Saturday, October 31, 2009

There is a party over here a party over there

Antioch, CA

I got home from a date with Amy at 1 AM this morning. When I arrived, the party I was trying to avoid was still in full swing. It ended at about 2:45. I stayed up to help do the initial clean up (over 2/3 of the recycling cart is full of beer bottles). While the party was still going on I took this shot and those in BTC.

(There are 8 bottles of different types of Alcohol in this picture. Can you identify them?)


Friday, October 30, 2009

spider carving

Antioch, CA

For some reason - the first time I saw this I instantly thought of Wylie Coyote. Do you remember when he used to fall off a cliff, he would go through the concrete and the concrete would have his form. For some reason I thought that instead of being carved...that a really big spider fell out of the sky and sliced through the pumpkin on it's way down.

I hope you had an opportunity to vote for Cindy's pumpkin carving contest. As I'm typing this, I believe the polls are closed.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hot Dog Boy

Oakley, CA

Cindy went into the hospital today and would be cheered up if you vote on her blog.

One of my clients showed up to therapy today as a hot dog.

Gratitude October 29

I am grateful for nicotine gum.

I am grateful for Heroes. This week my heroes include my siblings, my father and Mahon.

I am grateful for Stephanie Meyer and her ability to communicate to me on behalf of my best friend.

I am grateful for new music and the change it brings to my life. For example: sigur ros or David Grisman.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Inflateable totem pole of Jacks

Antioch, CA

Your time is drawing to a close to vote for your favorite pumpkin at Cindy's Blog. Even though I am not a big fan of Halloween the day its self, I am loving the decorations.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pumpkin Cookie

Walnut Creek, CA

Have you gone to Cindy's blog to vote yet? Her options are way cooler than this cookie, but this cookie was way yummier than her ballot entries will be.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Getting the house in Costume

Antioch, CA

Have you gone over to Cindy's blog and voted yet? Please do. This is the front of my neighbor's house as previously seen here.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

from under the bridge

Over the Carquinez Straight, near Crockett, CA

Amy and I haven't seen each other in 11 days, so tonight we went on a walk to to catch up.


Starting tomorrow - you can vote on which pumpkin you thing should win the great pumpkin contest. Please take a moment (starting tomorrow) to go over to Cindy's blog and vote.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

All Others?

Antioch, CA

I am starting to feel better, so I treated myself to steak. I saw this sign and thought it was weird.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Left Behind

Antioch, CA

It was recently discovered that I had lost 20 pounds in the last 90 days. Everyone is asking me how I did it. One of the things I did was change my mindset. I was raised to clean your plate. I was raised to appreciate your blessings that we had because there are starving children else where. To lose weight I had to learn to walk away from left over food, like I did today at Lumpy's.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

purple blue flower

Antioch, CA

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

prickly lollipop

Oakley, CA

Things have started falling off the trees and some of them, I don't have a clue what they are.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

blurred on purpose

Antioch, CA

This is my third of four pictures for the assignment.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Embers of Autumn

Antioch, CA

Cindy has been publishing pictures of fall, so I searched my neighborhood for similar pictures.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Beautiful day

Antioch, CA

It was just beautiful outside today.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Photo Vacation

Since Sunday, I have had a huge cold. Today I forgot to take a picture (I blame the huge fever and horrible wheezing). The pictures I have taken have been a bit...crappy. So I'm going to just pretend this past week didn't really happen...

Friday, October 16, 2009

little laptop

Vallejo, CA

I kept trying to figure why my cell phone felt some familiar. I figured it out today when I was using Robin's laptop.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

little pills

Vallejo, CA

such cute little pills.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I have been growing a beard

Vallejo, CA

When I get sick I don't shave. I'm all scruffy.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Vallejo, CA

I have had the hugest headache with the silly cold.

Monday, October 12, 2009


Vallejo, CA

With every cold, it is important to drink lots of fluids.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

ER souvineer

Antioch, CA

I have the flu, but not the flying pig one.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Check out that flattened tree top

Round Valley, Brentwood, CA


Friday, October 9, 2009

getting every crevis of goodness

Vallejo, CA

Otto loved the stuff on his plate.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Cherry Coke

Antioch, CA

According to Nina, this is the only Coke worth drinking.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

bringin in da fall

Oakley, CA

All during this past week we have been converting from Summer to Fall. This is the third attempt at creating branches. The first two attempts were me and almost made me cried. Eventually a co-worker came to my rescue. This is 100 times better than what we had before.

