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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Self Reflection in Black and White...





"Most of the shadows of life are caused by standing in our own sunshine."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Friday, April 29, 2011

By the Light of the Silvery Moon...





I want to spoon, 
To my honey I'll croon love's tune.
Honey moon, keep a-shinin' in June.
Your silv'ry beams will bring love's dreams,
We'll be cuddlin' soon, 
By the silvery moon."

Music by Gus Edwards
Lyrics by Edward Madden
published in 1939







Thursday, April 28, 2011

It's a slow boat...






"Does this boat go to Europe, France?"

Anita Loos



I'm heading south for Easter and the following week...
Please enjoy my postings for the week and I will comment when I can...

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Oh Golly!!!


It's ABC Wednesday and the letter is "O"!



Oliver, (the duck) is not Obliged to follow directions...



I'm heading south for Easter and the following week...
Please enjoy my postings for the week and I will comment when I can...




Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Stars shine in Lone Pine....





Another view of the Film Museum in Lone Pine...

For more about the museum, click here...and here....

And you might want to check out the October 7-9, 2011 Lone Pine Film Festival here...


I'm heading south for Easter and the following week...
Please enjoy my postings for the week and I will comment when I can...

Monday, April 25, 2011

See why I love shopping at K-Mart...




Not a bad view coming out of K-Mart, eh???


I'm heading south for Easter and the following week...
Please enjoy my postings for the week and I will comment when I can...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!!!





"For I remember it is Easter morn,
And life and love and peace are all new born."

Alice Freeman Palmer



I'm heading south for Easter and the following week...
Please enjoy my postings for the week and I will comment when I can...

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Weekend Reflections...






"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished."
Lao Tzu


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I'm heading south for Easter and the following week...
Please enjoy my postings for the week and I will comment when I can...


Friday, April 22, 2011

Skywatch Friday






"Nature is the art of God."

Ralph Waldo Emerson




I'm heading south for Easter and the following week...
Please enjoy my postings for the week and I will comment when I can...

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Don't Forget!!!





Don't forget to turn on the Bear Whisperer tonight!!!  
You'll find it on Animal Planet...
You just might see The Chief!!!

However, you won't see these bears!!!


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Is this a Nimbus???





Not being a cloud afficianado, I don't know if this is a Nimbus cloud or Not...
I am still a Neophyte here in Mammoth so don't Nag me about Not knowing the Names of clouds.
I'm still Naive about the Natural surroundings here, but plan on learning as time goes on.
Why?  Because this is a pretty Nifty place to live!!!

Now...if you want to view other "N" contributions, click here!!!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Welcome to Spring!!!




It's that time of year when the bears are coming back to life!!!
If your tv plan includes Animal Planet...check out the Bear Whisperer on Thursday night...
The Chief will be on!!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

New Friends...and a lot of laughs!!!

Bingo anyone???


The Mammoth Lakes Women's Club sponsored a rabble rousing Bingo game fundraiser tonight!!!
New friends...lot's of good food and yes, a few spirits...and lot's of laughter!!!!


Joanne came away with a new Easter hat, or if she prefers...a new Derby hat...
which if you look really close...
you just might see the extra something special that came on it!!!  
(hint...Benjamin Franklin's picture is on it!!!)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Do you know...



Do you know that...
                              
                         ...at least 364 movies and tv series have been filmed in the
                            Alabama Hills outside of Lone Pine on Hwy 395?

                         ...while most of the movies and tv series filmed near Lone Pine
                            were Westerns, many other genres have been filmed there
                            including science fiction, comedies, historical dramas, etc...

                         ...actors who have filmed there include such actors as Fatty Arbuckle,
                            Tom Mix, John Wayne, Bing Crosby, Tony Curtis, Randolph Scott,
                            Maureen O'Hara, Kirk Douglas, Roy Rogers, Noah Beery Jr.,
                            Elizabeth Montgomery, Gene Autrey, Spencer Tracy, Roddy
                            McDowall, Vincent Price, William Shatner, Steve McQueen,
                            Pat O'Brien, Joel McCrea, Eric Estrada, Whoopie Goldberg,
                            Mary Pickford, Audie Murphy, John Travolta, Henry Fonda...
                            to name just a few!!!
  
                         ...some movies and tv series you might recognize are...
                            Around the World in 80 Days, Gunga Din, Broken Arrow,
                            Chaplin, Gladiator, Charge of the Light Brigade, 
                            Maverick, HopAlong Cassidy, The Roy Rogers Show,
                            the Flinstone movie, North to Alaska, Nevada Smith, Nevada,
                            The Cowboy and the Lady, Farewell to Manzanar, GI Jane,
                            Star Trek V, Star Trek VII (the Next Generation), Ironman,
                            The Great Race, Hell Bent for Leather, Tarzan's Desert Mystery,
                            High Sierra, and Rawhide...again, to name just a few...

