Caturday: The artistic version

Ok, it’s not that artistic. However, this is what you do when the pics are substandard or the backgrounds just really suck.

I found it hard to get enthusiastic this week as the the news was just awful. First there’s a plane crash and then Indiana makes their attempt at taking us back to the Jim Crow era. I’m happy to see the blow back on Indiana. Warning to all bigots: I believe in equal rights for EVERYONE. Yep, I mean everyone. If you operate a business in order to serve the public, then you should NOT get to choose which public you serve. I may not be fond of Mayor Lee, but I was happy to see our city announce a boycott. I hope it sends a message to other states trying the same thing.

Ok, now that I’m done ranting, it’s time for the pointy eared people to shine. :)

Tito

Tito

Titanescu

Titanescu

Miss Nightshade Jenny

Miss Nightshade Jenny

After all that, here’s a vid of some cute owls.


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Caturday: Moving furniture

The poor kitties. I’m glad we have Feliway. I’ve been moving furniture. Most of the furniture is going away, but I’m doing it in stages. The pointy eared people are not amused. However, they ARE happy that I put the cat tower by the window.

As for Lastech and I, our 11th anniversary was on Thursday. Due to his work hours and my thrashing about the apartment, we snuck out on Wednesday evening to celebrate with some good diner food. I had a burger, fries and a real milkshake. Lastech had a Reuben. Then we went to Sutro Heights Park to walk it off.

That was our week. Now it’s time for the pointy eared people to shine.

Miss Jenny looking lovely

Miss Jenny looking lovely

Tito getting scritches from dad

Tito getting scritches from dad

Titanescu watching over his domain

Titanescu watching over his domain

Lastech posted this vid on my Facebook wall. I love it so much I have to post it here. There are quite a few versions of this dancing bird out there, but this is my favorite. The Brazilian music is perfect.


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Caturday: With sheep and a blankie

I’m still working furiously to get rid of all unnecessary “stuff”. However, we succumbed and got the kitties a new blankie that came with a stuffed sheep. The pointy eared people like it. :)

Tito with the sheep. He's making biscuits on the new blankie

Tito with the sheep. He’s making biscuits on the new blankie

This is Tito after the excitement hiding in the blanket fort

This is Tito after the excitement hiding in the blanket fort

Miss Jenny testing the blanket and the sheep

Miss Jenny testing the blanket and the sheep

Miss Jenny likes it! Do take note of that stinkeye that is attempting a photobomb.

Miss Jenny likes it! Do take note of that stinkeye that is attempting a photobomb.

This is Titanescu on the doll bed and he's not giving us the stinkeye...for once.

This is Titanescu on the doll bed and he’s not giving us the stinkeye…for once.

And now, here’s some regrettably vertical video of an adorable husky puppy.


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Alcatraz!

One of the creepiest places I ever set foot in, other than Alcatraz, was an abandoned animal research facility on the Peninsula. Besides the stainless steel surfaces and sinks, the scarred tiles and dissection room drains, it was the smell which made some guys’ hair stand on their neck. Nowadays, the place is loaned to Bay Area police departments to practice room clearing with blank ammunition. As to Alcatraz itself, much of its creepiness has to do with the location I think, sitting as it does between San Francisco’s touristic waterfront and Angel Island State Park. The notion of keeping people in tiny concrete cages in the midst of paradise.

On a lighter note, one of the first things we discovered upon arrival was jellybeans.

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Understandably, the parts of Alcatraz we were most interested in were closed off to the public, such as the old military parade grounds, taken over by migratory birds. From where we stood, however, we could only see and hear the ubiquitous Seagulls, permanent squatters in more and more places around the bay. Starting at the dock where visitors get dropped off, the ascent towards the main prison building is relatively steep, but worth walking, rather than riding up in the wagons shuttling people to and from.

Building 64 is the oldest building on the Alcatraz. It was housing that was built over the top of the army barracks which had been there since the 1860s.

Building 64 is the oldest building on the Alcatraz. It was housing that was built over the top of the army barracks which had been there since the 1860s.

Provided you come on the earliest tour, before 9 am, walking enables you to take in sights more fully and take the occasional picture without getting photo bombed as the island gets pretty crowded with tourists before noon. Most buildings on Alcatraz share much of their visual appeal with other local examples of 19th century institutional architecture found at the Presidio, on Angel Island and Fort Point, to name a few.

The old Post Exchange burned during the Native American occupation of Alcatraz in the 70s.

The old Post Exchange burned during the Native American occupation of Alcatraz in the 70s.

Broken window in the New Industries building

Broken window in the New Industries building

The morgue

The morgue

The prison’s buildings also appear more dilapidated, enhancing the haunted feeling many visitors feel. The warden’s house only retains four walls and the fireplace, for instance, but is positively cheerful, compared to the cell blocks, and especially the few cells dedicated to solitary confinement. The only time these cells were lit was when they were unoccupied.

