Thursday, November 9, 2017

Burning Guy

The Nevada desert hosts a yearly Burning Man festival.  However, the Brits have their own version, celebrated around the world.  It's Burning Guy! (better known as Guy Fawkes Day)


This year I was lucky enough to get invited to a Guy Fawkes celebration (I have a little Brit in me from my grandfather and Prince Edward Island).  Besides the usual massive amounts of booze and great food, we had some work to do.  Thankfully the bonfire was already assembled in an appropriate manner, but we need to stuff the Guy Fawkes effigy and get him mounted on top of the bonfire.  Straw and cute clothes from DI did the effigy trick.  The little cowboy boots were precious...



After eating and drinking and waiting for darkness, it was time...  The fire was lit with fireworks to follow.  What a deal, and the Fire Department was thankfully MIA. (Use full screen for best video viewing)


Thanks to Chantell and Stuart for all their work and for a great celebration.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Dog Meets Robot

My son's dog, Melon, has a new friend.  And the floors are cleaned...


Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Commercial Interruption



One of my favorite things to do when a SoCal opportunity arises, is to visit the Long Beach docks, the Port of Los Angeles.  Unbelievable the level of commerce taking place as container ships are unloaded and zillions of trucks leave to places unknown (actually known, the warehouses east of LA).  Similarly, I like to take a last convertible trip of the Fall over to the West Side of our fair city, all the way to 60th West, between 13th and 21st South.  Simply amazing the number and enormity of the warehouses in that area, and all the train tracks one must cross while cruising the area, and cruising it is, street after street...   And one thing I've noted, that instead of massive concrete rectangular boxes, there is actually some attempt at pleasant design, at least to the entry facades of these buildings. 

So, while certainly not my best photo work, I present some pics I took of the West Side warehouses.  Click on the pics for a larger image.





It's impossible to describe the enormity of some of these buildings in a simple pic, but here's trying...


And, of course, there are millions of trucks that stretch along the loading docks, far into the distance, it seems.  But on to more facades...



Never heard of this cookie company...


And some heavy equipment suppliers conveniently next to each other...



A new one, just finished...  move right in!


And on we go...








Finishing up...





And that's just a small portion of what's out there.  Take a cruise yourself someday (Sundays are best when the traffic load is low), you'll be surprised, and amazed at all the commercial activity, and all the businesses you never heard of.  Fascinating...  Now back to the docks...

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Falling For Fall

Seems like this year the changing of the seasons, the colors of the leaves, is more intense than usual.  I don't know if it was the timing and intensity of late summer, early fall rains, but the trees and bushes are glorious.  A couple pics illustrating this intensity, I'm sure there could be many more.

A great tree in the Aves...



And from our Park City condo window, maybe the last great weekend for leaves...  Note the fresh dusting of snow...



And now for something completely different, the fabulous bread pudding from Terigo on Park City's Main Street...


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Storm Over the Valley

I was impressed by these storm clouds as summer transitioned into fall.  The Wasatch Mountains were turned into the Wasatch Plateau. 



Thursday, September 28, 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

It's That Time of Year

The homegrown tomatoes are ripening on the vine, locavore veggies are abundant, Private Selection center cut is excellent bacon, so it's BLT time!  I've already posted last year's BLT/birthday blowout, so this year we have a variation.  With a smaller group over the weekend, I introduced my new Homo Hoagie...  Now don't get your panties in a twist, cool your PC trigger words, and get a little sense of humor on.  This is a tribute to the LGBT, now LGBTQ (and maybe more, I'll let the millennials deal with it), not a denigration.  It's just the letters inspired me...  Lettuce, Guacamole, Bacon, Tomato, and...thank you partner...Quecumber!   This sounded like a great sandwich to me, so I thought I'd try it out.

First, I marinated cucumber slices in lime juice, chili powder, and a shot of tequila...


Because the liquid in the cukes and toms would make the hoagie bun soggy, I drained them on paper towels...


Then I spread mayo on half the bun, and any favorite quac on the other half...


Then I added the lettuce (romaine hearts), tomato, and cukes to the bun...


And the bacon (from the baconator...  but that's another story)...


The final homo hoagie... oozing with delight!


And the racist, bigoted, insensitive inventor consuming his product...


So I see a fortune to be made, but I'll obviously need a gay entrepreneur to introduce this to the appropriate populations.  I just want some royalties...  and I'll contribute half to LGBTQ+ causes.

Oh, please, don't hammer me...  just have some fun and enjoy...


Monday, August 28, 2017

Denver Road Trip Pt. 3

We decided to take two days to return home.  The route was undecided until the morning of departure.  I kinda wanted to drive through Estes Park, but the thought of a million campers, etc., clogging the road had me anxious.  So we chose to drive old Route 40 over the mountains and drop down into Steamboat Springs for the night.

The morning gave us perfect weather for a convertible drive through the mountains and up across Bethoud Pass, and point of the continental divide (click the Wikipedia link for more info on this).  And the obligatory pics...




This was a really nice drive, not too much traffic, and we passed through several ski towns and a couple western towns.  Over the mountains, down through the valleys, and up over Rabbit Ears Pass until the long descent into Steamboat Springs.  Once we arrived in Steamboat, we had plenty of time to explore downtown and spend way too much money at the infamous FM Light.  I've always loved Steamboat Springs since the days of the classic sports car races.  Steamboat has always seemed to survive development a little better than other ski town/resort areas.  A pic from a bridge over the Yampa...


The next day was a bit of a slog...  the desolation of western Colorado, a quick tour of Dinosaur National Park (deserving of much more time and exploration), then lots of traffic from Vernal to SLC.  But all in all, a fun trip.  Good to see Denver again after a long absence.  Rare do I get there since the passing of my mother and my good friends.  But then they do have dispensaries...



Denver Road Trip Pt. 2

I wanted to visit Denver because I had a friend whose company had Rockies tickets.  My Braves were in town, so a good time to prevail upon him for the seats (thanks, Scott!).  To get someone special to accompany me, I had to bribe her with a room at the Brown Palace Hotel, a classic "grande dame" in continuous operation since the late 1890's.


The only problem with this fabulous hotel was the 2-night $1000 price tag!  $47/night parking?  Well, the dining was great, the room nice (but small), the service excellent...  a great experience, at least once.  Next time we stay at the interconnected Holiday Inn Express across the street...  free parking, free breakfast, and half the nightly cost!  Just walk over to the Palace for the enjoyment.

The Coors Field tickets turned out 10 rows back of the Braves dugout.  I was right there with my favorite players!  Here's Freddie Freeman at the plate, and a wave from Kelsey, part of the Braves announcing staff.



The next night we dined at Lo Stella, a small but highly recommended Italian restaurant.  A very excellent meal at a reasonable price...  and the tiramisu was out of this world!  A pic of the restaurant and an interesting house next door.


One perk of the Brown Palace, personal "limo" service to and from the restaurant.  Gotta get something for that price tag!