                         ...a Russian born man named Nuta Kotlyarenko became famous as
                            Nudie, the first tailor to put rhinestone's on clothing and the
                            creator/owner of Nudie's Rodeo Tailors...he also outfitted cars!!!

                         ...that for a full listing of films shot in the Alabama Hills outside of
                            Lone Pine, click here...


...all this and more is what you will learn about if you stop in at the 
located in Lone Pine on Highway 395
                            



Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"M" is for....


You guessed it!!!  "M" is for Mammoth!!!



Most of you know that last May The Chief interviewed for the Chief's position here in Mammoth Lakes and was offered the position.  Now, what you probably DON'T know is that The Chief...had never before been to Mammoth!!!   Yes he grew up in Southern California (Mammoth is really a suburb of LA), yes, he went to USC where everyone skied Mammoth, yes, he drove past Mammoth on his way to go hunting...but never...no never...had he been to Mammoth before his interview!!!

When we got up here, he fell in love...he accepted the position...and...well...the rest is history!!!

YAY!!! We Moved to Mammoth!!!
And started our grand new adventure!!!

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Where the heck am I???


So if we're not overlooking the ocean...


Does this mean we're entering Alabama???

Virginia???  How do I get B'ham???

Saturday, April 9, 2011

A Sure Sign of Spring...





Leaf buds on the branch tips and a Robin Red Breast...

Surely Spring must be around just the corner!!!

A little history...

Now...to get this photo...I drove to Convict Lake....and of course, I pushed the envelope.
I drove over a patch of snow on the road that was a bit questionable, even for the red snowmobile...
I got across just fine...walked a fair bit to the end of the road and caught some pics of the trees budding and yes...the red robin.
Well...to make a long story even longer...
I went back to the snowmobile and noticed that the patch of snow I crossed had captured a similar vehicle and was keeping it hostage.
I approached the folks...very nice...with an Australian accent...and of course, in flip flops and shorts..
and they were undeniably stuck.
Wheels spun, and their little Honda stood still.
We shoveled...we got boards, and weeds, and chains and tried to provide a grip for those darn tires (obviously not snow tires!)
And nothing...no movement...
Fortunately...there was a larger and more experienced vehicle on my side of the snow patch with a tow cable and the where-with-all to pull the Honda out...
Yay!!!
All is well...the Honda pulled out (of course, on my side of the snow patch)...we placed some boards in the tire tread paths to elevate the Honda's chasis and both the Honda and the red snowmobile got out safe and sound!!!  (I'm sure the red snow mobile would have made it without all the fuss!)
Now you might ask...why didn't she call The Chief???
No bars...and I don't mean for drinking!!!


Friday, April 8, 2011

"It's clouds illusions I recall..."





"Rows and flows of angel hair 
And ice cream castles in the air 
And feathered canyons everywhere
I've looked at clouds that way

But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done 
but clouds got in my way

I've looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It's clouds illusions I recall
I really don't know clouds...at all"




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Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Bear Whisperer....Tonight!!!





Be sure to watch The Bear Whisperer tonight on Animal Planet...
Check your local listings for times!!!
(Look for the episode titled Big, Bad, and Bold)


Featuring the Mammoth Lakes Bears, our very own Bear Whisperer
and not to be missed...The Chief and his crew!!!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Now...Where did I Leave my car??? Updated!!!



Still Looking for your car???  Did you Leave it somewhere back before the first snowstorm in December and forget where you Left it???  As Long as it's inside the snow plow markers, it's still Legal!!!  


Thank you for joining me for ABC Wednesday!

To view other participant entries, click here!!!


This is what happens to cars that are parked with a part past the snow plow line!!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

And the Question is???



"How far east can you go before you're heading west?"

"If you dug a hole through the center of the earth, and jumped in, would you stay at the center because of gravity?"

"Why is it that if we "skate on thin ice" we can get in "hot water"?

Do you have any questions you'd like to ask the universe???

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Bear Whisperer's Back!!!


Ever wonder how to deal with a bear trying to get in your trash container or your restaurant kitchen???



Just call the Bear Whisperer!!!

That is, if you happen to live in Mammoth Lakes, CA...

Check out the Bear Whisperer on Animal Planet

Thursday night, April 7, 8pm, 11pm, 1pm 
Pacific Time

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Windswept...





"A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away,
and the trees stand.
I think, I too, have known autumn too long."
e.e. cummings


I am not a poetry enthusiast...my grandmother, a librarian for 52 years, gave me several books of English and American poetry over the years, and I'm afraid it never particularly caught on with me...
until I went to college and found e.e. cummings...
I even stopped capitalizing names and nouns...
his work still resonates with me...



Saturday, April 2, 2011

This is the day...

...that Spring finally showed up!!!



Yesterday was the perfect example of the common refrain from locals of how they came to Mammoth...

"I came for the winters, but stayed for the summers..."