Sunday, November 9, 2008

Apollo Sunshine

That's this little guy! My newest purring friend!
He loves to climb the peach tree!

And hideout in the bamboo!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

OZO Mamas - Solve.Race.Win!

Davis High Trek Adventure was a blast! My friend Lori and I - Team OZO Mamas - came in 5th place in Saturday's race. Here is our official number tag (we both had one) that was used throughout the race.

The key to winning the race was contained in this envelope! All teams opened them together on a countdown of 3-2-1. Solve. Race. Win!

Opening the envelope revealed a sheet of the first six clues. It also made Lori want to stop right there. She never thought we were going be able to do this. HA! We had to complete the first six clues and return back to the starting point to get the next set of clues. The clues did not have to be solved in any order so that actually made things a little easier.

We wanted to solve the clues first, then map out the route for best time. We were only allowed to use public transportation and foot, no cabs, no bikes, no shoes with wheels. You get the idea. We had to take a photograph of each solved clue as we solved them. Here's a few of the clues we solved:

Q: My thumb isn't green! Solve the crossword to find the three-word TREKpoint located within a 1/4 mile of the Davis Train Depot.

Q: That's what mind readers are for.... Dionne Warwick and her "friends" would totally love this place located on the street that periodically tours with the singer nicknamed "The Boss."

There were several students hanging out at some party pad near campus and we decided to stop to ask them for help with a clue. They were clueless!

Q: Love will keep us together...Find the building on UCD's campus that shares its name with a direct competitor of eHarmony. It's located within a 1/4 mile of the Bike Barn.

After completing the first six clues, we went back to the starting point to get our next set of clues. There was a team taking a break on the steps and drinking some beers. Lori asked what the current standings were and we were in sixth place at that point, which we felt great about, but we were also told that the team on the step had already completed the entire race. Yes! Both sets of clues! Lori and I were blown away!

We set off to solve the next clues. They made one of the clues very sweet, a delicious frozen yogurt! Our picture had to include the cups in hand!

Q: Sounds delicious....Find the building on UCD's campus where part of its name is a very popular lunchtime sandwich typically ordered with either turkey or chicken. You'll find this TREKpoint located within 300 feet of the Arboretum Waterway.

And my favorite clue was this one, even though it caused us to get docked about thirty minutes for backtracking. We had already solved an earlier clue right near there.

Q: Here's Johnny....Find this greasy spoon located within a 1/4 mile of the Davis Amtrak Station. It's name is a famous line from a Stanley Kubrick movie based on the novel by Stephen King.

There were lots of clues to solve and we did the entire race by foot, with a completion time of a few minutes over three hours. It was a whole lotta fun and we look forward to doing it again next year!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

High Trek Adventure

"Solar Intersections" © R. Behrens, 1989

A friend and I are doing this race in Davis on Saturday.

What is High Trek Adventure?

High Trek Adventure is a unique, one-of-a-kind urban adventure game where brains beat brawn! Teams of two solve clever clues and face fun challenges all while navigating the urban landscape via foot or on public transportation! It's a scavenger hunt, with all the thrills of the amazing race, mixed in with trivial pursuit, throw in a mini road race and add a dash of cat-and-mouse. And voila! You've got High Trek Adventure! More...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Summer Friends

Fun in the Front Yard
Fast and Twitty

Wings of Beauty

Wait, okay now
Photos by Tickledrop September 9, 2008

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Music City USA

High on the Music!
My friend Block and I outside The Belcourt Theater in Nashville. We were there to see an amazing band -- King Crimson.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Goodbye Utah

U. Utah Phillips

Utah Phillips who was an anarchist, hobo, railroader, folksinger, community activist, tramp, husband, father, amazing storyteller and honorable man, passed away while asleep Friday night in his home in Nevada City, California. As a regular listener of his radio show Loafer's Glory: The Hobo Jungle of the Mind, I found his storytelling fascinating. His stories are those needing to be told about the hard work and efforts of the Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies) from today and long ago. A hero dedicated to honor all workers, both men and women. He will not be forgotten.

