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Meanwhile back on the Golden Gate Bridge :-}


Mesmerizing video of two deer running down the Golden Gate Bridge at rush hour

It's only 15 seconds long, but there's something indescribable about this video, taken by San Francisco-based photographer and designer Steve King, of two deer running down the Golden Gate Bridge in the middle of Friday evening rush hour.

Maybe it's the stillness they bring to the daily commute, otherwise a moment of frazzled tension — what could be more antithetical to a traffic jam than two frolicking deer? — maybe it's the way that the awful daily ritual of the commute shuts down completely for these two animals, or maybe it's their subtle but jarring reminder that this all belonged to nature, as if to reclaim it from the concrete and steel. Or maybe it's just because this reminds the rest of us how jealous we are that we don't live in central California. Whatever it is, I watched it about one hundred times before I could close it.

California highway patrol told local media that traffic cleared for the animals all the way across, from San Francisco to Marin. A highway patrol representative said there been animals on the bridge before, but that in his two years on the job he had not seen anything like this.





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A walk in Rhenish Hesse, Germany

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87. GardenGrrl
3:50 PM GMT on October 01, 2014
Bwaahahahahah it's the spidey bunnies wishing you a Happy White Rabbits X3

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86. clearlakemike
2:37 PM GMT on October 01, 2014
Lol...sad but true. Thank you, Sandi. Hope you have a warmer October by UK Standards...but maybe some rain also for your lovely garden. And no snow. Lol. Hard to imagine that from here...still pushing 90f here!!
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85. sandiquiz
7:52 AM GMT on October 01, 2014
Wishing you a Very Happy month of October :)


Hope you have a wonderful month! well, wonderful by Hawaiian standards!! lol
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84. clearlakemike
4:23 PM GMT on September 27, 2014
LOL...As one of our national news presenters said yesterday, He really didn't want to go to Hawaii in a bad way!! I know it is a serious matter but I burst out laughing...
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83. sandiquiz
5:07 AM GMT on September 27, 2014
Quoting 82. clearlakemike:
Oh dear, I hope he wasn't a reader of my blog...

Oh, Mike...now you've done it!! lol
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82. clearlakemike
9:52 PM GMT on September 26, 2014
The 36-year-old employee who lives in Naperville was not identified as the FBI, ATF and FAA investigate the incident with Aurora police. A source told NBC 5 the man was contracted to take part in a massive revamp of FAA telecommunications and data systems. He reportedly was unhappy about being transferred to Hawaii.

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Oh dear, I hope he wasn't a reader of my blog...
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81. clearlakemike
6:03 PM GMT on September 26, 2014
Oh, and here is one for you, Barb, LOL...Sprockets
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80. clearlakemike
5:48 PM GMT on September 26, 2014
Here is the rest of the video on Yahoo Screen, Coffee Talk: Barbara Streisand Stops By
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79. calpoppy
4:12 PM GMT on September 26, 2014
The verklampt video is really funny!!! Love the Yiddish words!

I don't like those German basement spiders one bit!!! I don't know why tarantulas aren't scary to me but those spiders are!
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78. barbamz
10:51 PM GMT on September 25, 2014

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77. clearlakemike
10:46 PM GMT on September 25, 2014
LOL...Barb, that spider has a "South Park" face!!! But yes, viewing it top down as from the top of the basement stairs it would make me jump back. Sweet dreams of Die Hausspinne lebt in ganz basement! lol
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76. barbamz
10:32 PM GMT on September 25, 2014
Umm, Mike, I'm really not inclined to pet Calpoppy's laughing spider, though it's furred, lol.

