For the last five years, on and off, I've seen Dave standing at my off-ramp.  During a red light he walks down the row of cars carrying his sign, "Everybody needs a hand sometime.  God bless you."  Sometimes people give him money and he seems appreciative.  When the light turns green he heads back to the intersection with a pronounced limp.

I've always wondered what he does with his money.  Is he buying some booze, kicking back under the bridge?  Or is he going around the corner and counting his take for the day? It's rumored that some panhandlers make $400 a day.  But who knows.

Do you give money to panhandlers?

Play with a Spider

Someone sent this one into me:

Poke and prod the spider with  your  mouse ,  also 'grab' one of its legs with your mouse by holding down the left button and  drag it around  the  screen  --  tell me it's not alive!

Also anywhere on the map hit the space  bar while the left mouse button is held down and it leaves little bugs, watch the  spider go after them.  This is totally  crazy and creepy too!
Click here: Play with a Spider

Caylee Anthony Doll

Image of Caylee Anthony DollThe Caylee Anthony doll will be sold soon.  The company that is selling the doll states that they are giving a portion of the sales receipts to charity.  My first question is: "How much?"  Tell me what you think about a company trying to make a profit off a murdered little girl.

Would you buy this doll even if it's labeled a "Tribute Doll?"

Romantic Date

Haven't decided where to take your honey for Valentine's Day?  I have the perfect date idea so none of you go and tell J because we wouldn't want her surprise to be spoiled now would we?

Just kidding!  I saw this poster at lunch the other day and wondered how many of you would  take your date to one of these on Valentine's Day.

It's 7:01 a.m.

Every morning at 7:00 a.m. a parking lane becomes another regular "rush-hour" lane downtown.  There are signs posted that there is no parking starting at 7:00 a.m.  As I pass by I notice the little parking enforcement vehicles around the corner ready to pounce.

Many times I see tow trucks ready and sometimes they're towing at 7:01 a.m.  Every now and then I see the car owners running out to save their car but it's all in vain because that ticket is already written up - sorry.

What was different today?  Nothing really except for a huge tractor trailer and three of those little enforcement guys standing around wondering what to do?  Do they have one of those monster tow trucks?  I wish I could have pulled out my folding chair and just watched.

And yes...I had a huge grin on my face.

Question #45

When you purchase something from a vending machine and use the exact change, do you check the change slot anyway? 

First Volleyball Tournament of the Season

I was up at 4:00 a.m. and ready to go up north to Costa Mesa for Heather's first travel volleyball tournament in the Gold Division.  The parents get the girls to a meeting location and then head up as a team to the venues...Sleep, talk, or just zone out?  Four of us went to watch Heather play.

Heather is in Royal Blue
Girls on Volleyball Court
The girls did very well in my opinion and it was much more interesting to watch than high school volleyball.  Heather is a Libero so it was really cool when she heard "pipe," and got a back row attack - she killed it!  :)

Jess asked that I text updates from the matches as she does when her kids are playing.  Seems like between us we got all the sports covered.

Of course I also "watched" the NFL Conference Championships with a little help of my iPhone.  The Cardinals got a scare after leading by a huge margin then putting it away late in the game.

So,  if you remember from reading my blog what happens after a softball tournament on the way home, then you'll know she slept all the way home from the volleyball tournament also!  :)

Overall, the girls won 4 out of 6 sets in three matches.  Good way to start!

Elephant Dung Count Reveals Thriving Population

I wonder how long it took for this Job Opening to fill?  "We've found an alternative method to count elephants. You can be pivotal in this ground-breaking research. Apply Now!"

Chula Vista a Boring Place to Live?

I heard on the radio that Chula Vista, Ca was on the In Pictures: America's 10 Most Boring Cities by Forbes Magazine.

The funny thing is that the picture they choose isn't in Chula Vista...or is it?

Gimme a Boost!

How many moms would find this useful?

What I Ate Today

For lunch I had: Carne Asada Nachos Supreme and a 12 oz Pepsi.   For dinner I ate: A burger and fries.  The perfect concoction for a heart attack!  But I still think I'm gonna get killed by someone texting and driving!

How healthy did you eat today?

It looks like a gate

What the heck is it then?

What ever it is, someone doesn't want you to go through that gate that isn't a gate.

Value Every Minute

To realize the value of one year: Ask a student who has failed a final exam.
To realize the value of one month: Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of one week: Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of one hour: Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of one minute: Ask the person who has missed the train, bus or plane.
To realize the value of one second: As a person who has survived an accident.
To realize the value of one millisecond: Ask the person who has won the silver medal in the Olympics.

Time waits for no one.
Treasure every moment you have.

What Forklift?

While J and I were shopping I noticed this sign.  She knew exactly what I was going to do.

I wonder how many forklift operators have been driven away and how long it took for the driver to finally discover that they had a "guest" in their trailer?

Do you know where I took this?