SNIPPETS (7-15-18)



With Twitler and his ilk in the process of destroying everything that has made America great, I have been watching a lot of dystopian movies. I can highly recommend The Maze RunnerThe Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, and Maze Runner: The Death Cure.


Dracula’s cat.

Dracula's cat


I have spent time in Death Valley National Park in California where the temperature hit 123°F. I have spent time in Palm Springs, California, where the temperature hit 116°F. On July 6, the temperature on my shaded catio reached 112°F, making this the hottest place I have ever lived.

If R2-D2 was a bird


I’m a big fan of spirals. When I was young, I had some sort of drawing toy that allowed me to create all sorts of interesting spirals. I wish I could remember what it was called. Anyways, that interest in spirals easily translates to plants. My newest spiral plant is Cereus perianus spiralis. Look how cool this plant is:

Cereus perianus spiralis


Here are two pictures of Senecio rowleyanus in a beautiful glass container. I planted it in this container on May 2, 2018. You can see the new growth since May.

I exhibited this at the meeting of the San Diego Cactus & Succulent Society on July 14, 2018, and got more Ooohs and Ahhhhs and I love it’s than anything else I ever have exhibited.

Senecio rowleyanus

Senecio rowleyanus


Throughout my life I have been highly addicted to science, even if my own experiential evidence says otherwise. In this case, my experiential evidence and scientific evidence agree.

Science confirms dogs can recognize bad people


Speaking of spirals, the Mammillaria genus of cacti has some of the best spiral plants in the world. Every time I go to a cactus & succulent show, I see Mammillaria that I wish were in my collection. Recently, I got one, and at a very reasonable price, all things considered, because I know what plants like this go for in plant auctions. This is Mammillaria parkinsonii.

Mammillaria parkinsonii


The other day I went got to Home Depot at 6:00 a.m. and parked in the rear parking lot. As I was walking to the garden entrance, I found this little book on the ground.

How do dinosaurs love their cats?

I picked it up and brought it home. It has 12 pages. Each page is one-tenth of an inch thick. Here’s the text from inside:

How does a dinosaur play with her cat?
Does she throw pillows at it and act like a brat?
Is the litter box left while she watches a show?
If the kitty complains, does she give it a throw?
Does she hand it cat toys and then take them away?
Ignoring her pet after school every day?
No, a dinosaur cuddles her cat in her lap.
She pets it until it falls into a nap.
She remembers to feed it and give it fresh water
And changes the litter box just when she aughter.
She gives it new toys that she makes by herself
And also some catnip she keeps on a shelf.
She loves her dear kitty, and does every chore,
Strokes its fur, hears it purr—
Good dinosaur!


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Best Facebook comment ever:

“If someone offends you, just picture them naked and afraid. Or think about how miserable their lives must be that they feel the need to insult strangers. Or consider that they might be just having a bad day. Or consider that you might be misunderstanding a poster’s intent. Online forums are not for the faint of heart; it helps to have a sense of humor – or at least a sense of the absurd.”


After going to the San Diego County Fair every year since 1993, this was my first year as an exhibitor, which meant not only did I get four free tickets to give away, but I was eligible for a $20 badge that would let me get in at any time totally. free. It also meant that when it was time to take my exhibits home, I could scavenge all the free stuff that exhibitors and the Fair itself was giving away, like these eight bromeliads. I got two more the next day.
Next year I’m going to exhibit plants and photographs, and probably provide a couple of “Donated” awards, probably in the photography category.



Zoey the Cool Cat has not been the same since Ninja the Visiting Fat Cat was here from March 19 to April 12. She has been lethargic, doesn’t play anymore, and has put on lots of weight. She now is Zoey the Cool Fat Cat.

I took her to the vet last Monday. She’s like, “Meh.”

Zoey the Cool Cat at the vet

Nothing wrong with her. She’s simply becoming Garfield in her old age.


Where are the investigative journalists in today’s world?
The Dan Rathers,
the Walter Cronkites,
the Bob Woodwards and Carl Bernsteins,
the Ida Tarbells,
the Upton Sinclairs,
the Murray Marders,
the David Halberstams,
the Seymore Hershes,
the Daniel Ellsbergs,
the Florence Graveses,
the Dana Priests & William Arkins?


Mega yacht parking lot in San Diego harbor. Four mega yachts. Most I have ever seen at one time here.

Mega yacht parkingl ot in San Diego

I'm Zoey the Cool Cat, and I approve this post

12 thoughts on “SNIPPETS (7-15-18)

        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          The String of Pearls is the most of the two “String” plants, but getting one to be beautiful with long strings is difficult because the pearls and the strings break so easily. Here’s the Senecio that is a common freeway and street border plant:

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  1. guidelinesweb

    Yes, I was thinking Spirograph, too! I loved the one I bought my kids – probably more so than they did. 😊 Loved the picture of your Cereus perianus spiralis! I don’t think I have ever seen one before. Thanks for sharing, Russel.

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