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!

Denver Road Trip Pt. 1

If you can take your time, split a Denver drive into two parts.  We stayed in Grand Junction after a reasonable journey, and the extra time allowed us to explore the 30 mile side trip to the Colorado National Monument.  Head off the freeway at Fruita, drive the park, and get dumped right into Grand Junction.  Some pics from the park (love that Golden Eagle pass!).






This park is a little jewel.  Easy to get to and not many people.  A fabulous diversion!  And a nice cruise in the convertible!


Thursday, July 20, 2017

I'm a Grandpa!

Meet Melon, an 8 week old Corgi...  He will chew, and tug, and battle anything.  So funny to watch him run with those short legs.  Did you know they used Corgis to herd cattle?  Hard to believe, the breed is so small.  But determined, I guess (check link to video)...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

Northcliffe Cactus

I have a fascination with cactus blooms.  I've posted pictures many times of my cactus grove on 11th Avenue.  Taking some cuts from those cactus, I planted the "shoots" up at Northcliffe at the big boulder.  It's taken a few years, but now they bloom nicely.  I just can't believe something from an arid desert environment and covered in spiky needles can produce such beautiful flowers...



Sunday, May 28, 2017

Mt. Rainier

It's unusual to get a good view of Mt. Rainier in Washington.  Usually clouds and rain obscure the mountain.  We got lucky twice...  flying into Seattle, I flew over a perfectly visible Mt. Rainier.  Even more lucky was a beautiful Seattle day and this view from SeaTac, an iPhone shot by Lacey:


Friday, May 12, 2017

Swell in the Swell



We just held the latest (52nd?) edition of our Cinco de Mayo celebration in the San Rafael desert.  For the most part, the weather was great, but there was a lot of dust.  However, a nice shower on Saturday night tamped down the dust and left us with a fine and mellow evening.

One goal this year was to spend some time on Saturday trying to locate the head of the Black Box.  The San Rafael river spends most of its time near the surface, but at certain points in its wanderings, the river creates deep and narrow canyons, the Black Box and the Little Black Box.  After hiking down some dubious roads to overlooks, we found one that gave us sight of the beginnings of the Black Box.  Here is the river curving towards the Black Box:


And then the river begins to carve into the canyon.  One can see the beginnings of the canyon walls.


There was a wide wash at the bottom of the cliff leading into this area.  But from Mexican Mountain road, we have yet found a good entrance into this wash.  I estimate about a mile hike from the road to the river and the beginning of the Black Box if we can find an entrance without a steep dropoff.  Next year...  We headed back to camp as a storm came up.


On the way back, we found yet more evidence of an ancient alien presence:


The aftermath of Saturday's brief storm left us with a fine sunset around the old campfire:




On Sunday we held services for our old friend Tom Zeidler.  He died a couple years ago, rather suddenly, and we lost our favorite bartender, amateur anthropologist, literary critic, and friend.  Tom was also a fixture of the early Cinco years.  His family contributed some of his ashes for us to release into the river...


Finally, a better shot of Saturday's sunset from Rod Daynes.  More of his photos can be seen at his website:  Swell Photographs.



Friday, April 28, 2017

Trump Joke

This joke is inspired by a T-shirt I bought at the Discovery Place Museum in Charlotte, NC.

How can Trump be so against science?  He's like an atom, he makes up everything!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Beer, Baseball, and....Trees?

Inspired by my Poe-Tree post, the literary icon, Phil Rupp, provided this version honoring the opening of baseball season:

I think that I shall never hear
 
A poem lovely as a beer.
 
The brew the Camelot served on tap
 
With golden base and snowy cap.
 
The stuff I'd drink throughout the day
 
Until my memory went away.
 
Poems are made by fools, I fear
 
But more than Coors now grew good beer.

And thanks to Phil for the Camelot reference...  ah, the memories...


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Poe-Tree

I think that I shall never see 
A poem lovely as a tree. 

(from a walk in Irvine)


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Surf/Instro in Salt Lake


Over the weekend I was invited to a house party which featured a couple sets by Los Rifamos, a rare instro group in this city.  The band has actually been around a few years, with only occasional appearances (and my lack of awareness...  gotta get out more).  I discovered the group from their application to the Utah Arts Festival, a pleasant surprise after listening to about 8 million mediocre rock bands.

Los Rifamos play an instro style more laid back than the current near-punk intensity of today's surf music.  Well, with a lead guitarist using a Burns guitar, one can expect a sound closer to the Shadows and the Atlantics than Slacktone or the Surf Coasters.  (The group did do an opening set of garage band vocals of the louder, faster variety).  Here's to Hank Marvin!

Most tunes were originals, had a great deal of melodic content, and were quite enjoyable.  My only complaint might be the need to mix in a few more uptempo tunes in a live environment for today's instant gratification generation.

Here is a link to an iPhone movie I did of one song from their performance.

I enjoyed talking to the band members, sharing knowledge of musicans, music, and gear we had in common.  And the homebrew English ale was excellent!  Thanks to Grant and his friends for the great party.


Friday, January 27, 2017

A Political Post

Local reaction to the US coup...


And this says it all (thanks Larry and Prudence)...


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Inversion Beauty

It's midwinter here, and high pressure is holding all the gunk in our valley.  A generally depressing time of year, and a health hazard as well.  But once in awhile, with the right light, the pollution can actually produce a bit of beauty, lethal that it may be.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Only a Hobo, But One More Is Gone...

Steve Jones wasn't a hobo, but his emaciated and grizzled appearance would lead one to assume he was.  Steve and I started the Cosmic Aeroplane back in 1967.  After a few years, I would move on to other things, but Steve kept the shop open and was certainly the soul of the Cosmic.  Eventually new partners and investments would make the shop successful, at least until it's ultimate downfall.


I sort of lost track of Steve's activities after the Cosmic.  In the last year, however, I was able to help him with transportation from a local hospital.  He was facing some serious medical issues which added to his gaunt appearance.  In December, these issues finally defeated him.

Anyway, another friend now gone.  Not many of the old crew left.  Long Live the Cosmic!