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  21. <name>Will</name>
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  24. <title type="html"><![CDATA[And Now For Something Completely Different: Good News]]></title>
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  26. <id>http://www.wildbell.com/?p=11145</id>
  27. <updated>2017-05-06T14:28:23Z</updated>
  28. <published>2017-05-06T14:28:23Z</published>
  29. <category scheme="http://www.wildbell.com" term="animals" /> <summary type="html"><![CDATA[If the following press release ends up getting covered by any of the local media outlets, it stands a good bet that you are acquainted at some level with the Friendly Neighborhood Humane Officer involved in this all-together awesome of a happy ending, more than two years in the making. JUSTICE FOR KING 2015 Animal [&#8230;]]]></summary>
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  31. <p>If the following press release ends up getting covered by any of the local media outlets, it stands a good bet that you are acquainted at some level with the Friendly Neighborhood Humane Officer involved in this all-together awesome of a happy ending, more than two years in the making.</p>
  32. <h4 style="text-align: center;"><strong>JUSTICE FOR KING<br />
  33. </strong><strong>2015 Animal Cruelty Case Results in Conviction</strong></h4>
  34. <p>Los Angeles &#8212; Rather than stand trial on April 28, 2017, Marcus Kemp (DOB 11/15/1965) entered a no contest plea to one misdemeanor count Penal Code 597(b), animal cruelty, at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center (Division 47) for his part in the suffering of King, a four-year-old pit bull mix dog in his care. The terms of Kemp’s probation include 36 months summary probation, $250 fine plus penalty assessment, and 16 animal cruelty classes, among other conditions (Court Case <span class="_5afx"><span class="_58cl _5afz">#</span><span class="_58cm">6CJ01732</span></span>). The charges are the result of an investigation by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA). The case was prosecuted by Michelle H. McGinnis, Supervising Deputy City Attorney, Los Angeles City Attorney&#8217;s Office, Criminal Division.</p>
  35. <p>In April 2015, spcaLA Humane Officers responded to an animal cruelty tip on the 800 block of E. 109th Street in Willowbrook. In the backyard of the residence, they found King tethered to a cyclone fence by a heavy metal chain . Fatigued but alert, King was underweight and had a severe ligature-type wound to his left hind leg resulting from becoming entangled in the chain to which he was unlawfully confined. This injury resulted in undue suffering and neglect. Criminal charges were filed against defendants, Kemp and Keesha Price (DOB 11/26/1970) in March of 2016. Price later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.</p>
  36. <div id="attachment_11146" style="width: 560px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><a href="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/unnamed.jpeg"><img class="wp-image-11146 size-large" src="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/unnamed-550x174.jpeg" alt="" width="550" height="174" srcset="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/unnamed-550x174.jpeg 550w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/unnamed-300x95.jpeg 300w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/unnamed-768x243.jpeg 768w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/unnamed-150x47.jpeg 150w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/unnamed.jpeg 1518w" sizes="(max-width: 550px) 100vw, 550px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">King, before and after.</p></div>
  37. <p>While in the care of spcaLA, King recovered from his injuries with proper veterinary care and nutrition. Despite neglect at the hands of his former human companions, King remained a happy dog who loved to play and receive affection . In February 2016, King was adopted into a loving home.</p>
  38. <p>spcaLA is the only private animal welfare organization in Los Angeles that is also Law Enforcement. spcaLA Humane Officers hold the same powers of Peace Officers in the state of California when investigating animal cruelty. spcaLA is a non-profit agency that relies on donations for its programs and services, including animal cruelty investigations. To donate, please visit <a href="https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2FspcaLA.com%2F&amp;h=ATM9EO0y6_2sIeXK8w_t1M7mb6kcptfQYCUojBHgahV-24aYXAZj2ko8avEybLg2tkLUEG1HlAKm62sf6SeVFxqu5v0-2Iu9hpv5-gyWl5NLOocXv20eOTotrWFd8xIREef50LobLrkz9nVFtKIc-SRFu7qFTGfSj-rOW04H&amp;enc=AZPDMxQagqYUoJKHemPBpv8zbY4bO-ztJMeNJMxZ5axlWa_t3JwWIASV8isN6YXBp81AhwgLpp6_Xq-2f2tVOvQ3_haVjc_FRcuad4ev3pd0pRcYBLct5jLdjqVdRho9X1rHOZiZUfC4y_JJbc7xUlJrGcpipsWmKPXsfWKALSvLlBAauWCuySqO-p8Yh223HyNc8uGfxbK5viiD_HhzYFUk&amp;s=1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">spcaLA.com</a> or call 323-730-5300 x233.</p>
  39. <p>For more information, please contact Miriam Davenport at 323-730-5300 x233, 323-353-4658 cell or [email protected]</p>
  40. <p>Since 1877, spcaLA has been the premiere independent, nonprofit animal welfare organization serving Southern California. There is no national SPCA, parent organization, or umbrella group that provides financial support to spcaLA. Donations run programs and services including Cruelty Investigation, Disaster Animal Response Team, Humane Education, and a variety of shelter services.</p>
