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If you're of my generation and/or older, you probably have seen and remember these buildings. Usually associated with military. I remember them well, and in the summer, let me tell you it was like walking into an oven...being baked alive! My memory goes like this: I was an 'on call' baby sitter for an area of these that were used as temporary homes for college professors...The family was the Robertsons. They had two children, one infant, and the other just a toddler. During the summer I would get a chance to watch over their two little ones. Tho the interior had large fans in every corner and more, there was no air conditioning. Some times when the kids would get cranky and hot, I would dampen some hand towels and wrap those around their necks to cool their body temperature.

The buildings? They're called Quonset Huts!

16'x36' [some larger ones made in 1942]...covered in heavy galvanized steel. Transportable in parts, easily erected in just a day's time. And a bit of trivia here: The word Quonset was chosen because in 1941, the first assembled was in Quonset Point Rhode Island. And the term 'quonset' is Native American meaning boundary.

Anyway, I spotted one off a street here in town near an area I rarely go...some mechanic shops, junk yards, automobile pounds and supply warehouses are abundant...

Linking to: Rubbish Tuesday




WILD BIRDS -NATURE NOTES -OUR WORLD
Be wary wary qwiet...
...I'm busy preparing for my "Knight to Remember" debut audition.  [in reference to another epic movie/book about the sinking of the Titanic, Night to Remember]
I'm to recite only one line, but  I just can't get the sensational epic about Jack and Rose from my mind.  With this quip, I may become an overnight sensation... if chosen for the part.  I had a call for make-up and wardrobe at 4 a.m, so as you can see, I'm a bit rusty...

...ready? Here's to my new portfolio. Eat your heart out Leon R. Dough!!  [I'm just making this up as I go along]--

I'm the king of the world!!!
linking to: Wild Bird Wednesday - Our World Tuesday - Nature Notes




HODGEPODGE

1. The best part of waking up is having a quiet time to myself.

2. Given a choice, which animal interaction would you most like to experience (or for those non-adventurers...which would you dislike the least?)- Swim with the dolphins at one of several locations in the Florida Keys, a lion encounter ten minutes from Victoria Falls (Africa), or a day at a remote base camp high in the Big Sur wilderness via the Ventana Wildlife Society helping track California condors? Oh definitely tracking the California Condor!!!

3. What is something you fear about 'old age'? What is something you look forward to? Fear?---Nothing, I'm there!!  Look Forward to?---keeping hobbies and myself active.

4. Hot sauce...are you a fan? If you answered yes, what's something you make/eat that must have hot sauce? On a scale of 1-10 how hot is too hot? I love hot sauce; make it fresh myself from my sister-in-law's recipe. She's of Mexican descent. And the strength of spicy hot?----an 8.  And washing it down with an icy beer or a margarita.

5. It's been said that children learn what they live. What do you think children learn at your house? I haven't had children in my house for years. I guess now-a-days they'd learn to go to bed with the chickens and get up with them. [Early to bed early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise?] Who said that? Benjamin Franklin? I don't recall.

6. What's your favorite movie with a number in it's title? Two I can think of right off-hand would be 9 to 5...and oldie. But so funny. Another one, on a sad note would be 8 Below.

7. Saturday (August 16th) is National Tell a Joke Day...share one here. Today's forecast is hot & sunny....tonight --- not so sunny.

8. Insert your own random thought here.   Hector Heron still rattling on about his debut screen test:  After this my manager has me set up for more where I am to arrive at the Pics R studios for try-outs. Such as:

How to Train Your Heron
Beauty and the Bird [a Dizzy-knee flick where I'd be playing a dual role of both the Beauty & the Bird]
An American Heron [animated, I'll be doing the voice over of the main character]
The Chronicles of Ardea Herodias
Kung Fu Heron
Fly Free
...one that is an action movie with the need for speed. Top Bird.
and
Who Framed Hector Heron

linking to: HODGEPODGE

By the way, I couldn't think of a decent title for this post...I was and still am in shock of Robin Williams' reported suicide.  And then, today [Wednesday morning] I read in the news that Lauren Bacall died at the age of 89....

