Thursday, November 15, 2012

~~Phunny Stuff~~

You know that I live in the present, but every once in a while something reminds of me of phunny stuff in the past.

Many of us have "Bucket Lists," stuff we want to do, see or experience before we kick it.

At one time, I had "Drive a Big Rig" across the country...just one time...on my list. One day that fantasy got fulfilled in the most unusual way.

I was a traveling salesperson in a most unglamorous industry (another time), and I was driving back home from a seriously long day of visiting prospects and customers in southern Illinois. It was late afternoon and I was between little towns. Yes, you guessed it--I ran out of gas. So not phunny.

Those were the days before cell phones, by the way, so I got out of the car and started walking along the side of the highway....in my fitted red suit and black high heels.

Wonder why....but less than a minute passed and a big rig pulled over. There were two men in the cab and they asked me what happened. I was relieved and nervous--relieved that someone stopped, but nervous, because this is not a safe situation. Crap.

Embarrassed for being stupid enough to run out of gas, I told them.

"We can drive you to the next station about 20 miles north. Can you get up here?" Really? REALLY? My skirt is tight and the first step is up to my EAR! Phor Phuck's Sake!

The shotgun guy climbed down and said, "Okay, Lady, I won't look." I hiked up my skirt, he crouched down, grabbed my ass and launched me into the cab!

Off we go.....and check THAT one off the list!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

~~Today's Find A Grave~~

Patricia L. Hawkins Leonard (1952-2011)

Rio Verde Memorial Gardens, Maricopa County, Arizona.

Monday, November 5, 2012

~~Grave Site Photography~~

I'm a photography nutcase...okay...a nutcase in general. Most of my photography is candid life--nature, people and animals.  However, I do use photography to gift families by giving them a "virtual cemetery experience" by photographing their loved ones' final resting places.

People ask me about the process.

First, I get a request from www.findagrave.com 




Then, I visit the cemetery to ensure that the person is, indeed, there.  If he or she is there, I need to find them, using cemetery maps.




Then, because I think it is the right thing to do, I clean the marker.  I clip the grass, and brush any debris and goose poop away.  I wipe the marker as much as I can.




I take a few shots, making sure my shadow stays out of the shot!  (Morning shooting is best....)





Finally, I post the "fixed up" photos on the web site to the family, where-ever they are, can visit their loved ones.

Sometimes...I see something special I can add...





Friday, November 2, 2012

~~Mingus Mountain~~

According to the book, "Roadside History of Arizona," by Marshall Trimble, "Mingus Mountain was named for Joseph and Jacob Mingus, two brothers who settled in the area in the 1880s and later operated a sawmill near the base of the mountain."

I took these photos at the summit, 8,000 feet up!

(The second one is my favorite....)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

~~Here Piggy Piggy!~~

When one lives in Arizona, one never knows what they will see when they go put something in the trash bin!  I walked out to this the other evening. (And yes...I always carry my camera...so there.)


Javelinas, or peccaries, are really not piggies, although they have similar characteristics.

Javelinas (HAVE a leen a) can be quite aggressive, especially if their babies are present. And in this case, a baby was present!

Notice how the entire herd surround the little one!