  41. <p>Bonus video of King romping about: <a href="https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2FYvHSQ6_qi4E&amp;h=ATP9LWkKsMEWje-yJyl4jqHNqtMfll6hfyvR-UdHxakDMAmczkp-ZIpC86qC2CkncwXeT7j6b4LIu9Gq5bB3Y91DeKb9s_nrUAwHxlDdH9TdNEjYiLy4tW9kz7Xk5hVb2E7VvEgbiq6GekIysdmynlg14F9tMKoRmAzO-w6m&amp;enc=AZN1BI-kPqrvkx4b-mMjs_j2sKTbiyIkOoLufE3HGyPGChIkbWQWNjpiKZajDs3_U7mfHA9j3V8QxnAMRHkFgdMLndyMp1o9Q5sYevPlU5noshmiHvePDbOHo6tLWrLqdumA74FycOk7P9obC7Li6kKxQV7mcGji7UEl98Si7G5ktMDKDEoXcmsYv3xFS2tDNPruNN9-xHleGrJ82BgBZt7Y&amp;s=1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">https://youtu.be/YvHSQ6_qi4E</a></p>
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  47. <name>Will</name>
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  50. <title type="html"><![CDATA[April 29, 1992]]></title>
  51. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://www.wildbell.com/2017/04/29/april-29-1992/" />
  52. <id>http://www.wildbell.com/?p=11138</id>
  53. <updated>2017-04-30T01:20:26Z</updated>
  54. <published>2017-04-30T01:18:40Z</published>
  55. <category scheme="http://www.wildbell.com" term="history" /><category scheme="http://www.wildbell.com" term="los angeles" /> <summary type="html"><![CDATA[As a San Fernando Valley resident at the time and far removed from the greater LA basin, it&#8217;s rather ironic how I came to experience what I did on April 29, 1992, and where; roughly a 4.5 mile straight line to the riot&#8217;s epicenter at Florence and Normandie. I was a student at Pierce College [&#8230;]]]></summary>
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  57. <p>As a San Fernando Valley resident at the time and far removed from the greater LA basin, it&#8217;s rather ironic how I came to experience what I did on April 29, 1992, and where; roughly a 4.5 mile straight line to the riot&#8217;s epicenter at Florence and Normandie. I was a student at Pierce College in Woodland Hills at the time and a photography class assignment to illustrate the theme of &#8220;Man&#8217;s Impact On His Environment&#8221; (speaking of ironic) was coming due. On the early afternoon of April 29 I got on my motorcycle from my home in Sherman Oaks and rode to Baldwin Hills with the idea of photographing the oil derricks pumping there along the hills and ridge lines. Dissatisfied with the compositions I found I ended up at serene oasis that is nearby Kenneth Hahn State Recreational Area at one of the horseshoe pits, taking set-up shots of my shoe print and a crushed flower in the dirt.</p>
  58. <p><a href="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/impactt.jpg"><img class="alignnone wp-image-11139 size-large" src="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/impactt-550x309.jpg" alt="" width="550" height="309" srcset="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/impactt-550x309.jpg 550w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/impactt-300x168.jpg 300w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/impactt-768x431.jpg 768w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/impactt-150x84.jpg 150w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/impactt.jpg 1131w" sizes="(max-width: 550px) 100vw, 550px" /></a></p>
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  62. <p>While I was doing this a woman came over, sat on the backstop of the pit and watched me for a few moments until she finally asked me if I&#8217;d &#8220;heard the news?&#8221; I stopped and shook my head. &#8220;They were found not guilty,&#8221; she said and I knew instantly she was referring to the officers on trial for the beating of Rodney King. I expressed my incredulity and then promptly went back to taking pictures of my shoe print. She waited a few more moments before standing up. &#8220;I don&#8217;t think you understand,&#8221; she said, and I looked back up at her. &#8220;I&#8217;m getting out of here.&#8221; I stared blankly. &#8220;And I&#8217;m black,&#8221; she finished, and started walking purposefully toward the parking lot.</p>
  63. <p><img class="alignnone wp-image-11140 size-large" src="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/impactt2-550x303.jpg" alt="" width="550" height="303" srcset="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/impactt2-550x303.jpg 550w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/impactt2-300x165.jpg 300w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/impactt2-768x423.jpg 768w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/impactt2-150x83.jpg 150w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/impactt2.jpg 884w" sizes="(max-width: 550px) 100vw, 550px" /></p>
  64. <p>Finally and fully I comprehended what she was trying to get through my thick white head, and when I did I offered up an emphatic &#8220;Thank you!&#8221; wished her good luck and wasted not another second getting back to my motorcycle at which time a pick-up truck drove slowly past me, stopping a few spaces down. In the cab were two young black men with two more riding in the bed and all were staring at me with a fury the likes of which I will never forget. There was no mistaking their rage and that it was focused directly at me and the color of my skin. Fortunately &#8212; no: miraculously &#8212; parked farther down past them at the end of the lot was a black-and-white &#8212; not LAPD but rather a &#8220;Safety&#8221; police vehicle, whatever that meant. I couldn&#8217;t see if there was an officer inside, but its presence made the four men hesitate enough looking from it back to me and back to it to give me enough time to get my helmet on and my motorcycle started and like a bat outta hell I was northbound on La Cienega and gunning the throttle.</p>
