Dock Holiday 3 … to the pools !

22 Aug

grey heronThere were 2 (Grey?) Herons nesting along the nearby shoreline and we could see them flying by on occasion. One morning Rose spotted one on some rocks below. No telephoto .. but got this murky image.

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Although some of the pics look like it was rainy, we had very nice conditions for the whole week. Mostly sunny – not too hot – no wind – no skeeters. It did rain one day, but was still pleasant.

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The pool and hot tub were beautiful – and not crowded as you can see. Sweet.

like glass i tell ya

Like glass baby!

I love outdoor pools. I love the sunlight – and the reflections on the water and the shimmer of light on the bottom of the pool.

ya baby !

The better half of the Tsunami Twins.

blue euphoriaBlue euphoria …

yepYep.

no problemNo problem.

throw in the garlicHe’s done .. throw in the garlic …

quintus

The Return of Quintus Flatulence III … bring my trireme around to the dock …

life is tuff

Life is tuff …

Celebrating Tonto 2 …

20 Aug

Jay Silverheels

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TONTO RIDES AGAIN

18 Aug

jcalberta:

Ride on Tonto !

Originally posted on SERENDIPITY:

I grew up with the Lone Ranger and Tonto racing around my bedroom.  No, not live, but I had authentic Lone Ranger wallpaper. Until the wallpaper was installed, I was sure he was the Long Ranger … as in “he rode a lot and covered great distances.” Y’know. Long range.

Other girls had Disney Princesses, flowers, and butterflies. I had “Hi Yo Silver, the Lone Ranger Rides Again!” Although my walls did not play the William Tell Overture, I could hum it well enough. I had many a long chat with Lone, Tonto, Silver and Scout as I lay abed pondering the meaning of life and how I could convince my mother to let me have a horse.

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It was a hard choice between Lone and Tonto. It was even a difficult choice between their horses. Silver was magnificent, but Scout — a stunning paint — was gorgeous too. Really, I would have…

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Hitchbot hits Victoria !!!

18 Aug

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VANCOUVER ISLAND map

Dock Holiday 2 …

17 Aug
Inn of the Sea

Inn of the Sea

The view

The view

Seaside

Seaside

Busy dock

Busy dock

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Inn of the Sea

Super Moon rising

Super Moon rising

Dusk

Dusk

Dock Holiday … Vancouver Island

16 Aug
Daybreak

Daybreak

Morning

Morning

Day

Day

After the shower

After the shower

Evening

Evening

 

Island Holiday …

12 Aug

On holiday on ‘The Island’ for a week … back shortly …

silverheels …

7 Aug

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Celebrating Tonto …

5 Aug

Jay Silverheels - Tonto Portrait

Jay Silverheels / Tonto

Born: 26 May 1912 , Six Nations Reservation, Brantford, Ontario, Canada  Was a full-blooded Mohawk Indian, one of 11 children of A.G.E. Smith, who had served as a decorated officer in the Canadian forces in WWI.

Birth name: Harold J. Smith

Adopted the nickname ‘Silverheels” during a very brief boxing career, which saw him compete as a middleweight in a Golden Gloves bout in New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
Alternate story: Jay took his stage name of Silverheels from his track days as a youth, when, wearing white shoes, he ran so fast his feet appeared to be streaks of white. Since he thought it would be awkward for a Native American to have the name of Whiteheels, he chose Silver instead.

Wikipedia: “While playing in Los Angeles on a touring box lacrosse team in 1937, he impressed Joe E. Brown with his athleticism. Brown encouraged Silverheels to do a screen test, which led to his acting career.  Silverheels began working in motion pictures as an extra and stunt man.”

Internet Movie Datebase (IMDB): “He was a star lacrosse player and a boxer before he entered films as a stuntman in 1938. He worked in a number of films through the 1940s before gaining notice as the Osceola brother in a Humphrey Bogart film Key Largo (1948) (John Huston cast him). Most of Silverheels’ roles consisted of bit parts as an Indian character. In 1949, he worked in the movie The Cowboy and the Indians (1949) with another “B movie” actor Clayton Moore. Later that year, Silverheels was hired to play the faithful Indian companion, Tonto, in the TV series The Lone Ranger (1949) series, which brought him the fame that his motion picture career never did.
“Silverheels could not escape the typecasting of Tonto. He would continue to appear in an occasional film and television show but became a spokesperson to improve the portrayal of Indians in the media.”
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

Reportedly beat out 35 other actors to win the Tonto role in the initial radio version of “The Lone Ranger“, which he had been invited to audition for based on his appearance in Key Largo (1948).

“Silverheels became an outspoken activist for Indian rights and a respected teacher within the Indian acting community. He appeared on talk and variety shows performing his own poetry. In later years, he began a second career as a harness racer. His health failed in the 1970s, and he died of a stroke in 1980, a beloved figure to the Baby Boom generation America. His son, Jay Silverheels Jr. has acted in television as well.”
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Jay played Apache chief Geronimo in two films, Broken Arrow (1950) and Walk The Proud Land (1956).

First Americans in the Arts honored Jay Silverheels with their Life Achievement Award.

Jay founded the Indian Actors’ Workshop in Echo, California in 1963.

Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1993.

Jay was inducted into the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1997.

Was an avid horse-racer when not acting.

 

The Lone Ranger Celebration … cont.

1 Aug

The Lone Ranger and Tonto … Lookin’ at cha !

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Ranger’s Badge

30 Jul

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Western Skies …

30 Jul

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Malware Update …

29 Jul

Pogo

I was finally able to get ‘istart123′ malware virus under control – following manual instructions from a YouTube video – or two.
(YouTube is handy for a lot of things)

Oop and Schoo

This stopped it from Hijacking my Internet Browser – though I was sure it was still infesting my system. And in this 3 day process I mangled my system somewhat and had to restore several things.

Popeye

I Then decided to give Malwarebytes (free) virus killer another try – hoping that they had Updated their virus library to include ‘istart123′. I was sure this virus was a recent invasion since both Spybot and Malwarebytes hadn’t detected it in previous scans.

