Wednesday, April 25, 2012

another weird instrument

drums don't usually qualify as weird, but maybe drums that might be mistaken for a chair do.  like this one.

can't say i understand drums well enough to understand why you'd want one that's so odd a shape.  most likely reason i can think of is you happen to have a tree trunk lying around.  or maybe the little dimple almost counts as a second drum.  or maybe this guy should just hand out flyers of performances so i can hear for myself.  alas, no luck.

Friday, April 20, 2012

aspirational transportation

jack donaghy once said, "don't dress for the job you have, dress for the job you want to have."

well, this man is not accessorizing for the mode of transportation he's on, he's accessorizing for the mode of transportation he wants to be on.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

california legal ethics

i love that there's a book out there being diligently studied titled "california legal ethics."  two points clearly not made in the book are taking up only one seat on the train and abstaining from the use of optical illusions.

after all, it's a bit unfair to be asking probing, complex questions of a witness when they're wondering if the diagonal stripes against the vertical stripes really are in the shape of a tie (see shirt and tie combo).

of course, the bigger issue with such a book title is that somehow ethics regarding issues of law are different from just normal ethics; and, by extension, that these "new ethics" are different in california from oregon, arizona or anywhere else in the world.  legal scholars will have their justifications, i'm sure, but i'll be damned if it make any sense to the rest of us.

Friday, April 13, 2012

third wheel turned to advantage

yes, normally being a third wheel is all awkward and weird.  usually, it says in no uncertain terms, "of course i'm not interested in my best friend's boy/girlfriend."  however, everything changes when you aren't being the third wheel, but have a third wheel, especially if it's motorized.

now, all of a sudden, you become big man on the train platform.

well, i guess even the biggest men on the platform suffer days from getting no play.  try as trike-man might, the lady was just not buying into his charm.  perhaps the obvious 30-yr difference in age had something to do with it.  but, trike-man, do not be discouraged.  simply remember that you are following in the footsteps of men suffering mid-life crises everywhere.  and cher.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

if i _____ like them, i think i'd get shot

the rap song that i pulled the title of this post from filled in the blank with "lied," talking about politicians right about the time madonna was pissing off the vatican with some cross-burning.  today, i fill it in with "parked" and present exhibits a and b below.  exhibit a is big ole semi in the middle of downtown straddling a lane line.  that bus off to the right usually pulls up right up against the curb so the door is right about where that street sign post is.  today, the crosswalk that the bus is in is just gonna have to tolerate the nose of said bus sniffin its people.  thank you, truck driver.  you do the teamsters proud.

in a more residential setting, we have exhibit b.  things being residential and all, there's a lot less impact on traffic.  however, you'll just have to take my word for the fact that the owner of this vehicle lives (i presume with many others) in a house with a three-car garage with an accompanying three-car-wide driveway for which this spot merely serves as overflow.

indeed, that is a metro stop sign just behind the car.  indeed the car is sticking out into the street and indeed, the bus doesn't have a good space in which to pull over and pick-up/drop-off passengers safely from/to.  but, really, why should anyone ever disagree with the owner of a bmw 7-series?  that'd be like calling out the rich to pay more taxes.

Friday, April 6, 2012

whole lotta hair?

by far the biggest dreadlock holder i ever seen.  i'd give it about a 25% chance hair's not all that stuffed up in there.  perhaps he's a student of the history of the world.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

trash porn, pt 11

not sure why it took me so long to realize this was here, but we got a whole bunch of smashed up cop cars in this here lot.

perhaps these were vehicles involved in the roughly 1250 accidents officers have been involved in in the last three years.  i hope not, as any evidence that might be needed is open to the elements.  or perhaps all the investigations are over and now the lapd's mechanics just pick parts from these.

of course, this puny lot pales in comparison to one i used to see from the metrolink near the burbank airport.  i can't seem to turn up any photos of that one, so perhaps i'll begin shades of being a real journalist and hoof out there and take my own someday.  if anyone reading knows where i'm talking about and has pictures, do share.