Saturday, December 6, 2008


Quincy Sparkle
Santa called triple-A to participate in the annual Main Street Sparkle Parade.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Window in the Sun

Just because there is a nude doll displaying herself in the window does not mean that this is Amsterdam.
(fyi, speaking of red-lights: there is only one traffic light in Q-topia, one in East Q-topia, and only one more in the whole county which btw is bigger than the state of Delaware. Oh the urbanity!)

Thursday, November 27, 2008


It is not unusual for those who live in urbanity to find something about their place reported in a nationwide publication from time to time. It is not so ordinary in Q-topia. The December issue of Forbes magazine has an article about the annual Longboard races at [what was once] the local ski hill. Yes, there have been other stories about this in the fluff sections of newspapers as far away as Denver and Dallas, but nothing nationwide that I know of.

This ski hill is where my wife learned to ski as a youngster and where she taught others when she was in High School. The ski bus would take the kids in town there every winter weekend and school holiday. The Ski Club was supported by her Mom and her mom's friends. When our sons were small, we skied there if there was snow during our Christmas visits to the grandparents. Sadly the area was closed in the '90s when maintenance became impossible. There is a local effort to revive the area, I hope it succeeds.

Here is a slideshow and below is video from the 2008 events.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Engine 4 Sale

I mean: Engine 4 for sale.

Mural :-(

Update to Mural at risk. HELP!

Pizza Factory Mural being removed
Pizza Factory Mural removed
Note the remaining mural on the Drug Store.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Certified Gross

We certify gross polluters.
If it is that bad, do we really need to have it certified?
Smog Check

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Keep on Truckin'

Not in the tank truck; on the flatbed with the pillow from the motel next door.
Less than ten yards from Highway 70.
Did I say "truckin'"?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Here's Waldo

Parked at the Post Office.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Just a trim, please.

Chain saw murderer at large!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Not your grandmother's old cane

Left next to the community bulletin board.
Maybe she found a not-so-dirty old man to toot her horn.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Memorial at Main & Court Streets in Dame Shirley Plaza.

Local citizens now serving.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Map Q-west

One little corner of the country.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Elephant Crossing

There must be a Republican aphorism or metaphor somewhere in this.
(-: insert your own caption :-)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Sold Out Fast

Everyone wants a real souvenir of history made.
A screen capture or printout is not the same.
1 2 3 4 5

Monday, November 3, 2008

Expecting something?

Premature snowmobile-ulation, Jack.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Mural at risk. HELP!

The stucco on which the mural is painted is separating from the wall.
No one has figured out a way to save it - read the story here.

The mural was painted in 1987. This snapshot is from three years ago.

The Devils

Q: What does it mean?
•Abandon scientific theories and those nasty little devils (you know, the devilles), and stick with good old religion superstition?
•Against the theory of evolution as applied to Cadillac DeVilles?
•A band on the ORY, and the devil, Les?
A: Music by:
Abandon Theory and
•The DeVilles.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Debbie Dogs

Best fast hot lunch in town for the money.

Same spot every day all year. M-F

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Parked in the same spot for 40 days and 40 nights -- no rain, and the creek didn't rise. Timing isn't everything, just most of it.

Log this.

Sierra Pacific stacking logs for winter mill work. Much of this year's harvest is from areas burned last summer. If the forests were allowed to be managed properly, fires would be less frequent and less severe, and both the industry and the environment would be better off.
Support the QLG!

Monday, October 27, 2008


No doubt checking The Hitchhiker's Guide before proceeding.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

By Owner

It seems to me that only a thief needs to add "BY OWNER".
The owner only needs to say "FOR SALE".

Friday, October 24, 2008

Acorn Brunch

In Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond says that the acorn is the one of the few foods that we [humans] have been unable to domesticate.

Get a Room

Maybe they are a couple of our South American soccer players who think it is Spring.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

X over Q

They say that just such a cloud formation inspired the saltire on the Scottish flag in honour of St. Andrew. But seriously, I doubt that there were jet-liners back then.

Also, note the "Q" on the hill for Q-topia.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Not so Scary-Crows

In front of the Natural Food Coop.

Corner of Buchanan and High Streets.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Jack O'Post

Electrical tape, scissors, and an orange light bulb.

Ada's Place in the background.

Night views.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Autumn in the Sierras

This is the weekend to see the colors in Q-topia. The photo is of the famous "Judge Thieler sugar maple".

You can see it on the right side of this panoramic taken by Mike N., proprietor of Ada's Place which is just across the street.