Retirement is a week filled with Saturdays and Sundays interrupted only occasionally by a holiday.

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Can You Get That?

I’m not a fan of the telephone. When I was young, I would never answer the phone if there was another family member at home. I think it had to do with my shyness and never knowing who would be on the other end of the line when I picked it up.

Fast forward many years. We have a phone issue in our house. Let me set the stage. Rick usually spends his time in the living room watching TV; I spend my time in the den in front of the computer. Whenever the telephone rings, here is what I hear being yelled at me from the other room…”Can you get that?” Mind you…Rick sits on the sofa with one of our cordless phones right next to him. Why is it he needs me to answer the darn thing?

To make matters worse, every once in a while (for a little change of scenario) I hear Rick yelling the following to me as the phone is ringing…”It’s for you.” Does he really think I believe he can channel the caller’s identity by the sound of the ring!?!?!

Suddenly I’ve become Mrs. Private Secretary. What I find strange is that, when Rick worked as a manager, his phone rang directly through to his cubicle so that he always answered his own phone. There was no secretary for him to rely on. What? He thinks that, because he’s retired, he’s earned the right to have an assistant to do his bidding? I don’t think so…

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Another One Joins Our Club

Today is my friend JAM’s last day of work. After several years working for our local university, she has decided to retire. So today, when she leaves her cubicle for the very last time, she will be on a one month vacation before her formal retirement date at the end of the year.

I know exactly how she is feeling today. I can still remember my last day of work nearly four years ago. After spending weeks cleaning out my office and files, I thought I would be misty-eyed and depressed as I walked out the door for the very last time. Instead, what I felt was an unbelievable sense of relief…as if the entire weight of the world was now lifted from my shoulders. Yes…retirement can be a scary thing with all the financial considerations and the fear of not having enough to do each day but it can also be a very liberating experience and one filled with all sorts of planned as well as unexpected adventures.

Tonight, Rick and I are taking JAM out for a celebratory dinner. And, on JAM’s first day of freedom tomorrow, what will she be doing? She’ll be going to a holiday crafts fair with her already retired playmate…me! She and I have already compiled a long list of things to see in the Southern California area and the list keeps growing. And who knows…maybe I’ll even get her to start a blog. You just never know…

So today, please help me wish JAM a very Happy Retirement!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Other Side of Disneyland

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I spent Monday at Disneyland with two friends from work. The park is now decorated for Christmas and everything seemed so festive and magical. Here's a sampling:

Now normally I go to "The Magic Kingdom" with Lynn and my niece and nephew and, when we go, we spend nearly the entire day moving from one ride to another. We traverse the park with the intent of riding on all the major attractions (Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, the Matterhorn, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean to name just a few) as well as some of the smaller ones. We are always on the move.

It's amazing what a different experience it is when you visit the park with adults only. On Monday, I was introduced to exhibits and attractions I never knew existed thanks to one of my friends. We visited a sourdough bakery exhibit where we watched them bake sourdough bread and had an opportunity to enjoy a few samples. We also saw an exhibit by one of the leading tortilla making companies and got to sample a fresh tortilla...yum.

When our feet needed a rest, we sat in one of the theaters and viewed a film, starring Whoopi Goldberg, on the history of California. And, of course, we spent a lot more time, than I do when I'm with the kids, in the various shops . The three of us wandered into a number of stores throughout the park and then ambled from one shop to another down Main Street. What fun! Oh...and we did experience many of the less "violent" roller coasters or other wild and crazy rides for us.

So Monday was a completely different Disneyland experience for me and it was a wonderful treat. But don't worry...when I want the thrill of a roller coaster (which is often), I always have my niece and nephew to keep me company!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

I Need to Repeat Pre-School

It's way too early to be awake today and I'm really bleary-eyed because I spent yesterday with two friends at Disneyland and didn't get home until late. And now this morning I'm on my way out the door to go to work. I have a committee assignment which requires me to use my computer at Library Headquarters but I wanted to share this little test, which someone sent Rick in an e-mail, before I left for the long drive. Are you ready?


Which way is the bus below the left or to the right?

Can't make up your mind? Look carefully at the picture again. Still don't know? Pre-schoolers all over the United States were shown this picture and asked the same question. 90% of the pre-schoolers gave this answer..."The bus is traveling to the left." When asked, "Why do you think the bus is traveling to the left?" They answered, "Because you can't see the door to get on the bus."