  65. <p>By the time I got to the bottom of the hill, the Fedco at Rodeo and La Cienega (now it&#8217;s a Target) was already on fire and being looted, and I split the gridlocked lanes between cars many of whose drivers looked terrified stuck there in the gridlock as if a tsumani was bearing toward them from the rear and they had no escape.</p>
  66. <p><a href="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/impactt3.jpg"><img class="alignnone wp-image-11141 size-large" src="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/impactt3-550x730.jpg" alt="" width="550" height="730" srcset="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/impactt3-550x730.jpg 550w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/impactt3-226x300.jpg 226w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/impactt3-768x1020.jpg 768w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/impactt3-113x150.jpg 113w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/impactt3.jpg 925w" sizes="(max-width: 550px) 100vw, 550px" /></a></p>
  67. <p>When I got home to the relative calm of the valley I turned on the television and the Los Angeles I had earlier been in the middle of had turned into a living burning hell. I locked the doors, loaded the gun, and stayed glued to the newscasts broadcasting the horror and the heartbreak of a city seemingly hell bent on burning itself down.</p>
  68. <p>I watched the endless replays of the attack on Reginald Denny, and who&#8217;s to say what might have happened to me if that woman hadn&#8217;t warned me or that police vehicle hadn&#8217;t been there, but I&#8217;m thankful either way I didn&#8217;t have to find out.</p>
  69. <p>Days later after the chaos had been quelled and a certain order had been restored, I was in the dark room at Pierce College developing images from those few frames I snapped for the photo class assignment (I believe I got a C grade for the passable quality of the photos as shown with comments that I took the assignment too literally), and it dawned on me that the image&#8217;s subject matter was something I could have easily recreated in the comparative safety of my own backyard instead of in the midst of the waves of rioting that flooded the city.</p>
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  73. <entry>
  74. <author>
  75. <name>Will</name>
  76. <uri>http://www.wildbell.com</uri>
  77. </author>
  78. <title type="html"><![CDATA[The Biggest Senses Of Accomplishment Can Derive From The Smallest Of Acts]]></title>
  79. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://www.wildbell.com/2017/04/18/the-biggest-senses-of-accomplishment-can-derive-from-the-smallest-of-acts/" />
  80. <id>http://www.wildbell.com/?p=11131</id>
  81. <updated>2017-04-18T14:34:43Z</updated>
  82. <published>2017-04-18T14:34:43Z</published>
  83. <category scheme="http://www.wildbell.com" term="adventure" /><category scheme="http://www.wildbell.com" term="animals" /> <summary type="html"><![CDATA[Adding water to the birdbath, somehow I caught something reeeeally tiny on a rock just as it got washed off. It took some looking but I managed to rescue this littlest of mantises and brought him inside to get the following vid/pix and let it dry off before returning it outdoors. It&#8217;s odd how you [&#8230;]]]></summary>
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  85. <p>Adding water to the birdbath, somehow I caught something reeeeally tiny on a rock just as it got washed off. It took some looking but I managed to rescue this littlest of mantises and brought him inside to get the following vid/pix and let it dry off before returning it outdoors.</p>
  86. <p>It&#8217;s odd how you can get the biggest sense of accomplishment from the smallest of acts.</p>
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  105. <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/mantis.mov">mini mantis movie link<br />
  106. </a></p>
  107. <p><a href="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/mantis.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-11133" src="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/mantis-550x303.jpg" alt="" width="550" height="303" srcset="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/mantis-550x303.jpg 550w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/mantis-300x165.jpg 300w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/mantis-768x423.jpg 768w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/mantis-150x83.jpg 150w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/mantis.jpg 1117w" sizes="(max-width: 550px) 100vw, 550px" /></a></p>
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  112. <entry>
  113. <author>
  114. <name>Will</name>
  115. <uri>http://www.wildbell.com</uri>
  116. </author>
  117. <title type="html"><![CDATA[Daytrip To The Great Wide Open]]></title>
  118. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://www.wildbell.com/2017/04/02/daytrip-to-the-great-wide-open/" />
  119. <id>http://www.wildbell.com/?p=11127</id>
  120. <updated>2017-04-02T17:35:45Z</updated>
