Secret Golden Gate Bridge Seismic Upgrade!

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BREAKING NEWS!

Working under the cover of fog in the evening and early morning hours for several months, California authorities today reported that the seismic upgrade of the Golden Gate Bridge was completed.

With the new third tower, it is now as safe as the recently completed Bay Bridge! 

Early this morning the fog was removed and returned to the Capitol building in  Sacramento…

And now, the new look of the GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE…

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So…What WERE They Doing? :-)

Dateline: Petaluma, California

One afternoon on the dock by the old trestle…

For the longest time I could not decide what these curiously attired people were doing. 

Now after a month with our first Smartphone…I finally figured it out!

He was teaching her how to use her Smartphone… :-)

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After much (futile) resistance…finally…a SMARTPHONE

While I am not entirely sure about the “Smart” portion of the name, we finally added a piece of the 21st Century to our repertoire of devices and toys…courtesy of Sprint…

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Smart? Phone?

After struggling up the learning curve a few inches, we finally managed a video phone conversation with my wife’s cousin in Illinois.  To be honest, it was a real hoot. Will be attempting it again with my mother in law next week.

Getting used to finger swipes, etc., takes some doing for “mouse oriented” people like us.  To be perfectly honest, using a stylus is much more accurate for us than our ancient fingers.  Frankly, we don’t understand how people can manage it while driving or walking across the street.  They must have more agile fingers than we do.  By comparison, I use a blunted toothpick to operate my Mp3 players.

On balance, we are getting use to it.

I intend, however to keep my Dumb Flip Phone :-)

Large Colorful Rabbit Draws Crowd on Water Street!

So what happens if you carry a very large eye-catching painted rabbit sculpture down Water Street and then put it down for a minute?

Well, first you need the rabbit…

Sculpture by Roberta Ahrens

Roberta Ahrens

Within seconds, the first visitor appears to check it out…

Sculpture by Roberta Ahrens

Sculpture by Roberta Ahrens

Then a few more…

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And still more…

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The rabbit is the creation of local artist Roberta Ahrens and she was transporting it on its way to a show when we encountered her on Water Street late this afternoon…

Sculpture by Roberta Ahrens

Roberta Ahrens

  From Roberta’s Website…

Roberta Ahrens is one of  Northern California’s top decorative painters; she has been published in interior design magazines such as Architectural Digest, and Better Homes and Gardens. Macy’s on Union Square in downtown San Francisco displays a beautiful 81′ x 9′ mural of Roberta’s just inside from the O’Farrel Street entrance.

Her work also adorns the penthouses, Alexandra’s and Victor’s of the Westin St. Francis Hotel, also in San Francisco.
She has worked all over the country, beautified many exclusive private homes, as well as some fabulous hotels, restaurants and wineries.

 

 

 

The Nite Before…

…And all through the town, not a creature was stirring…

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…The Grinch was securely confined in Petaluma’s Copperfield’s…

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…Patti Page was still wishing everyone a Merry Christmas on the Boulevard…

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…Angels & Snowmen sprouted on the sidewalk at Petaluma Blvd & E. Washington…

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E. Washington & Petaluma Blvd

…A winter mist settled on Petaluma…

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…Then Santa arrived in a flash of lights…

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Happy Christmas…Festivus…Hanukkah…Holidays…Kwanzaa…Winter Solstice Emoji

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