Saturday, May 31, 2008

Candle and Cross from Liz and Clancy's wedding

Candle+Cross

I'll leave all the wedding pictures -- the rings, the presents, the cakes, the dresses, the tuxes, etc etc etc to the professionals.

I did like the juxtaposition in this one.

Friday, May 30, 2008

OKC Memorial

OKC Memorial

We visited the OKC Memorial (former site of the Murrah Federal Building, which was bombed in April of 1995).

The chairs in the field represent the casualties and are arranged by the floor they were on at the time of the bombing. The smaller chairs represent children (from the day care center).

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Wedding sparklies

sparklies

My niece is getting married on Saturday. She and her matron of honor were working on her cake topper, and had a bunch of sparklies out. When they were done, and were packing up the glimmers into their various shapes and sizes, I snapped this one.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Views of Oklahoma City...

Waterfalls at the fairgrounds

Waterfall at the Fairgrounds

The Paseo

The Paseo

Paseo water pump

A street side water spigot

Milk Jug Building - cropped

The milk jug building

Monday, May 26, 2008

Road Trip -- Day 3

Big Cross

In Groom, Texas, the Knights of Columbus have erected what they claim to be the "Largest Cross in the Western Hemisphere" (it isn't - there is one in Illinois that is 8 feet larger).

After there, we passed through Shamrock, TX, where we ran smack-dab into a nasty thunderstorm. Our first clue that we might be in trouble were these "Biscuit" clouds

Biscuit Clouds

These are indications of immense instability aloft. Then we hit the heavy stuff. Marble-sized hail smashing down on the rental car making us feel like we were being crushed

Hail

But, we made it. I write this from the comfort of my mom's living room. The rest of the week will be scenes of Oklahoma City and Texas.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Saturday, May 24, 2008

YIKES!!!

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Ok, I usually drive a Scion xB. It has a 10 gallon tank, and I've been paying about $3.95 / gal, so my average fillup is between $30 and $35

So, now we are on a long distance car trip to my niece's wedding in Oklahoma City. We've rented a Chrysler Pacifica for the trip.

The first stop (in Bakersfield) yielded this...

It's going to be a long, expensive trip...

Ziggy -- a day late...

Ziggy-cutie

In all the hubub of getting ready for the trip, I forgot to post yesterday. Here is yesterday's picture....

Thursday, May 22, 2008

A Dream Dinner

Thai Fusion Shrimp

Caryn and I had a session at Dream Dinners tonight.

For the uninitiated, Dream Dinners is an establishment which gives people the opportunity to pre-prepare delicious entrees. They have a number of stations, each of which has the ingredients and recipe to build the entree. You bag all of the marinades, rubs, sauces, etc, then drop them in the freezer with instructions for finishing the meal.

The food includes such delicacies as Sweet Cedar BBQ Chicken, Marinated Pork Roast with Apricot Sauce, and Mango Glazed Indian Salmon. This is Thai Fusion Shrimp. As their website says, "Red and green bell peppers add flavor and color to this unique shrimp dinner with orange and peanut overtones."

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Talented flying...

fire-5-20-08018 - closeup

More from yesterday's fire. This pilot made several trips between the marina and the fire summit. Given how windy it was, this guy was a real pilot's pilot.

Here, he's paused while the tanker is making his run.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Three days of heat, and then ...

3 days of heat, then ...

So what happens when the bay area is hit with 3 consecutive days of high heat (at least, high heat for San Francisco)?

The marine layer rolls in...

Friday, May 16, 2008

Home of the "Crack Wings"...

Home of the Crack Wing

Remember a few years ago, when the Chinese authorities found out that a dumpling house in BFC (just like BFE, but replace "Egypt" with "China") was adding opium to the dumplings. When they arrested the owner and closed down the restaurant, the people in the town damn near rioted.

Tucked away in the Inner Sunset (11th and Irving, to be exact), sits this little Chinese restaurant. This is a *real* Chinese place -- you have to ask for an English menu, and they have to look for it when you do.

Among their delicacies is a wonderful little treat called the "Dry Fried Chicken Wings". Anyone who has ever eaten in this place knows this menu item as "Crack Wings".

Crispy and sweet, and ever so slightly spicy, you will want more and more.

And if the San Francisco authorities ever determine that they really do have crack in the recipe, I'll be among the rioters.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The REAL crookedest street....

The REAL crookedest street

Back in December, I posted a picture of the famous "Crooked Street" (Lombard) and I mentioned that it is not, in fact, the crookedest street in San Francisco.

That distinction falls to Vermont Street between 19th and 21st.

The reason you don't hear a lot about Vermont is that there is no vantage point where you can see the whole street. This view is the beginning of the 8 curves.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The "Dead" house...

Dead House

In 1967, members of the Greatful Dead lived in this house in the Haight Ashbury section of San Francisco.

After I took this picture, 2 more people walked down the street behind me with cameras to take basically the same pic. There is no indication that this house has any special history, but Dead Heads are a dedicated lot, and lots of them treat 710 Ashbury as a shrine.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mom's Day Present

Moms day gift

My most incredible darling wife Caryn, for those of you who don't know her, is an avid scrapbooker. Her scrapbooks, cards, etc are works of art, and she loves doing it.

One of her big Mother's Day presents was a Cricut personal electronic cutter. This device allows you to cut shapes (aka Die Cuts) of letters, animals, trees, etc, on the paper of your choosing. It's a big thing in the scrapbooking world.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Slap on the cuffs -- an illegal picture...

An illegal shot

Caryn and I went to see a matinée of "Cats" today at the Paramount in Oakland.

For those of you who haven't seen Cats, during the intermission between the acts, one of the characters (Old Deuteronomy) stays on the stage, relatively still, for the duration of the intermission.

I know, you aren't supposed to do it, but I looked up and snapped a picture on my camera phone. Granted, it's not a very good shot, but...

Here are some other scenes from our trip to Oakland:

At the BART Station

Us at the BART station about to buy our tickets for home

The Doors at the Paramount

The fresco over the door at the Paramount

The Marquee

The Marquee at the Paramount

Friday, May 9, 2008

Tired Mr. Ziggy -- CGC!!

Sucked into the couch

He's tired because he's been working hard the last couple of days.

Ziggy has earned his AKC Canine Good Citizen award!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Say "Hello" to My Little Friend...

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Apologies to Mr. Paccino ...

I had to bend down behind a server rack to plug in a server, and when I stood up, I caught a cable management assembly with my cheek.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Monday, May 5, 2008

Breakthrough day

Caryn had some pretty substantial breakthroughs with Arnie today. She got him outside, without having to box him up and force him into the dog run. Then she got him to come in without boxing him back up.

While he was out she got a couple of great shots of him:

Dog in Bushes

I like the composition of this one. The focus on the leaves, the light patterns on the fuzzy dog, etc. Very nice -- good job babe!

Then, there is this fantastic closeup:

Arnie close

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Foggy day at Pigeon Point

Pigeon Point

After I dropped Caryn off at a National Scrapbooking Day crop, the doggies and I took a drive south about 40 miles to the Pigeon Point lighthouse.

Didn't I see this flag on a Daffy Duck Cartoon?

Earth Flag

At the Thoreau Center at the Presidio, they fly this earth flag.

It reminds me of a "Duck Dodgers" Daffy Duck cartoon (see the pic below).

Thursday, May 1, 2008

May Theme Day -- Numbers

Coit Tower Art Work

In the lobby of Coit Tower is this amazing mural -- it covers the entire lobby all the way around. This is the keystone/signature point.

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