Saturday, November 27, 2010

A Bunny's View Of Los Angeles

In our our effort to bring news about people who know or want to learn how to ride horses(Seller ID # 4144 click here!), we now present another one of our friends.

Many people blog and post pictures of Los Angeles.

Not many of those people are Bunnies.

Here is one of Heather's friends from High School who has lived in Los Angeles for quite a while, although he is a native of Salinas (something he does not want people to know, but there it is now out in the public).

Robert has a great sense of humour, honed by hours and hours of whatever it is he does in his spare time. One of the things that Robert likes to watch is Mystery Science Theater and its newest incarnation, RiffTrax, where old and new movies are made fun of. It seems peculiar that we have a set of friends who would watch these with us, yet we have never had the full complement of people over to our house who do like these. When all these people are considered, it is highly unlikely that they would ever meet in any other circumstance, yet if they WERE to come for a movie to be made fun of, they would all have a great time.

We just wouldn't mention the Blue Man Group.

So if you want to see what LA looks like from a cute, but rather mischievous rabbit's point of view, check out Robert's (or Rob to anyone who met him after 1988) blog.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all, especially those in service to our country.

Proclamation Establishing Thanksgiving Day

October 3, 1863

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years, with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.

A. Lincoln

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Reeks Of Maine, 2011 Edition

The Advent season is coming, so, it is time to think about what to stick to your house.

Instead of tacky plastic displays, why not get a beautiful, tasteful Wreath From Maine!

They not only have wreaths, but garlands to wrap around pillars or posts, and swags to go over doors. We have had them in the past, and they smell so good without being overpowering.
We even happen to know someone who is selling these online, our friend Elizabeth Kramer.

So when you are ready to order, head on over to the Wreaths Of Maine website, and choose your wreath, garland, or swag. Ms. Kramer has a seller ID, which is 4144. Click on the above link, or go here:

So this Advent and Christmas, put a little beauty in your house. Get a Wreath of Maine. Don't buy a cheap Mexican knock-off where the "Balsam Fir" is actually made out of coloured Chili Lights.

Come on, buy a Wreath of Maine from Elizabeth, Seller ID #4144. This little girl right below is happy that you are going to buy one.

Don't make her cry by NOT buying one.

This little girl's Godfather would greatly appreciate it if you would make her happy if you bought a Wreath from Elizabeth, Seller ID #4144.


SELLER ID #4144! "Pookielizard" is another ID!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Space Hippies Are Evil

You know it.

Gene Roddenberry knew it.

The American People know it.

Space Hippies are evil.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sunset Over Seaside, California

Sunset over Seaside, California from the parking lot of Best Buy.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

My Weekend Is Starting To Take Shape....

What more could I want from my weekend?
Maybe a friend to watch a painful MST3K movie with.
Where are you Robert Chin and Michael Jackson impersonator?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Stop The Press! Ulysses Has Sold His Red Pick-Up!

It is with great sadness to hear from one of our favourite Naval Officers, Admiral Nimitz, that Ulysses has sold his Red Toyota Pick-up truck?

Has the world gone mad?

Maybe next, one of our friends will start rooting for the SF Giants, or something similarly vile.

The Red Toyota, to put it simply, was almost synonymous with Ulysses.

Personally, I can remember Ulysses and I going out at 2100 hrs. on a Wednesday last year, going to 6 different stores in search of Batman: Arkham Asylum for the PS3. I can remember going 65 on Boronda Road, sure we would be stopped by the cops.

Our kids loved riding in the Red Truck. It was a badge of honour, and something that they all wanted to do.

When he parked his truck in Moss Landing, some birds had done their business on his truck. It looked like the windows were broken, and Ulysses promised to get the "Vandal Punks" who had messed his truck.

We would often see his truck on Sunday afternoons, speeding by us on 101 on the way to Holy Mass, just passing us up.

One could also hear him before seeing him as well, as often The Dark Knight soundtrack, or Andrea Bocelli would be blasting at roughly 135 Decibels.

