Tag Archives: California

I Bet That Senior Californians Are Now Going To Be Sneaking Across The Border To Mexico To Be FREE Again.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. Google for more … This from ‘politico.com’.

This would be I if I was lucky enough to live in California.

There is no way, however, I can stay at home. I have to go walkabout.

IF I was in California I would be heading STRAIGHT for Mexico — so I can be FREE.

Screw the Wall. Nothing is going to keep me locked up.

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The Tragic Kansas “Swatting” Shooting — Where Was 911 “Caller ID”?

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Click to ENLARGE. From CNN. Google “swatting” for CNN article & MUCH more.

This is so sad and tragic. What a shame. An innocent life lost — and he was UNARMED. It is NO consolation, but it is an huge indictment on current society, that some of us are just ‘relieved’ that he wasn’t black … because that would just make matters worse. A shame. A shame.

I, however, have had a nagging question from the moment I managed to work out what happened and UNDERSTOOD that it was a FAKE CALL.

What happened to CALLER ID?

Caller ID is the first thing that pops up, at the ‘Emergency Center‘, when you make a 911 call.

Did Caller Id indicate it was a California number? If so it is possible that they assumed that it might have been a cell phone.

Wouldn’t they — shouldn’t they — have been a bit more cautious IF it was an out-of-state Caller ID or if Caller ID had been blocked?

I have NOT heard anybody address this.

I really would like to hear what attention was paid to the Caller ID.

Wouldn’t you.

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I Am Buying More Wine To Show My Solidarity To Those Affected By The California Wildfires.

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From the U.K. “Daily Mail”, October 15, 2017. Click to access original.

So, after my post of yesterday, as to how bad I am feeling about the damage to the Californian wine industry, I decided today to go out and start buying MORE Californian wine to show my support and solidarity. It is a small gesture, BUT it is from the heart. I want to do my part. I urge you to join me in this.

That much of this year’s crop has been gathered is a huge relief. But, we know that the region and wineries are devastated. I just worry that we are going to see a flood of bitter, hard-to-drink South American wine pouring into the country. Resist. Stand with California.

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California Wine Country Wildfires Most Likely Will Majorly Spike Wine Prices.

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Just Examples. Google for more, much more.

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While the human and animal tragedy is palpable and immense, it is NOT as churlish as it may first appear to start thinking about what this is going to do for wine prices. To be fair it was 11-year old Teischan who got me thinking about it as we were watching the news. It resonates with her, to an extent, in that we were in San Francisco & Yosemite area last year, in April.

The economy of that area, as we know, is inexorably linked to wine. Appears that even prior to these devastating fires there had been some major concerns about this year’s crop because of Summer heat that withered the vines. Appears that the crop was down even ahead of the destruction caused by the fires. Plus, the ashes left on the ground can have an impact on the taste of grapes for years to come!

Wine does make a noticeable contribution to the Californian — and thus — U.S. economy. A marked drop in wine revenues will have a ripple effect.

Wine prices at the consumer level are bound to go up and I am not sure whether other countries will be willing to bail us out. This, whichever way you look at it, is not good news for wine lovers — such as I.

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Johannesburg, South Africa, Came To Be This Day 131-Years Ago; September 20, 1886.

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Click to access original … which explains the September 20, 1886 date.

A bit like California and the Gold Rush. It had to do with a gold rush. Gold was found in a farm nearby in July 1886. Reminiscent of Sutter’s Mill and Sacramento. Reflect.

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“Leonie” (2010) Movie: Poignant, Educational & Easy On The Eye.

by Anura Guruge

Watch the trailer on YouTube.

Click to access IMDb listing for the movie.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Léonie_Gilmour

It is so good that we are watching it for the second time — in 3 months (and that is unheard of when it comes to I). Second time around we are watching it so that Teischan (11) can see it. Good inspiration and pointers for young ladies. Also a fair bit on interracial marriage and children from some marriages — which is close to home for us.

When I saw it the first time I around I knew she would like it. So, I ‘kept it’, and we started watching it again on Monday. There is a bit of tame nudity and that worries none of us. Teischan is past that.

