A True Friend Passes

Epitaph to a Dog by Lord Byron

When some proud Son of Man returns to Earth,
Unknown to Glory, but upheld by Birth,
The sculptor’s art exhausts the pomp of woe,
And storied urns record who rests below.
When all is done, upon the Tomb is seen,
Not what he was, but what he should have been.
But the poor Dog, in life the firmest friend,
The first to welcome, foremost to defend,
Whose honest heart is still his Master’s own,
Who labours, fights, lives, breathes for him alone,
Unhonoured falls, unnoticed all his worth,
Denied in heaven the Soul he held on earth –
While man, vain insect! hopes to be forgiven,
And claims himself a sole exclusive heaven.

Oh man! thou feeble tenant of an hour,
Debased by slavery, or corrupt by power –
Who knows thee well, must quit thee with disgust,
Degraded mass of animated dust!
Thy love is lust, thy friendship all a cheat,
Thy tongue hypocrisy, thy heart deceit!
By nature vile, ennobled but by name,
Each kindred brute might bid thee blush for shame.
Ye, who behold perchance this simple urn,
Pass on – it honours none you wish to mourn.
To mark a friend’s remains these stones arise;
I never knew but one — and here he lies.

Our friend, Kuma the Dog, passed away in his sleep last night –  forever chasing rubber balls on a sunny day…





RIP February 12, 2006 – March 21, 2018



Giant Cement Statues from Weird, California – Road Trip Day 10 Ep.28

Neek sez:

My sister, Sar gave me a book years ago called “Weird California”.  I thought it was a great title for a book considering I have always thought that California was a little off.  Anyways, it’s also inspired me to go out and find some of the strange, unique, creative and “weird” stuff that I have a tendency to be attracted to.  The Giant Cement Statues of Auburn, California is definitely one of them.

A series of nude concrete sculptures were created by a dentist named Dr. Kenneth Fox.  He was completely self-taught and began building the massive statues in the late 1960’s when he was in his 40’s.  At the time, he was assisted by two of his three high school aged sons. Continue reading

Bridgeport Covered Bridge – The Longest Covered Bridge in the World, Road Trip Day 10 Ep.27

Lex sez:

We continued our journey along Highway 49, but decided to take a slight detour.  After taking a right on to Pleasant Valley Road and driving several miles, Neek, Sar and I arrived at the South Yuba River where South Yuba River State Park is located.  Nearby, we found the object of our search: Bridgeport Covered Bridge.

This 19th century bridge attracted our curiosity because it is reported to be the longest single span wooden covered bridge in the world!  Continue reading

Downieville, California on Hwy 49 – A Most Unusual Historic Landmark – Road Trip Day 10 Ep.26

Lex sez:

Driving along Highway 49 was definitely one of the highlights of our road trip.  I loved riding with the window down to breathe the fresh mountain air and listen to the Yuba River crashing by!  One destination that Neek, Sar and I really wanted to check out along this stretch of road was Downieville, which has a very interesting history.

Named after Major William Downie who, along with a group of other miners, made camp here in their search for gold in 1849, Downieville was an important “49er” gold rush town in California.  By 1851, the population rose to a peak of 5,000 people living in what was then called “The Forks”, named because two rivers converged there.  With a population according to Wikipedia of 282, it is considered one of the least changed gold rush towns in California, and driving into it, we could see its rustic past still living! Continue reading

Little Towns on The Mother Lode Highway – Hwy 49 – Road Trip Day 10 Ep.25

Neek sez:

California Highway 49 is named after the 49ers who came to this state in their search for gold in 1849.  It begins in Oakhurst on State Route 41 and travels north toward the Sierra Nevadas and ends at Vinton somewhat near the Nevada border.

We decided to take the Northern route towards Auburn, California bypassing the interstate.   Continue reading

Burning Man at Reno Playa Art Park in Reno, Nevada – Road Trip Day 9 Ep.24

Neek sez:

Burning Man is a seven-day event in the Black Rock desert 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of Reno, Nevada.  Aside from the wild night festivities and highly creative interactive artwork, Burning Man is a world renown Art event culminating in the burning a giant effigy on the last evening.  

I have never been to Burning Man and truthfully, the clothing optional aspects of it intimidate the hell out of me.  The artwork and designs of the temporary structures fascinate my aesthetic imagination, therefore, it was to my delight that some of the smaller artwork from the 2016 Burning Man is displayed at Reno Playa Art Park. Looking at the sculptures, it’s evident that Burning Man is a person who is stepping out to the beat of their own drummer. Continue reading

The Haunted Old Washoe Club in Virginia City, Nevada – Road Trip Day 9 Ep.23

Lex sez:

Walking up C Street in Virginia City, Neek, Sar and I decided to explore one last saloon in town.  Like the other saloons, this place has a history going back to the 19th century.  It also, like some other saloons, has reports of paranormal activity.  But there’s something about the Washoe Club that demands a closer look, which is exactly what we gave it!

Often called the Old Washoe Club as this brick building was built in 1862, it first came into existence in 1875 as the “Millionaire’s Club”, a place for the rich to hobnob in luxury.  Continue reading