Holiday Gifts…Made In…Mailed From…

It is an accepted fact of life that most, if not all, of our consumer goods are made outside of the United States. It is also true that many of them are purchased online as opposed to visiting brick and mortar shopping malls.

Recently, however, I experienced a bit of a novelty as an online shopper when I opened the packages…

 Apple Records/EMI Mary Hopkin album from 1968 reissued as a CD…Made in Poland!

Made In Poland

Made In Poland

A camera accessory made in China (of course) but this one was MAILED from China!

Mailed From China

Mailed From China

To help the trade balance I  offer a “Made In The USA” image .  Go to Sonoma County Holiday Scenes…

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Shopping…Carts in 2013

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! I hope that everyone has something to be thankful for!  If not, you can take comfort in the fact that many of your favorite stores will be open on Thanksgiving! In addition many restaurants will be open to fuel the hungry shoppers! Best of all, shopping carts will get a workout on Turkey Day!

Yes indeed! According to the Oracle of the 21st Century (The Internet), Walmart, Target, and Kmart will be standing at the ready to facilitate your purchases early on Thanksgiving Morn. In addition, Best Buy and Macy’s are opening their doors in many locales.

Nordstrom apparently is the Grinch of the Retail World and won’t be open. Emoji

Be sure and check with your local stores and be first in line.

For shoppers in Petaluma there is an added a la shopping cart bonus this shopping season!  If you are too tired to return your shopping carts, there is a convenient drop off point at Sonoma Mountain and East Washington….

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Government Shurdown Hits Petaluma CA???

As the news media explodes with stories about the consequences of the Federal Government Shutdown and the looming possibility of a Federal Treasury Default…

Perhaps “signs” of the approaching Financial Armageddon are already appearing in Petaluma? Emoji

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A $ Hyperlink…Where’s George?

Our world is full of hyperlinks, hashtags, tweets, text messages by the score, IM communications etc.,etc….all current forms of communication in our virtual world.   Here is an example of how someone has used a “real world” dollar bill as an entrance or portal to following the “travels” of a dollar bill on the Internet as it circulates around the country. Of course the success of the tracking depends upon people noticing the link on the bill and reporting it on the web site.

The link was interesting, to say the least…Emoji

I obtained the bill as part of my change at Peet’s Coffee in Petaluma this May. According to WheresGeorge , the bill was registered on their web site on August 7, 2012 in Sacramento, CA.  Thereafter it most likely passed through many hands without notice until I received it here in Petaluma in May of this year and decided to check it out!

Dollar Hyperlink 2web

Dollar Hyperlink 1web

Whether there will be any further reporting on this particular bill will depend upon whether I return it to circulation or simply leave it on my dresser!!

For additional information on WheresGeorge and the people behind it , check out  Web Site Lets You Track Paper Money

READER NOTE–For those who may not follow my photo blog, you may want to check out another “curiosity” I encountered by taking a quick look at A flower by any other name…

Blowing Bubbles…Tiburon, California

Those of a certain age enjoyed, from time to time, the practice of blowing bubbles as a child.  Recall, if you will, the little bottle of “bubble fluid” and the plastic ring you inserted in the bottle before gently blowing bubbles across the yard.

A man in Tiburon, CA has taken it to a higher level using a much larger device and the onshore winds from the Bay to generate and transmit his gigantic bubbles.  I first noticed him in November, 2011 and again in March of this year…

Tiburon November 2011

Tiburon November 2011

Tiburon November 2011

Tiburon November 2011

Tiburon March 2013

Tiburon March 2013

Tiburon March 2013

Tiburon March 2013

Tiburon March 2013

Tiburon March 2013

Meow! Cat Fanciers Annual Santa Rosa Show

February 9 & 10, 2013

The Santa Rosa Cat Fanciers Association  All Breed Show at the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds is a must attend event for cat lovers.  It also is a challenge to take pictures without flash so as not to disturb the feline stars and judges. Notwithstanding this limitation, I have created a brief photo gallery for your perusal.


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Signs & Scenes…2012

Well here it is, December 1. 2012, and another year has almost  come and gone. To wrap up 2012, I offer over seventy new photos from the year in Signs & Scenes Gallery 2012 

Thanks to the editing assistance of a few readers in putting it all together. I did add a few photos since our last review.