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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 7:26 am    Post subject: California Home Reply with quote

So far have posted photos of native New York, but there are many of the time in California (17 years), so here of some of that wonderful world. New and old contacts there have gotten me to go through all the binders of slides and prints - memories of people and places, some lost.



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The Good Earth organic store, Bolinas Road, Fairfax, Marin County



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Fairfax at night - I have a daylight one of the same area somewhere. The gas was $1.15 then. Quite a few Italians in Fairfax and Marin. One gentleman I met was called Papa and was part owner in a restaurant my friends worked at. Telling me he was "three-quarters of a century, Davy" and that he was born in the Panama Canal Zone. His father went there to help build the canal, and later many came to Marin to build the dams for the reservoirs in the hills around Mount Tamalpais.



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On the road from San Rafael to San Anselmo, there is a hill with these cactus plants on the slope. Just loved to look at them while going by and stopped to take some pictures.



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Driving US101 from the Golden Gate can be wonderful or tedious after the first few thousand times. Luckily there is beautiful scenery and some open space like Horse Hill, where these nice equines posed for me. From the highway, they run like they are on the plains. There is also a Kite Hill where I have brought friends and their kids, but the speculators were desirous of location, so it may be gone. Have to look for the photos.

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Out of Marin and to SF and East Bay - funny things


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Along the Freeway near Oakland in the East Bay are the Mud Flats. Artists had been collecting various pieces of debris and making fantastic works to amuse the commuters. These used to change on a weekly basis. Somewhat difficult to capture in a moving vehicle, but this is a pirate ship (I think). Again, some speculators felt these were not appropriate, so now they are gone. More to come.



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Last and not least: the fog was moving in over SF while the sun was low in the afternoon reflecting off the windows of the B of A building. As the fog passed against and around the building, the light pulsed - wish I had a video camera at the time. Just a few snapshots with the telephoto lens.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave,

Thanks for posting. Were you there during the early 70's? The reason I ask is that my wife's older sister was in Marin around that time and got hooked up with a sport fishing boat captain and eventually married him. Small world as my wife and I visited the same area a couple of times.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, what great photos!!

Thanks for sharing them.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great pictures!!!! Thanks Dave!!!

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Di troppe cose non so cosa farne, per me che avrei bisogno di poche immagini ma eterne. (G. Gaber)
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had to hook up the thumb drives to find more photos of the Bay Area - so many to be scanned. One of the East Bay Mud Flats photos is of a big heart that says "I Love You Mom!" - really have to scan that one. Then there are the wonderful people.

Gil, I visited a friend there in 1972 then moved to SF in 1974, living in Noe Valley, Haight Ashbury, then up to Sausalito, Fairfax, San Rafael, back to Fairfax, then to Corte Madera. You never know; perhaps I ran into your sister and her husband, if they were in Marin. Did meet a woman who was a tugboat dispatcher.

Did find the one of daytime Fairfax. Sir Francis Drake Blvd runs from the bay at US101, Larkspur near the Ferry Terminal and goes all the way through San Geronimo Valley to Olema on the Pacific (well, Point Reyes Peninsula near Bodega Bay). The parking lot used to be a commuter train station with Broadway running parallel. A small town with hills, not sure if I could afford it now, like what happened to Mill Valley.



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Sausalito was a good place to live - many photo opportunities of boats and SF views. At Christmas, they put lights on their masts - not scanned yet. I have posted some of these other ones elsewhere.



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Sheryn with her cats Kate and Spencer Gatti -


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Which reminds me, have to tuck in the cats...Snip, Slug and Xeno with hand warmers to keep them somewhat warm (23F/-5C going down to -5F/-20C overnight by Thursday).

More as I can scan them

Glad you got back safely Simona and that you had a good time at Nuccia's and how are you all?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once again, great pictures, Dave! Thanks!
I really love to see all pictures you post!

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Which reminds me, have to tuck in the cats...Snip, Slug and Xeno with hand warmers to keep them somewhat warm (23F/-5C going down to -5F/-20C overnight by Thursday).

Very cold, eh? snow

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Glad you got back safely Simona and that you had a good time at Nuccia's and how are you all?

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Thanks Dave. Yes, I had a good time at Nuccia's, I love her family! They're amazing!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scanned more today, but realized that some prints were damaged over the years and also the scanner bed has smears also, some on the underside.
Will have to look for the slides or negatives to make new scans. Not to mention that there is blurriness that I did not notice until enlarging them.

