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September 28th, 2009

Pics from my iPhoto… odds and ends of things that crack me up, inspire me, embarrass me and make my heart swell.

In Portland, Oregon in the South Waterfront district - peppered with train/trolly tracks.   I love this sign.  Though I am puzzled that the bike has no front tire.  Maybe the sign means, “Caution: Ride with all tires” or “Beware of floating tire thieves”.
Portland sign humor.

Five Guys in Beaverton, Oregon.  It’s not every day I get to sputter things like “Let’s do 5 guys for lunch”.  Thank you to Jackie who suggested I try the hot dog there. WOW!   I’ve found THE perfect hot dog.  Mad love fest for the Five Guys hot dogs!   And yes, I really did want to word that differently.
Doing 5 guys for lunch... and having fun saying so.

Target in Walnut Creek, California.  Thanks a lot Wipeout.  Now every time I go to a Target - I have an urge to jump on the big red balls.   Shout out to Sarah… Good Day, and big balls.
Big Red Balls

On I-5 near Eugene, Oregon. Oh Land of Lincoln… you are so funny.  You really have to super-size this photo.   The best part… the couple in the car looked like textbook Norman Rockwell midwestern grandparents.  And also funny… this is a numbered plate.  You mean there’s more like this?   Watch out Missouri… I’d keep on eye on Illinois - they may have plans to copy (and slightly modify) your Show Me State nickname. EDITED IN: If you don’t have flickr or can’t read the plate… I’ve edited what it says on my photo’s caption here.
No thanks

Lunching at Bagels by the Sea in Seaside, Oregon…. I caught the color fairies spreading a little color magic.
Color inspiration happens

On I-5 near Mt. Shasta. The color fairies spreading even more color magic - and this time in my colors.
Red & Aqua

At my parents house in Walnut Creek.  Yes, it’s a bull.  Yes, it’s a chair.  Yes, we are an odd family.  After his recent trip to Australia to visit my oldest son and DIL - my youngest son brought me back a shopping bag from Oz.  He said he knew I was going to go gaga over it - and that I would probably blog it.  Yes - and yes.   Mission complete.
Shopping in Oz

Sunkist Zombie - circa late 60’s. I hated my freckles as a kid.   HATED.  THEM.  Now I wish they’d show up more.  I guess if we had that stuff in the sky (sunshine I think it’s commonly called)… my freckles might just pop out.  Photo credit:  George George of Berkeley, Calif.  Oh yes, definitly circa 60’s.
Sunkist Lil' Happy Zombie

Mami Zombie - circa late 30’s/early 40’s Germany.  I’m seriously ticked at my mom for not saving her toys for me.  I’m sure the captain of the Mayflower would have made room for the buggy.
My mom - Mami Zombie

Back to iPhoto… Amy of Park City Girl is getting ready for her next Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  It’s almost time to pick a quilt!

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45 Responses

  1. The fabulous Evelyn allegedly said:

    Love that sign. The bike’s front wheel is not really missing, it’s just rotated perpendicular to the back wheel (because it was caught in the MAX track groove), so you’re looking at it straight on, so it’s just a line.

  2. The fabulous jennifer allegedly said:

    that bike sign… the front wheel is pointing toward the viewer of the sign. you know when you jerk the handlebars all the way right or left, and the wheel becomes perpendicular to the bike frame? that’s what happened to this poor guy when he hit the trolley tracks. then the abrupt stop hilariously threw him over the bars.!

  3. The fabulous Jona allegedly said:

    I love that 60’s picture of you. Love it! That license plate is something else and the description of the cars inhabitants makes it hilarious. My Target has big red balls too.

  4. The fabulous Claire allegedly said:

    That buggy is AH-MAY-ZING!

  5. The fabulous floribunda allegedly said:

    aaaah — can’t read the license plate! I guess I’ll have to try later on my bigger computer screen. Did you grow up in Berkeley? I went to high school there, now live in Oakland — but I think I’m a few years ahead of you…like maybe 10!

