Happy New Year! Back in the office after Christmas and New Year's break.
Bring on the Martin Luther King birthday three day weekend...
1/5 - The interior of Samuel Beckett's Pub in Shirlington. My life liked it and took some reference photos.
Beckett's bookshelf. Most of the items are glued into place. MY bookshelves have more books in them, thank you very much.
A heraldric crest. Sam Beckett's, maybe?
Monterey Avenue Elementary School
Burbank, CA Rest in Peace, Mike.
Found in Whole Foods: Products to unnerve children.
Geez! What is it with this store?!?
1/9 - Meredith's pitbulls.
"Uh, see, Missus, me and th' kid, here, well, we figured it was treat time, see, and wondered..."
1/14: Seen at a library sale. "Six eyes" from 1956. Your assurance of coolness!
1/16: Car crash. Ethan and Sarah's XTerra.
"CAUTION: SHOW DOGS - DO NOT TAILGATE." (Why not?) One of those cars that make me wish I had a 150 dB claxon installed in my car.
Of course there's an Obama sticker.
1/21: Donating blood for the first time in over twenty years. (There's a medical story, there, I won't get into.)
1/25: Seen while I was taking a lunchtime walk not far from where I work.
Not far from the Ft. Reynolds plaque.
1/26: I'm trying! I'm trying!
(8/10 update: I've lost over 40 pounds since then.)
1/28: The all new, all aluminium, electronically-timed Pinewood Derby racetrack.
The cars, lined up.
1/29 - Punch doorstop. I liked the way it was underlit by reflected light. Unfortunately the iPhone over-exposed the image a bit.
A somewhat better image.
1/29: At church.
1/31: A trip to Five Guys for a burger always includes a look at their bulletin board.
I liked this one, too.
1/31: Ever since learning of the upcoming grandson, Cari has turned into a knitting machine. The little sweater.
2/1: What's this? The forsythia bushes near the library - a traditional sign of spring for me - are starting to bloom! In early February!
2/1: On the drive home from work. Check it out: 70 degrees. Winter shirt sleeve weather in a convertible. NICE.
2/8: Nice to have going on a cold winter night!
Workplace rugby still life. I like the way the sun cast the letters on the bookshelf.
My son, an aspiring graphic artist, sent me this one. I think it's hilarious.
I call this a Mercedes Asterisk. I keep looking on the bumper for text.
(Update: A source tells me it signifies that it was purchased at Mercedes-Benz of Alexandria and was not applied out of the factory.)
2/14 - Seen at the local Swiss bakery. Yo-dil-lay-dee-HOO.
1964: Patrick McGoohan as Disney's "Scarecrow of (Mitt) Romney Marsh." A striking publicity photograph, no?
2/22: Having a crown installed at the dentist's. Open wide!
I could be wrong, but I'm guessing a male came up with this logo.
Those are some knobby knees.
A "Don't Hit My Kid" sign for sale at COSTCO. I suspect that parents who buy these think they are indemnified and can let their kids play in the street unsupervised. (At least that's the way it works on my street.) I think these are annoying. No, I'm not going to hit your kid whether or not you set one of these up in the street. (But I might just hit this!)
2/26 - While on a walk today through a cemetery not far from my home, I came across this - a solar powered tombstone! Does it work? I must return at night to see!
2/26: Venus at bottom, a crescent Moon and Jupiter at left.
Indeed it does! That's the unmistakable blue-white glow of an LED. Cool! (My flashlight lit everything else. The name is not electronically lit.)
I recently uploaded an update to my iPhone Bejeweled game, and it gave me a new variation: "Butterflies." It is a heartless game. The idea is you line up three jeweled butterflies of the same color and they happily flutter off and you collect points. However, most plays advance the butterflies up to that spider lurking at top. When a butterfly gets within a row from the spider he starts quaking in fear - a morbid feature.
Pounce! The spider has grabbed a poor butterfly that you let get all the way to the top. Gee, game designers... why not have a small stream of blood issue forth from the bite marks as long as you're at it?
