Interesting Odds and Ends in Auburn

Here’s a couple things you may find interesting.

Thanksgiving Turkey a Couple Days Early

Yesterday, I had to go to an RV repair place. As I left their office, I saw this:

Turkey on road in Auburn, CA

In case you can’t see it well enough. Here’s a closer, clearer picture:

Turkey in road, Auburn, CA

There’s lots of turkeys in the foothills of the Sierra. This one wandered a couple blocks from the nearest woods. It’s only about 40 feet from Highway 49, the busiest road in Auburn.

Bad timing for the turkey. This was just two days before Thanksgiving!

(It was alive when I left.)

A Park?

One of the weirder things I’ve run into out here is this, uh, park?

I first noticed this park as I walked past an alley between two stores in an outdoor shopping center. I looked to the right, and I saw a trail going up to a sign that you may not be able to see in this small picture. It’s at the top of the path.

Is this a park?

I got closer, curious what sort of sign would be at the top of a trail behind a dumpster at a shopping center.

Park sign behind shopping center

At least now you can tell it’s a sign. You probably can’t read it, though. It says:

PARK HOURS ARE 6 AM UNTIL ONE-HALF HOUR AFTER SUNSET. IT IS UNLAWFUL TO ENTER OR REMAIN IN PARK WHEN PARK IS CLOSED TO PUBLIC.

Park???

I couldn’t resist. I climbed to the top of the path and took this picture:

A park with nothing in it in Auburn, CA

There’s nothing in this "park." Past this picture, straight ahead, is a fence and then a freeway. To the right is a drive-through fence that’s always locked and then a highway.

There’s no other entrance to this "park" other than the path I’d just climbed and …

this, to the left from the last picture:

'Park' entrance in Auburn, CA

This is the other "entrance" to the park. I went down it. From the bottom, It looks like this:

'Park' entrance in Auburn, CA

Those are the only two entrances to this park.

That’s not all! Yesterday I ran at lunchtime, and I chose a path (on purpose) that went through the park. I snapped this picture:

Homeless bed and grave in 'park' in Auburn, CA

Once again, this picture is probably too small for you to see, but at the left of the picture is a GRAVESTONE. There are two graves in this "park" and this caved-in mattress is one of three places that look like a mini homeless camp.

Would You Like a Manicure with That Web Page?

One more thing to show you. This is in that outdoor shopping center:

Manicure and internet

Do those two things really go together? Do you really need free wireless internet during a manicure?

There’s probably something I don’t understand about manicures or modern technology, but all I can picture is a woman typing on her ipad with her nose while one hand dries and the other is being clipped and painted.

Hmm. No pictures of that. I should have hung around longer …

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4 Responses to Interesting Odds and Ends in Auburn

  1. Kitty says:

    that would have been a funny picture, 10 to 1 that probably really happens somewhere

    • shammahbn says:

      Hi Kitty!

      It might happen indeed!

      There's a commercial I've seen a few times as I've traveled and visited my brother. It's about people who are on cell phones all the time. It shows a bride texting as she walks up the aisle, and at the end, a guy drops his phone into the urinal because he's using it while … well, you know. When he bends down to pick it up–out of the urinal!–the guy next to him looks over and says, "Really?"

      The commercial's hilarious, especially when a kid bops his dad in the head with a baseball because dad's texting while playing catch, but it's hilarious because it's really not much off the mark.

      Yeah, I could picture that really happening.

      • dad says:

        Being an optimist, my mind goes to: must be a busy place, bring your computer while you wait.

        • shammahbn says:

          Oh, that makes sense. I'm a little slow, I guess, though David couldn't come up with that, either.

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