Monday, August 17, 2009

More Mona

A photographic account of the entire encounter with the only camel on San Juan Island.
That I know of.
The pictures tell the story.

I posted a picture on my Facebook site and got this response from the lady I rode bikes with for awhile. She's ridden the STP (205 miles) in one day.
Run me into the ground.

I met this camel! I didn't know her name! When I saw her for the first time, I imagined the post card she sent to her family back home as reading something like this:
"This is a great place to live. Food grows right out of the ground and water falls right out of the sky."

Cindy Klettke

So anyway, I went back to the blood bank again. My iron count is back. They took a bagful out of my arm and gave me a cookie.

One of the best things to have happened to me in my recent memory is hearing that eating salami is a healthy thing. Thanks to the volunteers at the blood bank.

They call it blood "center" now for some reason that I can't quite fathom. Must everything be drained of it's poetry?


Anonymous Alex Shapiro said...

I'm so glad that the two of you had such a fine time on this floating rock of paradise! I finally met Mona's owner last week, as a matter of fact. Yup, she sure loves those blackberries. Just like the ones in Giza, I tell ya :-)

Sorry I didn't run into you and Meredith at the fair. I was only there a couple of hours this year; we had friends in from out of town and were tooling around a lot of the island over the weekend, by land and by sea, as my blog confesses.

4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Doug, for posting those pictures of me. I don't have a mirror anymore and I do admire myself so! Besides, I am a damn handsome beast, don'tcha know?!

And thanks, Robin, for catching my most fetching side with your Cybershot camera!!! (In case you were wondering, that's how both Doug and Meredith are in one of the pictures with me.)

Come visit me anytime and be sure to bring carrots or something good when the blackberries are gone.

Kisses, Mona

4:52 PM  
Blogger Lane Savant said...

Hi Alex, I was hoping to run into you but the odds were against.
Beautiful pictures on your kelp bed.
Robin is the Robin of "Beadlust".
She won a bunch of blue ribbons and best of show (non quilt) in the quilt barn.
Meredith mainly wanted to see the Sheep to Shawl exhibit.
We've been tentatively invited for a couple weeks house sitting. We are looking forward to that.
Last time I spent any "quality time" in FH was when we anchored too close to shore and had to wait out the tide back in the 50's
FH has gotten bigger and more crowded in the meantime.

4:54 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

Good news on the iron. Thanks for donating! Great arrangement of the pictures!

4:55 PM  
Blogger Lane Savant said...

Actually the last time I spent time on SJI was Robin and Robin's wedding.
But that was Quality time and not "quality" time.
Come to think of it, this time was the capital "Q" version, too.

4:56 PM  
Blogger G said...

That is so cool that you ran into a camel.

Hope you were able to avoid the camel spit.

5:11 PM  
Blogger Lane Savant said...

G, That camel is a happy camel and has impeccable manners no spitting.
Some slobber, however.

5:17 PM  
Blogger Glenn Buttkus said...

Hey, this comments section has been abuzz lately, and that is
way cool. SJI is not huge, and
I wondered if you might bump
into Alex, but when I saw on
her blog that she had gone
kayaking, I figured you would
have missed each other. Mona
has become the media slut,
and she loves every minute
of it, being the star on two
Feel Free blogs similtaneously.
Dawn Quinn of the TACOMA
WEEKLY did call me yesterday,
caught me at the perfect time
and we had the "interview".
The film club does not have
a backlog of photos taken
at any of the meetings.
Actually we do not have any.
So I had my son-in-law send
her a cyber copy of the
TFC poster. It will be fun
to promote the club. Who
knows if it will make much
difference in attendance.
Yes, congratulation on raising
your iron count. What did you
have to do, eat a lot of
beets? I guess they had to
quit calling themselves a
"Bank" cuz banks have not
been good press lately, and
too often guys show up wanting
money for sperm, and ask where
the "dirty magazines" are.
Blood Center has a nice ring
to it, kind of a respectability.
If you do, in fact, get a
spot of house sitting up
there on the "floating rock
of paradise", maybe I will be
able to talk Melva in heading
up that direction. Love to
meet Mona, and maybe seek out
the lavender fields, look for
foxes, wave at llamas, shop in
FH, enit?


5:33 AM  
Blogger Lane Savant said...

I dunno, Glenn, "bank" has a soothing sound to it like "money in the"...
"Center" sounds kinda...
..wait for it..


9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hallo, Mona!
My partner, the LL, also loves blackberries and spent an hour behind a suburban supermarket here Monday (17th) picking them on a vacant lot for free rather than buying them in the adjacent market.
Anonomann + LL

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hallo, again, Mona!
Yes, I do see you like to kiss!!
Does that bring you more blackberries??
Should the LL come in February and should come to SJI, do blackberries grow in your area then?? If not, I hope someone reminds the LL to bring carrots.
Anonomann (+ LL)

9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hallo, Meredith!
Unfortunately, you did not win any of the races in which I voted for you; sad, SAD!! Also SAD that the chemical industry (plastic producers) did win their election.
there's no justice in Capitalism, so let's have "centers" rather than "banks"!!

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hallo, Glenn!
Yes, Mona has "star allure"!!
Here, a donkey, named Pedro, is the co-star in the State Theater's summer festival production of "Sorba the Greek"; his co-star is Goiko Mitic, who played Native Americans in the several films the German Democratic Republik made in the 1970s and 1980s. They probably were never shown in Capitalist America. Or have you discovered any of them in your voluminous sources??

9:08 AM  
Blogger Glenn Buttkus said...


Goiko Mitic, you mean? Born in 1940 in Yugoslavia, he was a stuntman in his 20's and got picked to star as Native American in East German films. He is still active, having done 63 films since 1963. Some of the East/Westerns he was in were:
OLD SHATTERHAND (1964)with Steward Granger-released in America in the mid-60's.
APACHEN (1973)
ULZANA (1973)
I guess because of his accent, they always had to dub his voice. Must be weird not hearing an actor's actual voice for all those years.


5:47 AM  

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