Archive for December, 2007

Tombstone’s Boot Hill

Posted in Attitude, comment, Contradiction, Death, Dreamer, good grief, History, Life, opinion, thoughts, travel, Uncategorized, wisdom on December 16, 2007 by anuvuestudio

One of the few precious childhood memories I have is of wearing a holster with two 6 shooters, a black suede, fringed vest sporting a most beloved sheriff badge, a pair of black cowboy boots and my head topped with a beautifully embroidered black cowboy hat. Now back then, as is still now the case, I tried never to take sides when the choice between good and evil was blurred. Even as a small child of 5… I alternated back and forth between my cowboy getup and my giant colorful Chieftain headdress with feathers that ran all the way down my back, accompanied by my war drum and bow and arrows. I do have to admit, I always wore the vest with that badge, regardless of the rest of the ensemble. Kinda Switzerland even then.

This past week we were lucky enough to go back in time (if you will) to the land of Cowboys and Indians. Crossing plains that Geronimo, Cochise and Sitting Bull rode over and visiting towns that Billy the Kid and Bat Masterson gambled in…well that’s just plain old cool stuff to someone who loves history. Along the way there were characters who take this stuff mighty serious and have tried their darn best to preserve what’s left for people like you and me to enjoy. I saw things that saddened me, some that plain angered me and things that absolutely enchanted me. I’ll do my best to share them with you…a little at a time.

Upon arriving in Tombstone, the first destination was Boot Hill. Now, if you don’t know what Boot Hill is (or was) it’s a place of rest for some of the most notorious gunslingers and even some innocents that died in childbirth, or of cholera…or even hung without cause… all in one large graveyard. Many old western grave-sites are referred to as “Boot Hill” but to me… there’s always been only one. Now I’m here to say that sadly Boot Hill was left for many years to decay, and in it’s forlorn state, some well meaning folks resurrected these old grave-sites and now everything is completely new. I asked an old Cowboy caretaker inside, with as much patience as I could muster…”Why?”. He told me with equal patience (for a City slicker) that the graves were destroyed, lost forever and had to be researched and rebuilt. He had no idea I currently have 5 of my Father’s vintage rifles in my closet and I take History quite serious. I think in the end we came to understand each other and each loved this place in our own way. He passed me a little map and we followed it on the trail to all those laid in infamy.

As we walked, I could not help being angry. Why would people let something so important to this country’s roots…disappear? Why is there so much money spent on things like researching who used steroids in Baseball (when they weren’t even illegal and who bloody cares anyway?) or analyzing trendy colors and names for the next generation of cell phones…but no one see the significance in holding on to something so precious? Why leave history keeping in the hands of folks with barely enough funds to live on, let alone try to finance the restoration of the most famous American Western Grave Site in the US? WHY? That’s a question someone in power needs to answer to to our Children, our Grandchildren and those beyond. Me, I’d just do the obvious. I’d make sure they had the cash to restore it properly.

I have no photos to share of Boot Hill. Nothing to give you an idea of where Gunslingers like Frank McLaury, Tom McLaury and Billy Claiborn were laid to rest after dying in the most famous gun battle in American Western History. I left without taking a single one. I have only some words and the memory of yellow crosses made of simple wood and piles of rocks, tenderly laid by well meaning folks… paying a simple man’s homage to the bones that lie beneath.




She’s back and she’s still 50

Posted in 50, Famiiy, Fifty, Friends, Love, Personal on December 16, 2007 by anuvuestudio

I made it back and have some wonderful photos (well hopefully wonderful) to share and some of my story tellin’.

I just wanted to say thanks to all of you that remembered me on the big day. My cell phone was going crazy with text messages and photos…most I didn’t get until late that night…and the internet cards just now. I chose to spend the day 1 mile underground in the Carlsbad Caverns in one of my favorite places, New Mexico. I took my camera and did the best I could with the lighting they provided. I chose not to use flash and didn’t have a tripod (so I wouldn’t block the lanes) but the sights were amazing, even if  all the photos come out blurred. 😉

Anyway, it did my heart good to know there were so many well wishers. Thank you all sincerely.


