Thursday, August 31, 2017


The big news this week has been hurricane Harvey and the flooding of south/east Texas.  These photos are a before/after of the I-10 freeway.  The hurricane made landfall last Friday and here it is Thursday and military and civilian personnel are still rescuing people from roofs.  It's been incredible to watch the helicopter folks do their thing.  Over 52 inches of rain fell in Houston and rivers and levees are still flooding.

“I think Kaepernick should be on a roster right now,” Rodgers says in a wide ranging interview with ESPN published on Wednesday. “I think because of his protests, he’s not.”

Sunday, August 27, 2017

“Midnight in Paris”

Gil Pender’s adventure,
A lost writer’s plight.
An escape from reality,
oh what a delight.

We'll hop in the jalopy,
Not another to be found.
There’s Zelda and Scott,
And champagne all around.

We'll dance to the Charleston,
Or sing with Josephine.
Cole Porter at the piano,
Completing the scene.

We’ll drop in on Gertrude,
Picasso's in a snit.
Over a painting of Adriana,
That’s sure to be a hit.

We’ll drink with ol’ Papa,
And chat with Thomas Mann.
Talk rhinos with Dali,
As only he can.

 We'll stroll in the rain,
With Gabrielle by our side.
Love and romance,
As always, our guide.

Paris in the 20’s,
A dream to be sure.
“The City of Lights,”
Packed full of allure.

A film for the ages,
Is sure to enthrall.
A dalliance for the writer,
Pedantics one and all.

--Ken Ferguson--
Artista di Parole
tRUMP sent an order to the military - no more trans-gender enlistees. He better stop starting more wars then.

Spent a great couple of days in Phoenix. It was quite warm, but I spent most of the time in air conditioning.

I went to a Phoenix Mercury basketball game on Friday hoping to see Diana Taurasi play.  No such luck.  Turns out she was injured.  The Mercury played poorly and lost.

I found a great used book store in Phoenix called "Dog-Eared Pages."  It was a little hole-in-the-wall, and off the beaten path, but well worth the drive. It has a web site,  and they will ship.  If you're in Phoenix take a look. 

As I said, it was quite warm in Phoenix.  But its dry heat right??

I went to a Arizona Diamondbacks game on Friday night and sat way up (and I mean way up) in the cheap seats.  There was another 20 or 25 rows above me as well. They beat the dreaded Giants and I got to see Greinke pitch.  After the game they opened up the roof for fireworks.

tRUMP went ahead and pardoned Sheriff Joe Arpaio on the Friday evening before hurricane Harvey was poised to hit the Texas coast. What a dick. 

tRUMP has decided to send an additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan.  Gee I wonder it this has anything to do with the pipeline across the country, or oh maybe the rich minerals, or oh oil??

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Yesterday was the eclipse of 2017.  I looked out the door and it looked a little darker, but Los Angeles was only at about 75%.  It looked cool on TV and the video clips/photos that Brian posted on Facebook. 

The fallout from Trump's rampage from his hotel last week over the Charlottesville rally is never ending.  And rightfully so. 

Saturday afternoon the Dodger game was televised on ESPN from Detroit.  It was a Detroit Tigers feed and the announcers were old friends Dick Enberg and Kirk Gibson.  It was a real pleasure listening to the two of them, low key and very informative. 

Dick Enberg, of "oh my" fame, was once the voice of the UCLA Bruins basketball team in the Lew Alcindor - Bill Walton eras. I remember watching tape delays on channel 11 at 11:00 pm and him calling the games.  Enberg has broadcast all the sports, starting out with the Indiana Hoosiers basketball games.  He was fixture in Los Angeles for many years doing the Rams and Angels games.

Of course Kirk Gibson hit the famous home run in the 1988 world series against Oakland reliever Dennis Eckersle. It was his only hit in the series, but it lead to the Dodgers last world series win.  Gibson, born in Michigan, led the Michigan State Spartans to a tie for the Big Ten championship as a wide receiver.  He was drafted by the Tigers and led them a win in the 1984 world series.  He was a coach and manager before becoming a color analyst for the Tigers.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

No guns, no racist chants, no swastikas - thousands of people marched against hate and bigotry in Boston.