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AHA ! Malwarebytes did indeed now detect it – and removed several pieces of intrusive trash it had placed on my system. It took them 5 days to come up with a solution though. Not a criticism. It just shows how tuff this virus is. I haven’t scanned with Spybot yet (I will) – because it will often detect stuff that Malwarebytes misses. BUT I still think Marwarebytes is about the best virus program around.

Pogo 2

So if you get this bug you can pretty well be assured that
Malwarebytes will get rid of it.

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But to this very moment I don’t know how it got on my system. I can think of several way: Torrents; Mods; Jpegs and such that I downloaded for my blog …

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But I don’t really know.

Pogo 4

Back in the saddle …

Oop and Boop

The Lone Ranger ______ Onward Ho ___

28 Jul

Let’s see now … where wuz I?
OH YA …
The Lone Ranger …

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I never dreamed that there was so much stuff on the Lone Ranger. My Lone Ranger files are now so large that I could make a book if I wanted to. In one way I’m glad about this – because I thought the Ranger was in danger of being forgotten and left behind: Extinction – as his many fans fall one by one  – ambushed by time.

I’m referring, of course, to the Clayton Moore Lone Ranger - not the recent venture with Johnny Depp – which I can tell you was not well received by most of the Ranger’s original fans. I’m not sure how time will treat Depp’s Ranger – though there is certainly a generation of young people who do not recall ANY Ranger previous to that and might think that’s fine stuff. But for the rest of us that jury was hung a long time ago.

However, there are still legitimate fears that Moore’s Ranger may eventually fade – even though his iconic persona seems embedded in our culture. The main problem is the lack of anything other than the original Lone Ranger TV Series that folks might be inclined to watch – which is probably not going to be the case for our newer generations.

We really only have this about 3 Clayton Moore Lone Ranger Movies: The Lone Ranger: Enter the Lone Ranger (1949), The Lone Ranger (1956), and The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold (1958).

With this is mind – and heart …

 The Lone Ranger: Enter the Lone Ranger (1949)

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The Lone Ranger pistol bar

The Lone Ranger (1956)

“The Lone Ranger was the first of two Technicolor theatrical features based on the popular TV series of the same name. Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels, stars of the video version, essay the roles of the Masked Rider of the Plains and his faithful Indian companion Tonto.” – Rotten Tomatoes

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The Lone Ranger 1956

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The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold (1956)

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The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold

IMDB City of GoldRotten Tomatoes City of Gold

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There you are – the 3 Clayton Moore Lone Ranger movies. Enough to keep the Moore’s Ranger legacy alive?

Time … will tell.

Malware Warning _____ istart123 Trojan Hijacker

27 Jul

In some ways, I was brought up in a pretty sheltered manner. This resulted in me believing that nobody is truly EVIL – and that anybody will really do the Right Thing if they have a choice or a chance – and that people who do bad things were really just victims of an unfortunate upbringing. Even when I would watch movies – Westerns or otherwise – and I would see some bad guy doing something on the screen, I would think to myself “That’s unrealistic – nobody is really like that. Those depictions were untrue.” I just couldn’t believe anybody was truly like that.

I was able to entertain such naïve notions for a couple of reasons: Nobody taught me any different. And I never really experienced much such behavior because our family moved around a lot and my existence, experience and relationships were mainly internal – in the family. Therefore I was not readily exposed to such outside influences. I carried these strange misconceptions for a long time.

How (unfortunately) wrong I was.

Then I left home – and it’s shelter. It didn’t take me long to find the truth.

And I was walking victim – ready to be used, abused and refused. I wish I could say this lesson happened quickly and I moved along right away. But I didn’t. I had to endure many years of hard knocks before I smartened up and learned to look out for myself and protect myself – and recognize my Right, Need and Responsibility to do so.

Why do I mention all this?

Because such people are abundant on the Internet. Because they can say and do things on the Internet with almost complete anonymity and impunity. Nobody knows who they are – where they are – and how to get at them. They can practice their abusive and ruthless disrespect and dishonesty from a distance. Such is one of the horrifying aspects of our wonderful Internet.

So this week I got nailed again. It came in the form of a Trojan virus called “Istart123″ – a Hijacking Virus – that infests your computer and takes over your Internet Browser and puts many other intrusions all over your computer via hidden files that make it very difficult to find and remove – and it has the ability to re-install itself, if you do.

I’ve been trying for 3 days to get it off my system – and multiple effects – and failings – and it’s still there.

I’ve had similar garbage get on my computer in the past – but I was able to get rid of them with Malwarbytes Software or Spybot Software. At one time, both had free useful versions. I’ve used AVG with success in the past as well, but it’s not free anymore either. Only Spybot still maintains a free program. I did eventually buy AVG, but found to too large and pervasive on my system – and constant nagging to buy more of their stuff.

In this instance however, neither Malwarbytes or Spybot would remove – or even detect – this disgusting Virus. I’ve sent both companies email, but so far no indication that they know anything about it. These are usually good Programs …

Note: I’ve been attempting to use Microsoft Windows Defender – for a long time – but it seems to detect nothing. Ever. Nothing. Never has. Even while Malwarbytes and Spybot were detecting dozens of things. Likewise for Microsoft Malicious Malware Tool. It scans your system (for hours). But finds nothing. Nada. Microsoft Firewall might be good (?), but it’s Virus detection software appears to be garbage. Are you listening Microsoft????? Take some of your Billions of dollars and fix your useless Virus Software. Please.

By the way, this virus also seems to attempt to block any Internet Searches to find out how to remove it and also to sell you phony “Istart123 Virus removal software” – which will most likely install more garbage on your system. This is an old trick that these Virus making scums use: Infect your computer – then sell you a product to remove the Infection.

Why nobody arrests these morons … ??? I guess they can’t find them?

I also received a very suspiciously worded email with a PDF attachment – which I suspect is from these guys – as they’ve noticed I’ve been trying to get rid of their crap. I immediately threw it away. The lowest of the low.

