Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Seafood

Octopus photo by Leo
You never know what you're gonna get when you eat at the Oriental Buffet places.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Give Up

Photo by Leo

Man, I really get a drag from trying to understand where people's minds are at.

Politics are a travesty. They probably always have been, it's just that it's getting worse now. Politics are, and always will be, a pimp's game. We drag ourselves through the mire of greed and such, only to come out greedy or lusty for the things that will never satisfy our souls.

"Gimme the beat boys and free my soul. I wanna get lost in your rock and roll, and drift away." -Dobie Gray

Spirituality sometimes isn't much better. When was the last time you heard anyone talk about soul, besides in the last quote? Not just a soul, but soulful thinking, soul music, soulmate, everlasting soul? What about for the tens of centuries when people said things like their soul ached or their soul was on fire?

I guess souls are lost things, though each one of us still has one. It's that slightest bit of breath or spirit that some never seem to connnect with. It's that wind or breeze that makes us different from the rest of the animated world.

The spirit of G_d is called, in Greek, Pneuma. Pneuma is wind, maybe better, breath. It's also a feminine noun. It blows where it will and touches even the most remote heart. She doesn't make me or change me. Not directly. Sometimes she just lets me see things that I too long have ignored and things that need to be changed.

She also whispers in my ear what I am doing right.


Mustang Hills

Photo by Leo

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Evening Scarlet

Photo by Leo
"Once in a while you get shown the light
In the strangest of places, if you look at it right."
-Robert Hunter


Tuesday, August 23, 2005

It's been a wee bit windy

Photo by Leo

Cool News Fact

Reported today:

It took the Israeli army just six days to clear residents out of all 21 Gaza settlements and four in the West Bank — the same time it took for Israel to capture Gaza, the West Bank, Sinai and the Golan Heights during the 1967 Mideast war.

Taco Lovin' Leo




With his appetite for Mex, you gotta wonder how Leo maintained such a lean-lookin' face!

Amigos




Can you believe Mexico let these two in?

Talk about border-security issues. SHEESH!

Monday, August 22, 2005

Midnight Hour

I'm gonna wait 'til the midnight hour. That's when my love comes tumblin' down.
Photo by Leo

A Strange Pair




http://larandlen.blogspot.com/

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Going, going, gone...

Photo by Leo

Saturday, August 20, 2005

I Met This Man



Yesterday.

On the driving range at Turquoise Valley Golf Course, Naco, Arizona.

First words out of his mouth — "Whaddya wanna know?" — instantly told me I was in the presence of a New Yorker.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Tack Man


Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Mood for a Day

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. Revelation 6:8

Photo by Leo


Cut Off Funding For Terrorism

You wanna cut funding for terrorism? Two easy steps:
1. Stop driving these 15 mpg hogs and their corpulent cousins.
2. Get out of bed with Saudi Arabia and divorce the bitch.

What'll they do when the $$$ stops flowing?

Of course, that'll never happen. This is the land of the free where any sucker with scoots to spare can burn depleting resources whenever he damn well feels like it and nobody can tell them any different. America and her right to be stupid. Which ammendment was that?

It boggles the mind

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Flag Man



The lavender shirt is a classic, isn't it?

That Leo. Pure energy. Royalty. Lion of Cochise.

Beyond Convenience




Check the glass and notice the mountains reflected in them.


But we're usually in a hurry. Gas. Cigarettes. Pop.


Go. Go! Go!!!

Monday, August 15, 2005

Staring off into the Ether

When there's nothing to say, it's best to say nothing.

Photo by Leo


Gleeson




Chester—when you're freezin' your giblets off in Wisconsin this winter, and fighting all that traffic, just let your mind wander to Southern Arizona, where Leo the Lion of Cochise and I will be basking in the warmth and charm of these quaint little villages.

Tombstone AZ




The "shady ladies" of Tombstone have gotten a bit plumper, and the cemetery has this tacky store.

The lens of history can be a bit distorting at times.

Caballero


Saturday, August 13, 2005

The Wheel

"Small wheel turnin' by the fire in the rod,
big wheel turn by the grace of God,
every time that wheel turn round,
bound to cover just a little more ground.
The wheel is turning and you can't slow down,
you can't let go and you can't hold on,
you can't go back and you can't stand still,
If the thunder don't get ya then the lightning will."
-Robert Hunter
Photo b y Leo


See all the people...

How's that go? Here's the church, here's the steeple. Open the doors and see all the people go to the buffet restaurant for an excessive meal with way too many carbs and enough red meat to choke the third world.

Yeah. That's it.


Friday, August 12, 2005

The Blues

It’s puzzling how we let things go when they don’t affect us personally. The war in Iraq comes to mind. I guess I’ve never really been affected by war wounded or dead directly before. At least I thought I hadn’t.

