Friday, July 27, 2012

Fear Strikes

Walked into a South Orange County bar the other day, took one look at these characters turned around and walked out. What would you have done?

Saturday, July 21, 2012

California State Parks Director Resigns Amid Scandal

"State Parks Director Ruth Coleman resigned Friday and her second in command has been fired after officials learned the department has been sitting on nearly $54 million in surplus money for as long as 12 years. The department kept the money hidden even as it carried out the unprecedented closure of 70 parks to satisfy state budget cuts. The money could also have prevented drastic cutbacks in hours, staffing and services that have stricken nearly every park in the state." The Sacramento Bee reports that the moves come in the wake of a scandal, revealed by The Sacramento Bee on Sunday, in which a deputy director at State Parks carried out a secret vacation buyout program for employees at department headquarters last year. That buyout cost the state more than $271,000. The Bee began inquiring about rumors of a surplus when it learned about the buyout, and submitted a Public Records Act request for the fund data on Wednesday. The secret $54 million was not reported to the State Finance Departmentas required."

Friday, July 13, 2012

Only Fifty Years Behind Barney Wilkes

The interview is in French, but the video tells the story. It reminds me of the ingenuity behind Barney Wilkes' six-wheel-drive amphibious bus.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

2 Men, 1 Woman, And A Goat Ain't Natural

As quoted in the Orange County Register, a goat herder surfing at San Onofre yesterday says his goat is a natural at surfing. News flash: Your goat ain't a "natural" at surfing if it takes two people to hold it on a surfboard while you catch and ride a two inch wave . . . next to it . . . on a separate surfboard.

Moon Phase