So after several failed attempts to remove this thing via instructions from the Net and videos on YouTube I finally was told that there was a free Virus/Trojan detection program called SpyHunter would detect it and remove. I located the SpyHunter site – downloaded the program, installed it, and ran it. After an hour it claimed to have detected “114 Toolbar Infections”, 12 infections of “istart123″, 5 infections of “mysearchdial Toolbar”, 4 infections of “Softonic Search Toolbar”, 13 infections of “Speeddial Search”, etc etc.

Only one problem: when you go to purge these infection suddenly SpyHunter pops up a screen informing you that they won’t remove them unless you buy the “program for $30″ – or “40 Dollars” for Spyhunter deluxe. “OH, did we forget to tell you that??? before you downloaded it? Installed it? Ran it? I hope you don’t think we hid that bit of information because we knew you wouldn’t Download it, Install it, and Run it … ?”

This is more standard operating and business procedure you find on the Internet. Ethics and Integrity be damned. Money is all that matters.

I don’t expect anything for nothing, but don’t please don’t deliberately deceive me and pretend you’re a reputable company. Thank you. Now go to hell.

So … here I am. That garbage is still on my system. And I can’t get it off.

I may have to completely re-install Windows to get rid of it? I’m not even sure that will work?

Yes folks … there’s plenty of badguys out there.

Easy to find on the Net.

James Garner ________ Incidental Images

21 Jul

“I don’t like to watch me on the screen. I don’t think I’m very good.”
- James Garner 

Most everybody else had a different opinion.

There was a purity about James Garner – as plain and pure as the driven rain.
People sensed it … and liked it.

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Some Trivia: 

Lost his mother when he was 5, and he & his two brothers were split up & sent off to live with relatives.He has two brothers, Jack Garner & Charlie Bumgarner. Jack died in 2011 and Charlie died in 1985.

Before he was an actor, he had 75 odd jobs including pumping gas to modeling men’s clothing.

Had both knees replaced.

Had quintuple heart bypass surgery.

Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1990.

Had helped organize Martin Luther King’s famous “March on Washington” civil rights demonstration, four years before going to Vietnam. (1963).

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James Garner ________ Western Icon Passes

20 Jul

James Garner

April 7, 1928 – July 19, 2014 

Who was that tall dark stranger there … ?

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Leaving things a lot better than when he found it … 

Western Heritage Awards

James Garner Bronze Wrangler Award

1996 Won Bronze Wrangler Television Feature Film / Streets of Laredo (1995)
Shared with: Suzanne De Passe (executive producer), Robert Halmi Jr. (executive producer), Larry McMurtry (executive producer), Diana Ossana (executive producer), Larry Levinson (producer), Joseph Sargent (director), Sissy Spacek (principal actor), Sam Sheppard (principal actor)

Inducted Hall of Great Western Performers

In 1990, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Golden Boot Award

James Garner Golden Boot

Academy Awards, USA

1986 Nominated Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role / Murphy’s Romance (1985)

James Garner Murpy's Romance

Screen Actors Guild Awards

James Garner Life Achievement Award

2005 Won Life Achievement Award

2005 Nominated Actor Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role / The Notebook (2004)
1999 Nominated Actor Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries / Legalese (1998)
1996 Nominated Actor Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries / The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise (1995)
1995 Nominated Actor Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries / The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. (1994)

Golden Globes, USA

James Garner Golden Globe

1995 Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV / Breathing Lessons (1994)
1994 Won Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV / Barbarians at the Gate (1993)
1991 Won Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV / Decoration Day (1990)
1987 Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV / Promise (1986) For playing “Bob Beuhler”.
1986 Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical / Murphy’s Romance (1985)
1985 Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV / Heartsounds (1984)
1982 Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series – Comedy/Musical / Bret Maverick (1981)
1980 Nominated Golden Globe Best TV Actor – Drama / The Rockford Files (1974)
1979 Nominated Golden Globe Best TV Actor – Drama / The Rockford Files (1974)
1978 Nominated Golden Globe Best TV Actor – Drama / The Rockford Files (1974)
1964 Nominated Golden Globe Best Motion Picture Actor – Musical/Comedy / The Wheeler Dealers (1963)
1958 Won Golden Globe Most Promising Newcomer – Male Together with John Saxon and Patrick Wayne.

Primetime Emmy Awards

James Garner Emmy

1994 Nominated Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special / Breathing Lessons (1994)
1993 Nominated Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special / Barbarians at the Gate (1993)
1991 Nominated Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special / Decoration Day (1990)
1989 Nominated Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Drama / Comedy Special Hallmark Hall of Fame
Shared with: Peter K. Duchow (executive producer), Daniel Petrie (producer)
For episode “My Name Is Bill W. (#38.3)”.
1989 Nominated Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) For episode “My Name Is Bill W. (#38.3)”.
1987 Won Primetime Emmy Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special
Promise (1986) Shared with: Peter K. Duchow (executive producer),
Glenn Jordan (producer), 
Richard Friedenberg (co-producer)
Nominated Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special / Promise (1986)
For playing “Bob Beuhler”.
1985 Nominated Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special / Heartsounds (1984)
1982 Nominated Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series / Bret Maverick (1981)
1980 Nominated Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series / The Rockford Files (1974)
1979 Nominated Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series / The Rockford Files (1974)
1978 Nominated Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series / The Rockford Files (1974)
1977 Won Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series / The Rockford Files (1974)
1976 Nominated Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series / The Rockford Files (1974)
1959 Nominated Primetime Emmy
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series / Maverick (1957)

James Garner Bambi

Bambi Awards

1999 Won Honorary Bambi Lifetime Achievement
1977 Won Bambi TV Series International / The Rockford Files (1974)

Golden Apple Awards

1987 – Male Star of the Year / Promise (1986) – Shared with James Wood

James Garner Laurel Awards

James Garner Statue

Thanks Jim …. you are missed already.

 

The Lone Ranger / Posters and such …

17 Jul

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Lone Ranger outfit fetches nearly $200,000 …

15 Jul

http://www.wacotrib.com/news/business/lone-ranger-outfit-fetches-nearly/article_1767a65b-a4d2-5307-b867-8dc34ec852ff.html?mode=story

Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 1:44 pm |Updated: 1:12 am, Tue Jul 15, 2014.

