Thursday, July 30, 2009
Here's a short story from Tuesday's paper: First Report
Did you read it?
"Radio scanner reports indicate he was wearing a ski mask with antlers".
WHAT?? Where would one buy a ski mask with antlers? Likely nowhere, so it must be home-made. But why on earth would anyone want to attach antlers to a ski mask in the first place? And why would they choose to wear that to a robbery? Nothing inconspicuous at all about walking around in a ski mask with antlers on it right?
I laughed all day after reading this. There I am on the job, pulling nails out of plywood - hundreds of them! - and I'd suddenly just start laughing. My other-half would look at me and ask "ski mask with antlers?". Yep! It was just deliriously funny to me.
Wednesday's paper carried this front-page follow up story: Second Report
Turns out it was not a ski mask with antlers, it was ... wait for it ... a Batman mask! The paper even included a picture of the discarded mask lying on the sidewalk. This is just getting better and better!
Never mind the question of why would one wear something so conspicuous to a robbery, the bigger question is, how did the witnesses confuse antlers with bat ears?
Antlers or bat ears? Antlers or bat ears? Only in P'burg, folks.
How on earth did that happen?!? One of life's little mysteries I guess.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Came across this act of nature on the job site yesterday. A little Garter Snake in the process of consuming a live toad. I know this is how snakes eat but had never seen it live in the wild. Will probably never see it again, either. A little gruesome? Sure. Did we feel a little bad for the toad? Sure. But it's nature and it's simply amazing how snakes can consume prey so much larger then their own mouths & bodies.
To save the squeamish from seeing something they may not want to see, I'm posting links to the pics here rather then the pics themselves.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
I had no problem with the rolling part and the tapering the tail part. The shaping the head part, uhm, as you can see, that part didn't go so well for me.
I worked on the head for more time than I'd like to admit but nothing looked right. Too flat. Too round. Too lumpy. Too long. Too square ...
I think if I had had a picture of a snake head, any snake head, to look at for a guide I could have done better. I wasn't sure what final look I was striving towards, just knew that nothing I was doing was resulting in anything that looked right as a snake head. I finally just baked it. I figured once cured, a coat of paint might distract from the strange head and it wouldn't be a total loss.
Maybe, maybe not.
Ya' live and ya' learn and ya' try again ...