But still I'm more frightened by our own naked basement spiders. Have a look here (but not Sandi!), and I'll have now to fight nightmares after looking for the pic, grrr and NOT kidding ;-)
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75. clearlakemike
9:42 PM GMT on September 25, 2014


Barb, I am using it more or less in its Yiddish variation I guess, lol

That comment by calpoppy had me laughing to the point of tears...and now the photo, LOL

Don't post that photo on Barb's blog, calpoppy, or she will be getting "verklemmt" in German, LOL...
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74. calpoppy
8:16 PM GMT on September 25, 2014
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73. barbamz
7:21 PM GMT on September 25, 2014
BTW, Mike, I wondered about you being "verklempt" and the sort of German you obviously start to speak (as "verklemmt" in German means "uptight"), lol.

Wiki:

verklempt

English
Alternative forms: ferklempt, faclempt, farklempt, faklempt, verklemmt

Etymology:
Borrowing from Yiddish פֿאַרקלעמט (farklemt), from Old High German.

Adjective: verklempt (comparative more verklempt, superlative most verklempt)

overwhelmed, flustered, nervous
excited, overjoyed, happy
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72. sandiquiz
7:02 PM GMT on September 25, 2014
Lol Barbara!!!
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71. barbamz
6:02 PM GMT on September 25, 2014


Calpoppy's laughing spider.
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70. clearlakemike
5:00 PM GMT on September 25, 2014
Ok..the laughs keep rolling with Sandi and Barbara...LOL!
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69. clearlakemike
4:49 PM GMT on September 25, 2014
LOL, calpoppy!!!!! (I am getting "verklempt"...I have tears running down my cheeks, lol,...please take a moment to talk amongst yourselves, LOL,,,.)
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68. calpoppy
4:03 PM GMT on September 25, 2014
My sons had a pet tarantula, her name was Carmen! I checked up on her one day and found her upside down. Poor Carmen, but over to the side was another very new looking spider. Carmen had shed her skin, which looks exactly like her.
I did pick her up, for some reason she never scared me. nor do the ones we see occasionally out in the wild here.

Wolf spiders I do not like nor do I like what I think are sun spiders (very large and spooky looking). Check out the spider I posted on flickr, it had a face. At first I thought it was a smiley face, that was pretty scary, then when I put the pic up on the computer it wasn't a smile, maybe a slight grin, LOL!
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67. barbamz
2:54 PM GMT on September 25, 2014
Here is Peter with his "Pet" :) Beware, it is a big spider!!

Umm, lol, Sandi, this "bird spider" (as we call them in German) is already so big and furred that it starts to resemble a little mammal. So the "petting zoo" at the tarantula exhibition may eventually make some sense ;-)

And greetings to Mike, the host of arachnophobic talks :-)
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66. sandiquiz
11:05 AM GMT on September 25, 2014
The advertisement didn't elaborate whether it really will be the tarantulas you'll be able to pet - and I really don't plan to find out, lol.

Oh, Barbara!!! how I laughed when I read this! No, petting tarantulas is not my idea of fun!
Mind you, I had a flickr friend who had a pet tarantula, and was heartbroken when she died!

Here is Peter with his "Pet" :) Beware, it is a big spider!!
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65. barbamz
9:51 AM GMT on September 25, 2014
Mike, this morning I've read the announcement in our local newspaper that at Sunday there will be an exhibition in a nearby hall showing "the world biggest tarantulas" (and more insects), combined with a "petting zoo". The advertisement didn't elaborate whether it really will be the tarantulas you'll be able to pet - and I really don't plan to find out, lol.
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64. clearlakemike
4:47 PM GMT on September 24, 2014
LOLOL....
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63. sandiquiz
8:08 AM GMT on September 24, 2014
This blog is fast becoming an "arachnophobic" nightmare!! lol

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62. barbamz
7:57 AM GMT on September 24, 2014
Lol, Mike. I'm glad the German Hawaii-Beer-Song generated some exhilaration and good memories as it was meant to do so. And white spiders maybe aren't as frightening as the pitch black ones - like the huge basement spiders we got in Germany. One of the advantages of living down town is that big spiders aren't very numerous although now in autumn some may find their way into the staircase or even - brrr - into my flat (due to the little jungle outside on my balcony and in the backyard) if I leave the windows open for too long time.

