Monthly Archives: August 2013

A Piece Missing

They can’t put anything on the Internet that isn’t true

A Piece Missing

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My wise old grandmother taught me to add some laughter to my life each day.

Sometimes it’s impossible to quit laughing.

Here are some funnies that have been collecting dust on one of my bookshelves:

  1. Keeping secrets
    Antonio, age 99, filed for divorce in December 2012 from his wife, Rosa, age 96. They had been married for 77 years. Apparently, Antonio became upset when he found letters from Rosa’s affair. The letters and affair were from fifty years ago.
  2. Is it the water?
    Desmond Hatchett of Knoxville, Tennessee, said to be a serial impregnator, has fathered at least 24 children by at least 11 women. However, he is not Tennessee’s most prolific serial impregnator. Terry Turnage of Memphis has 23 children by 13 women, and Richard Colbert, also from Memphis, has 25 children with 18 women.
  3. Our representatives are better than your representatives
    The approval rating of the United States Congress is low, very low. Some polls find their rating to be less than head lice. However, in India’s Parliament, comprising 552 members, 162 are facing criminal charges, including sexual assault.
  4. Bartering is not making a comeback
    Jason Bacon of Eureka, California, was arrested for offering to trade $8,000 of his home-grown marijuana for a used motorcycle. Said Bacon about using marijuana in this way: “I know you can’t sell it, but I thought it was okay to trade it.”
  5. Don’t get mom involved
    Jesse Mathews was arrested and charged with capital murder for killing a Tennessee police officer. Mommy Mathews wrote the judge, saying that Jesse is a “….good man. You do one little thing that pisses people off, and they want to hold it against you forever.”
  6. They can’t put anything on the Internet that isn’t true
    Ralph Shortey, a state senator from Oklahoma, introduced a bill in January to ban the use of human fetuses in processed food. He said he had been reading up on the practice on the Internet. Maybe he was streaming “Soylent Green.”
  7. Government in action
    Wyoming, preparing for possible secession from the United States, in February considered a bill to establish a state army, navy, marine corps, and air force. A proposed amendment added consideration for purchasing an aircraft carrier. Wyoming is landlocked by does have within its borders the 136-square-mile Yellowstone Lake. Although the amendment was defeated, it should be noted that 27 representatives for it.
  8. More government in action
    Doug Rochow of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, routinely shovels the snow on two paths in a park near his home since the city gives it a low priority. He believes that since so many people use the paths, clearing it would help prevent people from slipping, falling, hurting themselves, and suing the city. The city had a different view when they ordered him to cease clearing the paths:  If Rochow cleared the paths, more people would be encouraged to use them, increasing the city’s exposure to lawsuits.
  9. Economics lesson
    GoAir of New Delhi announced in June that it would hire only females for the cabin crew, stating that they weigh less than men and the lower weight would result in an annual fuel savings of $4 million.
  10. It’s still a man’s world
    Teri James from right here in San Diego filed a lawsuit against San Diego Christian College for firing her. Seems she was pregnant and unmarried, a violation of employee rules. She believes the firing was illegal gender discrimination because her job was offered to her fiancé who had been openly cohabiting with her and is the baby’s father.

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Railroad track obstruction

Will have to do the splits

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Reminds me of the cartoons where the train splits in half in order to go around an obstruction on the railroad tracks, usually a human obstruction. I think they were Roadrunner cartoons.

Railroad track obstruction

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Top 10 reasons for adopting a dog from Second Chance Dog Rescue

DogDay

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Second Chance Dog Rescue logoPlease consider adopting from Second Chance Dog Rescue. All dogs available for adoption are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and up to date on their shots.

Top 10 reasons for adopting a dog from Second Chance Dog Rescue:

  1. Instant best friend!
  2. You have a buddy to watch bad movies with.
  3. You can decline invitations without offending anyone. “I can’t go. I have to feed and walk the dog.”
  4. You won’t need an electric blanket for those cold winter nights.
  5. Your new friend will always be there to listen to your problems.
  6. Your new friend won’t judge you.
  7. You’ll never be lonely.
  8. You’ll have a jogging partner.
  9. They won’t tell on you when you eat an extra piece of pie.
  10. No more pouring down the sink the leftover milk in the cereal bowl.

Upcoming events for Second Chance Dog Rescue:

  • September 7, Pet Adoption Event at Petco, 3495 Sports Arena Boulevard, San Diego, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • September 14, Pet Adoption Event at Petco, Petco, 8501 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • September 28, Pet Adoption Event at Petco, 13375 Poway Road, Poway, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

If you adopt a dog from Second Chance Dog Rescue, let me know and I’ll create a sketch of your new family member like that shown for the Dog of the Week picture at the bottom of this post. I can use either a picture from Second Chance Dog Rescue or a digital picture that you have taken. You will get a digital file which you can then print and frame, or use as the screensaver on your computer!

Note that many of the pictures from Second Chance Dog Rescue are not high quality pictures, so a digital picture of your own works best. Make sure you set your camera on the highest quality setting.

This is a $40 value and available only for dogs adopted from Second Chance Dog Rescue.

A selection of dogs currently available for adoption from Second Chance Dog Rescue (click on the dog’s name to go directly to its dog adoption page).

Felipe

felipe

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Flirt

flirt

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Fresno

fresno

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Frito

frito

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Galvin

galvin

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Garrett

garrett

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Garth

garth

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Gem

gem

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Georgette

georgette

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Gynger

gynger

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Hart

hart

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Herman

herman

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Hobbes

hobbes

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Hunter

hunter

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Hyacinth

hyacinth

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Jacob

jacob

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Jazzy

jazzy

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Jenai

jenai

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Jina

jina

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JoeFlaco

joeflaco

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If you want a dog for your family, please consider adopting from Second Chance Dog Rescue. All of the dogs with Second Chance Dog Rescue are in foster homes. There is no central location or shelter where all of them are kept, so they would love for YOU to take them to their forever home.

