another steve s's Blog

A Regrettable Waste of Time

The first spring vegetables are starting to appear in our local farmers markets here in the Sacramento/ San Joaquin valley. That means fresh vegetables form California will start appearing at groceries all across the country over the next few weeks.

Fresh vegetables mean it's time to stark making Sa… Read full post »

MARCH 12, 2012 12:03AM

Another Steve S's Ten Lessons of Life

Skypixieo asked readers to think about our top  ten lessons learned from life. I admit I didn't think much. Possibly lesson number 11 is that I think too much.
Here's my list:

1. You can have the power of love or the love of power, but not both. Choose carefully.

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I heard this conversation (among other freely spoken words that were too strange to share here) this morning at a local health club where I work out.

“I gotta tell you, I don't get much out of this. She doesn't really think about my needs at all. She does whatever she… Read full post »

The media is aflame as OS's very own Tinkertink69 announces his Senate campaign in Virginia. He is running under the assumed name of Hank the Cat.

Sorry Mr. Lauerman, but the AP and UPI got this scoop. Better luck next time. 

Tinkertink69: Nice campaign ad!  

Tink (I mean Hank) is the… Read full post »

Little do they realize what we cats get up to at night. Those rescue volunteers who feed me and clean this place think they're the only ones who ever get out. Those kindhearted folks never wonder why we cats sleep all day high in our cat trees, only coming down for… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 14, 2012 11:35PM

The Reluctant Abbot's Tale

The narrator is an entirely fictional character. This character is not directly based on any individual or group of individuals. I have occasionally wondered how a cloistered monk or nun deals with the inevitable engagement with life outside the monastery that is required of an abbot or abbess. I ha

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FEBRUARY 8, 2012 7:00PM

The Young Rising Star Falls

I was a twenty nine year old corporate fast tracker, by far the youngest officer at a mutual insurance company that was merged out of existence about fifteen or twenty years ago.

The touchy-feely consultants arrived. Like vampires, consultants can only enter if they are invited. That provides little… Read full post »

 Another OS blogger requested I post my renouned naughty tomato photo.

      The tomato that scandalized Torontopornomato 

There you go.

On the GNS vein, a flock of bluebirds stopped by my house this morning. This is when spring comes to this part of California.

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Alysa's recent post about vegetables shook my very being to its core.

I am at last not alone as an OS blogger who can't resist posting vegetable-and-head self portraits.




 La petite chou-fleur d'Open Salon avec un navet.


I made this photo in solidarity and suppo… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 3, 2012 10:30PM

The Buddha and The Jerks

I feel like I have suffered dealing with more than my usual quota of jerks in the last few months. I have been thinking about jerks and the role they play our lives.

You may ask, “Exactly what is a jerk?”.

My definition: The jerk is in they eye of

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The courageous Trappist monks at Tibhirine, Algeria had a remarkably strong connection to their adopted place. They gave their lives to stay in a land which would not grant them them citizenship.

Photo credit:

As Trappist monks, these men had made a solemn promise to remain true… Read full post »

JANUARY 25, 2012 11:43PM

When Ole Went to Town

Justice Hansen: “Ole, the police found you naked walking across the courthouse grounds 12:30 AM Sunday morning. What do you have to say for yourself?”

Ole: “Well, it started dis way. Sven and Inga invited Lena and me over to a little party dey were having at their house. It was… Read full post »

I have recently come to realize I am twice blessed

satsuma virgin 

The First Blessing; The Satsuma Virgin

We are nearing the end of the satsuma mandarin season in the Sierra Nevada foothills near Sacramento. I have perfected my peeling skills and usually remove the peel in one piece. I realized… Read full post »

JANUARY 18, 2012 7:27PM

When Ole and Lena Used Viagra

So, a couple or three nights back, Lena said,  "Ole, take a couple of dem little blue pills.

Ole said, "But on da bottle it sais ya take just one pill." Lena sighed, "I can tell ya, if da normal guys out dere need one, you need two."

So Ole grunted… Read full post »

I had a cold and was I trying to rest. I decided to take a short walk to the drugstore. Something seemed wrong, the driveway seemed more spacious than usual. My car wasn't there. A disturbance in The Force. It took me a couple of minutes to get my low-grade… Read full post »

JANUARY 5, 2012 2:02PM

Winter Vegetable Curry For Dummies

Curry - It isn't much to look at, but heavens it's tasty!

Here in California the next months are not the most exciting when it comes to the fresh vegetables available at our local farmers markets. We get every variety of cabbage and root vegetables. That's about it. The upside… Read full post »

My cats write and send out letters every December. I have been trying to find a way to make them stop. I finally convinced King Arthur LeChat to stop this year, but the normally shy and quiet Queen Elaine sneaked in her own letter this year.

I decided to share her

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DECEMBER 31, 2011 5:10PM

Split Pea Soup to meet the New Year

It is time to say goodbye to the Christmas ham and hello to the New Year.

This soup is my tradition for New Years Day or any other time when I find my self in possession of a ham bone bone. This year one of our local grocery stores had… Read full post »

I have been on a self-imposed exile from OS for the last few months.

I am glad to say I have established a new blogging home at

I have been lurking and occasionally commenting on several of your OS blogs, and in that process I… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 21, 2011 7:36PM

I have moved my Blogging Home

I have moved my blogging home to zoomers. 

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With Apologies to Lewis Carroll and Robert Southey


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The short and solemn hymn segment of Holst's “Jupiter” is my Soundtrack for that very unfortunate day.


I had been given the clarinet parts to Holst's Jupiter from "The Planets" the prior week. I had been asked to play a few excerpts for an audition after… Read full post »



the bandshell


Yesterday the Nevada County Concert Band Invited Players from similar bands to join them for a summer afternoon concert. Musicians came to Nevada City from as far as Long Beach and Denver, bringing all sorts of band instruments, including a very… Read full post »

Last Summer's big news in Sacramento:


A cow shot at the State fair became a symbol for our fair city.


Rampaging, Pregnant Cow Shot To Death At California State Fair

Calf Didn't Survive, Fair's General Manager Says

Read all about it in the Local Sacramento News.… Read full post »

JULY 13, 2011 12:08AM

Hamlet, Now With Puppets!

The recently discovered diary of Elizabethan era puppeteer Marie Annette has lead to a rethinking of the earlier versions of Shakespeare's plays.

Miss Annette's diary confesses to a torrid affair with the young Bard of a Avon. She schemed to have her clandestine lover add puppetry interludes to hisRead full post »