Bidding on the powder-blue shirt and trousers, hat, holster and Colt sidearms made famous by “The Lone Ranger” television series in the 1950s hit a lull at about $100,000, then took off like a silver bullet, eventually bringing $195,000 for the estate of longtime Waco businessman Robert E. Davis.

The Ranger outfit, worn by actor Clayton Moore when he made appearances as the character after the series ended, highlighted the sale hosted by A&S Auction, attracting buyers from around the state to Waco and from around the country by phone.

When the counting and fast talking had concluded, the “Western Auction” had generated $790,000 for multiple sellers — of which A&S took 20 percent.

“It went very well,” said auctioneer and A&S owner Scott Franks, who had pointed to Saturday’s sale as something special, primarily because of the Lone Ranger memorabilia.

The buyer, a collector from North Texas whom Franks has known for years, prefers to remain unidentified for now.

“He wants to keep it in his main corporate office and just look at it for a while,” Franks said. “Someday, he may not mind his name being made public.”

Davis’ son, Earl Davis, said the family was pleased by the work of A&S Auction and the price his late father’s once-prized possessions captured.

“The sale itself was pretty exciting,” said Davis, who serves as president of the family business founded in 1928, Davis Brothers Publishing.

“The bidding hit $100,000, and the next thing I knew they were saying $105,000, $110,000, $115,000. It was fun to watch,” Davis said.

The proceeds will go to Davis’ mother, Mary Ann Davis, who likely will invest it, Davis said.

Meanwhile, the family is making plans to sell another item the elder Davis acquired in the 1960s — a receipt signed by Col. William B. Travis for coffee, lead for use in firearms and other provisions for the men defending the Alamo in March 1836 from the onslaught of Mexican Gen. Santa Anna.

It will be offered for sale Sept. 17 in Boston, and a reserve bid of $100,000 has been established, “but I’d like to think we can get at least $125,000,” Davis said.

A receipt Travis signed to secure 30 head of beef for the defenders of the Alamo once produced a $170,000 payday for the Davis family.

Other Lone Ranger-related items proved popular at Saturday’s sale.

A small plastic radio crafted by Majestic Radio & Television Co. and bearing the image of the “masked man” sold for $1,600 to Bob Bruning, of Omaha, Nebraska, who also shelled out $1,750 for a Ranger-related silver bullet.

“Clayton Moore, who played the Lone Ranger, would give these .45-caliber bullets to U.S. presidents and to crippled children,” Franks said.

Meanwhile, John Runk, of St. Genevieve, Missouri, called in the winning bid of $8,000 on a single-action Army Colt revolver that had bidders salivating because it was inspected by Orville W. Ainsworth, the first principal subinspector assigned by the War Department to examine products of Colt Firearms.

The gun, which was dubbed the Peacemaker, was heavily used by the U.S. Cavalry during the 1870s, including George Armstrong Custer’s 7th Cavalry Regiment.

A total of more than 450 items found new owners, the list including Western art, spurs, antiques, firearms and novelty items such as old poker chips and playing cards.

Franks said A&S hosts three or four major auctions a year, and he spends the balance of his time contracting to carry out sales for smaller estates.

2014 Calgary Stampede: Payday

14 Jul

CS

Morgan Grant

Morgan Grant / Calf Roping

Kaycee Field - Bareback

Kaycee Field / Bareback

Trevor Knowles

Trevor Knowles / Steer Wrestling

Dustin Flundra

Dustin Flundra / Saddle Bronc

Kaley Bass - Barrel Racing

Kaley Bass / Barrel Racing

Scott Schiffner - Bull Riding

Scott Schiffner / Bull Riding


Kurt Bensmiller

Kurt Bensmiller / Chuckwagon Races

Kurt Bensmiller

Kurt Bensmiller Chucks_______________________________________________________________

Clayton Moore

Who was that masked man anyway ??

My Darling Clementine (1946) Revisited

14 Jul

jcalberta:

One of the most important Westerns ever made – in raising the Western genre from B Pulp to legitimate theatre.

Originally posted on timneath:

My Darling Clementine (1946)I remember seeing My Darling Clementine (1946) very early on when I started to watch all these classic films which now inform my work. I wasn’t aware at all of what this film was really about. Seeing a man come into town taking the marshals job to ensure that he could seek out revenge for his brothers murder. It’s only with the passing of time, and seeing more film adaptations of the infamous gunfight at the O.K. Corral that I can see a lineage going on here, as new information is found new films are made. Different directors give their spin to the events, John Sturges gave us two interpretations Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) and The Hour of the Gun (1957) which expanded vasty on the events that we all know of. Here however in the events are told from the true perspective of 

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ORPHAN BLACK: Why the Emmy Awards are a complete joke and should be ignored.

11 Jul

I never planned to watch Orphan Black. But I kept hearing good things about it.

Finally I relented. I was shocked. It was brilliant.

Here’s this completely unknown actress – Tatiana Maslany – playing 9 different roles/clones – and doing a superb job.
Here are these people who do camera gymnastics and have 4 of these clones interacting with each other in the same room – in the same scene !!
Incredible stuff.


Result: the show has been ignored two years in a row by the TV academy!!! Scratch your head? Slap your head.

I don’t watch Award shows to begin with, but if they ever wanted to completely decimate the very little credibility they now have, they’ve done a perfect job.

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Am I saying Orphan Black is everybody’s cup of tea and you should watch it? No. But excellent work and talent should be acknowledged and rewarded.
Especially by those who pretend to do such things.

 

STAMPEDE !!!

