Sunset in the Coachella Valley.
As of Sunday morning, the United States’ coronavirus death toll nears 100,000 victims. The New York Times listed 1,000 people’s names – less than 1% of its victims – on its front page in Sunday’s edition.
I’ve always been fascinated by the ancient pre-Colombian cultures of the Americas.
While it may look hundreds of years old, this beautiful recreation of an ancient Peruvian Moche artifact was actually made by a modern Peruvian artisan who still occasionally creates new pieces for collectors. I acquired this piece directly from the artist more than twenty years ago, and still enjoy its craftsmanship.
Introducing our new mandatory Mask Protection & Social Distancing Enforcement Patrol (aka MPSDEP) to ensure you wear your mask and practice social distancing when you visit our newly reopened offices. Our new office motto, “Go ahead, make my day.”
I know what you’re thinking, “Masks? I ain’t got no masks. I don’t have to wear any stinkin’ mask.”
Well, to tell you the truth in all this excitement I kinda lost track of my mask myself. But being this is COVID-19, the most powerful coronavirus in the world and could blow your head clean off, you’ve gotta ask yourself one question: “Do I feel lucky?” Well, do ya, punk?
P.S. Just in case you thought you felt lucky, free masks, hand sanitizer, and a 6′ measuring tape always available in the lobby. Oh yeah, don’t piss-off the MPSDEP ’cause they don’t ask twice.
- 1948 film, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
- 1971 film, Dirty Harry.
- MCAS Miramar
- USMC M1 Abrams 579723
Nevermind… I think I’ll take a nap instead.
Gone but not forgotten.
It’s over 350 miles and a six hour drive from Austin to Padre Island, considered by most to be one of the best places to surf in Texas.
For a few short summers, Austin locals could hit the artificial waves at the NLand Surf Park. But in December 2018 it closed for the winter and the World Surf League bought the property. I couldn’t find any current updates, but all indications show the new owners (Kelly Slater) are moving ahead with plans to retrofit the facility with the latest wizz-bang wave machines.
Snaps were taken on a visit August 8, 2018. Kids learning to surf. Snack bar. Dudes catching waves. It was a cool place to surf, assuming you lived in Central Texas and didn’t have time for a twelve-hour round trip drive to Padre Island.
This Miniature Midway Gardens Sprite stands just 12 inches tall. Made by Nichols Bros. Stoneworks as a showroom display piece for Abetica Studios’ Northwest Arkansas location in 2006.
Authenticated by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Nichols Bros. Stoneworks’ full scale reproductions of the original sculpture cast in reconstituted stone stand 66″ tall and weighs 300 pounds.