Iris 2010

Iris in bloom

Click for a bigger picture, it’s hard to tell in this size.

Here’s Grandma’s purple iris.  She’s been gone a long time now, but the iris is going strong.  It finally adjusted to the climate difference and blooms with the rest of the iris now.

Grandma's Iris

I need to get after those damned snails.

Top Five Cannabis Songs: Don’t Fear The Reefer

Bob just got transferred to the store (an hour from here)  near where we hope to live if we ever sell this fucking house.

Cross your fingers!!  Run around with your arms open wide, imploring the Universe in a deep voice to SELL THIS HOUSE!   k thx bye


April 19, 2010


For those not in the know, tomorrow (April 20,
or 4/20) is “a counterculture holiday, where
people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis.”
So says the mighty Wikipedia!

And in case you’re unsure of just what to
load in the ol’ iPod, TopFive is here to help!

The Top 20 Songs About Cannabis

20> Don’t Fear the Reefer

19> Hit It, Baby, One More Time

18> Pot for Teacher

17> Aquabong

16> The Wind Cries Mary Jane

15> Papa’s Got a Brand New Dimebag

14> I Started a Toke

13> Ganja Get You Into My Life

12> With a Little Hemp From My Friends

11> Gettin’ Spliffy With It

10> We May Never Pass This J Again

9> It’s 4:20 Somewhere

8> Doob (Looks Like a Fatty)

7> Don’t It Bake My Brown Eyes Into Heavy-Lidded Slits

6> When Dudes Fry

5> Free Bud

4> Killing Me Softly With His Bong

3> Tokelahoma!

2> I Just Called to Say… Uh… Umm… I Forget

and’s Number 1 Song About Cannabis…

1> My Glaucoma

[ Copyright 2010 by Chris White/ ]

Timely UWOD

April 18: ash hole

1) the small opening in the volcanic ash clouds that allow airliners to fly through without any chance of danger.
2) the opening at the top of a volcano from which forth spews volcanic ash

We were stranded at Heathrow Airport for hours until the airline found some ash hole to fly through.


Some guy I follow was stuck in Heathrow a couple of days ago and the attendent told him to check the web for info.  He did, and the web said call their service number, and when he called the number, it said the initial wait time was 180 minutes.  I don’t think he ever got out of there. 

News #libraryofcongress

So, you all know by now that all the tweets from the beginning of time are going to be archived in the Library of Congress, right?

Here’s a good example of one of the first tweets to be archived-

Some of these are pretty funny –

Ben Franklin tweeting – that’s a joke, son.  Also, I love that the guy (Brian Barrett) who did this went in and made appropriate twitter-page-looking backgrounds for all the tweets he did.   The useless creativity astounds me.  And makes me laugh, so maybe it isn’t so useless.


April 13: Famine Underwear

The garments you wear during a shortage of underwear, when you haven’t done laundry in several weeks or months. Usually characterized by lack of elasticity, holes (usually large and awkwardly located), stains, and typically are at least 5 – 10 years old. In some cases soccer shorts, underwear of unknown origin, thongs, bathing suit bottoms, or ‘granny panties’ can be considered famine underwear, but do not necessarily meet the above criteria.

I haven’t done laundry in weeks, so I’m wearing my famine underwear, the boxers I made in home economics in middle school.


I love that this is a universal thing (unless you are exceedingly anal about  your laundry).  We all use up the ones we like best first, and save the ones that bind, roll, etc. hoping we’ll get to the laundry before we have to wear them.   It must be time to buy new underwear.  

Bob does something similar on his dinner plate, but with a twist.  He’ll eat bits of everything except the thing he likes best, which he saves intact for last.    No, I’m not gonna go there. 

Color coordination and a little vacation

I’m a poet and I don’t know it but my feet show it cuz they’re LONGFELLERS.  OMFG I have regressed back to second grade.   Onward and upward from here.  Hopefully.

We’re trying to buy a new bedspread, and are looking for one that is the same color as all of our cats because it’s spring and they’re all shedding like crazy.  And it needs to be washable. Very important to be washable, as we have at least one cat barfer. I guess gray would be the base color, with some brown and orange thrown in. Needs to be Cal-King. And inexpensive. With shams and a skirt.  As it turns out, I’m asking for a LOT here.
Any good ideas for online shopping places would be welcome.

Bedding color 1, Grumpy Gray Cheetah

Bedding Color 2, Not Quite Sharing Gray, or Could I Get Any Farther Away Gray.   The current bedspread weighs about a hundred pounds (definitely not summer weight) and has to go to the laundromat for washing in the giant machine.  Not my favorite place to regularly spend 3 hours.  Also, I should have made the bed better before taking this picture, but then the animals would never have obliged.  Amirite?

We went to Ft. Bragg for my birthday last weekend. Got to celebrate being able to take a bath again with a jacuzzi tub. That was really nice and also cemented the knowledge that I don’t like jacuzzi jets, just like the bath part.  Good to know for future renovations.

Nice view from the tub.  What this shot doesn’t show is the giant construction mudhole right under the window.  Still, this was very nice.  And it smelled like bleach, a serious plus in a hotel tub if you’re planning to plant your arse in it.

I didn’t have enough energy to do much yet but that worked out as it rained like a motherfucker the majority of the time we were there. Got some “good” rain and rainbow shots, a few of which I have shared below.  The term “good” is used loosely here, as a) I was the photographer sometimes and b)when I wasn’t Bob was shooting from the moving vehicle.

For reference: Captions are mostly below the pictures.

We’re almost home here, looks like the rainbow ends at our house.  Yes, we live in the sticks.

I think these are cool pictures because they have a rainbow, rain on one side, and blue sky on the other.  Try not to look at the truck.

Rain and also not rain across Clear Lake.   This was beautiful.  The picture doesn’t do it justice or capture the sheer drama.

Bob took lots of wave pictures which I’ll spare you from, and a lot of animals.  We saw MANY vultures hanging out, and two wild turkeys standing by the road in two different places trying to decide whether or not they should step in front of a speeding car.   These two animal sightings may be related.   Also, geese on the bluff.

Duck duck GOOSE.  This was probably a nesting pair.  Below, Bob scares them away.

Okay, ONE wave picture.  The surf was very high from the storms rolling through.  I may have to use this one as my desktop picture for a while.

Warning, scary road ahead.

Said scary road, where the road had been washed away and repaired/repaved very recently.  There were two spots like this.   The ocean is right there on the left, you can’t quite see that but trust me, it was close.  Made me a tiny bit nervous going over it with the surf so high and the clouds rolling in.

The trees were so dense over this road that they blocked the satellite radio.  I thought that was amazing, but it probably wasn’t.

Some typical coast scenery, foggy trees in the background.  Lot of cloud drama going on here.  If you want to see these pictures in a bigger, clearer format either click on them (pretty slow) or they’re on the picasa site here.


April 3: WWJT
What Would Jesus Text

Text Messaging Etiquette – Do not pass text messages that ruin other people’s reputation. Stop and think ” WWJT”

Ha ha. This is the funniest one I’ve seen in a while.