The spider eats the butterfly and this drops down.
Perhaps next, Pop Cap, the game designer, will create a game about beheading kittens.
This game is causing me emotional grief.
Raw meat colored letters (and a Quisling Cow) for the Butcher Shop sign at the local Trader Joe's. Was this such a good idea?
Seen at the school where I voted.
Leans right, I think.
A Vacmsters truck, except that the "C" looks a lot like a "G" making it VAGMSTERS - which invokes some really horrible mental images.
My friend Mike McDaniel getting his tee-shirt signed by Weird Al Yankovic.
3/9: A sure sign of spring in Olde Virginny: pink trees!
The view from our motel window. Note train. Forget about getting a good night's sleep at the Comfort Inn in Staunton, VA!
You don't see many of these signs anymore! A Cold War remembrance... Court House, Monterey, VA (Highland Co. courthouse).
McDowell (Virginia) battlefield site plaque.
McDowell (Virginia) battlefield site plaque map.
McDowell site, looking up towards Sitlington's Hill.
McDowell (Virginia) battlefield site plaque, looking towards Sitlington's Hill.
That ought to be enough wood for the winter... Seen along VA Rt. 250 between McDowell and Staunton.
Near where I work.
I LOVE Virginia!
3/17/12: Seen on Sydenstricker in Springfield; I pass this all the time. COOL.
Ford's Theatre gift shop tee shirt design
First yard mow of the spring!
Ethan won a jury award for his art at the Woodbury Gallery (UVU)!
The Penguin commemorative poster on my office wall. I've always loved Penguin paperbacks, and so when I saw this at the 2010 Trademarks Expo at work I had to have one.
Jay Leno and my friend Mike's son Nate, at the Burbank Ralph's I used to play at when I was a kid! What is Leno driving?!?
4/7/12: Easter bunny made out of peanuts seen in a postal store in Del Ray.
4/7/12: The happy leering mannequins in Old Navy. Sure, they look innocent here, but sit with them in a darkened room.
4/7/12: Our new console for the office. Nice! I found it.
From a bottle of Nurnberg Gluhwine. The sister of the St. Pauli Girl and a distant relative of Swiss Miss.
I am really hoping her kid gives her a snotty "Mama don't preach" in response.
Seen in a Michael's hobby store in Utah. Wow. LAME.
Saturday May 26th - Summer has arrived and the pool is open once again!
5/29/12 Cari knitting
Seen at a library sale, 6/1/12.
This isn't a painting - it's a color photograph of the Boys from 1938. I'm so used to seeing them in black and white that there is an element of surprise in seeing this image.
A stunning color photograph from 1938. You can see why the press called Lucille Ball "Technicolor Tess."
If you're a baby boomer you might remember these from gumball machines. The eyes and tongue are pivoted so that when you move the skull the eyeballs and tongue poke out. Quite rude. I had at least one as a kid.
August 1976. I did a lot of odd things when I was in the Marines - here's another one. I am atop the monumental pyramid in a cemetery in Brand Park in Glendale.
6/29 - The VW thermometer. I've never seen this before. 4:00 PM and 105 degrees in Springfield, Virginia on the way home from work, and HUMID. Man, it was hot!
7/2/12 - I like this Nabisco summertime display in the grocery store.
Seen at a Robeks. Looks like yard clippings trash juice to me.
7/6/12 - At the vinyl record bins at Urban Outfitters. Lou Reed's "Transformer." It was a crap record for $3.99 in 1974, and it hasn't improved with time to make it $26.98 in 2012.
Vicious/You hit me with a flower/You do it every hour/Vicious...
It's the McDaniel Jeep's 70th birthday! And members of the family are taking a ride to celebrate. Neva doesn't look especially thrilled.
7/12/12 - From excedrin.com. Three different labeled formulations - all chemically the same. According to one completed e-Bay auction, people are paying $200+ for a 50 tablet bottle of Excedrin Migraine (which has been recalled for six months). Good heavens, why? The store brands are exactly the same formulations at much less cost. Methinks some of these migraines are psychosomatic in nature.