8 Jul

William Close & EHC – Performs “Earth Harp Mini Symphony”
Live at Willow Creek

“The Greatest Show on Earth”

July 4 – 13. 2014

Calgary Stampede poster 2014

Founded 1886 (Exhibition)
1912 (Rodeo)

Calgary Stampede bronco

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William Shatner / Parade Marshall 2014

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The Chucks

The Chucks

Calgary and Stampede

Calgary and Stampede Midway

Steeds


William Close and the Earth Harp

William Close and The Earth Harp

“Following huge success on America’s Got Talent, William Close and his Earth Harp have continued to wow audiences around the world! Inspired by the Frank Lloyd Wright quote “Architecture is frozen music”, Close will be creating his musical installation right here on Stampede Park. Developed in 1999, the Earth Harp is the largest stringed instrument on the planet.”

http://cs.calgarystampede.com/fun-food/themed-areas/western-oasis.html

The Lone Ranger Creed … Revisited

7 Jul

The Lone Ranger Creed

The enduring popularity of the original Lone Ranger is a very interesting phenomenon which must mystify a lot of todays young people who never grew up with it – and probably consider the whole thing to be somewhat Camp in character.
Yet there are still several (many?) Lone Ranger websites on the internet – well over 60 years after the masked man rode across our black and white TV sets.
That says that something is special. But what? Why?

What was it about this guy – and what he stood for – that grabbed so many people … and still does?

Surely a part of it is embodied in The Lone Ranger Creed.


The Lone Ranger Theme / William Tell Overture /  Gioachino Rossini

The Lone Ranger Creed 2

The Lone Ranger Mask

The Lone Ranger Creed 1

The Lone Ranger: “Only you, Tonto, know I’m alive. To the world, I’ll be buried here beside my brother and my friends… forever.”

Tonto: “You are alone now. Last man. You are lone ranger.”

The Lone Ranger: “Yes, Tonto, I am… the Lone Ranger.”

The Lone Ranger pistol bar

Clayton Moore - The Lone Ranger

“Once I got the Lone Ranger role, I didn’t want any other.”

~ Clayton Moore

Hang the Spammers …

4 Jul

Not sure if this law is going to be effective, but it’s a nod in the right direction. I get spam mostly from Bots – programs that automatically send out crap that attempts to invade vulnerable sites. Most is easy to spot, but some I really have to scrutinize carefully. Sorry if I’ve blocked anybody that was legitimate. 


Anti-spam law carries hefty fines

Bill C-28 to crack down on spammers, but not email volumes: Expert

By Matt Kwong, CBC News Posted: Dec 16, 2010 1:54 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010 2:08 PM ET

Canada’s first anti-spam legislation will empower authorities to fine aggressive spammers. But while cyber security experts welcomed the bill on Wednesday, they say it may not dramatically reduce the volume of unsolicited emails we receive.

Bill C-28, the new Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam Act, is a misnomer for that reason, said David Poellhuber, the chief operating officer of the Montreal-based managed security firm ZeroSpam.

“It’s not going to have a bit of an effect on the total volume of spam,” he told CBC News.

“The spam we receive is sent mostly from botnets, which account for 70 per cent of spam worldwide. That’s spam coming from your mother-in-law’s computer that’s infected. It’s coming from victims’ computers.”

Canada is not known as a source that originates a lot of outgoing spam, but the botnets — collections of hijacked or “zombie” computers that unwittingly attack vulnerable networks — are able to target us from afar.

more at:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/anti-spam-law-carries-hefty-fines-1.948034

 

Who was that masked man anyway … ?

29 Jun

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Eli Wallach revisited …

27 Jun

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Eli Wallach

Eli Herschel Wallach (December 7, 1915 – June 24, 2014)

“I never dreamed I would do Westerns.”
~ Eli Wallach

In his acting career Wallach appeared in approximately 90 films and 85 Television shows.

Incredibly, though Eli Wallach appeared in only 6 Westerns, at least 3 are considered Classics: John Ford’s How the West was Won  (1962), The Magnificent Seven  (1960) and The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly  (1966) .
Not bad shootin’ … for a badguy.

“My first Western was called The Magnificent Seven.”
~ Eli Wallach

Eli Wallach Western Filmography

The Magnificent Seven (1960)
How the West Was Won (1962)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Mackenna’s Gold (1969)
Long Live Your Death (1971)
Shoot First… Ask Questions Later (1975)

Eli Wallach - The M7

 

“As an actor I’ve played more bandits, thieves, killers, warlords, molesters, and Mafiosi than you could shake a stick at.”
~ Eli Wallach

Below is my favorite Wallach scene from the The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

I heard Wallach say that Director Sergio Leone basically gave him free rein to improvise that scene any way he wanted.
Nicely done.

“I always end up being the evil one, and I wouldn’t hurt a fly.”
~ Eli Wallach

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Eli Wallach passes …

25 Jun

Eli Wallach, star of The Magnificent Seven, dies at 98

From BBC News Site: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-28012230

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On screen, Wallach was frequently cast as “the bad guy”

Eli Wallach, whose films included The Magnificent Seven and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, has died aged 98.

Character actor Wallach – who began his film career in 1956 after 10 years on stage – was admired for his wide range in a career spanning six decades.

His portrayal of bandit chief Calvera in The Magnificent Seven was regarded by many as his definitive role.

When he received an honorary Oscar in 2011, he was described as a “quintessential chameleon”.

Eli Wallach with Carroll Baker in Baby Doll
Eli Wallach with Carroll Baker in Baby Doll

Though he was never nominated for an Oscar during his 60-year career, the Academy rewarded him in 2011 for “effortlessly inhabiting a wide range of characters, while putting his inimitable stamp on every role”.

His films included the classic westerns How the West Was Won and The Misfits.

Arguably best known for his villains, he made a lasting impression as Tuco opposite Clint Eastwood, in Sergio Leone’s 1966 spaghetti western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Years later, Wallach said strangers would recognise him and start whistling the distinctive theme tune.

Eli Wallach (centre) in The Magnificent Seven
Eli Wallach (centre) as Calvera in The Magnificent Seven

“As an actor I’ve played more bandits, thieves, warlords, molesters and mafioso than you could shake a stick at,” the Hollywood Reporter quoted him as saying.

He was also successful in light comedy and appeared in many TV shows, including playing Mr Freeze for a spell in the 1960s Batman TV series.

The veteran star continued making films into his 90s, making his last big screen appearance in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps in 2010.

His death was confirmed by his daughter Katherine in the New York Times.

Eli Wallach with Clint Eastwood in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Eli Wallach with Clint Eastwood in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Wallach was born on 7 December 1915 in Brooklyn to Polish Jewish immigrants.

