Monthly Archives: September 2017

Unattended children

Picture of the Moment

I hope the puppy is just temporary because if your children are unattended, you have other problems that a puppy won’t help, and having a puppy in the family would probably be cruel to the puppy. JMHO.

Unattended children will be given espresso and a puppy

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Out & About—Here, There & Everywhere

Out & About

Many readers who like my San Diego Historical Landmarks series might think that I have given up on them. Not so. I simply want to do them in order, and I got stuck at #15. Its name is “Conception,” and it’s on the United States Naval Submarine Base at Point Loma. In other words, it’s not accessible to the general public….

….Except for one day each year. Guess which day that is? Yep. Today. “Cabrillo Festival” day. So you know where I’ll be going later today, and I can resume my San Diego Historical Landmarks series. I have no idea what I’ll find there since I have not done any research on #15 year.

Meanwhile…. September has been a very active month for getting Out & About, and I’ll have blog posts on everything as the summer comes to a close and the cold, wet, fall and winter months arrive. To whet your appetite, here’s a sample of some of the places I’ve been.

We’ll start at home with Zoey the Cool Cat. I continue to take care of her every need—boxes, tummy rubs, food, clean litter box, food for the squirrels and rabbits so she can get her daily exercise running from window to window watching them, and what does she do? Turns her back on me.

Zoey the Cool Cat turns her back on me

September 3—Wildlife Corner at our new home

Rabbits & squirrels coexisting

September 9—Queen Califa’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park, Escondido

Queen Califa's Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park, Escondido

September 10—Surf Dog Surf-a-thon at Dog Beach in Del Mar

Surf Dog Surf-a-thon at Dog Beach in Del Mar

September 13—San Diego Zoo

Rattlesnake at the San Diego Zoo

September 15—Getting some kicks on Route 66 in Rancho Cucamonga

Overturned tanker on Route 66 in Rancho Cucamonga

September 16—Chili Cook Off & Classic Car Show in Alpine

Pirate Chili at the Chili Cook Off in Alpine

Classic car show in Alpine, California

September 18—Big Border Baby in Tecate

Border Wall baby

September 21—Watching trains in Colton

Union Pacific's West Colton Yard

September 22—MCAS Miramar Air Show in San Diego

MCAS Miramar Air Show in San Diego

September 23—San Diego Bonsai Show

San Diego Bonsai Show

September 23—Wavecrest Woody Meet at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas

Wavecrest Woody Meet at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas

September 24—Cuyamaca Rancho State Park near Julian

Deer in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

September 24—Apple Days in historic Julian

Apple Days in Julian

September 24—Gold mine tours in Julian

Gold mine tour in Julian

September 24—Cool shopping in Julian at The Warm Hearth, The Birdwatcher, and the Julian Jewel Box

The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

Hummingbirds at The Birdwatcher in Julian

Julian Jewel Box in Julian

September 25—Newest visitor to our new home

Praying mantis in Winter Gardens

September 29—San Diego Quilt Show

San Diego Quilt Show

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Out & About—The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

Out & About

About once a quarter I discover a store that is way beyond cool, so it’s unusual to find three cool stores on the same day within a block of each other. All three stores are in Julian, California, a mountain community founded around 1850. Gold was discovered in 1869. Perhaps Julian is best known now for its apple pies; I can highly recommend any pie by the Julian Pie Company. Julian’s Apple Days Festival, held last weekend, is why I was exploring Julian.

The first, and the largest, of the cool stores I found is The Warm Hearth. My wise old grandmother always told me that a house is just a house until you make it a home. So many goodies at The Warm Hearth that can help make my new house, or yours, into a home.

The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

Near the front entrance, and what immediately caught my eye, was a huge display of hot sauces, some of which I have never heard of. Considering that I have been hot saucing for 51 years, that’s quite unusual for me.

Hot sauces at The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

Hot sauces at The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

I stood there making mental notes of each hot sauce, and salivating. I know it’s not nice to salivate in public, but, oh well. What Hot Saucer could refrain from salivating over a hot sauce called Devil Drops, or Pain 100%? I don’t think anyone saw me….

Across from the hot sauces were all sorts of other sauces. Rattler BBQ Sauce piqued my interest.

Sauces at The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

Sauces at The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

As many of my readers know, when I find trains of any sort, I get kind of excited.

The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

I have never had an appreciation for wine, not that I didn’t try when I turned 18 (would have to turn 21 in today’s world). The only wine I wound up liking is Zinfandel. However, I have a lot of friends who are wine connoissuers so whenever I find cool wine necessities, I think of them.

Wine necessities at The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

Wine necessities at The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

Wine necessities at The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

Wine necessities at The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

Wine necessities at The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

There were coffee and bacon necessities, too.

Coffee necessities at The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

Bacon necessities at The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

Many readers know about the dysfunctional family I grew up in, so this one really hit home with me:

Family tree roots at The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

My wise old grandmother had several interesting clocks in her home, including an old railroad depot clock and a grandfather’s clock. Clocks have always fascinated me, and at one time I had a huge collection of clocks. They got left behind in April 1993 when I escaped Texas.

Clocks at The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

When I was 10 and being bullied in sixth grade, my wise old grandmother counseled me with her wise words of wisdom: “Ten percent of the people will hate you because that’s the kind of people they are. Ten percent of the people will love you because that’s the kind of people they are. Eighty percent of the people will hate you or love you based on your actions and words. So be nice.” I thought of her words when I saw this:

Rules at The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

Of course, there still are witches (and warlocks), and there are good reasons to be one of them:

Reasons to be a witch at The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

An interesting assortment of books for the kids and cards for every occasion:

The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

There were gifts for our fine, furry, four-legged friends, too.

