Saturday, March 1, 2014

Hearts as cold as winter

  The Congress of the United States has taken the year off!  But, not to worry we're still paying them; for doing nothing.
  It's a shame, a national shame, that the government, Executive and Congress have done absolutely nothing, in my humble opinion, to earn our trust.  So deeply entrenched in partisan bickering that the whole community is facing collapse.  We are in danger of destroying, or having destroyed for us, the whole idea of government for and by the people.  It's gone.  As an example when asked about work on tax reform House Speaker John Boehner said (and this is a direct quote) "Blah, blah, blah, blah".
Just one example of a house no longer standing.
  Work on tax reform, immigration, trade and a host of other matters is dead in the water.  A bill submitted to help veterans and help the overload of applications for VA assistance - dead!  At the same time the Secretary of Defense says that down sizing the military is a good thing!  Does anyone remember Pearl Harbor?  No!
  I would ask people to write their Congressional member - but why?  It wouldn't get read anyway.

Friday, February 28, 2014

In a nutshell

A sure sign of Spring, at Wolf Neck Farm
Photo: Gordon Chibroski Portland Press Herald
  Can 20 degree weather be far behind?  Lambing season is upon us, and a promise of what's to come; maybe.  The weatherman isn't so sure, but who is?  The long winter has been colder this year and it is getting tiresome, so I'll look for any sign of promise and progress.
  Speaking of progress, not much is being made in the Bitstrip department.  Try as I may there's not a lot of improvement for me in working in/with it.  Here's the latest.
click to enlarge
See?  Not a lot of progress, I've lost the change of costume and body posture, back to the drawing board.  Tomorrow you can look forward to something different.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Just a bit intimadated by Bitstrips

  I thought it would be easy.  How hard can it be?  Well, I'll tell you that when I decided to make a cartoon in Bitstrips (it's copyrighted) I think the site itself was a little hard to use for someone my age (73), the registration went awry but I think I'm registered now.
  Making a cartoon wasn't too difficult once I got to that part.  I decided to make a "standard" three panel thing, like you might find in a newspaper comic.
  I had to break it down to show it on here because it takes up too much space to be able to be easily seen.  Here we go:
Got to check the spelling!  Days, geezer days!
Let me know what you think - leave a comment.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Seen scenes on US101

  When I was a whole lot younger and stationed at the Naval Air Station Alameda California (with Wilbur) I used to hitchhike a lot.  Up and down a large section of US101, say from the Oregon border down to Pismo Beach, on section at a time.  Recently I discovered on the San Francisco Chronicle website some photos of things that were seen, by me and hundreds of thousands of others.
  So with no further ado, here we go off into the netherworld of Larry's mind.  See these and others at:

A 20 foot tall Artichoke in Castroville
Photo: Jeanne Cooper
A very large Adirondack Chair in Sonoma County
Photo: George Rose Getty Images
A fake Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox in Klamath
the real Paul Bunyan is in Bangor Maine
Photo: Michael Maloney San Francisco Chronicle

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Let's go to the lodge, umm, maybe.

The lodge at Cle Elum
Photos: Cascade Pro Media - Brian Hawkins
  I might have found the perfect place, if you really like wood and stone in a rustic sort of way.  Located in Cle Elum, Washington in the Suncadia area, it's a gated community.  It's about a half hour away from Seattle in an outdoor recreation area.  There are four bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms.  Lots of amenities including a shooting range and theater.  It's only Three million dollars!
  The support for the spiral staircase is a four-hundred year old tree - or was.  You can find more information on the site, or I think I saw it this morning on Bye.
The main entrance
Photo: Cascade Pro Media - Brian Hawkins

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Invasion of Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Times Feb 25 1942
  72 years ago today, just two months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, sighting of unidentified "aircraft" stunned residents of Los Angeles, Long Beach and the general area.
  Fearing an attack by the Japanese anti-aircraft batteries opened fire, tracers lit up the sky aided by search lights.  Nothing was shot down.
  It is now believed that a weather balloon could have been sighted and mistaken for a plane, and some believe that it was a UFO (because the photo had been enhanced).
  Go to:
and read all about it.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

This is what you get......

The Maine State House
Photo: Bangor Daily News file
The USS Zumwalt DDG 1000 nears completion at Bath Iron Work Feb 18 2014
Photo: John Patriquin Portland Press Herald
Bug Light in South Portland East end of Portland in background Feb 21 2014
Photo: Gordon Chibroski Portland Press Herald
So.  There you have it more winter in Maine.  I spent the day watching the Eastern Maine Basketball games for the small schools and didn't do my homework.  Stay warm as the Polar air continues on south.