Friday, February 5, 2010

Things that make you go hmmmmmm!

I've shared a bunch of these on Facebook, but here's the whole list:

1.. Is it good if a vacuum really sucks?

2. Why is the third hand on the watch called the second hand?

3. If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever know?

4. If Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words?

5. Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack?

6. Why does "slow down" and "slow up" mean the same thing?

7. Why does "fat chance" and "slim chance" mean the same thing?

8. Why do "tug" boats push their barges?

9. Why do we sing "Take me out to the ball game"
when we are already there?

10. Why are they called " stands" when they are made for sitting?

11. Why is it called "after dark" when it really is "after light"?

12.. Doesn't "expecting the unexpected" make the unexpected expected?

13.. Why are a "wise man" and a "wise guy" opposites?

14. Why do "overlook" and "oversee" mean opposite things?

15. Why is "phonics" not spelled the way it sounds?

16. If work is so terrific, why do they have to pay you to do it?

17.. If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?

18.. If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?

19. If you are cross-eyed and have dyslexia, can you read all right?

20. Why is bra singular and panties plural?

21.. Why do you press harder on the buttons of a remote control
when you know the batteries are dead?

22. Why do we put suits in garment bags and garments in a suitcase?

23. How come abbreviated is such a long word?

24. Why do we wash bath towels? Aren't we clean when we use them?

25.. Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?

26. Why do they call it a TV set when you only have one?

27.Christmas - What other time of the year do you sit in front of a dead tree and eat candy out of your socks?

28. Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway ?
I dunno, why do we?

A trip to Shadowbrook

For a treat I took Joan to the Shadowbrook Restaurant in Capitola last night. It was a place I used to go many, many years ago and always had a good reputation for good food and atmosphere.

You take a little cable car down to the restaurant and even though it was raining last night it was still a beautiful sight.

Luckily we hit the place on a night when the seafood entrees were all $15.95 (they are usually $27-$30) and everything is ala carte. So it didn't break the bank either.
If you take the virtual photo tour on the Shadowbrook website you'll see more photos. (We ate in the Greenhouse Room).

It's a great place and if you ever get to this area of California, put it on your dinner list.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Hello from California

California: The land of my birth, the source of my mirth.

Always love coming to visit here, but have been at the mercy of the single, public computer at the hotel we are staying at for the last few days, so hopefully that explains the delay in posting.

The picture was taken yesterday by my son, Timothy, on the long Wharf at Santa Cruz. The pelican was very nice until you didn't feed it then it just snapped at you.

You can see what a nice day it was. Weather today is supposed to turn to rain and tomorrow we head back over the hill to the East Bay.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

America the Beautiful

I really like this rendition of America the Beautiful sent to me by a frequent reader in California:

Sunday, January 31, 2010

California, Here we are!

Flight connections went well and no one blew up their underwear so we are safely in California.
Had my annual battle with the rental car company over the kind of car they were going to have me drive.
After several false starts with their foreign selections I prevailed and am driving a Ford Fusion (I originally posted Focus only because I needed to focus) for the time we are here.
"Sir, I'm not giving you one of THOSE Toyotas," the man said.
"Oh, it's not about the Toyota problem," I said. "It's about only driving American brand cars."
Then when he saw my Michigan driver's license, it made sense to him. The Focus is a really nice car, so far.