  121. <published>2017-04-02T17:35:45Z</published>
  122. <category scheme="http://www.wildbell.com" term="adventure" /><category scheme="http://www.wildbell.com" term="animals" /><category scheme="http://www.wildbell.com" term="daytrip" /><category scheme="http://www.wildbell.com" term="hiking" /> <summary type="html"><![CDATA[No April Foolin&#8217;! Susan and I brought Ranger with us and drove all the way out to Wind Wolves Preserve near Bakersfield and enjoyed its magnificence via an eight-mile hike up a canyon and back along a plateau. Here&#8217;s a two-frame 360-degree panorama of Ranger and Susan with seemingly the entire park to themselves somewhere [&#8230;]]]></summary>
  123. <content type="html" xml:base="http://www.wildbell.com/2017/04/02/daytrip-to-the-great-wide-open/"><![CDATA[<p>No April Foolin&#8217;! Susan and I brought Ranger with us and drove all the way out to <a href="http://www.wildlandsconservancy.org/preserve_windwolves.html" target="_blank"><strong>Wind Wolves Preserve</strong></a> near Bakersfield and enjoyed its magnificence via an eight-mile hike up a canyon and back along a plateau. Here&#8217;s a two-frame 360-degree panorama of Ranger and Susan with seemingly the entire park to themselves somewhere between the fourth and third mile markers of the Tule Elk Trail (I&#8217;d encourage clicking to embiggify the image):</p>
  124. <p><a href="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/greatwideopen.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-11128" src="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/greatwideopen-550x76.jpg" alt="" width="550" height="76" srcset="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/greatwideopen-550x76.jpg 550w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/greatwideopen-300x42.jpg 300w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/greatwideopen-768x107.jpg 768w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/greatwideopen-150x21.jpg 150w" sizes="(max-width: 550px) 100vw, 550px" /></a></p>
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  126. </entry>
  127. <entry>
  128. <author>
  129. <name>Will</name>
  130. <uri>http://www.wildbell.com</uri>
  131. </author>
  132. <title type="html"><![CDATA[Slice O&#8217;Life: Bird In A Fountain]]></title>
  133. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://www.wildbell.com/2017/03/29/slice-olife-bird-in-a-fountain/" />
  134. <id>http://www.wildbell.com/?p=11125</id>
  135. <updated>2017-03-29T14:22:23Z</updated>
  136. <published>2017-03-29T14:22:23Z</published>
  137. <category scheme="http://www.wildbell.com" term="animals" /><category scheme="http://www.wildbell.com" term="slice of life" /> <summary type="html"><![CDATA[From the kitchen window I spied this little red-headed bird sippin&#8217; and scratchin&#8217; and shakin&#8217; for a spell in the backyard fountain&#8230; Then here&#8217;s Patchy Cat entranced by the same birdy during a replay on my computer&#8230;]]></summary>
  138. <content type="html" xml:base="http://www.wildbell.com/2017/03/29/slice-olife-bird-in-a-fountain/"><![CDATA[<p>From the kitchen window I spied this little red-headed bird sippin&#8217; and scratchin&#8217; and shakin&#8217; for a spell in the backyard fountain&#8230;</p>
  139. <p><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tNxXfWEp_-I?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p>
  140. <p>Then here&#8217;s Patchy Cat entranced by the same birdy during a replay on my computer&#8230;</p>
  141. <p><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rZ9fvID9rsU?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p>
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  143. </entry>
  144. <entry>
  145. <author>
  146. <name>Will</name>
  147. <uri>http://www.wildbell.com</uri>
  148. </author>
  149. <title type="html"><![CDATA[Short Story Long: Frond Memories]]></title>
  150. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://www.wildbell.com/2017/02/25/short-story-long-frond-memories/" />
  151. <id>http://www.wildbell.com/?p=11118</id>
  152. <updated>2017-02-25T16:34:05Z</updated>
  153. <published>2017-02-25T16:13:41Z</published>
  154. <category scheme="http://www.wildbell.com" term="adventure" /><category scheme="http://www.wildbell.com" term="Defining Moments" /><category scheme="http://www.wildbell.com" term="gardening" /><category scheme="http://www.wildbell.com" term="timelapse" /><category scheme="http://www.wildbell.com" term="too much information" /> <summary type="html"><![CDATA[For those of you who do not have palm trees on your property with which you have to deal, I am a bit jealous. We happen to have two. One is roughly a sixty footer that has been growing for perhaps near as long as our 1906 house is old. It stands majestically and relatively [&#8230;]]]></summary>
  155. <content type="html" xml:base="http://www.wildbell.com/2017/02/25/short-story-long-frond-memories/"><![CDATA[<p>For those of you who do not have palm trees on your property with which you have to deal, I am a bit jealous. We happen to have two. One is roughly a sixty footer that has been growing for perhaps near as long as our 1906 house is old. It stands majestically and relatively out of the way in the northwest corner of the backyard. The other comes in somewhere upwards of forty feet and it is literally and maddeningly situated smack dab in the middle of the backyard, about ten feet back from the kitchen windows.</p>
