Thursday, May 23, 2024

A big day


Yesterday was such a quiet day.  Jeri, Phil and Walt went to Oakland to see the A's baseball game.  They left around noon for a 6 p.m. game, but they wanted to stop for lunch.  

There was a group that went, some 14 in all, giving Jeri a chance to visit with so many of her friends. I imagine that they all had a wonderful day, especially since the A's won.

It was a quiet day for me, sitting at home answering letters and then, since everybody else was at the baseball game, Ned cooked hot dogs for himself, Marta and me for dinner.  I went to sleep about 10 and missed the guys getting home from the game 15 minutes later.

Today was not a quiet day.  This was the day Jeri and I were going to have our "girls lunch," which we do every time she comes to town.  I also wanted to do some shopping.  Jeri said we should go to Fenton's for lunch.  I wrote to Char, "Jeri is taking me to Fenton's for lunch" and she texted back "Cool."  I was thinking about how long it had been since she had joined us for lunch at Fenton's and wondered when we would be able to do a Fenton's lunch again.  

When we got in the car, I suggested to Jeri that we do lunch first since it would be too crowded in downtown Davis at noontime to find a place to park and that sounded like a good idea to her.  We drove to Fenton's and when we got there, guess what....

It was a total surprise.  Char and all 3 of her daughters.  It had been Ned's idea and they decided they weren't even going to tell Walt because then he'd want to come and this was to be a girls lunch.  What a wonderful lunch.  As usual, Char and I had our crab salad sandwiches and milk shakes.  The girls had such a good time chatting. Later Char sent a message saying that she loved how the four girls relate.  They have known each other pretty much since birth and grew up in their early years like sisters.  They have traveled different paths, but the connection remains strong.  

When lunch was over, Jeri and I drove back to downtown Davis to the UCD store, where I wanted to look at what they had left of their egghead stuff, which they were selling for the 30th anniversary of  Robert Arneson's eggheads on campus.  We parked a block and a half away from the store and I had to walk a block and a half, which I don't think I've done in years (my legs will be sore tomorrow).  They didn't have everything I hoped to find, but I ended up buying myself a shirt.  I do love the eggheads!

They didn't have the postcards I hoped to buy, but I was happy with the shirt.  After we left the store, we went to the coffee shop next door and had a nice coffee.

We got home around  4, having been gone about 5 hours.  I hadn't had my nap, but no time for a nap because we were going to Ned's friend Greg's house for dinner (Ned & Jeri's friend...and our friend).  We got there around 5:30 and sat outside enjoying hors d'oeuvres before dinner.

Then Greg's wife and others got dinner on the table for all eleven of us.

It was a delicious dinner, topped off with cherry pie for dessert.  We stayed until it was starting to get cool and then we headed on home.  I would have gone to sleep at 9:30, but I wanted to get this written.  It's now 10:30 and I'm headed to sleep.  This was the busiest day I have in....years.

Jeri and Phil will be here tomorrow, but are taking the train tomorrow night to head up to Oregon to spend a few days with Phil's mother.  Things will be very quiet next week, but it's been so nice having this brief chance for a visit.



Ned and Greg


Wednesday, May 22, 2024

The Big Race

For some reason I can no longer comment on my own entries, so I was not able to respond to the people who commented that they still read this journal every day, but thank you all of you!


San Francisco recently held its annual Bay to Breakers race.  This is a 12K race, from one side of San Francisco to the other, from the Embarcadero to the Ocean Beach.  It has been run every year since 1912 (except possibly the COVID year).

Some start the race very young.

People come in all sorts of costumes

Some don't bother wearing anything at all.

I've never participated.  I've never watched, except for on the news at night, but I'm always tickled at the news reports and hearing the weird things that happen.

Monk had an episode featuring the Bay the Breakers.  Someone was murdered by a guy who supposedly ran the whole race and couldn't possibly have killed her.  All the runners have some sort of counter to wear during the race (not sure where the nude guys wear theirs) so that at the end of the race they can check the computer and make sure the runner actually ran the race.  According to the counter, the killer had run the race and in a good time, too.

Monk finally figured out that he had parked his car near the race, and attached his counter to the back of the TV truck he was following that was covering the most famous runner, so he could leave the race, drive to his girlfriend's apartment, kill her and return to the race.

(Logic makes me think that if he was driving from the race and back again, with parking what it is in the city, would he be able to find a parking place at either his girlfriend's or near the race itself?).  But Monk was able to prove what he'd done and another crime was solved.

I love that San Francisco has such a weird event like the Bay to Breakers.


The finish line


Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Family Reunion

It's so nice having Jeri and Phil here for a few days.  They spent 4 days in Santa Barbara, visiting with Tom's family and are here for 4 days and then will take the train up to Eugene (Oregon) where Phil's family live.