Visit Second Chance Dog Rescue to see pictures and find information about all the dogs that are available for adoption. Currently there over 150 adoptable dogs listed on the Second Chance Dog Rescue web site.

Second Chance Dog Rescue is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and can always use donations of time, food, leashes and collars, pet gates, and, of course, money. Click on the Donations page for further information. Donations make a difference in the lives of our fine, furry, four-legged friends.

Dog Picture of the Week:

Dog Picture of the Week

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Dog of the Week sketch

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2013 Back to the '50s classic car cruise in La Mesa, California

CC&C (Classic Cars & Chess) in La Mesa Village, Thursday, 8-29-2013

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This is it!

This is the last Thursday for this year’s “Back to the ’50s” classic car cruise in La Mesa Village.

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

2013 Back to the '50s classic car cruise in La Mesa, California

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2013 Back to the '50s classic car cruise in La Mesa, California

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If you miss tonight, you’ll have to wait until Summer 2014 to see classic cars cruising the Village again!

So come on by and check out classic cars in the car show and those cruising through the Village.

2013 Back to the '50s classic car cruise in La Mesa, California

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2013 Back to the '50s classic car cruise in La Mesa, California

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If you get tired walking around looking at classic cars (I know! Not possible!), come play a game of chess with us! We are on the main drag so you can sit and play chess as well as watch the classic cars cruise by.

Chess puzzle

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2013 Back to the '50s classic car cruise in La Mesa, California

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2013 Back to the '50s classic car cruise in La Mesa, California

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The “Back to the ’50s” Classic Car Cruise is on La Mesa Boulevard, both east and west of Spring Street and the railroad tracks. We play chess on the east side, at Walkway of the Stars. If you can’t make it to chess but would like more information about future chess get-togethers, email me at russelraypc@aol.com. You can also join our La Mesa Chess Meetup group for the latest information about chess in La Mesa.

Walkway of the Stars in La Mesa, California

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2013 Back to the '50s classic car cruise in La Mesa, California

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Festival of Sail in San Diego

Annual Festival of Sail begins tomorrow!

Out & About

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The annual Festival of Sail begins tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. with the Tall Ship Parade, a highly popular event that brings tens of thousands of people to the San Diego Bay.

The parade starts at Point Loma with ships sailing nine (nautical) miles past Shelter Island, Harbor Island, downtown San Diego, to the Coronado Bridge, and then back to the Maritime Museum for berthing.

The best viewing is from your own boat out in the water, but if you have to stay on land, Shelter Island and Harbor Island offer the best viewing points.

Of course, everyone knows that, so they are usually crowded. If you’re driving, get there early.

Otherwise, take public transportation. The San Diego Trolley has several stops in the downtown area: Little Italy, Santa Fe Depot, Seaport Village, Convention Center, and Gaslamp Quarter.

There will be ten tall ships in this year’s parade, led by the Californian, the official tall ship of the State of California. At 145 feet long, it will be the second-longest ship this year, behind the Tole Mour at 156 feet. Other ships in the parade:

Bill of Rights – 140′
American Pride – 130′
Robert Seamans – 129′
Spirit of Dana Point – 120′
Exy Johnson – 111′
Irving Johnson – 111′
Jada – 85′
Curlew – 85′

Here are some pictures from past Festivals of Sail:

Maritime Museum of San Diego

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Festival of Sail in San Diego

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Maritime Museum of San Diego

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Maritime Museum of San Diego

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Maritime Museum of San Diego

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Festival of Sail in San Diego

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Festival of Sail in San Diego

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Maritime Museum of San Diego

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Maritime Museum of San Diego

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Maritime Museum of San Diego

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The Festival of Sail, the largest event of its kind on the West coast, is hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, one of the largest maritime museums in the world.

Check the Festival of Sail web site for times, events, and updates.

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At Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach, California

At Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach

Picture of the Moment

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From today’s visit to Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach.

Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach, California

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Such a picture lends itself very well to many of the filters in Photoshop CC. Here are three of my favorites:

At Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach, California

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Red TideAt Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach, California

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DisturbedAt Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach, California

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Peas in pods

Mother Nature is out with the ladies

Out & About

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Remember, if you come to San Diego by plane, sit on the left side of the plane. You’ll be amazed (perhaps even shocked or frightened!) at how close the planes fly to downtown San Diego as they are landing at the airport.

If you come to San Diego and you don’t call me, you shall forever be banned from my blog. If you give me enough notice (at least 23 hours, 59 minutes, 59 seconds), I could even play docent for a day.

When Bryan and Liz Flint came from Houston, I played docent for a couple of days. The following pictures of Father Nature (Mother Nature is out with the ladies and their roses and orchids) were taken at Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo while I was wearing them out traipsing around.

Bee and cactus flowe

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Cactus flowers

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Cactus flowers

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Cactus flowers

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Red leaves

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Old tree

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Barrel cactus

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Date palm

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Dates

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Peas in pods

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Cactus flower stalks

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Cactus flower stalks

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Cactus flower

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Cactus flowers

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Cactus flower stalk

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Cactus flower stalk

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Red flowers

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Silk floss tree

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Flower buds

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Staghorn fern leaf

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Fallen leaf

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Cactus flowers

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Ocotillo cactus

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Snake

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Ooops.

I have no idea how that last picture got in there.

Well, maybe I do……………

ZOEY!……………………….

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