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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Catch-Up Time

Ok, so the fabulous end-of-the-year ceremony was last week, and these two lovely ladies INSISTED on a picture with ME!


On Thursday, between engagements at the Ed. Cen., I walked around a bit, found a geocache, and took some pictures.  Here are a couple of old cars. The one on the left is one of them Pontiacs, the one on the right, I do not know.  There was a scimitar on the bumper but it didn't make it into the shot. It may refer to the owner being a member of the Al Bahr Shrine Antique Car group.


I am looking DOWN an empty bolt hole while the camera is looking UP.


The bolt holes are on the base for these signs.


Another empty bolt hole.  Don't worry, there were four very large bolts holding things together!


On Friday my glasses broke.  I went to the eye glass place after work and they found a pair of frames that fit the lenses.  Very lucky I was!


Here I am reading a book about a fabulous guy!


A pink dolphin, among other things.  Name the items you recognize.


Saturday we visited the Palomar Amateur Radio Club's Field Day site. Lots of interesting antennas to look at.  One fellow recognized my hat as a Tilley!  Afterwards we went to a few geocaches.  Matt spotted this.  We decided we didn't need it and left it for some lucky person.


A nameless but pretty little lake with a fisherman.


A Park'n'Grab geocache!


Ah, rats!  Well, rat.

I, for some reason, was amazed to see grapefruits growing on trees.  I do not know where I THOUGHT they came from.


Spotted this cache from  inside the vehicle as we drove up.


We found eighteen geocaches that day!

This morning I was walking around and remembered there used to be a big tree here.  Here's an image from 2007.


And here is an image from 2014.


I wonder what kind of tree it was?

I continued on to the library and checked out a couple of books.

Well, thanks for reading!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

It's Only Wednesday??

I picked up a splinter off a piece of plywood at work this morning.


The IT guy came out for a work order that another guy had come out on last week.  One ethernet jack that he said tested good on his, uh, tester, STILL won't show in the computer as working, and that same computer (AND cable) works fine at another jack.  I am sad I didn't have a computer available at the time he used his tester.  Especially since he asked about it...    

In the afternoon I had a two-hour battle with the lamination machine.  I THINK I got it working, but I am not sure what I did.

And I had to sort through a lot of stuff at home and make decisions on whether to toss or not.  A cassette of Tears For Fears?  Gone!  A cassette of the Dr. Demento show (on KMET) that I recorded   in 1972?  KEEP!

Saying goodbye to a bunch of people today (their last day) was sad.   It was very quiet in the afternoon, except for me cursing at the lamination machine.


Sunday, June 19, 2016

It's hot today!

I get company!


One of the advantages of company is someone likes to cook!


We went to the Pt. Loma lighthouse, and I took a picture of this bird.


We were invited to D.Z. Akins for lunch.  A couple of the group ordered dessert.  This one turned out to be just TOO gigantic, and I was FORCED to take a share of it.


I was presented with this at work the other day...






One day I came home to NO parking space on the street, and someone in MY parking space.  This day, the street was completely empty!  I don't think I've ever seen it like this!


I just finished this book this morning.  There were the expected tears at the end.  One of the students went to the trouble of gifting it to me.  Isn't that the sweetest thing?  Another student gave me a gift card for Barnes & Noble, so I now I have to figure out what my second-wanted book is.  H



We all went hiking (and geocaching) at Roberts Ranch (North) yesterday.  It was not TOO warm, the overcast had come in and cooled things off a bit.  Not like today!


It's been 103 for AT LEAST three hours now.  Will it EVER go down? 

At least it is only 87 indoors!


Saturday, June 04, 2016

Trying To Catch Up

Last Monday I saw these plants with "worms" on them.  We, or I, or something, figured they were Monarchs. As I recall it.  The image is out of focus, as usual, but you can probably make out all the caterpillars.  They are chomping away on the plants.  It was noted that the caterpillars were rapidly departing the denuded stalks for greener pastures!


The chrysalis image matches the picture in the Wikipedia article.



I was trying to locate a secretive location from photographs.  I finally managed to spot it, but along the way I had Google Maps misfire and present me with what looks like a lake with rice paddies.


Here are some vintage photographs I took a long long time ago.

This is the "crankshaft" on a Heisler steam locomotive that  was parked in the Monterey area. I took this on our motorcycle trip north, around 1973 or so.  There is, sadly, no date on the photograph.  I used the Minolta 16-II to photograph the locomotive.  I have some more pictures of the locomotive here.  That page says I took the pictures in 1972, but I am sure it was 1973 or '74.  On reflection, I may NOT have taken this on "our" trip, the wife and I, it may actually have been on my solo trip north, which may well have been in 1972.  Oh, for a time machine, or at least, a time-viewer!


This locomotive was long gone when I came back to visit many years later.  After much research I spotted it in its location in Fremont.  A Google Streetview link showing the locomotive in storage near Shinn St. in Fremont, California.   Here is some information on its trip from Fremont to Tillamook in 2015.

I took some quick photos with the phone (does that make them phonos?) of photographs that I have posted elsewhere, but maybe not all together.

This one shows my bread truck that I bought from that guy whose name cannot remember.  The white car is mine, too.  I forgot who owned that little yellow car.  Is that a Honda?



My un-running Matchless posed with the bread truck.  Which DID run, I swear it!  Also, the tail-end of some guy in Fuels' 750 Kawasaki Triple, otherwise known as "The Widowmaker".


I don't know where my 1970 Yamaha 650 XS1 (yes, an XS1 with a disc brake in front!!) came from, but there it is. That is not my barracks in the background, but ours looked just like that.



That is about all I wanted to share, except for I forgot to mention that at Lake Hodges I met a couple walking their Basenji, and they were curious as to how I knew it was a Basenji, so I told them about reading my mother's book of AKC breeds with exquisite pencil drawings.  Then there was that movie, of course.  "Ah, the movie!" said the woman.  "What movie?" said the man.

Thanks for reading!

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