How do you feel now??? I too.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Can I Change My Mind?

A few weeks ago, I was tagged with a "5 Things" meme. One of the questions was "5 Things I've Always Wanted to Do." One of my 5 things was to "visit Antarctica." Hmmm...maybe I need to rethink that one.

Did you all see the news reports about the Canadian cruise liner, Explorer, which sank in Antarctica after striking ice late last week? Apparently the Explorer's hull was punctured and began taking on water...think Titanic.

Luckily all 154 passengers and crew members managed to scramble to safety aboard lifeboats and rafts and were eventually rescued by a Norwegian cruise ship 2 hours after abandoning ship in freezing weather.

While I like a little adventure, I'm not sure this is what I had in mind. Yes, I know these folks certainly will have a fascinating story to tell when they get home and I'm betting there won't be a disinterested listener amongst their family and friends. But I really want to chance it???

Moral of this story: "Quite often, an adventure isn't fun while it's happening."

Sunday, November 25, 2007

It Seems Like Only Yesterday

Today is Lynn's birthday. Yep...she's another year older today and I cannot tell a lie...she's my baby sister.

I can still remember the day I stood on our sofa in front of the window watching my mom come up the walk with a bundle in her arms and my dad following behind. I was so baby sister was coming home. That event is my very first memory when I was young.

And, as Lynn's older sister, I actually had a hand in deciding her fate. As my mother tells the story, as soon as I heard I was going to be a big sister, I immediately informed Mom that I wanted a baby sister and repeated that demand throughout the long wait. No brother for me...I insisted on a baby sister. And, thank goodness, Mom and Dad cooperated.

In honor of Lynn's birthday, I thought I would surprise her and post a photo of my cute little sister.

So, on this very special day, please join me in wishing Lynn a very "Happy Birthday"and many, many more!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Shop 'Til I Drop

This will be short since I'm off to the stores again today. Yesterday's shopping extravaganza started at 8:00AM and I was on the go until 6:00PM. Rick managed to buy 3 more golfshirts and 2 fleece sweatshirts at the golfwear outlet sale and then I dropped him off at home and proceeded to the first of 2 big indoor malls and 3 shopping centers with discount stores. I managed to come away with a few small stocking-stuffer-type gifts for my family members and friends which is really all I went for. So I guess you can call it a successful venture.

The only victims of this adventure were my feet. Can you say they are killing me even after spending a night propped up in bed. What I really need is:

Or maybe this:

So now I'm off again today in search of more small gifts....this time for Rick's family as well as several of our friends. When I get home later, I guess I'll try to convince Rick that a foot rub would be really nice. After all...I am shopping for gifts for his family.

Friday, November 23, 2007

A Shopping Mandate

Who am I to defy the will of the government?

First things first...Rick and I are going shopping this morning to a semi-annual golfwear outlet sale. We do this twice a year and Rick's closet rod is bending from all the golfshirts he has. Yet we continue to go just in case there's a shirt he has yet to purchase. One of these days he'll realize he truly has everything this particular company manufactures.

After this morning's excursion, I will drop him off at home and then make my way to the stores for my annual Black Friday shopping extravaganza. To be honest, except for my niece and nephew, I have very little to buy. Some years ago, the adults in my family and my friends decided to forego holiday gift exchanges. Since we all buy what we need when we need it, we agreed to save ourselves the hassles of trying to find things for each other. It makes for a much less stressful holiday season.

If this is the case, then why do I subject myself to the hoardes of holiday shoppers out there? What can I's fun! It's fun because I can wander around and watch all the craziness without actually participating. I don't need to hunt through store racks looking for just the right size. I don't need to rummage through piles of clothing looking for just the right color. No...I get to watch everyone else doing just that!

So...if you're one of those people desperately looking for just the right gift today, I humbly apologize for my glee.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

A Thankful Day

Today Rick and I will be gathered around the dining table at our family friend's home. We will be amongst family, friends and acquaintances and will enjoy the pleasure of each other's company and the good food laid before us. We are truly blessed to have our friend's 91-year-old mother and our 86-year-old mom with us again this year and we are most thankful for their health and well-being.

