Sunday, June 30, 2013

In The Belly Of A Rattlesnake

Yesterday, as the temperature hit 121 degrees Fahrenheit where I work, it was time to go home. I headed out the door and the first thing that hit me was the baking heat on my skin. That was in the shade. In a pool of sweat, I headed across the hot parking lot to my black car with the cracked windshield.

Halfway across the oven baked tarmac, I came across a rattlesnake sitting under a Mesquite tree with an empty glass next to him. Too hot to run, I just looked down at him, shrugged and said What? He stared at me for a moment, slid his tail to the empty glass and raised it up to me. "My Good sir", he says to me, "Would you be so kind as to refill my Iced Tea?" I gave him the bird and continued on my way and then everything went black.

That rat swallowed me hole! I found myself in the belly of a rattlesnake with yesterdays skeletal remains. Luckily, I had seen Pinocchio so I knew how to get out. I lit a bonfire. With a hack hack and a cough cough, I felt myself rolling towards the front end of the snake (thank goodness, I was really worried it could be the back end). As his mouth opened up and the light streamed in, I took this shot from the inside of it's mouth of it's charred and burnt fangs.

I hit the hot ground, face down about ten feet from the snake. I looked up and saw him, staring at me from the shade of the tree. He smiled. I raised my hand as if to wave, then slowly lowered all my fingers save one. And that's when everything went black again. All's well, I get good reception on my phone in here so I can still upload to flickr.

View from the belly of a snake

Sliders Sunday HSS


Today is supposed to be about the same temperature and then starting tomorrow, it's supposed to start cooling down. Now, if you don't mind, I am going to go throw my underwear in the freezer.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

OMG! You Killed Jiminy Cricket!

I found his top hat and little green tux discarded in the alley. I'm pretty sure the bird works for Dreamworks.

View with eagle eyes

Cliche Saturday HCS

Friday, June 28, 2013


Gossamer? by hbmike2000
Gossamer?, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

Ohhhhhhhhhh, I thought it was a spiders web. Now I feel for bad for smashing the crud out of the plant.

View through a thinly veiled veil

Our Daily Challenge: Gossamer

At Triple Digit Temperatures

With temperatures today hitting around 113 degrees and tomorrow being predicted at 117 to 122 degrees, I don't care what it is, I'm drinking it!

What is really scary, is so far they have underestimated the heat for the last few days. It's actually been hotter then they expected. It's so hot, my cat walked up to me, meowed and all is hair fell off instantly. So now I have a naked cat.

View on ice

Fenced Friday

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Princess Leia And The Greatest Mystery Of The Universe

With the new Star Wars movie about to start filming, we traveled to Tatooine and caught up with none other than Princess Leia fresh off her trip to Disneyland. We sat down in the early morning sun over coffee and asked her about the greatest mystery in the universe. Do women fart? And that is how I became imprisoned as an Imperial Spy.

View in a galaxy far, far away

Our Daily Challenge: Feminine

(by the way, I know you do and one day I will prove it! Muhahaha hack hack cough)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Pair Of Potato Heads

A Pair Of Potato Heads by hbmike2000
A Pair Of Potato Heads, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

Mr. & Mrs Potato Head.
Yes, that's Mrs Potato Head. She fell asleep by the pool in her Burger King Bikini and forgot sunblock.
She got fried.

View in yummy vision

Our Daily Challenge: A Pair Of

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

I Don't Recall General Grievous Eating Pickled Eggs

Ever since Disney purchased Star Wars, Stitch thinks he is General Grievous. I keep telling him he is not but he just smiles, says Yes I am and whacks me in the back of the head with one of those plastic lightsabers. Finally I had enough. I yelled at him, YOU are NOT General Grievous and STOP whacking me in the head with those plastic lightsabers! He just stood there, smile widening from ear to ear as a tiny little squeak sound came from behind him. And that's when it hit me. Through gritted teeth I grumbled, and I'm pretty sure General Grievous never farted! Stitch just stood there smiling, blinked at me and said, yes he does, he just did.

I give. He's General Grievous

View in filtered air

Our Daily Challenge: Copycat

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Desert Wash

The Desert Wash by hbmike2000
The Desert Wash, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

Yes it's only two feet high. Yes, I fell down it. Yes, I landed it rabbit poo. No, no one saw.

View during the setting sunlight

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Narrow Legs Of One Foot Willy

With one foot in the grave, Willy was an odd character. Coffee in one hand, extra shoe in the other, he always hopped around town early in the morning waving hello to the people he passed by. One warm, bright morning he met a women. On one hand she wore a glove and carried coffee, and from her clenched teeth dangled the end of another glove. Willy waved, smiled and tilted his hat to the women. The women sat her coffee down, waved back, smiled and gave him a small wink as she admired his narrow, bony legs. And that was how One Foot Willy met One Hand Marge and fell in love.

