Happy Hour


Mother, Mother Ocean

Mother, Mother Ocean, I've heard you call
Wanted to sail upon your waters since I was three feet tall
You've seen it all, you've seen it all
Watched the men who rode you, switch from sails to steam
In your belly you hold the treasures, few have ever seen
Most of 'em dream, most of 'em dream
Yes, I am a pirate, two hundred year's too late
The cannons don't thunder, there's nothin' to plunder
I'm an over-forty victim of fate
Arriving too late, arriving too late


"Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is."
―Yoda, to Luke Skywalker

Counted the Stars

Counted the stars on the 4th of July
Wishing we were rockets bursting in the sky
Talking about redemption and leaving things behind
I have these pictures and I keep these photographs
To remind me of a time
These pictures and these photographs
Let me know I'm doin' fine
We used to be so happy once upon a time
Once upon a time
But the sun sank west of the Mendocino County Line
And the sun sank west of the Mendocino County Line


Thursday, December 31, 2015

Tonight's Flavour For The New Year

This was on the shelf in a gas station/convenience store in Paso Robles on our way back home from Monterey this past Sunday.
It is so very good!

It is best enjoyed in a Bubba Gump Glass!

Happy New Year

Best Wishes to all for a Happy New Year from Missus ORPO and I!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

What It's Like To Drive A Zamboni

This was on Jalopnik.
I am an unabashed hockey fan as everyone knows.
I watch the Zamboni during the intermissions at the games that Missus ORPO and I attend in Bakersfield at RaboBank Arena.

The author was given the chance by the New Jersey Devils recently........Lucky Man!
Her is the video from the post at Jalopnik........

For the entire piece, hit the link below and enjoy!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Dinner in Monterey

Missus ORPO and I had dinner at a neat little seafood place in Monterey today.
We were going to the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose but Missus ORPO came down with a fever and chills.
We did go out to have something to eat for dinner, though.
Monterey does have a lot of really good places to eat.
Tonight's fare was at the Sea Harvest in Monterey...........................Damn it was good!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Winter solstice as seen from Stonehenge | Earth | EarthSky

Interesting little piece I happened upon this evening. It's kind of cool.
I have always wanted to visit Stonehenge. I have no aspirations of any kind about it. I just think it would be something to see.

Comet PANSTARRS above the Stonehenge monument in March, 2013.  Image via Simon Banton

Comet PANSTARRS above the Stonehenge monument in March, 2013. Image via Simon Banton
The rest of the story is at the link below. I hope all enjoy.
Winter solstice as seen from Stonehenge | Earth | EarthSky

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A Taste Of Winter This Morning.

I finally got a few shots of the Tehachapi with snow this morning on the way home from word at Eddie's Airplane Patch and a low temperature of a balmy 21 degrees..................
I stood in the bed of The Titan at the intersection of California City Boulevard and CA 58. I have to admit that it was a really nice morning here in The Southeast Kern County Desert.....................

Friday, December 11, 2015

First sign of Winter in The Southeast Kern County Desert

I grabbed a few shots a little while ago with my phone. I was on a Rite Aid run and they were slowly covering the Tehachapi and Southern Sierra Nevada Range.
We are in a Wind Advisory today so I have no idea how this is going to turn out.

I do think that perhaps it is that first sign of Winter out here.

Photos: Hanukkah celebrations from around the world

This was on The Jewish Telegraphic Agency site this morning.


Lighting menorahs earlier this week in Krakow, Poland. (Shavei Israel)
There are observant Jews all over the world.
I wish the blessings of the season to all.
Photos: Hanukkah celebrations from around the world

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Here's How To Detail A Boeing 707 That Was A Piece of American History

Here's How To Detail A Boeing 707 That Was A Piece of American History

One of the three VC-137B's that were at the service of the President of The United States. This one is currently on display at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Arizona. One is at the Nixon Library in Simi Valley and I do not remember where the other one is. I believe it is in the Air and Space Museum part of the Smithsonian. These are the aircraft that brought the Office of President of The United States into the jet age.
The full skinny on the project is at the link below.


Saturday, December 05, 2015

Skywatching from Space.com: The 'Big Moon' Illusion May Be All in Your Head

I figured some science stuff was appropriate today after all the recent bad stuff happening lately.

"If you've ever seen the moon as it's just coming over the horizon, you may have wondered why it seems to look bigger than when it lies straight overhead. The answer may have more to do with the human brain than an external effect."

Always wondered about that ya know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I do live in an area that is outstanding for skywatching.........

A full moon rising over the Rocket Lab is an awesome sight to see!

Full Moon in Chile, 2010

The full moon looks massive as it sets behind the Very Large Telescope in Chile's Atacama Desert, in this photo release on Jun 7, 2010. Why do observers report that the moon looks larger near the horizon than it does high in the sky? It may be nothing more than a trick of perspective. 
Credit: Gordon Gillet, ESO

The full piece is at the link below. Enjoy your day!

The 'Big Moon' Illusion May Be All in Your Head

Friday, December 04, 2015

The Sierra Nevada and The Tehachapi wrapped in Clouds

I took a couple of hours leave to get home and off my feet sooner..................
Coming down the hill on Cal City Boulevard, the Clouds on the Southern Sierra Nevada Range and The Tehachapi presented me with an opportunity to fire up the Nikon D3000. The tops of the mountains are wrapped in cloud.

I will not go down and tell my children I didn't have the courage, the conviction, the commitment or the character to fight for this country...Don't go home and let your children down~~ LTC Allen West

Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus

‎"Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum.("Therefore, he who desires peace, let him prepare for war")" from "Epitoma Rei Militaris," by Vegetius (Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus)