Vacation Redux

It appears to have been deemed very short-notice-like that Annabelle and I are going to take one more shot at a ‘vacation’. After the previous fiasco I’m keeping my fingers crossed that things will go a bit better this time.

We won’t have internet access on this trip, so I won’t be able to catch-up with everyone until our return. In fact, if you’re reading this post we’re already… off… somewhere. So you get a well deserved break from me. For a while, anyway.

Also please don’t make too much fun of my fake Wayfarers… I did save around one hundred bucks on this deal, you know.

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Hay Bales

Sometimes I don’t mind a bit of lens flare… today I was kinda’ feeling the burn (so to speak). Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Hans: “Ya, once again I am Hans…”

Franz: “And I am Franz…”

Hans & Franz: “And we just want to pump *clap* you up!”

Hans: “Alright, you know, we’ve been on sabbatical the last four months . That’s right.”

Franz: “Ya.”

Hans: “Some 300 scientists from 23 countries made an exhaustive study of our bodies to try to find out if we were real.”

Franz: “Ya, that’s right. Could 2 men be this perfect? Is it genetically possible? Answer? Ya.”

Dana Carvey & Kevin Nealon – Saturday Night Live

About this image: Holga/35mm film scan – moderately modified

Pier Closed (T.T.V.)

I was going to take some photos of the pier yesterday, but… yeah. Bummer, dude. Although Annabelle pointed out this shot kinda’ has a Blues Brothers feel to it. Which made me feel much better, of course.

Jake: “What the hell is this?”
Elwood: “This was a bargain. I picked it up at the Mount Prospect city police auction last spring. It’s an old Mount Prospect police car. They were practically giving ‘em away.”
Jake: “Well thank you, pal. The day I get outta prison, my own brother picks me up in a ‘police’ car!”

- John Belushi & Dan Aykroyd – Blues Brothers

About this image: digital photograph taken though viewfinder of Kodak Duaflex II twin lens reflex camera – lightly modified

Weekly Photo Challenge: Old Fashioned

Here’s another shot from the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis. And some stuff about the subject matter. You know… just in case. Never hurts to have the info.

  • Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range No. 502
  • Baldwin, 1916
  • Heavy freight steam engine; hauled iron ore

Dr. Evil: “Right, people you have to tell me these things, okay? I’ve been frozen for thirty years, okay? Throw me a frickin’ bone here! I’m the boss! Need the info.”

- Mike Myers – Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

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Transplant

And now, another episode of ridiculous conversations heard only here:

Me: “Do you know if we have any potting soil, Annabelle?”

Anna: “I didn’t know we needed to re-pot anything…”

Me: “We don’t. I just want to pour some dirt on the floor…”

Anna (without  pause): “Oh, okay. There might be some in the broom closet.”

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Zebra

Here’s a zebra. Sporting some lovely vertical strips… very fashionable. And slimming.

I kinda like the mohawk, too. I wonder if I could rock one of those successfully? Hmm… something tells me I should probably just stick to vertical stripes.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

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Railcar Noir

Here’s a shot I took at the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis. Also, this is the part of the show where I should probably pen something all dark and brooding… if only I had ‘the writing skills’…

Napoleon Dynamite: “…I don’t even have any good skills.”

Pedro Sanchez: “What do you mean?”

Napoleon Dynamite: “You know, like… nunchuck skills… bow-hunting skills… computer-hacking skills…”

Jon Heder & Efren Ramirez – Napoleon Dynamite

U.S.S. Riverside (T.T.V.)

Wow. That was somehow both the longest and the shortest two-day / two-week ‘vacation’ I’ve ever been on. Seems our over-heating car doesn’t feel like boldly going anywhere. Sweet.

Anyway, the above was probably the highlight of the whole ordeal trip. Straight from the ‘Future Home of Captain James T. Kirk’ (Riverside, Iowa), I present to you, the U.S.S. Riverside! Set phasers to fun. Or… something along those lines.

About this image: digital photograph taken though viewfinder of Kodak Duaflex II twin lens reflex camera – lightly modified

Mourning Dove

It’s time for a nap. Monday Annabelle and I start our ‘vacation’, anyway. I find these things almost as stressful as relaxing… I might need a nap when I get back, too. Anyway, we’ll be gone for 2 weeks or so. Unfortunately internet access will be scarce, so I won’t be able to  annoy visit everyone while we’re gone.  I’ll be back, though… leaving my usual trail of nonsensical comments behind me (although I may cut back on my own posting schedule). Because, as you’ve probably guessed, I’m not great with change. And there’s a ton of it going on right now. Makes me all… twitchy. Maybe I just need a nap?

*ZZZzzz*

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