Eddie Arana, Rick Thibodeau, & Chris Bakunas San Diego, Ca. March 2012

Eddie Arana, Rick Thibodeau, & Chris Bakunas San Diego, Ca. March 2012
Eddie Arana, Rick Thibodeau, & Chris Bakunas at Luche Libre Taco Shop in San Diego, March 2012

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Cold Feet

Was it just a little apprehension, or was it outright dread?

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Apparently, Kansas Itself Is A World Of Treasure

.A few days ago I wrote that a visit to the World of Treasures in Wichita, Kansas was one of the ten places within driving distance I wanted to visit this year.

That posting was evidently read by a few people living in Kansas, or had lived in Kansas at one time, and all of them emailed me ideas of other places that would be worth my while to visit in Kansas. 

Among  them are:

The Kaw Region Art Park near Topeka, Kansas, which features Truckhenge, Boathenge, and Beer Bottle City, all of which were created by Ron Lessman, at first as a response to a court order to clean up his property, which was strewn with old rusting trucks, buses, and the like.

The Oz Museum in Wamego, Kansas. When a place boasts 2,500 Wizard of Oz related items on display, and has a restaurant nearby that goes by the name of Toto's Tacos, well, there's not much anyone can do to stop me from paying a visit.

Kracht's Castle Island near Junction City, Kansas. Built by Don Kracht on an island in a middle of a pond. Mr Kracht is a retired teacher, and apparently this Castle has been his labor of love since the late 1980's.

Strataca in Hutchinson, Kansas. This is an underground salt museum - as in, 650 feet underground. It is located in a salt mine and is the only salt mine in the U.S. that allows tourist access. So yeah, gotta go there.

The Garden Of Eden in Lucas, Kansas. Another retired teacher with a creative bent, Samuel Dinsmoor (1843 - 1932) lived in a rather large log cabin that he built out of limestone, not logs, and he surrounded that home with a sculpture garden that features over 200 concrete sculptures he created that pretty much spell out his beliefs as a member of the Populist movement, and his religious convictions.   

The Paul Boyer Museum of Animated Carvings in Belleville, Kansas. Paul Boyer was a man who created animated sculptures - hand carved wooden sculptures that feature motors and mechanics that make them move. He built them all by hand, from scratch. This is a must see.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Is That What You Really Think? Really?

I have been slowly forming the opinion that very, very few people actually ever think for themselves. 

In fact, I'm beginning to thing that very, very few people actually ever form an original opinion based upon a careful review of all the facts and an even more careful examination of every side of an issue.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Top Ten Odd Things Within Driving Distance That I Want To See This Year

Our Lady of the Rockies near Butte, Montana. The fourth largest statue in the United States, built to honor women everywhere, especially mothers. My Mom being the most important person in my life I feel it would be a pilgrimage of sorts.

National Rod and Custom Car Hall of Fame Museum in Afton, Oklahoma. Darryl Starbird built his first car of the future in the late 1950's. Since then he has built over 300 cars of the future, and most of them are on display at this museum, which is run by his wife Donna. I must pay them a visit.

The Museum of World Treasures in Wichita, Kansas. This is a relatively new museum, and it is in Kansas, which somewhat begs the question, "What could possibly be there that is worth driving clear across Kansas to see?" Well, for starters,there is an American Pop Culture gallery on the third floor that boasts the actual pitchfork carried by Ray Bolger when he was playing the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz.

The Enchanted Highway, south-western North Dakota. A few years ago I was told about this stretch of road near Regent, South Dakota that has been decorated with scrap metal sculptures created by an artist named Gary Greff. This is definitely something I would consider worthy of...a road trip.

The Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota. I've been wanting to see this building for as long as I've been back in the lower 48. It was built in the Moorish Revival style, and if the thought of a Moorish Revival building in the heart of South Dakota isn't enough to pique your curiosity, it's also filled with corn art - as in, art made from corn (and numerous other grains).

Pioneer Village in Minden, Nebraska. If it only had 350 antique cars on display, that would be enough of a draw. However, there are 50,000 items on display in 28 buildings, including airplanes, farm machinery, stage coaches, and even mounted sport fishing trophies. Who can resist that?

Teako Nunn's Giant Fiberglass Statues in Hatch, New Mexico. What can I say that the name of the place doesn't? Giant fiberglass statues. I'm in like Flynn.

The Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot, Idaho. Do I have to mention anything other than the Potato Industry Hall of Fame? I didn't think so.

Hall of Heroes Museum in Elkhart, Indiana. How the H.E. double-toothpicks could I be expected to not make a trip to a place known as the "largest superhero memorabilia collection in the world"?

Ames Brothers Pyramid in Buford, Wyoming. A 60 foot tall pyramid built in the late 1880's in honor of two brothers who, through hook and crook, helped get the transcontinental railroad built. It's in the middle of nowhere, but that's only a couple of hours from my house, so I have to go see it.




Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Logic Is Unassailable

There is an unincorporated community in northeastern Arkansas that goes by the name of "Number Nine".

There are also places known as "Number Eight" and "Number Ten".

It seems a little more than a hundred years ago these places were the sites of lumber mills known as "Number Nine Lumber Mill", "Number Ten Lumber Mill," and so on.

The lumber mills are long gone, but the names remained in place, simply because people in the area already knew them by those names, so why screw up what people already know.

Have to admire the logic.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Six Seconds Remaining On The Clock

Down to the wire, as they say. 

That's how I would motivate myself when I was younger. Whenever I was facing a deadline on a project - anything from homework to getting all the weeds pulled from an area of the yard that my Mom had been bugging me to weed for who-knows-how-long, that's what I would be repeating to myself, in my head if not aloud.

"Six seconds remaining on the clock as this young man from the mediocre streets of Southeast San Diego races to finish his assigned task..."

Seriously, it worked as far as motivating me to not only pick up the pace, but to actually achieve fairly decent results.

Might have to start using that mantra again.