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The California Stricklands [Sep. 6th, 2009|06:01 pm]
susan smitten
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My brother and his wife moved to Southern California, and this is where they live.

At night it looks like this, at least it did last week, and that isn't ideal.

The morning of the first day of school. Dirk would rather Chloe stayed home to play.

Walking to school on the first day! It's right across the street.

Doesn't she look happy about starting the second grade?

I would be. They get adventures! And California Science!

Okay! I think I will!

Daddy's got a brand new vice vise!


I like how the handle is the spoiler.

The front of their house, with 5 colors of roses blooming in front.


Strickland men and little lizards.

[User Picture]From: dubaiwalla
2009-09-06 03:19 pm (UTC)
Those kids look adorable.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2009-09-06 03:42 pm (UTC)
They're great. I hope John & Stacy make more.
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[User Picture]From: dubaiwalla
2009-09-06 03:54 pm (UTC)
While I've brought up vexillology, is there any special reason your brother has a Chinese flag in his garage?
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2009-09-06 04:14 pm (UTC)
The explanation is twofold. First, it is a prompt for you to teach me a new vocabulary word. And second, I wanted to provide you with an opportunity to use that icon.

Brother tells me that ships have big stores of flags, so the appropriate flag can be used when flying into a country's port. The American flag (seen behind all that exercise equipment) is frayed because it was used a great deal, while the other flags back there (behind a bunch more exercise equipment) represent countries the ship didn't enter too often. Still, in the name of preparedness, maybe 30 specimens of each flag might be available should they be needed.

Is there a reason it moved from a ship to a garage? You got me.
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[User Picture]From: dubaiwalla
2009-09-07 02:21 am (UTC)
Huh. I figured you'd have to fly the flag of your country of registration at all times, but I didn't know you'd need your flag of port. I hope nobody gets offended (or starts shooting at you :P) if you have to make an emergency stop and don't have the requisite piece of cloth.
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-09-07 07:12 pm (UTC)


Generally, when entering a foreign port, US ships will fly both the "national ensign"(Stars and Stripes)and, as a courtesy, the national flag of the country whose port they are entering.

US Navy ships and most commercial vessels have a "flag locker" where flags of many nations are kept.

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From: (Anonymous)
2009-09-07 08:35 pm (UTC)

Re: Flags

Vexillology! Hey1 Great word there!

Uh, speaking of vocabulary ......

"vise \n\ :device for clamping something being worked on"
(and, yes, I know a preposition is a bad word to end a sentence with)

(or just about anything that's worth doing!)

Ya know, as I think about it, I am very well acquainted with your brother, and he may very well have a new vice!


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[User Picture]From: mrputter
2009-09-07 12:13 am (UTC)
> While I've brought up


(And God damn, I apparently don't have a flag icon! Howzat?)
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[User Picture]From: dubaiwalla
2009-09-07 02:14 am (UTC)
You might want to consider acquiring one from here.
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[User Picture]From: mrputter
2009-09-07 04:05 am (UTC)

Now to wait until my limit increases...
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[User Picture]From: ambient1
2009-09-07 01:15 am (UTC)
I see your bro is a LTJG. Did he go to the U.S. Coast Guard academy?
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[User Picture]From: annarama
2009-09-07 02:33 am (UTC)
I wonder if we're related? I was doing my family tree and have a bunch of Stricklands on my dad's side. (I realize it's kind of a common name... Do you happen to know of any twin Strickland sisters in your family who married Bruce brothers? My maiden name is Bruce...)
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