on his digital camera. The print is 
      properly focused and well exposed, with all six bears posing as if they 
      were in a studio for a family portrait.

     The photographer stayed in touch with other people who saw the bears during 
      the summer and into the fall hunting season. All six bears continued to 
      thrive. As time for hibernation approached, he found still more folks 
      who had seen them, and everything remained OK. The photographer stayed 
      away from the bears because he was concerned that they might become 
      habituated to him, or to people in general, and treat them as 
      approachable friends. This could easily become dangerous for both man 
      and animal.

     After Halloween, no further reports and could only hope the bears survived 
      until they hibernated. This spring, just before the snow disappeared, 
      all six bears came out of their den and wandered all over the same 
      familiar territory they trekked in the spring of 2007.

      The photographer saw them before mid-April and dreamed nightly of taking 
      another family portrait, a highly improbable second once-in-a-lifetime 

      On 25  April 2008, he achieved his dream.

Boy, those guys grow up fast!
Fun stuff --

Dear Noah, We could have sworn you said the Ark wasn't leaving till 5:00!
Sincerely, The Unicorns

Dear Iceberg, Sorry to hear about that global warming.
Sincerely, The Titanic

Dear Yahoo, I've never heard anyone say, "I don't know; let's Yahoo! it..."  Just saying.
Sincerely, Google
Dear Fox News, So far, no news about foxes.
Sincerely, Unimpressed

Friday, August 26, 2011


 Incredible! Fantastic!  Beautiful!  Show-off!  Unreal!  I mean, a few look like they were painted.  Decide for yourself.

Bleeding Heart Pigeons


Formosan Magpie
Looks like something out of 'Harry Potter'

Golden Pheasant

Green Jay

Himalayan Monal
Looks like someone was busy with a paint brush.


Lady Amherst's pheasant

Nicobar Pigeon
Looks nothing like the pigeons around here.

Show off!

The tail is longer than the body!

Sup. Polish Chicken
Well, that was the title given with the photo.  I went looking online
to see what the Sup. might be (Superior?)  I found two things -- these same
photos, or recipes for Polish chicken soup.
Is that thing real?

Winson's Bird of Paradise
That does not look real to me.  Just look at the curly cue tail ends!

So I suppose you want something funny after all those fancy feathers --


Sign over a Gynecologist's Office:
"Dr Jones, at your cervix."  

In a Podiatrist's office:
"Time wounds all heels." 

On a Septic Tank Truck:
Yesterday's Meals on Wheels

At a Proctologist's door:
"To expedite your visit, please back in. "

Thursday, August 25, 2011


One of my blog followers lives in Michigan, and tells me that she and her husband own a bit of land there.  She sent these photos that she took herself.  Beautiful country!

We have big trees here in California, but this looks to be pretty good size.

Things are lookin' up

A view down the valley.  If you look closely over the stump on the right,
there appears to be someone sitting on a stump.

Humor -- I don’t have any answers for these.

If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable
oil is made from vegetables, then what is baby oil
made from? 

Does pushing the elevator button more than
once make it arrive faster?

Why doesn't glue stick to the inside
of the bottle?