Saturday, July 31, 2010

Belated Happy Birthday wishes go out to Sally Struthers who turned 62 years old yesterday. (Saturday) Ms. Struthers is probably best known as "Gloria Bunker" from the hit series "All in the Family." Ms. Struthers played Gloria for seven years, (1971-1978) winning two Emmy Awards.

Ms. Struthers started as a dancer on the comedy-variety show,"The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour." More recently, Ms. Struthers was a frequent on the sitcom "Gilmore Girls."

Ms. Struthers was born in Portland, Oregon and went to Grant High School. Ms. Struthers was married once to psychiatrist Dr. William C. Rader and has a daughter Samatha Struthers Rader.
So despite a faulty hot water heater, and a trip to the Kaiser ER, I have managed to start my road trip to Bellingham, Washington. I was out of the house by 8:15 am and on my way after a quick stop for gas and some cash at the local ATM.

I am using Corey's Tom Tom for navigation, as my beloved Gretchen was stolen, and it's as grumpy as Gretchen was when you don't do as she tells you too. I programed into the Tom Tom the address of my Motel 6 in Sacramento and of course it wanted me to go west on the 60 freeway, eventually hitting the 5 freeway north bound. I don't like to go thru all that traffic, especially in the morning, so I head out up the 15 freeway and across the 58 to Bakersfield. The Tom Tom whined all the way to the 395 and Bear Mountain Rd. before it decided to re-configure it's route. It would even tell me "turn around when safe."

My first stop was at the Motel 6 in Sacramento. This a photo of the pool, which doesn't really do it justice, as the water was the color of split pea soup. I'd never seen such a small pool at a motel before.

The notice on the pool gate from the health department closing the pool explained it all!! Needless to say, I didn't swim in the pool that evening. The room was clean and didn't smell of industrial disinfectant, so it served it's purpose.

Upon arriving, I took a short nap and then went foraging for food. I've spent enough time in Sacramento to know where the Arden Mall is, so I headed there. I found a Panda Express and enjoyed a bowl of noodles and terriaki chicken. The Barnes and Noble there was disappointing in that it only had two chairs to sit in and use their wireless Internet, and both were in use.

So I headed back to the room, stopping at Mcee Dees for a chocolate malt, and bought a $2.99 wireless card from Motel 6. I know what a party animal!!

Friday morning I was up and out of the room by 8:00 and after a quick stop at Mcee Dees for hotcakes and sausages and gas was back on the road.

The drive up interstate 5 was pretty much uneventful. I saw this old restored car heading up the road with about 4 or 5 others. I can always tell when I'm out of California because you see semis hauling doubles and triples.

I arrived at Cottage Grove, Oregon at about 5:15 pm, and was greeted by my niece Courtney. (shown below) We went out to dinner at a nice Mexican restaurant and Courtney had a cheeseburger!!!

Shannon was nice enough to give up her bedroom to me for two nights. I had to sleep with 1,000 horses staring at me all night!!! Creepy!!

This morning I shared some "quiet time" with my brother-in-law Steve before the rest of the family gets up. I think we are going to go out and clean horse stalls later today. More later.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Lynda Carter, AKA "Wonder Woman" turns 59 years old today. Linda Jean Cordova Carter was born in Phoenix, Arizona. Ms. Carter is married to attorney Robert Altman and they have two children, James and Jessica. They currently live in Potomac, Maryland.

Ms. Carter started her career as a singer and was in a small group with two of her cousins called, "Relatives." Gary Burghoff, "Radar" from "M.A.S.H." was the group's drummer. Ms. Carter won the Miss World USA Pageant as Miss Arizona in 1972.

Ms. Carter's acting career started off with guest appearances on "Matt Helm" "Cos." and "Starsky and Hutch." Ms. Carter also did a few "B- movies", including her only nude scenes in a move entitled, "Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw."

Ms. Carter is best know for her role as "Diana Prince" AKA "Wonder Woman," in the TV series by the same name. She made 60 episodes in the series that ran from 1975 to 1979.