The prison as seen from the recreation yard

The prison as seen from the exercise yard

Prison window

Prison window

Bill Baker, a former inmate was there selling his book. If you click on his name above, it will take you to an interesting article about him.

Bill Baker, a former inmate was there selling his book. If you click on his name, it will take you to an interesting article about him.

There is currently an art exhibit offered for free on Alcatraz, by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Part of the exhibit is on display in the prison’s hospital which is usually closed to the public.

With Wind by Ai Weiwei

With Wind by Ai Weiwei

This means we got to see more on this trip than most visitors usually get to take in.
An audio tour is available once you enter the main prison building: a recorder is handed to you free of charge, with headphones. Sadly, this means people walk about following the recording’s directions, sometimes stopping abruptly in groups, by this cell, or that, blocking doors and hallways.

Solitary, in cell block D

Solitary, in cell block D

The hospital, normally closed to visitors

The hospital, normally closed to visitors

The hospital

The hospital

Wheelchair in the hospital

Wheelchair in the hospital

At some point in the near future, we will return to the Island, this time for a night tour of Alcatraz, in hopes to experience and capture something different.
Meanwhile we hope you enjoy these images…

The Prison. We didn’t take as many pics inside the prison as it was so awfully crowded.

@Large, is the name of the Weiwei exhibition. The link will take you the website with great descriptions and meanings of the various exhibits.

@Large turns Alcatraz into a space for dialogue about how we define liberty and justice, individual rights and personal responsibility. In artworks that balance political impact with aesthetic grace, the exhibition directly and imaginatively addresses the situation of people around the world who have been deprived of their freedom for speaking out about their beliefs — people like Ai himself.

These are the photos taken everywhere else on the island. The gardens have been lovingly restored by scores of volunteers. The bulk of the garden photos are from the prisoner’s garden adjacent to the exercise yard.

 

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Caturday: weirdness

Well, another Caturday has rolled around and the pointy eared people have exhibited weirdness. Ok, they’re cats. Cats always exhibit weirdness. :)

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Titanescu trying to mix a stinkeye  with a hypnotic stare

Titanescu trying to mix a stinkeye with a hypnotic stare

Tito calling the mother ship

Tito calling the mother ship

Now here is a vid from my favorite animal shelter, Best Friends in Kanab, Utah.

I STILL don’t have the Alcatraz pics up. Today, that will be my mission. Instead of getting rid of stuff today, I’m going to finish sorting photos. In my defense, there are a LOT of photos. I’ll post our favorites and the rest will be put into a couple of slideshows. I’m hoping to have the post up by tomorrow evening at the latest.


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Caturday: With a bonus sunrise

Yes, it’s Caturday and I’m surprised I even have some pictures to post. Given the fact that we are reducing the amount of “stuff” in the apartment and getting rid of furniture too, it’s hard to get nice pics of the kitties. The bookcases are mostly empty with the books either donated or packed away. I have boxes everywhere. I’m making great headway though. :) I’m going to add some sunrise pics to the mix today as I’m still working on the Alcatraz post.

Soooooooo, since it’s Caturday, here are the pointy eared people. Hopefully none of the these are repeats.

The amazing Miss Jenny

The amazing Miss Jenny

Titanescu on the doll bed

Titanescu on the doll bed

Tito with his mousie toy

Tito with his mousie toy

Sleeping beauties

Sleeping beauties

Now for a few sunrise pics. We went out to Aquatic Park and it turned out to be a rather nice morning. I used the Canon and got the vivid orange photos. Lastech used his phone and got the more delicate colors. As before, I really love both.

View of the Transamerica building from a hilltop by Rudha-an

View of the Transamerica building from a hilltop by Rudha-an

Closeup of Coit Tower by Rudha-an

Closeup of Coit Tower by Rudha-an

Coit Tower by Rudha-an

Coit Tower by Rudha-an

Coit, bird and boat by Rudha-an

Coit, bird and boat by Rudha-an

Pastels by Lastech

Pastels by Lastech

Ship by Lastech

Ship by Lastech

More pastels by Lastech

More pastels by Lastech


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Caturday: Out of town

This week, our trail of jellybeans stretched over the water to Alcatraz, and beyond, to Mars and the Moon. Well, as close as we could get that is, the Nasa Ames research center in Mountain View.

The old parade ground on Alcatraz. There are no people permitted there as it's seabird nesting season

The old parade ground on Alcatraz. There are no people permitted there as it’s seabird nesting season

Model of the milky way at the Nasa Ames visitor center.

Model of the milky way at the Nasa Ames visitor center.

More on these adventures later, as we’ll be spending this Caturday out of town again, this time to look at travel trailers, alternate, mobile ways of reducing our footprint while increasing our reach.

Meanwhile, here are the furry heroes once more…

Titanescu using Tito as a pillow. Tito didn't mind.

Titanescu using Tito as a pillow. Tito didn’t mind.

