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This is a picture taken of a Western Tiger Swallowtail at Ancil Hoffman park.


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Hummingbirds In Our Back Yard.

Some hummingbirds found in our sunny Sacramento back yard.

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Sacramento Piano Festival – 1964

A friend of ours gave us this program of the Sixth Annual Sacramento Piano Festival that was held at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium on Sunday, May 24th, 1964. It had 110 pianos on the floor of the Auditorium and 825 pianists participated in the event. Each piano could have two pianists sitting on each bench and thus have as many as 220 pianists playing at one time.

I had never heard of the Sacrament Piano Festival. So, I tried to find more info web searches and could not find any information. I did find that in 1964 both the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones played at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, but no mention of the Sacramento Piano Festival. Go Figure. The Festival must have been as big of an event as the Stones, right?

The Fleming Music Company sponsored the event, but they are no longer in business. Apparently, the 110 pianos used in the festival were available for sale right after the concert.

Does anyone out there remember the Sacramento Piano Festival?

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Stealing Paper Towels and Plastic Bags

There is an older woman, maybe in her late 70s or early 80s that Janet and I have seen a couple of times near the fresh meat department at our local Raley’s grocery store. She will stand near the rolls of paper towels and plastic bags that the store puts out for customers to put their meat in, watching the butcher restocking the meat. As soon as he turns his back, this woman will grab the roll of paper towels and pull down ten or fifteen sheets, tear them off, quickly roll the towels up and stick them in her purse. She then waits until the coast is clear again and does the same thing with the plastic bags. Turning her head to look up and down the aisle to make sure no one saw her, she then walks away like it was her God given right to take as many paper towels as she wants.

We have witness this behavior two or three times now. I’m sure that the store’s personnel know she is doing this and just lets her take whatever she needs. This makes me wonder why people think it is their right to steal things such as paper towels. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve see folks bring in their own cups and fill them with soda at the self-serve fountains at fast food restaurants. I’ve even seen parents do this in front of their children, teaching them that this is ok to do. Why is this ok?

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Spotted Dick

For some reason I find myself giggling when I stroll down this aisle at Raley’s supermarket. It is apparently some kind of pudding –

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Gospel Motivators at St. Francis

Gospel Motivators at St. Francis choir November birthday celebration. You can also see a video here of the one of the songs:Gospel Motivators

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Large Orb Web Spider

We found a large unusual Orb Web Spider in our front yard. The closest we could get to identifying it is that it belongs to the Genus Araneus.

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Chalk it up

Our family did our usual Labor Day routine today in Sacramento. We went to the Pancake Circus Restaurant and had a great breakfast and then went to Fremont Park on 16th and Q streets for the 20th annual Chalk-it-up chalk art festival. Artists of all ages are assigned a square section of the sidewalk that circles the park and spend the Labor day weekend drawing with chalk. It is a very interesting and colorful event. They also have live bands scheduled for all three day. We have been going to this since 1993.

Here are a few pictures.

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