Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
This week has been pleasant with sunny days in the high 80s during the day and comfortably cool in the evening. In the morning, when I drove to work, I had to wait for the school busses loading up the kids around the corner. I thought of my nephew and wonder whether he is excited about what he will be learning. I thought of my childhood in Viet Nam when shopping for school supplies meant knowing the right people in the black market. It is very different from the abundance of back-to-school sales in America.
Have a good week, a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Have a good weekend everyone. Thanks for reading and please come back again soon :)
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Elmer Long is the quirky artist behind the now famous Bottle Tree Ranch. He looks a lot like one of the guys from ZZ Top, but he’s really a fascinating man who loves greeting and getting to know the people who visit his roadside masterpiece. As a kid, Elmer used to travel through the desert, with his dad, who would collect any objects they found, and keep extensive notes about their location.
After Elmer’s dad died, he was left with a sizable collection of colorful bottles, but he had no idea what to do with it. One day, it hit him – he decided to build his first bottle tree. He got to welding and after he completed his work, knew that he had to go on. Elmer Long started the Bottle Tree Ranch in 2000, and since then has created over 200 scrap metal bottle trees."
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
We got a quick breakfast from a drive-thru. From Las Vegas, we took I-15 toward Los Angeles. After exit 76A, we crossed into California, San Bernardino County, at 7:59 a.m. We started to feel anxious that after three days of driving 10+ hours, crossing the Indian Territory of Oklahoma, the Panhandle of Texas and the old Spanish colony of New Mexico, we finally were at the doorstep of the Golden State.
Continued along the way west on I-15 to Victorville, we found the “Bottle Tree Ranch”. (Come back to see photos and description of the Ranch in future post.) We spent about 45 minutes at Route 66 Antique Station in Oro Grande. We did not make any purchase, whether because we knew there was no room to put the items.
At 12:05 p.m. it was time for lunch and Emma Jean’s Holland Burger was a perfect place to get something good to eat. (More about the server “sprayed” ketchup at me while I was eating.)
Saturday, August 21, 2010
We had a big storm on Friday evening. From my home office, I could hear the strong wind and the heavy rain pounding on the windows. This week we had kind of nice weather, starting with Monday in the mid 80s and gentle breeze as a bonus. The temperature went up above 90 but not as humid and unbearable.
Then I heard the siren for tornado warning. I quickly shut off the computer, ran as quick as I could to the basement. The warning lasted about 20 minutes. We listened to the radio and went back upstairs after the broadcaster announced that the tornado warning in our area had been cancelled. The rain continued to come down. It looked like a stream with the water rushing across the driveway.
Happy Days are here and I am so happy. The NFL season started last week and my New England Patriots won both games against the New Orleans Saints (27-24) and the Atlanta Falcons (28-10). Mind you, these are pre-season games but winning is always better than losing. The Patriots will start the regular season on Sunday, September 12th against the Cincinnati Bengals. (Photo below is from the Superbowl XL in 2006).
I hope the current salmonella outbreak did not cause too much problems for your family. As mentioned in previous post that I have been getting eggs from a local nursery. The cost for a dozen eggs is almost twice compared to the price at the store. But it is worth it and it was nice that this week when I walked thru the door, "the farmer’s daughter" greeted me with a smile and said that she had a dozen fresh eggs ready for me.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
I find it interesting that some clever marketing people using these mimic miniature cities such as New York, Paris, English castles, famous places around the world, and put them right in the middle of the desert to create a one-stop around-the-world fantasy.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
This year's event comes on the 65th anniversary of the end of the war in 1945.
The celebration was immortalized in Alfred Eisenstaedt's photograph of an unidentified sailor kissing nurse Edith Shain in Times Square. A group "kiss-in" recreating the moment took place beside a 25-foot statue of the couple created by Seward Johnson. (I took photo of the above scuplture last year when more than 20 of Mr. Johnson's work were on display prior to his masterpiece, The Awakening, was being installed in Chesterfield.) Free sailor caps and roses were given out to the first 250 couples to arrive for the kiss in.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
After the noon Mass, we went to the Mall looking for a new pair of polarized sunglasses for me. We decided to shop on-line for something less since those at the stores were over $200 and I would feel guilty spending that much money on a pair of sunglasses, even though they were from reputable companies.
Have a good week, everyone. Stay cool and don't forget to wear sunscreen!