Views of the Neighborhood – Potpourri Part Two

Yes, again this week some random shots that have nothing in common.

Views of the neighborhood

At least I’m not going to ask you to walk around. We will take the Bentley Turbo Convertable dealer loaner for a spin. So grab a water and we’ll be off.

Views of the neighborhood

This is a shot of Lake Travis in a drought condition. The water is usually up to the sand and rocks in the foreground. Rain needed.

Views of the neighborhood

I couldn’t pass up a photo of First World trash. A grill waiting for trash pickup always strikes me as unusual.

Views of the neighborhood

Most will remember the photo of the steel cactus a few weeks back. It looks like the lack of rain got to it too. (I know, weird joke)

Views of the Neighborhood

What better thing to give as a present but a Mercedes Sedan. Personally, I would rather have a Bentley.

I have to explain this one. Those are downspouts and gutters which have been painted and are waiting to be reinstalled. This house used to be an unsightly color of brick and the owners decided to paint it themselves. Β I’m glad they waited for 100-degree weather to begin the project. I expect to see two heatstroke victims at some time.

This is a very sad photo. This big ole ape is crying out for a new owner. Seems like an ignoble ending for such a giving toy.

Views of the neighborhood

This one I can’t explain. Yes, that is a baby bottle nipple waiting for its owner to claim it. There is a pretty ruffled turkey making sure that whoever claims the nipple is the rightful owner. A few beads are also up for grabs.

Views of the neighborhood

Photo by Unsplash

Well, that’s it for this week. Thanks for coming along and I guess we learned that this Bentley is not big enough for all of us. Maybe a big yellow bus next time. We can put a jug of margaritas in the back.

Chips and salsa too. Have a great week.

 

 

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  1. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    Thanks for the early morning venture, John. The photo of the stuffed ape reminded me of my granddaughter’s collection. I suspect it took months of negotiations and plenty of tears for the faithful ape to leave someone’s embrace. πŸ˜€

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    1. Or help from a cat. Thanks, Gwen.

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      1. Gwen M. Plano · ·

        You are toooo much! πŸ˜€

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      2. Hahahaha 😁

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  2. That poor plushie. Hope someone rescues it. Looks rather cuddly. Almost like a giant pillow.

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    1. I know right? Maybe it will find a good home.

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  3. I wanna give a home to that big ole ape! It can have my seat on the bus … but not my margarita. My compassion only stretches so far! πŸ˜‚

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    1. Hahaha. I don’t blame you, Harmony, πŸ˜‚

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  4. I think I might have done a little dumpster diving to save that poor ape. Why not donate it to an underprivileged child. Save me a seat on that bus please…it’s been a rough month!

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    1. You have a reserved seat, Jill. 😁

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      1. I think I might need a couple margaritas! πŸ™‚

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      2. After a deadline I’m sure

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  5. The big ape does look sad. We had to do that once. A “friend” gave our daughter a best that was way bigger than she was. We kept it as long as we could, but…πŸ™

    We got some of the rain we need yesterday, but not enough. I hope you get some soon. We could wait in the bus, with margaritas until you’re ready to leave next Sunday.

    I hope you have a good week, John.

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    1. Thak you, Dan. I hope you have a great week as well. I need to figure out a restroom for the bus for sure.

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      1. Well, as I said to my wife when she asked if my sailboat had a restroom – “it has a men’s room.” – Yeah, we sold the boat.

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      2. Hahahaha. Good one.

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  6. Let me know where the bus pick-up is. Our garden has produced an overabundance of tomatoes, and I have plenty of homemade salsa to contribute.

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    1. Wow. That would be great, Liz.

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  7. I love these random shots. But I would have had to take the big old monkey home, or given it to someone who needed a friend. xo

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    1. I was thinking the same thing. Of course once it is in the can…well you know. 😊

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  8. I never could have left that stuffed monkey. At minimum, I would have pulled it out to check out its nether regions. There might have been some damage that’s not visible in the photo — less-disciplined friends of Lucy and Twiggy could have done it in.

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    1. I think you are a scientist in these matters. I just head down the road. Thanks, Linda.

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  9. This was a more unusual ride around the neighborhood today, John. The roadside salvagers are going to love picking up that grill, but the stuffed ape is a sad one. I have never seen a turkey puff out his chest quite so far, but then again he is protecting baby nipple.
    PS. I’m all for the margaritas!!!!!

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    1. All right then. Jump on the bus next time.

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      1. You KNOW I’ll be there. I’ll bring the salt.

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      2. What a good idea. Thanks, GP.I thnk all we’ll need is a half pound.

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      3. Okay – iodized? non-iodized? Himalayan? Kosher? Sea Salt? Seasoned?

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      4. I think sea salt would be in keeping. Make it shaved and we have a winner. 😁

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  10. Such a merry mΓ©lange of images, John, though like others, I would have found it difficult to let the monkey languish in the dumpster.

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    1. I hear you, Lori. When in the can I keep going. 😷

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      1. I get it, particularly these days….

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      2. Yes these days for sure, Lori. 😊

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  11. You don’t have enough rain and we’ve got more rain than there’s been in years. I wish I could send you some. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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    1. I wish you coud too, Suzanne. Thanks for the offer though. 😁

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  12. Sleepy steel cactus, wayward nipples and beads, and margaritas what a way to navigate the neighborhood.

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    1. You make it sounds so romantic, John. Thank you. 😊

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  13. Thanks for the tour, John, especially in such a great car. It certainly ran the gamut of emotions – amazed at the effect of the drought, some good chuckles and the sad stuffed toy!

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    1. This is like a Greek play for sure. Thanks, Noelle.

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  14. Poor ape…
    …I hope he managed to crawl out of the garbage!

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    1. He might of after all. Thanks, Rabirius.