He graduated from the University of Texas, initially intending to become a teacher.

But his focus shifted to acting, and after serving in World War II he studied at the Actors’ Studio, where he became a practitioner of method acting.

Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson
Wallach, with his wife Anne Jackson at the premiere of The Holiday in 2006

He first appeared on the New York stage in 1945, where he met his wife Anne Jackson, to whom he was married for 65 years.

Wallach made his London debut in 1954 with The Teahouse of the August Moon.

His screen debut came two years later, playing an unscrupulous seducer in Baby Doll.

The role earned him a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor and a Bafta award for most promising newcomer.

But the theatre remained Wallach’s first love. “For actors, movies are a means to an end,” he told the New York Times in 1973.

”I go and get on a horse in Spain for 10 weeks, and I have enough cushion to come back and do a play.”

He became a household name as Calvera in 1960’s The Magnificent Seven, alongside Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn.

He went on to earn an Emmy in 1967 for his supporting turn in the drama Poppies Are Also Flowers, and picked up four further nominations – most recently for his guest turns in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2007) and Nurse Jackie (2010).

Other notable roles came in How the West Was Won, Mystic River, The Holiday, Lord Jim, and The Godfather: Part III, playing an ill-fated Mafioso.

Asked about possible retirement, he told the Times in 1997: ”What else am I going to do? I love to act.”

Eli Wallach with (l to r) Anne Bancroft, Ben Stiller and Jenna Elfman in Keeping the FaithEli Wallach with (l to r) Anne Bancroft, Ben Stiller and Jenna Elfman in Keeping the Faith

The Lone Ranger and Tonto – Silver and Scout

22 Jun

The Lone Ranger and Tonto / Silver and Scout

I’m sure most people think that The Lone Ranger came out of the 50’s. Wrong! The Lone Ranger started on radio back before 1933 and ran over 900 shows up until 1956. 23 years! It translated to TV from 1949 to 1957.

So … my “Thrilling days of yesterday” go back to the early 50’s when I used to listen to The Lone Ranger on the radio. We didn’t always have a TV because Dad feared (rightly) that we wouldn’t read much.  But I loved the radio shows and listened to Hopalong Cassidy, Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, The Shadow, Superman – and a few other radio programs as well. Grand stuff.

The Lone Ranger page 1

The Lone Ranger Page 2

The Lone Ranger and Silver

The Lone Ranger Theme / William Tell Overture by Rossini 

The Lone Ranger pistol bar

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Silver Bullets

Silver

that long ago

FREE AT LAST

20 Jun

jcalberta:

I’m presently working on a blog entry on The Lone Ranger, Tonto … Silver and Scout …
So this is just beautiful.

Originally posted on SERENDIPITY:

Instant Celebrity- If you could be a famous person for a day, who what would you be? Why?


Silver-reaingI would choose to be Silver, the Lone Ranger’s horse. Strong, powerful, beautiful. Galloping free on the range, the wind in my mane, my snow-white tail streaming out behind me. Leaping fences, rearing high on my powerful legs declaring myself the king horses.

I might deign to carry one special man — my Ranger — when he rides out to rid the west of the bad guys and make the world a better, safer place. But when the saddle comes off, I will be free again.

White horse free

I will live off green grasses under blue skies. The wind and running streams will be my friends. No beeping, dinging, or buzzing.

No chores to do, schedules to meet, or bills to pay. I will live my life under the sky with no pain or shame of the past — nor fear…

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Steeds of Renown – Let’s Ride !

17 Jun

Back in the Saddle Again / Gene Autry / 1937

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Most of us never had a horse.

We didn’t live on farms or ranches.

Being a Cowboy was just a dream.

But at the corner … there was an accessible Steed.

And for a Penny, a Nickel, a Dime … or Quarter ….

For a few seconds we could be the Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers, Dale,
or the Cisco Kid …

Lets' Ride!

Let’s Ride !

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Lets' Ride!

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What it’s all about …

Steeds of Renown _______ The Western Quiz

12 Jun

The End of an Era

The Lone Ranger and Tonto

If there’s any one thing that separates the modern Western from Westerns of the past, it’s the loss of Romance.
Nothing illustrates this loss more than the almost non-existent relationship between the modern Western Hero and his Horse/Steed.
In the modern Western a horse is just a prop – a vehicle  – a necessary, but no-named beast. Slap on your saddle and ride off – not likely into the sunset.

It’s sad I tell ya.

WIth that in mind I’d like to pay homage to those lost Days of Yesteryear …
with this quiz:

The Steeds of Renown / A quiz:

The quiz matchups range from ridiculously easy – to insanely difficult.
And some are just plain ridiculous.

Click link below to do this quiz:

http://q40655.questionwritertracker.com/NDTPQM83/

Steeds of Renown Quiz

Cat Ballou - Lee Marvin and Steed

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz . . . . . . . . . .

I hope that was a bit of fun for you. 

Your Score: 

Less than 10 correct = Stand down wind Please.

13 Correct = Fetch yer saddle. 

16 correct = Let’s ride!

19 correct = Welcome at my campfire.

22 or more correct = There’s a bottle in the saddlebag … 

Steeds of Renown … Secretariat

8 Jun

Secretariat

“Secretariat’ was such a magnificent animal,
unbelievably beautiful and powerful.
It’s always nice to see something that close to perfection,
a reason to celebrate.”

- John Malkovich / played Trainer Lucien Laurin in the film Secretariat

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Secretariat  (Movie Traiiler) 2010

 Secretariat’s autopsy found that is heart weighed close to 22 pounds.
The average Thoroughbred heart weighs 9 lbs.

That’s a lot of heart. 

“Once Upon a Time in the West” and WHO was the third badguy?

5 Jun

Brother Bruce sent me a pic of a scene (and the accompanying dialogue) from one of his favorite Westerns, Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West – a favorite of many Western fans.

Here it is – the classic opening scene of the shootout at the railway station:

once upon a time ...

Bronson: “Did you bring a horse for me?”

Jack Elam: “Looks like we’re shy one horse.”

