Where’s my mommy?

Picture of the Moment

It’s been a record-breaking year for SeaWorld, but sometimes you don’t want to see records broken. As is the case here.

It’s been a record-breaking year for the SeaWorld Rescue Teams rescuing stranded, abandoned, sick, injured, and disoriented baby sea lions and seals.

Here’s one that I saw on March 3 during an ultra-low tide at the Tide Pools in La Jolla, California:

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There were a lot of people watching that little one. As I was leaving, a SeaWorld rescue van pulled up in the parking lot. I had a pretty good idea of why they were there. I had to go teach chess to some rugrats at La Jolla Elementary School so I didn’t get to stay and record the rescue.

SeaWorldSeaWorld’s Rescue Team is on call 24/7, 365 days a year, and always ready to help an animal in need.

In other words, SeaWorld rocks!

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The beauty comes right after the ugly

Picture of the Moment

And on the eighth day, God created Photoshop.

I have never owned a fish-eye lens. There’s just something about the distorted pictures they produce that I don’t like. I do realize that they have their place in the world, such as when one can’t get far enough away from something to take a complete picture of that something.

Photoshop let me create this:

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That’s a panorama created using four individual pictures. Because of the slippery rocks and the ocean behind me, I couldn’t get far enough away to take one all-encompassing picture. So I took four pictures, each of a different area but overlapping some, and then had Photoshop stitch them together to create the monster panorama you see (click on the image to get a monsterer image). The panorama, I believe, better shows just how massive those sandstone bluffs are.

The pictures were taken during an ultra-low, low tide in La Jolla, California, about 20 miles north of San Diego, on March 2, 2015. Just 24 hours earlier we had overcast skies with heavy rain and hail! Hail in San Diego? Yeppers.

As I discovered while growing up in Kingsville, Texas, with my wise old grandmother, sometimes Mother & Fathers Nature are at their most beautiful right after being at their ugliest.

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Folks in the boondocks do things differently

Out & About

I did a home inspection yesterday for some buyers from Temecula, about 58 miles due north of where I live.

However, the property they were buying was in Ranchita, about 67 miles northeast of me….

….and in the boondocks….

….way out in the boondocks….

It was so far out in the boondocks that I was afraid the boondocks might swallow me while I was out there and that you would never see me again.

I did make it back, but it took hours and hours and hours….

….because I had to stop and take pictures here and there……………

One thing I did notice about the boondocks is that people like to name their properties:

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Imagine if we city slickers decided to name our properties. We’d have so many signs that I’m sure the politicians would be passing laws making it illegal to install a sign showing the name of your property….

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For wise old grandmothers everywhere

My wise old grandmother

My wise old grandmother had the most beautiful yard and gardens, although I have to give myself a little credit because I’m the one who mowed the yard and trimmed the trees and bushes. THAT is why I have never had a grass yard that needed mowing and never had trees and bushes that needed trimming. Whatever is in my yard and gardens gets to grow until it can grow no more.

One of my wise old grandmother’s hanging baskets had a plant in it that I really didn’t like. The plant had no leaves, and its stems and branches were flat. It just looked weird to this 12-year-old, one who was not weird himself, yet.

However, it didn’t need water, fertilizer, or pruning. It simply existed in its hanging basket. So THAT was a plus.

Then one day it bloomed.

I was a fan forever.

The plant is more on the expensive side, so I have never had one. However, when my employee, Julian, and his mom moved last summer, his mom asked me if I wanted any of the plants. ANY? Does ALL count as ANY?

Two of the plants she had were the odd-looking plant that my wise old grandmother had. Yesterday, one of them bloomed. Looks like this:

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That is the flower of an epiphyllum, common name orchid cactus. The flower is about nine inches in diameter. It’s huge! And it’s purple, which was my wise old grandmother’s favorite color.

My wise old grandmother died in June 2003, but I do believe she has come to visit me in my garden. I shall name my epiphyllum Mary since that was my wise old grandmother’s name. You thought her name was “my wise old grandmother,” didn’t you? Nope.

Mary Agnes Hartmann Kirk, this epiphyllum is for you, and for wise old grandmothers everywhere!