7/13/12 - Seen on I-395 on my way into work. Plumbing problems? Go Peed!
7/21/12 - Seen at a bookstore... "New Teen Paranormal Romance"... HA!
My friend Mike's crushed velvet bow tie collection from the 1970's.
7/28/12 - The Burbank Car Show. Be still my heart...a 61, 62 or 63 Thunderbird. Love those retro rocket tail lights.
A swoopy, futuristic dashboard. Unsurpassed for Space Age chic.
The front end slices through air. Like a big surfboard.
Ethan's new UGLY logo sticker on our staircase wall.
From a sign by an Arlington Co. animal shelter; I walk by it when I take lunch walks.
Left: Perhaps it's my anti-cat bias, but whenever I see this I envision hot food being taken out of the oven. Too hot for mittens - use kittens.
Right: Note, just dogs. Feel free to leave the cats in the hot cars.
8/2/12 - Sunset over Lorton, VA.
1.) If King Arthur lived at all - which is debatable - he certainly wasn't dressed and armed like a Crusader.
2.) Would a Muslim consumer reach for this particular brand of flour off the shelves?
8/9/12 - Seen in a parking lot. Vandalism or evasion, I wonder.
8/11/12 - Seen on a car in the parking lot of the Marine Corps Museum. I love it!
8/12 - Nice shot of the Iwo Jima Memorial. My iPhone has a pretty good camera!
8/13/12 - This is Iobal. Nearly every Monday Chris Olsen and I order food from him at McDonald's. His well-trimmed little mustache reminds me of the one worn by Howard Sprague, the County Clerk on "Andy of Mayberry." Iobal is a hard worker: He also has a job at Wal-Mart.
8/14 - These boys - Chase and Christian - are my wife's 1st cousins, twice removed. They and their parents visited for a few days. They really liked Sweet Frog's do-it-yourself frozen yogurt.
8/17 - This and the next eight images, were seen in the Georgetown Clyde's. Nice collection of old German posters! This is a Ludwig Hohlwein - no mistaking his style. (It also helps that he signs his work.)
Another nice Hohlwein poster.
8/18 - Mom's too tired to cook dinner. You guys can have Cokes instead.
In the National Cemetery at Gettysburg, where Lincoln gave his famous address, there's a little monument. People put pennies there. Ha!
8/31 - Blue Moon over Lorton, VA. (We had a full moon on the 1st and 31st. The second is called a "blue" one.)
1 Sep - Seen at a yard sale. A 1920's Ford delivery truck. Looks like something Laurel and Hardy might drive.
The Saturday Asian! Every Saturday, when I do yard sales, my last stop is at the library. Generally, this is around 10:30 AM. Invariably, I see this older Asian gent in his wife-beaters, cleaning himself at the men's room sink. If I'm not mistaken, he smells like Brut.
Of course, the Saturday Asian might just as well point out how odd it is to see me in a public restroom the same time each week... (not to mention taking photgraphs within...)
Gum sold at Trader Joe's. Note:
1.) Made in Tunisia (!), and
2.) Instructions - "Chew one or two pieces of gum as needed or directed by others." Ha!
9/4/12 - Meredith and Chris are now leasing a Mini Cooper S!
Civil War reenactors.
The age of the average Civil War soldier is estimated to be about 25. In the Union Army it is estimated that 100,000 soldiers were less than 15 years old.
Cari's driver's license photo is actually quite good! Taken some years ago.
9/20/12 - Restaurant sign seen in Butler, PA. It's supposed to be "Dynasty Buffet" but looks instead like "Nasty Feet." Hahaha!
When Ethan was at Washington Irving Middle School he used to draw a character named Irving.
I find this logo mildly disturbing. Whoever considered a cow to be sexy?
9/23 - Installed new shelves in food storage closet.
New shelves in food storage closet.
9/29 - Found at a yard sale. I used to have one of these in 1970. Now I do again! $2.
9/29 - A new Romney sign is back on the lawn, the old one having been ripped off.
Cari's snarky message.
