Past glory

Out & About San Diego

When I went on a road trip through Southern California a couple of weeks ago, one of my goals was to visit the east/north shore of the Salton Sea. I had never been on that side.

I knew that many years ago there used to be resorts on that side. The resorts are no longer there, and what vibrancy and fun used to be there is now just a lot of abandoned buildings. Such buildings, though, do make nice Photographic Art.

Past Glory

Not In Service

Abandoned

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Labor Day and the violence accompanying the labor movement

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Happy Labor Day!

I was eleven years old when my youngest cousin was born. Her family lived across town, and she had an older brother and sister. I remember when her dad came over to announce that mom had “gone into labor.” A couple of months later, school started, the Tuesday after Labor Day. I put two and two together and got, uh, four?

In today’s world, if I have a question about anything, I go to Wikipedia first, and if that’s not helpful, well, Google is my friend. In this case, I find Wikipedia quite adequate.

Labor Day in the United States is a celebration of the American labor movement, the movement that brought us such things as workers’ compensation for accidents in the workplace, at least one day’s rest each week, maximum limits on the length of the work day, and minimum wage laws. Many improvements in the plight of the common laborer have been accomplished through collective bargaining.

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Collective bargaining often meant strikes, which usually involved violence, injury, and death. Newspapers, then as now, created names for events of public interest such as strikes:

  • the “Haymarket Riot” in Chicago in 1886 (7 police and 4 strikers killed, 70 wounded; 4 strikers hanged after being convicted of conspiracy and sentenced to death)
  • the “Colorado Labor Wars” of 1903-04 (66 killed)
  • the “Pullman Strike” of 1894 (13 strikers killed and 57 wounded)
  • the “Great Railroad Strike of 1922″ (11 killed)
  • the “Ludlow Massacre” of 1914 (22 killed, including 4 women and 11 children), part of the “Colorado Coalfield War” of 1913-1914 (reports on deaths vary from 50 to 200).

The “Ludlow Massacre” became folklore…

Woody Guthrie sang about it in his song, “Ludlow Massacre.”

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Upton Sinclair’s novel, “King Coal,” is loosely based on the event and its aftermath.

King Coal by Upton Sinclair

Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States, as well as state holidays in all 50 states.

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Labor Unions

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Don’t be cruel to your family pet

Out & About San Diego

Near one of the places where I go walking quite often is a colony of feral cats. During bad economies, the colony grows because people who can no longer afford to feed or care for their cats drop them off at the mouth of the San Diego River where this feral colony lives.

During one visit in 2009 I counted 187 cats. This morning I counted only six, and not a single one was photogenic. Thus, I returned home with not a single new picture of a fine, furry, feline friend.

Not to fear, though, because I have many pictures from past visits, and I’ll share eight of my favorites with you today.

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Remember, folks, if you don’t want your family dog or cat, or can no longer take care of it, please take it to a no-kill animal shelter rather than dropping it off in an isolated location. That’s just plain cruel.

If you have an unusual pet—snake, bird, lizard, etc.—take it to a pet store. Many of them will buy your pet from you or take it in on consignment, providing you with a commission when it sells.

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Who am I?

I livew in my own little world

My wise old grandmotherMany decades ago, when I was but a teenager living with my wise old grandmother in South Texas, I got into a lot of trouble. They say that I was a juvenile delinquent. Eventually (finally?), my wise old grandmother took me to a child psychiatrist in Corpus Christi, Texas. Dr. Goodenough. I’ll never forget his name because, although it was pronounced good-no, I always pronounced it just like it’s spelled, good enough. Was he good enough to figure me out?

Not until I was 38 did I find out the results of my sessions with the good ol’ doctor. The prognosis was that I was a “bright, hyperactive child.” The solution: “Keep him occupied.”

I also found out that he was being paid $100 an hour in 1968. I was 38 in 1993 when all the papers were given to me, and oh how I wanted to go back to school to become a psychiatrist. $100 an hour over the course of a year (every Thursday afternoon) to tell my wise old grandmother that I was a bright, hyperactive child and to keep me occupied. $100 an hour in 1968…. $100 an hour in 1968……….

Although I never became a psychiatrist, psychiatry and psychology have always interested me since that day. In honor of all those bright, hyperactive children everywhere, I present to you a special personality test to help determine just who YOU are.

