Smile Good Lookin’

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Australia #11

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. Hope you have fun today!

Leanne Cole and her friend Suzanne took Carol and me to Healesville Sanctuary to get a closer look at wild animals in Australia.

Some of the critters there were just there to look good and have fun. They smiled constantly.

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Say Cheese!

When in Rome, do what the Romans do, correct? So this is what the Aussie Romans did.

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This is slippery.

It looks like fun, don’t you think?

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You can do it!

I did not want to get on the lizard. Way too slippery and high! Trust me, stabilization shoes do not do a thing for you when you are sitting on a polished statue. Not even this friendly platypus budged an inch to help us stay on!

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Hold tight to whaaaaaaa?

And did you see his mischievous little smile?

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If you have been in a bathroom in the United States, you have been assaulted by graffiti, someone loves someone else, maybe even phone numbers.

Australia is different. Or if you are Australian, my thinking is a bit skewed. Or maybe my thinking IS a bit skewed. You can decide that after you read.

The “loo” is clean. Australians cures for graffiti by covering the door with instructions.

Seriously or Australian Humor?

I expected to have language difficulties when I came to Australia. However, I thought I would understand icons and instruction drawings.

Wrong.

This poster appears in several bathrooms around Australia. This one accosted me in the airport as soon as I deplaned in Brisbane, Queensland.

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View in the Loo or Don’t Stall in the Stall

“Who stands on a toilet?” I thought. “Is she hiding from someone? Is she exercising – NEXT TO THE TOILET? There must be a better place to do that! What’s up with this? Eeew! I’d almost rather read graffiti.”

Apparently, there is a problem with newcomers to Australia not understanding how to use a flush toilet, so the government solved the problem with these iconic drawings.

OK, I was not expecting that, but things are different in Australia just as they would be in any country.

But I became guarded about using the loo.

A few days later I went to Healesville Sanctuary to see the native animals. The Sanctuary is environmentally conscientious. I found this sign.

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View in the Loo

So, I wondered, “How in the world the Sanctuary recycled their toilet paper. How does that even work? How could they ever make enough paper to offer it for sale? I was sure I did not want to use it! Notice the paper is brown. Yikes!”

I asked my friends, Leanne Cole and the Eternal Traveller and their friends about it. They did not understand my problem.

I thought it was CLEAR! Crystal Clear! Gross, but clear.

They thought I was “bit of a nutter.”

Finally, Mrs. ET figured it out.

“Companies turn recycled paper into toilet paper. The Sanctuary want everyone to use fewer trees and use recycled toilet paper. They don’t recycle the toilet paper used here.”

You read the sign. It’s ambiguous, right? Suzanna agreed with me. The story got around, and several people including my hubby who came up with some solutions to recycling toilet paper.

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What Could Be Worse Than Landing in a Bed of Roses?

Watch out for flesh-scratching cacti on a desert trail!

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As Darlene and I hiked towards Courthouse Butte near Sedona, AZ, we came across these beds of cacti.

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They had no redeeming beautiful velvety flower!

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Trust me these spikes are not kind to bare skin!

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How to Bury Your Head in the Sand

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Ignore the Nagging Question, “Why Bury Your Head in the Sand!”

At first, I couldn’t believe my eyes, she actually dug a hole and thrust her head inside and stayed there.

Her mom said, “Oh, she does this ALL the time!”

OK, but isn’t that unhealthy. I’ve heard of not breathing bad air, but bad sand?

But the reality is…

Avial Beach beckoned
Avial Beach beckoned

Kalev was disturbed by the digging.

“She looks like me, Dad. I don’t want sand in my nose! Do I HAVE to do that, too?”

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Nonetheless, the digging continued.

Hard at work
Hard at work

Sandy Nose did not seem to mind that I took her picture.

The disturbing task finished.
The disturbing task finished.

It must smell fishy, clammy, or something delicious.

Did you catch that?
Did you catch that? Should I take a bow?

Yep, she really did it, and she wanted to know that we were watching her.

The final pose
The final pose

Sandy Nose looked at me for one final pose before she moved on to her next antic.

Dogs may be off leash at Avila Beach before 10:00 am and after 5:00 pm daily.

To make these pictures and my two short video clips into a video I used iMovie and Free Music Archive.

My friend Darlene and I walked the main street in Sedona this morning on our girl’s week out vacation. OH NO!

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How Do You Conquer a Bad Mood?

#NaBloPoMo Day 21, #Hawaii Trip, Cee’s Oddball Challenge Week 47

Put on a happy face.

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How to Window Shop Like an Expert

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First, you have to look at the windows!

Look what you can't bring shopping with you in Pismo Beach.
Look what you can’t bring shopping with you in Pismo Beach.

