The Real Lance Brown

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January 30, 2013

Goat heads – bane of my dog’s existence

Author: Lance - Categories: Animals, Lake Los Angeles, Photos

Little known fact: tumbleweeds* are covered in these vicious little thorny things, which fall off and get stuck in shoes and feet, to painful effect.

*Update: A friend clarified that while tumbleweeds do have thorny growths, they aren’t the source of goat heads. That source is a ground-creeping plant called (among other nicknames) “Goat head”. I had been misinformed by a neighbor when I first moved to this area that the two were in fact the same plant. Apologies to all the tumbleweeds I unintentionally libeled.

goat head

The bane of my dog’s (feet’s) existence

People call them “goat heads” due to their appearance.

They suuuck.

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August 12, 2012

Beautiful sky views from last night

Author: Lance - Categories: Lake Los Angeles, Photos

Here are three beautiful sky views that I caught on camera during my walk last night. All three were taken within 15 minutes of each other.

(Click the pics for larger versions.)

beautiful sky view #1

beautiful sky view #2

beautiful sky view #3

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July 1, 2012

Working outside

Author: Lance - Categories: Biographical, Photos, Working at home

My oldest dog Cali has been grappling with balance issues/vertigo, and can’t really go inside as a result. So he spends the whole night out in the yard–which he doesn’t really mind, since he prefers the outside anyway. He misses my company though, and vice versa. But I work every night, usually right until I go to bed. So last night I worked out a compromise solution: 

outside desk - nighttime

I crashed out on the office couch a couple hours later. Since the “patio office” was still in place when I woke up, I decided to just plunk down there for my morning work session:

me at outside desk - day time

I could get used to this!

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November 21, 2011

World’s Saddest Litter?

Author: Lance - Categories: Photos

All litter is lame…but this litter near my house somehow seemed sadder than most:

baby bottle litter

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July 6, 2011

Someone call The Weekly World News…

Author: Lance - Categories: Humor, Lake Los Angeles, Photos

I think this photo speaks for itself, but in case it doesn’t…


Click image to see shocking larger version


I don’t know exactly what it is, but it’s clearly something. Theories are invited.

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June 23, 2011

First mega-salad at my new place

Author: Lance - Categories: Biographical, Photos

It’s been slow going getting set up at my new place. One side effect of that is that I still don’t have a real refrigerator. Thus it has been tough to keep up with my burgeoning giant salad addiction. I took a pass at making a salad a while back, but due to limited supplies it was not nearly eye-popping enough for my standards. Today I righted that wrong.

It’s hard to tell from that perspective, but those sunflower seeds are riding at about 10 inches above the counter. This is no side salad.

Here’s the first single portion from that mega-salad:

That plateful basically leveled the big bowl off. There are at least 4 more of those left to go.

Mmmm…salad. It even smells good, with the sunflower seeds in the mix.

I’m about ready for round 2!

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June 12, 2011

Lake LA in the Early Morning

Author: Lance - Categories: Lake Los Angeles, Photos

This is actually a full 360-degree view, though it doesn’t quite look like it like this. You can click any of the individual images to see the full, non-square version.

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