I want to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving and hope that you will be spending the day with loved ones and friends. Stay well and safe as you enjoy this day and may you all have much to be thankful for today and always.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Incredible Shrinking World

Yesterday Mom and I went to the salon for haircuts. As is our tradition, we always go to the same restaurant for lunch. So we had our typical meal (turkey burgers with fries) and, as we were leaving, I heard a male voice call out "I know you; you were my librarian." I look around and waving at me is a gentleman at one of the tables. I couldn't believe it. Here was one of my long-time library patrons whom I haven't seen since I retired nearly four years ago. Surprise, surprise! We chatted a bit and then Mom and I left.

Why did this little meeting surprise me so? It's probably because the library where I worked is more than 30 miles from this particular restaurant and neither of us live nearby. We just both happen to be eating at this restaurant on the same day at the same time.

Moral of this story: Be very careful what you say in public; you never know who might be listening.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

What Were They Thinking?

Yesterday I took Mom to our HMO for her appointment with the podiatrist. The medical facility is large and it's quite a long walk from the parking structure to the building. Then, after you finally reach the building and enter, you turn right and are confronted with a hallway. Here's what it looks like.

So...can you see the Podiatry Department? Of course not! Why? Because some fool of a building planner decided to locate it at the very far end of the long corridor. Yep...all the way at the end. You can barely see the "Podiatry" sign by the rear door. Now, why do patients see a podiatrist? It's because they have foot problems making it difficult to walk! So why would anyone, in their right mind, make these patients walk the greatest distance to see their podiatrist? doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this me.

Monday, November 19, 2007

They Don't Make Edsels Anymore

It seems Rick has been trying to buy a new car now for years. And I do mean "years." He drove his old car for a long 12 years because he couldn't find a new car that met all his specifications. In 2004, he decided that I should buy a new car and he would drive my old one while he waited for the car manufacturers to design the "perfect" car for him.

Each year, we attend the Los Angeles Auto Show and each year he comes away from it more disappointed than ever. Granted his 6'3'' height eliminates many of the "boy toy" cars he really likes. But there have been a few we've seen in the past few years which seem perfectly reasonable and comfortable to me. But new car for Rick.

Yesterday was no exception as we attended the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show. We went from one car company display to another looking at new and improved models, sitting in the front and back seats of numerous cars, opening the trunks of each to make sure we could fit our golf clubs and suitcases comfortably. Oh yes...we have golf clubs, as well as Rick's height, to consider when choosing a car. Here's a sampling of the cars we looked at:

Finally, in the last hall of the Convention Center, I found the perfect car for someone like Rick, living in the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles. But, for some unknown reason, he just didn't like it. I can't understand why.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

A Day Late...And A Post Too Many

I seem to be losing my mind. Yesterday was my 200th post and I’ve been planning for the past two weeks to write something commemorating this event since I’d somehow managed to overlook my 100th post way back in May. I had a graphic all prepared and I even circled yesterday on my calendar a few weeks ago so I wouldn’t forget this blogging milestone. So what happened? I forgot! I forgot to look at my calendar; I forgot to write a post about it. Oh where, oh where has my little mind gone?

So…please have a heart and forgive me if I congratulate myself today. Here goes…

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Stand At Attention

Someone sent me this photo recently and, although it's a little late for Veterans Day, I thought it was a fascinating bit of American photographic "art" so I want to share it with you.

If you look closely, you'll see 18,000 officers and soldiers on the parade grounds at Camp Dodge (Iowa) in July 1918 posed as Lady Liberty. The intended purpose was to help promote the sale of war bonds but a 1986 story in the Fort Dodge Messenger reports that the photo was actually never used. The news story also reports that many of the soldiers, dressed in wool uniforms, fainted as the temperatures soared to 105 degrees Fahrenheit.

Apparently the photographers responsible for this photograph also traveled to other American military installations and produced a number of similar patriotic images. Here's a sampling I've found:

U.S. Army Human American Eagle at Camp Gordon, Atlanta, Georgia

10,000 men at the U.S. Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Illinois

25,000 officers and men at Camp Dix, New Jersey

Friday, November 16, 2007

Wow...Fridays Still Exist's Friday and, for folks who work a standard work week, this is the day everyone looks forward to. If you're retired however, Friday is just another day in a week of 7 similar days. Truly...the days just all blend together and there are times when looking at the newspaper is the only way a retiree can tell which day of the week it is.

