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Photo challenges are fun. Just happening upon something interesting is also fun. Here are a few things I’ve captured lately. As always, I’m interested in what catches your eye. (click on photo for larger size)

Loving this old rusty truck.

Not just yet, thanks.

grave site

This is some natty Chevy.

orange car

Here’s lookin’ at you.

Sunset fishing at the pier.


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And the last word, but really the last word.

over and out

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I’ve been in the Pacific Northwest for just over a year now and I thought it was time to compare and contrast. So here is my short list of differences between Downeast Maine (the area north and east of Bar Harbor) and the Seattle, Washington area. It’s just for fun.

Mt rainier


Category Maine Seattle
Seafood Lobster Salmon
Clouds Cumulus,Fluffy Stratocumulus,Silver
Mosquitos Too many 3
Black Flies #%$@#! 0
Rain Summer Winter
Fog 9 months Seldom
Mountains Gentle Craggy
Water Atlantic Puget Sound
Spring 2-3 days Yes
Whales Finback Grey
Snow Lots In mountains
Humidity High Low
Evergreens Tall Taller
Transport Pickup Bus, train
Dogs Big Little
Ship Cruise,Lobster boat Cruise,Container
Jobs Tourism Tech
Dessert Woopie pie Cupcake
Roadside plant Lupine Scotch broom
Drink Starbucks Coffee
Weather Talk about Complain about
National Park Acadia Olympic
People Direct Polite
Volcanoes No Yes

maine lobster boat and buoys

Why not compare where you live now with where you used to live? What was the most outstanding difference between them? 

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got paint?

painting of man in capThe other day I had the opportunity to visit the Seattle Art Museum between shifts at Benaroya Hall. I had only been there once before to see the Picasso exhibit but didn’t have time to view the rest of the museum. If you have never been there, or it has been a while, what are you waiting for? There is something for almost everyone. The galleries are bright and roomy with plenty of space between pieces so that you can enjoy them without feeling crowded.

Seattle Art Museum maskI started out my visit with a tasty lunch in the Taste restaurant that is part of the museum. It is open to everyone and you don’t have to pay admission to eat there. The food is always yummy and you can catch snippets of interesting conversation at near by tables while enjoying your meal. Visit the gift shop, also open to the public, for unusual gifts and trinkets. I wanted to write down some notes but found myself without any paper so I picked up a small notebook while there.

mouse at seattle art museum

There wasn’t a great deal of time to spend so I decided on a quick overview of the entire museum. You can find painting, sculpture, masks, video shows, books, decorative arts and furniture from many eras and styles. Find your favorite section and spend some time or just browse as I did.

Seattle Art Museum Nick Cave

The special exhibit was Nick Cave Meet Me at the Center of the Earth. A fantastic collection of suits of clothing made from sweaters, knit purses, metal flowers,twigs and more. You might have seen some of them dancing around town-the Sound Suits. No pictures were allowed in this gallery but I just happened to catch some of them from the adjacent gallery so technically I followed the rules. Catch them at SAM while they are still there. 

Nick Cave Seattle Art Museum

When you enter or leave SAM be sure to look up and this is what you see. Actually there are several and to see them from the upper floor is a strange sensation.


There is much more to see, but no more time today. Do you have a favorite piece? If you aren’t in Seattle tell us about your favorite art museum.

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shoe repair sign

I don’t know George. But I think I would like to. You see, George does it all. Who doesn’t need a man like that around the house? When was the last time you had a pair of shoes repaired? While-U-Wait!

He can dye your shoes to match your new outfit or your pet maybe. He can make a key for your new roomate. He makes sure you stay on time with a new watch battery. Feeling a little dull. He can sharpen your knives.

If the sign had been bigger I bet there are whole lot more things that George could do. Maybe its a good thing the sign isn’t bigger. There might be things he can do I don’t want to know about or aren’t fit for a public sign.

All of this and he guarantees he has the lowest prices in town. I repeat who wouldn’t like a man like him? Sorry folks, he is in California not Seattle.

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Come visit LosAngeles with me.

Getty Villa, Griffith Park Observatory, Huntington Library and Gardens, various street scenes, Chinatown, volcanoes (not in any particular order)

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Yesterday I felt the overwhelming urge to have a large American breakfast. You know the kind; bacon, eggs, hash browns a few pancakes on the side. And of course the obligatory, endless pot of coffee was on the table. This is not a regular sort of thing for me. Oh yes, I might succumb to eggs and bacon once in a great while. But I can’t remember the last time I had pancakes. I’m talking years. And to have it all at once…. What about you?

So what brought on this feeding frenzy? It was a year ago, almost to the day. Everyone in my department was told to come in very early for a meeting on Sunday, which was two days away. This left everyone puzzled and nervous. I’m sorry to say I had it figured out.

We all arrived at the appointed time to a line up of chairs and tables. Now I was sure what was going on. You could see the panic on people’s faces and the managers all looked very stressed. We were told that the company had eliminated our department. Not only our department but the equivalent departments in all the location across the United States. Several thousand people were put out of work that day.

After signing some papers we turned in our badges and were escorted to our lockers and told we could go home. Before we left there was much hugging and crying, and more hugging and crying. Some were in such shock they couldn’t cry. We traded addresses, phone numbers and emails. We made a date for dinner a couple of week later. That night was to be our delayed Christmas party but no one was in the mood.

As other employees arrived for work that day and heard the news they were in shock. There was more hugging and crying and promises to be back to visit. But what does all this have to do with a big breakfast?

The team I worked with was a varied group, different ages, backgrounds, education, interests. But we were very close. Closer than we realized before this happened. Our family was breaking up and going different ways. We met for coffee before work. Or on Saturdays after work there would always be some who went to Denny’s next door or someplace else. We enjoyed each others company. Of course not everyone got along with everyone all the time but we were still family. And that was proved over bacon and eggs, or Belgian waffles or a grilled cheese sandwich.

I guess the energy of a year ago was bleeding forward and I needed the comfort associated with our jolly meetings. So have a cup of coffee on me.

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