Motorcycle Lane Splitting…Part II

In October  of last year I documented this California road behavior in Motorcycle Lane Splitting…Riding On the Edge

Consider this posting as an update.

I am amazed these riders got through on their Harleys considering the size of their bikes.

Think of it as just squeezing by… :-)

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It was a dark and stormy night…

EmojiEmoji…A Ghost Flowed into Toby’s Feed Barn…EmojiEmoji

Toby's Feed Barm (Point Reyes Station)

Toby’s Feed Barm (Point Reyes Station)

EmojiEmoji…Downtown Petaluma fell strangely silent…EmojiEmoji

Clock Tower (Petaluma)

Clock Tower (Petaluma)

Emoji…A mysterious orb appeared over the Petaluma River…Emoji

Mysterious Orb (Petaluma Yacht Club)

Mysterious Orb (Petaluma Yacht Club)

EmojiEmoji…Crows observed from above…EmojiEmoji

A Murder of Crows (Petaluma Gross Bldg)

A Murder of Crows (Petaluma Gross Bldg)

EmojiEmoji…”Fear not”– they called out….EmojiEmoji

Canter Park (Petaluma)

Center Park (Petaluma)

It’s Just Halloween!!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Phone History…BS (Before Smartphones)

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Before cellphones, smartphones, and wireless everything, we relied upon stationary devices such as public payphones or phone booths to  communicate when out and about. Movies and TV programs featured scenes of reporters rushing to payphones to report breaking news or of shadowy spies and secret agents making clandestine calls from a phone booth in the dark of night…etc., etc.

A phone booth in Petaluma…note the rotary dial.

Phone Booth

Phone Booth

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Payphones, of course, still exist but they are few and far between.  It is my understanding that they are somewhat more prevalent in larger cities.  For a quick history and report on their current status (including interesting photos from New Cork City) see Don’t hang up yet: Pay phones are still a fixture in U.S. culture  (Columbia School of Journalism).  Google (Who else?) also has plans to use payphones as Wi-Fi hotspots. For details go to  Google May Transform NYC Pay Phones Into Wi-Fi Hot Spots

In my wanderings around Petaluma’s downtown, I did notice some of these old units still in existence, although one clearly was not operational. However, it still serves a purpose as a trash receptacle…

Pay Phone

Pay Phone

This unit might be operational…if you use both hands…

Broken Payphone

Broken Payphone

 

Related Article:  Payphone…May it RIP

Lobsters in Lucchesi Park?

Lucchesi Park Lobster

Over the years I have  encountered many an interesting scene in Lucchesi Park.  Frankly, I have not spent much time there over the last year but I cut through the park this morning on the way to pick up a newspaper…yes, the old fashioned hard copy Argus. As it often happens in these situations, my big cameras were at home.  However I had a small pocket camera with me.  It came in handy. While I would have preferred the lens quality of my Leica, I made do with what I had with me.

And if I did not see what I think I saw…tell me what it was!!

UPDATE–a very reliable source has identified it as a crawdad.  Think of it as a miniature lobster.

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At first I saw it in the grass near the tennis court and moved on… Then I did a slow double take…What did I just see???!!!! A LOBSTER???

Lucchesi Park Lobster

Lucchesi Park Lobster

And again on the sidewalk….

Lucchesi Park Lobster

Lucchesi Park Lobster

Was it a new resident of the park or did it escape from somewhere?

Lucchesi Park Lobster

Lucchesi Park Lobster

Lucchesi Park Lobster

Lucchesi Park Lobster

From 1970′s bathroom to turtle spa…

After 28 years of living in our abode, my wife decided it was time to bring the 1970′s master bathroom up to date. Oh, to be sure, we had  updated faucets and undertaken various attempts to make it look a little better over the years…

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Now it was time to quit trying to put more lipstick on the pig and bring the room into the 21st Century.  To this end, an ensemble of craftsmen from Ohana Construction & Bill Boyd Tile set out to implement my wife’s design objectives while incorporating the principles of  ADA Universal Design 

THE RESULT

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Both contractors and their crews were excellent in all aspects of the project.  WE HAVE NO RESERVATIONS IN RECOMMENDING THEM. By the bye, Kimo Garrigan of Ohana Construction and Bill Boyd are members of the Petaluma High School Class of ’83! A little fact I picked up during the course of the project. Ohana Construction Bill Boyd Tile

Part I of the 2014 Photo Gallery Part Is Now Available!

In the process of assembling, editing, processing and otherwise fiddling around with my photos,  I have decided to split the Photo Gallery this year into two parts.

Part II will be released in December!!

Petaluma Pete’s Piano…sans Pete!

I knew that Petaluma Pete had taken to parking a spare piano downtown from time to time to see if others would stop and practice a few riffs…

Piano Pete's Piano

Piano Pete’s Piano

I recall a story or video on the Internet where someone had done the same thing in a busy transit terminal somewhere. Quite a few people stopped by…perhaps students at Julliard…and really put on a show.  I did not imagine that I would ever see it here.

However…

One July morning I was taking my therapy walk downtown. As I approached the Shutterbug, I heard the very distinct piano sounds of Chicago style boogie woogie. I knew that Pete’s Public Piano was around the corner but the style told me it wasn’t Pete playing.  I almost expected to see Erwin Helfer or Barrrelhouse Chuck (Think Rush Street in Chicago) as I turned the corner…

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Was he any good?  Oh yeah!

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