Now normally today being Friday would have no real excitement for me. However, yesterday and again today I'm sitting in on all-day meetings at Library Headquarters as part of my committee assignment for the very part-time job I still have. And that means I had to get up before the crack of dawn today, now get this post written and published, get myself dressed in something a little more formal than my typical shorts and tee shirt (which is inappropriate even for Casual Fridays), then grab a quick sip of coffee, and finally drive the 40 mile trip through traffic to Headquarters. Then I'll have to sit through mind-numbing discussions of the new software system requirements and configurations all day long (except for our lunch break, of course) and finally drive the 40 mile trip home through Friday getaway traffic. I happy it's Friday? Let's just say I'll be a lot happier when it's Friday evening. But I'm not complaining...honest.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Can You Tell A Book By Its Cover?

My wonderful friend Susie tagged me with the perfect meme for a retired librarian. It's called the Book Cover Meme. It sounded really easy. Here's what you do:
  1. Go to the Advanced book search on Amazon
  2. Type your first name into the Title field
  3. Post the most interesting/amusing cover that shows up
Sounds easy right? Well, apparently when your name is "Joan," there's one little problem. It seems there are hundreds upon hundreds of books written about Joan of Arc. Now I'm neither a saint nor a martyr so I clicked through pages and pages of books about the young French hero until I finally found something that might be considered "amusing." Here's the result:

How about that...a title that actually describes me these days. Lately my mind seems one big jumble of thoughts, ideas, facts, words...all without the benefit of any type of organization. And that's pretty amazing for someone who spent her adult life living in the world of books and the Dewey Decimal System.

So now I get to tag others with this fun little exercise. Hmmm...who should I choose? OK...I tag Lynn, Patti, Ralph, Rosemary, Lynne and anyone else who might like to try their hand at it. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

My House is Cleaner Than Your House

I know I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been trying to clean up our den so I can finally get a loveseat for the room. The den is considered “my” room with “my” computer and “my” 20” TV and now I want “my” loveseat where I can get comfy and read “my” books.

Progress had been slow and intermittent. I’ll suddenly get ambitious and empty some of the cartons which have been stored in the room but then I’ll lose interest and energy and things will come to a grinding halt. It’s been status quo in the den for some time now.

Well…Monday was a holiday for many public employees and that included Lynn. So when I called her in the morning to find out what she was doing, she was telling me her grand plans to do a major clearing out of the clutter in her house. At first, I continued doing what I was doing…which was not much of anything. Then the jealousy bug started to buzz. Here Lynn was going to have a really neat, clean house and I was still going to have a den filled with “stuff.” That’s all it took.

I started emptying the first carton and soon I was in de-cluttering mode big time. Some of the cartons had old papers and receipts and I managed to nearly burn out the motor on my paper shredder as I shoved paper after paper into it. Of course, looking for places to put things meant I had to clear out some of the shelves in the hall closet and I did manage to make a dent in that too.

Now all I have left to find a home for are our two beach chairs which are currently propped up against the wall in the den (don’t ask me why they are in the den), a Big Box Warehouse package of 12 paper towel rolls, and a carton filled with old vinyl records (including the Beatles’ first few albums). Other than that, the den is cleared and ready to welcome a brand new loveseat which I will be hunting for in the next few weeks.

So I guess sibling rivalry and jealousy can sometimes be a great motivating factor. Thanks Lynn.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

How Time Flies

Today marks the one year anniversary of my very first post. It's hard to believe that so much time has gone by. I started blogging last November after creating one for Rick who I thought needed an outlet for his wonderful writing skills. Once he began his blog, I became a wee bit envious so I decided to create one for myself. I can still remember trying to decide whether I could keep a blog fresh and interesting day after day.

What I didn't realize last November was how many friends I would find in BlogLand. When someone now asks me now why I blog, I always tell them I'm basically writing a nearly daily letter to all the friends I've made this year. And I couldn't be happier.

And speaking of friends, look what Mary has been nice enough to award all her blogroll members. I feel so honored to be included among some very wonderful bloggers.

So in honor of my first blogging anniversary, I would like to award this to all the members of my blogroll. Your blogs bring me joy and I consider each and every one of you friends.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Five Things Meme

Lynne has been kind enough to tag me with this fun and easy-to-do meme.

Five Things...

