No No I Do Not Want To Go....
Paul was up checking the weather at 6 am.. We had rain
A veritable downpour
Paul headed for Joe's expecting to see Bob but alas... He melts in the rain
Found something to warm things up a bit
Remember - Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby. ~Langston Hughes
My friend Joe...
Did You Know? - Josephus Daniels (1862-1948) was appointed Secretary of the U.S. Navy by President Woodrow Wilson in 1913. Among his numerous reforms of the Navy was the abolition of the officers' wine mess. From that time on, the strongest drink aboard navy ships was coffee and over the years, a cup of coffee became known as "a cup of Joe".
It is starting to dry up a little bit
Lets Peer On Town From The Pier
–verb (used without object)
1. to look narrowly or searchingly, as in the effort to discern clearly.
2. to peep out or appear slightly.
3. to come into view.
We now know where we are!!
Time for a walk on the pier... Looking right
Did You Know? - Nestled at the foot of Catalina Avenue sits a small, 300-foot-long pier, a pier built back in 1920—the “Green Pleasure Pier” of Avalon.
A number of piers have graced Avalon's Harbor since the late 1800s. Records talk of piers in the bay as early as 1895 and mention a fishing pier in 1905. The Green Pleasure Pier was basically a gift to the city, being sold to Avalon for the princely sum of $5 in 1909. It had originally been built by the Freeholder's Association, a group of local businessmen, and conceived as an alternative landing spot in opposition to an attempted monopoly by the Banning brothers who had built a pier parallel to the beach in 1905 (and tried to corner most of the tourist business).
The other, larger pier, was the Steamer Pier that set near the Hotel Metropole and which eventually was washed out. Although it is still a center of beach front activities, the Green Pleasure Pier may be best remembered as a site where many of the huge marlin, tuna, swordfish and black sea bass were weighed and photographed during the days when Catalina was a Mecca for big game fishermen. Originally boatman's lockers set on the pier as did a weigh station.
A view to the left
"Hello... I am a talking Seagull... I replaced the pink elephant... They eat too much
Hey guys... Did you see those dancers some home form the restaurant last night????
How up to date.... Osama pellets
Comes in cans also
"What a bunch of dingies!!"
Back to the hotel
What is a "film"
Did You Know? - January 13, 2004, Kodak announced it would stop marketing traditional film cameras (excluding disposable cameras) in the United States, Canada and Western Europe, but will continue to sell film cameras in India, Latin America, Eastern Europe and China. By the end of 2005, Kodak ceased manufacturing cameras that used the Advanced Photo System.
Kodak licensed the manufacture of Kodak branded cameras to Vivitar for two years following (2005–2006). In 2007 Kodak did not license any manufacture of any film camera with the Kodak name in this market. These changes reflect Kodak's focus on growth in the digital markets. Kodak continues to produce film for newer and more popular formats, while it has also discontinued the manufacture of film in older and less popular formats. However, Kodak still continues with its production of specialty films.
Looks like LA and OC are getting our rain now...
The Dead Have Come Back To Life
Food... It will take away those pink elephants
Coffee... You people are savages... Where is my tea?
I am ready... How about you??
The Villa Portofino has a great Continental breakfast
Did You Know? - Continental breakfast is a meal based on lighter Mediterranean breakfast traditions. It is a light meal meant to satisfy one until lunch. A typical continental breakfast consists of coffee and milk (often mixed as cappuccino or latte) or hot chocolate with a variety of sweet cakes such as waffles/pancakes, brioche and pastries such as croissants, often with a sweet jam, cream, or chocolate filling. It is often served with juice. The continental breakfast may also include sliced cold meats, such as salami or ham, yogurt or cereal. Some countries of Europe, such as the Netherlands and those in Scandinavia, add fruit and cheese to the bread menu and occasionally a boiled egg or a small serving of salami.
The continental breakfast concept is not limited to Europe and is often served throughout the world in hotel chains. The term itself is of British origin. "The continent" in Britain refers to the countries of continental Europe. A "continental breakfast" thus denotes the type of lighter meal served in continental Europe, as opposed to the "full" English breakfast.
The rain has gone away.....
