Last Saturday morning, on my way to a local park to play flag football, I spotted a wounded hawk in the middle of I-405.

He was in between the carpool and fast lanes directly on the white line. As cars would fly by him at 60-70 mph, he would flap his wings to keep himself upright. I literally cringed as I passed him.

When I was growing up, my Dad taught me to stop and help people on the side of the road. He taught me that helping people is always the right thing to do.

While this is a very different situation, the exact same thoughts and behavior kicked in. I decided that I couldn't just leave him to die hurt and confused in the middle of the freeway.

I looped back around at the next exit, and pulled over on the shoulder near him. All that I had to grab him with, was an extra T-Shirt. I waited for a break in the traffic and ran out to pick him up. He seemed to be in pretty bad shape, and didn't peck or claw me. I set him gently in the back of my Volvo wagon, and closed the hatch.

Then I thought now what?

I called PAWS a local animal shelter that also takes injured wildlife, and asked them what to do. They said bring him in ASAP. So with one eye on the road, and another on my cargo area, I raced to PAWS.

Upon arrival I was informed that many people had called about the downed Red Tail Hawk, but that they couldn't get anyone out there to pick him up.

Paws informed me that they will let me know what happens to him, and I will update this post with that info as it becomes available.

After telling many people this story, a majority of them tell me why I shouldn't have done it, or why they wouldn't have. I find this reaction fascinating, and in some cases understandable.

If I had it to do over again, I would do the exact same thing.



May 16, 2013

Things Come Apart

Mac Apart

Since childhood, I have really enjoyed taking thins apart. My parents even purchased The Way Things Work book for me at a very young age.

That is why I love the work of Todd McClellan. He is taking taking things apart to a whole new level.

In my wildest dreams, I never thought that it would be possible to make such a messy hobby so beautiful.

Check out more of Todd's work at toddmclellan.com

May 15, 2013

Good People

In a time of instant uploads and virtually instant communication, for some reason, only the worst behaviors of humanity are the ones that that get noticed. Whether its Ariel Castro, James Holmes or even the vapid Kim Kardashian, we are surrounded on all sides by terrible behavior.

I think that the main reason for this is because Good Deeds don't sell, or more accurately draw page views. But that doesn't mean that they don't happen.

For those that are not familiar with Russian dash cams, everyone has them due to rampant insurance fraud. With a dash cam in place, it is much easier to tell who is at fault in an accident for instance.

They also provide another service, catching good Samaritans in the act. Enjoy.

May 15, 2013

Retro Packaging

Having recently discovered The Art of Manliness website, I picked up a few things from their store.

As I have sported a beard for many years, I was curious to learn what "beard oil" was all about. When it arrived, I was pleasantly surprised by the packaging. Packed away in a stringy patch of wood shavings was this beautiful bottle of beard oil. With an emphasis on retro typography, and amazing attention to detail, I was delighted to try this new product.

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I really enjoy the old fashioned Beemans gum that I ordered, as well. Albiet a little hard, you'll find no aspartame in this manly gum.

Who said that retro packaging is dead?

Mar 3, 2013