A true story — like “Florence Foster Jenkins” we so enjoyed last week. As I suspected she is mesmerized. Fascinating story. Also get to see interesting glimpses of California in the early 1990s and Japan.

It is available on Amazon Prime. I definitely recommend it.

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The “Pony Express” Started Its First Ever Run This Day 157-Years Ago — April 3, 1860.

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Click to ENLARGE and ENJOY here. You can see ‘April 3, 1860’, quite clearly, at the top. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pony_Express

Google, in 2015, did a very fancy Google Doodle to mark the 155th anniversary of the “Pony Express” — but did so on April 13.

That was not wrong or a mistake. Just that very Californian Google was being CA-centric.

April 13, 10 days from April 3, was when the mail was DELIVERED to California.

Got that. {SMILE}

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Alcatraz Ceased To Be A Prison This Day 54-Years Ago; March 21, 1963.

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Click to ENLARGE and read snippet here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcatraz_Federal_Penitentiary

I like the beauty of Alcatraz — but then again I never had to serve time on it.

Did the full tour of the Island in 2005. That was neat. I wish I can find the pictures from that trip.

Got to see it from multiple vantage points on our trip to California last year. What a beautiful island.

So the prison was closed 54-years ago, after 28.5 years in service.

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CA Route 130 The ONLY Way To Go From San Francisco To Yosemite.

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Route 130 from San Jose across Mount Hamilton to Patterson (CA) just off Interstate 5. From Wikipedia. Click to ENLARGE.


Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_State_Route_130

Wikipedia entry for Route 130.
Click to ENLARGE and read here.


Google Maps view of some of the route. Click to ENLARGE. You can see the twists and turns.

I have so far been lucky enough to drive this amazingly scenic and exhilarating route thrice; once West-to-East in 1992 and in both directions in April of this year — coming back East-to-West thanks to Teischan, who like I loved it, and insisted that we come back on it.

To me this is the ONLY way to go to Yosemite from the San Francisco area. Just sets you up, so nicely for what is to come.

I used to go to San Jose often during 1992 to 2000. I would always see this beautiful observatory (the ‘Lick‘), with iconic white domes, way up on the hills. I wanted to go there. That is how I found Route 130. Then in September 1992, after delivering a 3-day seminar for Cisco in San Jose, we were going to drive to Yosemite for a vacation. I chose to use 130 given that I was already in San Jose and the route started just there. Loved it. I was driving a rental Lincoln Continental that time. I did make the mistake of setting off without a full tank of gas. That was a mistake. Though end-to-end, San Jose to Patterson is only around 54 miles, all the hairpin bends and the steep climbs — 4 of them — does a job on your fuel economy, especially in a big, heavy V8 like the Lincoln. In April I was driving a rental, fairly new 4WD Nissan Pathfinder. I filled up with gas on Alum Rock Avenue just before setting off.

Driving the Pathfinder on 130 was an absolute joy. That was why I wanted to get one — though we ended up, instead, with a Nissan Quest.

Every car manufacturer should use this route as a way to showcase their cars. I would love to drive it again, at least one, before I die — ideally in a Jag.

West-to-East, the first half, up to the Observatory is absolutely picturesque. You also get to see some expensive, multi-million dollar mansions. The second half, especially the last 20 miles is tranquil beyond description. Mainly flat pastoral land, horses, small streams, lots of greenery — extremely peaceful and quiet.

You really have to drive it. Weekends, as we found out, tend to be a tad crowded, though it is not bad. Lots of cyclists, motorbikes and even joggers. But we came back mid-week, on a Thursday. Hardly met anybody! Beautiful.

This piece from “motorcycleroads.us” sums it up nicely.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. (Use above link to access original.)


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Only Californian Sri Lankans Would Have The Chutzpah To Celebrate Sri Lanka Independence Day On February 6.

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Click to ENLARGE and have a laugh here.

I say it about birthdays and holidays. You can celebrate your birthday any day you want but your birthday is your birthday. It is not a variable feast. Ditto any celebratory DAY. Sri Lanka Independence DAY is February 4. You can celebrate Sri Lanka Independence on the 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th or 28th. But Independence Day is February 4th. 

Maybe Google, being California-based, will do a Google Doodle for the 6th rather than the 4th.

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