Sunday, August 31, 2008

unspectacular quirks

Here is a response to a tag asking for six unspectacular quirks. So,

1. When I hear things like "unspectacular quirks" I wonder what a spectacular quirk would be. Walking into a crowded post office with a semi-automatic weapon?

2. The idea of living somewhere with a busy town square where people stroll in the evenings and catch up with acquaintances always seems appealing to me, until I remember that most of the times I see acquaintances in public places I run and hide.

3. I grew up in a household with the quirk of setting up the coffee pot so that in the morning you just have to turn it on. I've inherited that.

4. For a while I developed a habit where, while driving, I would wonder what kind of jokes Jesus would tell if he were a Borscht Belt comedian: "I spent a week in Galilee the other night. Sure, you can walk on the water; just don't drink it! Am I right people?" (Yes, that's the best I've come up with.)

5. Here's another one that's only partly my quirk. My dogs like to come with me to check the mail. Now, to keep them happy, I have to pretend to check the mail on days when it doesn't come.

6. I could make a list of lazy quirks, but here is one. Some mornings, if I've been lounging around but decide it's time to wash and begin the day, taking a shower seems like too much trouble, so I end up in the hot tub instead.

Here's a picture unrelated to anything.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

old fashioned

For photofriday I took this picture of a drink called an old fashioned. I told the bartender that it has sugar, water, bitters, bourbon, an orange wedge, and a cherry. He'd never heard of bitters, so we agreed on a compromised version. It turned out that he'd evidently never heard of oranges either. Still, it came out alright. The picture is slightly out of focus in an attempt to simulate the experience of drinking one.

Obviously I suffer for my pictures.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

troubled waters

The creek is dry here, but a few days prior it had enough water to wash my neighbor's bridge down into my yard. As you can see, it's built to last, just not necessarily in one place.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

august rain

Here are a couple of pictures of unseasonable rain falling off the roof. When I put the title "August Rain" I thought it had a familiar ring, like it comes from a movie or CD or feminine hygiene product. It may be the scent of some air freshener I recently bought. In any case, it seems like something I've heard.

The pictures were taken on separate days.

Sunday, August 17, 2008


Here is a squirrel napping on my patio. It seems that they are now too used to making themselves at home to be thought of as wild, but too independent to be domesticated. If they could classify themselves, it would probably be "entitled."

Sunday, August 10, 2008


How real men shave. At least those that don't have beards.

There are more "rough" pictures here.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

something that happened in port aransas

I was driving down a street when I came up behind a car that was just stopped in the middle of the lane. The brake lights were on, and I couldn't figure out what the driver was doing. Was he having car problems? Was he waiting on someone? I drifted over into the other lane and went around him. Then I looked in my rearview mirror and saw a traffic light.

Here are a few pictures that have nothing to do with this event.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

some beach pictures

First is a picture of me having taken a wrong turn.

Plenty of pelicans.

Dogs contemplating the howling infinite.

When I got home I had about 200 pictures. About 150 must have been of dorsal fins.