SNIPPETS (5-17-14)—You’re ugly, dirty lyrics, wwjd, and more!


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Julian gets things done faster than I can create things for him to do, so I’m working fast to create lots of Photographic Art to keep him busy uploading to the Photographic Art galleries of Russel Ray Photos at Fine Art America.

Yesterday evening he mentioned my picture of an ugly grey duck. Ducks, of course, are not ugly, nor are any birds. They just have different features, just like people. I couldn’t think of an ugly grey duck, so I went searching in my birds folder and found a picture of a Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex). Ah-ha! Lots of people think the Shoebill is ugly. What say you?

Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex)

The Shoebill is a huge bird, getting up to 60 inches tall, weighing up to 15.4 pounds, and having a wing span up to 8½ feet. I think it might be bigger than Julian:

Shoebill and Julian

I’m thinking that Shoebill could take care of Julian real quickly, so I would say, “Beware of name-calling.”

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As stated in a recent post (Rancho Santo Fe, the Benardo Fire, and my new BFF house), my chess class on Fridays happens to be out where the fires are burning, specifically the Bernardo Fire near Rancho Santa Fe. I had to pass through the burned area yesterday and, of course (you know me!), got a couple of pictures.

Burned hillsides with lots of smoke still rising from the fire on the other side:

Bernardo Fire, San Diego, California, 051614

Lonely mansion overlooking a burned hillside:

Bernardo Fire, San Diego, California, 051614

As you can see in the picture directly above, the fire got pretty close to that mansion. Fortunately, after the October 2003 and October 2007 fires, the County passed ordinances requiring people living in rural areas to create a defensible space around their home. That’s really the main reason why no homes were lost in the Bernardo Fire.

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It’s so sad that the worse the fires are, the more beautiful the sunsets. This is from my back patio May 15 where it got up to 104° (F for my Canadian friends) that day:

Sunset during the Bernardo Fire, San Diego, May 15 2014

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I got my first paycheck from my sales at Fine Art America on May 15! Yahoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Zoey the Cool Cat will be able to eat at least one more can of Ocean Whitefish & Tuna! She’s a happy cat.

Zoey the Cool Cat

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On this date in 2004, the first legal same-sex marriage in the United States was performed in the State of Massachusetts. Amazingly, the sky hasn’t fallen, the ground has not risen up to swallow people, and the sun still rises in the east and sets in the west……………

Sunset at the beach

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It’s no secret that the federal government has an interesting past. I had no idea that the lyrics of “Louie, Louie” by The Kingsmen had been investigated by the FBI as pornographic, which would have been a violation of the Interstate Transportation of Obscene Material law. If only they could investigate some of these rap and hip hop lyrics that I hear blasting from the bass-heavy car stereos…………… For more, see The FBI Laboratory weighs in on the “dirty” lyrics of “Louie Louie”. Or just listen to the song and enjoy it:

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Zoey the Cool Cat loves to sit and watch (stalk) the mourning doves just inches outside the office window. Yesterday she found a new way to watch (stalk) them.

Zoey the Cool Cat stalking a mourning dove

She was really focused on the shadow for several minutes. The funny thing is, she knows where the mourning dove and feeder are because every 15 seconds or so she would turn around to look at the scene outside the window.

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Remember that cool diner I found (see it here: Now I Know What Comfort Food is)? Jim, Julian, and I went to eat there last Saturday. The food was awesome! Definitely worth a return trip when I’m looking for awesome comfort food!

It was very busy, so I only got one picture of the interior, taken just before we left.

Studio Diner, San Diego, California

Food at Studio Diner, San Diego, California

Empty plate

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Jim and I have an anniversary coming up. We celebrate several: The day we met (May 26, 1994), the day we moved in together (November 1, 1995), the day we got domestic partnered (July 31, 2004), and the day we got married (October 30, 2008). So our twentieth anniversary of meeting is in just nine days!

I lost all of my pictures of the building where we met in the Great Hard Drive Crash of August 2005. Here is the building where we got married:

San Diego County Administration Building

Just a few days later, California voters—the ones who voted—voted to disallow gay marriages. Fortunately, the California Supreme Court ruled in May 2009 that since we got legally married, our marriage would remain legal and valid. Ultimately the law disallowing gay marriage was overturned.

