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Although I have lived in this city for a decent amount of time, I’ve never visited the greatest metaphor for what billiards can do to your life.
But first, some macaroni and cheese.
[angelic choir sings]
That was delicious.
Off we go.
La Brea Tar Pits
The tar pits smelled like a freshly paved road or a newly mended roof. Those are fiberglass reproductions of the last moments of a mastodon (Mammut americanum) as it sinks into the asphalt. The liquid you are seeing is water that has settled on top of the tar. Animals would come to drink the water, fall in through accident, carelessness, or attack from another animal, and become trapped.
There is constant bubbling on the surface of the tar pits from natural methane gas seeping up through the tar. Every once in a while, there’s a particularly large bubble that bursts with impressive noise. Even the Earth needs to burp and pass gas.
The George C. Page Museum is located at the tar pits and shows the history of the tar pits as well as fossils recovered from them.
This is an Antique Bison (Bison antiquus) skeleton. Prehistoric bison were up to 25% larger than their modern descendants.
These are skeletons of the Dire Wolf (Canis dirus). Although the Dire Wolf is closely related to the modern Gray Wolf, it does not have any direct modern descendants.
In other news of the world, the Grateful Dead have a song named “Dire Wolf” and they also make an appearance in the popular novel (and now, HBO Series) A Game of Thrones. The dire wolves, that is. Not the Grateful Dead.
Thousands of dire wolf fossils have been recovered from the tar pits. The museum has an a display comprised of 440 dire wolf skulls, which is just a fraction of what they have found.
When I first saw these Imperial Mammoth (Mammuthus imperator) teeth, it didn’t register that the larger one was a grown-up version of the smaller one. The big molar was just so — big.
This is the “Goldfish Bowl”, a work area for tar pit researchers and volunteers. Visitors to the museum can watch work being done on fossils. That large bundle in the middle partially covered by plaster is the skull of a mammoth which the museum has named “Zed”. Those two things that look like the bottom treads of a large pair of moon boots are the molars(!).
Each fossil, whether it be whole or a fragment, is meticulously cleaned, catalogued, and stored. I was amused by the jar on the upper left — it’s an empty Maille Old Style mustard jar. That’s my favorite kind of mustard and it must be a researcher’s favorite, too — there were quite a few scattered around the Goldfish Bowl.
The Ossuary is a temperature- and humidity-controlled storage room for bones.
We exited through the gift shop (of course) and there was one great t-shirt that read, “What happens at the Tar Pits, stays in the Tar Pits.
Griddle Me This
I’m just going to leave these pictures of a waffle topped with fresh strawberries, creme fraiche and powdered sugar right here.
Obsolete: Cocktail Napkins & Cigarette Boxes
Pool nuts always use the nearest rectangular object at hand to illustrate our shots. Now, you don’t have to draw lines on a napkin or point out imaginary pockets on a cigarette box — you can use a Shot Pad for your pool stories! Best part is, you will be less like to use or throw away your newfound canvas (unlike cocktail napkins and cigarette boxes).
These easy-to-use notebooks have 40 pages each and let you document and record shots for practice, lessons, or fish stories. They fit easily into cue case accessories pockets and purses.
I have a just a few trial-size sets of four Shot Pads for $12.00 (includes U.S. shipping) for sale, snap them up while you can. The proceeds will be going towards my upcoming tournaments.
|Set of 4 Shot Pads for $12.00|
You may also purchase Shot Pads in increments of one, 10, and 100, directly from the Shot Pad website.
First in a new series to be posted next week.