  156. <p>I would estimate that in the course of the near thirteen years that tree and I have been acquainted, I have spent a cumulative total of two hours and thirty-six minutes just staring in WTF-style amazement at it wondering which one of the previous owners had the opportunity to uproot the palm tree in its infancy some half-century ago, but instead decided it would be a dang good idea to allow it to grow in pretty much the most obtrusive possible place that one could allow one to grow. Many&#8217;s the time I&#8217;ve looked out the kitchen windows and admired how much its trunk has all the view-blocking beauty of a utility pole or smokestack, and doubly so how its position subsequently limits any landscaping opportunities. Not coincidentally, many’s the time I’ve dreamed about going back in time and whacking that person in the shoulder with a frond for being such an idiot.</p>
  157. <p>Speaking of fronds, that’s why I’m over-telling this story today. With the winds this past week, comes the trees’ inevitable shedding of its dead. The sixty-footer did so last week, dropping twenty-nine fronds heavily but mostly harmlessly onto the north sideyard. I came home last night to find the forty-footer had shrugged off twenty-seven. Why is it I know the exact number? Because I chop up each and every one &#8212; the better to pack them into the green bin and get them the hell outta my sight.</p>
  158. <p>It wasn’t always like that. For our first few years together, the fronds would fall (I remember one bunch totaling 60 that practically scared the poop outta me when I was napping in the hammock and heard it break off in mass with a ridiculous shhhhnraaack! and then crash with a ground-shaking shhhhwhump to earth) and I would go about tying them up in bundles of 10 or so, lugging them all down to the curb and then praying and hoping that my bulky item pickup request with the sanitation department would get fulfilled &#8212; which it sometimes wouldn’t, forcing me to make another request, and the fronds would then sit there at the curb for another week. Maybe two.</p>
  159. <p>I’d guess it was finally around 2008 or so that I decided to cut out the middleman, and instead purchased a pair of heavy duty shears, wherein after each frond fall I would cut up each one of the sometimes seven- to eight-foot tall beasts into three parts (as you can see in the accompanying timelapse of me attacking the forty-footers twenty-seven this morning): first separating the fan from the shaft, then the shaft from the tail. The process makes for a pretty good workout, especially considering that until chopping up the sixty-footer’s offering last Sunday, I was being a dumbhead in making the process aaaaaaall the more laborious by using the shears to forcefully make a full cut between the shaft and the tail.</p>
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  163. <p>Here’s the thing, decapitating the fan is a piece o’ cake. The shaft is very thin at the base of the fan and all it takes is a literal snip to make that separation. Down at the other end is a different matter. The shaft has not only widened out but it’s way thicker and denser too, thus making a full cut through that section took a lot of effort and time. It takes force, it takes position, it takes leverage, and then some more force, responsitioning and leverage. Factor in the inevitable dulling of the shears&#8217; blades and it&#8217;s not a party. Not only that, but as a bonus on occasion, in the course of attempting that arduous cut&#8211; many of the fronds are lined with sharp little thorny spikes &#8211;the shaft would snap against my neck or head, cutting me. I sooooo rejoiced at the glory of life whenever that magic would happen. Hallelujah.</p>
  164. <p>Apologies to Steinbeck for the “Of Mice and Men” reference, but for as much as I like to think I’m George, I can be such a total Lennie.” For whatever reason last Sunday, after cutting off the first fan I went to work at the other end, and it was only after roughly ten years of doing it the hard way of huffing and puffing and groaning trying to cut aaaaaall the way through that a light bulb went off and a voice said “Relaaaaax you numbskull. Don’t force it. Instead just cut into one side enough to score the surface and then bend it away from you!” And I was all, “Wha&#8230;?” And the voice was all “Just trust me. Truuuuuuust me.” So I said “OK,” and I scored the surface and then bent the shaft down and away and dang if the frond didn’t let out a satisfying kraaack! and part from the tail. Not fully, but after that making the remaining separation was an effortless snip with the shears on par with that involved at the other end.</p>
  165. <p>I rejoiced in my ten-year-late discovery and upon finishing the job in record time came running in to share the news of my exciting discovery with my beloved Susan. In the end, let’s just say she looked at me very much the way a parent might look troubled upon a child who might be showing themselves for the first time (or fiftieth) to be perhaps a peck short of a bushel. In fact, I’ll it&#8217;d be a safe bet you’re looking at your screen in much the same way. I understand. Go ahead and tell me about the rabbits then, huh? Can ya? Tell me all about the rabbits!</p>
