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Friday, March 19, 2010


I have not posted for awhile. Last week the Lovely Sharon and I spent a couple of days at the Ojai Resort and a couple of days in Santa Barbara. The weather was beautiful, we had a wonderful time. So I was away from the computer. Here are some random thoughts that have been rattling around my head. There is no connection between these thoughts and the mere fact they all exist simultaneously in my brain is fairly scarey.

Last week the Lovely Sharon and I stayed two nights at the Fess Parker Hotel in Santa Barbara. Yesterday, Fess Parker passed away at age 85. Coincidence?

I love the looks of the Pelican. Here is a photo of one I took on the Santa Barbara Pier.

Have you noticed that after couples have been together for awhile, their names seem to fit together? Scott and Tanya (my brother-in-law and sister); Ray and Kay (California friends); Art and Ione (my parents); Gordon and Linda (Utah friends). These names almost seem to be a single name that covers both people. Think about other famous couples names, it’s the same deal: Bill and Hillary; Saddam and Hamida, Fidel and Maria, Adolf and Eva.   Utah folks you are aware of Brigham and Sally and Jane, and Nancy and Amy and Mary and Linda and Lilly Beth and Sarah and Patricia etc.

John Edwards’ mistress, Rielle Hunter just did an interview and photo spread in GQ Magazine. She has announced that she finds the photos of her contained in the magazine to be repulsive and is shocked, shocked I say, of how revealing they are. For heck sake Rielle, you were not wearing pants when they took some of the photos. I repeat, you were not wearing pants, you were posing for pictures and there was a photographer with a camera in the room where you were not wearing pants. It should not come as a surprise to you that photos taken while you were not wearing pants will look like you are not wearing pants. After the photos came out, John Edward’s estranged wife Elizabeth announced she was disgusted by the pantless photos. However, when John Edwards saw the photos of Rielle without pants his response was “Cool”. Ok, I made up the last sentence.

Here is a good story I read yesterday: FALL RIVER, Mass. - A former Massachusetts dentist is accused of putting paper clips in patients’ mouths during root canals, then billing Medicaid for the stainless steel posts he should have used. The state attorney general announced Tuesday that a grand jury indicted former Fall River dentist Michael Clair last week. The charges include assault and battery, larceny, submitting false claims to Medicaid, and illegally prescribing drugs. You know that when the dental patients sue the dentist, and there is no doubt that they will, the public will blast the patients' lawyers for running up the cost of healthcare with frivolous lawsuits. Maybe this dentist was not a cheater at all, maybe he was like former TV hero Macgyver who used normal household products to escape from danger or to save the world. Perfect, he should use the Macgyver defense in his criminal trial.

Wednesday night I had a very nice dinner with dear friends Bruce and Barbara. The food was good and so was the conversation. We talked of history and politics for a couple of hours. I think Bruce and I might take the pony express trail from Vernon, Utah to Callao, Utah later this year. This is about an 80 mile dirt road through desolate country. There is an old stone pony express stop still standing, you pass through Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge, and you end up in Nevada. Part of this road is the old Lincoln Highway. I took this road a few years ago and have wanted to go back again.

Last week I took a shower, put on clean boxer shorts and walked to the sink to brush my teeth.  The Lovely Sharon, was still lounging in bed.  She watched me brush my teeth and asked me to walk back to the bed.  She looked at me, asked me to turn around and then informed me my boxer shorts were on backwards.  Hey it was dark when I put them on.

There is a fellow who reads this blog who works at SeaWorld in San Diego. I have never met him. His name is Mike. I extend my greetings to Mike from SeaWorld. I can kind of imagine Mike when he introduces himself to people saying, “My name is Mike and I work with the fishes.” You have to imagine a Jacques Cousteau accent as Mike says this.   Ok say it out loud with me using your very best phony, Jacques Cousteau, French accent: “My name is Mike and I work with de fishes”. Very good. Ok, one more request, the next time you are on a bus or are sitting next to a stranger at a movie. Turn to that stranger, raising your eyebrows, scratch your face, look directly into the eyes of such stranger and in your best phony, Jacques Cousteau, French accent: say “My name is Mike and I work with de fishes”. I bet two things will happen: (i) you will get an odd look from the stranger; and (ii) the stranger will leave. Try it out, it will be fun.

A couple of weeks ago I was given a book by my friend Norm. "The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream" by H.W. Brands. I finished it Wednesday night. It is a terrific read and I highly recommend it. As a result of reading this book I just ordered a two volume set about Leland Stanford. Norm asked me not to mention his name in this blog.  So I won't.

I ran into friend Greg from Chicago last night at dinner.  He  threatened to quit reading this blog if I did not mention him.  Actually his threat was fairly mild from someone from Chicago.  Usually threats from Chicago involve fish in mail boxes. broken bones, or cement boots. So hello to Greg and by the way Greg, that six inch diameter purple growth on your neck is barely noticeable.

Best wishes to all.

1 comment:

  1. Good to see you blogging again. I had a terrible week at work and you always brighter my day! Love, Chandra :)