10/4 - Bad design! The "C" is too close to the "r." Looks like "Crapelli" from a distance.
10/4 - I am such a hopeless Anglophile I'd select this brand simply because of the U.K. packaging...
(I've had Three Berry before, however... it's delicious.)
Yes, yes, I know, "Anglo" properly only refers to the English, not the Scottish. But you know what I mean.
10/4 - Better than "Off Music," I suppose.
10/5 - How sad. The neighborhood the house was in didn't help... it was somewhat scary parking there.
10/7 - Spent a few minutes repairing the storage box to the best-ever space game: Astro-Launch (1963), by Ohio Art. Made in the U.S.A.! I got one of these when I was seven; I loved playing it. That game board is *steel.*
I need some more little plastic game piece capsules. Can't find 'em. The game is an adaptation of "Trouble," or vice versa. I think the orginal game is Parcheesi.
10/8 - A somewhat puzzling use of the masonic George Washington statue advertising... I'm not totally sure what.
10/8 - Seen on a vehicle, the Republic of Korea Marine Corps insignia. Looks a lot like you know what.
10/8 - Seen at COSTCO. I entitle this, "Whoops."
10/10 (Home Depot) - Arrrgh! Is it that time of year again?
When I was a little boy I thought the face on the Disneyland carousel was, somehow, Mister Green Jeans. I can now see why I thought that.
"King Arthur Carrousel is a handcrafted Dentzel carrousel built in Philadelphia in 1922. When Walt Disney first purchased the carrousel from Sunnyside Beach Park in Toronto, it featured horses, giraffes, deer and other animals. Walt wanted everyone to ride a galloping horse like King Arthur, so additional antique horses were located."
Based on this, I am hoping nobody ever does a CGI version of Popeye...
10/17 - Cari's birthday!
I passed on buying it at a library sale...
That's some slaughtery font!
10/24 - A very apt, expressionistic view of the situation...
10/25 - An example of a really horrible logo. Looks like it was done with masking tape.
10/26 - Well! A "Boob Tube!" by Miss Oops. And here I always thought it was intentional...
10/27 - Cari dragged me to a quilting store in La Plata, MD. They sell expensive, Swiss made Bernina machines.
10/27 - I found this to be an attractive mechanical device. I like the green and the crossbow!
Mike McDaniel, in WWII era US Marine garb (from "the Pacific" production) for Halloween!
At Knott's Berry Farm - it's Mister Green Jeans again!
11/5 - Lunch at McDonald's with the Olsen family.
11/15 - Mike McDaniel's homemade Blue Oyster Cult car window sticker, made for the occasion of the band's 40th anniversary.
11/15 - Ate at Five Guys...
11/24 - Seen on a record cover. We once came across a life-sized cutout of this, Maria Callas. We both thought it looked like Cari's Mom!
11/24 - Seen at a gun store. Cari thinks this looks like my Dad!
An honest-to-goodness artifact from Monterey Elementary School (Burbank, CA) in the 1960's: "Bloody Bob" by my classmate Doug Minges.
The story: He came with my family when my parents got their tax done. We were sitting in the back seat of our 1966 Mustang, bored crazy for what seemed like an endless time. This was, I think, in early 1967. We were ten.
Note bird crapping on Bob's hat (voice balloon: "I better watch out!"), dead bird in hamburger bun, knife and fork dripping blood, vampire fangs.
Hey, we were ten, okay? Boys that age like this sort of thing. Call it Mad magazine inspired.
12/8/12 - They call me... Chronos.
12/14 - On the wall of a pizza place next door to where I work.
12/15/12 - The Ward Christmas Breakfast
The nativity scene.
My friend Mike's Nutcracker Gang. 64 of 'em! He gets them at swap meets for a fraction of their retail cost.
From cheezburger.com, 12/17/12 (which happens to be my son's birthday).
It's from a 5/16/09 New Market reenactment Ethan attended.
More from the cheezburger "Reenactment Fail" entry.
My pal Mike, prepared for New Year's Eve.
I told him that he should be seen in public wearing these...