Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Nightmare on Elm Street


When I picked up the phone one Halloween, a man on the other end asked “Are you the one who’s lost a cat?” I had an orange cat named Sonny who liked to wander the neighborhood, and as he wore a collar with my phone number, I answered "Yes". 

The man said: "You need to come down here and pick him up right now. This is the manager of the Del Mar Theater on Pacific Avenue”.  I told him I'd be right over to pick him up.

“Okay”, he said, “where do you live?”

When I told him I lived on Elm Street, there was an odd pause before he said “just hurry”.

As it turns out, the Del Mar--a vintage theater with a free-standing ticket booth in front--was just admitting customers to the next show, so I understood why the manager wanted to be rid of the distraction, which was my cat. So I went right up to the ticket taker at the door, and asked where I could find Sonny. He pointed to the ticket booth, and sure enough there he was inside having a good time with all the activity. The cashier and the movie goers were amused at what was going on.

As I was leaving, I looked at the marquee, and I understood the awkward pause after I told the manager where I lived. The movie that was playing that Halloween Night was “Nightmare on Elm Street” !


Saturday, October 27, 2018

Friday, October 19, 2018

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

My First Car

My first car was a 1953 Chevrolet Suburban like this one.  It was the same color as a Lima Bean, so that's what I called it.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Bridge Painter

I talked to this bridge painter. He was a huge man, and he appreciated my respect for his job and my correct surmising of his Native American heritage: He was reticent and deliberate. I appreciated him posing for me in front of his utility truck.

Saturday, October 13, 2018


The story goes that while in Baghdad, a steady stream of mystics and learned men sought to meet Bahá´ú´lláh....many of whom had quite an inflated opinion of themselves, indicated by the extremely tall turbans they wore and the ostentatious titles they had adopted. One day a man came wearing the tallest turban anyone had ever seen and announced his name to be "The Seal of the Mullahs". Bahá´ú´lláh is said to have smiled at him and uttered one word..."Insha'Allah."

Thursday, October 11, 2018

A Drop in a Vacuum

A Drop in a Vacuum

Some curious individual wondered if the effect of a drop of liquid landing on a surface is different in a vacuum than it is at one atmosphere.

This is the effect I'm familiar with.

Here is a video of  a drop in a vacuum.

 I'm unclear on the physics, but it seems that when the friction between the liquid and air is eliminated, all the energy is efficiently and uniformly dispersed into the receiving body...or something.

I lost the contents of the article, but I remember that what was learned in the experiment had a practical application, which, unfortunately, I can't remember.  Doh!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Sunday, October 7, 2018


EDIZ HOOK, Port Angeles, Washington

Friday, October 5, 2018

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Sky Glider

Sky Glider, Santa Cruz, California

Tuesday, October 2, 2018