Dooh, just detected this new article from Austria:

Nickelsdorf 'invaded' by rare wolf spiders
The Local. Published: 24 Sep 2014 09:52 GMT 02:00
Residents of Nickelsdorf in Burgenland are afraid to go into their gardens after a plague of wolf spiders - also known as South Russian tarantulas - descended on the small town. ...
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61. clearlakemike
6:44 AM GMT on September 24, 2014
The spiders hide in the side view mirrors of our cars, Barb. I took my car in for an oil change this afternoon and one of the spiders came out and ran across the hood of the car and caught the attention of a couple of the guys in the oil change shop, lol. It was one of the albino-ish looking spiders. As It scurried across the hood we all had a bit of a chuckle watching it. I guess, if you had been along you might have had a different reaction? :-)
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60. clearlakemike
6:39 AM GMT on September 24, 2014
At least now I can recognize Hawaii in German!

I thought about this later for some unknown reason, calpoppy, while sitting in traffic and just burst out laughing! (delayed reaction...has been a busy day!! lol)
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59. clearlakemike
6:12 PM GMT on September 23, 2014
The welts from the spider lasted for two weeks or so and are finally now gone! It didn't spread beyond the welts thankfully but it sure itched. I put aloe vera gel on it several times a day for relief. A friend here got bit and ended up in the doctor's office. His leg swelled up and he almost bit it. Fortunately, he sought medical help just in time.

Yes, I found I could follow along with the German in the refrain also, lol...I loved the second video where she brings him the beer, LOL. I went into the Mariposa Grove at daybreak one time and had the place to myself but upon going back to the parking area there I encountered a Polish musical troupe with an accordion filming a music video! The accordion player was sitting at the base of one of those majestic trees playing Polish Polka music and there were others dancing around him, lol...it was so bizarre, especially after being immersed in the morning quiet and stillness with those giant trees.
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58. calpoppy
3:35 PM GMT on September 23, 2014
I found I could follow along with the German in the refrain! At least now I can recognize Hawaii in German!

We went to the zoo in Hilo and there was the biggest garden spider I have ever seen, big, fat and yellow!! My camera had broken by then so no pics of that big boy!!

Take care of that bite, Mike It can get really nasty and they last a long time! I have had one, from I don't know what kind of spider but it hurt for months!
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57. sandiquiz
3:23 PM GMT on September 23, 2014
Good heavens Mike, what are you doing to yourself!
Spider bites and drowning! Honestly, you need to be careful....How can I say to C..... my friend Mike in HAwaii, if you are no longer there!!

My sister got bitten by a spider once, it was awful, it took weeks to heal, and the cream the doc gave her made it worse initially! I don't think he thought it was a spider bite, even though she told him it was! We don't have many biting spiders here!
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56. clearlakemike
4:34 AM GMT on September 23, 2014
LOL...oh, that is funny, Barb! Your English translation is perfect but I liked listening to it in German!! Not sure I could sing along with it though without a lot of practice, lol.

Well, good news for Germany there is plenty of beer in Hawaii now! ...even some local micro-brewed and the best beer imo from New Zealand. During my captivity on Lufthansa and Frankfurt Transit terminal I did not get to try German beer. So I don't have the experience to compare the genuine German beer with what is available here.

I am glad that there was a happy ending for the honeymooners after all! LOL



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55. barbamz
5:53 PM GMT on September 22, 2014
UUUUUaaah Mike, I've read your spider news in my blog. Awfull!!!!! Pity for you! And now I'm totally sure - after all what you've told us already - that Hawaii will join my list of locations which I will resist to visit in my lifetime.

Germans would have been warned to move to Hawaii, anyway. As there is an entertainer song from 1963 which nearly every German knows by heart - the more as this song had become a famous drinking chant which people use to bawl at Octoberfests (the original one was just opened in Munich), Carnival and so on:

"Es gibt kein Bier auf Hawaii" - "There is no beer in Hawaii".

