October 2008

On the CBS show Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood there was a piece they ran about designer salts which are becoming the next food for thought. Ha! I often forget that salt is more than the processed stuff sprinkled out of a shaker or paper packet. I seldom reach for the salt but when I do, I prefer Kosher or sea salt if given a choice.

Included in the piece was an interview with a Mark Bitterman and his wife, Jennifer who sell ninety varieties of salt at their shop “The Meadows” in Portland Oregon. I especially enjoyed the part in the piece where they talked about the unique individual responsible for the discovery of sodium, Sir Humphrey Davy who is best known for how he is remembered back when;

“Sir Humphrey Davy
Abominated gravy
And shall live in odium
For having discovered sodium.”

Certainly a very interesting and important discoverer in history. Click here to learn more about this early inventor, chemist and poet. He literally died from doing what he liked most.

Then there is the answer to the question I am sometimes asked in conversation of unexplained things, “What are those colored ponds of water you see outside the your airline window on approach and take off to the San Francisco airport?” (as shown in the above image) Answer: That is the Cargill SaltSan Francisco operations where they make salt from the sun and the sea. Click here for details.

Now about sodium and my blood pressure! After reading and learning all this…I conclude salt with dirt in it is better for you…in moderation.


I have heard people asking why the wienermobile is in town. It came to town to win votes from the vegan’s! Ha…it is here promoting wieners of course and not just any wiener but the Oscar Mayer variety. If you catch it at one of the scheduled stops during its stay in the Redding area, you can get a free glow-in-the-dark wiener whistle. Meanwhile…I have seen this old dog before when I lived in Houston…or one like it. It used to transverse the rush our drive every now and then and often only in the mornings to avoid the sizzling heat.

Here is the hotdog schedule for the Wienermobile:
Raley’s, Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hartnell Avenue location.
Raley’s Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Lake Boulevard location
Wal-Mart in Anderson from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Friday on Halloween, Holiday Quality Foods from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3315 Placer St.
Friday on Halloween, Holiday Quality Foodd from 2 to 5 p.m. at 9350 Deschutes Road in Palo Cedro.
Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Raley’s on Lake Boulevard.
Smile if you are a vegan!
The original was created in 1936 by Oscar’s nephew, Carl G. Mayer, and variants are still used by Oscar Mayer today such as the model shown here.
Click on images to enlarge.
See the original click here!
In reading the license plate, this one is obviously a cheese dog!

cascade_0001.jpgA Cascade Christmas – click on image to enlarge
Some of you may be thinking this is kind of early to be talking about but I know how fast this time of year can sneak up on you as well as fly by. Last Friday while Penny and I were visiting Alan and Jana at their Vintner’s Cellar winery, we happened to catch the a few of the folks who were there meeting to organize and receive their marching orders on promoting the new upcoming holiday performances of “A Cascade Christmas”. Of course I went crazy over seeing the poster produced by Westside Creative which you get to see a sample of it here above. A lot goes into producing a printed piece like this and speaking for myself…I think they did a fantastic job! Oh yeah…the show itself is something I am told you just don’t want to miss. Alan’s wife Jana is one of the performers and she was giving Penny and I the inside scoop and there is more to the the story of this production that I am sure you will be hearing about in the weeks to come. When you go downtown to purchase your tickets…be sure to drop in at Vintners Cellar and ask about the upcoming show over a glass of your favorite wine. You can also visit them at www.222wine.com Now Serving Lunch

A Cascade Christmas Showtimes:
Fri. Nov. 20, 2pm & 7pm • Sat. Nov. 29, 2pm & 7pm
Thurs. Dec. 4, 7pm • Fri. Dec. 5, 8pm (Following Viva Downtown’s Tree Lighting Ceremony)
Sat. Dec. 6, 2pm & 7pm

Special thanks to my nephew Trace Langshaw for sharing these photos from his work. He is a surveyor for a company that maps out the equipment and operations at refineries around the world. Here is what he had to say about these photos when I asked him for more information; “I only know that we are not allowed to complain about our work environment and that we have new policies: Must have quick feet; endurance; and work under pressure! I just received these from our Irvine office, and I don’t have any further info on these pics. I would rather deal with the bear than all the chemical hazards that I am exposed to.” Now about those truck keys?

The history of Amazing Grace.
If this doesn’t touch you…it may just amaze you!

Originally Posted November 22, 2007 Peter Cockrell http://www.pjcockrell.wordpress.com

Thanks to my Brother for sharing this.

Sunrise Perch, Hilltop Drive view of Lassen Volcanic Range at sunrise.

Very first peek…the morning is on!


French SMART Car

Not much bigger than a pumpkin…ha! I am sure everyone has had a chance to see one of these SMART mini me’s running around town. I spotted this one parked downtown in front of Sierra Central Credit Union still with paper dealer tags. The French company who produces these has been improving on them for many years now and the price of fuel is quickly making them a popular alternative choice for getting around town. To purchase one…you buy a spot on the waiting list, 99 dollars will reserve your own custom ordered SMART. To order, you pick out which of the three models you would like in the color of your choice while also selecting from the many choices of features to add. How fun is that to order your own personalized vehicle. To small you say…well not for me as I like riding my motorcycle and this is the next best thing without getting wet. HA!

Soft top in the open position.
My motorcycle can be seen parked behind the SMART car
and LOOK! There is room for two SMART’s in one parking spot! LOL

Here is a link to the U.S.A. site www.smartusa.com
This is a link to Niello’s in Sacramento. www.smartcentersacramento.com

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