Sunday, June 30, 2013

Please don't feed the wildlife!

We saw the signs.  We tried to obey the rules.  But what can you do when the wildlife steals your food?  

Make a video, of course!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

How many domes in Yosemite?

There's a well known mountain peak in Yosemite National Park known as "Half Dome".  Formed by ancient glaciers, it resembles a giant boulder with one side broken off.

What do you get when you place a bald guy next to Half Dome?  It's simple math ... just add them up!

1-1/2 Domes

Friday, June 21, 2013


Gloria and I hadn't been to Yosemite since 1982.  WOW!  The park's natural beauty is breathtaking.

(Thanks to our friends Chuck & Jeanne who invited us to visit their nearby vacation home.)

Half Dome seen from Glacier Point

Scenic beauty ruined by some guy
who stepped into the photo.

Which way to the best views?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

How do you remove a whirlpool spa from your deck?

In 1991 we set a 7-person above-ground whirlpool spa on a concrete slab then built our deck around it.  After 22 years of relatively trouble-free service that spa was falling apart.

But how to remove it?  Its access from the side of our house is limited; I thought we might have to hire a crane service.  Instead, I used a reciprocating power saw and cut it into cubes that could fit into our (and our neighbor's) trash cans.

We've ordered a replacement spa, this one is much smaller ... a two-seater.  It can be maneuvered down the side of the house and placed on the same concrete slab.  The deck won't be such a tight fit around the edges, but a few modifications will make it safe and accessible.  Hope the new one is a long-lived as the one it replaces!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Ban the Sign Mannequins!

An abomination?

I was surprised to see see this attractive young lady standing on the corner, waving an advertisement for Del Taco.  She looked vaguely familiar.  Like that inflatable girl I had a date with at a bachelor party.

In my opinion, sign mannequins are an invention that the world did not need.  Seriously ... street corner advertising is an easy way for underemployed persons to earn a few dollars.  For instance, this girl who was promoting a local hair salon:

And living breathing sign twirlers each invent their own unique street entertainment.  Remember the "Clairemont Crazy Guy" that I posted about a few weeks ago?

C'mon America, crazy people need some love!  Get rid of the sign mannequins!