Found In My Room (I'm choosing my den)
My computer
Our massive DVD collection
Framed family photos
Books and more books
Paper shredder

I've Always Wanted to Do
Visit Antarctica
Learn to tap dance
Play the drums
Travel into outer space
See without glasses or contact lens

Found In My Bag
Travel sized hair brush
Monthly calendar book

Found In My Wallet
Driver's license
Credit cards
Insurance cards
Hairdresser's business card
Book of postage stamps

I'm Currently Into

Reading mysteries
Shopping for shoes
Keeping my blog current
Making new blogging friends
Losing weight

So the rules say I get to tag 5 blogging friends. I tag Lynn, the Moose Buyer, Patti, Michele and Renee. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Veterans Day 2007

Today we pause to pay tribute to those men and women who have served our country through their military service. Veterans Day actually began as Armistice Day in 1919 to honor those veterans of World War I, often called "the war to end all wars." In 1954, after World War II required the greatest mobilization of the American Armed Forces and after American forces fought in Korea, the word "Armistice" was changed to "Veterans" and November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

To commemorate this year's Veterans Day, I am posting photos of my father who served this country during World War II.

My dad enlisted in the United States Coast Guard after the start of World War II. Here he is at home in Brooklyn on leave. Unfortunately, my dad suffered from an inner ear disorder which caused equilibrium problems resulting in severe seasickness. He was medically discharged from the Coast Guard and was then drafted into the United States Army.

After being drafted by the Army, he was sent to the South for basic training. While there, my grandmother became seriously ill and my father returned to Brooklyn on leave. While away, his unit was shipped to the European theater of war and my dad later heard that many of his fellow soldiers were killed or wounded. When my dad returned from leave, he was ordered to California and was eventually stationed in the Aleutian Islands where he remained until the war's end.

So today I hope you will take the time to pay your respects to the men and women in your lives who have served this country in times of war and conflict.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Let There Be Light

Yesterday was the big lamp sale at the craftsman lamp company near us...OK...not really near us but certainly freeway close. The sale started at 2:00PM so we figured we'd go a little early just in case there was a line. Oh yes...there was a line indeed and we were #31 and #32. While waiting outside, Rick was like a little kid...he just couldn't contain his excitement and enthusiasm. It's probably because he has wanted a lamp from this company for years now and here was his chance.

Because the place is so small, they allowed groups of 15 at a time so we were in the third group. While waiting outside, we could see people coming to the checkout table (a folding table set outside for the occasion) and Rick was getting more nervous by the second. Would there be anything left by the time we were let in? Finally it was our turn.

Truly...the place was just one room with two center tables with lamps and some shelving around the walls for sconces and other small items. We immediately went to the lamp tables and, lo and behold, there was one in the large style he really wanted just waiting for us. We immediately scooped it up and, while I waited with it, Rick went off and found a small lamp he liked. Now we'd saved a place in our living room for the large lamp but, honestly, there isn't a table or shelf to put the small one on. Nonetheless, Rick wanted it and who was I to deny him?

So here are photos of our new lamps. We're still wrestling with a place for the small one but, for now, we've found it a temporary home.

Friday, November 9, 2007

I Think It's Finally Autumn...

It finally looks like the Fall season here and I'm thrilled. This morning we woke up to a very ominous, cloudy and dank sky with a forecast of drizzle and light rain and cooler weather. Of course, you know what that means in Southern California...we'll probably have sunshine and warmth by this afternoon without a drop of moisture. Sigh...this lack of rain is getting really old.

Last night was a rare event for me...I stayed out until 10:30PM and this morning I'm feeling the effects of my late night "partying." OK...I wasn't really partying...I was playing Bunco. My friend "J" plays this mindless but fun game once a month with a group of friends and this was her month to host. Since there's always at least one person who fails to show, she asks me to come as a substitute when it's at her house. It's lots of fun and I get to spend a night out "with the girls." No...I didn't win any of the prizes this time but my prize was having a great time and that's certainly enough for me.

Today Rick and I are going shopping and "no" it's not for shoes. A local lamp company known for its craftsman designs is having a special sale at its factory and Rick spotted the ad in the newspaper last weekend. Although we don't live in a craftsman bungalow, we've been slowly buying living room furniture in that motif and so we're going to see if they have a lamp we like. Rick would really love a specific design that he's been coveting for some time now so I'm hoping we'll find one there. If not, maybe there will be something else to buy.