  6. The fabulous Anita allegedly said:

    I saw those rainbow colored trucks near Mt Shasta - it made me laugh too!

  7. The fabulous Susan Ramey Cleveland allegedly said:

    Can’t read the car license tag. When enlarge, it gets fuzzy.

  8. The fabulous Jackie allegedly said:

    Love all the fun pics! Hot Dog! You got to try the hot dogs!! The best right?? Love those five guys. Love the sign of the flying thief though, gotta love signs like that, they just make you think about what on earth were they thinking about when they made this one?!

  9. The fabulous Llyn M allegedly said:

    Can’t read the license plate either!!

  10. The fabulous Sandy allegedly said:

    The Mayflower????? Oh boy, I would be in trouble with that comment, but I agree that buggy is choice!!!!!!!! :)

  11. The fabulous cindy allegedly said:

    I just loved everything about this post. So much fun! I thought of you yesterday morning and wished you were here. I made your bagels. I made an apple cinnamon one for TJ, Cheese and onion for S, and cheese for A and me. They were so yummy. We went to 5 Guys the other day in Historic Alexandria. If you get out here, I’m taking you there! :)

  12. The fabulous Kristin L allegedly said:

    Ask me how I know Jennifer is right regarding the turned bike wheel. Ouch.

    And your big balls crack me up. My kids LOVE Wipeout and totally get the connection. Our Honolulu Target has big balls.

    And finally, I am such a bagels and lox freak. It has only intensified since I left LA and have been woefully deprived of such cultural delicacies. Bagels and lox or carne asada tacos. These are the things I gorge on when I go to California.

  13. The fabulous AnyoneCanQuilt allegedly said:

    Oh my side!!! I love all of your pictures. The bike one, that would crack me up on a daily basis, the pervy old folks, kills me. And you were THE cutest little freckle face! And your mom?!? LOVE that picture too. And of course, the always charming big balls. I might just break out into song… Have yourself a merry little big balls, make your big balls be light… from now on our big balls will be out of sight… Now I’m hyperventalating. That’ll do zombie, that’ll do. x

  14. The fabulous Laura allegedly said:

    Your sign caption was hilarious. You need to go to the Safety Graphic Fun blog. I’d submit the url, but I think your comment gnomes would attack.

  15. The fabulous amandajean allegedly said:

    I love that buggy!!! It would be wonderful to have it now. Can you imagine?!?! I love the red and aqua dump trucks! Hilarious that you got a photo of them together.

  16. The fabulous raesha allegedly said:

    OH my gosh! Laughing my ASS OFF!!!! I love that first picture cause guess what? My husband has pulled that exact same maneuver on a bike….20 miles from town….and some lady in a pickup let him load his bike and his battered self in the back and took him back in to town. Oh his biking days made me laugh - he also flipped over onto a cactus once- ouch! Seriously though girl you totally have me hooked on that People of Walmart website….them people are NUTS!

  17. The fabulous Etta allegedly said:

    Ahh.. everyone in IL seems to have vanity plates. It’s not very expensive here. It’s even cheaper if your tag is numbered.

  18. The fabulous Kathi D allegedly said:

    Your mother should definitely have saved that buggy for you. Seriously. It’s a shame she didn’t love you enough.

  19. The fabulous Kathi D allegedly said:

    Also. A red and a turquoise truck? That is wack! In a good way, I mean.

  20. The fabulous Amanda allegedly said:

    I, too, love all of the fun photos. Thanks for sharing!

  21. The fabulous thimbleanna allegedly said:

    Ohmygosh! We need those red and aqua trucks for the compound!!! How cool would that be? You’re in charge — get out there and commandeer them!!!

  22. The fabulous Kathy allegedly said:

    Never mind the hot dogs; its the 5 guys hamburgers that light my fire!

  23. The fabulous nanette allegedly said:

    What a fun mix of pictures. Of course I love the vintage Monica the best. I always wanted freckles! They are so cute. 5 guys rules.

