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Under Cloudy Skies

Picture of the Moment

We don’t get a lot of beautiful cloud formations here in San Diego. It’s usually either sunny or a dull, gray, overcast nothingness.

When we do get nice cloud formations, the masses take to the outdoors to capture pictures. The masses, yes, includes me.

Here is downtown El Cajon, California, recently, under a late afternoon partly cloudy sky:

Downtown El Cajon, California, Under Cloudy Skies

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Location of El Cajon, California

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Daddy and his family

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I often take walks on the campus of San Diego State University since it’s just 1½ miles down the road from me.

Over the last couple of years the grounds crew has turned the campus into a very nice arboretum and botanical garden, making it a pleasure to go for a walk with my handy dandy camera glued to my hand.

Today I stopped by the Turtle Pond and saw four turtles looking very much like a family—daddy turtle, the biggest; momma turtle, second biggest; oldest child, third biggest; and youngest child, a cute little thing that must be less than a year old.

Turtle family

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Then, of course, I had to make Photographic Art out of the picture:

Turtle family Photographic Art

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Turtle Pond location

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New paint job?

Picture of the Moment

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Remember when you got a new car and you would park it in the far corners of parking lots so people wouldn’t bang their doors into it?

The car in the following pictures isn’t new but since it was parked in the farthest side of the parking lot at Fry’s Electronics, I’m thinking maybe it was a new paint job.

img_2520 stamp Zebra car

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I wasn’t the only person taking pictures of the car either. There were 13 people standing around taking pictures. I took my two pictures from the comfort of my car.

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I would never have thought to do that

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On of the very best things about being a home inspector is that I get to visit about 365 homes each year (I try to limit myself to one inspection a day).

I get to see the rich with their maids, butlers, nannies, gardeners, and pool guys (smile if you remember the pool guy from “Legally Blonde”).

I get to see families trying to make it in the world without maids, butlers, nannies, gardeners, and pools, much less pool guys.

I get to see what other people have done which often gives me ideas.

A great example is this garden path from today’s inspection:

Garden path

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See the long tree root that is creating part of the path border? I would never have thought to do that. I would have covered that root with some soil, leveled it, planted some flowers on top of it, and gone on my merry way. I’m still inclined to plant some flowers instead of using landscape bark, but I absolutely love using the tree root as a path border.

The tree is a eucalyptus, about 200′ tall and probably planted in 1940 when the house was built. Unfortunately, eucalyptus trees have shallow root systems (proof in the picture) and are very brittle. This tree was planted about twenty feet from the house, so if a good period of rain comes, or some high winds, parts of the tree, or even the tree itself, could fall on the house. Not good.

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Maybe this is the work of Republicans?

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I’m supposed to start teaching chess in a couple of private K-6 schools this coming week so I had to get certified in CPR and Basic First Aid. I had done both back in Texas when I was with Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, but what’s in the past is in the past. So today I was in class from 8:30 this morning until 4:05 this afternoon.

I walked around the commercial/industrial neighborhood for lunch and saw that the San Diego County Registrar of Voters had moved and the old building had been completely demolished.

I walked around the whole fence and saw many signs saying that they had moved. Here was one of them:

We moved

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Now in fairness to them, only two of the signs looked like that, but one of them was on the busiest corner, and that’s the one I saw first. I commented to myself (remember, it was Saturday so no one else was around): “Any idea where? That would be useful information.”

Maybe this is another voter suppression effort by Republicans?

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Would you look at the size of that thing!

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At one of the schools where I teach chess, we have about 50 students in class.

There are four chess teachers, so the teacher-to-student ratio is only about 12:1.

After all the students are in class, here’s what the wall outside the classroom looks like:

Backpack Elementary School

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Notice how all but two are backpacks? The two in the lower left corner are luggage. But look at the size of that blue one. I don’t have any luggage that big! I think the parents must be airplane pilots or flight attendants. :)

I’m also thinking that the bones in these little ones have not fully developed yet. I shudder to think what kind of health problems these children will have as adults. Thankfully they’ll have the advantages of the Affordable Care Act. Thank you, President Obama!

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The Atlas ICBM

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Occasionally I create something that actually speaks to me.

Usually it’s by accident.

Such is the case with this Photographic Art creation:

Atlas Missile

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That is an Atlas missile located at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, Gillespie Field Annex. No one ever goes out there because it’s not located anywhere remotely near a tourist trap.

According to Wikipedia:

The Atlas was the first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) developed and deployed by the United States. It was built for the U.S. Air Force by the Convair Division of General Dynamics at the Kearny Mesa assembly plant right here in San Diego. Atlas became operational as an ICBM in October 1959 and was used as a first stage for satellite launch vehicles for half a century. The Atlas missile’s warhead was over 100 times more powerful than the bomb dropped over Nagasaki in 1945.

My picture had a bunch of crud in it–utility poles, light poles, vehicles, dumpsters, buildings–that really made the picture look, well, cruddy. I took all of that crud out so that just the missile was left standing there. Then I went to Photoshop’s filters and applied some to it to see what I might get.

The filter that gave me the above picture is the Artistic Neon Glow filter. I set the glow to red, which gave me the red lines, provoking an imagery of bloody death resulting from these missiles.

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Spoiled dog

….I want to come back as one of his dogs

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I recently met a man who claims to have fourteen dogs. I could only find nine of them. However, if I get reincarnated, I want to come back as one of his dogs!

Spoiled dog

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Spoiled dog

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There was nowhere for me to sit; I sat on the floor so I could pet the dogs….

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Look for me in a shelter somewhere!

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My trip to the deep boondocks was exciting. Here’s where I went:

Desert View Tower

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That’s the Desert View Tower. It’s about 75 miles due east of downtown San Diego.

Location of Desert View Tower

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The view of the desert from the tower is breathtaking. Although today was a little hazy, I think I got some good enough pictures to show you, but that will be tomorrow, along with the history of this roadside attraction.

What I wanted to show you this evening, along with the picture of the tower, is a picture of the Sorry We’re Closed! sign that hangs on the gate to the Tower. The gate was open today, of course, but read the sign. The reasons why sometimes they are closed are funny.

Sometimes we're closed

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I’m thinking that if the temperature is above 120° or the winds are howling over 100 mph, look for me in a shelter somewhere! I guarantee you I won’t be driving around in my car visiting tourist attractions!

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And don't come back!

And don’t come back!

Picture of the Moment

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I’m really having a lot of fun with all of my uncatalogued pictures.

And don't come back!

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