Friday Night Cat Blogging: Two Cats and a Bridge

As usual, Friday night is time for our boys to shine.  I also decided to toss in a bonus pick of our Golden Gate Bridge.  I have lived here for 8 years and I never get tired of seeing it.  I hope you enjoy all three pics.

Tito
Tito doing his cute routine. It makes me want to bury my face in his fur.
Kitsune
Kitsune looking like a gentleman in his sweater. Don't let him fool you. He's mad, mad I tell you.
Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge. The picture was taken in the Presidio and looking toward the North.


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The Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park: Part 1

One morning we woke up to rain. It’s the rainy season in San Francisco. It wasn’t a heavy rain, but it was enough. We had wanted to get out and walk and so we debated. We suddenly realized that we had not been to the Japanese Tea Garden In Golden Gate Park for quite a while and that the rain would keep the crowds down.

Japanese Tea Garden
Koi

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Two more film greats are gone and one is missing and probably dead

First, the missing. Actor Per Oscarsson and his wife are missing after their home burned in Skara, Sweden. You can read about it here.

Born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1927, Per Oscarsson has been one of Sweden’s most respected actors in film, both on stage and tv.  He won the Cannes Film Festival and National Society of Film Critic’s award for Hunger (1966). He is known more here for his performance in The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet’s Nest.

Per Oscarsson - Hunger
Per Oscarsson - Hunger

Our heart goes out to the family and we hope they have closure soon.

Anne Francis

A while back I wrote about losing Leslie Neilsen. I had posted a picture from a movie that he starred in called Forbidden Planet. His love interest was Anne Francis.

Leslie Nielsen and Anne Francis in The Forbidden Planet
Leslie Nielsen and Anne Francis in The Forbidden Planet

Now, both of them are gone. Anne Francis was born in Ossining, New York. She was a model and did soap/radio work early on. By the age of 11, she made her stage debut in Broadway’s “Lady in the Dark”. She had a very busy career and appeared in a great many tv shows and movies. One of her most famous roles was as television’s first female detective in Honey West. She lost her battle against pancreatic cancer on Sunday.

Our condolences to her family, friends, and fans. She will be missed.

Pete Postlethwaite

Pete Postlethwaite has lost a long time battle with cancer.  He was 64.  Born in 1946 to a working class family in Northern England, he developed an interest in acting while in college.  From his beginnings as a drama teacher, he branched out to the theater and then film and television in the 80s.  In 1993, he was nominated for an Oscar for playing the father of Daniel Day-Lewis in “In the Name of the Father”.

Pete Postlethwaite
Pete Postlethwaite

As before, our condolences to his family, friends, and fans. He too will be missed.


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Reflections: The pond at the Palace of Fine Arts

Happy New Year everyone!  I don’t have much for today.  However, I wanted to post a favorite picture of mine.  It was one of the first I took with my camera and I just got very lucky.  The picture, as you see it, is upside down.  It is a reflection in the pond at the Palace of Fine Arts here in San Francisco.  I found the picture to be more interesting upside down, so here it is.

Pond at Palace of Fine Arts
Reflection in the pond at the Palace of Fine Arts - upside down


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Conservatory of Flowers and the Garden Railroad Exhibit

Previously, I posted Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park:  The Aquatic Gallery part 2.  You can find all the previous Conservatory posts here.

This time, in the spirit of the holidays, we’re visiting a different section of the Conservatory.  To celebrate 140 years of Golden Gate Park, the Conservatory is hosting a Garden Railway Exhibit.  The exhibit will run through March 13, 2011 and there is no extra charge.  Even Thomas the Tank Engine puts in an appearance.

Garden railway
Conservatory of Flowers

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Another Pet Food Recall

If you have pets, you need to check on your pet food.  It’s the holiday season and we don’t want any of our critter friends becoming sick.

Kroger has issued a pet food recall. The release can be read at the FDA website.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CINCINNATI, Ohio, – December 18, 2010 – The Kroger Co. said today it is recalling select packages of pet food sold in some of its retail stores because the products may contain aflatoxin, which poses a health risk to pets.

Kroger stores in the following states are included in this recall: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

The recall also includes Dillons and Gerbes stores in Kansas and Missouri; Baker’s stores in Nebraska; Food 4 Less stores in Nebraska, Illinois and Indiana (Chicago area); and Jay C, Hilander, Owen’s, Pay Less and Scott’s stores in Illinois and Indiana.

Stores the company operates under the following names are not included in this recall: Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, Smith’s, QFC, City Market, Foods Co., and Food 4 Less stores in California and Nevada.

Kroger is recalling the following items:

  • Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088128
  • Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071357
  • Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088152
  • Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074580
  • Pet Pride Kitten Formula Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071903
  • Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 22 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074566
  • Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074563
  • Kroger Value Cat Food sold in 3 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111000018
  • Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 15 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071559
  • Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code:1111000108

Aflatoxin is a naturally-occurring toxic chemical by-product from the growth of the fungus Aspergillus flavus on corn and other crops. If your pet shows any symptoms of illness, including sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, yellowish tint to the eyes and/or gums, and severe or bloody diarrhea, please consult your veterinarian immediately.

The safety of our customers and their pets is important to Kroger. The company is using its Customer Recall Notification system to alert customers who may have purchased these recalled products through register receipt tape messages and automated phone calls. Customers who have purchased a recalled item should not use it and should return it to a store for a full refund or replacement.

Customers who have questions about this recall may contact Kroger toll-free at (800) 632-6900. For more information, please visit www.kroger.com/recalls9.

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