I Saw a Squirrel

It’s refreshing to know that even in a corporate place like El Se-freaking-gundo, a city where giants such as Mattel, Oracle and Raytheon occupy buildings that touch the sky, one can still be in touch with the wonder that is Mother Nature.

As I left work today and strolled past the parking structure, the usual sound of jumbo jets making their approach to LAX was thick in the air. I thought nothing of it and continued to walk to the train station.

Then out of nowhere something darted across my path and climbed the nearest tree. It was then when I spotted this:

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Attention Cars Nuts!

If you enjoy attending car shows like I do, then you’ll dig my most recent uploads to Flickr.

I’ve managed to find all of the (digital) images I’ve taken at the Los Angeles Auto Show from 2002 through 2006. Note that there may also be some random images mixed in with each collection, such as me, Ann or our friend Beverly posing inside random cars.

Taken with various digital cameras I’ve owned over the years, the collection pretty much covers everything from concepts to project cars to production cars. Either way, it’s kind of cool to look back on then-concept vehicles and see what they actually turned out to be.

So if you’re so inclined, head on over and check them out. No descriptions have been added yet but if you have a Flickr account, by all means leave some comments!

And On a Clear Day…

…you can see the Hollywood sign from the MTA Green Line’s Wilmington/Imperial Highway station. Sorry for the crappy shot but I had the digital zoom maxed out and used a program other than Photoshop to try and enhance the image.

And the sky was much more blue than it appears, which is the reason I took the photo in the first place. You could actually see the mountains…and that doesn’t happen much around these parts.

Lunchtime Walk Music Selection: The Colour and the Shape by Foo Fighters

Truths

There are some things you have to accept as the absolute truth.

For example, water doesn’t like Simon LeBon. Falling lenses are attracted to rocks. And guys, lets face it–women do fart.

But after today, I’d like to add one more witticism to that list: New furniture is evil. Well, I guess I should clarify that a little more. New furniture is evil only in a home with pets and a child (or children).

Here’s the deal. Last weekend, we filled our living room with all-new furniture after canceling our order with a local furniture store. It needed to be done since the furniture we ordered in July has been “in the water” from the Philippines for the last few weeks, and must still go through U.S. Customs when it arrives. In short, we didn’t know when we’d ever get it and since we got tired of sitting on cinder blocks and Foremost milk crates, we had to do something. (We are still waiting for our refund–nearly $1,800.)

At any rate, we’ve had this set–a couch, love seat, coffee table and end table–for less than a week and it has already been soiled by every living thing in this home, save for myself and Ann. And the betta fish.

Here’s a breakdown of what’s happened. First, Anthony fell asleep on it and although it’s covered, left a puddle of drool on it. Thankfully, it came off after some gentle cleaning.

A day later our cat Ozzie was trying to make a hasty retreat from dog Arliss when he jumped on and slid across the end table–and dug his claws into it, leaving some nasty marks that not even one of those touch-up pens could cover. Ann went out and bought a piece of clear Plexiglas to place over the end table in the hopes it wouldn’t happen again. And so far, it hasn’t.

And today, Anthony–there’s that name again–was reaching over (not around as Mom suggested) our stained-glass fireplace screen when he accidentally knocked it over. It came into contact with the coffee table, denting and scratching it as well as cracking the fireplace screen.

So here’s some advice for you all. If you have pets or kids or plan on having kids in the near future, save your money and keep your old furniture. Trust me on that.

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Now playing: Frank Black – Headache
via FoxyTunes

These Shoes Aren’t Made for Walkin’

On a whim, today I decided to wear my Vans in stead of my Reeboks.

What a mistake that was.

For the most part, the Vans are durable and hold up to just about anything I throw at them. This could explain why I own about three pairs. But as far as walking long distances along hilly terrain goes…FAIL! I’ll never make that mistake again. It’s back to the Reebok running shoes tomorrow.

Speaking of foot pain…ladies, how in the world do you wear heels? It must be a real pain and here I am bitchin’ about switching from one kind of sneakers to another. I have a new-found appreciation for those ladies that must wear them to work and even more for those that have to walk to work. Ouch.

Oh, and here’s an ad I saw on Fark the other day:

Seriously, WTF is up with The Donald’s hair? When I saw it, this immediately came to mind:

Lunchtime Walk Music Selection: Violator by Depeche Mode