Phfrankie's Phfabulous Sun Dried Tomatoes

My dear friend Phfrankie Bondo shared some of his home grown creations last summer. One was a shallow mason jar of sun dried tomatoes in olive oil.

Now for a California fella this is normal fare. Being that I'm southern and all, sun dried tomatoes are a bit out of the norm.

I set the jar in the pantry and forgot about them. Until last night.

Good heavens they are good. Perfect in the salad.


St. Croix

Much later than usual, St. Croix is booked. First class airfare, fancy remote parking, my favorite villa.

A night dive is scheduled.

Five weeks and I'll be transferred back to greenery and spring like weather. Warm blue water, and night skies that rival a planetarium.

Sipping beers during the day and driving on the left hand side of the road. I've been going for 13 years. I hope many more.


This is an amazing picture of galaxies. Unthinkable time and space.

I've had two amazing dogs named Galaxy that both died before the age of six.

I love the word Galaxy, and the name for a happy, smart dog. But I'll never name another dog Galaxy.


These are not Hot Dogs

Bananas are not Hot Dogs


Carrots are not Hot Dogs


Things I Have Witnessed

I actually knew a person who was hit by a bus and died.

I actually knew someone who was a double murderer and was put to death by the state.

I saw a Saturn V rocket launch in person.

I once played with two lion cubs.

I saw a total eclipse of the sun. 100%.

I have been shot at and heard the bullets go by.

I know a wealthy man who gets someone to change his bed linens daily because he likes fresh sheets.



Old Family Photo

Circa 1925

My mother sitting on her fathers lap looking at her baby sister. Mom is now 91.


The Gym

Been doing weight training now twice a week for 10 months.

Today I did 10 X 3 presses at 90 pounds.

20 X 3 butterflies at 30 pounds

12 X 3 leg lifts at 60 pounds.

20 X 3 dips (my body weight)

10 X 3 biceps lifts 20 pounds each arm

10 X 3 over head lifts 30 pounds

8 X 3 inclined presses at 60 pounds

10 X 3 not sure what to call it at 30 pounds each arm

20 X 3 side lifts at 30 pounds

That was a workout. About 30 minutes non stop.