Goodbye 2017! Now We Ascend to an Ersatz If Not Faux New Year…2018!

2017 was a year that brought the United States mass shootings, hurricanes, flooding, and wildfires on an unprecedented level.

In addition to these disasters there were three developments in 2017 that I predict will continue to ascend and take over in 2018…The Year Of The Total Faux!

(Signs and Scenes from Downtown Petaluma 2017)


The maturity of Faux News…appearing even on a garbage can on Petaluma’s Water Street….Expect it to become dominant in 2018.


Ersatz Money a.k.a. Cryptocurrency matured in 2017 and may expand in 2018….making money and banks antiques.  Consider this scene in Downtown Petaluma…

If you are willing to join the future money club see Missed the bitcoin boom? Five more baffling cryptocurrencies to blow your savings on

I, for one, will let others pursue this money trail.

III. The Post Literate World born on 2017 will expand in 2018…

Tweets, Texts, personal attacks, insults, slogans, etc., will continue to be the only necessary sources of information to be an informed citizen…

Leading finally to this by the end of 2018…



A Victorian Sixties Era Ranch House?

I leave it to the reader as to how to best answer the question posed above. But first read the background below! 🙂

It was time to upgrade the exterior of our sixties era ranch house e.g., windows, paint, lights. But what color for the house? Fortunately, my wife, who has a much better eye for such things than I, took charge of the color selection.

After several trips to Peterson’s Paints to evaluate color options, computer modeling, etc., she selected colors frequently used on Victorian style homes–Exotic Purple & Eggplant. Simply White was selected as the trim color.   Purple was the main color except for one side wall in Eggplant. To put it all in perspective this work photo will better explain it…

Here is the result…

NOTE: As the light changes throughout the day, the Purple becomes Black and the Eggplant becomes Purple.  White remains…Simply  White.



This project, like most, generated another idea. I mean if you are doing new windows and colors, you can’t just live with the old concrete steps to the front door!

A little research and consultation with Ohana Construction produced this solution…


  • Ohana Construction in Petaluma for making it all happen with their usual hard work above & beyond…not to mention their suggestions at several stages of the exterior renovation projects. They continue to live up to their reputation as the People’s Choice.

  • Peterson’s Paints for their help in evaluating and selecting colors, sheens, etc.
  • Friedman’s for their assistance on selecting outdoor lighting options from the overwhelming selection.

Balshaw Bridge Fitness Center?

It appears that we may have another fitness center in Downtown Petaluma!*

I noticed the gear this morning under the Balshaw Pedestrian Bridge over the Petaluma River.


No editing tricks–images straight from the camera made during this morning’s perambulation…

Balshaw Bridge Barbell

No hours are posted for this new facility.  However, it may be open 24 hours for boaters who want to lift weights while on the river…

Balshaw Bridge Barbell

Balshaw Bridge Barbell

Hmmmm! I wonder what kind of permit was required for this installation?

*While written with tongue in cheek, I hope this will be taken seriously and corrected…Until then, boaters should be careful under the bridge


Today I received an Official Document from Washington DC…


The document contained therein advised that I am a finalist to win a 2017 Toyota Prius. Apparently they have been trying to contact me before as the envelope clearly indicates this is the “Final Attempt”!

I checked the address on 611 Pennsylvania Ave in Washington…


Apparently an entity called PVS at 225 W First St in Casper Wy is in charge of the contest.

I checked out the address contained in the Offical Document…


Don’t you just LOVE Google Maps!!

By the Bye, as I am awfully busy with other official documents from Washington during tax time, I regret that I will not have time to seek the prize.  Sigh…such is life…




California Establishes Texting Only Lanes Effective January 1, 2017!

Effective January 1, 2017 new legislation bans all cellphone use while driving. See New California law prohibits all cellphone use while driving

However an obscure provision in California Assembly Bill 6666 creating Texting Only Lanes and Streets ALSO goes into effect next year! 

Recognizing the chronic behavior of texting drivers, Assembly Bill 6666 mandates that certain lanes, streets, and roads will be dedicated and restricted to Texting Only Drivers.

I. Selected carpool lanes will be converted to Texting Only Lanes…texting-only-sign

II. Certain roadways and streets will have different time limitations…


III. To use such lanes one MUST be texting while driving.

Failure to comply will result in a fine…


To enforce the new texting law, a fleet of 5000 drones equipped to monitor cellphone texting signals will deploy to monitor compliance.

  • If a non-texting vehicle is detected in a designated Texting Lane or Street, the drone will take a photo of the license and the vehicle occupants and automatically generate a violation notice.
  • Efforts to authorize drone missile strikes on vehicles with three prior non-texting violations were narrowly defeated in a late night vote.

PLEASE NOTE: Texting in all other lanes is still prohibited and will be monitored by the new drone fleet.

Drivers will also be given adequate notice as to when a Texting Lane is ending…end-texting-lane

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Walking The 101…

…even if pedestrians are not legal on a California Freeway!

I captured this image of a “traveler” (a.k.a. hitchhiker) on the side of the freeway by the Sonoma/Marin line…

Walkin' The 101

Walkin’ The 101

Given the increasing gridlock congestion on 101, he was progressing faster than we were…

Walkin' The 101

Walkin’ The 101

However, lane splitting motorcycles move faster than anyone…

Splitting The 101

Splitting The 101