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Transportation - Month long photography theme

P.J. of a lil hooha assigned the theme of "transportation" for April's photography theme.

Legs, the ultimate mode of transportation, preferably sporting Giani Bernini sandals.

Sometimes there are transportation mishaps, such as the one evidenced below (4-16-13 Sacramento County).

Here is a two-fer, the front of the Sacramento Regional Transit light rail and in the background the abandoned railyard that has lain fallow for many years.  Two places that could be the hub of activity but have never been fully developed, the waterfront and the railyard.  There were grand plans to develop the railyard but I think they have, once again, fallen through.  The movers and shakers have been obsessing over the Sacramento Kings and a gotta-have-it new stadium.

Ok, this image is a stretch, stay with me on this one.  I'm not quite sure what this structure is supposed to represent.  It is installed at the K Street Mall.  There is a non-working clock and sorta Jetson-esque embellishm…

Z is for Zippety Doo Dah and Zipper - A to Z Writing Challenge topic

Month end means half off at one of the thrift shops that I frequent.  The atmosphere at the store is festive at these sales.  Not only are the prices unusually low for thrift shops, the donations are generally of better quality.  These are my Zippety Doo Dah finds from that sale, the entire batch for less than $5, interspersed through my spring garden next to the tea rose called Intrigue and lobellia: summer reading of The New York Times Weekend Cookbook (pub. 1975), grey tank top, Bonjour over the knee socks in shimmer floral, a pink floral scarf, and two CDs, Luciano Pavarotti's ti adoro and Carreras Domingo Pavarotti in concert.

My cutie canine Zipper Von Zalez doing what she does best.

Wishing you a wonder-filled May.  Thank you for joining me on this AtoZ journey.

Y is for You Never Can Tell - A to Z Writing Challenge topic

Finishing out National Poetry Month with:

You Never Can Tell by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
You never can tell when you send a word,
Like an arrow shot from a bow
By an archer blind, be it cruel or kind,
Just where it may chance to go.
It may pierce the breast of your dearest friend.
Tipped with its poison or balm,
To a stranger's heart in life's great mart,
It may carry its pain or its calm.
You never can tell when you do an act
Just what the result will be;
But with every deed you are sowing a seed,
Though the harvest you may not see.
Each kindly act is an acorn dropped
In God's productive soil
You may not know, but the tree shall grow,
With shelter for those who toil.
You never can tell what your thoughts will do,
In bringing you hate or love;
For thoughts are things, and their airy wings
Are swifter than carrier doves.
They follow the law of the universe --
Each thing must create its kind,
And they speed o'er the track to bring you back
Whatever went out from your mind.

Virtual birthday party for nonamedufus

A virtual birthday blog party was suggested by Cheryl at decksidethoughts for nonamedufus who turned the magical age of 61.  While I do not know noname personally, we have participated in a few writing and photography challenges.

I'm told he likes .... fluffy bunnies

AND My Little Pony

Nonamedufus is the ultimate wordsmith - here is a picture of him, a SURVIVOR of the We Work For Cheese Writing Challenge this past February (yes - I kiped the image from his blog).

And here is the picture of the pre-party birthday party ~

So in honor of JOHN (at least that is what I am told is his real name, it could be Ernest or George, for all I know), Wishing Him the Best Birthday EVER!

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X is for Xena - A to Z Writing Challenge topic

With nearly every writing challenge I participate in, I include my pet posts.  I just happen to have the good fortune of my cat being named Xena warrior princess. (to satisfy the horrible letter prompt of "X").  She is a lovely Maine Coon kitty with a sweet personality.  This is the first cat of mine I have seen play with rocks.  She will bat them about and pounce on them.  Cracks me up!

Totally off topic but time for a lark - It's Pink Saturday!  Pink fashion, that is ~

Lucille Ball in "The Big Street," 1942
Joey Heatherton
Christian Dior, Spring 1961
Ursula Andress
Yves Saint Laurent, 1964

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W is for White Elephants - A to Z Writing Challenge topic

White elephants are gifts so kitschy, useless, gawd awful ugly that they are endearing.  The exchange of white elephants gifts are popular around the holiday season.  Some of the drugstores sell funky stuff, but most often the white elephants are thrift shop purchases.

Then there are pink elephants ...

Jayne Mansfield at home, 1960s
My guess the Chia "pet" is one of the top 10 white elephant gifts.  I admit to buying the Obama Chia as an exchange gift.  Now there is the ...

This month's thrift shop finds were "W" in nature, purchased all on the same day: Western pottery ($18.50, $8.50 with $10 credit earned on a loyalty card); John Wayne stamp bear ($1.50) and Warren Kimble frame ($2.50, retail $15.99).  

Wow - the challenge is almost over.  I have atozfatigue.  Certifiable.  

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V is for Vintage and Vogoff Magazine - A to Z Writing Challenge topic

Vintage - just the addition of that word doubles (or triples) the price of anything.  Etsy is a perfect example of that.  Vintage = old.

"Antique vintage handmade drawer cabinet."

A mere $125 on Etsy

I buy cards by the bagful and occasionally a "vintage" one will sneak in - like this retro Hallmark card.  Those are keepers ~

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U is for Utensils and Ugly, and not-so-ugly What I Wore Wednesday - A to Z Writing Challenge topic

Utensils, spoons, knives, forks, prongs, you name it, you can find them in the thrift shops.  But just like your own home, there are WAY more knives and forks than there are spoons.  Spoons are like socks, they disappear.  Maybe there is a spoon Burning Man festival, they all head there and disintegrate in a flash of utensil rebellion.

Then there's Ugly - yes, downright Fugly, there is a reason some of that stuff ends up thrifted.  NO ONE WANTS IT (ok someone eventually wants it).  Yep, I said it.  Frequent visitor that I am, I get a sense of what has stayed on the shelves and, amazingly enough, all of the merchandise is sold.  

via thingsidontbuyatthriftstores

The story behind this creepy clown is I saw one of the workers carrying it out of the thrift shop, saying, "I am going to put this on EBay."  I asked if I could take a picture of it, that I just wanted the image.  I can't bear to  post the entirety of this creation, it is far too lewd.  There were a couple …

T is for Telephone - A to Z Writing Challenge topic

It was one of those old-fashioned telephones, actually, a reproduction with that retro look.  A thrift shop find for the grand sum of $8.50.  When it was plugged in, it worked.  That is, it worked on its own terms.  You could not place a call, you could only answer calls coming in.  One wouldn't think that too odd, except these calls were not from people that she knew and the calls started at the oddest hour - three o'clock in the morning.  "Isn't that the what is known as the witching hour?" she thought.  
"Hello.  Is Tommy there?"  
"No, I'm sorry there is no Tommy here."  
"This is number he gave me.  Tommy is my son.  Why isn't he there?"  
"I am afraid you must have the wrong number."  
Click.  The call would end.  
What an odd little phone.  The calls were always straight up three o'clock in the morning.  Who, in their right mind, is awake at that hour?  Even more creepy is the calls woul…

S is for Sweaters and - A to Z Writing Challenge topic

Sweaters are an easy find at the thrift shops.  I have replenished my cashmere sweaters at a fraction of the cost I would had I purchased them retail.  Of course, there are the Ugly Christmas Sweaters, the ones you wear specifically to Christmas parties where you want to make just the right impression.  

My fascination with continues ~ I found these little guys, perfect for today's letter, the first described as Vintage Musical Roller Skating Stuffed Bear and the second as Ideal Antique Vintage Articulated Stuffed Bear.  I think they make the perfect (sorta roughed up) pair!

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