Friday, January 31, 2014

Travelling Back To The 1940's

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Like the rest of Southern California, we have had little to no rain this year. We get plenty of clouds but like a little kid having to go to the bathroom, they just cross their legs and do the pee pee dance across the sky leaving us high and dry. So I decided to travel back in time and see if I could alter the present. I stood below the darkened sky and with a poof (no snickering) I flashed back to 1944. Would you believe the sky looked JUST LIKE IT DOES IN 2014!? But with no color of course. So I poofed (I said no snickering) back, shrugged my shoulders and took a two hour shower.

View in color. No excuses!

Our Daily Challenge: Altered

Comp Corner: Skies The Limit

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Donkey

The Donkey by hbmike2000
The Donkey, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

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Every time I see one of these creatures, either real or fake, I am reminded of an argument I had with a friend once.

He called me over to help paint the Nativity scene he had. He reached his hand out and said, Here, You paint the donkey. I politely took it from him and said, No problem, I'll paint your Ass for you. He glanced over at me, eyes above the rim of his glasses and corrected me, It's a Donkey, he says. I glance up and met his eyes defiantly and very politely say back, It's an ASS.


This went on for a minute or two when he reaches out and snaps the fake creature from my hand. FINE, Give me back my Ass and you paint Baby Jesus. Fine I say and I take Baby Jesus from him and began painting. When I finished, I held up little Baby Jesus and said, Done! He looked up and his Jaw Dropped to the ground speechless. Good, I say, Huh?

I had painted Baby Jesus going through his 'Goth' phase. He never asked me to paint again. (Don't look at me that way, I was 19 at the time)

View with a paint brush in one hand.

Our Daily Challenge: Tranquility
Not how I meant for it to come out. We went to the Joshua Tree Southern Railroad Museum this morning and it was most excellent. A Gentleman named Terry drove out there and met us to let us in and gave a tour of the place. I think what makes it stand out to me is you can FEEL the love of trains here from the people that built and are building it.

I was tranquil all day afterwards until I went to post the photo and was reminded of the lovely scene I just reiterated to you about the donkey. Now I have the giggles.

PS. Btw, I am right, it's an Ass. :)

Friday, January 24, 2014

#GettingCloser To Our Future

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To further understand where we are going in this world, we have to understand where we have been. What did we do right to get here, what did we do wrong? What exactly caused all the extinctions in the past and can we prevent it from happening again.

With that in mind, I traveled back in time 85 million years to visit the Cretaceous Period and get a closer look at the truth of our future.

First thing I noticed was all the dinosaurs were only 1 1/2 inches tall. Who knew, right? Further study revealed their bones were made of foam that expands in water, hence all the large bones we find here in the present.

Second thing I noticed was they were split into two political parties, The Carnocrat and the Replubivore. Neither side agreed on anything and nothing got done. Even if they did agree, they hated each other so much, they would disagree just to spite the other. Finally, the Carnocrats got so fed up, they started eating the Replubivores. The Replubivores in turn started eating poison so when they got eaten themselves, they would in turn kill the Carnocrat. And that my friends is what really happened to the dinosaurs.

Oh yeah, then a big rock fell from the sky and landed in the water and flooded the earth with a big wave which was why their foam bones expanded into the size they are now.

So I ask, in 85 million years and a few species later, have we really learned anything? Hopefully the next species to come along somewhere in the next 85 million years will get it right.

View in D I N O V I S I O N !

Our Daily Challenge: Brand New

#FlickrFriday #GettingCloser


A few weeks ago, my Mother-in-Law gave me some plastic dinosaurs for ages 3 and up. Thought I might like them. I'm so embarrassed, I do. So with today's Challenge, I opened them up

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Town Jail, Pioneertown

Town Jail, Pioneertown by hbmike2000
Town Jail, Pioneertown, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

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As the shadows grew long and the sun began it's journey towards the horizon, I strapped on my dusty Six Shooter Rubber Band Gun and headed to Schnald Mining Co. With chunks of shining gold waiting in a colorless building, I made my way to take what wasn't mine. The rusted hinges creaked as the door slowly opened and I walked in, dust clouds forming around my boots with each step. Reach for the sky you verment, I said and pointed the business end of my Rubber Band Gun at Schnald himself. Schnald stood there, still as the dead as his eyes looked up and found me. His hand reached up, tipped the brim of his old cowboy hat up, smiled and said, son, I may only be eight years old but if you wanna walk outta here in one piece, I'd put the Six Shooter Rubber Band Gun away. I smirked and glared back, I ain't afraid of you or your Momma I snarled back.

