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… :-)
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.
If you don’t know what a rotary dial is, ask someone over 50
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…
This unit might be operational…if you use both hands…
Related Article: Payphone…May it RIP
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…
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
Bill Boyd Tile
Bill Boyd Tile
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
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!!
This annual “foodie” event is produced by the Petaluma Host Lions Club with the proceeds benefiting the local high schools..
I think of it as an indoor street festival presenting an epicurean vision of local dining, restaurants, caterers, and food vendors offering their best for your consideration. Oh, and you can also eat and sample as much as you wish.
To add to the experience, several high school jazz bands provided entertainment throughout the event
The Santa Rosa Cat Fanciers Association All Breed Show at the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds earlier this month was a must attend event for cat lovers—who braved one of rare rainy weekends this season to attend.
Of course, there were many vendors of cat accessories…
And attendees had a chance to adopt “Forgotten Felines”…
We “braved” the rain to make our annual pilgrimage to the event and I have create a few galleries to give you a sense of the day.
Note that all photos were taken without flash so as not to disturb the feline stars and judges.
(Click on any photo in the individual gallery to open the collage for full sized photos. To return to the page from the open gallery, slick on the X in the upper left hand corner)
Attendees (Feline & People)
Late fall and winter is “normally” our wet season when rain and snow deposits fill our reservoirs for future use.
In the California coastal areas, the landscape is normally quite verdant at this time of the year as shown in the first two photos in the collage.
The last two photos are the best evidence of the present situation…Drought
(Click on any photo to open the collage to see full sized photos)
Two Rock, Sonoma County
Two Rock, Sonoma County
101 Sonoma County
READER NOTE: For a related “Water” post—related only in that it includes “Water” in the title—check out They’re Flipping Out on Water Street!