June 30th, 2008

monkey xray -(monkey inside-palm)

Writer's Block: Where your memories began.

What is your earliest memory of your life?
Going to the Franklin Park Zoo - well before the children's zoo was completed (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_Park_Zoo ) with Michelle, my mom, and Vera. I think - This might've been before my brother or Kevin was born - That'd put me at maybe 3 years old (so, 1971-ish), or thereabouts. I was walking, Michelle was in a stroller. Even then I liked the monkeys. I can remember a lot of spotty things - I had a red, yellow and blue striped shirt that reminded me a bit of Ernie's. (see also - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bert_and_Ernie ) Had a vanilla soft-derve cone that dripped all over the ground.. more probably melted than I ate, but my hands were sticky enough that I had to wash 'em in the water fountain (folks in Massachusetts call 'em bubblers.) (again, see also - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubbler )

Michelle was very well behaved, but was afraid of the bigger critters, like the giraffes. Both Vera and my mom smoked cigarettes - Virginia Slims, I think. I didn't like smoking even then - ash flew everywhere, sitting in the back seat while folks smoked up front was no fun, and the smoke stunk even to my 3-year-old sensibilities.

Sad to think that both Vera and Michelle are gone now - Michelle passed away years ago, and her mom left this world in the last month.
scotto monkeypulse

9341 - monday

Back to work - but it's a short week this go 'round.

Newtcam and Pyecam may be a bit messy for the next couple of days as the house gets put back in order. Or maybe not... the images are a bit outside the primary shuffle-zones.

Hits on the side links for both have been down lately - I wonder why? They've been mighty cute recently and viewings is still pretty high, but nobody wants to go through the ads. I can understand that. I'm just surprised that there aren't more things interesting to folks on the sidebar. I should probably add more text at the bottom to mix the feed up a bit.

In-laws came over for pizza and the 2nd half of astronaut farmer - movie didn't do much for me, but I didn't totally hate it either. BHK was about the same, I think.

I keep thinking of Winston Churchill's quotation, made in a radio broadcast in October 1939:

"I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest."

Just the "a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma" part.


Nutmeg J Salmonella - the little box turtle that lives in our back yard, near the vegetable garden. Nutmeg - named for a turtle I had as a Kid in Delray Beach (named nutmeg, because that was the name on the pen we had for him to live in - prior resident was a brown rabbit of the same name.) Salmonella - well, because he's a turtle nothing personal, I assure you, dear journal. I love his shell-patterns.. remind me of raccoon footprints. J, because it's standard procedure to give J as the middle initial, isn't it?

We also have a multitude of tadpoles living right next to our bedside window - there's a drainage ditch filled with water that gets just the right amount of sun. I hope all the little froggies are viable, and take care of the mosquitoes that have been appearing since summer hit. They can leave the lightning bugs alone if possible, too.

1 year ago - desktop tower defense, space views, annoyance update, newsoms arrive, games and hot dogs

2 years ago - goodbye june, i live for you, teddy bear gun

3 years ago - Missing the good ol' days- Sam and Max, a9 maps, Chee-chee gone, pumpkins are berries, flickr-google earth hack, movie plans, maps

4 years ago - planning a trip, big rock candy mountain, getting journal-spam

5 years ago - Heroclix Icon, Playboy Mystery, The Thorns, Octopus hot dogs, KingKong, Acme Illustrated Catalog, Newtcam pic (see the day prior for oneof his gut sticking out), Lunch with Danny, Las Olas Walkies, awonderful surprise chat.

6 years ago - settling in, south beach remote cam, Newt-lassie comparisons, power puff/marley

7 years ago - Rookie Bodine, good thoughts, crash test dummy plot seeds, redolent, the power of cheese, Ornj goes camping

8 years ago - shotgunGeotarget