  166. <p>Anyway. There is much joy here in Frondville on this day. Next year when the palms drop their next batches upon the ground I won’t be jumping with joy at the task at hand, but at least I’ll be accomplishing it more efficiently. Hallelujah!</p>
  167. </div>
  168. ]]></content>
  169. <link href="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/16784527_745493988938726_8555818094809841664_n.mp4" rel="enclosure" length="9336484" type="video/mp4" />
  170. </entry>
  171. <entry>
  172. <author>
  173. <name>Will</name>
  174. <uri>http://www.wildbell.com</uri>
  175. </author>
  176. <title type="html"><![CDATA[The Voices Inside My Computer Speakers Have Ceased!]]></title>
  177. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://www.wildbell.com/2017/01/08/the-voices-inside-my-computer-speakers-have-ceased/" />
  178. <id>http://www.wildbell.com/?p=11111</id>
  179. <updated>2017-01-08T17:40:20Z</updated>
  180. <published>2017-01-08T17:36:32Z</published>
  181. <category scheme="http://www.wildbell.com" term="computers" /><category scheme="http://www.wildbell.com" term="tinkering" /> <summary type="html"><![CDATA[Yesterday, I finally retired the pair of Jensen desktop speakers that have been dutifully audibilizing my home computers for the past 22-plus years. It&#8217;s not that they failed. They worked fine. It&#8217;s that for the past five or so years they&#8217;ve been intermittently connected to another dimension. Specifically they&#8217;ve been broadcasting at veeeery low volumes [&#8230;]]]></summary>
  182. <content type="html" xml:base="http://www.wildbell.com/2017/01/08/the-voices-inside-my-computer-speakers-have-ceased/"><![CDATA[<p>Yesterday, I finally retired the pair of Jensen desktop speakers that have been dutifully audibilizing my home computers for the past 22-plus years. It&#8217;s not that they failed. They worked fine. It&#8217;s that for the past five or so years they&#8217;ve been intermittently connected to another dimension. Specifically they&#8217;ve been broadcasting at veeeery low volumes and typically only early in the mornings, some Spanish-language talkradio station &#8212; unknown whether it was a licensed one on the AM or FM bands, or some pirate shortwaver.</p>
  183. <p>All I know is that typically in the still of the early mornings, I could come down and if I listened carefully I could hear it, and upon doing so I then couldn&#8217;t get it out of my ears. And no, I&#8217;m not crazy. Click the following link for my search of r<a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=radio+broadcasts+through+my+computer+speakers&amp;ie=utf-8&amp;oe=utf-8" target="_blank">adio broadcasts through my damn computer speakers </a>and you&#8217;ll see I&#8217;m neither nutz nor alone. The problem is ascribed to Radio Frequency Interference (RFI), with the most likely cause being my proximity to such broadcast origins combined with any unshielded speaker wiring connected to my computer, that thus acts as an antenna.</p>
  184. <p>The solutions are generally as follows: 1) Move the speakers to another location. 2) Shorten up the wires. 3) Purchase and attach filtering Ferrite clamps or rings to the wiring . I tried the first two, to no avail. I even swapped out the connector wire with others I happened to have. No go. So I was just about to purchase the last suggested option, when I decided to hell with ferrite doohickies, and instead just buy a new pair that were properly shielded. It didn&#8217;t take long and later that day I unceremoniously removed the Jensens and plugged in a properly protected $22 set of Logitechs.</p>
  185. <p>In the predawn this morning? When I sat down at my computer with fingers crossed to the point of being painful and brought her out of sleep mode? I listened. I listened caaaaaarefully. <span lang="es">¿El silencio? ¡Era de oro!</span></p>
  186. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  187. ]]></content>
  188. </entry>
  189. <entry>
  190. <author>
  191. <name>Will</name>
  192. <uri>http://www.wildbell.com</uri>
  193. </author>
  194. <title type="html"><![CDATA[The Hi-Fi]]></title>
  195. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://www.wildbell.com/2016/12/28/the-hi-fi/" />
  196. <id>http://www.wildbell.com/?p=11101</id>
  197. <updated>2016-12-28T14:34:24Z</updated>
  198. <published>2016-12-28T14:34:24Z</published>
  199. <category scheme="http://www.wildbell.com" term="family" /><category scheme="http://www.wildbell.com" term="gadgets" /><category scheme="http://www.wildbell.com" term="history" /><category scheme="http://www.wildbell.com" term="machines" /><category scheme="http://www.wildbell.com" term="music" /><category scheme="http://www.wildbell.com" term="nostalgia" /> <summary type="html"><![CDATA[In the months of 1989 leading up to the birth of my daughter things were not at all great financially or emotionally, but at the time we had a relatively sweet deal managing the 20-unit Van Nuys apartment building in which we were living in exchange for free rent on the two-bedroom we occupied. Not [&#8230;]]]></summary>
  200. <content type="html" xml:base="http://www.wildbell.com/2016/12/28/the-hi-fi/"><![CDATA[<p>In the months of 1989 leading up to the birth of my daughter things were not at all great financially or emotionally, but at the time we had a relatively sweet deal managing the 20-unit Van Nuys apartment building in which we were living in exchange for free rent on the two-bedroom we occupied.</p>