Except to the east.. LA is getting some drizzle now
Do NOT Tread On Me
Did You Know? - The timber rattlesnake and eastern diamondback rattlesnake both populate the geographical areas of the original thirteen colonies. Their use as a symbol of the American colonies can be traced back to the publications of Benjamin Franklin. In 1751, he made the first reference to the rattlesnake in a satirical commentary published in his Pennsylvania Gazette. It had been the policy of Britain to send convicted criminals to America, so Franklin suggested that they thank the British by sending rattlesnakes to England.
In 1754, during the French and Indian War, Franklin published his famous woodcut of a snake cut into eight sections. It represented the colonies, with New England joined together as the head and South Carolina as the tail, following their order along the coast. Under the snake was the message "Join, or Die". This was the first political cartoon published in an American newspaper.
Splash Splash He Was Taking A Bath
The woodpecker was taking a bath on the rain water
Did You Know? - The diet of woodpeckers consists mainly of insects and their grubs taken from living and dead trees, and other arthropods, along with fruit from live trees, nuts and sap both from live trees. Their role ecologically is thereby keeping trees healthy by keeping them from suffering mass infestations.
The family is noted for its ability to acquire wood-boring grubs using their bills for hammering, but overall the family is characterized by its dietary flexibility, with many species being both highly omnivorous and opportunistic. The insect prey most commonly taken are insects found inside tree trunks, whether they are alive or rotten wood and in crevices in bark on trees.
These include beetles and their grubs, ants, termites, spiders, and caterpillars. These may be obtained either by gleaning or more famously by excavating wood. Having hammered a hole into the wood the prey is excavated by a long barbed tongue.
The ability to excavate allows woodpeckers to obtain tree sap, an important source of food for some species. Most famously the sapsuckers, (genus Sphyrapicus ) feed in this fashion, but the technique is not restricted to these and others such as the Acorn Woodpecker and White-headed Woodpecker also feed in this way. It was once thought that the technique was restricted to the New World, but Old World species such as the Arabian Woodpecker and Great Spotted Woodpecker also feed in this way.
"Hey.... Pervert! What are you looking at???? I still have my feathers on!"
Do NOT invite him to go home with us today!!!
Meanwhile The Weather Improves Dramatically
It looks small from here but we know how big it is on the inside
Sleepy little town
Still pretty windy
Time to go to the beach
Waiting Our Ride
The town is really waking up now...
The bag man....
Check the wind sock ... The wind is about 15 mph....
Did You Know? - A windsock is a conical textile tube designed to indicate wind direction and relative wind speed. Windsocks typically are used at airports and at chemical plants where there is risk of gaseous leakage. They are sometimes located alongside highways at windy locations.
Wind direction is the opposite of the direction in which the windsock is pointing (note that wind directions are conventionally specified as being the compass point from which the wind originates; so a windsock pointing due north indicates a southerly wind). Windspeed is indicated by the windsock's angle relative to the mounting pole; in low winds, the windsock droops; in high winds it flies horizontally.
Per FAA standards referenced below, a 15-knot (28 km/h; 17 mph) wind will fully extend the properly functioning windsock. A 3-knot (5.6 km/h; 3.5 mph) breeze will cause the properly functioning windsock to orient itself according to the wind. At many airports, windsocks are lighted at night, either by flood lights on top surrounding it or with one mounted on the pole shining inside it.
The Captain is ready to pilot you back home....
Someone tell Paul we are NOT taking a submarine back
Here is comes... Watch out...
Our chariot arrives
Simple stroll on board and up to the Commodores Lounge
Brian found the goodies... Wine cannot be too far behind
Checkout the shirt
The cheese lady prepares to keep us stuffed... Thank You Irene
Ah.... A good BM in the morning is the greatest thing.... Bloody Mary, silly
The gang rests for the quick trip home
Patriotic folks.... Fred, white, and blue.... Herb! Get rid of the pants! No no, on second hand....
Texting to each other....
The older folks just hold hands and drink from the same straw..... Ah, nostalgia
Back Home... Safe And Sound...
"We voted... We are staying on board!"
To the cars and back to normal life....
Heading for the next tavern
We made it .6 miles without a drink... It's getting better
A hop, skip, and a jump jump jump
They look very thirsty
Can that man count or what?????
Something is fishy
Let me start over
Donna finally got over leaving the last 1/3rd of a bottle of wine back at the hotel
Bob was working on her the whole way back... The bottle will be there next year...
Bye you all... Wonderful trip ... and keep this tune in your head....