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I don’t understand hateful Christians. Didn’t Jesus heal the sick, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and house the homeless? Or did I read a poor translation of The Bible? WWJD?


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21 thoughts on “SNIPPETS (5-17-14)—You’re ugly, dirty lyrics, wwjd, and more!

  1. kanzensakura

    How very wonderful you and Jim have such loving and loved filled anniversaries. I don’t like hateful Christians either. I am a Christian and I often remind hateful Christians that Jesus was not a hateful, bigoted, judgmental man. He loved everyone, not just a select few. He ate with and was friends with women, prostitutes, lepers, tax collectors, thieves…just to name a few. I get so angry with these hateful people. I remember I was at the funeral of a friend who died of AIDS. there were horrible people there who carried signs, shouted…as if his partner and mother weren’t already devastated by his death. Gabe had a peaceful and forgiving spirit. He would have invited those people to lunch after the funeral. I lost too many people I loved and still love during those awful times. Anyone who thinks people got what they deserved obviously aren’t really Christians or they would know it means love….sorry, didn’t mean to get on my soapbox. 1981 is really coming back to me for some reason today. I wish you and Jim many years of love and joy and health together. many years to enjoy these anniversaries of real love.


  2. quirkybooks

    I am thrilled that you celebrate such days. I am happy for anyone and everyone to be how they want to be and with whom they want to be with. So long as people are happy and not harming anyone, then it’s great to love whomever they want. Happy anniversary on all accounts. It’s great that you have found each other. Love is love, and love is a beautiful and wonderful thing.

    I am happily single, but if I was with someone, I would prefer to be with a guy who is much younger than me (say at least 10 years younger), as I am not attracted to guys my own age or older. It’s controversial, but I can’t help the way I feel. I have just been to The Business Show in London, and there was a female speaker who said she is in her forties and her husband is in his sixties, to me, that seems strange, but no one seemed to bat an eyelid when she said it. It seems that if it was the other way around, then it wouldn’t be acceptable. I really don’t care what people think anymore, there is no point in being something that one isn’t, just to please others, no point at all. I say good for you, that you have found each other.


    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Your comment reminds me of my wise old grandmother’s dislike of my sister-in-law. Why? Because she was four days older than my brother. She said, “The man is always supposed to be older than the woman.” Times change.


  3. laurie27wsmith

    Quite an eclectic mix here today Russel. Congrats on your upcoming anniversary. That bird could make a meal of Julian by the look of it, ugly duck indeed. 🙂 I love snippet 5 and the hamburgers too. Hateful Christians, if they weren’t so tragic they’d be funny. The thing that gets me is they’re always focusing on sex. if there is a supreme, spiritual being out there would he/she be really interested in what we did with our sex organs?


  4. Gallivanta

    Delicious fries. Not so delicious fried land. The houses may be safe but there must be ash dust everywhere and the awful smell of smoke inside the houses.


    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Not really. These fires roar through the hillsides and canyons very fast, which is what makes them so dangerous. That speed, though, coupled with the southwesterly winds during these fires, creates a situation where the ash rises into the atmosphere quickly and heads on out to sea. That’s why the sunsets are so beautiful during these natural disasters. Now in a few days Japan might see some of that ash. Hey, if we had to put up with their trash from the earthquake floating over here, they have to put up with our ash blowing there……….LOL


  5. LAMarcom

    Snippet #6 is my favorite.

    “Great Hard Drive Crash of August 2005????”

    Oh my Gawd! Now that line had me laughing out loud.

    Thanks for that.


    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I’ve been working with home computers since 1978 and never had a hard drive crash until the Great Hard Drive Crash of August 2005. I lost 50 years of memorabilia……… 😦


      1. LAMarcom

        Oh damn!
        And I was flippant about it.
        So sorry.
        I have lost a lot too.
        My last wife BBQ’d all my photos from my child-hood and times since (before digital).
        I can relate, is what I am saying.
        Sorry to make light.


        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          No need to apologize. I laugh about it now, which is why I gave it the name, Great Hard Drive Crash of August 2005. That, I believe, was the point where I finally realized that the loss of material possessions is not the end of the world.



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