It's hard to believe that it's Friday already. The weeks just seem to be whizzing by. I was driving along the main street near our house yesterday and, to my shock and surprise, they've already put up Christmas decorations on the lamp posts. How can this be? The area's Holiday Parade isn't until December 2nd and yet here we are in early November and signs of Christmas abound. I'm just not ready.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Eek...I'm Out of Control

Honest...I don't know how it happened. I innocently went to work yesterday and, finishing early, I decided just to take a run over to one of our higher-end department stores since they were having their "Half-Yearly Sale for Women and Kids."

I apparently parked in the wrong area because, when I walked into the store, there I was in the Women's Shoe department. Oops...not a good place to find myself. I tried really hard to head for the escalator up to the clothing department but, while my head said "walk straight ahead," my body steered itself on over to the sale shoe racks. Oh no!!! Before I knew it, I had two "right" narrow shoes in my hand and was asking the salesgirl to find me the mates in the back room.

Wouldn't you know it...the shoes fit and were the perfect and brown. Suddenly my hand was reaching into my wallet and taking out my credit card to hand to the cashier. And before I knew it, she was handing me back a shopping bag with two boxes of shoes inside.

So here I sit in my den now staring at seven (yep, 7) boxes filled with new shoes. If you're wondering or have forgotten how 2 boxes turned into 7, take a look here. What is wrong with me? Have I gone insane? OK...I've got to quit shopping until I make a final decision about which pairs to keep. I've got to be strong. Help!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Peace Be With You...

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...
You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one.

-- John Lennon

I am displaying my new peace globe today so that I too can be part of the blogosphere movement that Mimi started in hopes of someday finding peace on Earth.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

We Need A Decision Here

Nope...I'm not talking about who to vote for. No...that's still a long way from now. What I'm talking about is the five (count 'em, 5) boxes of new shoes sitting in the den waiting for me to decide which of them to keep.

Yesterday, after working in the morning, I went on over to one of my favorite shoe warehouse stores near Library Headquarters to look around. Yes...I said "look around" but I couldn't help myself. I found a narrow pair of black mules and just had to take them home with me.

The mules now join the four pairs of shoes I ordered online within the past two weeks. Those include two pairs of lace-up suede shoes (brown, black) and two pairs of mules (brown, black). Can you tell I'm looking for some comfortable casual shoes in brown and black?

So now I have to get serious and try on all five pairs to decide which one (or is that ones) I'm going to keep and which ones I'm going to return. I know my philosophy is "you can never have too many shoes" but even I think five new pairs exceed any rational limit. Don't you agree?

Monday, November 5, 2007

Archaeology’s Missing Hero Found

In case you missed yesterday’s news from Egypt, King Tut’s body was moved from the sarcophagus in his underground tomb to a glass climate-controlled case to keep it from turning to dust. What made this event most noteworthy was the fact the young king’s face was revealed to the public for the very first time since he was buried more than 3,000 years ago. Archeologists lifted the fragile mummy out of its sarcophagus, temporarily removing the linen cover from the body. What was revealed was a black, leathery looking face very different from the golden image represented in the funeral mask we’ve all seen.

While the news photos of this event were fascinating, one caught my eye immediately.

Please note the gentleman in the middle of this photo. Look familiar? And I bet, just like me, you’ve been wondering where Indiana Jones has been since his last film was released in 1989. Now we know.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Down the Road...Part Deux

It must be this time of year but suddenly I have a fascination with all things automotive. It’s probably because I’m gearing up for the Auto Show which arrives here in Los Angeles just before Thanksgiving. We always attend so Rick can sit in all the new cars and complain that he’s just too tall for most models. Sigh…

Anyway, I came across some more interesting concept vehicles…this time displayed at the 2007 Tokyo Auto Show. What I learned from these photos is that apparently auto companies have now hired comic book characters to design the most forward looking vehicles. Take a look at this first one. Now I’m just sure that the designer of this little cutie by Nissan is none other than ToonTown star Roger Rabbit.

How about this one? I’m certain that Mazda Motors’ newest member of its design team is Batman’s nemesis, The Joker, who has designed this Batmobile-inspired awesome fastback.

And finally, for motorcycle enthusiasts, Suzuki has surely hired the Ghost Rider to design a bike meeting every superhero’s most speedy needs.