  24. The fabulous Sabine allegedly said:

    Hello Mrs Freckle-Face!!!
    Hahahaha, you are so funny.
    Yes,the captain of the Mayflower would have made space for that lovely buggy if he would have seen it.
    Liebe Grüsse aus Deutschland

  25. The fabulous Mary Flynn allegedly said:

    Well aren’t you just a crack up. Couldn’t help but think of Jay Leno…hmmm…consider calling him!

  26. The fabulous Mary on Lake Pulaski allegedly said:

    Your very own dump trucks in red and turquoise traveling together - priceless!

  27. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    I totally had something I was going to say and completely lost my train of thought when I saw that darling little freckle-faced girl. Think, think, think….what was it…I’m sure it was super clever….Dang it! Me thinks old age is creepin’ up.

  28. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    Oh! I bemember know! I was going to say that whenever I go to Target, I want to run up and give those big red balls my best soccer kick (which isn’t very good, mind you). I have thus far refrained, as I’m fairly certain that it would hurt rather badly. Which leads me to another story that’s going to have to be a blog post one of these days. If I can remember.

  29. The fabulous Mary Ann/Ca allegedly said:

    The all just made me laugh…the big balls, yep we have them too and my DH got so embarrassed when I pointed them out one day. Ain’t it grand when you can make them blush!

  30. The fabulous Jil allegedly said:

    Funny thing about the “balls” in front of Target… My incredibly intelligent, seventeen y/o daughter was convinced by one of her friends they were blow up and she should kick one….. hehe…. I’m sure you haven’t jumped on them… see with age comes wisdom… Oh yeah! I’ll bet your mother and mine knew one another… they rode on the same boat! :)

  31. The fabulous Amber allegedly said:

    Loved the “let’s do 5 guys for lunch” and the missing tire. This post had me grinning and giggling from the beginning…and my kiddies were giving me funny looks too LOL

  32. The fabulous Shawn allegedly said:

    What an adorable baby buggy and adorable you too! Thanks for the funnies!!

  33. The fabulous Gina allegedly said:

    Thanks for sharing!
    Our Target has those big balls too. And I have the same urge..so “did” my kids. :)

  34. The fabulous Candace allegedly said:

    Priceless…all of them! Thanks Miss Freckly Girl!

  35. The fabulous v and co allegedly said:

    BAHAHA! funny how i totally was thinking the same thing about the target big balls.
    my 5 year old says that every night when we say good night to him. “good night kyle!” “good night and big balls mom!”

  36. The fabulous monica allegedly said:

    love love love old photos!!


  37. The fabulous Amy - parkcitygirl allegedly said:

    Thanks for the link!!

  38. The fabulous hunnybunny allegedly said:

    Haha all of those are fantastic!
    I especially love the license plate just because I personally have a pastime of mocking hilarious personalized plated.

  39. The fabulous wendy allegedly said:

    Your mom is so proud of that pram! I would like to hear her story of 30’s/40’s German life. Maybe you could blog about that soon!

  40. The fabulous Melody allegedly said:

    Wow! What a post. I love reading your blog. Your freckle face is adorable and so is your cute little Mommy. She should have saved her toys and her clothes for you.

  41. The fabulous Rebecca allegedly said:

    Looks as tho Mr. and Mrs. Blome were unaware that their name has an unfortunate connotation. There are a few Blomes who live in IL.

  42. The fabulous Heather allegedly said:

    You live in Astoria! I love it there. I live in Portland, and try to make my way to the coast as often as possible. Your blog is wonderful!

  43. The fabulous tammyCA allegedly said:

    omigosh, that line about the Captain of the Mayflower cracked me up big time! lol.

  44. The fabulous Jennifer Paganelli allegedly said:

    what a fabulous sun kissed picture..my sister used to use uval to get rid of freckles it didn’t work!!

  45. The fabulous Oregon Sue allegedly said:

    Hi. I enjoyed your blog. I live in So. Oregon and travel back and forth to So. Cal often. I have never been able to take a picture of the colorful trucks at the Truck Village in Shasta. Thanks for yours.

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