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Music on Mondays (5-18-15)—My mission, should I choose to accept it

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

After yesterday’s post about trash, I wondered if there were any protest songs about the immense trash created by over 7½ billion people on a planet comprising 317 million square miles, of which only 92½ million square miles is land to live on.

I thought that if anyone had a trash protest song out, it would be Neil Young, possibly the greatest songwriter protestor in the history of the world.

I didn’t find any trash protest songs but I admit that I didn’t look very hard because I found a pretty cool song titled “Trash” by the British group Suede. I am unfamiliar with Suede but will endeavor to check out more of their music this week.

Here’s “Trash” to listen to while you read the lyrics and more about Suede and this song:

Maybe, maybe it’s the clothes we wear,
The tasteless bracelets and the dye in our hair,
Maybe it’s our kookiness,
Or maybe, maybe it’s our nowhere towns,
Our nothing places and our cellophane sounds,
Maybe it’s our looseness,

But we’re trash, you and me,
We’re the litter on the breeze,
We’re the lovers on the streets,
Just trash, me and you,
It’s in everything we do,
It’s in everything we do…

Maybe, maybe it’s the things we say,
The words we’ve heard and the music we play,
Maybe it’s our cheapness,
Or maybe, maybe it’s the times we’ve had,
The lazy days and the crazes and the fads,
Maybe it’s our sweetness,

But we’re trash, you and me,
We’re the litter on the breeze,
We’re the lovers on the street,
Just trash, me and you,
It’s in everything we do,
It’s in everything we do…

Obviously the song is about people known as “white trash” here in the United States. According to Wikipedia,

White trash is a derogatory American English term referring to poor white people, especially in the rural South of the United States, suggesting lower social class and degraded standards of living. The term suggests outcasts from respectable society living on the fringes of the social order, who are seen as dangerous because they may be criminal, unpredictable, and without respect for authority whether it be political, legal, or moral. The term is usually a slur, but may also be used self-referentially by working-class whites to jokingly describe their origins or lifestyle.

Interesting.

Suede formed in 1989 and had their greatest success from 1989 to around mid-1997. That explains why I am unfamiliar with them. The period from 1985 to 1995 is my lost decade. I was in such a state of mental shambles that music wasn’t a big part of my life. It has only been since 2012 that I have endeavored to catch up on that decade in music.

“Trash” was the first track on Suede’s third album, “Coming Up,” released in 1996. It is their biggest selling single, making it to #3 on the British charts and hitting #1 in Finland.

Suede reformed in 2010. Since they only have six studio albums, my mission, should I choose to accept it—and I do!—is to listen to all six of them this week. Since I listen to an average of 11 hours of music each day, it shouldn’t be hard for me to listen to Suede’s complete studio discography this week.

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Is there enough room?

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Quite often when I’m out and about I’ll find something of beauty that seems to be ruined by the reality around it.

Something like this:

Pizza box

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Shoe in a stream

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I don’t know anyone who condones trash and litter, but sometimes that trash and litter makes one stop and think about the world around us and what’s happening.

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Such a juxtaposition in that picture.

So what do we do with the trash that results from the activities of 7½ billion people? Is there enough room on Earth for all those people and all their trash?

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DO NOT EAT LIZARDS!

I livew in my own little world

My mother-in-law celebrated her 80th birthday last week. It happened to be the same day as Mother’s Day. Unfortunately, Jim and I did not get to go celebrate with her until yesterday, a celebration that occurred at Famous Dave’s, our favorite barbecue restaurant in San Diego County.

Following are five pictures from our visit yesterday.

First up is this rooster:

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That rooster crows from its spot on top of the refrigerator. I always have liked it so yesterday I took a picture of it while no one was looking. Moral: Never invite me to your house because you know I’ll have my camera with me…. snap! snap! snap!

Next up is Buddy. Looks like this:

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Buddy had to go to the vet last week because he was not feeling well. The vet shaved his little tummy to do an ultrasound, and he had to have an IV, too. You can see a little shaved section on his paw where the IV was. Nothing definitive, but some antibiotics returned him to normal. The only thing that made any sense is that Buddy had been seen eating a lizard just before he got sick. Moral: DO NOT EAT LIZARDS!

Next up is a set of three sunset pictures. Sunset can be quite beautiful from their back yard in Vista because of the trees. Here they are, as well as the time they were taken:

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