  201. <p>Not long after she was born in September of that year it was decided that we would relocate to manage a building in Burbank, almost triple the number of units at only about half-off the rent, in part because a friend of my then-wife&#8217;s lived in the building and encouraged her to take the opportunity. There were pluses: it was in a better neighborhood; a newer building with nicer amenities. But in the end it increased the stretch on our finances and our already rocky relationship to the breaking point and I ended up moving out in January of 1990.</p>
  202. <p>After all this time, my biggest regret of that whole inevitable failure as a man and a husband and a father? Leaving behind the stereo I&#8217;d inherited from my mother when I moved out on my own in 1985. Mind you, it was nothing fancy. Made by Admiral, it was called the Solid State Sterophonic High-Fidelty system, and without getting too overly sentimental, it played aaaaaall the music across the first 21 years of my life. Barbra Streisand, Carole King, Nat King Cole, Henry Mancini, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Mendelsohn, Dvorak, Fleetwood Mac, Vicki Sue Robinson, The Beatles, The Who, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, countless Broadway soundtracks, Louis Prima, Kansas, Journey, Queen, and on and on and on.</p>
  203. <p>What happened was I had at some point in my early independence I upgraded to a Marantz system and thus unceremoniously relegated my mom&#8217;s to the garage storage compartment where it sat throughout the duration of meeting my future ex-wife, moving in with her, getting married, getting pregnant, et cetera. Then when it came time for that move to Burbank, I couldn&#8217;t find the key to the storage compartment&#8217;s lock and just said to hell with it and left it behind.</p>
  204. <p>Compounded by my mom&#8217;s disappointment that I didn&#8217;t bring it back to her when I quit using it, my abandonment of it has bothered me ever since, up to and including this past weekend, when it disturbed me that we didn&#8217;t have a functioning phonograph with which to play my Nat King Cole Christmas album this season. That in turn triggered the thought of the number of Christmases it spun on the able Admiral and so of course in this day and age I googled &#8220;Admiral High-Fidelty Stereo System,&#8221; and wouldn&#8217;t you know? BOOM. In full jaw-drop, I found one available on eBay, looking pretty much in a similar well-worn condition that my mom&#8217;s was when I banished it to the garage:</p>
  205. <p><a href="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/s-l1600.jpeg"><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-11102" src="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/s-l1600-550x258.jpeg" alt="s-l1600" width="550" height="258" srcset="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/s-l1600-550x258.jpeg 550w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/s-l1600-300x141.jpeg 300w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/s-l1600-768x361.jpeg 768w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/s-l1600-150x70.jpeg 150w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/s-l1600.jpeg 1327w" sizes="(max-width: 550px) 100vw, 550px" /></a></p>
  206. <p>It should be no surprise seeing that picture auto-triggered some verklemptification.</p>
  207. <p>According to the Indiana seller&#8217;s description everything works but the record player, which is in need of a needle. The asking price is a prohibitive $329.99, especially considering I ordered a suitcase style self-contained stereo phonograph from Wayfair for $70 that should arrive by Friday.</p>
  208. <p>But I&#8217;d be a liar if I denied putting this old lady on my Watchlist. And you really shouldn&#8217;t be too surprised if I end up putting in a low ball offer as we get near the end of the 27 days left at auction.</p>
  209. ]]></content>
  210. </entry>
  211. <entry>
  212. <author>
  213. <name>Will</name>
  214. <uri>http://www.wildbell.com</uri>
  215. </author>
  216. <title type="html"><![CDATA[Oh Christmas Tree]]></title>
  217. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://www.wildbell.com/2016/12/21/oh-christmas-tree-2/" />
  218. <id>http://www.wildbell.com/?p=11098</id>
  219. <updated>2016-12-21T14:19:34Z</updated>
  220. <published>2016-12-21T14:19:34Z</published>
  221. <category scheme="http://www.wildbell.com" term="seasonal" /><category scheme="http://www.wildbell.com" term="Merry Christmas" /> <summary type="html"><![CDATA[Ever since I first saw the Peanuts Christmas show some forty-cough years ago, I sat firmly in the camp of anti-fake trees. But this last couple holidays, Susan and I have just not really gotten into the spirit. Sure we put up our outside lights and a wreath and some other stuff, but a tree&#8230;? [&#8230;]]]></summary>
  222. <content type="html" xml:base="http://www.wildbell.com/2016/12/21/oh-christmas-tree-2/"><![CDATA[<p><a href="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/tree2016.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-11099" src="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/tree2016-550x722.jpg" alt="tree2016" width="550" height="722" srcset="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/tree2016-550x722.jpg 550w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/tree2016-229x300.jpg 229w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/tree2016-768x1008.jpg 768w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/tree2016-114x150.jpg 114w" sizes="(max-width: 550px) 100vw, 550px" /></a></p>
