The Future is now, sort of.

The February, 1956 edition of Town Journal magazine predicted cars would be controlled by devices embedded in the pavement. They didn’t see the advances in optics and electronics enabling self-driving cars to use any pavement. Apparently game playing technology was not expected to improve- This family is playing dominos,...

Gingerbread boy is oblivious

U&I Sugar had a mascot, maybe only at Christmas? A gingerbread boy, smiling because he doesn’t know that his fate is sealed. This guy was in the 12-1-65 Everett Herald. You could send a U&I label and some money to get a cookie sheet, cake pan, either came with...

Vintage K9

We found this old guy at the animal shelter, looking kinda pathetic because of allergies, according to our vet. We got some pills and eyedrops and special shampoo, now Cody is feeling better. He is enjoying having a back yard, and snoozing on the floor in my office, with...

Cans of Studio City

We were walking around in Studio City and encountered these fun garbage can planters, in the parking lot of an AM/PM, of all places. I think it’s a law in California, all trash receptacles are going green… and whimsical....

Minions need to pay attention

I was getting a picture of Daphne with this minion, trying to get a better shot. Should have put it in video, the Minion has a hilarious double-take when after the picture I said, “I need to take another picture! He blinked!”...

Epitaph in a sketchy alley

We spotted this graffiti in a sketchy alley off of Hollywood Blvd. last week. I think “Dirt Cobain” was the name of some street dude’s scruffy mongrel (Those are the best kind). RIP, Dirt. I didn’t know Dirt, but apparently he was someone’s beloved pet. This is all speculation....

Random plants are popping up!

We bought this house last summer, so it’s our first spring here, and boy howdy, there are hidden gems. White, yellow, blue delicate flowers, showy red tulips, new sprouts from our supposedly dead Hardy Banana Trees, and palm trees. Dandelions are appearing and challenging me to do something about...

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There was a subtle earthy aroma, combined with the scent of disinfectant, which gave me comfort....

Ryobi 40v mower. Will it do the job?

We finally replaced our gas mower, having moved last fall, I left it at the old house. We upgraded(?) to a “Home Depot exclusive” Ryobi mowers that runs on a chunky 40 volt battery. I’m sure Briggs and Stratton are rolling over in their respective graves. First mow of...

Waiter, there’s a fly on your tip.

A guy on Listia.com is sending me this mint 50 Stolinov coin that features a large housefly. I think a Stolinov is their version of a penny, because 100 Stolinov= 1 Tolar. Also, I overheard one Slovenian ask another, “Stolinov for your thoughts?” They are on the Euro now...