What is Talent?

I'm thinking that talent is turning a pile of crayons on paper to this.

I think that talent can also mean turning a pile of vegetables into this.

Whatever it is, talent seem to suggest that it's going to turn one thing into another. It could make a picture out of a pile of ink, or turn random noises into music. What does talent mean to you?

All-Terain Binocular Everywhere

Have you ever thought of going to into the wilderness, rifle in hand and shooting some hapless animal? I have. I wanted to go hunting. It seems like a real feat of strength. I imagine I must own a high-powered gun, but I think the most important piece of equipment is binocular and running shoes. One is for finding my target and the other for when I fail and have to save my life. Actually, even if you're not thinking of going All-Terrain outdoors activity soon, it doesn't hurt to get a Free ATB Pro Gear. Right now until the end of the year, every qualified purchase gets 25 or 50 dollar gift card to NikonProGear.com. Actually, if you're not thinking of going anywhere near the outdoors, having a high-power binocular can still come in handy. You can use it to check if your cat is still in your backyard without having to step into your backyard.

Photo Hunt = Blue

Nothing quite as blue as up there on Angel Island in San Francisco. It's a beautiful spot to bring your bike and bike around the island. You can even stop by and have a picnic anywhere. The air is cool enough for all your safety gear and still be comfortable.

Or as blue as the city skyline when you're standing on a hill. Actually, some parts of San Francisco felt like a mountain when you're walking it with a shoes higher than no-inch heels.

Nothing quite as blue as the sky on a clear day in San Francisco. Boy, that city is fun!

Stock Market Terms

I think these applies, what with the market tanking left and right. I mean, it isn't even 10 years since the tech stock went down, bringing along with it my 50K profit in stock market buying. I realized that's peanuts, but that's like the sum total of my savings. Ugh.

CEO—Chief Embezzlement Officer.

CFO—Corporate Fraud Officer.

BULL MARKET—A random market movement causing an investor to mistake himself for a financial genius.

BEAR MARKET—A 6 to 18 month period when the kids get no allowance, the wife gets no jewelry, and the husband gets no sex.

VALUE INVESTING—The art of buying low and selling lower.

P/E RATIO—The percentage of investors wetting their pants as the market keeps crashing.

BROKER—What my broker has made me.

STANDARD & POOR—Your life in a nutshell.

STOCK ANALYST—Idiot who just downgraded your stock.

STOCK SPLIT—When your ex-wife and her lawyer split your assets equally between themselves.

FINANCIAL PLANNER—A guy whose phone has been disconnected.

MARKET CORRECTION—The day after you buy stocks.

CASH FLOW—The movement your money makes as it disappears down the toilet.

YAHOO—What you yell after selling it to some poor sucker for $240 per share.

WINDOWS—What you jump out of when you’re the sucker who bought Yahoo @ $240 per share.

INSTITUTIONAL INVESTOR—Past year investor who’s now locked up in a nuthouse.

PROFIT—An archaic word no longer in use.

Thursday Thirteen 13: Leonardo DiCaprio

Thirteen movies with Leonardo DiCaprio that's really worth seeing. He's made more than 13, but these are the ones I have seen and liked. How many of this movie have you seen? I thought that The Departed and Body of Lies have the same feel. It's thrilling, intense action, and DiCaprio rocks!

1. Body of Lies (2008)
2. The Departed (2006)
3. The Aviator (2004)
4. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
5. The Man in the Iron Mask (1998/I)
6. Titanic (1997)
7. Romeo + Juliet (1996)
8. What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
9. This Boy's Life (1993)
10. Poison Ivy (1992)
11. Blood Diamond (2006)
12. Gangs of New York (2002)
13. The Beach (2000/I)

Sky Watch

This is the sky from Las Vegas. I go this picture from his camera. I'd love to go walking here.

This my skyline on a bridge going to I75. I like the moon was so round and bright. I wish I had one of those powerful lenses that could take a closer look at that moon then.

And this, my husband took it for me.

Ruby Tuesday

I like this couch, very much. I would buy them now, except that I still have a young one who pees where he stands, after he takes off his diaper. Yay! So, new couch will just have to wait. What would you do?

Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich

Fearless Fourteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel
by Janet Evanovich

Yeah! My local library just informed me that this newest Stephanie Plum is waiting for me. I like to listen to audio because there's just so many chores and it's hard to listen to books while sweeping the floors.

Janet Evanovich was in town, not ten miles away from me, signing Fearless Fourteen. I missed it because I didn't know she was in town, and I can't find a sitter for last minute gallivanting around town.

I was so bummed out, I couldn't bring myself to buy a copy. I waited just about forever for this book. I can't wait to listen to it and laugh my head off. Get real! This is Stephanie, she gets into trouble and I laugh my head off.

Sky Watch: Alcatraz

We're on our way to Angel Island when we took this picture.

ABC Wednesday: L

L is for Lombard Street in San Francisco. It's tauted as one of the crookedest street in the states. I think it was 8 switch backs. We climbed it up and down the other side. It's crowded. I almost feel sorry for the residents there. They can't ever just sit outside and take in the cool San Francisco air because there's tourist abound.

I can't wait for S. I have a perfect picture for it, with Tom's help.

The Purifiers with Kevin McKidd & Dominic Monaghan

I saw this movie because I was trolling for a Kevin McKidd movie. I think he's got sex appeal by the boatload. I certainly noticed him in MADE OF HONOR, and recently on GREYS ANATOMY. I hope they make him regular. Hey, they could even make Callie go away, or what about that new cardiac surgeon instead?

Anyway, this was an okay movie with some cool martial arts scenes. I am going to watch TRAINSPOTTING next. Why? Kevin McKidd of course.

Weekend Snapshots

Well, I think I gained a few pounds over the weekend by vegging out on junk food. Actually, I shouldn't call it vegging out. There wasn't any vegetables in all that I ate. Oh, boy. I have got to go running again. Actually, as heavy as I am, I can only go on a jog. Running is kinda out of my league right now.

Sky Watch

Sky at dusk...