And don’t bring your pets! For that matter, you never know what animals you are going to find in downtown Pismo Beach.

Right on Beach Main Street, USA
Right on Beach Main Street, USA

No wonder they need signs like the first one. Who knows what was here in this empty lot the week before we had our girl’s weekend out. 🙂

oops! In the window, no less!
oops! In the window, no less! How embarrassing!

These other guys and dolls get an F in empathy, concern, helpfulness. They are clearly not Good Samaritans.

And none of her so-called friends even offered her a hand up! :(
And none of her so-called friends even offered her a hand up! 😦

So what kind of window shopping have you been up to recently?

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Visalia Taste of the Arts: How to Turn a Profit

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 Paint on a wheel…

Paint on a wheel to turn a profit.
Paint on a wheel to turn a profit.

or a hubcap! Eighty degrees and sunny, a perfect day to walk through an artist’s market set up in downtown Visalia. Vince walked straight down the street, but I veered right immediately. Shirley Keller picked my favorite color for her art.

There's no turning back!
There’s no turning back!

The least expensive horse in the West is right on this table, and you are welcome to him! or welcomed by him!  🙂

This artist can run/paint circles around everyone else here!
This artist can run/paint circles around everyone else here!

These critters must have been at a hoedown. They might have been down on their luck. They could have used a lucky horseshoe. I thought I saw a saw. I did see a saw!

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A horseshoe for good luck?

So many talented artists, this was just a taste.

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Visalia Taste of the Arts: How to Create a Veggie Masterpiece

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Visalia Taste of the Arts has grown to ten times the number of vendors it had three years ago from 10 to 100 under my friend’s daughter, Carolyn Koontz’s administration. She now moves to a new job at Tulare County Office of Education. Congratulations, Carolyn!

Here are some of the more interesting Taste of the Arts.

Veggie Critter
Cuke, the Veggie Critter

Anyone could participate. Kids dug out holes for eye placement, attached all types of hair, legs, and other body parts. Interesting that most shapes ended up being some kind of “animal.”

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Green teeth – no problem. They’re bound to fall out anyway.

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This gives all new meaning to “We’re having octopus for dinner!”

or

“Who’s coming for dinner?”

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Steps to a Masterpiece

  1. Grab a big veggie.
  2. Grab a carving or poking tool.
  3. Stick veggies on sticks.
  4. Poke sticks into veggies.
  5. Carve holes.
  6. Attach little veggies to bigger ones with a toothpick or by stuffing into holes.
  7. Display your artwork at the front table when finished.
  8. Take pictures.

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Where to Find Odd Walls that Get Noticed

Oddly enough, these walls don’t talk.

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Mural Painting on  brick buildings
Mural Painting on brick buildings

What’s real and what is painted? Is the arch in the bricks real? This odd wall is in Exeter, CA. Exeter is an artsy town, well known for its murals, south of Highway 198 about two miles and about a half-mile from the Woodlake turn-off. Those are the last two stops before the road narrows to a two-lane highway leading up to the Sequoia National Park. This mural struck me as odd partly because of the equipment in the photo with the dollie in the painting.

A woody van?
A woody motor home?

The wall on this motor home looked real, but is it? The reflections tell the true story. We saw this food truck in Maui, HI near Ka’anapali Beach Club on the bike path.

Speaking of food
Speaking of food

I struggled to figure this picture out even though I took it. At first, I thought it was a wall, so I included it in this post. It looks like a wall with stuff pinned on it or maybe a floor. The napkin is a great clue along with the menu, so you know it is a table. The floor looks like it is on the same level as the table.  We went to an expensive restaurant called Pismo’s Coastal Grill in Fresno, CA (which is about 3 hours from Pismo) Between the table picture and the name of the place, it seemed odd enough to fit here with distinction.

What do you think?

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Oddball with a Twist of the Old West

Woodlake is a rodeo town. We have a rodeo parade on Mother’s Day. That’s how western we are. Forget the apple pie. And that’s no bull! (pun intended)

Just writing a caption for this is odd.
Just writing a caption for this is odd.

So I’ll let you try to write your captions in the comment box. Is he really going to rope this bull? The bull almost looks like it wants to help him with the chore.

Sharp shootin' sheriff
Sharp shootin’ Sam

Sam doesn’t look too dangerous here, but I wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of him.  He doesn’t look like a man who’s afraid of his own shadow.

Stylin' rodeo horse
Stylin’ rodeo horse “Don’t hate me cause I’m beautiful.”

This pretty filly had her hair styled especially for the Woodlake Rodeo Parade.

Have jail will travel
Have jail will travel

Not every business totes their own jail, but this one did.

