Wednesday, October 31, 2012


It's that time of year again.  Time for the spooks to come out.  Mt. Vernon Street in Prescott awaits with frightening decorations for the annual influx of thousands of trick-or-treaters.

Down on Whiskey Row, the Jersey Lilly has a new doorman.

And the bartender looked somewhat horrible.

Downstairs at the Palace, the BRD and her Beau Jack (background) celebrated Halloween with their annual private party Saturday night.

Here are some of their guests.

Over at the Firehouse Kitchen there were more revelers, looking a bit fuzzy.  (Ghosts?  Or cocktails?)

Back on the street a man was wearing an appropriate for Halloween shirt.

He said his mother gave it to him!

Speaking of shirts, a local cab driver was wearing one advertising free rides home tonight for those revelers who didn't bring along a designated driver.  Good idea.

Nearby, an English bulldog was taking it all in with just a touch of green-eyed envy.

And today, we'll let him be the subject of the gratuitous critter picture.

Happy Halloween, everybody.  Stay safe.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


I stopped in the Palace Saloon last Saturday evening and spotted a couple more old timers dedicated to keeping the days of the Old West alive for the present generation.

And just outside, a quartet alighted from a cab (not a stagecoach) preparing for a night of liquid refreshment, apparently.

Of course it is nearly Halloween and a number of costume events were going on in the Whiskey Row saloons.  More on that tomorrow.

In the meantime, here's today's gratuitous critter picture.

And one suggestion from President Barack Obama: you might consider a donation at this time to the Red Cross, which is performing yeoman duty back East in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Monday, October 29, 2012


The East Coast of the United States is under attack from Mother Nature today and probably for the rest of the week.  Our thoughts are with the people suffering under the effects of what is being called a Super Storm.

To lighten the mood, I offer today not one, not two, but three gratuitous critter pictures.

Sunday, October 28, 2012


Look what I found as I was ambling about on Whiskey Row in Prescott last night.

That's a highly-polished 1946 Cadillac, as advertised by it's license plate.

SWMBO told me later it was one of the first generation of new cars built in peacetime after World War Two.  The rear compartment had a bench seat plus a jump seat facing it.  Lots of leg room.

A beautiful car with that big V Cadillac emblem front and rear.

And, yes, that is the ghostly image of your correspondent behind the V.

But the emblem more favored by young (and old) men rides at the front of the hood.

The flying goddess. Beautiful bit of streamlining.

And speaking of beautiful, here's today's gratuitous critter picture.

Saturday, October 27, 2012


A friend posted a photo of this sign on Facebook.  I may have to make one up for our front door.

I particularly like the line about thin mints.

It is definitely autumn in Arizona.  Here's the evidence.

Only 10 more days until this year's election season is over.  Joy, joy, joy.  I only watch the evening news and while I read a lot on the Internet and look at a lot of political polls, I only put my trust in Nate Silver, who has a magnificent blog on the New York Times.  He is much less hyper than Fox News or MSNBC or the two campaigns.  And he correctly picked the winner in 49 of the 50 states in 2008 as well as picking the winner in each of the 35 Senate contests that year.  So rant away, supporters of both sides, I'll take Nate Silver.

What follows is a gratuitous critter picture.

"Uh, what are you looking for?"

Friday, October 26, 2012


A friend of mine up in the far eastern part of Canada, Wanda Dawn Drover, tweaked me on Facebook recently.

Well, here's what I had for dinner last night.

Tangerine topped pork loin scallopini!

O.K. Wanda Dawn, take a breath, the suspense is over.

Incidentally, she's a gorgeous girl who takes great photographs.

 Changing the subject just a bit, I caught my big black boy cat, Blackwell, taking a nap on my bed yesterday.

He quite obviously loves it when he can catch a ray of sunlight on his belly to warm him even further.

Blackwell is an all-black cat but the sunlight on his fur makes him appear to be black and white.

That nap looks good.  Maybe I'll join him.

Thursday, October 25, 2012


Anybody know what these are?

The blossoms are shaped like daisies but I don't think that's what they are, especially with this burst of color.  I found them in a yard near the BRD's residence that is quite nicely landscaped.

The following photo is a gratuitous critter picture, not taken by me.

"I've told you before: don't play in the street!"

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

IT'S A 41!

I saw this while I was out running* around today.

Well, you know me.  Never run to resist taking a photo of a classic car.  As you can see by the license plate frame, this is a 1941 Chevrolet.  And it's a beauty.

The proud owner told me he had done all the restoration work himself.  And it only took him 10 years!

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* - Running is a figure of speech.  It's been quite a few years since this lad did any "running" around.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


My friend, Meggie, sent me these pictures the other day.  I liked them so much I decided to post them.  Enjoy!

The end(s)!