Saturday, November 20, 2010

Airport Scanners

This week on the news I heard the same two stories over and over.  One was about the engagement of  William and Kate and the other was the Airport Scanners.  I got this photo from Wiki Commons, but let me tell you...there are some disturbing images on the web already.  Just google airport scanners and find out.  I may never fly again.  My favorite story was a older gentleman that said that he had no problem with going through the scanner, because if anyone got turned on by his body...God bless them.  I would think the same thing about myself...but this is just not right.  I really wish we could think of a better way to fly safe without these scanners and pat downs.  Maybe we should just invent the flying car that I always thought would already be here by the year 2010.  Meet George Jetson.....

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thirty Years Ago Tonight....

 
I may not know very much about movie stars these days, but I must admit that 30 years ago tonight I was sitting on the edge of my chair to see...."Who Shot JR?"  I wasn't alone.  90 million Americans were also watching.  I remember the first time we watched the show in 1978, we laughed at it because we thought the acting was so bad and the content of the night time soap opera really comical.  But we tuned it the next week and most every week for years.  I just saw an interview tonight that Katie Couric did with Larry Hagman.  If I had not seen that interview I never in a million years would have remembered this night 30 years ago.  He was talking about how they shot a scene of everyone on the show shooting him and he had a vest made with holes in it and when they each shot him he said..."Missed.."  and then took a drink of his gin and all the holes started leaking.  The interview led me to search around on the internet for things about the show and I ran across this you tube of Sue Ellen punching JR.  I don't remember seeing this show.  I am guessing this was towards the end of the show in the early 90's and I don't know if I watched it then because our children were little during the 80's and early 90's.
About 15 years ago while visiting some friends in Texas they took us on a tour of the house in the picture above.  It was fun to see it, but except for the outside, it didn't look anything like what we saw on TV.  I think they said that they didn't do that much filming in the inside of the house, but I don't remember where it was filmed.  I didn't get too involved with the follow-up shows like Knots Landing or Dynasty.  I watched them here and there but they didn't interest me as much as Dallas.  Oh the 80's.......they were...well...the 80's.  I can't think of a word for the 80's.  The 50's...rock n roll....the 60's....peace and love and tragedies...the 70's....mellow....80's...?  Maybe I was too busy being a Mom to know what to call it.

 

Hopefully you can see the interview with Larry Hagman by clicking on the link below.

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7072020n&tag=contentMain;contentBody

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thanksgiving Next Week????

 
I can't believe next week is Thanksgiving already!  This year it will just be the three of us, Bob, myself and our son Bobby.   Katy and Brian and the girls will be in Cleveland visiting his family this year.  We got them last year.  The photo above was taken by my talented daughter, the family photographer.  I have debated about making a turkey because we have such a small group and my son doesn't really care for turkey...but I think I will anyway just because it is "Tradition."  It is time for me to start making my menu list.  They say they like the side dishes, which are...typically, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, corn, green beans and sweet potatoes and cranberry.  For some reason that sounds boring to me.  Should I get adventurous or stick to the same menu...and what movie will we watch.  I feel like maybe we should go work in a soup kitchen this year, with all of the unemployed families there must be.  If not that... then maybe we will just donate more turkeys this weekend to No Hunger Holiday.  Yes...for sure more turkeys.  We are very blessed.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I Am Movie Star Stupid...

Monday I went to the dentist to have a tooth fixed.   The dental assistant started the process of numbing the area to be worked on and handed me some magazines to look at while it took effect.  She offered me People and Us and showed me all the latest covers.  I told her any of them would do because I don't usually read them.  I started really getting into them and was disappointed when the dentist came in.  I had to put my magazine aside and think about the Bill Cosby "Himself" video.  The part about the dentist always cracks me up.  And when I go to the dentist I am almost always thinking about that video, because they try to talk to you and expect you to respond when your mouth is numb or otherwise wide open and the best you can do is mutter a grunting noise and or a nod of the head or roll of the eyes.
Over the weekend Bob and I went to a Trivia night with his former boss/owner of the company and his wife and daughter and grand daughter.  This was our first time of going to one of these Trivia night events.  We didn't do all that great.  They ask questions about Harry Potter which I know nothing about, and maybe some movie stars we aren't familiar with.  Also I think one of the questions was about a rap artist...don't know any of these.  Even cartoon characters...like Green Lantern.  Who is he???  The next time we attend I think we need to read some of these People magazines.  I found out from reading them at the dentist office that Brad is about 10 years older than Angela.  So I am armed with at least one little tidbit of info.  I have a lot of catching up to do........

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

If I Had All the Money in the World to spend.....

 
I would buy everything in the National Geographic Holiday catalog. 
I would start out with this Peruvian Wildflower Alpaca Wool Cloak. 

 I would buy this La Paz Alpaca Sweater for my husband...weather he liked it or not. 

I would buy this Streamlined Leather Travel Bag in every color. 

This Bolivian Alpaca Sunset Scarf
 
This Outback Canvas Jacket

and Australian Leather Bush Hat
for my son.  He would not like it... or wear it...but I would get him to let me take a picture of him in it.  After all....money is no object....and I would tell him it comes with a trip to Australia.

This WWII A-2 Flight Jacket would be for my son-in-law the Pilot.  
His gift would come with an airplane.