They are spending the nights with their friend Jessica, who has a guest room they can use (which we don't).  I made banana bread the night before and they came over for breakfast, which Ned made.  We had such a good time sitting around and chatting.  I got to learn more about the granddaughters from Jeri, since I almost never hear news from them directly.  Brianna drove them to the train station.  She has also just started her first job.

When breakfast was over, Ned and Phil went out to the hall where Ned works to check the mouse traps.  Jeri got in touch with Gonz, her high school music teacher, with whom she has remained friends all these years.  He was home and so she went to his house for a visit which was great for me because it gave me a chance to have my afternoon nap.

In the afternoon, Phil and Ned worked on music (Phil plays the guitar, as does Ned) while Jeri and I worked on the puzzle I'm currently doing.

And we stopped to watch a bit of TV.

Ned had turned on an old Laugh In and Jeri didn't really remember much about Tiny Tim.  I'd forgotten about him!  I found a video on YouTube of his wedding on The Tonight Show.   I don't think Jeri really believed it!  In this day and age, a character like Tiny Tim doesn't seem as popular as he was at the time.

In the late afternoon, the weather being perfect, we sat outside in the carport with our drinks.  I had water, the others had locally made beer (made at Sudwerks, where we went for the Adrian West concert).

Ned cooked dinner and called us in at 6.  We had a great time chatting about their plans for tomorrow, which is to go to the A's game in Oakland (Ned and I won't be going).  Our car starter has been having problems and Walt couldn't get it to start for 15 minutes when he was at the store yesterday, so they are going to take Ned's car

Then after dinner, Ned and Phil did more music, while Walt, Jeri and I watched Jeopardy before Jeri and Phil headed off back to Jessica's for the night.

It was a quiet day, but just so nice having them here.



Monday, May 20, 2024

Adrian's concert

 Adrian West gave a concert at Sudwerks, sponsored by KDRT (Ned's radio station).  What a fun evening it was!  We had delicious mushroom burgers.

Ned introduced the band.

I love watching Adrian play his electric violin.

There were a lot of friends there and it was fun to see them.  Ned's radio co-host, Clyde was there.

These days whenever I do anything out of the house, I seem to come home exhausted...and I did.  I collapsed in the recliner and fell asleep, waking up a couple of hours later to stagger to the couch to "go to sleep."  

I've decided I've been playing Wordle too long.  As usual, I tried to work it at midnight before I went to the couch, but couldn't solve it, so I finally gave up and went to sleep.  When I woke up a few hours later, I had the answer in my head...and it was right!



Sunday, May 19, 2024

Sunday Stealing

Welcome to Sunday Stealing. This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. Cheers to all of us thieves.

Stolen from SwapBot

1. What inspires you the most?
People who make a difference in the world inspire me.  Like Jane Goodall.  Like the people who work with children in Compassion, Int'l.  Like Jose'Andres, who cooks for people in war countries.

2. How do you think the world will change in 20 years?
It completely depends on who is going to win the presidential election in November.

3. Cats or dogs and why?
I wanted dogs all through my childhood and could never have one.  I briefly had a cat, who ran away.  Walt and I got our first dog in 1967 and have had at least one dog in the house ever since, often two and when I was sponsoring dogs for the SPCA we had many more.  Dogs have a more predictable personality and are more interested in people than cats.

4. What is the funniest memory from your childhood?
I answered this recently.  I remember the day my mother brought a Peanuts cartoon in to show me and the two of us laughed so hard we couldn't stop.  Not sure that's the funniest memory, but it's definitely a funny memory.

5. Where do you not mind waiting?
As long as I have my cell phone (i.e., Kindle app) with me, I don't mind waiting anywhere.  In fact, sometimes I'd rather wait than be called right away.

6. What was the best thing before sliced bread?
The wheel?  The toilet?

7. What product would you stockpile if you found out they weren’t going to sell it anymore?
Best Foods mayonnaise.

8. What do you get every time you go grocery shopping?
Walt buys bananas and mandarin oranges every other day.

9. What do people do too much of today?
Use their phones when they are with people in real life.  (I hate going to a restaurant and seeing everybody using their phones instead of talking with each other)

10. Are you a GoodWill, or any second hand store customer?

11. How do you feel about the death penalty?
I'm strongly against it, for many reasons.  For one reason, many times we find out we have executed an innocent person.  Also, it is cheaper to keep a person in prison indefinitely because of all the legal fees paid for someone trying to escape the death penalty.  And, if you execute someone, their pain only lasts briefly, whereas if you keep them in prison without possibility of parole, they suffer for many years.

12. Are there brands of certain items that you will ONLY buy that brand? I.e., paper towels, ketchup etc
We only buy Best Foods (Hellmans) mayonnaise, Skippy peanut butter, and Peet's French Roast coffee

13. What are some things that you will buy the Store brand, and find the quality to be great?
Since Ned does all my shopping these days I haven't been in a store in literally years and don't remember what I used to buy.