100 comments :

  1. Hey, we were watching a heron last Sunday at breakfast, standing at the edge of a lake, regal and proud, seemingly sunning himself...

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    1. ...a wonderful atmosphere too I imagine.

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  2. That is one magnificent bird! An amazing photo. And I can't imagine the poor families having to live in quonset huts. I didn't know the origin of the name before, so thanks. We have a few in our area used for machine sheds or potato storage, etc.

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    1. ...glad you enjoyed the photos and info today Judy.

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  3. Love the photo-he sure does look as if he is king of the world!

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    1. ...glad to know you enjoyed his pose Tammy

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  4. I have seen a building or two like that, but it's been a while. They always looked so mysterious. And I would love to see a California Condor!!

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    1. ...you and me both on the Condor

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  5. Haha, I love the title...and that bird picture jumps out at you. Your hodgepodge is always interesting. I don't want anything to do with hot sauce. Icky!

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    1. My mother didn't like hot sauce either.

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  6. I do remember Quonset huts but had no idea people actually LIVED in them. EW! Herons are such characters! Wonderful shot of the King of the World.

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    1. ...it truly must have been insufferable in the summer, day in and day out.

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  7. My paternal grandpa had a smaller version of a quonset hut on his farm. He used it as a mechanic shop along with 2 of my uncles. I remember being inside in the summer and it was hot! fortunately the doors on the ends could be opened which allowed air flow. Again, I'm not reading your Hodge Podge until tomorrow. Be back then. Thanks for linking up!

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    1. ...the ones that were lined up in a little village for temporary housing didn't have the BIG doors...just a regular entry doorway with a screen door.

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  8. a rock-solid Heron there Anni!

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  9. That's a great bird shot. The heat in those huts must have been terrible.

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    1. so cramped for living space back in the days before a/c was so prevalent. Thanks Amy

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  10. i found your blog thrue other bloggers..i will be visitng more...nice blog

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    1. ...thanks for stopping by...nice meeting you.

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  11. love the grand heron. :) love quonset huts, too. always have. there's a couple in this area that are restaurants called 'wings' - they're known for their wings and burgers, but the original name was a play on airport buildings and they had old planes parked outside each restaurant and other airplane stuff inside. :)

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    1. ...that's a cool idea to have the restaurant named "Wings" being that they used these as hangars in some areas.

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  12. Wow, I haven't seen or thought of a quonset hut in years. I remember them well. I can sure imagine how hot they must have been. And I love the heron pictures. Hope he gets the part. :-)

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    1. From what I've read so far in the comments up to #29...you're the only one that got the true gist of my post. Everyone else assumes I'M the ONE with the screen test. Hmmmm.

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  13. I have and still see those buildings when we travel - I didn't know someone could live in those. Love the Heron photos. Did you say you were going to be in a play - good luck. I am enjoying some time alone now that the kids went back to school.

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    1. Moi? No!!! I'M not going to be in a play...you misunderstood it all....it's just Hector the Heron chatting away since 'he's King of the World'!!!

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  14. When a guy in the service asked me to marry him and live in a trailer, he meant a mobile home. I turned him down. I thought, at age 16, a trailer was what goes behind a big truck and travels on the highway. I didn't want to live in one. Your quonset hut brought that memory back! Thanks for the memory!

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    1. ....I don't mind the double wide trailers that are being manufactured now a days.

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  15. Anni the 'king of the world' photo is amazing. My word you take beautiful photos...
    hugs madi and mom

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    1. ...thank you again...M&M!!!

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  16. Really amazing wildlife photography. Love hot sauce too! :)

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  17. I have heard of those buildings. Makes us appreciate what we have more. You do an excellent job on your captures.

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    1. ...exactly. I'm glad you like my photos today LV

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  18. Anni ... Amazing photo of the heron. Don't think i would like living in that Quonset hut.
    Thanks for stopping by Timeless Treasures with a nice comment.
    Audrey Z.

