The Petaluma Mystery Sculpture(s)

In Petaluma Photo Musings…I raised a question as to the identity and origins of the metal ornamentals atop certain street poles downtown.

For a time, I thought they might be a new kind of Wi-Fi or cell phone antenna.

Several and repeated inquiries produced no answers. No one seemed to know; therefore, I considered the usual names for unidentified objects…

  • Petaluma Thingy
  • Theatre District Thingamabob
  • Downtown Doo-hickey
  • Butter & Eggs Thingamajig

But such pedestrian names are not sufficient for this unique downtown decoration…

I was perplexed! How will I identify it? Frankly, I was about ready to abandon the project until…I received an e-mail that, as it turns out, offered a most likely explanation: “The ‘sculptures’ are cleverly disguised antennae put up by me to connect to the Mothership.”

Is it possible?  Could it be?

Well, when I went to examine them again…sure enuf! OMG!

Case closed! Mystery Solved!

READER NOTE– For a corollary or companion set of photo musings also see Ski Petaluma!

Petaluma Photo Musings…

A random set of recent photos that inspired a question and three observations…

What is this?

Please note the metal sculpture on top of the sign. I have spotted two–one on Kentucky Street and one in the Theatre District.  I have some close-ups in excellent lighting but would like to correctly identify the sculpture before publishing them.  If anyone knows the background behind these ornamentals, please post a comment or send an e-mail to 

Remember, when  pruning trees…

…take care where you park your car!

Lost & Found Department–A bush in the side yard.

  After three days it was retrieved…by someone.

A sign in Sonoma introduced me to a new word…


Pronunciation can be tricky…and potentially embarrasing. So here is a guide– arti·san·al.

Petaluma…You Too Can Be A Star!

Public events and celebrations don’t happen by magic.  A considerable amount of planning and fund raising is required in advance. And so it is with Petaluma’s Fourth of July celebration and fireworks show.

As the photos indicate, Petaluma’s July 4th event is more than just a fireworks show.  

According to Jan Mandrell, Recreation Supervisor, Parks & Recreation: “Our efforts are focused on developing a family friendly event and to raise enough money to develop a program with fun filled activities for everyone,but how much we receive in contributions will determine what activities we can include.”

The goal is $50,000. 

Jan advises, “If we are unable to raise enough funds by the deadline of February 28, we will not be able to provide this event for the first time in more than 20 years. We are excited to announce that Petaluma Kiwanis has once again committed to donating $5,000 to the upcoming 2011 Annual Fireworks Display. In addition, a group of Kiwanis volunteers has also offered to work to help raise funds needed to make this happen because they feel strongly about keeping the event going in our community. We are hopeful that our past donors will see the value of community and make a financial commitment to the upcoming July 4th Fireworks Celebration.”

The City has also set up a link on its web page (Click Here) to enable you to “Buy A Star” to help meet the goal. So please Buy A Star and Be a Star!

Give it a go…It’s painless…

This Valentine’s Day…Buy Local!

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As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, it is, of course, time to go shopping for the perfect Valentine.  Today, we are encouraged to Buy Local.

Always willing to support a good cause, I reflected on the Buy Local concept yesterday as I prepared to venture out to find the perfect gift…locally.


I showered, using a low flow shower head (Made in China)

I brushed my teeth using an electric toothbrush (Made in China)

I shaved with an electric razor (Made in China)

Next, I put on…

  • Clean underwear (Made in Honduras)
  • Clean Shirt (Made in India)
  • Pants (Made in Vietnam)
  • Shoes (Made in China)
  • My wristwatch (Made in China)
  • My glasses (Made in China) and
  • My jacket (Made in China)

In the kitchen, I made breakfast using my…

  • Coffee Pot (Made in China)
  • Toaster (Made in China) and 
  • Took my prescription drugs (Made in Singapore and Israel) 

Before leaving the house…

I checked the e-mail on the computer (Made in China) and the weather on my widescreen TV (Made in Japan).

Then, I…

  • Turned on my cellphone (Made in China)
  • Picked up my cameras (Made in China and Malaysia)
  • Went to the garage and decided to use the car (Made in Japan) instead of the bicycle (Made in China) So how did I do?

It was a very good day. When I got home there was a message on my answering machine (Made in China)! I was pleased to learn that the dental crown (from the laboratory in China) came in sooner than expected.  Good news indeed!

And…I can proudly report that my Buy Local trip produced the perfect Valentine’s Day gift (Made in…..)Sad smileWilted rose

I celebrated by watching a DVD (Made in Mexico) on my DVD player (Made in China).…Get Out There & Buy Local Every Day!