Sunday, August 31, 2008

Cool Globes - BOB Composition

Cool Globes-BOB Composition

A Sunday stroll at Crissy Field and another chance to photograph some of the "Cool Globes". This one is my current favorite -- and I really liked this composition that put it together with the bridge.

Here is a more more direct picture of "Food for Thought":

Food for thought

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Southern Cocount Cream Cake -- Part 2

Southern Coconut Cake Part 2

Once the soaked cake has cooled completely, sprinkle the surface with shredded sweetened coconut, followed by Cool Whip, followed by more coconut.

Cut into SMALL pieces -- it is seriously rich.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Southern Coconut Cream Cake -- Part 1

Southern Coconut Cream Cake -- Part 1

This is part 1 of 2. This is the surface of the cake after the sauce, but before the topping and coconut goes on. Tomorrow's picture will be the finished cake.

Here's the recipe so far:

1) bake a white / yellow / butter cake in a 9x11 pan (I like the Trader Joe's vanilla cake (2 boxes)) according to the directions on the box.

2) AS SOON AS IT COMES OUT OF THE OVEN ... Using a blunt spoon handle, poke lots of holes in the top of the cake.

3) Mix together a can of sweetened, condensed milk (Eagle Brand or similar) with an equal amount of cream of coconut (the stuff used to make Pina Coladas, *not* coconut milk) and pour the mixture over the top of the holey, hot cake.

4) Let cool to room temp, then cover very loosely and let cool and rest overnight.

See tomorrow's post for the rest.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Yes, We Can

We Can

In honor of Barack Obama's formal nomination and acceptance tonight, it's a "We Can"

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Palm Shadows

Palm Shadows

The wall of the Colma police station, a palm tree casts a shadow of rather astonishing clarity.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

View from Coyote Point

Coyote Point

This is a pretty interesting shot -- shows the airport and the "South San Francisco The Industrial City" sign.

It's also my 1000th picture that I've uploaded to Flickr (post #576 to this blog).

Monday, August 25, 2008

Interesting Red Eyes

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There is something about the way that Clemmy's red eyes jump out at you here. A little demonic...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Our Goddaughter...

GodDaughter

An early picture of the validictorian of the Harvard class of 2030, who just happens to be our Goddaughter.

Friday, August 22, 2008

August Fog

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Skyline blvd in Pacifica at 7:00pm. I've actually seen it heavier, but this is a pretty good indication of what to expect from bay area fog.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Flyball at the Mutt Strut

Flyball

There was an exhibition of Flyball at the Peninsula Humane Society annual "Mutt Strut" on Saturday.

PHS has not had to euthanize a healthy animal in over 6 years, and part of how they manage to keep that record is by the money they get from events like this.

Flyball is a dog training sport where the dogs run through this series of jumps, throw themselves against a block that allows them to snag a ball, then run back through those jumps. It is amazing to see these dogs FLY through the gates.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Geese overhead

Geese

At the Penninsula Humane Society Mutt Strut -- I happened to look up and saw these geese headed out (probably getting away from all the dogs).

Friday, August 15, 2008

One of the Crissy Field "Cool Globes"

a cool globe

Cool Globes is a non-profit organization who strives to raise awareness of global warming. An installation of their globes is at Crissy Field until October, and this is one of them.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Wedding Reception Trees

Redwood Trees

The place that Tim and Jessica had their wedding reception was nestled among a beautiful stand of redwood trees.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Wedding Reception Fountain

Wedding Reception Fountain

A fountain at the Deer Park Villas in Fairfax, where we attended Tim and jessica's wedding reception on Saturday.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Old Ford Controls

Model A controls

I'm not a big car guy, so I'm not 100% sure, but I think this was a Model A.

I'm guessing the odometer was rolled back..

Thursday, August 7, 2008

21st century camping

21st century camping

The new version of camping -- note the campfire, the camp stove, the toaster, and the microwave...

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Really wide tree

Wide Tree

This tree has such a wide canopy, that I thought it made for a really striking shot.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Rusted Nails

Rusted Nails

When I was trying to decide on last week's theme day picture, I took a bunch of "metal" pictures, of which this was one.

They are on a post sticking up out of the bay where a pier used to be.

Emperor Norton

Norton Grave

Sorry for the late post, I wasn't feeling all too good last night. Consider this to be the Sunday pic.

Joshua Norton (1818-1880) was a resident of San Francisco. On September 17, 1958, he published the following notice in the city's newspapers:

"At the peremptory request and desire of a large majority of the citizens of these United States, I, Joshua Norton, formerly of Algoa Bay, Cape of Good Hope, and now for the last 9 years and 10 months past of S. F., Cal., declare and proclaim myself Emperor of these U. S.; and in virtue of the authority thereby in me vested, do hereby order and direct the representatives of the different States of the Union to assemble in Musical Hall, of this city, on the 1st day of Feb. next, then and there to make such alterations in the existing laws of the Union as may ameliorate the evils under which the country is laboring, and thereby cause confidence to exist, both at home and abroad, in our stability and integrity.


NORTON I, Emperor of the United States"

As "Emperor", he was treated deferentially by the citizens of San Francisco. The currency he printed in his name was accepted by the merchants he frequented. He was said to have single-handedly stopped a pogrom against the poorer Chinese immigrants of the city by positioning himself in front of the mob, kneeling, and reciting the Lord's Prayer until the rioters dispersed themselves without further incident.

He issued "decrees" including declaring the use of the word "Frisco" describe the city to be an offense with a fine of $25.00 (an outrageous amount at that time), and requiring that a bridge be built connecting San Francisco and Oakland (the current position of the Bay Bridge).

His grave was moved when the City of San Francisco removed all gravesites in the city out to Colma, and he rests in Woodlawn Cemetery there, under the gravestone pictured above.

Much more information about him can be found at the Wikipedia entry for him.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Brentwood Bowl

Brentwood bowl

I like this example of commercial art in the heart of San Bruno, just west of the airport.

Friday, August 1, 2008

August Theme Day -- Metal

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What you see above is a small area in a cross section of the cable that holds up the Golden Gate Bridge (aka "BOB" or "the Big Orange Bridge").
There are over 27,000 of the little (steel) wires wound together to make the big cable.

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