On Christmas Day I wandered out on my patio. I wanted to listen to the QUIET. It was loverly. But there was a horse, all saddled up & ready to go standing in the street! I shook my head and asked myself the obvious question, how much egg nog did I drink? There was a truck & horse trailer parked across the street and a man came out and just started walking the horse around. I tried to get his attention, but he did not respond. So, I called the police. I was pretty sure that horses are not allowed on City streets. The woman that answered the PD phone was laughing along and she asked if it was a big dog!! I said I hoped this would be the silliest call of the day & we agreed several cars would respond as it was such a quiet day. 5 cars showed up. They talked for awhile, then the man put the horse in the trailer and left.


The rest of the day was uneventful, no more animals to photograph! I got out the crockpot and made a really delicious beef stew. I will be having that for many more meals!

It is amazing how quiet it can be when the homeless are out being fed by various organizations, there is no loud music on the Ivy rooftop (until last night), very few cars leaving lots of available parking spaces, and the apartment complex is apparently near empty.

I hope your Christmas was at least enjoyable. On Christmas Eve I enjoyed a dinner out with some friends. We went to Mister Tiki as they had a fantastic dinner special. It was served family style. There was turkey (deliciously moist), ham (perfectly cooked), yams with nuts & spices, mashed potatoes, green beans with almonds, and zucchini with onions and a delicious sauce (the zucchini was too mushy but the flavor was great). For dessert, there was pineapple upside down cake (individual portions, likely baked in ramekins) with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. I am unable to eat pineapple so I got 2 scoops of ice cream with caramel coconut liquor. It was very yummy. Initially, service was excellent but as the restaurant filled up the service slowed down to a crawl. Several different people became servers, bus boys, etc. I will admit, it was much like a zoo and many folks were waiting for tables. I presume many restaurants were closed. Plus, the special meal priced at $14.95 for TWO, was an excellent deal in the still sluggish economy. It was a nice evening with nice friends.

May your days be merry & bright.

So long

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Burbclaver Dec. 28, 2009 @ 3:42 p.m.

Five cars to deal with one man and a horse!! I wonder how much your frivolous call to the police cost us San Diego tax payers. The poor guy had probably just stopped temporarily to calm the horse that was nervous in the trailer. He was doing no harm and would have gone on his way sooner if you could have shown a little Christmas spirit and left him alone to deal with his problem. You are absolutely correct in that it was the silliest call of the day!


CuddleFish Dec. 28, 2009 @ 5:19 p.m.

You must be patient with auntsandiego, burbclaver. She has quite a sense of entitlement. Her name rather says it all.


thestoryteller Dec. 29, 2009 @ 12:17 a.m.

I think auntie is just fed up with all of the horses*** in her neighborhood,and I don't mean just what comes out the horses back end.


auntsandiegospeaks Jan. 6, 2010 @ 1:24 p.m.

Guess I touched some sensitive places. This area has had problems and I just did not want the horse to be wandering in the street. I know nothing about horses and I suspected a car going by might be a problem. I actually thought the whole incident was funny. The 5 police cars did not all stay. There was no citation and the police were just talking to this guy. He may have been lost, looking for a place to stop, I will never know.
Burbclaver, thanks for reading my blog. What would you have done if this had taken place in front of your residence? Do you just wait & assume they will leave? You say he was doing no harm & would have gone on his way. How do you know? I happen to live in an area where it is best to be hypervigilant. You may have the luxury of wait & see.

thestoryteller, you are right.

Cuddlefish, my name is a far cry from entitlement. My niece started calling me that because she had 2 Aunt Sandy's. She died at age 22 and I chose that webname to honor her short life. (This is absolutely true). I will not be changing it.


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