It's about a long time engaged couple which cannot marry, because she wants to honeymoon in Hawaii where he would never go because of the lack of beer, whereas he wants to take her to Pilsen (Czech Republik, known because of its beer) where she would never follow, lol.

I've tried to translate the refrain into English in a way which should allow you to sing it - notice the rhymes; it's my first lyric in English :-)

There is no beer in Hawaii, there is no beer.
So I won't go to Hawaii, so I stay here.
It is so hot in Hawaii, no coolish spot.
And Hula Hula won't meet all the thirst I've got.


Here is the original german song for exercising, though I feel it isn't exactly the sort of music you dig ;-)



And concerning the beer: conditions in Hawaii may have improved a little since 1963. At least something:

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54. clearlakemike
11:06 PM GMT on September 21, 2014
Hi Bug, yes, the spiders are everywhere!! We have been getting rain for a change so maybe that is why? I thought spiders liked it dry. The bite was nasty. And walking into the webs with these big spiders dangling on them is nasty too, lol. The webs get into my hair and clothes. Think that may be how I tracked in some baby spiders. I don't like spraying insecticides all over but have got no choice. Even the spraying only keeps them away for a short time. We also have an outbreak of mosquitoes. We are burning mosquito coils outside the doors which are unpleasant also. Not too many flies this year. Some years we get fly invasions.
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53. palmettobug53
8:59 PM GMT on September 21, 2014
Spider invasion, Mike?

That sure sounds like one of those old Fifties sci-fi movies, like 1955's 'Tarantula.' Or that 1990 film, 'Arachnophobia.'

Hope you've managed to keep from being overrun.

I see you told Barb those little sucker can inflict a nasty bite. No wonder the cats wouldn't help you!

We've got some sunshine here for a change today. Rain is supposed to come back in another day or two. Bleah.
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52. clearlakemike
7:45 PM GMT on September 21, 2014
Hi Briar, thanks for stopping by and also for those classic tv and movie scenes. I was dealing with a spider invasion last week. Was so busy batting them out of the trees and spraying that I forgot to take photos. Yes, will be on the look-out this week for the free-standing trash...shouldn't be that hard a task around here. The hard part will be getting the bokeh, lol. Have read the instructions twice and think I comprehend how to go about doing it with the various options you so well presented. Maybe even try and experiment with the manual settings and go off auto-pilot.

Have a good week also and hopefully will see you over on Flickr this week. I did pop in yesterday briefly to see GG's amazing sci-fi mantis shot and Rattlesnake Woman's frightening forked tongue demon.
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51. BriarCraft
6:50 PM GMT on September 21, 2014
Doesn't look like much is going on here, but I wanted to say Hi anyway. We missed you over on Flickr last week. If you can find any free-standing trash around, you could probably get a nice bokeh shot for this week.

With all the talk about flying and airport security, I thought I'd throw in a couple of flying-related funnies for lack of anything intelligent to say.





Have a good week!
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50. clearlakemike
5:41 PM GMT on September 19, 2014
Thank you for that greeting, Barb, ... and you can tour some of it this fall. Definitely not "Old Town Mainz"! lol

When I lived there last I lived in a complex that Joan Crawford might have driven past...very late 40's. The ghost of Rock Hudson's motel was nearby. I use to walk my dog at night on the vacant lot where it once stood. It had a nice vibe, lol.


View on YouTube
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49. barbamz
8:59 AM GMT on September 19, 2014
Greetings from real Palm Springs ...