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    1. ...I wouldn't either....it was hard enough to babysit a couple of hours during the summer. I can't imagine how it would be 24/7

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  19. I've seen those quonset huts and always thought they were quite ugly. I cano nly imagine how hot they are.
    Love that heron shot!
    I'm in shock about Robin Williams too.

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    1. ...yes, I too thought they were ugly. Thanks Mari....and I just can't envision he had such a terrible life to want to end it all.

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  20. I've lived in some ugly places but not a Quonset Hut. I like mild hot sauce but don't make it myself. I'm to the old age area of my life and hope I can keep my wits about me and take care of myself. Neat about the play.

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    1. ....I figured assisted living if it ever came down to me being on my own.

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  21. love the quonset hut.

    The heron reminds me a turkey vulture with his wings like that, they sit around on the trees and lift their wings to dry them.

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    1. ...yep, the vultures do the very same...as do Cormorants. And other water birds

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  22. My family had a Lapwing as a pet. His name was Garibaldo. Our chicken Maricota shocked him, but it didn't work because the chicken wanted to scratch in the dirt and Garibaldo expected food in the mouth. Chicken doesn't know to give food in your baby's mouth. I took care of him then :D

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    1. ...thanks for the visit Camila

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  23. I see the quonset huts when I travel with Bill. In fact, I have taken pictures of some! You always have cool posts!

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  24. Oh, those heron shots are terrific Anni!
    The only thing I fear about aging is losing the ability to look after myself.

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  25. I am king hear me... tweet ...

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    1. Karen, the video link you left for me took me to some odd place. ;-(

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  26. Great photos, and I always enjoy your early Hodgepodge!!

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  27. Your blue Heron shot is stunning!!! It looks like he was posing for you and wanted to show off! Love your Quonset Hut picture and story, I have now learned why they are named that!! Robin Williams, so ironic and sad that a brilliant comic died of sorrow...

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    1. ...I just never saw the 'sorrow' in him when I'd watch interviews recently...it's definitely sad. Thanks Ginny

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  28. I have never been in a Quonset hut, but have always figured they were hotter than Hades.

    Love those Heron shots.

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    1. Well I've never been to Hades, but yep...they're HOT!
      Thanks Rose

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  29. Great shot of the Heron, he does look so majestic

    Mollyxxx

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  30. One of my favorite birds! Nice heron shots!

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    1. Most times, when I spot them when out birding, they always just stand there...like a flamingo yard ornament. But this time I was kinda lucky. Thanks Brian.

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  31. You had me chuckling throughout the post... until you mentioned Robin Williams. He was a great, good man; it saddens me that he felt so alone.
    Quonset huts, oh my. At the wee rural elementary school my daughter went to, their gymnasium was in an old Quonset hut, built to house recruitment offices during WW II.

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    1. Sorry...I spoiled the fun, didn't I?

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  32. I can imagine how hot it gets in one of those things in the summer.
    Love the shot of the "king"

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  33. I love the King of the World shot! Enjoy your evening!

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    1. ...thanks. Hope you had an enjoyable evening too Eileen.

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  34. Oh, Anni---my parents and me (as a baby) lived in a quonset hut on a base in California when Dad was stationed there. It couldn't have been a comfortable place! Great that you found one that you could share! And I love the heron being "king of the world." beautiful shots.

    I'd swim with the dolphins...definitely!

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    1. I can't swim...so that would be the LAST thing I'd do. rofl
      Thanks Marie.

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  35. He is King of the World -- and deserves to be!!

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    1. ...that he is....Thanks Sallie

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  36. Love the heron! And we had quonset huts at my high school as extra classrooms but I don't think I had a class in one. However, my algebra class met in a stair well!

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    1. Now that you mention it, I've seen the huts on school grounds...long ago tho. Glad you enjoyed the heron shots.

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  37. Thanks for coming over for a visit last week. I am still working out the linking in this blog life so my links are all going back to my main blog which is not the one I'm posting on for rubbish Tuesday. Never mind, my son will be home next week and hopefully he will be able to put me straight.
    Let me know when Hector has his debut, I'll dress up and go and see him.

