Mason Jar Chandelier

Mason Jar Chandelier

On Friday, we decided to go out for lunch at a local “picturesque” restaurant, the Gold Nugget. Their decor was unusual in that both the lobby chandelier and the sconces (not pictured) were constructed of crystals and Mason Jars. The chandelier was centered around an old wagon wheel. It made for an interesting conversation piece and it was actually quite pretty to see. Click on the image to enlarge.

King Sized Radio Flyer

Radio Flyer

We saw this giant Radio Flyer Wagon parked along Western Avenue in Torrance CA today. It appears that this one is actually a motorized, drivable replica of the ubiquitous little red wagons we all knew and loved as kids. This one had a tongue and handle to complete the effect. It looks like it’s a rolling advertisement for a nationally known body shop chain. Click on the image to enlarge.

Disguising Cellphone Towers

Cellphone Towers

It sure is a good thing that the powers that be disguised this cellphone tower as a fake conifer tree so that it wouldn’t detract from the beautiful scenery at this location in San Bernardino, California along the side of Interstate 10. Look how much better the conifer makes the scenery look. </sarcasm>

Guess What Day It Isn’t?

Not exactly humpday, although there is a camel in a pen by the local Tractor Supply Store. We’re not sure what the promotion is about, but we saw kids getting rides on this big guy earlier in the week. Click on the image to enlarge.

Not Humpday

Hippie Snowbird Motorcoach

Hippie Motorcoach

Verna took this photo of a very colorful motorhome with kayaks on top. There is a mountain bike or two on the rack at the rear of the coach. It had Wisconsin license tags so I figure it must belong to some old hippie snowbirds visiting town today. Click on the image to enlarge.

A Helicopter-Shaped Cloud

A Helicopter-Shaped Cloud

After dinner today, Verna looked out of the front window and saw a cloud that appeared to look like the silhouette of an aircraft. She grabbed her camera and got this image of the phenomenon before it morphed into a randomly shaped cloud.

I remembered that there is a term to describe seeing objects in nature that one perceives as resembling something else. However, I could not remember the exact term so I did an internet search on “clouds that resemble things” and found the following result on Askville which led me to Wikipedia:


Pareidolia (parr-i-DOH-lee-uh) is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant, a form of apophenia. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse.

Interesting. And I’m still a nerd as a senior citizen. Click on the image to enlarge.

UPDATE: Seeing extraterrestrial alien faces in Ice Cream: Alien Frosty Paws.