Ms. Carter continues to act, having recently appeared on "Law & Order," and "The Dukes of Hazzard." Ms. Carter has recorded two albums, done various voice overs, and been the spokeswoman for "Maybelline Cosmetics" and "1-800-contacts."

Thursday, July 22, 2010

This is another cool photo I stole from It is run by a self-described "Celtic Witch" named Celestite. I has lots of good info on pagan festivals and pagan history and some really cool photos. Check it out.
This just proves once again that no two fingerprints are the same!! I should print this and keep it as a court display!!
I'll never look at tape dispensers the same again!!
Funded by the North Iowa Tea Party

Friday, July 16, 2010

My usual bike ride on Sundays has become a ride from Anaheim Stadium to the Huntington Beach Pier and back. The ride is 34 miles round trip. I thought I would provide you with some of the sights along the way.

This is of course the "Big A" in the stadium parking lot. This morning is the Sunday before the All Star game being held at Anaheim Stadium this coming Tuesday. I found that a 5K walk/run is being held here this morning and there are lots of people in the area who have just finished.

This is where you enter the bike trail from the stadium parking lot. The white line you see painted across the bike path has 12.5 below it to signify 12.5 miles to the beach. The bike path runs along the Santa Ana river, which as you can see is dry now.

This brightly painted mural is under the first bridge you pass under after entering the bike path from the stadium.

Up ahead is the first bridge you encounter at what I call "ten-mile park." There is a small park with bathrooms (important!!) at about the 10 mile mark just before this bridge. I cross over the riverbed twice on my trek to the beach.

This is what most of the underpasses look like. I like to get going pretty fast down the hill so that the climb up the other side isn't too painful. I sometimes can reach 18-20 mph going down the hill. There are transients living under several of the underpasses, but they don't seem to bother anyone.

These three soccer fields are always busy and mark the half-way point down to the pier. Last Sunday they were empty on my way back because of the World Cup Soccer final match was being played.

There are lots of businesses along both sides of the river. I have dubbed this the "rust yard." I'm not sure what exactly they do there, but lots of the stuff on those racks is quite rusted.

This is the underpass for the 22 freeway. On the other side of this tunnel is another small park (shown below) that riders like to stop at. No bathrooms though.

Those big poles hold power lines which you ride under for about a half a mile.

Up ahead is the second bridge. This bridge is about 2.5 miles from the ocean.

This is a close-up of the bridge. As you can see its made of wood. Earlier this year someone came out and tightened or replaced several of the slats along the riding surface.

This is the end of the bike path along the riverbed. That white line is marked "0.0." You can look under the bridge and just see the waves breaking onto the shore. After you go under this underpass, you can turn south and go to Newport Beach, or turn north and go to Huntington Beach.

This is the first set of bathrooms you encounter after turning north towards the Huntington Beach Pier. There are always lots of riders there. Some riders only ride this far and then after a brief rest, turn back north. Many of these riders have entered the bike path much further north than Anaheim Stadium.

The next 3.5 miles or so are along the boardwalk along the beach. It involves dodging other bike riders, walkers, joggers, skaters, and skate boarders. One of the biggest hazards are people and especially children darting across the boardwalk from the parking lots to the sand.

As you can see, it can get quite congested along the boardwalk the closer you get to the pier. This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago when they were having a pro beach volleyball tournament there.

This is my turn around point. Zachs. I usually get a hot dog or a breakfast burrito and sit there for awhile and enjoy the food and the sights.

So, that's my Sunday ride. I usually start out from the stadium around 8:30 in the morning. I may have to start a little earlier with the heat coming on. It takes about 1.5 hours to get down to Zachs. After an hour or so at Zachs I head back. Usually there is a nice tail wind going back so that makes it a little quicker going back. Once in awhile I will ride north of the stadium a couple of miles and back to make the ride a nice even 40 miles. Anyone who wants to come along is welcome. I average a whopping 10-12 mph so its not a speed ride by any means.

I hope you enjoyed the ride!!