6 Mushroom Pictures: There Actually Is Fungus Among Us!

Just look what I found in a neighborhood in Sandy Springs, GA this weekend while my wife and I were making the rounds: Mushrooms! Not the normal pizza-topping variety, we’re talking full-on Grateful Dead album art mushrooms. (Or better yet, Mellow Mushroom pizza art for those of you living in the area.) Anyway, this just proves I should never go anywhere without my camera. You probably shouldn’t either. :) Enjoy!

A Mushroom!

A Mushroom!

A Mushroom!

A Mushroom!

A Mushroom!

A Mushroom!

Check out the entire mushroom gallery here. (The originals are much larger.)

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And The Rockets Red Glare: My Fourth In 12 Pictures

And now for something completely different. How about some fireworks? Enjoy! :)

Fireworks!

Fireworks!

Fireworks!

Fireworks!

Fireworks!

Fireworks!

Fireworks!

Fireworks!

Fireworks!

Fireworks!

Fireworks!

Fireworks!

Not too shabby, considering I wasn’t really prepared for any serious picture taking! (Check out the whole gallery here.)

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Fighting Momentum With Insane Friday Miscellany

Escape Graffiti - Lisbon, PortugalIt’s been a scary, fun, crazy and exhausting weekend. In keeping with the policies set forth in my post The Most Pointless Posts Ever, I make no apologies for my two-day blogging absence. Hey, a life not lived is not worth blogging about. You can quote me on that. (I’ll assume the check is in the mail.) But a blog at rest sometimes needs a bunch of random stuff to get moving again. And here that stuff is.

The Planned: Bachelor Party
The big planned event of the weekend was a Dave Nelson‘s bachelor party. I mention him by name so I can plug his photography website. Great guy, great photographer. (And since he didn’t invite me to the wedding, that’s the best gift I can give him! :) )

Contrary to what you might expect, this event did not involve generous displays of tramp stamps bouncing in time to suggestive popular music with good bass lines. (My blog gets so much search engine love from tramp stamps ever since my 12 Undead Fashion Atrocities post, I just had to mention them again. :twisted: ) The evening carried a lighter rating, an “R” for off-colored humor, beer and cigars, and horribly played pool. If I hadn’t been playing pool, we might have gotten away with a PG-13, but there you go.

We spent the evening at the Funny Farm Comedy Club in the ‘burbs of Atlanta (map to it). In spite of being kind of hard to locate, even when you’re standing right outside of it, it’s a pretty fun place. Pool tables, tons of arcade games, darts and a pretty large bar. Anyway, a twenty got us in to see three comedians, none of them I’d ever seen before. I would have known the headliner if I had been watching Last Comic Standing recently. Our main attraction, Ty Barnett (official website), was runner up on the program. I can see why, he was pretty funny. Here for your viewing pleasure is a clip of his performance on the aforementioned show:

To be honest, he was actually funnier live than this clip, but this happens to be the clip that was sent to me with the bachelor party invitation. He only told a couple of the jokes you see here, and he introduced some new material. (Or so he said. Hey, it made us feel special.) It looks like there’s quite a few other videos of him up on YouTube, so you can probably get a pretty good feel for his act.

Of course my favorite part of the evening was the cigars. Based on my growing reputation as a guy who knows a thing or two about cigars (it’s two things, exactly :) ), I got to make recommendations on the cigars we should smoke. For about two minutes, I was a tobacconist, showing a friend through a large walk in humidor, advising on the price-to-quality ratio of several different brands. We wound up settling on the CAO Gold Robusto, which I just happened to review on this blog recently. The best part of all is that I got a free cigar out of it. (Now if I can just get CAO to start sending me cigars to review and recommend, I’ll be in heaven. That offer is also open to you Ashton… And you too Diamond Crown! :D )

The Unplanned: Bottle O’ Pills
I gotta be a bit careful with this part of the post. If it weren’t of a such a sensitive nature, I could give this post an awesomely catchy title. Exploitative, but it’d be catchy. And I’m passing up a huge opportunity for witty puns too.

All kidding aside, an old friend of mind who as been battling a substance abuse issue made an attempt on his/her own life. (That’s right, not telling you who it is, or what the person’s gender is.) At least, that’s what it looks like now. It involved a bottle of pills, the realization that a mistake was made, and a quick early morning trip to the hospital. My involvement was all phone and email. I was in the loop just enough to know that something was really wrong and have a good idea what had happened, but not enough to know how bad things were.

It was only short minutes before the bachelor party began that I was assured that this friend was both in reasonably good condition and that steps had been by his/her family to address my friend’s serious and worsening problem.