14. What is a Name brand item that really disappointed you recently?
When we decided to see Unfrosted, the story of the making of Pop Tarts, I had Ned buy a box of Pop Tarts for us to eat while watching the movie.  Oh lord how terrible they tasted!  (and how terrible the movie was!)

15. Do you wear glasses or contacts?  
I've never worn contacts.  I've worn glasses since I was 10.  I wouldn't know what I look like without glasses.




Saturday, May 18, 2024

Saturday 9

 Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love to answer the questions, however, and here are today's questions!

Saturday 9: Tunnel of Love (1958)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) In this week's song, Doris Day tries to convince her lover to share a kiss in the Tunnel of Love. What's your favorite amusement park ride?
I rarely go to amusement parks and cant think of a ride I like other than the merry-go-round (in Disneyland, I like the flying Dumbos.

2) In the 1950s, when Doris recorded this song, Tunnel of Love rides were popular in the US. Couples would climb into small boats that only seat two and float through a dark tunnel, accompanied by romantic music. Today less than 100 of these rides still exist. Have you ever taken a ride through the Tunnel of Love?
I can't remember,  but I think so.

3) This week's featured artist, Doris Day, made approximately 40 films and a TV series. She said one of her favorite things about being an actress was the clothes. She loved collaborating with the experts who created her wardrobe. Her contemporary, Betty Grable, found all the fittings boring and just let the wardrobe department do their job without offering much input. Imagine you are a performer: Would you be more like Doris or Betty?
Oh, Betty.

4) There was persistent rumor that, after Doris appeared on Bob Hope's radio show, the two had an affair. She always denied it. Have you ever been the subject of workplace gossip?
Not that I know of.

5) Doris never liked to fly and her fear increased as she got older. After she retired, she refused to fly at all. This caused her to decline lifetime achievement awards and other events in her honor. Have you more recently extended, accepted or declined an invitation?
The only thing I've been invited to is the upcoming Paul Picnic (hosted by our son's best friend, who has hosted it for about 24 years).  We will attend.

6) After show biz, Doris devoted herself animal welfare. She used to say that we should be more sensitive to the loneliness and sadness people feel when they lose a pet. Think of a time when you were grieving. What words or gestures helped you get through the difficult time?
When you lose a loved one, hugs are a better help than words, which you probably won't remember. But the hugs feel good.  When our first son died, a friend arranged for dinners to be brought to us every night for the first two months.   That was pretty special.

7) In 1958, when this song was on the Billboard chart, "The Purple People Eater" was also popular. It's a silly song about a creature from another planet. Have you ever seen a UFO (unidentified flying object)?
No ... but I love Judy Garland's recording of "Purple People Eater."

8) Also in 1958, Americans were watching 77 Sunset Strip. The show revolved around the LA-based private investigators whose office was at that address. Who is your favorite TV PI?

9) Random question -- In the 1950s, stewardesses used to famously ask passengers, "Coffee, tea, or milk?" If asked that right now, which of these three beverages would you prefer?



This is the 28th anniversary of David's death


Friday, May 17, 2024

A big number

 It's days like this when I miss some of the journalists/bloggers who are no longer with us.  People who started writing around the time I did, who understand what a big day this is.

Well, TODAY is not the big day, but two days ago was.

I have now written over 8,600 entries in Funny the World,  How I miss having my own URL and being able to design my pages, but better than nothing, BlogSpot is free, and easy to use.  

When I think back over 24 years (started March, 2000) it's amazing the things I have written about.  I started after David and Paul died, so you can't find what I wrote at the time of their death. but when I lost 85 lbs, I had  >1,000 people who followed my entries.  Now, if the numbers are to be believed, I have fewer than a dozen.  But I still keep writing, hoping than dozens/hundreds of people check  this blog out.

Of course these days there's very little interesting happening in my life.  I don't have shows to talk about, since I don't review shows any more (and won't any more, since I told the current critic that I didn't want to have anything to do with the Enterprise).  We don't go on trips, so there are no marvelous trip diaries that I kept religiously.  We don't foster dogs any more, so there are no stories (and pictures) of the cute dogs (especially puppies) living with us.

What I do now is write letters, read books, and watch TV...and how can I make a daily interesting blog entry out of that??

I'm going to study Bob Dunning's entries as he moves forward in his new life and see if I can get any good ideas for making this blog interesting enough that people want to read it every day again.  As far as I know, my regular readers are Walt, Ned, Jeri, and Char.



Lacie, Jeri, Bri, Laurel
(Jeri is in Santa Barbara; will be here the end of the week)


A big day

  Yesterday was such a quiet day.  Jeri, Phil and Walt went to Oakland to see the A's baseball game.  They left around noon for a 6 p.m....