And that was when his Momma came up from behind and beat me black and blue with a broom and proved me wrong. I barely made it out and next door to the Town Jail where I had them lock me up for my own protection.

View with your Six Shooter Rubber Band Gun ready to draw in case Schnald's Momma shows up from behind you

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Relationship Between Men And Their Automobiles

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Men throughout the history of the automobile have enjoyed a nice relaxing afternoon working on their cars. Feeling left out, I decided to get my hands dirty and find out just HOW relaxing and enjoyable this is. After all, I know the skinny pedal makes it go and the fat pedal makes it stop ... sometimes. So, I headed off to the garage, grabbed my car, took a hammer, hit my thumb by accident, said a few bad words (fine, it was a lot of bad words) and kicked the car which elicited more bad words out of my mouth. As I hopped around the garage on one foot holding my thumb and mumbling bad words, my Mother came out, grabbed my ear and dragged me into the house and against my cries that I was 47 years old, proceeded to wash my mouth out with soap.

Yep, I'm relaxed now.

View ... hide all the soap in the house first, then come back and view.

Our Daily Challenge: Relax

Sliders Sunday HSS


by the way, as I was processing this for the groups ODC and Sliders Sunday, I just want you to know I got the song Sliding Along In My Automobile by Chuck Berry stuck in my head. Yes, I know those aren't the real words but that's how it played in my head and I just wanted to share the torture as you all go along the rest of the day singing Sliding Along In My Automobile. :)

Friday, January 17, 2014

Plastic Rubber Duckies

Plastic Rubber Duckies by hbmike2000
Plastic Rubber Duckies, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

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Take a slice of Blue Paper
add a pinch of White Cotton Ball
stir in a Red Picket Fence
blend with Green Bubble Wrap
and Garner with Plastic Rubber Duckies
and wa LA!
You have One Traumatized baby Plastic Rubber Ducky floating on a lake under a beautiful sky behind his Mama who seems to have a GIANT plastic strip coming from her rear end and attacking him.

View in fear of the Plastic Strip Monster!!! Mu HA HA HA!

Our Daily Challenge: Imagination

Fenced Friday HFF

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Pioneertown Water

Pioneertown Water by hbmike2000
Pioneertown Water, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

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They thought of everything in the Old West. This water pump was designed way before it's time, it has a spigot inside to hook up a hose.

View with a rain coat on because I'm sure now that I know this, I'm going to hook up a hose and squirt you.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Rooms Upstairs, Pioneertown

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Through a dusty window stood some abandoned poker chips lost or left behind forever on a table with more dirt on it than the ground. The chair pushed out, forgotten by the Gambler that deserted it in a hurry for an unknown reason. The paint, peeling and cracked barely covered the wood of the door that stood at the end of the room. A sign, hand painted stuck to the middle of the door read Rooms Upstairs.

That's when I slammed $100,000 of Monopoly money into some mans hands and said, I'll take it, and ran into the building and through the door and fell off the building as the man with money hollered after me, It's a FACADE!

I say more of a Sham! After all, he did take my Monopoly Money.

View pretending you are in the coolest Old West Town in the West, Pioneertown California

For more Pioneertown photo's check out my Pioneertown, Ca photo set.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Must Haves

Must Haves by hbmike2000
Must Haves, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

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I found this little bottle of McIlhenny Co Brand Tabasco Sauce at my Mother in Laws house and had to have it. So I arm wrestled her for it. I lost. She gave it to me anyway and told me to stop my crying.