What it was before and what it was before that, and before that.

Post #851
Pictures since day 1: 850

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

before he flew

Oakley, CA (I think)

Moments later I stepped 2 steps closer...2 freaking steps...and like that this guy and his friend were gone.

Post #850
Picture #849

Monday, October 5, 2009

our hero jack: episode one

Jack did not intend to be a hero. In fact, on the day when this all started, Jack was actually planning on doing the most unheroic thing he could. He had been planning it for weeks and was sure that his plan was the best it was going to be. Plans had been checked twice. Three times. Some days even saw four checks. Every aspect of his plan had been scrutinized and developed. It was not going to get any better than this plan.

On the day chosen, Jack went down to the pawn shop. He sorted through the options of knives that were available. Each blade was tested for sharpness, easy of opening and difficulty in closing. Some knives were as dull as butter knives. Other knives were a struggle to get open. Many of the knives sprung close with the least amount of effort. Eventually Jack settled on a knife that was sharp, the size of his palm, that came with a black handle and a locking blade. On the blade was a little nub that Jack could flip the blade open with little care. After haggling with the pawn shop owner, Jack forked over the last few dollars to his name and left the store.

Jack stuck the new to him knife in his pocket and was running his finger along the closed blade's ridge that bounced against his leg as he walked along the sidewalk. He was only a few blocks from his destination and was anxious to put his plan into place. If everything went according to the plan, money would never be a problem for him again. The excitement and nervousness ran through his body. It was such a distracted feeling he almost did not hear the screeching tires. Just in time, he not only heard the tires, but he saw the car slam into the side of the building.

Somewhere in the course of veering off of the road and colliding with red brick, the car snapped a fire hydrant off of its mount and a close resemblance of Old Faithful was now spewing from the pipes below. The water reunited with gravity and began fill the car through the windshield.

Jack could see at least two occupants fighting ferociously against seat belts and other restraints holding them to the metal coffin. Jack ran over. Quickly he propped the driver door open. The woman was shouting and flaying around. Jack grabbed his knife from his pocket, flipped it open and cut away the safety restraints and pulled the woman from her Venus fly trap of a seat. As he dragged her to a safer, dryer location, the woman screamed in his water soaked ears, "My baby! Save my baby!"

Jack left her with some people who had also stopped to help. He rushed back to the car that now resembled a water slide with water pouring out of every window but the one where the car seat was located. Jack inhaled a short breath and dove into the cascade. He found that the baby seat, too, had stopped releasing the restraints on its tiny occupant. Using the knife still in his hand, Jack carefully cut away the tiny straps and attempted to grab the child. But the child proved too much to handle and Jack had to drop his prize knife.

Now gliding with the exiting current, Jack floated out to the waiting audience. As they reached the mother, the baby let out a scream - with a gathered crowd cheering with joy. Within moments emergency and news crews arrived to mop up and report. Pictures from cameras and cell phones were swapped with reporters and at least one person had video taped the daring rescue.

Jack was taken to the hospital with the family from the car. Because of the amount of water he had swallowed, Jack was kept for over night watch. His hotel filled quickly with cards and flowers from well wishers thankful for his heroic act.

Meanwhile, Jack lamented the loss of his knife and the fact that tonight he would not be able to slit his wrists.


Antioch, CA

After waiting a month to find the box where my picks were at, I've given up and just gone out and bought some.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

the fountain floweth

Oakland, CA

It only took several thousands of dollars and 8 months but the fountains at the LDS Oakland Temple are working again. These two were shot with different settings and I'm not sure which I like better.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Friday, October 2, 2009

fall sunsetting

Antioch, CA

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Ball Tip Sandwich

Antioch, CA

My waitress won out today twice. She suggested the ball tip sandwich which I agreed to eat and I agreed to cherry coke.

(BTC - For Dad)