So don’t you worry about what comic book characters do in their downtime. Besides appearing in movies and on television to earn a little extra money, they obviously have found an inventive way to make ends meet.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Ease On Down the Road

While searching the Internet yesterday afternoon, I came upon Time Magazine's Best Inventions of the Year. It unveils new inventions in a variety of different areas...Aircraft, Entertainment, Fashion, name just a few. It's a fascinating look at what things might be down the road for us. Some are currently in production, some are in development and others are merely concepts waiting for reality to catch up.

One particular invention caught my eye. Now maybe it's because I live in Los Angeles, the car culture capitol of the nation, or maybe it's because I still remember the trauma of having to learn how to parallel park, but this little item caught my eye.

It's called the City Car, from MIT's Media Lab and it's billed as a "stackable electric car." This 5' long two seater apparently has electric motors in each wheel and can zip along at 55 mph. I think it's pretty nifty.

My only question...which driver gets to plunk the quarter into the parking meter???

Friday, November 2, 2007

Frantic Friday Fun

Today my friend and I were scheduled to visit the semi-annual Contemporary Crafts Market in Santa Monica. I'd attended years ago and was amazed at the number of wonderful artisans displaying their textiles, jewelry and other creations. I was soooo looking forward to spending a nice relaxing day with my friend shopping for gifts.

Anyway, this morning I woke up and turned on my computer thinking I would just write a quick post to keep with the post-a-day commitment before getting dressed. I had the timing all worked out in my head. That's when the "fun" began. I've been having intermittent problems logging onto the Internet and this morning was one of those times. I have no idea if it's my Internet connection, a failing modem or router, a corrupted Internet Explorer or (worst of all) a dying hard drive. After fiddling with all the wires (unplugging and plugging), I finally decided to give up and took out my laptop. Big mistake!!!

Now my relatively new laptop has hardly seen the light of day. I've used it only a handful of times in the past several months and, each time I boot it up, I have to do all the Windows and virus protection updating. This I've learned to expect and I assumed I had enough time... wrong! I turned it on and waited for Windows Vista to load. Instead, I got the black screen of death telling me Windows could not load and did I want to run Windows Repair. Duh...of course. So I let it run and then got the screen asking me if I wanted to do a System Restore. Duh...OK. I waited several more minutes and finally I saw the familiar Vista desktop. Whew!!! Of course, then I still had all the virus and Windows updating to do. By then I was running really late so I turned off everything, took the world's quickest shower, managed to throw on my clothes and headed out the door to my friend's house.

"Yes"...we made it to the Crafts Market, "yes" we wandered around looking at all the wonderful items, "yes" I bought a few things (all for myself) and "yes" we left and had a nice relaxing lunch before returning home. What valuable lesson did I learn today??? If your desire is to have a nice relaxing day, never ever turn on your computer until the day is almost over.

Oh...and in case you're wondering...I'm using my desktop now. It seems to have fixed itself (at least for the moment) and I'm afraid to turn on my laptop. Maybe later...

Thursday, November 1, 2007

What Have I Gotten Myself Into?

Yikes! I’ve signed up for National Blog Posting Month. Can you see the new NaBloPoMo badge on my sidebar? This means that I need to post every single day in November. What? Am I out of my mind???

This lunacy started when I saw that Sari had this badge on the sidebar of her blog. Curious as to what NaBloPoMo could possibly mean, I went over to the NaBloPoMo website and started to investigate the whole concept. Then I mentioned it to Lynn who decided she might be interested in doing this too. For almost the entire month of October, the two of us kept saying “I’ll do it if you’ll do it.” Back and forth we went. Finally yesterday, Lynn decided to take the bull by the horns and signed up while I was at her house. Not to be outdone, I came home and signed up as well.

So…what does this mean? This means I'll be perusing the daily newspaper, reading magazines, watching TV news, listening to the conversations of others, taking photos of the world around me…all to make sure I have enough fodder for a month’s worth of posts. Then I’ll be visiting Mom to go through all our family photos to find ones I might want to post when I’m at a loss for something to write about. Finally, I’ll be begging my family and friends to send me e-mail jokes to post when I’ve used up everything else. Let’s see…have I forgotten anything?

So much work just to make sure I don’t fail at this crazy self-imposed “assignment.” Am I insane or what???