Monthly Archives: July 2010


The Equation of why Seal Beach is really Mayberry-by-the-Seal & how next Thursday’s Seal Beach Sun’s Crime Log will be particularly good & juicy:
3 or 4 raccoons bigger than your average cocker spaniel treed in a eucalyptus in the alley making unholy screams while either fighting or mating or both
2 drunk young men walking down the Electric Ave and the 16th St alleys tipping over trashcans all the while trying to get home to one of their grandfather’s houses but turning into the neighbor’s house instead
7-8 cop cars full of SBPD trying to determine if drunk teenagers or if crazy raccoons are the problem (who knew that Seal Beach even had 7-8 cop cars!)
1 really big firetruck
1 paramedics van
a bunch of neighbors and their dogs all out in nightgowns/attire watching the whole spectacle
A rockin’ Saturday Night in Mayberry by the Sea.
The young man actually related to the homeowner on 16th ended up in the cop car and his drunk buddy was left to languish on the Greenbelt. The Raccoons have stopped screaming. Maybe they were agitated by the cop car bright beams being shone into Their Tree.
Who knows why the firetruck and paramedic van even showed up. We will rely on Charles M. Kelley to give us the straight scoop from the Police Log in Thursday’s Sun.

What Camera Phone Apps Do You Like & Use?

Today on Twitter in the name of research for tomorrow’s blog post, I asked iPhone and Android owners what their favorite camera or photo apps are? Now I will ask you all…
Do you have a favorite camera or photo app for your iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Nokia or other camera phone? If so, please tell me what it is and why you like it in the comments.
If you don’t have any special apps but like the native camera & photo apps that come with the camera, say so.
Yes, I know that my Facebook Connect is not working for comments, I am sorry but I have been unable to troubleshoot why. Will work on it later in the week.

Bocce Ball + Plastic Water Pipe = Unintentional Sprinkler

Water gushing due to unintentional Bocce ball strike Folks Watching & Running Ryan, Tammy, and Mom watching the exploding water pipe

Photos taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia N86.

Sun 07.25.10 – The biggest excitement in our section of Seal Beach on Sunday afternoon was the exploding Greenbelt water pipe after an unintentional Bocce Ball strike. The water spray was impressive and the amount of folks who came out to watch it shows you really how slow of an afternoon it was at Mayberry by the Sea.

Goodbye to Oberon the World’s Cutest (Currently) Charcoal Lab Puppy

Oberon's fascinatingly disjointed puppy gait

Photo taken by Ms. Jen with a Nikon D70s at Dog Beach on Thursday afternoon.

Sun 07.25.10 – I have a ton of things to do tonight before the workday starts tomorrow, but none of it is going to get done as I am crazy tired from the last 5 days of dog sitting Oberon and all of the family activities of the last 5 days with my sister Allison’s birthday & my cousin Kristin’s baby shower plus all of the other attendant family to dos. Emails are not getting sent, the blog posts in my head are staying there, the photos to be downloaded are still on the cameras. Etc. etc. etc.
The big excitement of the weekend was the fact that last evening Oberon, aged 12 weeks, go so excited that his poor bladder decided to empty itself on my bed. Yes, a huge puddle of puppy pee discovered only after I sat down to read. Most of last night was taken up with laundry of my clothes & bedding.
After I started the first load of my comforter & sheets, I was laying on my living room floor trying to compose myself with the front door open when I heard my mom tell Oberon to drink water out of a bowl and not from the algae infested garden hose area.
Oberon then escaped my Mom’s grip, and bounded in my apartment only to come plant his whole wet, algae encrusted muzzle on my mouth, as I gasped in astonishment, he then put his wet paw in my mouth and then proceeded to climb on top of me to reach Scruffy. I screamed, my mom caught him, I started laughing in reflexive hysterical waves all the while I was crying from being completely exhausted and overwhelmed.
Good thing for Listerine mouthwash and the fact that I drove Oberon back up to Culver City today at noon to be returned to his family. Oberon is a beautiful and amazing dog, but I was not really mentally prepared to dog sit such a young and active labrador retriever puppy with so much family & work obligations as well as having Scruffy around.
One of Oberon’s people texted me this morning when we were trying to arrange the drop off, “I hope the wee beastie has not been too naughty.”
No, just a wee naughty.
Now I am off to bed a couple of hours early. ‘Night y’all.