Yeah, my friend Mike Dawkins lost his testicles in Viet Nam, hauling poisonous chemicals on his ship, but he came home in almost one piece. My wife’s uncle Ken Schramm was sent to be a “sharpshooter” and his job was to pick people off from a distance, whether they were combatants or not. He just killed because it was his job. He had his target and he hit it. It was his job. He took the big sleep because of it.

A guy that worked for me a while back can’t hold a job because the chemicals he encountered on his ship in ‘nam somehow killed more brain cells than they should have. Result? He got counseling for a while, but with the 2003 Bush era VA benefit cuts, he can’t even get a dose of Paxil. He’s 52 and unemployable. I guess ‘nam will eventually kill him too.

Recently, another guy that worked for me got the next generation slap in the face. Jim Goede, retired Air Force Veteran from the Vietnam era, reluctantly said farewell to his son who enlisted to fight in Iraq. The boy, Jim’s only son ( he has 4 daughters) went at a time that the war was declared “over”. He’s almost 20, not many months older than my son Jacob.

Jim’s boy came home. What’s left of him, that is. He got his face blown off. He’s deaf on his left side. One of his eyes is gone. He had a part of his hip replaced. Final diagnosis? Friendly fire. His future? Maybe not totally lost, but severely changed.

Me? I cried with Jim when he told me. He doesn’t blame the people that did the shooting, his son’s allies. He blames the situation and those that ordered the initial offensive strikes that began this travesty.

At times like this I see my sons, and your sons (and even Iraqi sons)having to deal with having no limbs or eyes or ears or faces. I am afraid even more of their possible deaths. We abstractly deal with 2000 dead Americans while Iraqi families have to deal with over 200,000 dead. They’ve all got faces and parents, like us, to support them or grieve them.

I am not pacifist by nature. I guess I am just selective in what I think is a good cause for sending my sons off to die. Sacrificing them for oil or some jingoistic cause doesn’t seem any better than those crazed boys that drive their suicide bombs into troops or buildings or crowds of people for Allah.

When will we, as a country, admit our errors in judgement and go on? I expect never. We as individuals can’t seem to admit our wrongs. We are a country of collective denial. We are, as a nation, sometimes full of shit.

If your boys want to avoid it when the draft comes around, tell them to call me if they don’t wanna go. I’ll find a way to help keep them from going. I’m sure, when the time comes, you will too.


So many roads, so much at stake. So many dead ends, I'm at the edge of the lake. Sometimes I wonder what it's gonna take to find dignity.


Country Living



Photos by Leo

Morning Sky

Photo by Leo

More from Axum

I guess it's as likely a place as any.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

St. Mary's in Axum

The Ark of the Covenant is believed to be stored and guarded in this chapel in Axum, Ethiopia. It is thought to have been brought from Jerusalem by soldiers of Queen Bathsheba after her tryst with Solomon. Monks of the Ethiopian Orthodox church guard the Ark here. A monk is chosen for a lifetime assignment as guard, allowing no one to enter under penalty of death. Many have died over the years and the monks have stood guard for over 1500 years.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Broken Seals

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NEWS ITEM

ISFAHAN, Iran (AP) -- August 10 -- In the end, there was nothing U.N. inspectors could do but watch as Iranian technicians broke open seals on the doors to a unit in Iran’s nuclear program and fired up equipment that the West had hoped would remain mothballed forever.

Also -- A bunch of Navy SEALS have gotten broken/maimed/killed in the Afghan combat zone.

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The Book of Revelation speaks of seals being broken.

Do ye think God isn't capable of puns AND prophesy? Possible clues to end times.

Mushroom clouds are likely on the horizon. Think those jihadi boys wouldn't love to get their mits on WMD? Think again.

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Have You Got Eating On Your Mind?

Photo by Leo

Theo oh Theo
Have you got eating on your mind, on your mind?
Something's wrong now Teddy
That a big shirt cannot hide
And you're afraid to let your eyes meet mine
And lately when we call you, we know you're not satisfied
Theo oh Theo
Have you got eating on your mind, on your mind?
I've seen the way you look at pie
When you think no one can see
and they think that you're just looking for more snack
But it's knowing that you're looking back
and wishing for pot roast
Theo oh Theo
Have you got eating on your mind, on your mind?
A chow hound wears a certain look
When he is looking for a buffet line
And a gal can always tell what's on his mind
I hate to have to say it
The gals say that look's all over you
Theo oh Theo
Have you got eating on your mind?
Oh Theo oh Theo
Have you got eating on your mind.....

