You’ll NOT put a towel down on MY floor, by Gawd!

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At least she didn’t call 9-1-1….

But she did call the Sheriff’s Office because her roommate told her she couldn’t put a towel on the floor while she took a shower.  They actually got into a heated argument about it, to the point where shower girl called the cops!  The other half fled before the Deputy arrived, so not much got resolved.  We don’t even know if towel girl got to take her shower,  bare floor or not.


Sunday afternoon with a friend

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Jim and Jazmin chillin’ on the couch at Ted’s condo.  Ava is just out of frame, sawing logs.  A lazy Sunday afternoon in Fresno.

OK, Ava after the jump.


Atlantis lands, Shuttles retired, NASA’s next mission is… what?

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Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, in the pre-dawn hours of July 21, 2011.  42 years and one day after Apollo 11’s Eagle landed on the Moon’s Sea of Tranquility, the last shuttle to fly touches down on KSC’s runway 15.

It’s appropriate that this image shows the shuttle touching down in the dark, because the United States now has no manned access to space.


Ted’s Birthday Party

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Ted’s 36th birthday bash at the Fresno Express was held Sunday night, with a good time had by all.


You think you had a bad day?

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It’s not often we feel sorry for the “bad guy”, but this time it’s a near thing.

Here’s tonight’s story of a poor guy who just can’t catch a break….

He was released from prison early in the day.  He gets back to Tulare County, and just about the first thing that happens is he gets stopped by a deputy, who proceeds to do what we call an “FI”, a field interview (or interrogation).  After that, the two “buddies” with him apparently blame him for being harassed by the cops, so after the deputies have gone they decide to start beating the crap out of him.  Someone sees that, and calls 9-1-1, and the deputies head back to intervene.  Of course, once they get back on scene, the “buddies” have flown the coop, and our poor “bad guy” is sporting some bruises and scratches.  “Bad guy” refuses medical help, and is not interested in prosecuting his “buddies”.  Since he won’t cooperate, and his injuries are not severe, the deputies leave.  Some time later, but not much, “bad guy”, who is now on foot, gets hit by a car!  Of course, it’s hit and run, and the driver gets away.  9-1-1 gets called again, and deputies, CHP, and an ambulance are dispatched.

While our just-released ex-con is laying on the road, waiting for the ambulance and the cops to arrive, someone decides to kick the crap out of him!  Of course, THEY take off before the good guys arrive, and we don’t have any arrests (so far) for either the hit and run, or the assault.  To add insult to his now many injuries, his common-law wife takes all his money, his last 3 bucks, out of his pocket, and leaves him laying in the road!  By this time a crowd had gathered, and when the deputies, ambulance, EMTs, and CHP arrive, they tell them of the last few minutes of our poor “bad guy’s” day.

So let’s recap: Gets out of prison. Gets stopped by the cops.  Gets beat up by “friends”.  Gets hit by a car.  Gets kicked senseless (or more senseless than the hit and run caused) by one or more individuals while he’s laying in the road.  His “girlfriend” rummages through his pockets, and takes his last $3!  Once help arrives, he ends up being helicoptered to Fresno for emergency medical treatment.

In what might be the only good news in this story, the “girlfriend/common law wife” was arrested for being under the influence, and for robbery.  She sits in jail as he lays in the hospital.

It’s almost enough to make you feel sorry for him.  Almost.

Compared to this, I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad day.

My Star Trek Adventure Continues


My iPhone 4 gets a new look.

Way overpriced for what it is, but still cool in a Trekkie geek way.

“Enterprise, this is Kirk” or, Beam me up, Scotty!

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A brand new toy from 1966.

End of an era: Last Shuttle launch

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An era ends.  The last Space Shuttle lifted four astronauts and tons of supplies into the Florida sky today, enroute to the International Space Station.  The first Shuttle launch, of Columbia, occurred on April 12, 1981.  That launch was a mere 20 years to the day after the first manned space flight, by Yuri Gagarin of the Soviet Union.  In those 20 years, we went from the first dangerous launches on modified ICBM rockets, to the Saturn 5 that took us to the Moon six times, to the “space truck” that is the Shuttle.  The last Shuttle mission, flown by Shuttle Atlantis, is scheduled to land on July 20, the 42nd anniversary of Apollo 11’s landing at the Sea of Tranquility on the Moon.

Once Atlantis lands, the United States has NO way of launching astronauts into space.  We hope to have private industry doing so “soon”, but that “soon” could be a decade away.  In the meantime, we buy rides on the Russian Soyuz.  “TAXI!”


Birthday Bash for Ted, Sunday July 17th, in Fresno!

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Sunday, July 17, 6pm, at the Express, 708 N. Blackstone, Fresno.

Join us as we celebrate the birthday of Ted Freitas, and help us embarrass him silly!

Full details at the Facebook event page, here!

See you Sunday!

Is this cup haunted?

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I noticed this cup doing a strange little dance while it was sitting on the counter.

Whatcha think?

Ghosts in the plastic?


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