On Monday it was well over 100 degrees; today we get rain. Go figure.

And God, I love my polarizing filter. You wouldn’t be able to see much of the double rainbow without it.

Two Cats, One Box

What were you thinking? It’s just Ozzie and Monte doing…something in a cardboard box.

Happy Caturday!

Christmas in May

Real quickly, here’s where the family will be heading today. And if you’re in L.A. or visiting, you should check it out since it’s free!

Disney’s A Christmas Carol Train Tour starts at Union Station and begins its trek across the U.S. on Tuesday. If you’ve got out-of-town visitors, get them on the MTA and take them down to see it. It’s probably not too often that they’ll get to see behind-the-scenes glimpses of a movie, so this could be interesting for them, maybe even you!

And when you’re done, hop across the way to Olvera Street for some of the best Mexican food you’ve ever had outside Mexico, and roam the marketplace for authentic Mexican goodies.

And did I mention this event is free? How can you beat that?

Have a safe and fantastic Memorial Day Weekend, all!

UPDATE: Okay, it was a long day. We got there at about 9 a.m. and waited about 90 minutes to get in which was close to the approximate wait time posted. The exhibit was indeed interesting despite the wait but by the time we left, the line wrapped around the train, down the walkway, and ran the length of the tunnel at Union Station. I heard the wait from there was 4 hours–no thanks! Anyway, here are the pictures.

On the way home we also decided to stop by Long Beach Airport to see if we could catch a glimpse of the zeppelin-not a blimp–stationed out here for a little while. But we got more than we bargained for when we saw to FA-18s taxiing down the tarmac preparing for takeoff! You can see those pictures here, including a few here the pilots waved to us.

Long day and me tired. I’m off to bed!

The Root of the Matter

Being that today was such a fantastic day, we spent a good portion of it outside in the backyard attempting to make it a bit more appealing. The place looked so damn good the first time we gutted everything and planted new stuff but since Hurricane Arliss came to town, the place went to Hell. Dogs are motherf…dogs.

At any rate, I dug up all sorts of stuff: plants, trees, weeds, roots, etc. Once the flowerbeds were destroyed I laid down about 10 pieces of sod to cover the patches of dirt. And even Ann will admit that even though there is only sod and a few trees in the flowerbeds, they look good now. (I’m a minimalist when it comes to landscaping; Ann is just the opposite.)

I did have some difficulty in removing the root of a bush, the likes of which I couldn’t tell you. I didn’t think about using the ax on it since it’s pretty rusty and doesn’t cut very well. I ended up stabbing the gnarly root with a shovel until it broke into several pieces, which I then twisted or snapped off of said mangled root.

After snapping off one piece I paused for a moment and gazed at it. I started laughing. Ann wondered just what it was I was chuckling at–until I showed her.

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Happy Easter, Everybody


The Kid inspects the loot an at Easter Egg Hunt in Los Alamitos, CA. There were over 10,000 eggs up for grabs and by the time the kids ran through there it was a mess–and not one egg left.

Have a great day, all 🙂