Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Orange Crush

    On Sunday while it was raining, we went to Target to buy something. Troy and Teo came with us and at the checkout stand, asked if they could have a 20 oz plastic bottle Orange Crush. We bought them each one, so they could drink them once we got back to our house. Exiting the store, we walked single file in the light rain with me up front, then Teo, then Troy and then my wife. Teo and Troy were each holding their bright orange Crushes like they were gold, one hand on the ...cap, one under the base, up against their chests. The bottle(s) took up almost their entire torso. A man walking towards us to enter Target took a look at our procession, smiled ear to ear, and slightly chuckled. The boys had their prizes close at hand. It was a classic moment that'll never happen again, and he fully appreciated that. Why oh why didn't I take a photo?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

GSV World Glimpses: Carlisle, UK

 A close relative of mine has a fairly unusual name, so I did a Google search to find out if anyone else on the planet had the same name.  Of course, the answer came back "yes"!  In Carlisle, United Kingdom.  I found quite a bit of info on the person and even the person's photo.  It did stir my curiosity about the town of Carlisle.  So I Google Street Viewed it a bit.  Here is Howard Place, a rather picturesque residential street not far from downtown.
 Another view of the same street.
I could easily see me living on this street.  Except for the lack of decent garage space, that is.
 On the major street, A7, going through Carlisle I cam across this interesting little Citroen.
 I love the windshield going waaay up into the roofline.  Why don't we have interesting features such as this here in the States?
 So I looked it up - it appears to be a Citroen C3 Euro Vision.  The Zenith panoramic windscreen (windshield to us yanks) is an option.  At least, it isn't shown on the base model.
 A fairly typical row of shops on the A7 in Carlisle.
 Not far from Howard Place is an alley I took a liking to.  The textures, angles, and age of the homes is appealing. I can just imagine and alley cat sauntering along rubbing his tail along the bricks while the "Stray Cat Strut" plays in the background.
This is turning the camera and looking up the alley in the other direction.  Interestingly,  the Google Street View car went up the alleyway and collected images along its entirety!  Must have looked appealing to them, too.

GSV World Glimpses: A Variety of Places

 Here are some random snaps I've captured while perusing Google Street View for various reasons.  I thought the layout of the Mustangs and the house were very picturesque.
 From the LA area.  I liked the way the Pomeranian appears to be holding his own leash.
 How would you like your only photo on Google Street View to be while you were waiting for the port-a-potty?
 Downtown San Diego - appears to be a line of job applicants.
 She is really decked out for this interview!
 NYC.  The Dodge truck is interesting.  Not sure why it is there or what it represents.
  But she found it interesting enough to photograph.
 A random midwestern back yard.  I thought it looked very relaxing with interestingly shaped chairs.
 Green!  Look at the placement of her hands - so formal!
 LA area.  Wonder what the inside of this house looks like!  I can tell you the front yard sure stands out on the street!  Even the palm tree is decorated!
Cute mama and child dachsunds.

Gas Cap

Friday, December 26, 2014

While The House Slept...

 Since I'm usually the first one up in the household, I took the opportunity to record what the house looked like on Christmas morning, bright and early.
 Well, well, well.  Santa has been here!
 A bike and workbench for Troy.
 A car ramp and bike for Teo.
 Holiday cards on the bar.


Presents under the tree.



 Stockings hung on the fireplace, guarded by ninjas.

 Zander, do you remember giving us this?  It is still on our fridge.
And now,  time for the house to awake...

Christmas Presents

 Time to open presents!
 Troy and Dave.
 Teo.
 Teo opening Diesel, a Thomas the Train toy.
 Troy opening Spencer, a Thomas the Train toy.

 Lucy and Troy inspecting a toy.


 Hungry Hungry Hippos!






 Troy the Knight of San Marcos.
Land Ho!

 Ninja Teo
 Troy
Teo the Pirate.