Decorating With A Broken Record


Decorating ideas for old LP’s with a piece missing (a.k.a. broken record)–wind chimes or a planter decoration…


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Additional Decorating Idea

One can also include old 45’s in a decorating project…

Golden Concourse Telephone Alley Lp's & 45 rpm records DSCF6520RAWWEB


The phrase “broken record” for those under 40 has it origins in the days of 78 rpm records–large disks  of recorded music that preceded 45’s and LP records.  Frequently the playback needle would get stuck causing the passage on the recording to repeat again and again.  So in popular speech if someone was repetitive, tedious or importunate, they were said to sound like a broken record.

However, records did break by design or accident.  78’s were particularly brittle.  Breaking a 45 or LP did require some effort.

Records, of course were replaced by CD’s, which in turn have been replaced with MP3 files and music streaming.


Photo location–Golden Concourse, Petaluma CA

Petaluma’s Founding Documents…Decomposing in the Basement

In this busy era we tend not to reflect upon our history and the documents from our past. In many instances government documents–records from the “pre-digital days”– sit decaying in boxes stored in backrooms, basements, or attics. (1)

And so it is with the City of Petaluma’s Archives in the basement of City Hall.  The preservation of some of these original documents and records must be given high priority.

Two original documents should be attended to now

Articles of Incorporation from 1858, signed by the California Secretary of State, Ferris Forman…*


  City Charter of 1876, signed by Secretary of State, Thomas Beck…*

If action is not taken, the above photos may be your first–if not the only–opportunity to view what I call the Founding Documents of our fair city.

These documents need to be properly treated and preserved in safe storage so that they do not continue to deteriorate. A documents archivist suggested…

“Digital replicas can–or should–be made to display in the Council Chambers or the Petaluma Museum…perhaps even in time for Petaluma’s 160th anniversary in 2018.”

  • If we take action now, we can ensure that they will still be here for the celebration.
  • If we don’t do anything………..Well, time is not on our side.


  • The City of Petaluma should immediately consult with a documents expert as to the best means to preserve the City’s founding documents and make them available to all of us in the future. (2)
  • The consultant should also be asked to advise as to the preservation of the rest of the important historical files in the City Archives.
  • If for some reason the City is not able to proceed, then it should immediately look to other agencies or institutions that are capable of preserving this history.

I have conducted some preliminary research in this area with the assistance of a few “sources” and have secured recommendations as to possible area candidates for this task.


*Photos from a January 2011 visit to City Hall  gathering information for Petaluma’s Charter–A Little Civics Lesson

(1) Care, Handling, and Storage of Works on Paper

(2) On the Preservation of Books and Documents in Original Form

Petaluma Pothole Ice Cream? But of course :-)

Petaluma Pothole Clo Sign

Potholes are Not Peculiar to Petaluma!

Our infrastructure is not unique in its decay.

Potholes are, however, a “hot” topic in local politics.

Several weeks ago I noticed a new Clover Stornetta sign on 101 promoting (in the free spirit of Clo the Cow) Petaluma Pothole Ice Cream.  I got a quick snap of the sign but vowed to get a more professional image…and to buy a carton of the ice cream.

Getting the photo was a challenge but I managed to pull it off (No, I wasn’t driving) and I present it in all its glory for your visual consumption…

Petaluma Pothole Clo Sign

Petaluma Pothole Clo Sign

Finding the Pothole Ice Cream took a little more time than expected as the shelves at G & G were always empty but I did find it a few days ago…the last carton on the shelf.  So I bought it before it disappeared…

Petaluma Pothole Ice Cream

Petaluma Pothole Ice Cream

So as you prepare for the upcoming Labor Day weekend, pick up a carton for your holiday spread.

As Clo reports 0n the back of container…

“It’s a pothole you’ll want to hit.”

And if you hit it just right…




Petaluma’s Leaky Water Infrastructure Blues


The water mains and lines in Petaluma are, shall we say, a bit long in the tooth.  On one street in our ‘Hood, the main blows about once a year and the section is replaced.

Last week the line feeding the water meter to the house next door started flooding the yard.  Fortunately it was noticed before too much water escaped and the Water Department fixed it in short order.

Tonight, a water main or the line from the main that feeds a fire hydrant blew at the house across from us. It was a big one–flooding the surrounding streets and pushing up the pavement in front of the home.  It was late in the evening and was not noticed until a homeowner next to the line came home and noticed a large volume of water in the streets.

To say that it attracted a lot of attention is an understatement. Don’t expect too much sleep tonight given the expected and necessary work that will be required to patch it.

A few photos may give you a sense of the scene…






“Thankfully, there’s Healdsburg”

Two different worlds, if you will, separated by mere inches on the sidewalk...

“Thankfully, there’s Healdsburg” proclaims the sign on the Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce window

Healdsburg in Northern Sonoma County has changed with gentrification* and $400 a night hotel rooms; however, there are still a few places where one can get a nice lunch for less than a mortgage payment.

On a recent Friday afternoon there were the usual downtown crowds…

  • The sidewalk in front of the Healdsburg Bar & Grill patio was filled with people.
  • A Dickensian figure sitting on the public bench next to the sidewalk was holding a sign…“Poverty 2015”  

Given the tendency for readers to only look at the first image in a post, I first present an image to give you a sense of the scene…

Two different worlds, if you will, separated by mere inches on the sidewalk...

Two different worlds, if you will, separated by mere inches on the sidewalk…

 Photos in the slideshow below…


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*Further information on the changes in Healdsburg are reported in this recent San Francisco Chronicle article…How wealth is making Healdsburg a miniature San Francisco

Shopping Carts DON’T Float…at least not in the Petaluma River!

Long ago in a galaxy far far away I used to rant and rave about all the abandoned shopping carts around town.  I seem to remember addressing the City Council at least once. But I found it tiresome and vowed to

  • Never pick up or push another cart out of the ‘Hood.
  • Never take another photo of a cart unless it had a body in it. *

I do remember working with others in our ‘Hood to pick carts up and haul them back to the stores.  Loading them in the pick-up was a chore and took two of us to pull it off. And this brings us to this morning when I spotted two freshly deposited carts in the Petaluma River off the Water Street Promenade.

I was genuinely impressed with the effort.  Based on my experience hauling carts it had to take at least two people to lift the carts over the railing and into the river…

Water Street Promenade Petaluma River

Water Street Promenade Petaluma River Abandoned Carts tossed in the river

And as you can see, one of them was a perfect nose dive…

Water St Petaluma River

Water St Petaluma River Abandoned Cart Nose Dive

I had forgotten how interesting some of the abandoned cart images can be in terms of photo post processing.

It is possible to create some very interesting art images, particularly of carts that are just beneath the surface–.I may even enter one of them in a photo contest–Working Title: Petaluma River Art Objects

I offer a brief slideshow for your consideration and opinion.

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*By the bye, the photos I took years ago are still the first ones you see if you enter  “abandoned shopping carts Petaluma” in Google or Bing images. I guess this post may add some more. So be it.