Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
|October 27, 2012 Queen Charlotte Fault Earthquake|
Predicted Tsunami Wave Amplication (Energy)
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency
Monday, October 29, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
|Kiddie Tee Shirts|
|Chinese Good Luck Shirts|
|Candy Wrapper Handbags|
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Of course, I was only going to be in the parking space for a few minutes as I waited for the wife to run an errand, so I didn't use my credit card for the measly 25-cent charge. But it was interesting to see and use.
We are rapidly fulfilling that long-time prediction that we're becoming a cashless society. I remember maybe 12-15 years ago when I was staying in downtown San Francisco and dropped by a fast-food chain for a snack (I forget which one). I could have swiped a credit card for my purchase if I wanted to. Of course, I didn't want to at the time.
Today, maybe I'd do otherwise. After all, I charge as little as 99 cents for an iTunes app purchase on my iPad, or an ebook on Amazon.com. So a small credit card charge is beginning to make more and more sense as it's easier to pay a credit card balance off all at once, than keep digging cash out of one's pockets.
But, where do I draw the line? Certainly not at a quarter.
Friday, October 26, 2012
An anniversary of sorts slipped by me a month and a half ago. Four years ago on Sept. 9, 2008, I posted my very first Left Field Wander blog entry – “Mowing the Lawn." It wasn’t very popular and as of today, has enjoyed only one visitor and reader ... me.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
I love restaurants owners who aren't too proud to act silly every now and then. That's why this sign above the entrance to Pablo's Cantina in Ward Centre had me giggling uncontrollably.
"Members & Non-Members Only"? What a hoot! "Open Since 1059"? Bwahahaha!
Well, they may have been open since 1059, but they have closed. Maybe they shouldn't have restricted their patronage, huh? LOL.
Friday, October 19, 2012
I saw this ad in an inflight magazine on one of my flights to Las Vegas this year. It's an advertisement for Merriman's restaurants, touting the regional cuisine of Peter Merriman, one of the genre's originators.
It's a pretty nice ad, but you know how grammatical errors and incorrect word choices just wave me down and slap me across the face. The only word that caught my attention almost immediately was the word "It's" in the second subhead.
"Discover not just it's beauty but Hawaii's flavor" ... of course, it should be "its." What they're saying is you should "discover not just it is beauty," which absolutely doesn't make sense at all.
I don't know who does Merriman's advertising, but I'm available for proofreading at a very reasonable price.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Meet Crabby, the epitome of the word "crab." This huge fellow was stuck in a tank at the Dynasty Seafood Restaurant in Cupertino where we went for a dim sum lunch one Sunday while visiting family in San Jose.
He didn't look all that happy, and I pity the fool who has to fish him out of the tank if somebody orders crab with black bean sauce. Crabby measured a good three-feet from claw tip to claw tip (more than four of my hand-spans), and you should have seen the look he gave me as I placed my hand on the glass.
I didn't ask what kind of crab he was because the waiters and staff were all running around trying to service the overflow crowd. Plus, they were all speaking Chinese and the only Chinese words I know describe food that I've had. But I can tell he's not a spider crab, or a king crab, or a spiny crab, because I looked up pictures of them on Google.
But he's definitely a cold salt water crab. Heck, if I were that cold and salty and ugly, I'd be crabby too.
I kid you not.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The last time I was in Las Vegas, I had dinner at d.vino's in the Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino. Outside the restaurant was one of those interactive LED posters with their menus (I love those things, by the way).
Because I'm the way I am, one word immediately caught my eye ... "Tomaotes" (in the phrase "Heirloom Tomaotes") What the heck is a tomaote? Was it a misspelling of "tomato"? Or was it a non-English word that meant tomatoes? Of course, I took a picture, so I could make fun of it later on, because that's just the way I am.
And then, on the printed menu they gave me at the table, there it was again. Tomaotes. Maybe it's the Italian word for tomato, I thought. When I got home, I tried Google Translate. Nope. Then I tried Babelfish. Nope again. No such word in any language. I did a Google Search, then a Bing Search. Nope, nope.
The search engines kept substituting "tomaote" for "tomato." When I insisted the searches look for the word "tomaote," They returned all the previous "tomato" results, but with the word "tomato" changed to "tomaote." So obviously, nobody but the d.vino people knows what the hell a "tomaote" is.
I think I give up.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Worst Rush Hour Corridors (INTRIX, Inc, 2012)
Monday, October 15, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Why do we lose the hair on our heads, while the hair in our nose, on our ears and eyebrows, on our face, and all over the rest of our body grows longer and bushier and whiter and curlier and coarser and ... and ... aargh!
Friday, October 12, 2012
|Winner, Juror's Favorite Award|
“CANmehameha: Hawaii’s Original Superhero"
|Winner, Best Meal Award|
“Hosing Down the Flames of Hunger”
By Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company
|Winner, Best Use of Labels Award|
“We Can 1UP Hunger”
By Group 70 International Inc.
“Hulk Can Smash Hunger”
By Ushijima Architects
|"Captain Ameri-CAN Hawaii's Hunger Avenger"|
|"Everyone CAN Be a Hero"|
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Yesterday, I talked about finding a “sign” of the upcoming holiday season while messing around in Las Vegas.
It’s Fall, it’s Fall … so harvest away, my friends.
Monday, October 8, 2012
It's rather ironic that they resemble Christmas trees and that the picture was taken in 110+ degree weather.
Pine cones = Fall. Just imagine if the pine cones were green and the gravel was white. What we'd have then is this: Pine cone shapes = evergreens = Winter = Christmas.
It's a little too early to think of Christmas, but after all, it IS October, and it IS Fall. Which means Halloween is a few weeks away, Thanksgiving is a couple of months away, and once that happens, Christmas can't be that far behind.
Don't you love these unexpected reminders of happy family times ahead?
Sunday, October 7, 2012
|King Tut's Necklaces|
|King Tut on a Leopard|
|The 9-Year-Old King|