Good times!

Ulysses will be stationed overseas, and will not be in need of his Truck. So we will miss you, big Red Truck. You provided us with so many happy memories, from forays to East Salinas in search of Tequila, to gong to Holy Mass and Divine Liturgy.

We will miss you too, Ulysses.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Kraemer sighting! Wichita, Kansas Edition!

It seems that the Kraemers are ever expanding their reach into every corner of America. Now they are getting into the Media!

Call it the Military-Industrial-Entertainment-Kraemer complex.

So we are just minding our own business, watching TV like mind-numbed Robots, when a piece comes on about visiting the great prairies of Middle-America, when lo and behold, there is a Kraemer, right there on TV, in front of our children. We had to cover the eyes of the two smaller ones.

Let's take a look at the video evidence.

Believability Rating: 78%.
Confidence is high on this one!
First of all, this gentleman works for a station based in the mid-west, where the Kramers are from. In fact there are 7770 people with the last name Kramer in Oklahoma, according to the U.S. Census. They are all related.
It would seem strange that they would have a child who is older than any of them, but they do watch a lot of Star Trek, where time travel is a daily occurrence on the show.
this gentleman also works for a station that has a bureau in SALINA, Kansas, which sounds suspiciously like SALINAS, California. Let's compare the two. Here is a link to the most recent image we could find of Salina, Kansas. Here is one of Salinas, California.
They look similar, don't they? It just could NOT be a coincidence. They used to live near Salinas; this guys works for a station with a bureau in Salina. It is so uncanny, it sends shivers up your spine. Or it could be my fourth meal from Taco Bell trying to come back up.
Don't think that we are fooled by that extra "E" in your name. We knoew thaet you are a KRAMER!
Stay tuned for a strange but true Ulysses sighting in Carmel!

Monday, November 8, 2010

We Need A New Computer...

Our old is starting to get a little old.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Back To The Future!

Happy Birthday, from the past, Elizabeth!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


We found out what happened to the priest who married us!

We found out about him RIGHT HERE! (Click on the link!)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Birthday, Elizabeth!

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday, Dear Elizabeth,
Happy Birthday to you!

Happy Birthday greetings, not from the past...
Not from the future...
But rather like Star Trek or Lost,

From an alternate universe!

Yes, an alternate universe where Birthday Cake from Shaw's is health food, and vegetables are junk food.

An alternate world where all you kids go to public school.

An alternate world where Ulysses is a Hippie. With long hair. And a Volkswagen Bus.

And don't even ask about what your Mom and Dad is like here.

An alternate universe where our families actually live right next door to each other. As a matter of fact, you are over here right now, and it is really creepy because you are watching me type this. Whoa, this is weird.

Hey, stop hitting me with your Riding Crop! That hurts!!!

In this universe, you are still having your birthday today, although this month is known as Glacqnor (the Q is silent), so you were born on the 41st of Glacqnor here.

There is one thing here that is the same: You are a very precious young lady to us here too, and we love you very much.

And so, your alternate universe friends wish you a very Happy Birthday. We hope you enjoy lots of yummy Brussels sprouts and asparagus which is what we'll be having here.

Hey, quit hitting me with your Riding Crop, and stop kicking me (O.K., I guess some things don't change, even in alternate universes)!

18 Years Ago Yesterday...

18 Years ago, the Mendoza Family got its shaky start. right before our Wedding, there was a Funeral for a Lady who was also named Mendoza (no relation), who had no flowers and no one really to serve her Funeral Mass. Hey, how about 6 current or former Seminarians to Serve? the person who delivered our flowers was early, so we got two uses out of the flowers.

Here is a picture of the happy couple right after the Wedding at St. Mary of the Nativity Church in Salinas, Halloween, 1992.

The Priest who witnessed our wedding was really nice. We can't recall his name right now. We often wonder what happened to him, what he's doing right now.