    Diana

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    1. No worries Diana. I'm glad you took the time to stop by Hootin's

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  38. The Quonset huts remind me of the old Gomer Pyle show.
    Love the heron king of the world shot!
    Wishing you an enjoyable day.

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    1. ...thanks Mildred....and enjoy your day also!!

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  39. Anni, I didn't mean a house/mobil home trailer, I meant a big box that carries furniture or store products behind the tractor. I didn't want to live in one of those.

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    1. Yes, I realized that with your explanation in the first comment above.

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  40. Oh, I am of your generation and I do remember the quonset huts ... but on our campus they had barracks that had been built for the reserves during WWII. Like you, I baby sat for a family that had two beautiful little girls and a baby that was born blind (I had forgotten this experience until I read your post). Now I am wondering, as these beautiful children would be in their 60's by now, how they all faired in life, especially the baby.

    I love your "King of the World" ... he looks like a Military General standing at attention. If he could tuck that wing into his lapel, I would say he looks like Napolean Bonaparte :) And yes the shock of losing Robin Williams is like the show heard round the world. They say comedy comes from tragedy and apparetently they were right in Robin's case. So sad. And Lauren Bacall, sexy lady that she was, had a good life and she will be missed by those of us who remember her. Wonderful post, Hootin' Annie ...

    Andrea @ From the Sol

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    1. Wow....here too, now that you mentioned it. Nearly 50 years since I babysat for the Robertsons. My goodness. You really made me think, now, also, wondering what happened to the kids.

      Thanks for such a wonderful comment.

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  41. I think it was Thomas Jefferson's quote not Franklin.

    Great heron shot.

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    1. Well, at least I had the same era. rofl Thanks for enlightening me on the quote.

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  42. I love your heron shots. Very sad news about Robin Williams. I loved Dead Poets Society. My friend and I went to see it several times and then we bought the video as well. I remember seeing the old black and white movies with Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart with my mom. Those were great movies as well. Very talented actors and not just special effects like so many movies today.

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    1. Indeed...there was a story to FOLLOW with the old movies!!! Still, much better than the ones we have today.

      Thanks Gunilla

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  43. I think we're all still reeling from the news about Robin Williams...just heartbreaking! Love your heron shots, Anni! You have such a good eye!

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    1. ...thank you kindly April....happy birthday by the way!!

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  44. I really like that King Heron Anni - nice work.

    It has to be The Magnificent Seven.

    Waht do I fear about old age - Nothing except losing my sight and hearing and not being able to go birding.

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    1. ...that would be a bit much to handle, losing sight AND hearing. Oh yes, Magnificent Seven...love the movie too.

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  45. What a stunning photo of that heron! A friend of mines family lived in something very similar to those Quonset huts when I was young, it was a WW11 hut with an extension built on their land which they ran as a market garden. i spent much of my childhood there - happy memories!

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    1. ...happy memories are the best!! Thanks Sarah.

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  46. How awesome that you make your own hot sauce! 9 to 5 is a great answers.

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    1. ...thanks Debby. Feel better soon.

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  47. Who Framed Hector Heron. What a hoot that would be! Oh and I love quiet time in the morning. Coffee, front porch, and a rocking chair. A great way to start the day!

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    1. ...quiet in the morning hours is always a great way to start the day.

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  48. oh wow on the King of Pelicans, my favorite bird... stunning shot of a gorgeous specimen.

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    1. ...thanks. But, Sandra, it's a Great Blue Heron instead.

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  49. Yes I have heard of those huts, but didn't know what they looked like.. Wonderful photos of the heron. It is hard for me to catch those birds without scaring them...Michelle

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    1. ...they're used to humans around this area with all the boaters/fisherman, etc.

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  50. Like you the shock is just beginning to wear off after 2 wonderful actors were lost to us....but your majestic bird shots brought a smile I needed. I remember those hot, metal buildings used during war at first.

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    1. ...the old saying goes..."Time will heal all wounds".

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