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Shoes Speak Louder Than Words

“If the Shoe Fits…”

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“It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out. It’s the grain of sand.”  Robert W. Service

The sole that lost it's shoe.
The sole that lost it’s shoe.

“It’s great to be known for your shoes, but it’s better to be known for your sole.”

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  • So what do you think the back story is on this poor lost sole?
  • In light of this photo, how would you complete the first phrase, “If the shoe fits…?”

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What’s Odd about a Bologna Feed?

A Bologna Feed Fundraiser?

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Seriously?

Yummy???
Yummy??? Look at all that mayonnaise and mustard.  mmmmmm???

Yes, each year Woodlake High School Foundation hosts a 50’s dress-up fundraiser and serves barbecued bologna as the main course.

I know. It sounds totally gross. It’s not bad unless you eat the white Wonder Bread (or whatever the new version of that is.) I don’t know about you, but white bread sticks to my teeth. Even though it matches pretty well, I don’t like lumpy smiles.

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Where to Shop Like a Movie Star in Maui

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I appreciate creativity but admit that it eludes me.

We drove south from Lahaina to Wailea where movie stars come to Maui and shop at the Shops of Wailea. They close down the mall when someone famous and sensitive come to shop. Nothing is cheap here. Even a little ball of ice cream wrapped in a dough was about $2.00.

It was warm so I sat on the fountain enjoying the tropical breeze with Vince.

Carol Sherritt finished her ice cream, and rushed off, camera around her neck, and began shooting pictures of all the windows.

I must have been blind, I thought to myself. What does she see that I don’t see?

All that to display a purse. I wonder how much it costs.
All that to display a purse! How odd! I wonder how much it costs.

I followed her and started snapping pictures, too, just so I didn’t seem like a stupid travel blogger who did not know what captured people’s interest.

After I watched her excitement I decided that the window was interesting.

What do you think? No, don’t answer that! I’m afraid for you to tell me that I almost missed an opportunity to entertain you.

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How to Make Sense of Art

WAIT, this is Cee’s Oddball Challenge.

“How dare you? Art is art. It’s not oddball!”

“Are you talking to me, Radio Man?”

"I make as much sense as that dog of yours."
“I make as much sense as that dog of yours.”

It was a beautiful September day outside in San Jose, though a little warm. I had a few hours to kill before Leanne Cole’s plane came in from Australia. We planned to meet up at Starbucks. I was so excited to finally meet her in person.

I stayed at the Hilton next to the McEnery Convention Center in downtown San Jose. It was less than a half mile so I walked to the Tech Museum of Innovation. but it was closed for remodeling.

Dang! It was closed for remodeling. Sounds like my house.

This old architecture does not fit what's inside. Very oddball!
This beautiful old architecture does not fit what’s inside. Very oddball!

Almost across the street near  the San Jose State University campus on 110 S. Market Street sat the San Jose Museum of Art. It cost $8.00 admission for a senior, which I thought was pretty expensive, but I love museums, so I paid and walked in.

This was weirder than the blue wall in New York that was considered art.
This was weirder than the blue wall in New York that was considered art. This guy is scratching his head, too. Very ODDBALL!

I walked over to Radio Man’s glass case and stared at him trying to convince myself that this was really an art museum. I had just passed the blue room, which was just a room with a room-sized box lit with a blue light. hmmm.

“First of all, art does not HAVE to make sense,” Radio Man instructed me.

“You just don’t want to analyze how beautiful and artistic I am. You’re a lazy aficionado,” he continued.

I looked down and shuffled my feet. I wanted to turn away, but Mom always taught me to compliment people – no matter what. I stood there staring at his shoes and duck beak hands.

“OK, ok! You are shiny. I’ll give you that!”

“I had braces as a child.”

“You need to try Invisalign. Your bite is off.”

“What do you know? Most people like my smile.”

“Looks more like a grit to me.”

“A grit? It’s a smile. Don’t I have pretty eyelashes?”

I am not usually mean to robots. What’s the use? I moved on, nodding that I liked its eyelashes.

I walked around the San Jose Museum of Art looking for something artistic. Radio Man beckoned me back.

“Did you see my dog?”

Radio man's dog.
Radio man’s dog.

I had to admit it was pretty cute. Or maybe I was just getting used to art.

Not as cute as Puppy Girl on a bad hair day, though.

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How to Travel Like a Pro

Since when did travel get odd?

  1. Don’t forget essentials. Your bed, an extra blanket, and a couple of toys.

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2. Double check to make sure that your humans did not forget anything important.

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“Rarrrrrf?”

“Your food is already in the car, Puppy Girl. Don’t worry.”

Rrrrrr, rarrrf?

“Yes, your water is there, too.

“Rrrrrrrrrrrrrarf?

