Monday, December 1, 2008

Low hanging fruit





Tangerine. What a name. Totally fearless, interested in everything. Kept untying my shoelaces. Works and plays well with others. A little boy crazy. Sneaks cigarettes in her room. Knows lots of dirty jokes.





Here's a landscape of my usual walk with the orphans. Should take Vanda with me -- she'd be able to make something of this. Here's something I can't figure out -- The logo for pick a part is a smiling octopus with a baseball cap. And he's saluting. I have an ok imagination, but I just don't get it.

26 comments:

  1. that is one playful pooch! But I would definitely take her along on that barren wasteland you call a walk in the park.

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  2. HA! Funny you should mention the Pick a Part logo. I've had nightmares about it.

    Tangerine looks like my kinda girl. Oh, what a little sweetie. I fell head over heals in love with the bulldog on JT's blog. I can't have another dog so soon after my little Cap. She was my constant companion for almost ten years. Pin head, barrel body, twig legs and vetty OCD. She was all brown and smelled like pumpkin pie and peat moss. We'd run around the Rose Bowl together and if some other dog left a pile and she accidentally stepped in it she'd come to a dead stop. Paw lifted to be cleaned immediately. Completely disgusted with the others of her creed.

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  3. I'm sorry you lost Cap. The only, only bad thing about a dog is the lifespan. Phoebe smells just like Fritos -- well, on a good day she does.

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  4. Where is that place? I know all sorts of pick a part places in the Valley, but this one does not look familiar. I know a real great one, by the freeway, on weird named street I can't recall, that's just awesome. On one corner there is a real old flat bed truck hoisted up on a pole and with an old bike painted as an American flag on the back and two manequins in the cabe, one male, one female. On another corner there is a convertible, also with manequins.

    The dog is cute, but that goes without saying.

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  5. No wait, that's just around my gate. I never saw it from this direction.

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  6. Ken Mac is right. I'll go anywhere, anytime so long as I have my dog. Or a borrowed dog. Vanda -- no way. This isn't Noho, this is Sun Valley, off Tuxford. I haven't seen any houses here. but I knew you'd be jazzed by the scenery.

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  7. Vanda could do this. You got that right. Or -K-, if you want a night shot.

    I don't get the octopus either.

    Boz smells like mushroom soup.

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  8. That "parts" business is obviously a front. The octopus is the clue.
    What are they, really? An arms merchant.
    What's the proof? Pick-a-Part, Ink.
    Who are their customers? Suckers.
    What's up with all the italics? All outta baltics.

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  9. NoHo is just my starting point. I roam all over San Fernando Valley, in Sun Valley quite often. Check this out. Not a good picture, unfortunately.

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  10. just wanted to let you know I've been here...must go to sleep & will play with the pooch more tomorrow

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  11. Here is my theory: Pick a Part has so many used auto parts that you will need eight legs to carry all the ones you want! What do you think?

    Also, loving the dog, but then who wouldn't love a dog who knows dirty jokes.

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  12. Octopus theory: If you're going to pick a part, the octopus has a lot of parts to choose from.

    "Boy crazy, sneaks cigarettes . . . " LOL Sounds like someone I know.

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  13. Spent three months on a project in Sunland near Tuxford rd (remember dead animal pick up guy?) same place. Since gas is cheap, I recommend going up and down the streets. You might run into the giant raised fist. Sunland is where hollywood props go to die. It's also where I met Ice, (in a Ralphs) the O so popular American Gladiator from the first season. A thrill...

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  14. At first I thought Margaret or Susan had the answer, but then, why is he saluting, eh? Riddle me that. Maybe Bernie K is right; a secret society filled with Latvian characters.

    PA, not my idea of a Sunday drive.

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  15. Margaret is on to something, I think. And I say this as someone who works in advertising. Why is he saluting? Because he's a cool guy who wants to make you feel cool too, even though you're buying salvaged auto parts to keep your clunker running.

    Regarding Tangerine, I once inherited a 14-year-old cat named Taco from a friend who was moving out of town and feared he wouldn't handle the move. Taco had originally been named Paco. Not sure why the old name bothered my friend, but the new one sounded like a lateral move to me.

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  16. It's much easier take a car apart with six arms. I don't think he is saluting. He is scratching his head.

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  17. It's so obvious - even an octopus would be able to come out of there with its "hands" full! - well, maybe it's obvious...

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  18. All right, guess it was just me. Apparently an be-hatted, saluting octopus at a wrecking joint makes perfect sense. Which makes me want to find a few other logos and see what you make of them...

    Tutchu! excuse me.

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  19. Another thing about Sunland. It's where they keep the police impound lots. If your car is stolen in Pasadena and found with (car thief and machettee in the back seat) in Altadena, they haul it off to Sunland where your charged 200 bucks a day to get it out. In the meantime the guy (here illegally) who stole it, is back on the streets before your car is out of the impound lot and your minus 200 bucks. I'm ranting, I'm having flashbacks.

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  20. This just in: Someone is looking to adopt a boxer and maybe will check out Tangerine! When I walked her (it was a very long walk after all), I'd sing that song of which I only know one word, "Tangereeeeen," and she'd laugh and laugh, and then untie my shoe.

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  21. Tangerine, Tangerine,
    living reflection of a dream
    I was her lover, she was my queen
    And now a thousand years between

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  22. I love Tangerine, too. I hope she gets a good home. She's beautiful.

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  23. I was thinking of this. But then again, I would.

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  24. Okay, Tangerine is an amazing jazz number. You'll get the tune from this nice little instrumental version, but here are the lyrics:

    Tangerine,
    She is all they claim
    With her eyes of night and lips as bright as flame

    Tangerine,
    When she dances by
    Senoritas stare and caballeros sigh

    And I've seen
    Toasts to Tangerine
    Raised in every bar across the Argentine
    Yes, she has them all on the run
    But her heart belongs to just one
    Her heart belongs to Tangerine

    Tangerine,
    She is all they say
    With mascara'd eye and chapeaux by Dache.

    Tangerine,
    With her lips of flame
    If the color keeps, Louis Philippe's to blame.

    And I've seen
    Clothes on Tangerine
    Where the label says "From Macy's Mezzanine".
    Yes, she's got the guys in a whirl
    But she's only fooling one girl
    She's only fooling Tangerine!

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  25. I know Petrea, I thought -- wow those lyrics are rather strong and haunting for an old, old pop song. Tangerine has a fan club! And a raw-ther illustrious one, I must say.

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  26. I love the way the fence makes her look like she has zebra or tiger stripes.

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