Answer the following ten questions truthfully and as quickly as possible—don’t think about them—and then click on the link to see what kind of personality you have, just who YOU are.

  1. Beatles or Rolling Stones?
  2. Never belittle the comfort offerd by a catPC or Mac?
  3. Dogs or Cats?
  4. Blue or Red?
  5. Coffee in the morning?
  6. Do you tweet at Twitter?
  7. City slicker or country bumpkin?
  8. Rose or orchid?
  9. Sun bunny or snow bird?
  10. Ford Mustang or Chevy Camaro?

Now, find out who you are by clicking on the link:

WHO AM I?

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Brand new, but no one can drive it

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I went down to the Festival of Sail early this morning, but it was foggy and overcast so I didn’t stay long. Really, after 21½ years in San Diego, I should know not to go downtown before about noon after the sun has burned the fog and marine layer away. Will I never learn?

In addition to all of the tall ships that were in port, they were having a sand-sculpting contest down by the Cruise Ship Terminal. Here’s my favorite sand sculpture from the day:

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They win points from me for putting real tires and lights on the sand sculpture, as well as parking the model vehicle right next to it.

Now I’m sad and depressed thinking about the only thing I could ever do with sand, which was to bury myself in it.

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The first I’ve seen in 21½ years in San Diego

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As much as I love wildlife of all kinds, one of the things that I really disliked about my native home state of Texas was the number of bugs.

You DID NOT want to go outside at night because you would have to turn an outdoor light on, and that meant you would be walking out into billions and billions and billions of flying bugs.

I know we have nighttime flying bugs here in San Diego, but I think they go to sleep at night just like I do.

And ants! I hated ants. Especially fire ants. I remember one time when I went with a friend to Lake Houston to go sailing on his brand new sailboat. Out in the middle of the lake we jumped in to go swimming….. right into a bunch of fire ants! IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LAKE! That day ruined me forever on going sailing and going to Lake Houston.

The last time I saw an ant colony here in San Diego was July 6, 2009. You’re laughing, aren’t you? You think me knowing the date is funny. I know the date because I took a picture, and the metadata tells me that I took it on July 6, 2009. Now you’re laughing because I took a picture….

Ants

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Should I talk about roaches? Ack! When I moved to Houston in 1977 after graduating from Texas A&M University, my first apartment was next to a bayou. Add in lots of palm trees, and it was roach city. My roommates and I used to cook greasy food each night, collecting the grease in bowls and cans to spread around the apartment. Then and only then could we get a good night’s sleep because the roaches would go after the grease, climb in the bowl, get stuck and drown. The next morning, those bowls had 20 or 30 roaches in each of them. We only stayed there three months, and those three months ruined me forever on living near lakes, rivers, streams, and palm trees in Houston.

I can count on one hand the number of roaches I have seen in 21½ years in San Diego.

Then we come to spiders. I love spiders. Except daddy longlegs. For some reason, I find daddy longlegs to be creepy. My wise old grandmother, though, taught me an appreciation for all wildlife, explaining to me the food chain, so when I find spiders inside that don’t belong inside, I shoo them back outside. Hmmm. Some day I’ll have to let Julian video me shooing a spider back outdoors. That video probably would go viral….

The spider I miss, though, is the big garden spider, the one that builds a huge, beautiful orb web at night so that when you go to get the paper in the morning, you walk into a huge web, forgetting about the paper while running yelling to the shower.

I have never seen a garden spider here in Southern California…. WAIT! I lie. I saw one in Pacific Beach last weekend! I was so excited that people were rushing over to where I was taking pictures to see what was going on. I’m pretty sure most of them all of them thought I was weird. Nonetheless….

Following is Photographic Art of my beautiful garden spider. You may tell me in a comment how beautiful it is….

Garden spider

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Friday Flower Fiesta (8-29-14)

Friday Flower Fiesta

It’s Friday again…. Where does the time go…. School has started…. My Texas A&M Aggies, ranked #21, destroyed #9 South Carolina 52-48 on the football field in South Carolina…. Christmas is just around the corner…. So onward to today’s Friday Flower Fiesta….

#1
Pink hibiscus

#2
Yellow and red hisiscus #3
Orange double hibiscus

#4
Unknown yellow flower

#5
Foxglove

The first three flowers are hibiscus, and #5 is a foxglove, but if anyone knows what #4 is, please let me know!

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