Palm Springs: Life in an iconic US resort town
BBC, 19 September 2014 Last updated at 00:13 BST
Palm Springs, California, is an iconic American resort town, known for its warm weather and golf courses.
But photographer Nancy Baron says her second home is a symbol of the American dream.
She says that away from the main streets where tourists congregate, the small town has a much richer culture than most people realise.
Her photographs offer an insider's look into Palm Springs - including its thriving arts scene and well-crafted midcentury design aesthetic.
They are collected in a new book, The Good Life, Palm Springs.
Produced by the BBC's Ashley Semler and Bill McKenna

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48. clearlakemike
7:22 PM GMT on September 17, 2014
Lol...I thought that might be the case. I enjoyed looking/reading that link, thank you.
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47. sandiquiz
6:58 PM GMT on September 17, 2014
Were they a gift you were taking to someone or do you travel with them routinely? :)

I have my own birthday lucky duck in my bag at all times, and years ago I used to always carry C's birthday duck if we were traveling together! Lol
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46. clearlakemike
6:18 PM GMT on September 17, 2014
Happy Friday, GG. I know about that village thing...I am living in a mid evil one now, yuck! lol Actually, I feel like I am living on some weird version of "Green Acres". Complete with a Mr. Ziffel and Arnold the Pig.



Yes, The Church of



"Torquemada". Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Torquemada. jpg#mediaviewer/File:Torquemada.jpg

The internet and the cloud took it all to the next level.

Thanks for the link about the Whitby Glass Ducks, Sandi. I hadn't seen those before. Were they a gift you were taking to someone or do you travel with them routinely? :)

Yes, calpoppy, I bet that might influence property values there! They are sort of in an isolated place like we are. If a lava flow wiped our town center we would really be in the middle of nowhere. At least they are closer to Hilo than we are to Kona. But if they have to take some new round about way to get there it might be just as long a trip.

I have heard that some food stuffs, i.e. honey do look like a bomb under x-ray. The Big Island honey is very good...worth getting stopped for.
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45. calpoppy
1:50 PM GMT on September 17, 2014
Ours friends in Pahoa concerns now are, if the town of Pahoa is wiped out, what will that do to his property values!

When I was at the Hilo airport I was bringing back some white honey, the x-ray showed it and it looks like a bomb. The lady knew that it was honey but had to check anyway!
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44. sandiquiz
1:10 PM GMT on September 17, 2014
lol Mike, definitely "Clean Tidy Whities"!! :)

As to searching hand luggage, he gets stopped every time because the Xray shows up wires and tubes! Having Sleep Apnea means he has to take his CPAP machine with him wherever he goes.... and it comes out weird on the Xray!

The funniest time was when I was stopped and my handbag searched because they had seen something strange in one of the side pockets on the Xray. First my bag was swab tested, then they opened the pocket and removed a small plastic bag in which the contents were wrapped securely in tissue paper! I was asked what it was, and when I said "Lucky ducks", I got a strange look. They opened the paper and when they saw two small glass ducks, they laughed and gently wrapped them again before handing back to me!

Whitby Glass Ducks!

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43. GardenGrrl
10:04 AM GMT on September 17, 2014
Good Morning, it is my Friday. Yay. I rather think it is the human condition to dislike privacy. Think about how in villages everyone knows everyone's business. A certain church made it their business to know your business via confession and people comply. For awhile we grew big. Everything was analog so the government could only do so much intrusion. Heck, because everything was on paper, a fire at a government record center could erase your identity.

Now, with the web, they want a paper trail provided by us to be loaded into their cloud and once again we can all know each others business just like in the olden days. The big glass house in the cloud.
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42. clearlakemike
3:13 AM GMT on September 16, 2014
Up on the radar map...that hurricane is moving right up Baja! Interesting to see that. You might get some rain from that, calpoppy! Hopefully, it doesn't flood the valley like last week.
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41. clearlakemike
3:00 AM GMT on September 16, 2014
I don't mind the security either because it does keep the threats down but it is a bit of a hassle but not all that much really. It is when I get on the plane itself packed in with people I don't really want to be around that I don't like. And those seats are back breakers in coach. I always get my carry-on scrutinized. Usually have a cell phone charger, camera charger, disk reader and other things with wires...I think all the wires makes them nervous. One time I had one of my dead dog's ashes that I was transporting here from California. When they asked me what they were they stopped checking my carry-on and gave me the weirdest look, LOL.
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40. calpoppy
6:04 PM GMT on September 15, 2014
I always wear sandals when I am flying, with socks if I am going someplace cold, LOL! I don't mind the security, if it keeps the crazies off the plane! I was at one airport where they were checking inside your carry-on baggage but that was only one time and in Columbus Ohio for some reason, LOL!

funny story Sandi!!!