“You just can’t see it. Your leash is in your bed. Now go get in the car.”

Rarrf.

What are your travel hints?

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Have You Ever Had a Bad Hair Day?

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“Every day is a bad hair day with me,” you answer, thinking there could be nothing worse when you look in the mirror.

But is it really? This bad?

Do you have BIG see through ears that your hair won’t cover up?

Puppy Girl's normal look.
This is Puppy Girl’s normal look.

Yep!

This is not a bad hair day!

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She looks like she uses an electric pitchfork to comb her hair. See it on her ear?

We think she’s the cutest dog ever! But we will admit to odd.

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If you love Puppy Girl, I’m sorry. She’s taken, and she’s fixed so there will never be another one like her.

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Oddball Solutions When The Pressures of Life Get Overwhelming

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We remodeled our kitchen and put new flooring in our 1930s or 40s something house.

Everything went fine.

I'm starting to feel the pressure.
I’m feeling Ferrell’s  pressure. Between Vince and Ferrell every little oddball thing got fixed. This Russian stacking doll lives in a doll shop in Three Rivers, CA

Seriously, only minor glitches.

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Here are some odd shots of the work.

Random, huh?
Random, huh?

No stove for a few days. Here’s what happened.

This little dent cost us about two weeks.
This little dent cost us about two weeks, but the replacement is beautiful.

More on the remodel later. We are getting to know all the oddball things about each other. 🙂

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A Must See Oddball Shop Right on the Highway

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Have you ever opened the door to a shop and it took your breath away, it was so …. odd?

My friend Sally Pace and I got in her car and drove east on Highway 198 toward the big trees, Sequoia National Park.  Our mission, as we chose to accept it, was selling advertising for Kiwanis magazine, “What’s Happening in the Foothills.”

We’re volunteers, you know.

You can’t keep a volunteer on the straight path without them turning their work into an event.

“Hey, Sally, look here. The Doll’s Nest. Ever been there?”

“It looks like someone’s house.”

“Let’s check it out anyway. If they’re not there, oh well.”

We almost did not open the door. It WAS someone’s house. We heard a little voice inside, “It’s open. Come on in.”

We pushed open the door and sucked in our breath.

Seriously, have you ever seen so many dolls.
Seriously, have you ever seen so many dolls?

Not me!

I’ve never seen so many dolls in my life.

Most, like 99.95% of them, are imported from Russia. Many of them are decades old and were very difficult to get because of international relations between the Soviet Union and the United States.

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Bertha and her sister Marilyn started the Doll’s Nest as a hobby. The name fits the shop perfectly. These nesting dolls nest in their living room. See the little guy at the bottom middle of the picture? That’s my husband with blue eyes.

This little Vince has become my blogging helper.
Little Vince has become my blogging helper.

Little Vince is one of the few dolls who doesn’t nest.

According to Bertha, “nesting dolls are hollow wooden figures, with the top portion of the doll coming off, revealing another figurine.”

The Beetles live here along with other famous figurines.

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John Lennon ranks big among the other stars.

Some of the dolls have their nesting companions laid out beside them like you see with Mr. Walrus. My favorite was the stressed woman whose mood gradually lightened as she thought cheery thoughts.

I'm starting to feel the pressure.
You’ve had days like this, haven’t you? Well, it always gets better.
Didn't I tell you.
Didn’t I tell you? Just listen to that tiny still voice nested inside of you.

Ginny dolls caught my attention on the left side of the shop.

Hi again, Ginny. I remember you from my past.
Hi again, Ginny. I remember you from my past.

Ginny dolls were my favorite dolls when I was seven. Here is why. We had a bond.

I was born with a double harelip or cleft lip. I had to go to the hospital to have my inner lip separated from my gum where it had been sewn when I was born. At age seven, I could smile normally.

No worries, I came out just fine with Ginny by my side.

My smart momma took me shopping to pick out a new doll. We made a day of it.  She took me out to eat at L.S. Ayres & Co. at their fancy rooftop restaurant where we watched a fashion show. I also got some new baby doll pjs.

I was soooo excited to go to the hospital. I know, weird, huh?

The hospital had a huge bright playroom, so Ginny and I went right there as soon as I got there. I could not wait to make new friends and show them my new doll.

Ginny and I together had no fear.

Ginny, you moved to CA, too!
Ginny, you moved to CA, too!

If you guys ever need a place to spark happy memories, drive up to Three Rivers and visit the Doll’s Nest. hehehe

Don’t tell, but my brother loved my dolls, too.

If you are NOT a guy who loves dolls, think of it as pure history. Maybe there is somewhere to sit down and play video games on your phone while you wait. 🙂

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Yes, there were more dolls in the dining room.

I hope you enjoyed my trip to the oddball shop.

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