The bum on the rod is hunted down
As the enemy of mankind;
The other is driven around to his club
And feted, wined and dined.
And they who curse the bum on the rods
As the essence of all that is bad
Will greet the other with a winning smile
And extend him the hand so glad.
The bum on the rods is a social flea
Who gets an occasional bite;
The bum on the plush is a social leech,
Blood-sucking day and night.

The bum on the rods is a load so light
That his weight we scarcely feel,
But it takes the labor of dozens of men
To furnish the other meal.
As long as you sanction the bum on the plush,
The other will always be there,
But rid yourself of the bum on the plush
And the other will disappear.

Then make an intelligent, organized kick,
Get rid of the weights that crush;
Don't worry about the bum on the rods,
Get rid of the bum on the plush!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Whole Earth Festival

Everybody on the planet is invited!

It's time once again for the Whole Earth Festival, a community driven festival of education, music, and art that happens every Mother's Day weekend in the quad grove on the UC Davis campus.
Beautiful People!

One of the many ways that the small, college town begins preparing!
Who needs beer when there's herb?

Friday, May 2, 2008

Berkeley Mayor Takes a Stand for Patients and Caregivers

Support Medical Marijuana!

From Becky DeKeuster, Berkeley Patients Group

Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates this week joined Oakland’s Ron Dellums and San Francisco’s Gavin Newsom in urging Representative John Conyers, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, to hold Congressional oversight hearings into attempts by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to undermine state and local medical marijuana laws. Bates’ letter references a unanimous City Council resolution on January 29, 2008 declaring Berkeley “a sanctuary for medical marijuana patients, providers, and landlords,” and mentions that other cities have taken similar steps.

The letter calls Berkeley’s three medical marijuana dispensaries “regulated, tax-paying members of our community,” and says they “maintain clean, safe properties and play an active role in Berkeley’s civic life.” It then cites the DEA’s “aggressive tactics” and Berkeley’s “strong opposition” to federal interference as reasons for swift hearings.

Since 2007, more than 50 dispensaries have been raided by federal agents and their assets forfeited—including, in many cases, sales tax collections due to the state. In July 2007, landlords renting to dispensaries began receiving letters from the DEA, threatening them with forfeiture and imprisonment. Many have chosen to evict, although no federal action has been taken against a landlord since the letters went out.

In addition to Dellums, Newsom, and Bates, Mayor John Duran of West Hollywood and Mayor Ryan Coonerty of Santa Cruz have also sent letters urging Conyers to set a date for Congressional hearings. Read about the Mayor's statement and letter in the Daily Californian

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Super High Me

Tickledrop Supports Medical Marijuana

Comedian Doug Benson Offers Medical Marijuana Supporters a Free DVD of his New Film Super High Me For 4/20

A longtime NORML supporter, Doug is offering other supporters the opportunity to host their own screenings for his new comedic documentary Super High Me. A parody of the well-known documentary Super Size Me, Super High Me is an experiment of the effects of medical cannabis on the human body.

As part of his journey, Doug smokes, eats and vaporizes medical marijuana for thirty consecutive days in order to get "Super High." But there is a catch–first Doug must go thirty days without any marijuana and undertake a number of tests, completing the same tests while medicated and while sober, in an effort to find out what marijuana does and how it really affects people.

The filmmakers are employing a revolutionary ‘open access’ marketing scheme to promote the film, and as such are pleased to offer free DVDs of the film others in order for them to have the opportunity to screen the film this April 20th.

Interested parties should direct their web browser to the film’s website at and register to host a screening or find an existing screening in your community.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Friday, March 14, 2008

My Springtime Starts Now

Call Any VegetableFred has awakened but is very groggy. When he's not still sleeping, he's warming his shell in the sun. Fred is a twenty year old Mojave Desert Tortoise (gopherus agassizii). He is a rescued tortoise and is protected by the Federal Endangered Species Act of 1973. He was first adopted in 1989 by my mother. He was still a hatchling less than a year old. I adopted him after her death in 2000. My mother was native american and had some pretty far out beliefs about Fred's spirituality. I'm kind of sceptic because I don't know much about that sort of stuff.