View in True Love Vision

Our Daily Challenge: Narrow

The Four Seasons Of Desert Clouds

Fall - Yea! Cooler weather is on it's way

Winter - Rain! Much needed and wanted, it helps sustain desert life through the rest of the year

Spring - Wind! Tie all the loose stuff down and hold on to your cat.

Summer - RUN! Triple digit heat and high humidity! Down right scary. Have you ever seen an entire region of sweating people with frizzy hair and split ends???

View through steamed up glasses

Sliders Sunday HSS

Saturday, June 22, 2013

A Baby, Some Candy And Finger Cuffs

Stealing candy from babies use to be so easy. Imagine my surprise when I picked up a Darth Vader Pez Dispenser full of candy that I found lying on the ground next to a stroller and was slapped with a pair of finger cuffs. I looked over to the stroller and there stood a baby. He was around one or one and half years old. He stood there glaring at me.
"That's MY Darth Vader Pez Dispenser full of candy", he says to me.
I slowly put the Pez Dispenser full of candy in my pocket and I give him my best innocent look, "I don't know what your talking abo ..."
He cut me off, his finger in my face and yelled, "Give me back my (censored censored bleep censored) candy back, you (bleep censored censored bleep bleep censored)!
My jaw hit the ground as he continued, "yeah, you heard me (censored bleep censored (a word I never heard before) censored)!
and that's when he hit me in the crotch and took his candy back.

View with stolen candy (just wear a cup)

Our Daily Challenge: Begins With F

The Last Of The Hathaway Fire

As of yesterday, it was 85% contained. As far as I know, now\ structures were damaged and 8 firefighters sustained minor injuries. Wish I could say the same about the Colorado and Arizona Fires. My heart goes out to those people

Cliche Saturday HCS

Friday, June 21, 2013

Most Interesting

City Made Of ToysEnjoy:  The Mexican Coca~Cola FlowerIt's The Thought Behind The Gift That CountsComing To Our SensesI Ran Out Of Oil50 Steps East Is West
Simply DifficultAlways Take Advantage Of Your SituationThe WishI Am Not Just Another Brick In The WallOne Of Us Is In The Wrong PlaceThe 1970's
Runways For BeesHow Disneyland Got It's Fall ColorsDear Santa, Just Bring Me The Loot Already!Brothers Driftwood And Tiki TorchThe Garlic Society ExperimentCactus Kilroy, A Fly And The Back End Of A Cadillac
The Beauty of AgeHusband Number TwoThe Flexible Legs Of A DoDoIn The FutureAstro BlasterWires

Most Interesting, a set on Flickr.

Up Close With Mr. Potato Head

Goooooooooooood Morning fellow Flickrites!

It's a lovely Flickr Friday morning here in Desert Hot Springs and we have none other than THEE Mr. Potato Head here in the studios with us today.

Mr. Potato Head, has becoming a big time movie star changed you at all?

Well Mike, thats a good questio ...

(Due to technical difficulties, we are unable to continue the interview with Mr. Potato Head. I may have planted him in the garden. In hindsight, I probably should of waited until AFTER the interview but, well ... I'm kind of impulsive)


Flickr Friday: Up Close

Thursday, June 20, 2013

You There

You There by hbmike2000
You There, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

Yes you. You who is lookin at my photo, who did you think I was talkin to, myself? (Don't answer that). Stop staring at me and go leave a comment already. Your making me self conscious.

View on black or I will keep staring at you.

Our Daily Challenge: Negative Space

PS. OMG! I have HAIR between my eyebrows!!! Stop looking! STOP LOOKING!


Getty Image 167830813

The Excess Of A Slinky Dog

The Excess Of A Slinky Dog by hbmike2000
The Excess Of A Slinky Dog, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

The Big Question is, do you know when to stop.
Slinky Dog here didn't and after a night of excess drinking and smoking, he puked on the floor and passed out.

Although I have to admit, it was kind of fun watching him go down the stairs in a drunken slinky stagger

View while doing the drunken slinky stagger.

Our Daily Challenge: The Big Question

Getty Images

Who Knew They Had CamerasI Ran Out Of OilAlways Take Advantage Of Your SituationComing To Our SensesThe Tragic Death Of Philippe RockPennies And Dimes Tell A Thousand Stories
50 Steps East Is WestI Am Not Just Another Brick In The WallYou ThereUnited We Stand, Divided We're BlindHoney Dew HellChicken Wings Shmicken Wings!  Check Out These Puppies!
The Last Sentry of a Dying BenchWild Blue Yonder

Getty Images, a set on Flickr.

These are my images that were invited to Getty Images for sale. The Getty Link is

Each photo will have a number at the bottom of the description. If you go to the Getty Link, you can put the number in the search and the photo will pop up.

Thank you and I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them.