Apologies to Gary Puckett


Naco, Sonora, Mexico


Convenience Store — Naco, Sonora


Gluttony

Methinks Brother Theodore has an eating disorder of some kind. Whenever you turn around, he's ordering another plate of something. It may be indicative of a deeper, more serious psychological dilemma. That or he's got a tapeworm or something.

Photo by Leo

Country Club at Naco




This is the Turquoise Room at Turquoise Valley Golf Course, Naco, Arizona. It's a fine place to dine and relax.

Monday, August 08, 2005

The importance of Iraq

This is freaky, interesting and pretty scary.

1. The garden of Eden and the Tower of Babel were in Iraq.
2. Mesopotamia (now Iraq) was the cradle of civilization.
3. Noah built the ark in Iraq.
4. The "Empire of Man" described in Revelations was Babylon, a city in Iraq.
5. Abraham was from Southern Iraq(Ur)
6. Isaac's wife Rebekah is from Iraq (Nahor)
7. Jacob met Rachel in Iraq.
8. Jonah preached in Iraq (Nineveh).
9. Assyria, which is in Iraq, conquered the ten tribes of Israel.
10. Amos cried out in Iraq.
11. Babylon destroyed Jerusalem.
12. Daniel was in the lion's den in Iraq.
13. The three Hebrew children were in the fire in Iraq (Jesus had been in Iraq also as the fourth person in the fiery furnace!)
14. Belshazzar, the King of Babylon, saw the "writing on the wall" in Iraq.
15. Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, carried the Jews captive into Iraq.
16. Ezekiel preached in Iraq.
17. The wise men were from Iraq.
18. Peter preached in Iraq.
19. Israel is the nation most often mentioned in the Bible. The second is Iraq. However, it's called Babylon, Land of Shinar, and Mesopotamia. The word Mesopotamia means between the two rivers, more exactly between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. The name Iraq, means country with deep roots.
20. America is typically represented by an eagle. The following verse is from the Koran (9:11); For it is written that a son of Arabia would be felt throughout the lands of Allah and lo, while some of the people trembled in despair, still more rejoiced; for the wrath of the Eagle cleansed the lands of Allah; and there was peace. (Note the verse number!)

Mighty Huachucas in their place





"As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts."

— Isaiah

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Ted's wedding photo


Folks, Ted Morris was kind enough to share a photo from his wedding to a lovely woman he met in a Sierra Vista karaoke bar. It's a good thing the bar served Jagermeister, because Lord knows Teddy would never have ended up with this gal if he would have had to woo her on his own. His opening line to a woman is usually, "Uh, you're not a cop, are you? 'Cause if you are, you have to tell me. It's the law."

Rumor has it that the girl's father Dan $3 million and a yak to consummate the wedding. Even with that, this agreement is written in Celtic texts as being akin to the trade that sent Herschel Walker from Dallas to Minnesota for every single one of their players and the cheerleaders. Again Ted, thanks for sharing. I love you like the drunken Irish brother I never had. -Chester

Inscription by Chester Arthur Burnett

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Red River (1948)



This is a heck of a film. The Duke plays Tom Dunson, a hard-nosed boss on a big cattle drive. Montgomery Clift co-stars. Howard Hawks directed.

Awesome film !!!

Interestingly, this was filmed in Arizona (near Elgin) and Mexico.

The Duke sports a long hair-do.

Filmsite.org says:

"Its metaphoric title was deliberately chosen to evoke the Biblical exodus, another journey in which a group of Israelites leave their familiar homeland and cross the Red Sea into unknown territory. By film's conclusion, the cattle herd are successfully brought to market on the new Chisholm Trail, and the two men are reconciled after a brutal brawl. The tough woman in the film, Tess (Joanne Dru), steps in and breaks up their final fight to the death with a gun. [The film's script was more upbeat than Chase's original story. In the original novel with a darker ending, Dunson's wound - from Cherry - causes him to collapse, and he soon dies. Matt and Tess bury him in Texas beside the Red River and near his ranch.]"

The Future

In times like these, it's comforting to know that the next generation of movers and shakers is poised for quick response. Given the sometimes dismal outlook for them, they stand ready to meet the challenges of American life.

Photo by Leo

Thursday, August 04, 2005

I want to know everything about these people


I bought this original 620 negative on eBay. I want to know everything about these people. Where was this taken? When? Are they still alive?
Photo by Chester Arthur Burnett

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Shaman Leo




The Aztecs looked at the nighttime sky as if it were a gigantic jaguar pelt covering the earth, each star representing a spot.

In fact, the Aztecs used the same word for shaman and jaguar:

Ix.

Smooth





What is it? Who knows??

Glory




Driving north from Palominas, Arizona, on July 27.

Can there be any question why the original native inhabitants called these mountains Huachuca?

"HUACHUCA" ... "PLACE OF THUNDER"

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Come back, Larry





Come back to the magic.

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