View breathing fire

Sliders Sunday HSS

Saturday, January 11, 2014

What Part Of Ding Dong Did You Not Understand

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With my favorite food in the WHOLE world back on the market, I headed off to the grocery store. Upon locating the shelf where they were supposed to be, I found a crumb and nothing else. Quickly I located a sweet old lady with a cane who worked there. Politely I asked, Do you have any more Ding Dongs? She smiled and hobbled off slowly down the aisle with her cane in hand. Stopping about halfway down, she reached to the shelf and pulled something off then slowly hobbled on back to where I was. She placed the product on the shelf in front of me and replied with the sweetest Grandma voice ever, Here you go young man. I held up my hand and quietly (but loud enough for her to hear with a hearing aid) said, You wait here for just a moment, then with arms swinging wildly back and forth by my side, hurried off doing my best Power Walk. Out the doors, through the parking lot, to my car and into the trunk. I found what I needed and with butt swinging wildly back and forth did an even quicker Power Walk back to the store, into the doors and down the aisle where the cutest little Grandma ever waited patiently. I took the hammer, swung it over my head and brought it down on the cheap disgusting knock off that was NOT what I asked for and looked her straight in the eyes and asked her in my best 'I'm talking to a child' voice, Do you know what a Ding Dong is???

and that's when her right foot flew up from the ground with lightning speed, kicking me right in the groin. With the sweetest Grandma voice EVER, she replied, I most certainly do young man.

View rolling around the ground groaning

Our Daily Challenge: Play With Your Food (you should really know better than to make a challenge like this when I am involved) :)

Friday, January 10, 2014

Wagon Wheel Saloon, Pioneertown

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Dang it! It's locked! I was soooo thirsty too. Now I'll have to get an ice cold picture of beer somewhere else.

View while dodging bullets

Mane Street Hotel And Bat House, Pioneertown

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Back in the 1800's, before cars and trucks, Cowpeople got around the Old West by Bat. Riding long, sun parched trails for days, they would come to an old dusty town, tie up their tired and thirsty bats to a post and clean up at the local hotel before heading out to the local saloon to find some goose women ... er, LOOSE women. After a night of ...

What? It's BATH HOUSE not BAT HOUSE? Are you sure?

Whatever, I'm sticking to my story of riding bats and goose women ... uh, I mean LOOSE women.

View riding a Bat into the sunset of an Old West Town

Fenced Friday

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Don't Get Your Underwear In A Knot, Man

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Do you have ANY idea how hard it is to tie Hanes Underwear into a not??? I finally had to take them off to do it.

View ... Do you mind, face the other way please

Our Daily Challenge: Knot

Monday, January 6, 2014

Town Haul, Pioneertown

Town Haul, Pioneertown by hbmike2000
Town Haul, Pioneertown, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

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Hmm, this must be the Mayor's Office in Toronto.

View in ... do you mind, some privacy maybe? I put the Ocupyied sign up.

for more info on Pioneertown, California visit my Pioneertown set

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Pioneertown Livery

Pioneertown Livery by hbmike2000
Pioneertown Livery, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

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Pronounced L I V E R Y, this is the place they keep all the livers.

Don't question me, just keep you're hands and feet inside the bus at all times or I'll chuck you off this dang tour. No questions at this time, thank you.

View with your seat belt on

Sliders Sunday HSS (although I SWEAR this is how it came out of the camera)

more info about Pioneertown in the Pioneertown Set

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Bad Breath? Not A Problem

Bad Breath?  Not A Problem by hbmike2000
Bad Breath? Not A Problem, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

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For all of you that requested to see more of the Cat Butt Gum (which by the way was NONE of you so I'm posting it anyway) here you go.

View looking at ... if you have a cat, this is what you see anyway every time you sit down at your computer, a big hairy butt and snickering (you know they do it on purpose)

Cliche Saturday

Friday, January 3, 2014

Good Morning MR. Grumpy Cup !

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You know it's not going to be a good day when you can't even get your coffee mug to wake up.

View with a brew ... Coffee people, it's too early for the other brew.

Our Daily Challenge: Good Morning

What's what?
I don't know what your talking about?
The blue box on the right?
Oh that, it's gum.
Wanna piece?

Thursday, January 2, 2014

All I Asked Was For A Little Warmth

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And I got a spoonful of Tabasco Sauce. You all laugh now but wait a couple of hours until I get a bad case of flaming gas and we'll see who's laughing then.

View wearing flame retardant clothing

Our Daily Challenge: Warmth

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year 2014 by hbmike2000
Happy New Year 2014, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

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I don't really make resolutions anymore. I usually broke them within 10 minutes of the New Year. But if I did, my resolution would be to not break the party horn from too much use before 9:30 ... am.

View wearing ear plugs

Our Daily Challenge: Resolution