i A Time and a Place...: July 2008

Thursday, July 24, 2008

I Guess It's Time...

I guess it's time for me to tell what I see in the magnificent painting below.

I see Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, at the top right, looking backward toward the left and, if you look to the right of Nessies' head, attached is a body which makes Nessie the Afleck goose pointed left.

Just below Nessie is Mercury, the messenger of the gods running toward the right.

Along the center/right I see the front parts of a man running toward the right with a black, evil cloud trying to engulf him.

Behind the cloud are three evil spooks pushing the cloud toward the right.

At the top, left is a dog leaning slightly forward in a begging, sitting position and at the left center is a pointy headed pigs face.

There are several more possibles but (and you'll get a kick out of this) when I asked Mi Espousa, La Donna d'el Nebraska (a little Mex lingo for 'Donna, my wife')the artist who painted this masterpiece, what it is, she said, “ As anyone can see, it is a tree with the wind blowing it's limbs toward the left."

"Of course," I answered quickly with a knowing smile, "Anyone can see that! Great job!"


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Great Guys, those Texans...

"...A cowboy is riding down a back road in Texas. A sign in front of a restaurant reads, "Happy Hour Special,- Lobster tail and Beer!"

"Lord, All mighty,"he says to himself,"My three favorite things!"

Great Guys, those Texans; My kind of guys!


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Seventh Street Bridge in Modesto...

Tweety, here is a picture of one of the Lions that were at each end of the Seventh Street Bridge in Modesto. They're still there but are really falling apart now. I sure had fun pretending to ride those Lions! Them was the good old days!


Monday, July 14, 2008

A Very Interesting Painting...

What do you see when you look at a painting? Here's one on which to test your imagination. Please look it over carefully and comment below on EVERYTHING YOU SEE. It'll be interesting and fun!


Saturday, July 12, 2008

It's Been a While...

...since I wrote in this blog. It's been a bit of a hectic time at mi casa (a little Mex lingo here) lately.

My sister down in Modesto needed a car and there was no one there to help her find a new used car so, naturally, she called on me.(I'm, also, the 'computer person' in times of need)((but, that's another story))

Anyhoo, I have been scurrying to and fro (mostly fro) here and there, (mostly there) scanning the horizon for a bargain used vehicle. I found one at a car lot here in Red bluff, a Suzuki SideKick, I think the moniker was, a smallish suv I opined she'd like so I took some photos of it and sent them to her via e-mail. I was right; she really liked the looks of it,-but,(and this is the kicker) the price was too high for her! Oh, well.

So I broadened my horizons and pulled up on the pc and perused a few days of Craigslist used cars and trucks and,-'voila!'-I found just the car; not too old and reasonably priced! It was living over the other side of Redding, some distance away, but I was not deterred and I phoned the fellow who was the owner and arranged for a time to inspect the vehicle, loaded up mi espousa (a bit more Mex lingo there) and went to that place and did, indeed, inspect the aforementioned vehicle!

*Just to clarify things, whilst I was unwittingly awaiting the advent of this, the last and chosen vehicle, to make it's appearance, I pursued many other leads, both in Red Bluff and in Redding, so, of course, some time and travel had passed and occurred; it was not just, "check Craigslist and drive over there and buy the car," by any means; hence, the passage of a considerable amount of time.(a couple of weeks)*

We did go there and thoroughly inspect and drive the vehicle and found it to be quasi (on the 'up' side) exactly what we needed! Yay!

The car had been adopted as a newborn by an elderly couple who only drove it to church and back and to the grocery store on rare occassions. (they were very slender and ate very little) During one of these trips to church, divine providence dictated they had owned this car long enough and sent another car hurtling into the right side of the newly (by us) discovered vehicle, dinging the side slightly but to the degree to render it unseemly and no longer wanted by that elderly couple.

That is how the present owner came to acquire the vehicle. He and his fiance' brought the injured vehicle home and nursed it back to health and intended to keep it forever as a permanent member of their family, and would have done just that except the lady fiance' acquired an illness and went to Heaven without her loved ones, the man and the vehicle.

The man mourned the loss of his soul mate and was reminded of her unfortunate expiration with each glance at the adopted vehicle and was compelled to find it a new home and family. -That, of course, would be my sister and, in fact, it is.

I bought the car and my sisters' daughter came up from Modesto on the Greyhound Bus and drove the car back to Modesto without incident and they all (sister, her two daughters and her grand daughter) went to Taco Bell for a taco or two each! My sisters' oldest daughter, Gail drove the brand new used car (an Oldsmobile 88) to Taco Bell and my sisters' grand daughter, Shelby, drove the Olds 88 back home and a good time was had by all! 'whew'

So now, it's jam session time once again and I and mi espousa, La Donna de'l Nebraska (a little more Mex lingo here) will go to the jam session place today and do one of our things,-sing; -our other 'thing' is eating and staying cool.

And so I go now but, in the words of our esteemed Governor, "I'll be Back!"


Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Try a Different One...

...no, no!-not a different lady! Mine is much more than adequate.

Isn't it strange..I know from experience that, what I just said,-'more than adequate', even though it is meant to be high praise, would be offensive to some.

Mi Espousa (a little Mex lingo here) says,"Who, except you, would ever count how many center stripe dashes on the highway there are in a mile?"

I give up, -who? Pardon me while I get my thought process aligned.

"...no, no!-not a different lady!" should have progressed to; 'a voice processor to create harmony in the singing and speaking voice.'

I just sold a TC Helicon Voice Live harmonizer because it was too complicated for what I require and want. I just want simple harmony in my singing and the TCVL had several zillion settings I would need to understand to get that. (I have an un-several zillion size brain) The guy I sold it to said he has a friend who has owned one of those for three years and is still learning about it. I'm not sure how many years I have left but I don't want to take a chance on using all of them just to get a little harmony for an aging but still pleasantly riveting voice.

Anyhoo, I borrowed a Digitech 2 from a lady friend to see if it would do the job for me and decided the Digitech 4 is what I need (or rather, want) so I ordered one. It'll be here in a few days and I can start this cycle all over again, this time, I hope, with more positive effects. (or is that, affects?..uum) As the great and wise, albeit grumpy and snarling, modern day sage, Chico the Wonder Dog, would Have said,"Oh, well."