Archive for March 2012

Remember the Alamo   Leave a comment

We spent today exploring the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. Of course, we also visited the Alamo.
The Alamo
There is a legend that, after all the fighting ended, a cat popped out, and was killed by a Mexican soldier, who said it was a Texas cat. This cat is the last Texan who died at the Alamo.
There were many pretty mosaics.
Caitlin on the Mosaic Tile

Civic Center Mosaic

And ducks…
Sleepy Ducks

Including this baby duck, who couldn’t make it out of a pond.
Civic Center Mosaic
Mom and other siblings were far away.
Rest of the Ducks
We tried for the better part of a half-hour to figure out how to help him, and informed some of the staff of the area of the situation. They did make some effort. I know in nature hard choices are made: the survival of eight, when nothing can be done for the ninth, may be more important. Still, I like to think that a reunion ultimately occurred.
We had fun exploring the Riverwalk.
Looking Down the Riverwalk
And we remembered the a la mode!
Remembering the A La Mode!

Posted 2012-03-28 by Mr. Guilt in Spring Break 2012

The Cajun Outback   1 comment

Do not feed the alligatorsWhile in Louisiana, we decided to check out the Louisiana Outback, the Creole Nature Trail. I thought it would be a good thing for my daughter to be fed to see wild alligators. The Creole Nature Trail goes from I-10 in Calcasieu Parish*, through Cameron Parish, and down to the Gulf of Mexico. It is home to over 300 species of birds in a wetland area. This region is also home to home to a large portion of the shrimping industry.

This area was hit hard by 2005’s Hurricane Rita. One community, Holly Beach, was wiped out entirely–no structure was standing in the photos I saw at the time. I was very interested in seeing how it was rebuilt.

I should note that, in spite of being in a state where Audubon did much of his work, I’m not as familiar with all the different sorts of birds one sees in Southwest Louisiana. More of a cat guy, I guess. If you recognize any of these critters, please let me know. I really am fascinated by most animals, so knowing that is quite welcome.

One thing that really struck me is how calm these birds were around people. Our presence didn’t seem to bother this guy as he sunned his wings.
Spreading His Wings

A bird fact I wonder about is, if when they fly close to water, if the are in ground effect.
Bird Reflection

Bird Reflection 2

Did my daughter get to see an alligator?
Alligator Crossing

We saw a total of eight, mostly just looking in the ditches and wetlands by the side of the road. We did stop at one of the observation points, and got to see one.
Alligator Crescent

He seemed to be having a lazy afternoon.
Sleepy Alligator

Long Gator

There was also a tiny crab nearby.
Tiny Crab

We continued south, to Holly Beach. Many of the houses were reconstructed. Holly Beach is on the Gulf of Mexico.
Flying Gull

On the horizon were several oil rigs–it’s amazing how close they seem.
Gulf Oil Platform

And, of course, there were seagulls.
Lots of Seagulls

It was a great trip through a unique part of the country.
Jumpinmg Waves 8

*”County” to states that don’t use the Napoleonic Code.

Posted 2012-03-27 by Mr. Guilt in animals, Louisiana, Spring Break 2012

Sailing by the Bridge   Leave a comment

Sailing by I-10
Visiting my Mom’s, we watched a sailboat go by the I-10 Bridge.
Sailboat on Lake Charles

Posted 2012-03-25 by Mr. Guilt in Louisiana, Spring Break 2012

Cookbooks and Tornados   1 comment

I’ve had a string of good luck with online drawings the last few weeks. You may remember the Rhodia journal from a few weeks ago. This extended into a streak.

On Monday afternoons, Cooking with Caitlin hosts the Foodies Night In Chat. It is on twitter, and definitely worth checking out. During their beef topic, they were giving away cookbooks in conjunction with the Kansas Beef Council. I was one of the lucky winners of a copy of The Healthy Beef Cookbook. They threw in a flexible cutting board, which my wife is a fan of.
FNI Prize

For Saint Patrick’s Day, Retro 1951 was giving away a Tornado in the Croco finish. You may recall I’m a fan of this pen.
Retro 1951 Croco Tornado
The feaux-alligator crocodile finish is great for a cajun boy, and, in the brief time I’ve played with it, works well as a grip.

If that wasn’t awesome enough (and it was pretty darn awesome), they included a t-shirt and a button! I dig having pen schwag, so it was a very fun surprise.
Retro 1951 Prizes

I do want to thank Foodies Night in and Retro 1951 for the prizes, holding the contests in the first place, and, in general, making the Internet that much more fun of a place to be.

