December 8, 2013

Something Cold, Something New

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Good morning and greetings, December fans. Well, there was a bit of a change in the weather last week, as the temperature dropped below freezing. How cold was it? I spent most of last week walking around with a toaster in my shorts.

Now I don’t want to say that it’s cold in my house, but I actually go outside to warm up. It’s an igloo with central heating. The furnace barely makes a dent in heating the frozen tundra which is our downstairs. It was so cold last week that I had to salt the hallway. I shouldn’t be able to hear my breath.

The fun continued. When I turned on the shower I got hail. My daughter’s new rabbit tried to hop in bed with me. I had to put on skates to go to the bathroom at night. I tried to take the garbage out but it didn’t want to go.

When I came downstairs Thursday morning, I looked at the thermometer and it read “ouch.” If that thermometer had been an inch longer I might have frozen to death. I turned on my computer to check the local temperature and it was 26 degrees. That’s a bit cool for a Mediterranean climate. I looked outside and saw Smoky the Bear grab a box of matches and run shivering into the woods. The mailman came by, I told him to watch out for polar bears.

I got in my car and started it by yelling “mush.” I would have been better off driving a zamboni. It was so cold I chipped my tooth on some soup. So I headed over to Starbucks where they wear serving coffee on a stick. The line was too long, so I drove over to Costco, where kids were fighting for turns on the rotisserie.

There was a politician standing out in front of the store who actually had his hand in his own pocket. The store was crowded and pickpockets were sticking their hands in stranger’s pockets just to keep warm. After I left the store I saw a hitchhiker holding a picture of his thumb and a sign that read, “Anywhere above 40 degrees.” Yes, the morning was a bit chilly.

So how cold was it last Wednesday? Well, icy air sweeping down from the arctic helped Oakland set a new record low of 33 degrees. San Jose and San Francisco tied their low record marks for the day at 29 and 40 degrees. It was 16 degrees in Morgan Hill and inside our home high school basketball star Morgan Green was writing in a flannel notebook. The National Weather Service said there was a chance of snow flurries in my kitchen.

On the national weather front, it was 15 degrees below zero at the Denver Airport on Thursday morning. The jet stream was pulling air into Colorado from Siberia, making it nice and toasty for Denver Bronco fans. Maybe they should weatherstrip the Canadian border. And if you’re keeping a weather map at home, the record low temperature for the Rocky Mountain state is −61 °F, set back in 1985 in northwestern Colorado. I believe Snapple and Peyton Manning freezes at that temperature.

My morning walks along West Cliff were exhilarating, as the skies were clear, the air cold and crisp and my epidermis frozen. With the skies being absent of clouds and drones, I spent time analyzing the early season play of the Warriors’ Steph Curry and his backcourt mate, Klay Thompson, not be to confused with Nucky Thompson, who seemed at odds with himself in the excellent season four finale of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.”

So for today’s photo ensemble, we are heading back to warmer times and November 26. This day started out in spectacular fashion, with a world class sunrise that I featured in last week’s post. As the day moved along glorious clouds remained in the sky, so it appeared there would be some commotion down along the ocean.

The sky turned beautiful colors at sunset, but the most amazing part was the pelican action. As I stood on the cliffs along West Cliff Drive at Stockton Avenue, thousands and thousands of pelicans were in transit heading north. As I turned and looked south, I could see them coming in endless waves against the gray sky. Glory, glory, hallelujah.

But as they passed and I looked north, their formations blended into the multi-colored sky, which was turning various shades of exotica. This was a magical time, as the pelican migration was in full force while the sky was blowing up. Not a bad way to spend a Tuesday evening.

On to some late night humor. “The president said despite the initial problems, it’s working better now and going to continue to improve. A million people visited on Monday, mostly to see if they were covered from injuries suffered at Wal-Mart on Black Friday. Amazon announced plans for an amazing service called Amazon Prime Air. When you order something from Amazon that weighs five pounds or less, a robot will drop your package on your doorstep. It’s all part of Amazon’s pledge to drive your dog insane.” –Jimmy Kimmel

“You know in some countries seeing an unmanned drone means your village is about to be destroyed. In America it means you ordered Mad Men on Blu-ray.” –Jimmy Kimmel “A new miniseries premiered tonight called “Mob City.” It’s about the 1940s when gangsters came from the east to L.A. In those days L.A. was overrun by gangsters — swarthy animals who stopped at nothing to shake people down for a few bucks. Today that role is filled by Kardashians.” – Craig Ferguson

According to a new report, America’s teenagers are 30th in the world in math. Luckily, America’s teenagers will never understand the report because they’re 85th in reading.” –Conan O’Brien “A new study found that the state where people cursed the most, where they used the most profanity, is Ohio. Most of those curse words are directly followed by the word “LeBron.” – Jimmy Kimmel

So it’s my birthday on Thursday and I plan on celebrating it the usual way, with a 24 hour fast, silent meditation and some Chinese take out. We’ll catch you showing NBA fans in the early season why you might be the next up and coming superstar. Aloha, mahalo and later, Paul George fans.


  1. got to get over to Costco for a turn on the rotissere!

    Comment by Allison — December 10, 2013 @ 6:50 pm

  2. Nice shots of the sunset. You’ve gotten really good at coordinating those bird formations. When are you getting the New Orleans Pelicans jersey?

    Comment by Mike Woodson — December 10, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

  3. I plan to move to California in about 15 months. Your images and writing have convinced me that Santa Cruz is the place for me.
    (Hope that news is not seen or taken as a threat:)
    Enjoy your birthday.

    Comment by David W — December 11, 2013 @ 2:15 pm

  4. Love the pictures. Little too cold for me lately and it doesn’t help that I have to walk home from basketball practice.

    Comment by Josh G. — December 11, 2013 @ 11:39 pm

  5. If we didn’t have birthdays,
    you wouldn’t be you.
    If you’d never been born,
    well then what would you do?
    If you’d never been born,
    well then what would you be?
    You might be a fish!
    Or NBA referee!
    You might be a dunker!
    Or passer extraordinaire!
    Or you might be the Insider on the central coast air.

    Or worse than all that…
    Why, you might be a WASN’T!
    A Wasn’t has no fun at all.
    No, he doesn’t.

    A Wasn’t just isn’t. He just
    isn’t present. But you…
    You ARE YOU!
    And, now isn’t that pleasant!

    love on your birthday!

    Comment by Nancy — December 12, 2013 @ 9:32 am

  6. Such funny lines that I wanted to do a little recap:

    “kids were fighting for turns on the rotisserie”
    “I tried to take the garbage out but it didn’t want to go.”
    “Saw Smoky the Bear grab a box of matches and run shivering into the woods.”

    on the event of your birthday, wanted to acknowledge that you are one funny guy.

    Comment by Wendi — December 12, 2013 @ 10:31 am

  7. I didn’t use the word “clever”. But meant to.

    Comment by Wendi — December 12, 2013 @ 10:32 am

  8. We wish you a happy birthday, capitalist pig.

    Comment by Kim Jong Un & Uncle — December 12, 2013 @ 6:48 pm

  9. Very funny post. Great pictures as well. You’re like the Bill Simmons of photo blogging. Maybe next week you can do a mailbag.

    See you tomorrow

    Comment by Kiwi Gardner — December 13, 2013 @ 8:15 am

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