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Monday, May 26, 2014

Pre-History and other Things I Wonder About

I have been booked for a couple of weeks and I have not had time to post in this blog.  Today, Memorial Day 2014, will be quiet day.  The Lovely Sharon is out of town and I am on my own.  I plan to spend a couple of hours doing yard work. I need to buy a hose from Home Depot.  I hope to go for a walk and I need to do a load of wash.   With that said, or should I say, written, I intend to post a few pictures and I intend to wonder out loud about  a few things.  None of this has any importance to your life, but that has not stopped me before so here goes:

1.  A couple of weeks ago, the Lovely Sharon and I played golf on the North Course at Ironwood Country Club in Palm Desert.  As we pulled up to the ladies tee box I looked around at the adjacent rocks hoping to see critters.  I actually wanted to see a snake, but I cannot write about snakes on this blog or mention the word because of the Lovely Sharon's overwhelming fear and distaste of snakes.  So forget the snakes.  We did see a rather large lizard maybe 50 or 60 feet from where we were standing so I took a couple of photos.  It appeared that the lizard was shedding its skin around its tail.

Thank goodness I have a good zoom on my camera

2.  Last night I was reading something about "pre-history".  History basically means something before the present time.  How can there be pre-history?   It may be really old history or early history but how can something be pre-history.  I think historians and scientists should get together and come up with a new definition for what they now call pre-history. I am pretty certain I would sleep better at night if they did this.

3.  I have read  a  half a dozen books or so in the last three weeks but none were worth listing above. I have 6 or 7 books in my current stack.  I hope I enjoy at least a couple of them.  I am currently reading a short novel by Richards Helms that takes place in 1958 Havana Cuba.  This Richard Helms is a novelist, he is not the Richard Helms that was the Director of the CIA. In the first part of the book, the lead character is thinking about buying a brand new 1958 Buick Roadmaster.  Here is a photo of such a car I found on the internet.  Very cool.  I like cars from the 1950's.

 4.  I have absolutely no interest in this years NBA playoff's and will be glad when its over.  The NBA season is way too long.

5.  The last time I was in Palm Desert, one of our cactus' was blooming.  It was beautiful.

6.  I always like to post a photo or two of my beloved, the Lovely Sharon. Here she is on the the North Course 17th tee box at Ironwood Country Club a couple of weeks ago.

7.  You know these videos we see where a soldier surprises a spouse or child at the ballgame or at school?  I love watching them.  The surprise and love always makes me feel good.

8.  Finally, Memorial Day. I appreciate our military, present and past including my dear father.  Thank each of you for what you have done for our country and for each of us.

Here are a couple of photos of my father from the 1940's.  I have posted these before, but I love them:

I think this one was taken in Cuba

Have a nice Memorial Day.  Give thanks to those who serve or who have served.

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