Monday, March 25, 2013
One of the worst chores involved in getting ready for Passover is cleaning a Toaster Oven. I'm sure there may be very observant people who say it's impossible, but I think it can be done. Crumbs may be chometz, but once they're charcoal, they're not. However, in the case of this particular Toaster Oven, I am gladly getting rid of it. (Click on any picture to see larger version.)
I used to jokingly say, "Promise her anything, but get her Black & Decker," which was a play on an old perfume ad. This was back when Black & Decker only made power tools. Now they're making small household appliances, as well. Unfortunately, this particular appliance has been an evil presence in our house since the day we bought it. The timer mechanism has never worked, and it has charred more bread & baked goods than I can recount. It is with real pleasure that I am putting it in the trash (if I had a baseball bat, I'd probably be whacking it to pieces first), and looking forward to getting a new one that works properly.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Back from San Diego. Two highlights from our return journey, wherein we cheated Death by flying through the Air. First, early this morning an alert TSA Agent prevented me from smuggling deadly Greek Yogurt from Trader Joe's onto the Airplane (I'm guessing he forgot to bring his own breakfast to work), and
Second, the "Tornado Shelter" signs on the Restroom entrances at the airport in St. Louis (although to be honest, if I saw a tornado rushing across the tarmac towards the all-glass wall of the Terminal, I'd probably be running to the Restroom, anyway).
Thursday, March 14, 2013
View from the Skyfari ride at San Diego Zoo. Just missed getting picture of descending Airliner about 200 feet above the highway (which looks like an aqueduct, running across the upper left-hand side). Anyway, this is exactly what Boston needs, a Cross-Town Gondola Ride. It would not only be great for Tourism, but would also be a very practical way to get from one side of Town to the other. The Gondolas could be open in the Summer, and enclosed the rest of the Year.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
We made it down the goat path to the Beach below Torrey Pines. It was hazy and only 66 degrees, so we were able to be there for an hour plus, without hearing that sizzling frying pan sound and realizing it was us. I managed to get myself in more than waist-deep, but wasn't up for body-surfing. We did gather a bunch of shells, but nothing spectacular. Of course, once we had reached our bag limit and were heading back to the trail, then we started to see the good ones. Shells like the Balboa Babiyaga, the multi-chambered Convolutus (AKA "the Conchominium"), and the rarely-seen Whampeter's Stoma. Oh, well, there's always next time.
Monday, March 11, 2013
It was just a few minutes after dead-low tide, and definitely time to check out the tidepools and the sedimentary rock formations between the Pumphouse Beach and La Jolla Cove. (Click on any photo to see larger versions.)
Made me think of Ireland for some reason....
The sedimentary rock has the same lunar look as the Burren,
with erosion creating some strange effects.
This looks like a line of giant vertebrae....
Dance of the improptu Beach Sculptures...
Possibly left by an ancient, beach-worshipping civilization?