The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

Lots of other make-a-house-a-home stuff, too.

The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

The Warm Hearth in Julian, California

I think I found my next water fountain at The Warm Hearth. Hopefully it will still be there when I return.

Chris is the owner of The Warm Hearth. He graciously gave me permission to take all these interior pictures for this blog post. Thank you, Chris.

I liked The Warm Hearth so much that I offered to let Chris adopt me and I would work at The Warm Hearth. Since I come with an endowment, he wouldn’t even have to pay me. Just consider it family child labor.

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Out & About—Not fair. The plane had a flying start.

Out & About

Air shows sometimes include the unexpected, such as Shockwave Jet Truck.

Shockwave Jet Truck at the 2017 MCAS Miramar Air Show

Shockwave is a custom race truck equipped with three huge J34-48 Pratt & Whitney jet engines originally in the United States Navy’s T2 Buckeye.

Repurposing. My wise old grandmother would be proud.

Shockwave Jet Truck at the 2017 MCAS Miramar Air Show

Combined horsepower: 36,000

Thrust: 21,000 pounds

Speed: 376 mph (world record for semi trucks)

Shockwave Jet Truck at the 2017 MCAS Miramar Air Show

Shockwave is the most powerful truck in the world and races, uh, airplanes at air shows throughout North America.

Shockwave Jet Truck at the 2017 MCAS Miramar Air Show

I did not consider it a fair race, though. Shockwave had a standing start while the plane was privileged with a flying start. Shockwave still won, though. Na na na na na na.

Shockwave Jet Truck at the 2017 MCAS Miramar Air Show

If you like the unusual with a little fire, smoke, heat, noise, and speed, there’s nothing quite like the Shockwave Jet Truck.

Based in Springfield, Missouri. Owned by Darnell Racing Enterprises. Driven by Chris Darnell.

Shockwave Jet Truck at the 2017 MCAS Miramar Air Show

Shockwave Jet Truck at the 2017 MCAS Miramar Air Show

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Out & About—MCAS Miramar Air Show

Out & About

On Friday I went to the MCAS Miramar Air Show. It’s the largest air show in the United States. I had been in previous years on Saturdays and Sundays but can definitively say that it’s much more fun on Fridays because the crowds are smaller.

The United States Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, are always a joy to watch.

The Golden Knights, the United States Army Parachute Team

The United States Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team is always the featured event. There was a near in-air accident but at the last moment the top pilot pulled up and missed the cloud.

Blue Angels close call with a cloud

Apparently it can be dangerous for planes to take off or land with debris on the runway, so out come these suckage trucks to suck up everything. The trucks suck very slowly, but each truck has 14,000 pounds of suckage force. And I’m-a just-a gonna leave it right there…….

Sucking trucks

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Videos—One fewer item on the Bucket List

In February 2010 I bought a Canon Rebel T2i DSLR. My whole reason in buying it to replace my Canon Rebel XSi was because the T2i had video. Sadly, though, I was never satisfied with the videos because the autofocus pretty much didn’t work. A Google search indicates that I wasn’t the only one in the world who was dissatisfied.

In late 2015 I replaced the T2i with a T6s because the autofocus was supposed to be vastly improved. Nope. The delay in focusing just wasn’t acceptable.

The shakiness of the videos didn’t make me happy either. Some of the shakiness was the camera’s fault because it weighs 26 ounces. Add a lens that weighs  19 ounces, or one that weighs 69 ounces, and taking videos is not a one-hand event. Even two-hand support gets tiresome, and more shaky,  if the video is longer than about ten seconds.

So this past June I considered buying a dedicated video camera. After a couple of months of research, I settled on the Canon Vixia HF R800. It retails for $299.99. I figured if it didn’t do what I wanted it to do, I could sell it on eBay. Well, it does what I want it to do (and what I wanted my DSLR to do).

The Vixia weighs a whopping 8 ounces. Could 8 ounces do what 95 ounces could not?

The autofocusing is awesome. It has a 32x optical zoom and an 1140x digital zoom. I wasn’t hopeful about the digital zoom because I was familiar with digital zooms on Point & Shoot cameras. Well, the zoom is extraordinarily easy to use and focusing is pretty much instantaneous.

After experimenting by taking videos of the birds, rabbits, and squirrels eating together in my back yard….

….it was time to test it out on the big boys—TRAINS! I wasn’t disappointed.

I took the Vixia to the famous Colton Crossing in Colton, an eastern suburb of Los Angeles. Ever since I discovered the Colton Crossing, I have wanted to get a picture of a Union Pacific train using the Colton Crossing upper tracks—the Flyover—to “fly over” a BNSF train on the lower tracks. Here’s my video of exactly that:

Bucket List has one fewer item on it.

Now I have to learn how to keep my fingers out of the field of view when in wide angle mode. I think I can handle that.

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Picture of the Moment—Trash by any other name is still trash

Picture of the Moment

Yesterday,  when I drove Highway 94 to Tecate to get pictures of the Big Border Wall Baby, I passed a CalTrans maintenance dump where they accumulate rocks, crumbled concrete and asphalt, and items discarded at the side of the road by uncaring individuals. The dump had a unique sign:

It's trash day

As my wise old grandmother might say: “Trash by any other name is still trash.”

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