Bronson (shaking his head): “You brought two too many.”

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I figured I might as well show the whole scene.
– accompanied by a very interesting
Once Upon a Time in the West Trivia Question:

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Who was the third badguy?


Most any Western movie fan will know the 3 other actors in the scene:

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Charles Bronson (Harmonica)

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Jack Elam (Snaky)

woody strode

Woody Strode (Stony)

But who was that third badguy?

Al Mulock

?

Would anybody go through the trouble of casting 2 very famous Western Movie actors (Elam and Strode) as two of the badguys
and then just stick a nobody in the third role?

???

Not likely.

I’ll give you the answer right now though now because it’s a tough question
and only a very few Leone and Once Upon a Time in the West
fans would know the answer.

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Al Mulock

Never heard of him right?
Well after I tell you ‘The Rest of the Story’ you may never forget him.

Wikipedia says:

Alfred Mulock Rogers
(30 June 1926 – May 1968)

- better known as Al Mulock or Al Mulloch, was a Canadian character actor.

Mulock was the great-grandson of Sir William Mulock (1843 – 1944), the former Canadian Postmaster-General.

He attended the Lee Strasberg’s Actors Studio in New York City, United States. Then, with David de Keyser, he started The London Studio which taught method acting to British actors. Mulock became active in the British film industry in the 1950s and early 60s making numerous appearances in various British television series and films.

He is best known for his roles in Spaghetti Western films, most notably in his two collaborations with Sergio Leone, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West.

Mysterious Death:

Mulock committed suicide by jumping from his hotel room in Guadix, Granada, Spain in May 1968, during the filming for Once Upon a Time in the West. He was wearing his cowboy-style costume at the time of his fall. Mickey Knox, screenwriter for the film, and production manager Claudio Mancini witnessed Mulock’s suicide as his body passed their hotel window near the end of the shoot. Mulock survived the fall but suffered a pierced lung from a broken rib during the bumpy ride to the hospital. Before being taken away in the ambulance, director Sergio Leone shouted “get the costume, we need the costume”.

The reasons for his suicide, as well as for his choice of killing himself while wearing his costume, are unknown. Though they had been separated for some time before her death, his wife had died the year before of cervical cancer. Mickey Knox also claimed in his book “The Good, the Bad and the Dolce Vita” that Mulock was a drug addict, and committed suicide out of desperation as he was unable to acquire drugs in Guadix.

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But nobody really knows??

Al Mulock Partial Filmography (Westerns)

The Hellions (1961)
– a little known (and hard to get) British Western style film starring Richard Todd, Anne Aubrey, Lionel Jeffries, Ronald Fraser and Colin Blakely that was set and filmed in South Africa.

The Hellbenders / 1966 (with Joseph Cotten)
Day of Anger / 1967 (with Lee Van Cleef)
Shoot Twice / 1969 (with Klaus Kinski)

others …


All rather incredible.

It’s doubtful that Al Mulock‘s trivia question will ever be as big as the famous Magnificent Seven trivia question: Who was the Seventh member? (of The Magnificent Seven)

But it’s almost twice as interesting – and a lot more tragic.

Palm Springs Diary / The End: Jackalope Ranch …

2 Jun

It’s a Beautiful Day Today  / Moby Grape

Palm Springs Diary – The End

If you’re guessing we had a pretty good time in Palm Springs, I’d say “Yeah!!” But I really didn’t mean to make it into an encyclopedia. Pardon me on that. We were only there one week, but we did quite a bit – coulda done more. But I doubt we’ll ever get back that way again.

As I said to a friend: My ‘WIsh List’ has changed to a ‘Bucket List’. Palm Springs was never really on either list … so I view this excursion as a nice happenstance. And it was.

On my real Bucket List I really have only one event: to sail on the Legendary Bluenose schooner – out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. I have my doubts that will ever manifest.

Visit to Jackalope Ranch

Jackalope

I think we found Clint’s Hog …

2 at the entrance

To Celebrate our last evening before heading back to Calgary (snow) we headed for the Jackalope Ranch – another of the Kaiser Family of Restaurants – which also included the Palms Springs Hogsbreath Inn (which we missed out on as it closed just before we go here)

The Jackalope

The Legendary Jackalope

http://wtwe.wikia.com/wiki/Jackalope

The Jackalope is a mythical animal of North American folklore described as a jackrabbit with antelope horns.

“The Jackalope has bred the rise of many outlandish (and largely tongue-in-cheek) claims as to the creature’s habits. Even President Ronald Reagan enjoyed the legend as he humorously teased reporters in 1980 during a tour of his Californian ranch, where he had a rabbit head with antlers mounted on his wall. …”
More … http://thejackaloperanch.com/index.htm

There you have it …

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I wuz tokkin’ about the statue

gate

Side Entrance

cart

Jose’s wagon ?

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Front gardens

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jackalope garden

Inside garden

rose at jackalopes

in the garden

A nice way to end our trip

Doc Holliday’s Revenge

31 May

Doc Holliday’s Revenge


Despite the presence of Tom Berengerand Eric Roberts …

… I’ll wait and see.

The Retrieval …

31 May

The Retrieval  / Official Trailer


Looks possible … 

‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ …

30 May

… or in a Movie Theatre



 Judging from the Preview:

The Brow Meter

Less than Neanderthal

Preview says:

“From Seth McFarlane – who brought you Ted”

Thanks for the warning.

(Shame on Liam Neeson for appearing in this …)

Palm Springs Diary / Part 8: Return to Idyllwild

29 May

Misty Roses / Tim Hardin

Return to Idyllwild

We knew it was going to be over 100 F in the valley so … Plan B: head back up to Idyllwild for the day.

1 vista

Vista

2 on a wall

On the wall

3 lizard

Lizard

4 that's a big cone

That’s a big cone

5 big cone tree

Big cone tree

5a Rose at the Idyllwild Monument

Rose at the Idyllwild Monument

6 to the shops

To the shops !

