Cat Napping

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It’s Picture Day Wednesday….. and yes, we will still have Picture Day at The Nest.  I’m not shitcanning it while I’m doing the A to Z thing on Tuesdays.  That challenge has me digging into Photobucket folders I haven’t looked at in a while and finding pictures I’d forgotten about.  Like this one of my butterball Ody sacked out in his favorite place to roost… on top of the back cushion of my big comfy chair.  Yeah, that’s scratching damage you see on the back of the chair… but it’s an oldie so it was built to last, and has held up very well to serving a pair of clawed cats for the past seven and a half years.

Shhhhhhhhh!  Don’t wake him up.  He’ll only want to be fed again….

I’ll have something else to whisper about next Wednesday….

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A Is For…

a is for acorn

Starting today, I’m filling my Tuesday void with a new temporary weekly feature that occurred to me while I was out taking a much needed walk last week.  I’ve seen some photo challenges recently involving finding subjects in pictures that all start with the same letter of the alphabet… and combined with the frequent reader suggestion that I do some sort of an A to Z feature on my blog, I decided to give this a try for the next 26 weeks’ worth of Tuesdays.

I’m going to try to hold myself to a couple of rules that should make this a bit more challenging (especially for those dumb letters the ancient people didn’t have enough sense to purge from the alphabet long before blogging challenges were invented).  They are…

  • Only photos I took myself will be used.
  • All photos used will have been taken without any thought given to this challenge.

The first criteria will definitely be enforced… no cheating by using anyone else’s stuff.  Every photo to appear in one of these A to Z posts will have been snapped by myself personally.  The second one may be a bit more difficult since if a zebra or a yak walked down my street tomorrow, I’d be awfully tempted to grab the camera while thinking I’ve got a couple of my tougher letters taken care of (nevermind that the yak is probably eating the neighbor’s cat while I’m obsessing over my blog)….

OK, let’s get it started with the letter A!

My central AIR CONDITIONER unit…. or at least, what was left of it once copper thieves tried in vain to haul it away in broad daylight three years ago.

ARTWORK!  Some created by me…

And some created by others.

gateway arch st louis

The Gateway ARCH, St.Louis’ most recognizable landmark.  No, I haven’t been up to the top of it, that’s a tourist thing….

And the Golden ARCHES, fast food’s most recognizable landmark…

arizona plates

ARIZONA license plate.  I took this picture in Pittsburgh, PA for the record, which is almost 2,000 miles from the Grand Canyon State…

An ABANDONED Office Depot building in ARLINGTON, Texas.

The ARID conditions of the very hot and very dry Summer of 2012…

appliance parking only

APPLIANCE Parking Only”… a sarcastic sign outside of a used appliance shop in my town.

The majestic Wild Somali ASS, showing off its………. well……

Is it an ANTENNA, or just a radio tower?  I don’t know…. I just wanted one more to end on and had no idea finding “A” pictures would be so difficult.  I don’t think B will be as difficult, but I’m sure I’ll find out next Tuesday…

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Lady Luck

I feel so much luckier already!

It’s Monday again, that day of the week when every roll seems to come up as snake eyes.  But The Nest knows when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em, so we’re going all in by pulling the lever pressing the button on another max bet spin of the lost music slot machine we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy’s ready to deal out another classic melody that got royal flushed from the cool table of 80’s music, while the Sponkies weren’t old enough to get into the casino today, so they’re playing Go Fish today in the day care center.  Got any jokers?

Kylie Minogue is a veritable international superstar who should really need no introduction.  She is one of the most successful pop stars to emerge from the fertile penal colony of musical talent that is Australia… turning a stint on an Aussie soap opera in the mid 80’s into a record deal that would begin her legendary music career.  If you don’t believe how high Kylie’s star managed to rise, here’s a photo of a statue they built of her in Melbourne…

Miley Cyrus will never get one of these…… we can only hope.

But there’s a reason she is being featured on a third rate series about lost songs, and that’s the fact that America largely rolled its eyes at her big coming out party and went on idolizing the likes of Paula Abdul and Janet Jackson instead.  Sure, we remember her version of “The Loco-motion”… which I included in my cover song countdown a couple years ago.  And 2001’s “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” didn’t go unnoticed… maybe because apparently it’s considered to be the “catchiest song of all time” by self-proclaimed experts in earworms.  But outside of that, we’re largely a Kylie free society here in the US, and that’s a damned shame…

Should’ve done more twerking, Kylie…

As a damning example of how much we Yanks went out of our way to ignore the Aussie Barbie, Kylie’s 1988 debut song “I Should Be So Lucky” was a Top 10 hit in almost every country that had electricity in the 80’s.  But not in the United States, where it sadly only made it to #28… and even that shitty ranking makes it the fourth highest charting US hit of her illustrious career.  It’s a wonderfully perky song that deserves to be played again and again, and we’re gonna do it some justice this week on the DVA….

