To quote the original artist: "Undeniably headstrong, and equipped with a can that would make even J-Lo blush....a classic, curvaceous member of the Goof Troop roster, who truly puts the "Spoon" in Spoonerville."
A little site-seeing on the way to a funeral last week.
The USS Alabama (BB-60) saw service in the Pacific theater during WWII, decommissioned in1947, is on display at Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama since 1964. She did not lose a single man and never incurred any damage due to enemy action, thus earning it the nickname the "Lucky A".
Back on the '70s my Grandfather was one of the chief designers in a major civil engineering company based in Mobile. If you've ever driven down I-10 in Mobile and gone through the George Wallace Tunnel...yeah, he designed that. After the tunnels construction one of his jobs was to do routine inspections of it's inner workings. Unheard of in this ("safety Nazi") day and age, he'd often take me along with him. Believe you me, there's a lot more to it than just a what you see...while whizzing through it at 60mph.
At any rate, Grandad was also friends with one of the USS Alabama's historian / curators...they worked for the same engineering company. The typical tourist can only see so much of the old battle wagon and most of it's engineering spaces are off limits...unless you know the right people. Grandad and I got several unrestricted / off-hour / guided tours back in the late '70s and early '80s. Ever sat on the propeller shaft of a 680 foot long, 39,000 ton WWII era battleship? I have.
Just a couple of shots I took while on vacation last week. It rained pretty much constantly the first two days until the typical summertime afternoon showers kicked in. It infuriates the tourist at the theme parks to no end that it actually rains in "Sunny Florida", but...wait five or ten minutes. Sure, it'll probably be hot and muggy for the remainder of the day, but that's what air conditioning is for.
A little stormy weather at the beach, especially on the West coast (the "left coast" as we refer to it), isn't necessarily a bad thing. You get some relief from 90+ degree days (which we get for five months out of the year), some spectacular sunsets, and...if you're in the right place at the right time...you get a couple of souvenirs to take home.
Most of the sharks teeth you'll find along the eastern portion of the Gulf of Mexico are fingernail-size or smaller from Lemon and Sand sharks. Larger one's like this, more than likely an extinct species of Mako, are fairly rare to find on shore. Generally speaking, the larger the tooth, the harder it is for the currents and wave-action to push it ashore. Diving or snorkeling just off shore can yield some real monsters (literally)...palm-sized and larger teeth from long-extinct species such as the Megalodon.
I'm on vacation and the cell / WiFi service is sketchy at best, but...as promised...the G-Man's latest summertime piece. I apologize for the sub-par picture size...I'll fix it when I get back from vay-cay at the end of the week.