And for my daughter I would buy a Weekend Photo Workshop.   She would have a renowned National Geographic photographer on location in America's most photogenic cities doing field assignments with editing and critiquing sessions.  She would also have the best camera equipment money could buy and enough money to travel the world taking photos.
Whoops....I just woke up out of my daydream and realized I have to go clean some toilets.  
Aww...but the dream was good while it lasted.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Dust

 Thorough dusting is a major chore at our house.   I just finished dusting 10 shelves of books with the vacuum cleaner and a rag....and I am always stunned at how much dust collects in places like this.  I think that books and paper and skin are the causes of  house dust.    I am not willing to part with our book collection, because when we retire we will  have time to read them.  I wonder if we bought a really good air cleaner it could do some of the dusting for us.  If we update our decor someday, I might consider a leather type material instead of cloth, and more floors without carpeting.  I haven't paid any attention to what style of furniture is popular right now.  Ours is very outdated...I think.  We have a flowered pattern in our couch and chairs and I doubt that is "in" style anymore.  I have always thought that leather or non-cloth furniture feels too cold and in the summer time too sticky.  Maybe we could start out with one piece of it and see what we think.  The photo above looks pretty comfy. 
I have had the strangest flu bug for the past 3 weeks.  I started feeling better after about a week of it, and then it came back.  Then I felt great Friday and Saturday and now on Sunday...it is back.    I hope that after the dusting and cleaning I have managed to do...while sick...I will have had my share of the flu for the season....

A Fun Trip to the Zoo

Friday was a beautiful weather day here and my friend from Texas was in town...so we spent the day at the Zoo.  The photo above is little Desi over in the left looking around.  His Dad, I believe is the darker spotted fella and his Mom has the lighter spots.  It looks like there is a third...I will just pretend she is Grandma.
Here is Desi getting some milk from Mom.  My friend Teresa has a sister who trains horses and has other animals like goats.  The last time she visited her, she wanted Teresa to help milk the goats.  She said you have to punch the area around the milk to get it to come down.  Thank goodness our babies don't come out punching our breasts to get the milk.  I did nurse my kids and it always seemed like a brain thing that caused the milk to come down.  Like once when I was at the grocery store waiting in line to check out and my brain had a thought..."Oh no...I stayed in here too long and it is time to feed the baby."  Right about then...milk started pouring out.  I wanted to get on the intercom and say.."Clean up at checkout No.4"  It was so embarrassing.  I also remember watching an award show on TV one time where Jane Seymour (who had just given birth to twins not long before the award show) walked up to receive her award and had a similar experience.  I think the first thing she said was..."Oh no...it must be feeding time."
Mom looks annoyed  that we are all gawking at her.  Sorry Mommy...but your new little boy is just so Cute!
With the cooler days at this time of the year...we got to see a lot more of the animals that don't like to walk around much in the summer heat.  Here is a snow leopard...that looked to me to getting on in years.  But I really don't know.  I think this may have been the first time that I have ever seen one other than the photo of the one on the mac software package.
Amur Tiger pacing on the ledge.  There were three of them.  You would have to have a really nice camera and lots of time to get some good shots of them.  I was just thrilled they were out and about.
I am pretty sure this Red Panda is new to our Zoo.  The last time I was there in the summer time, I don't remember seeing him.

This Bactrian Camel really put on a show for us.  He was strutting around like he was King of the Jungle. 
I read that in  spring they completely shed their thick dark winter coat, leaving them almost hairless during the hot summer months.
My friend said that they collect saliva and spit large amounts of it and it can travel pretty far.  He looked like he was ready to let loose...so we moseyed on down the road.
I had heard that zebras cannot be tamed, so after I took this photo I decided to do some looking around to find out why they cannot be tamed. They look like such peaceful gentle animals.  Here is what I found on Wiki.
Attempts have been made to train zebras for riding, since they have better resistance than horses to African diseases. Most of these attempts failed, though, due to the zebra's more unpredictable nature and tendency to panic under stress. For this reason, zebra-mules or zebroids (crosses between any species of zebra and a horse, pony, donkey or ass) are preferred over purebred zebras.
In England, the zoological collector Lord Rothschild frequently used zebras to draw a carriage. In 1907, Rosendo Ribeiro, the first doctor in Nairobi, Kenya, used a riding zebra for house calls. In the mid-19th century, Governor George Grey imported zebras to New Zealand from his previous posting in South Africa, and used them to pull his carriage on his privately owned Kawau Island.

A tamed zebra being ridden in East Africa
Captain Horace Hayes, in "Points of the Horse" (circa 1893) compared the usefulness of different zebra species. In 1891, Hayes broke a mature, intact mountain zebra stallion to ride in two days time, and the animal was quiet enough for his wife to ride and be photographed upon. He found the Burchell's zebra easy to break, and considered it ideal for domestication, as it was immune to the bite of the tsetse fly. He considered the quagga well-suited to domestication due to being easy to train to saddle and harness.[6]

So it appears at least one person was able to train them.  I would be interested to know if there are other stories about them. 

 I have not found out the name of these animals, even after looking on the Zoo's website.  I just like how they blended in with the rocks.

I have a few more photos but will save those for another day.

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
The Best Dog Ever