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39. clearlakemike
5:51 PM GMT on September 15, 2014
That is funny Sandi. I do the same thing when I fly. But I have developed a stance where I can keep my pants from completely falling off, lol. And make sure I have on my best "tidy whities" just in case, LOL.
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38. sandiquiz
4:07 PM GMT on September 15, 2014
Here is a funny Airport security tale....

C goes to Canada twice a year, so is used to the security checks. Last time he went he wore a pair of loose jeans, so they don't cut into him on the 9 hour flight. At security you have to take off shoes and remove belts with metal fastenings. There he was, going through the checkpoint scanner, when the officious guard asked him to stand for a "pat down check" ... 'Yes, says C, as long as I can keep one hand in my trouser pocket' - when asked why, he told the guard his trousers were so loose that without the belt to hold them up, if he took his hand out of his pocket, they would fall around his knees!
The guard laughed and said "OK"!
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37. clearlakemike
1:49 AM GMT on September 15, 2014
Thank you, Briar. Yes, I think the skies are a nicer blue here. The water is also. The skies and water on the Mendocino Coast in California were also a nice shade of blue. Also liked the blues in Big Sur's coastal skies and sea. Lots of sea breezes in both those places too and less populated as well. The air quality up in the mountains inland of Mendocino where we lived in Lake County was also considered one of the cleanest skies in California. No industries nearby and low population density.

Ah, that could very well be the reason for GG's landlord's requirement for the Social Security card. I hate to break the news but we have been living in a police state ruled by oligarchs for some time now, Briar, imo. We are being tracked in all sorts of ways. You pretty much have to go off the grid, "underground" and off the radar if you really want privacy. Yes, airport security just adds to the grody experience of air travel, lol. It has just become a necessary evil if you need to get someplace quickly or in my case want to get anywhere at all!! Between the sardine can conditions filled with germs/contagions and sometimes mentally unstable people who are probably "ok" when they are on the ground. Many are driven to the brink by the whole coach flying experience, i.e. the latest outbreak of seat reclining skirmishes. I try to upgrade to Business Class when I am able to afford it and there is a good last minute offer. It is a more sane/comfortable experience. The few times I have been able to fly first class is even better!! We definitely live in a world of a "Tale of Two Cities".

But yes, take a deep breath.



Yes, the apple crusher's driveway does look clean, LOL. I drove from the east coast to California in the mid '70's in a van that looked like that except for the after market apple crushers! lol. It had a bed in the back and I took a month off for the journey stopping in as many national parks and cities as I could. Much better than flying!!
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Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph
Updated: 10:29 PM PDT on October 01, 2014
Prenzlauer Berg
Berlin, Berlin
Elevation: 154 ft
Temperature: 56.7 °F
Dew Point: 55.8 °F
Humidity: 97%
Wind: 1.2 mph from the East
Wind Gust: 1.6 mph
Updated: 7:04 AM CEST on October 02, 2014
Modena, IT
Elevation: 85 ft
Temperature: 59.5 °F
Dew Point: 59.5 °F
Humidity: 100%
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 1.0 mph
Updated: 7:25 AM CEST on October 02, 2014
Nungambakkam
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Elevation: 30 ft
Temperature: 84.3 °F
Dew Point: 78.9 °F
Humidity: 84%
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 5.0 mph
Updated: 8:17 PM IST on September 29, 2014
Far Bletchley
Bletchley, England
Elevation: 377 ft
Temperature: 53.8 °F
Dew Point: 50.9 °F
Humidity: 90%
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 2.0 mph
Updated: 6:30 AM BST on October 02, 2014

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