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…ūüôā

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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…

Smart? Phone?

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 Phoneūüôā

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…


And still more…


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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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…

Emoji Emoji

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



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


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

E. Washington & Petaluma Blvd

E. Washington & Petaluma Blvd

…A winter mist settled on Petaluma…


…Then Santa¬†arrived in a flash of¬†lights…



Emoji¬†…Proclaiming Emoji

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


EmojiSeason’s GreetingsEmoji


Known Knowns…Wistful Thinking…a Unique LA Tour Bus

Foreword or Forewarning: This post was created from “leftover” photos from my monthly camera downloads for the 2014 Photo Gallery.¬† For some reason, these disjointed scenes seemed to deserve their own¬†special showing. A decision, encouraged perhaps, by my favorite cheap wine!



“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.” (Donald Rumsfeld)

Known Water Leak (Healdsburg)

Known Water Leak (Healdsburg)


While downtown recently, a parking sign caught my eye…Could it be?
Great solution to the shopping cart problem in Petaluma!
Way to go City Hall!
Shopping Cart SignWeb
But alas, it was not true. I blinked and then rubbed by eyes.
Reality returned…
Downtown Petaluma

Downtown Petaluma


Downtown Petaluma on the Boulevard…

Speak Questions Only (Petaluma Blvd)

Speak Questions Only (Petaluma Blvd)

An image¬†“captured” in San Rafael. A¬†“tour” bus I don’t think you want to take…

Los Angeles County Prison Bus

Los Angeles County Prison Bus


Part II of the Photo Gallery will be released later this month. Part I is available by clicking on the link at the top of the page.


Random street photos from Downtown Petaluma are¬†available now, go to Scene(s) On The Street…Petaluma