Blustery weather again, so feel tired out and still have to check on the crats.
Just a few tonight that is...


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Sarah's father and I drove her down to Half Moon Bay to buy a pumpkin for Halloween. Now she is in her 30s and I still have some pictures she made and would like to send her for her own children.



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This is what I meant about the sailboats having Christmas lights on their masts. One of the smeary/damaged pictures.



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A little detour to Carbondale Colorado in 1977. At least we left from Sausalito...moving my friend Martha to NYC so she could go to watchmaker school at Bulova in Queens. She had friends in Carbondale; great people and a great journey.


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Back to California...favorite place on the hills looking over to SF, especially when the fog is coming in.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave, have you ever thought about doing photography work as a sideline?

Looking at the pictures with the cats, I think we need one more cat in our household too. We'd like to get a long-haired gray kitten.

Why gray and why long-haired you ask? Because we've got a female cat that is predominantly black with a white tummy, chest and the lower half of her face. My daughter calls Trixie's one leg, the "cow leg" because of its pattern there.

Benny, my male has luxurious, hard to care for long fur but his temperment is so sweet and laid back. He lets you do anything to him.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rosie,

Many a time have thought about that, but there is no time and my eyes can't focus as well - need new glasses for one thing. Getting film developed takes time and costs too much. I take a few and then don't have a roll developed for months or even a year. There are many to scan anyway and I can't keep up with ones that friends want.

As for the cats, I am surprised that you want another after the story of adopting your last one. So many need to be adopted though. I get the daily cartoon from Mutts by Patrick McDonnell and he often sends the Shelter Stories newsletter. A really funny comic strip that captures what we all have experienced with our pets.


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I always tell my cat people friends about your cats. Seems like the photo of my friend Darlene holding her cat Spirit is not on this hard drive so I can't post it. He is just spread out like a dinner plate - a very laid back cat and all white, long fur, like the kitten you want to get.

Spirit's face is my avatar on Amici. He used to lay on a chair at our house in Sausalito and when I came back, he was still there. I would say hello and he would turn his head upside down and purr right away.

You mean Trixie has a Guernsey leg? There was a cat around here I called the Guernsey Cat for the pattern on its sides. Your daughter would love all these cats, as I am sure you would be. Except they are afraid of most people - somewhat feral but very lovable otherwise.

After 2 A.M. again and I want to go out to the garage and check on the cats. I put hand warmers under their beds (in boxes covered with insulation and stuffed with cloth - store bought beds that are round and deep with furry bottoms and sides). I also have Chenille gloves for washing cars with the hand warmers in them, plus old mutande to wrap them with - and they finally let me do.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes Dave, Trixie has a Guernsey leg.

You might think I'm a real freak but my cat Trixie runs when I come to pick her up. She's a wily critter all right. She runs because she knows I'm going to kiss her nose. She lets me do it but for some reason or other she hates to be held. She'll jump up on my lap but doesn't like any of us to hold her.

Now old Benny will let you do anything to him. He's a gorgeous, lovable big boy, not fat, but big. The girls in the animal hopsital loved him when he was in to have his teeth cleaned. The vet who cleaned his teeth said he was a very affectionate cat.

Yes, I love cats but I worry that maybe when I'm old I'll become one of those freaks you see on TV with a zillion cats. Right now my husband vetoes anymore than the two.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry about not getting back here, Rosie, to reply. Been a while and a busy time with car repairs, shoveling snow (yech) etc.


These cats vary as far as being held. Slug doesn't mind, and Xeno just drooped in my hands, but Snip only tolerates it for awhile then squirms away. Must be fear of being constrained, as they (esp. Snip) are still somewhat feral.

There was another tabby cat out there, and Xeno fought with him - fur flying and Xeno came back with a bloody right ear that I tried to put hydrogen peroxide on - he seems ok now. The tabby came back to eat some more though. Also looked out last night and there was the black cat from up the street sitting on the carpet remnant on the back porch. That's their outpost position.

Now what to do about the tabby? Another abandoned one from the apartments up the street? Seems well fed, but hungry, so may be a new abandonee.

On that Mutts website, they have a section called Shelter Stories, where people send in stories and photos of animals that they adopted from shelters. You could qualify there. One place was called Jack's Furry Friends, which reminded me of you.