Titanescu using Miss Jenny as a pillow. She didn't mind either

Titanescu using Miss Jenny as a pillow. She didn’t mind either

And here’s a good vid from Simon’s Cat that I should have posted last week.


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Caturday: Valentines Day meh

Yes, it’s Valentines Day. For us, it’s just Caturday. Lastech will go to work (12 hr shift) and I’ll thrash my way through the kitchen getting rid of more “stuff”. Oh, but we did well this week: we hauled a very large load to Goodwill and I’ll have another large load soon. The food processor and bread machine went away. I prefer to make my bread by hand anyway. :)

Tito is being his usual enthusiastic love bug while Jenny has been coming out of her shell a bit more. As to Titanescu, despite the rise in temperatures, he spends most of his nights with us, hugging a leg or an arm tightly. We’ve started to nickname him Cuddles. Out of earshot, naturally.

Next week, we will be heading across the Golden Gate to check out trailers, take an early morning trip to Alcatraz, and drive down to Mountain View’s Shoreline bird sanctuary.

Now it’s time for the pointy eared people. We may not be celebrating Valentine’s, but the furkids have some love in their eyes.

Tito looking lovey

Tito looking lovey

Miss Jenny and her baby blues

Miss Jenny and her baby blues

Even Titan gave his stinkeye a rest for once.

Even Titan gave his stinkeye a rest for once.

Just another day at the park…

We were at the park recently and the girls were out

We were at the park recently and the girls were out

Now for a bit of humor


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Caturday: Our friends have a birthday!

Our fur friend, Henry Hobson (left) and his littermate Chloe de Chanel (right) are celebrating their 7th birthday today. Henry gave us all a terrible scare last year when he managed to get out of the house. He was missing for days and days and was finally spotted wayyyyyyy up a tree. When he came down, his mom was finally able to coax him out of the bushes and take him home. He was a tad thin and skinned up from the tree, but otherwise he was ok. Now he spends his time indoors with his beloved toy, Mr. Snakels. Henry’s sister Chloe is a real beauty. Note to Henry’s mom: If you click on the photo, it will take you to the full size and you can copy it from there easily. Thank you for letting me play with their pics. :)

Happy Birthday to Henry Hobson and Chloe!

Happy Birthday to Henry Hobson and Chloe!

As for the pointy eared people, their pics have more of a Noir feel about them.

Titan without a stinkeye. Amazing.

Titan without a stinkeye. Amazing.

Miss Jenny in a calm moment

Miss Jenny in a calm moment

Tito looking downright silly

Tito looking downright silly

Now for something a bit absurd. Last July we wrote about the rare and elusive Golden Gate Bawk-Bawk in a post titled Cock up at the park. Given that there is a coyote den nearby, we didn’t think they would last long. We were wrong. In July there were two. Now there are four.

I couldn't get all four birds in the frame, but here are two of them

I couldn’t get all four birds in the frame, but here are two of them

Here's a closeup. They are remarkably healthy and roosting in the shrubbery.

Here’s a closeup. They are remarkably healthy and roosting in the shrubbery.

Sadly, I can’t read the word “shrubbery” with hearing the voice of the Knights who say Ni.

Final note: If you scroll down past this post, you will see some sunrise photos from earlier in the week.

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The sunrise before the rain…yes! rain!

We managed to sneak out twice this last week for sunrise. I took too many pics for one post, so I’ll break it down. I’ve got sunrise pics, birdie pics along with a bunch of duck butts. Today will just be the first sunrise morning. I took my Canon and Lastech used his phone. It’s fun to see the drastic differences in photos. The Canon grabbed the reds and oranges, while the phone accented the blues and more delicate hues. I love both.

For our Tuesday morning trek, we went down to China Basin to the pier right next to AT&T Park. We hadn’t gone there for photos before, so it was all new to us. We had driven past, but never had the opportunity to stop. Of course, we avoid that area during baseball season as it’s a traffic nightmare. It was beautiful that morning.

I’m going to mix the photos up, but I’ll mark mine and Lastech’s. You will see the difference though.

As for the rain, we have it. It’s very windy as well, so there are trees falling all over the place. There are power outages everywhere. I won’t complain. We need the rain too desperately.

China Basin, the home of AT&T Park

China Basin, the home of AT&T Park by Rudha-an

The statue, by Lastech

The statue, by Lastech

McCovey Cove by Rudha-an

McCovey Cove by Rudha-an

McCovey Cove by Lastech

McCovey Cove by Lastech

Pelicans over the bay by Rudha-an

Pelicans over the bay by Rudha-an

The bay by Lastech

The bay by Lastech

Pelicans by Rudha-an

Pelicans by Rudha-an

The camera was NOT happy when I aimed it at the sun. It got even and gave me this. It's a pigeon.

The camera was NOT happy when I aimed it at the sun. It got even and gave me this. It’s a pigeon.

Lastech's photo of the pigeon came out much better.

Lastech’s photo of the pigeon came out much better.


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