Tag Archive: California


Kethry’s Artwork

I am always amazed by Kethry’s artwork and her summer camp experience was to spend two weeks at the Crocker Art Gallery in downtown Sacramento, the capital of California.  The summer camp focused on nurturing her love of all things art and she has a talent and a skill that I could only dream of and which she inherited from her mother and shares with her Aunt Jessica.  I had forgotten about the camp, not soon after it ended and found this book upon the kitchen table.  The pictures barely do the drawings justice and your background music should be Chop Suey by System of a Down.

This is the cover of the book she made.

Back of the front cover.

First page.

Second page.

Third page.

Fourth page.

Fifth page.

Sixth Page.

Seventh page.

Unfinished eighth page.

Unfinished ninth page.

There were four completely blank pages including the inside of the back cover.

The back cover.  We let Kethry dye her hair using Kool-Ade.  Purple and red which she seems enamored with as most of her artwork and drawings feature women with red or purple hair.

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So the end of summer is nigh.  It rained yesterday and today there was snow on the tops of the Sierra mountains. Haplo and Kethry were playing outside, Kethry was writing a song called Zombies Get off my lawn. Haplo was annoying her and commenting on the smell of the neighbor’s bbq……

The Venue

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My best friend scored a gig in Oakland and needed a ride.  I agreed because I love the bay area.  The job is at 420 14th Street in downtown Oakland at a place called The Venue.  The place is scheduled to open on Friday but there is not enough of the other construction work completed for my friend to do what he is supposed to do.

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It looks like it could be an amazingly cool place from the outside and the women who work there appear to be beautiful.

Ingredients In Milk

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So I was gifted some Sunnyside Farms Chocolate milk and who turns down chocolate milk? I was looking at the bottle and realized it had a long ass ingredients list for chocolate milk. I mean chocolate, sugar and milk right? Not in the modern world. Ingredients are listed as milk, sugar, nonfat dry milk, cocoa (processed with akalai), salt, carrgeenan, artificial flavor, vitamin D3. Wtf?

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Keep in mind that most of the nutritional information on modern product packaging is there thanks to those crazy Californians. We have required caloric information on menus at eateries for more then a decade.

In my law class this semestet I learned why those seemingly bizarre warnings are stamped on poducts like a saw that says warning spinning blade can cut you. It is because someone said they didn’t know and sued and the company settled without admitting fault and began adding that warning.

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I remember when the dairies in California rejected rbst and began labelling their products and they were sued and forced to put the statements about rbst in the small print by the people who make rbst.

Back to the topic what the hell is up with those ingredients?  Maybe it ia not our foos choices like milk or evwn chocolate milk that is the problem. Maybe it is the added ingredients that are the culprits. The makers of aspartame won permission from the usda to not have to label chocolate milk they put it in any differently then regular chocolate milk like the one above. Dangerous move and potentially fatal and when it happens more then likely they will hide behind the USDA rules that they themselves pushed for or let the dairies pay for it alone.

Note: This was written back in May and it got saved as a draft when I published it. 

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So I really miss Haplo and Kethry.

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And the last time I saw them was for Haplo’s birthday party which was only two weeks ago but feels like an eternity.

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Oh Starbucks!  so blatantly cheating on Apple with a prostitute.  Google is a sexy bitch!  You almost got me because Google Music works on my Android device.  I know, because I already have it and it’s so sexy I almost signed up again.

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Dry Creek Community Park

This is in an unincorporated section of placer county. It was originally a public open space with a multi use path for bicycles, walkers, and horses. Now it adds a sports complex. This is where I went on Memorial Day weekend and it is a few hours from where I am staying with a friend.

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Rules rules rules

Unfortunately, public trust often creates a situation where percieved bad behavior is dissuaded by public rules that are only in place because of prior instances of abuse by a few. Sad.

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Grafiti Vandalism

The rules are necessar because people cannot control their impulses and since they think no one owns it or the government owns it or society owns it they rationalize away defacing the tree to etch something in to it.

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But protecting the public trust are the government in conjuction and partnership with the local community. People police the area on their own to pickup and cleanup most of the stuff left behind by those who just do not realize that those who love, appreciate and enjoy this area on a regular basis also expend their resources to keep it pristine and as beautiful as when they first saw it. This is the nature of natural conservationalists and those of us like me who believe we should leave it how we found it or slightly better.

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Beauty In Nature

This is the foothills at its finest, temperate rainforest in the midst of a very arid environment. An green and cool oasis in the golden color of the valley landscape in the dry hot summer summer. Horses use the multi use path. See.

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Flowers

The native flowers still alive on the leading cusp of summer. Notice that the grass has already turnes golden brown as the spring sun has drawn all of the moisture from the flowers that nature gave them during the winter rainy season.

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Awesome trees

There are these amazing trees that I am assume are local and native because they are so prolific and seem to be part of the native ecology.

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They have thesr epic solar panels for leaves. Note the size comparison. This is a California oasis and amazingly beautiful to me and literally the temperature near the water in the shade can be twenty degrees cooler on a hot day.

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The hungry, hungry caterpiller.


This caterpillar is part of the local fauna and more then likely eats the local plants and other small fauna on its journey to the cocoon.
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Yellow flower


The variety of local wild flowers is spectacular here in the spring where it seems nature is always having a veritable orgy full of flora and fauna debauchery of the worst order.
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The trees are spraying there seed all over like some wild manga bukaki scene all spring and after the flowers wither and die the fruit begins to grow and mature all summer long while nestled in the womb of this little oasis where it will feed birds and ground squirrels alone with a plethora of other indigenous life or become fertilizer fo the next spring when the rains awaken newly dropped seeds.
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Tree sex


This is the tree that produces the fruit above.
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There are a myriad of ground cover that provides leafy green material for the herbivores in the local ecology. This is awesome park and all I can do is hope thay those who love it outweigh those who are just there to use the resource.

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Yard work is being done so Gruden has been delegated to the front porch and to ensure that the wanderlust that is in the nature of dogs and the driving destructive force of puppies required a tether. Normally he is free to roam and be near his people but this requires that the said people be ever vigilant because Gruden has a puppy recall which is to say no recall.

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The roses are in full bloom in Roseville this rainy, chilly Memorial day. The sun ia shinning yet it is raining at the same time.

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Back in the 70’s when the Disco era was at full swing, women used to have mirrors that could simulate the same lighting as the event they were attending so that they can apply their makeup so that it looks right. My friends bathroom has one.