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  15. Given the baby bottle nibble, I’m left wondering about the size of the bottle! Hope the weekend has been good to you.

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    1. Might be a quart. Thanks, Frank. Have a great week. 😊

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  16. John, I didn’t realize y’all have been so dry, too. That photo of the lake is worrisome. Sure, you’ll eventually get some needed rain, but in the meantime … and with all that heat…. Could that Benz be a graduation present? Or a wedding present? Perhaps somebody won the lottery! And yes, the stuffed animal in the trash is heart-breaking. I hope the “child” it was bought for merely slipped off to college or to married life, rather than the Rainbow Bridge.

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    1. Yeah I think it was a toy that had its time. I wondered about the gift too. Might even be a make-up present. 😊

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      1. Spoken like a true writer, ha!

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  17. You gotta stop ‘casing the joints in your neighborhood’ — I’m hearing things on my ‘ham radio’ – just, saying!

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    1. 🎢The police band is alive withthe sound of music🎢

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  18. Interesting ride. Hope no one got carsick.

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    1. Hahahha. Looks like everyone made it okay. Thanks, Linda.

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  19. Were you really able to get that Bentley as a loaner? I envy you! πŸ˜‰
    Have a great Sunday,
    Pit

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    1. No. I’m a fiction writer remember. 😊

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      1. And in this case fiction equals dream, doesn’t it? πŸ˜‰

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      2. Yup. For sure.

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  20. Sad to see Lake Travis so low. You took us on this tour in style, John. Someone could take the ape but not the baby bottle nipple. I like your new header!

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    1. Thank you, Jo. I’m glad you liked the excursion and the header.😁

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  21. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    I always thought cactus did well in drought conditions. My daughter gave me one for my birthday, I will keep it hydrated. I never like to see drought lakes, hope you get some rain soon. Thanks for the ride in the Bentley:)

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    1. You are welcome for the ride. Metal cactus can sucome to too much sand.

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  22. The stuffed ape made me think of a doll I once had. One of Mom’s sisters found it in a trash can. It was missing a leg, but she got it, cleaned it up, and gave it to me. One leg or not, I had many happy years with my Suzie!

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    1. Great story, Joan. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Chips and Salsa on a fun bus! Sign me up. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing, John!

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    1. We’ll need music too.

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  24. Okay, first, the Mercedes with the big white bow, that’s such an American cliche! I didn’t think that sort of thing happened in real life!

    Second, the garbage ape made me so damn sad. Let’s hope some neighbourhood kid walking past rescued him.

    Third, that stone turkey’s face says it all about that nipple.

    Fourth, American neighbourhoods are waaaay more fun than Aussie!

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    1. Cliche for sure, Jessica. Still happens in real life. I made up a story in my head that the guy got caught with a girlfriend.. Tha Ape was the saddest thing. Was an icon for kid sadness as well. The turkey know where that nipple came from I’m sure. He wants no part of it. I do enjoy our neighborhood. Thanks for the comments.

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      1. If I didn’t fear for my life outside the gates of our retirement village, I’d take snaps of our neighbourhood… the crack houses, the ghettos… fun stuff.
        Okay, it’s not THAT bad. But we do live in a really old part of town that used to have a bad rep. It’s starting to get nicer as ppl buy the older houses and fix them up. Plus, the gated village where we actually live is like a little oasis of beauty.

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      2. Sounds like a super place inside the gates. πŸ˜‚

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  25. Thanks for inviting me along on the tour, John. What a fun time. Although my heart cries out for the poor stuffed ape. I hate to see him end in the trash bin after bringing joy to some young child’s life.

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    1. I do too, Mae. It became a symbol of sadness for sure.

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  26. How are Tiny’s cocktail shaking skills? I might take a bus ride.

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    1. He shakes em with the best. Come on along.

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  27. That’s a big thumbs up on the margaritas. The ape pic also makes me sad. Ever since watching the Toy Story movies, I’m convinced toys have feelings. Hope someone rescued him!

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    1. Let’s hope so too. He was gone the next day.

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  28. I thought it looked more like a Sloth than an ape but it was sad to see in any case. Still scratching my head over the big bottle nipple…that was weird.

    I’m in on that bus with margarita’s, chips, and salsa for the next tour. πŸ˜€

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  29. I do enjoy this views of the neighborhood feature, John. I didn’t know people actually bought cars as gifts and put big bows on them. We talk about that a lot at my house, especially during the holidays when it seems as if every spouse or partner is giving each other a luxury sedan or SUV. As for that poor ape in the trash – who would have it sticking out like that – kind of creepy!

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    1. I think it was kind of creepy. I have never gotten a vehicle for the holidays. Holding out for the Bentley.

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      1. I do have my eye on a creamy yellow Mercedes convertible but I’m also happy with my Nissan Sentra! πŸ™‚

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      2. Sounds sweet. Always good to dream.

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  30. It’s been too long since I took a party bus, so I am in!

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      1. All I gotta say is, it’s a good thing reputable tat parlors don’t do tats if a person is obviously inebriated.

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      2. I could see a nasty word written on somebody’s forehead.

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  31. Riding in style, great tour, John. Count me in for the party, too.

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    1. Might want to bring a six-pack of Molsons. Not sure you cold weatherites can handle margaritas. 😁

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  32. Great collection of random shots. Would you know if the two painters survived?

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  33. The turkey looking ruffled and the giant stuffed ape were classic. I loved this neighborhood drive. John, you gotta drive a Bentley Turbo and take photos. Just go to a dealer and pretend you want to buy a car… I know, I couldn’t do that either. But you could be honest and tell the dealer you are a famous author and blogger and need the drive in the Bentley.

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    1. Hahaha, Yu are funny for sure. Thanks, Jennie.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.πŸ˜€

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