Thursday, December 22, 2005

I wonder as I wander


Seeing as you decided to ignore my first post, I decided that I should be photographed in a more dramatic setting. Today, I forced Bunny to drive me all the way down to San Diego so this picture (the adorable one of me, above) could be taken at Cabrillo National Monument.

Cabrillo National Monument is where Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo led the first European expedition to explore what is now the west coast of the United States. Cabrillo departed from the port of Navidad, Mexico, on June 27, 1542. Three months later he arrived at "a very good enclosed port." That port is known today as San Diego bay. Historians believe he anchored his flagship, the San Salvador, on Point Loma's east shore near Cabrillo National Monument. Cabrillo later died during the expedition, but his crew pushed on, possibly as far north as Oregon, before thrashing winter storms forced them to back to Mexico. (If you look closely in the photo below, you can see me poking my head out of Juan's sleeve.)

Also, Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo (aka Juany C.) is generally credited with bringing the first boatload of live turkeys to the West Coast of the United States. For some reason, I did not see this in the literature. Maybe they forgot.

Anyway, I hope you appreciate the trials and tribulations which I went through today to present to you this photograph. I scaled The Old Point Loma Lighthouse and was stranded up there for many hours when a heavy fog bank rolled in. It's a good thing that I had a small box of raisins and a Capri Sun with me. Otherwise, I could have starved to death. If you look at the photo closely, I'm sure that you can probably see me at the top of the spire.

Fortunately, after a little while of yelling and screaming, a flock of birds swooped down to rescue me. As we were flying away from the lighthouse, I let out a tremendous sneeze (I'm allergic to birds) and plummeted into the churning waters below. Perhaps you have seen some news stories about the powerful waves that are currently pounding the Southern California coastline. Naturally, I took the opportunity to do a little bit of surfing (of course, I was a gremlin at the time, because when monsters get wet, they turn into gremlins. Unfortunately, gremlins do not really photograph well, so you probably won't see me bouncing around in the waves below).

Once I grew tired of shredding up the waves, I signaled to my birdy friends to come and get me again. All of them ignored my pleas, except for my good friend Horatio. Here is a photograph of him (I can have copies made for you if you so desire):

Once I dried out and returned to my handsome state as a little blue monster, I decided to go visit the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. God bless our brave men and women that died in service of our country. Incidentally, I've learned that the curators tend to frown on making small campfires in the middle of the grounds. All I wanted to do was roast some pickin' marshmallows, for crying out loud. (If you look closely, you can see me standing next to that headstone -- 14 rows back, 7 from the left.)

In conclusion, Linds, I hope you appreciate the lengths that I have gone to to bring you this story. Please read the sign that I am holding carefully; it announces my upcoming trip to Ohio. I hope you have a warm and toasty bed prepared for me and that you are brushing up on your cooking skills. I expect that the drafty sliding glass door will be repaired by the time that I arrive. I should be there in about 2 minutes, since I will be traveling via the Monster Transport Pod.

Love, Lil' G


At Friday, December 23, 2005 8:43:00 AM, Blogger Mary said...

Gorgeous photos, G.

Juany C?! LOL You are too much.
Guy responsible for bringing turkeys to the west coast? Oh yeah, I can see the connection to why you like him.

Merry Christmas, Lil' G.

At Friday, December 23, 2005 11:09:00 AM, Blogger Linds said...


Two posts? I get two whole posts dedicated to me? Oh! Grover! *sob* I knew you loved me! I knew it!

PS: I love the picture of you as a Gremlin surfing the best. You just looked so smexy... heehee, I do so love the Dude look.

PSS: Since you seem to like marshmallows and raisins, I've decided to make you my famous Breakfast Roll (Two loaves of homemade bread, rolled out and baked with a layer of carmel-raisin sauce in the middle, are baked for 40 minutes, then drizzeled with chopped walnuts and served hot and dribbling. A steaming cup of hazelnut coffee topped off by a dollop of marshmallow cream is the perfect beverage compliment! Yum!). For dinner, corn chips. *throws kiss*

At Friday, December 23, 2005 1:10:00 PM, Blogger word. said...

Grover you are such a liar...I heard you cried the whole way down to SD yesterday cuz you were going to miss Gilbert.

At Friday, December 23, 2005 10:50:00 PM, Blogger GroverH said...

Linds -

that sounds fantastic!!

can I put the corn chips on the breakfast roll?

also... what is smexy? besides me of course ;)

At Friday, December 23, 2005 10:56:00 PM, Blogger Shari said...

Linds, do you actually make that recipe? It sounds incredible!

At Friday, December 23, 2005 11:06:00 PM, Blogger Mary said...


Hahah, funny!!
No, really.

It probably won't sound so funny tomorrow.


Move along, I'm tipsy....

Also, these freakin' word verifications are KILLING ME!!!!!!!!!! Gah, drunken typo-looking words...

At Friday, December 23, 2005 11:07:00 PM, Blogger GroverH said...

Merry Christmas Mary Moo :)

At Friday, December 23, 2005 11:07:00 PM, Blogger Mary said...


I like that word, too.

["yisdpka" makes me get this comment posted...

I mean, come on!!]

At Friday, December 23, 2005 11:10:00 PM, Blogger Mary said...

Thanks! YOu snuck in while I was trying to read slanty letters! LMAO.

Same to you Grover-Poo!
Ha, we rhyme.
MaryMoo, Grover-Poo.
You know you love ti.

At Friday, December 23, 2005 11:10:00 PM, Blogger Mary said...




This is going to be so bad tomorrow.....

At Friday, December 23, 2005 11:11:00 PM, Blogger Shari said...

Put the wine glass d-o-w-n.


At Friday, December 23, 2005 11:16:00 PM, Blogger Brent said...

Its a good thing we don't live near any wineries or anything... right Mary?


can you hear me ...?

At Monday, December 26, 2005 9:54:00 AM, Blogger Jonathan said...

It's a good thing you don't live near wiener's? Ohhhh... ha ha... wineries... sorry... I um... nevermind.

At Tuesday, December 27, 2005 2:33:00 PM, Blogger Linds said...

Smexy is a smirking sexy. In other words: you sexy and you knowit.

Its used a lot in the manga/anime (um, those are Japanese comics and animated films, but they're really more like regular movies- just with drawn characters instead of actors) community right now- particularly in Korea and Japan. I have an email pal in Japan who is an editor with TokyoPop, one of the main Japanese companies, and she uses it ALL THE TIME. So, its sort of been smushed into my personal vernacular... eh. Other words: Chu! (kiss), Huggles (hugs), *sweatdrop* (nervous), and *vein pop* (angry). Yeah. They might pop up in my comments from time to time, so just ignore them.

And yes, the Breakfast Roll is a Christmas tradition at my house- we make it every Christmas morning. AND THEN NEVER AGAIN FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR. It is just too good. We'd all be blimps. It was my grandmother's recipe, blah blah blah. I'll see if I can get the recipe from my mom- its not hard, but it does take time.

Also, coffee with marshmallow cream is sooo good! Yummy!

And lastly... I'm going to graciously NOT comment on Mary's above comments. Yup. Nope.


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