The Secretly Planned: The Layoff
Don’t worry, your humble blog-espondent is still gainfully employed. However, the same can’t be said about a large group of people I know and occasionally work with. On Friday, my favorite place to contract was officially bought out by a competitor for their non-human assets. As a clever person, you know that means that axe didn’t actually fall that day. It was raised into prime hacking position in preparation. The fun part is that the axe-ees knows this too and are now trying to figure out when it’ll begin lopping heads. But they have to pretend they’re not spending the all their remaining employment time speculating about severance packages and complaining. (I feel a pro-consulting, anti-salary post coming on… :twisted: )

The weird thing about this past Friday was that aside from a little additional stress and a shortness of time to sleep, relax or blog, I was completely unscathed. It was as though I was in the eye of a vicious shit-storm, with cows and double-wide trailers circling wildly all around, but I was standing in a quiet field of butterflies smoking a cigar. Without burn issues. I guess it was kind of like being in shock, except without the life-threatening injury.

Anyway back in the more literal world, I actually don’t anything to complain about. And I’m not. I’m just tired.

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My 10 Best Photos Of Animals

Originally, this was going to be another submission to the group writing project being run by problogger, but it looks like I missed the cut-off time. To quote Sil on the Sopranos, “whaddaya gonna do?” (Actually, I that could probably be a quote from any number of characters in any number of mobster movies or shows. But Sil always has the best look on his face when he says that.) Since I missed the deadline anyways there’s no need to limit myself to five. I have enough candidates, so I’m going for a full ten pictures of furry, feathery greatness.

To qualify for this list, the pictures have to meet two requirements. The first, I had to take the picture. The second, I have to like the picture. That’s it. If you like any of these pictures, click on them to take a look at larger versions in my online galleries.

Dove in the Planter

Dove in the Planter

The great thing about this picture is catching the bird in flight with a sharp background. But the real reason I like this picture, is because it’s in a series of pictures of that show the doves nesting in my wife’s patio railing planter. When I first discovered them, I nearly spilled my coffee on myself. I opened the patio door, and bam! Feathers everywhere!

Oh Buoy, Sea Lions!

Oh Buoy, Sea Lions!

Aside from being cuter than is probably legally allowed, the best part of this picture was it was taken in the wild. No zoo here, these chubby flippered fellahs are lounging on a buoy in Eliot Bay in Seattle.

Wrinkles the Rhino

Wrinkles the Rhino

Actually, I have no idea what this rhinoceros’ name is, but wrinkles seems a pretty cool name for him. Or her. I guess I don’t know that either. I really like close ups of animals with a lot of visual character. Wrinkles definitely has that. Kinda reminds me of my dad. (I’m gonna get an email about that…)

God Save the Queen

God Save the Queen

Is it any wonder people refer to the lion as the king (or in this case queen) of their domain? They have power and benevolence down to an art form.

Turtles on Parade

Turtles on Parade

This is going be one long parade. I snapped this picture of my slow-moving green friends in the Lake Gardens in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Malaysian Monkeys

Malaysian Monkeys

These rowdy little fellows love tourists. And they really love picking tourist pockets. What could be better than a monkey pickpocket? I caught these guys on film in the Pangkor area of Malaysia.

Savannah, the Atlanta Falcon

Savannah, the Atlanta Falcon

This falcon actually flies at Atlanta Falcons football games, and probably qualifies as an animal celebrity. Even so, I wouldn’t recommend trying to get an autograph.

Shaggy the Orangutan

Shaggy the Orangutan

If Shaggy from the Scooby Doo cartoon was a monkey (as if he wasn’t anyway), he’d probably look like this. I love this picture, you can just see “what, me worry?” written on this guy’s face.

Otter Behave

Cute Lil Criminal

These little guys are criminally cute. And they run in ambling, furry gangs causing mayhem to anything 2 inches off the ground. Or anywhere in the water. I have a ton of pictures of the whole posse, and it’s tough to pick out the best.

Sir Chomps-a-lot the Panda

Sir Chomps-a-lot the Panda

I read an article somewhere recently that pandas have to eat an amazing amount of bamboo because of it’s low nutritional value. (Sorry I don’t have the link, I didn’t realize I would be blogging about it!) Well, this fuzzball proved that article right. My wife and I waited for 30 minutes to see if we could get a picture of him doing something other crunching loudly on bamboo with no luck. I know that they usually give pandas cool sounding Chinese names, but if I ran the zoo, this panda would be Sir Chomps-a-lot.

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R.I.P. Boshi (2000-2007)

A quick memorial for my wife’s beloved pet Boshi.

You will be missed. (More info here.)

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