Posted 2012-03-23 by Mr. Guilt in food, Fountain Pens, Interesting

Autotuned Dinosaur Facts   Leave a comment

Via Sue the T-Rex

Posted 2012-03-21 by Mr. Guilt in amusing, animals

New Soft Paws for Kittens   4 comments

We are opposed to declawing. We’re also not wild about things getting clawed up. Soft Paws, vinyl caps that cover claws, are our compromise. Beso and Luna’s first set, after graduating from kitten-sized, were some we had in stock for Eddy. We just ordered sets just for them.

Beso got blue, to offset his orange fur. This makes my favorite team’s colors (or at least what they were when I started following them).
Beso's Blue Claws
He’s getting so very big! And handsome!
Beso at the Stairs

For Luna, with her gorgeous black fur, we thought silver glitter would look quite nice.
Sparkly Claws
Luna has mastered the art of making as much mischief as a little black cat can, then rolling over and being as cuddly and adorable as possible. This ensures that she is swiftly forgiven.
Luna Watches her Brother

Posted 2012-03-20 by Mr. Guilt in Beso, cats, Family, felis silvestris catus, Luna

Newport Aquarium   5 comments

My daughter commented that she hadn’t been to the Newport Aquarium in a while. While my wife had a dance performance. I took her. She decided to mimic me in taking photos.
Caitlin the Photographer
Perhaps my favorite fish there is the lion fish. This predator is native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans, but are an invasive species in the Atlantic and Caribbean regions. It’s widely thought that Hurricane Andrew (1992) caused some to escape from an aquarium.
Lion Fish
I liked how the turtle reflected in this picture.
Turtle Reflections
These frogs were just hanging out.
Their only mammals were otters, which are among my favorite zoo animals.
Also, these lorikeets are quite colorful.
They have the jellyfish in one room, with visitor-controlled lights.

The tent pole animal at the Newport Aquarium are shark rays.
Shark Ray
Of course, they have sharks…
…and rays.
We had a great time!
Me & Caitlin at Newport on the Levee

Posted 2012-03-19 by Mr. Guilt in animals, Cincinnati

Cincinnati Saint Patrick’s Day Parade   1 comment

The Cincinnati Saint Patrick’s Day Parade was today. My wife and daughter were in it with my wife’s dance group.
CRD Rolling
Isn’t she cute?
Caitlin on the Float
While there were a lot of Irish groups in the parade, I’m usually intrigued by the non-Irish groups. The Delorean Club is always there. Of course, Deloreans were made in Ireland, so I guess they aren’t really non-Irish.
Deloreans at the Ready
One was trying to be a cut-rate TARDIS.
Rosie Red was in the parade.
Rosie Red
As was this jumping marching band.
Band Jump
But really, why march when you can pedal?
Group Pedalling

Posted 2012-03-18 by Mr. Guilt in Cincinnati, Family

Celtic Rhythm Dancers at Irish Heritage Center   Leave a comment

What’s Saint Patrick’s Day without some Irish Dancing?
My wife’s dance group, the Celtic Rhythm Dancers, performed at the Cincinnati Irish Heritage Center‘s Saint Patrick’s Day event.
They did the “2-4-8,” one of my favorite dances

It was a great performance!
Even if it kept some folks up a bit past their bedtime.
Bored Caits

Posted 2012-03-17 by Mr. Guilt in Celtic Rhythm Dancers, Cincinnati

So Are They All, All Honorable Men   Leave a comment

So I looked up the eulogy from Julius Caesar, to see how I did compared to what I kinda remembered in my last post. I did…not too bad for the bit I remembered. It was Mark Antony who gave the speech. However, it went on for quite a bit more. I had forgotten all about Brutus, and his being an honorable man. At least I knew it when it counted, and was able to get a decent grade on the assignment.

Italics are the part I got.

ANTONY. Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them,
The good is oft interred with their bones;
So let it be with Caesar.
The noble Brutus
Hath told you Caesar was ambitious;
If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
And grievously hath Caesar answer’d it.
Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest-
For Brutus is an honorable man;
So are they all, all honorable men-
Come I to speak in Caesar’s funeral.
He was my friend, faithful and just to me;
But Brutus says he was ambitious,
And Brutus is an honorable man.
He hath brought many captives home to Rome,
Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill.
Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?
When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept;
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious,
And Brutus is an honorable man.
You all did see that on the Lupercal
I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
Which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition?
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious,
And sure he is an honorable man.
I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
But here I am to speak what I do know.
You all did love him once, not without cause;
What cause withholds you then to mourn for him?
O judgement, thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason. Bear with me;
My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,
And I must pause till it come back to me.

Photo credit to Andrew Bossi.

Posted 2012-03-16 by Mr. Guilt in Gen Xer, Louisiana

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