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Amphibious WW 2 Vehicles

Posted in cars, way back on August 17, 2010 by Nada

We went into the bay on a DUKW, an amphibious WW 2 vehicle, turned tourist vessel. Very cool. I love it when it converts from a land vehicle into a water vessel. This is a view from the seafaring version of the amphibious vehicle. It is an original WW 2 machine, made by women, or so our guide said. I can’t seem to confirm this part of the tour, but it seems about right. Something so ugly and yet so function. Lasting so long for no apparent reason other than to nag land and sea. Both.


Crazy, Crazy, Crazy

Posted in animal, cars, general weirdness on May 5, 2010 by Nada

This slug is living under the birdbath. It’s crazy, really. The birdbath is right next to my driveway, and in between my house and the house next door. The driveway is always warm, heated by the concrete on the drive and surrounded by stucco homes, absorbing the sunlight. Even if a wind tries to blow up the drive, my stucco garage stops it. I call the area where the slug lives, Fort Lauderdale. And I clean out the birdbath every few days. I always tell myself, “Mind the slug. Don’t drop the birdbath on him.” And every time the birdbath slips out of my hands, and I drop it squarely on the slug’s back. And yet, he’s still there, and growing.

This flower is growing in our pot on the patio. It’s crazy. Why? Because it looks like something that wants to eat the small dog.

There is a street corner by our vets that the Big Guy and I refer to as Crazy Corner. We’ve never seen anything like it, and we are used to Oakland drivers. People run the stop signs. They try to run over pedestrians, and yesterday this happened. No one was hurt, but sheesh.

Ode to Bondo

Posted in cars on March 16, 2010 by Nada

Radio Flyer, the car version

Posted in cars on February 26, 2010 by Nada

He pulled up in the grocery parking lot. He had driven the Radio Flyer from Davis. Funny/cool car.

Transportation Flinging and Squeezing

Posted in bus, cars, Oakland, San Francisco, travel on October 27, 2009 by Nada

The Bay Bridge is closed for repairs. The best report is here with the best picture. Scary stuff, considering a steel chunk fell, taking its cable with it and whipping a few cars in the windshield. No one was seriously hurt. I was considering making some smarmy remark about the bridge’s earthquake retrofit, but I’ll just put another chocolate chip/pecan cookie in my pie hole and call it a day. I think flying steel chunks speak for themselves.

bart_businessThis picture was taken at commute time. The BART was overrun with people. The Pittsburg/Baypoint train pulled up to the platform, and people filed into the cars until they looked like sardines lined one against another in their tin can. And then for no particular reason, the train didn’t leave the station. It sat with its doors open. At the last second, this businessman danced into a car as gracefully as a prima ballerina. I was a bit jealous. How could he do that? A lady had approached the car immediately before him, thrown up her hands at its impenetrable sardine line, and blustered off skirt swirling. And me? I would have backed up and charged the car like a bull, slamming my body against the others already in the car. But the business man? He was all grace and charisma with his pressed shirt and perfect hair. He boarded. The doors closed, and he took his fellow sardines down the line with his smile.

This Happened

Posted in cars, general weirdness, holy crap, Oakland on October 26, 2009 by Nada

We saw it Saturday as we were going to Farmer Joe’s for some eats. Hard to imagine how the driver got up enough speed at that tight spot between two lights a block apart on Fruitvale to flip himself like a dolphin at Sea World.

That’s a beer keg to the left of the wreck. Hmmmm. Everyone goes “hmmmm” because of the secret meaning of beer kegs and wrecks. This keg was untapped. More hmmmm.

I told one of the butcher’s at the grocery store, “Look here, I’m not one to ogle at wrecks, but you have to see it.” The butcher went out for a look, and when I stopped by the meat counter for some chicken she asked me, “Do you know the story?” I shook my head. “Tomorrow’s their wedding day. The groom and his groomsmen were in one car, and the bride and her bridesmaids where in another car. They smashed into each other.” The butcher and I looked at each other with screwed up faces. She pulled my meat from under the counter and weighed it. “I told them no way should they get married,” the butcher said. I nodded my head. Though her assessment was hard, I concurred with it. I took my chicken breasts and went off in search of some Pop chips.

Labor Day Weekend

Posted in cars, illegal activity, Oakland on September 5, 2009 by Nada

This is how our Labor Day weekend started. This dumb ass got his picture recorded on the surveillance camera here in Oakland as he tried to break in my neighbor’s car. Love all the looking around he does, but never sees the camera. Hubby ran him off while I called the police. Come to find out, he’s making a regular tour of our neighborhood. Another neighbor saw him a couple of days ago hanging around our car. I’m going to take a still from the video and post it on all the phone poles with some derogatory verbiage. Then I’m going to give copies to all the neighbors. We’ll be waiting for him next time around. My advice to him would be to take your dumb ass to another street.