I had long been saving this song for the Monday before St. Patrick’s Day, and naturally wound up forgetting.  My mind is not so lucky, lucky lucky lucky…

I said lucky, not creepy…

I’ll be back next Monday with another song you can’t get our of your head….

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Look Ma! No Hands!

Those crazy, show off squirrels…

Or maybe that should be no paws?  Either way, I was thrilled to see I’d caught this squirrel in “mid-hop” darting up this tree, creating the illusion that he’s just suspended there in midair without holding on to anything.  In fact, it doesn’t take much imagination for it to appear he’s hanging from that branch above by his teeth… which only makes this photo even cooler!  Squirrels are such talented acrobats, so if one were to actually attempt a stunt like this without a safety net, the chances of him not breaking his neck would be about 95%… while the probability that anyone watching this Saturday Squirrel pull off this gravity defying act would be absolutely amazed would be 100% certainty!

Have a great weekend everyone!

And be sure to check out the Bacon Harvest Party being held today by Angel Sammy and Teddy over at their blog TWO Spoiled Cats!  Everyone was invited to attend the harvesting, so The Nest made sure to send a representative to the festivities, and you can see who that was in the harvester gallery.  There’s three drawings for prizes that can only be won if you stop by and holla…

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Need Input

Must disassemble possum!

If you are a regular visitor to my humble blog, you probably know by now that I’m very much a creature of habit.  There are certain days of the week where you just know you’re going to see the same kind of lame, boring content you saw on that same day the week before.  You know every Monday you’re going to have to listen to a shitty earworm, every Thursday will involve another comic death for Buster, and Saturdays is all about the sciurine cuteness that saves my blog from being ranked last in WordPress’ Neilsen ratings.

Why should I have to work weekends for you!?!?

But Fridays have been…… well, unique.  It’s been home to no fewer than six regular features at some point in time since The Nest first rolled off the assembly line and crashed onto the showroom floor in a million pieces.  Most recently, it’s been the perversely fucked up Shelf Critter Theatre… which has been met with both uproarious laughter and deer in the headlights stares since it debuted last Fall.  It’s also, as some of you have figured out on your own, a very complex and time consuming event to put on every week.  I mean, you try working with these difficult critters and see how long it takes to put a quality piece of entertainment out…

Goddammit, Troll! You forgot to fucking dress yourself again! I’m not shooting a porno here…

After an initial run of 21 episodes that helped fuck up your Fridays for the past five months, it’s time to give SCT a little breather.  Don’t worry…. it’ll be back in all its overly sensational glory later this year, and undoubtedly, you’ll still see my newest stars pop up in a post from time to time.  Trust me, it’s impossible to keep Mitzi out from in front of the camera…

Oooooh, like, every side is totally my best side!!!

And just what will The Nest fill the Theatre’s hiatus with?  Of course, it’s that miniseries you’ve come to know and love on Fridays the last couple years, Prompt the Squirrel!  PTS is the feature where YOU, the people who really make this blog great, get your one chance every year to be the inspiration for one of my posts!  Some of my favorite posts I’ve written in my five years of blogging have been posts that would have never seen the light of day without a reader planting the seed in my fertilizer filled mind…

You can’t possibly beat the once in a lifetime serendipity of seeing an embarrassing young man with too many unicorn figurines on TV while you have your own unicorn figurines lined up watching that TV…

Everyone who is reading this post today is encouraged to send in a prompt for me to run with in Prompt the Squirrel III.  Any suggestion, no matter how descriptive, vague or even fucked up will be considered…. though I do ask you to stay away from controversial shit and especially politics.  Homey don’t play that.  If you’re new to the whole PTS phenomenon and would like to see what ideas others have submitted in the past (as well as the bizarre creations they morphed into), you can check out the summaries of PTS I and PTS II I’ve kept in those blue links there that I promise will not bite you.

Or lead you to some awful critter porn site…

Beginning next Friday and running until the last reader suggestion has been exploited, I will choose a prompt (in no particular order) to write about.  As long as your prompt is not asking me to aid and abet your burying of the bodies of your victims, it will be used at some point during the run of PTS3!  And when you’re prompt is featured, you’ll get a cool shoutout and link to your blog (if you have one) that will undoubtedly send your stats soaring into the stratosphere.  Topping last year’s total of 21 prompts would be awesome, but it can only happen with your participation!  Put those dunce thinking caps on and come up with something you’d like me to turn into a post!  Then fill out the contact form below to officially get in on all of the Prompt the Squirrel fun!

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