The site also pointed out it was Rabbit Month - so Emmy came to mind immediately. My housemate Sheryn in Fairfax had a rabbit - I'll have to look for photos. Also Amy Sedaris talks about her rabbits in her book "I Like You; Entertainment under the Influence" which is funny and actually has recipes and good advice about parties... and rabbits, as she is an official rabbit lecturer.

Quite a few stories on the local news about people trying to take care of too many strays. It wouldn't be such a bad problem if they just asked for help before it got out of hand.

Well, 45F tonight, so the hand warmers were not needed. Did see a 'possum by the bird feeder. No California pics tonight, but one of Snip. Could have several titles, like: "Can you say 'No' to this face?"

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to hear you are well. Old Snip looks well fed and content with life. We finally got some above freezing weather yesterday and it is supposed to continue today. Currently it is in the 40's here. The only trouble with this warm weather is that the snow is rapidly melting and in another day or so the ground will look all brown and dirty, it is so beautiful with the snow covering.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So nice to read about all the animals and Dave the photographs are lovely too.
Sadly I'm not being allowed to get any more pets--meantime but that's not to say Never. I've been told I'll just need to get a areoplane ticket and go to my daughter's in France and stay longer and I'll have all the pets I could wish for.
One of their sheep is due to have a lamb shortly and they're considering getting some minature goats too and it seems Susie the donkey loves being with the sheep.
I had never heard of this before but Susie had been put in beside one of the rams that was going to a new home and they seemed to 'stick like glue together' until one day my daughter saw Susie almost lift the ram off his feet by holding on to his horns. They were quite worried about this but fortunately the farmer came the next day for the ram and suddenly Susie stopped braying and she wouldnt eat -not even bread which she loves.
They were worried about Susie and after searching to find the reason why they discovered she was probably pining for the sheep and it seems they had probably been playing and got a wee bit rough Eh? So they put her back into the other enclosure with the other sheep and after a few days she's back to normal -they must just be like ourselves and have similar feelings when someone they're very fond of goes away.
That's why I never like to have just one pet I always like to get at least two and make sure they have plenty of hugs.
psI've still kept my rabbit ahd guinea pigs hutches and indoor cages just in case I set up a holdiay home Shhh but this would need to be kept a secret from You Know Who!! Angel Angel

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Emmy (& Gil)

Somehow I did not get a notice for the last post and have been off line lately anyway.

My cousin insisted that I go out and buy her mother a new TV and it has been a disaster. Yesterday I brought her old one back and now she is happy. She cannot handle changes like that and could not operate the remote, plus getting the remote I bought her with minimal controls and big buttons did not work, as well as a newer one.

The new LCD TV has a delay when changing channels, which is confusing to her and frustrating to me (this is an improvement?) and she was convinced that her old programs were changed somehow.

Anyway, when Mary Ann comes for a visit from NYC, she can sort it out - what a mess.

Speaking of pets, Xeno came back with a right paw partially devoid of fur and wounds reminiscent of Snip's last year. Either they encountered the same enemy or (I'm getting suspicious) someone has a trap set up somewhere or something.

Plus there is another cat about - this one has 6 toes on his front paws; the tracks in the snow look like little hands. He's a dark tabby with a white chest that looks fed but I'm not sure if he is abandoned. Then another neighbor says there is a small black cat with a little white in the chest sleeping on her porch. She put a towel on the chair and fed it some but she has a small dog too. That cat has been around for a year or more - what happened to the owners?

No pets at all, Emmy? Perhaps a guard dog will pass muster. The cats here aren't allowed indoors (a little sneaking in sometimes), but they get petted and brushed by me, and even my mother pets Slug as he greets us by the front porch (he runs out when he sees the car come around the corner).

My friend Ruth sent this picture, passed on from a relative. The title was Warmest Spot in the Barn:


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Well, off to check on the cat population - warmer lately so I was able to wash their mutande and not wear mine for a change. Crocuses coming up and also snowdrops - Cardinals and Mourning Doves singing.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Dave
What I meant was that the family dont want me to replace the guinea pigs and the rabbits - they have all died from old age so now there are no more outdoor pets. I still have my 2 chihuahuas and 2 love birds ,one zebra finch and a budgie. It's not to say I'll listen to the family though, once I get my blood pressure sorted out you never know what I will do Shhh
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