Facing 50 Head On

Posted in 50, Art, Attitude, birthday, Clowns, comment, create, Director, Dork, Dreamer, eclectic, Famiiy, Fifty, Friends, Funny, good grief, Goofballs, Hope, Humor, Idiot, Images, Life, Love, mannequins, Memories, new beginnings, Not a clue, opinion, People, Personal, photography, Random, Self portrait, thanks, thoughts, Uncategorized, Unusual, wacky, wish, wow on December 10, 2007 by anuvuestudio

Yes, that is 2 puns in one line… TDB

Self Portrait


What do I know?

Posted in 50, birthday, comment, Dreamer, Fifty, Funny, good grief, Hope, Humor, Life, new beginnings, People, Personal, thoughts, Uncategorized, wacky, wisdom, writing on December 10, 2007 by anuvuestudio

I will be taking a small break to spend my “jumping into a new decade of life” …in a place no one can sing to me off-key…

…Nor light enough candles to require the Fire Department as back up.

Well…I never thought I would be 50…I don’t feel 50… I certainly don’t act it! And a little warning …This too may happen to you!

I have learned a few things along the way that I thought I might share before I go… or before I forget? You might find them helpful if you wake up one day and suddenly find you are 50.

1) Just when you think you have seen it all…you most definitely haven’t…and you probably won’t really want to…

2) When you cross the line, make sure it’s worth it… cause there’s no going back…the birds ate the bread crumbs.

3) Don’t talk about someone unkindly, chances are really good they’ll be standing behind you

4) If you look your worst, there is no doubt…you will definitely run into someone you don’t want to…and they will look fabulous!

5) Don’t ever get even…get better 😉

6) Always do your best and take pride in knowing you did…even when you fail miserably…and there are witnesses

7) Remember every action has a consequence…Is that donut with the pink icing worth the double chin? Look in the mirror …and keep your eyes open.

8) Never waste time on people who do not believe in you…you don’t have enough time left to explain why they should.

9) You can still be cool, even without a tattoo…as long as you don’t have a comb-over or wear knee highs.

10) You’re truest friends will never hurt you, leave the rest behind…in a dumpster.

11) Offer grace to even those who don’t deserve it…it may get you upgraded to first class when boarding for Heaven.

12) Love openly, laugh loudly, smile often…it scares people and gives you more personal space

13) Forget the small stuff , by now you’re too old to either fit into it or remember it anyway 😉

Lucky 13 so that’s all I got! Now heading out to the Land of Enchantment 😉

Christmas in CAL 7

Posted in Attitude, Christmas, Clowns, Contradiction, eclectic, Funny, Furry, good grief, Hanging out, History, Humor, Idiot, Images, Life, new beginnings, opinion, Pacific, photography, Random, Santa, Stripes, Unusual, wacky, What? on December 9, 2007 by anuvuestudio


Christmas in CAL 6

Posted in Bakery, Christmas, Cupcakes, Hanging out, Images, Life, Memories, Pacific, photography, sprinkles, Stars, Uncategorized, Yummy on December 9, 2007 by anuvuestudio


Liquid Lighting

Posted in Art, City Lights, creative, Dreamer, eclectic, Images, motion, photography, Raining, Uncategorized on December 9, 2007 by anuvuestudio


Christmas in Cal 5

Posted in Attitude, creative, eclectic, Furry, Gnarly, good grief, Images, mannequins, Santa, Stripes, Unusual, wacky on December 9, 2007 by anuvuestudio


Christmas in Cal 4

Posted in aliens, Clowns, eclectic, good grief, Hanging out, Images, Life, Pacific, photography, Random, Santa, Unusual, wacky on December 8, 2007 by anuvuestudio


Christmas in Cal 3

Posted in Bewitched, City Lights, Dreamer, eclectic, good grief, Humor, Images, Life, new beginnings, Night, Pacific, Palm reader, photography, Psychic, Random, Snowman, Unusual, wacky on December 7, 2007 by anuvuestudio