  223. <p>Ever since I first saw the Peanuts Christmas show some forty-cough years ago, I sat firmly in the camp of anti-fake trees. But this last couple holidays, Susan and I have just not really gotten into the spirit. Sure we put up our outside lights and a wreath and some other stuff, but a tree&#8230;? Nah, it just seemed more work &#8212; and money &#8212; than it was worth.</p>
  224. <p>A couple weeks ago, Susan said she was going to check out the selection of pre-lighted, pretend trees at a local retailer. She came home with a box. The contents of which took literally five minutes to set up. Factor in some Balsam fir oil and a diffuser and at a glance and sniff, she looks and smells purty dang genuine. But even if she isn&#8217;t, our spirit is.</p>
  225. <p>Long story short? I&#8217;m no longer a card-carrying member of the anti-artificial tree club.</p>
  226. ]]></content>
  227. </entry>
  228. <entry>
  229. <author>
  230. <name>Will</name>
  231. <uri>http://www.wildbell.com</uri>
  232. </author>
  233. <title type="html"><![CDATA[Street Seen: De-Greened]]></title>
  234. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://www.wildbell.com/2016/11/28/street-seen-de-greened/" />
  235. <id>http://www.wildbell.com/?p=11093</id>
  236. <updated>2016-11-28T14:50:37Z</updated>
  237. <published>2016-11-28T14:50:37Z</published>
  238. <category scheme="http://www.wildbell.com" term="urban exploration" /> <summary type="html"><![CDATA[For as long as I&#8217;ve been traveling Jefferson Boulevard either by bike or car, I&#8217;ve bemoaned the bunkerfication of so many of the buildings that line it &#8212; especially those between Crenshaw and La Brea. Squat, brutal, mostly windowless boxes seemingly fortified to repel looters and rioters, there is little in the way of architectural [&#8230;]]]></summary>
  239. <content type="html" xml:base="http://www.wildbell.com/2016/11/28/street-seen-de-greened/"><![CDATA[<p>For as long as I&#8217;ve been traveling Jefferson Boulevard either by bike or car, I&#8217;ve bemoaned the bunkerfication of so many of the buildings that line it &#8212; especially those between Crenshaw and La Brea. Squat, brutal, mostly windowless boxes seemingly fortified to repel looters and rioters, there is little in the way of architectural significance or a demonstration of history, and there are little opportunities for beautification.</p>
  240. <p>One of these fortresse<span class="text_exposed_show">s I&#8217;ve long appreciated (going back to 2007) sits on the northeast corner of Jefferson and Victoria, one block west of Crenshaw. I&#8217;ve admired it because whoever owned it allowed it to become fully engulfed in a thriving foliage that they then kept properly manicured. In effect, making organic and giving life to what I assumed was just another soulless nondescript structure hidden beneath.</span></p>
  241. <div class="text_exposed_show">
  242. <p>Sometime last year whatever business was operating within it vacated and For Sale signs were posted on the walls. Eventually those came down and then one day a couple months ago, I did a double-take, fully shocked when I found the massive amount of greenery had been removed down to the last leaf&#8230; as if overnight.</p>
  243. <p>Much to my delight the building it had long hidden from view was not a featureless box but a beautiful brick relic, and in the weeks of finger-crossing that passed I was overjoyed to see a restoration at work. After it was completed I snapped this drive-by shot and went in vain searching through some of my old bike commute vids to see if I had a frame that would show it in its previous state. Nope.</p>
  244. <p>Then it dawned on me to Google Streetview the location, and as such I&#8217;m at least able to illustrate to you the dramatic then and now. I hope you enjoy it (click to enlargify the images):</p>
  245. <p><a href="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/before.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-11094" src="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/before-550x313.jpg" alt="before" width="550" height="313" srcset="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/before-550x313.jpg 550w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/before-300x171.jpg 300w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/before-768x438.jpg 768w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/before-150x85.jpg 150w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/before.jpg 1423w" sizes="(max-width: 550px) 100vw, 550px" /></a> <a href="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/after.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-11095" src="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/after-550x313.jpg" alt="after" width="550" height="313" srcset="http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/after-550x313.jpg 550w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/after-300x171.jpg 300w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/after-768x438.jpg 768w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/after-150x85.jpg 150w, http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/after.jpg 1423w" sizes="(max-width: 550px) 100vw, 550px" /></a></p>
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