7 Bonnie's Happy Look

Bonnie’s Happy Look

8 rocks 8 dollars a pound

Rocks: 8 dollars a pound

10 Rose at Divine Scents Candle Gallery

Divine Scents Candle Gallery

9 mikes

Mountain Mikes and bikes

11 covet thy cinnamon bun

Covet thy cinnamon bun

12 Rose and the 5 Dwarfs

Rose and the 5 Dwarfs

13 heading back

Heading back

14 view of coachella valley

View of the Coachella Valley

Where we go when it's hot

Yup

Ragnar / King …

28 May

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Travis Fimmel

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Katheryn Winnick 


Bloody … but bloody good. 

When this series first started I figured it might just be another of those mindless pseudo-epics you see on Starz – a Spartacus spin-off.

But it isn’t.

Yes, there’s lots of violence – surely some blood – but the overall production is high quality – and has continually improved.
So it’s just a matter of whether they can keep the writing on a decent level.

So far so good.

Palm Springs Diary / Part 7: Palm Springs Art Museum

28 May

Tim Hardin / Simple Song of Freedom (written by Bobby Darin)

Palm Springs Art Museum

Rose and I both studied Art … so off the Museum …

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cowboy

pool

outside

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passing by

coffee

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Out on the sidewalk: former Patrons of Note:

Randolph Scott

Dale and Roy

 

The Homesman – Trailer (Cannes 2014)

27 May

The Homesman – Trailer (Selección Festival de Cannes 2014) 

The Homesman

The Salvation (2014)

27 May

THE SALVATION
(Mads Mikkelsen – 2014)

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Palm Springs Diary / Part 6: The Living Desert: Part 2

26 May

The Living Desert

white bird

oasis

Oasis

red dragonfly

red dragonfly

warthog

train

Model train

train 2

santana

Santana

savanah

Savanah

camel lot

Camel lot

goat

pet goat

Pet goat

Giraffes

Beautiful giraffes

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gate revisited

Outta here

Palm Springs Diary / Part 6: The Living Desert: Part 1: Marilyn’s Merry-Go-Round

23 May

The Living Desert

The Living Desert is a Zoo and Botanical Garden … of sorts – with a theme of the world’s Deserts – it’s plants and creatures – plus other attractions. It’s large. You could probably spend the whole day here if you wanted to.

I have to confess though, that I’m not a big fan of Zoos. A lot of the animals don’t seem very happy to me. Just sitting there. Not that you can always tell … I mean what does a happy turtle look like? They don’t wag their tails or anything …

Anyway … still plenty to see.


Zoo map

at the entrance

At the Entrance

Coyote

Have you hugged your coyote today?

Cactus garden

Cactus Garden

Palm Forest

Palm Forest

In the glade

In the glade

Marilyn’s Merry-Go-Round

Marilyn's Merry-Go-Round

Marilyn's Merry-Go-Round Poster

Rose Lion

Rose roars !

Humming

A steed of renown 

Lets' ride !

Lets’ ride !

Yeee Hawww !

Yeee Hawww !

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Near by plaque

Nearby memorial

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Jackalope /  Zoo infirmary

Jackalope in Zoo infirmary

Palm Springs Diary … Part 5: Visit to Joshua Tree …

22 May

Joshua Tree National Park

Didn’t know much about Joshua Tree National Park – except that it was big – and had a good circle route drive – up through the High Desert.

So we stocked up on water and headed out …

Joshua Tree Sign

Cholla Cactus Forest

Cholla Cactus Forest

Cholla sign

Ever had a bunch of cactus spines stuck in you? Not pleasant. Many cactus spines have barbs and are not easy to get out. They also can easily penetrate a lot of footwear. Yeah.

Cholla castus forest ...

Careful … 

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Rugged Landscape

Rugged Landscape

Sculpted rocks

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Joshua Tree rock formations 1

Joshua Tree rock formations 4

Joshua Tree rock formations 5

Desert Landscape

Joshua Tree

Prickly Pear Cactus

Arch rock

The Arch

Rocky

Chuckwalla

Chuckwalla

Resting

Resting …

Joshua Tree 2

… In the shade of a Joshua Tree

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Palm Springs Diary … Part 4: Visit to Pioneer Town … Part 2

20 May

Pioneer Town 

On the way  in …

on the way in

rock formations

hummingbirds 2

Time for a break … 

sign says

sign says … thataway

no place like home

be it ever so humble …

Shrine 3

Shrine 3

Shrine 4

Shrine 4 – the Town potter is a Buddhist

Geronimos Cadillac

Geronimo’s Cadillac ?

Shrine 5

Shrine 5 … stealing is bad karma …

Mandala - Mayan Calendar

Mandala – Mayan Calendar

road runner

Sheriffs Office - Post Office

Sheriffs Office – Post Office

The lock up ...

The Lockup … Locked up

Signing off

 


 

Geronimo's Cadillac

Palm Springs Diary … Part 4: Visit to Pioneer Town … Part 1

19 May

Pioneer Town 

Sign

Sigh says: “Population 99″. Must be on holiday.

On our map I spotted a place called Pioneer Town - which I hoped might be an authentic Western style attraction. But it turned out to be somewhat of a tacky tourist trap. And we also discovered upon arrival that most everything here was closed – only open on Weekends at this time of year – I’ve really been batting 1000 – No Hog’s Breath Inn – No giant Marilyn Monroe statue – and now we come to Pioneer Town and everything is closed. Sheeesh. But it still proved to be interesting and a bit of fun.

Mainstreet

Mainstreet

Jack Cass Saloon

The only jack ass in town

Window shopping

Window shopping … 

Hello !!??

stop the presses ...

Stop the presses !

Time for a bit of music ...

Time for a bit of music …

time for a nap

Siesta …

Town shrine

Shrine 1

Might as well steal sumpthin'

Nobody around …

… might as well steal sumpthin’

Start the car ...

Start the car …

Shrine 2

Shrine 2 … Jeremiah Johnson must be around here somewhere …

church

Church …

Bank, Barber, Brothel ...

Bank, Barber, Brothel …

chuckwallas

Cactus Flowers

19 May

Cactus Flowers

hummingbirds 2

Image

Four on the right …

19 May

showdown

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