“Help!” Solbit Cries Out in the Desert.

Dear Nicalai,

Do you have any idea what it’s like to be nearly strangled in the desert?  Well, I do, and I’ve got photographic evidence of the attack.

Walking along in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in California with Nona, Papa, and their four friends from Sandpoint, Idaho — Steve and Elizabeth and Bob and Marty — I felt completely at ease … and safe.  Then I saw something in the dirt, and, well, you know that I am inquisitive, so I went over to take a look.

“What’s that?” I wondered and wandered over to get a closer look.

Then swish, bam, before I realized what was happening this anonymous hand came at my neck.

Well, I wasn’t expecting that! It’s not as if I had said, “Hey, give me a hand, will you?”

Where’d that miniature human hand come from? Is a little man under the dirt there? Does he want me to pull him out? Oh, no, he’s trying to strangle me! Help! Even though I panicked, I had time to wonder, “Hey, how does he keep his bare arm so clean under that dirt?”

Getting away wasn’t easy. I kept bogging down in the soft dirt. “Help!”

“OK, Solbit, that’s a take,” our friend Bob said. “Well, done.” Everyone applauded my performance, and, truth be told, I am a good actor.  Yes, we were just play acting. What fun!

What you see is not always what you get. Get it? We staged these photos, just for fun.

After that scene, we all sat around on the rocks and had a snack and some water to drink.  Then we hiked back down to town.

“I had no trouble getting down the canyon. Just hitched a ride in Nona’s pocket! She and the others did slip and slide, though.

You know what I learned today from our hike with our friends?  I learned that you don’t have to be a kid to kid around and have fun.  Even grown-ups enjoy play acting!

Bye!

I’m your friend.

Love,

 

 

 

Solbit

February 2017

*New reader? Get oriented below.

  • You may be asking yourself, “Who is Solbit?” Solbit is a fictional character, but she is a real plastic dinosaur, sent to us unsolicited in a package we ordered from Photojojo. So, she’s a plastic jurassic. Solbit is short for the four names given her by our grandchildren: Sparkle, Orangie, Lulu, Breakit. We tend to use her given names for when she’s been naughty. Thank you for visiting Tales of a Plastic Jurassic. Solbit likes company and hopes you’ll come back.
  • You can learn more about Solbit at her About page and in the earlier posts, “Solbit: How I Got My Name” and “Solbit: How I Got to Travel.”

Iguanodon History Is Made Today! 100 Posts of Tales of A Plastic Jurassic!

Dear Nicalai,

I’m sure the paleontologists thought nothing new could ever happen in iguanodon history, because iguanodon history is a done deal; it’s all wrapped up in the fossils now.

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Picture those good old dinosaur days locked in rock, until today.

Well, today, I add one new thing to iguanodon history.  This plastic iguanodon — yours truly, Ms Solbit — publishes my 100th WordPress post today!  Yeah! I sit down every week and write a blog post with photos.  Nona says that it’s a good “discipline,” whatever that is.  Sometimes I sit down twice a week to write.  So, that’s really good discipline.  Of course, I depend on others for support.

I want to thank my mentors, Nona and Papa — Papa for editing my work and helping me with vocabulary and and Nona for teaching me about photography.  Every writer, no matter how good she or he is, needs an editor, and every blogger needs a good photo editor.

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Nona edits my photos, and, occasionally, I’ll use one of her photos. Papa edits my writing, and occasionally, I’ll accept one his revisions too.

You may quibble (new word for me, I really like to use it) that iguanodons have long been extinct and haven’t done anything new lately.  OK, I see where you’re coming from.  Yes, I’m just a plastic iguanodon, but I’m still an iguanodon, and, if my ancestors were still around pounding the swamps and munching the plants, I think they would be proud of me.  Don’t you think so?

If you’ve followed me from the start, I think you’ll have to agree that I’ve improved from my first selfie at LAX, girl was that out of focus! …

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Hey, you gotta start somewhere, right? Practice makes perfect.

… to my courageous stand with the ants of Chania (Crete), a much better focused and interesting photo.

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These Crete ants just couldn’t get enough of me.

Nicalai, thank you so much for sticking with me all these months and encouraging me to continue sending you letters.  Also, did you know that other people — complete strangers to me — have read my letters to you.  Some have even hit the “like” button, and some have to my surprise hit the “follow” button.  Shivers go through my body and my scales rattle everytime I get a “like” or a “follow.”  Papa says that’s something called “positive reward.”  Whatever it is, it sure is positive.  Thank you all so much for reading me.

Last but not least, I have to thank Photojojo. To think that my 100th blog post might never have happened if Photojojo had not sent me to Nona and Papa as a free gift in their order for a charging card, well, that makes me shiver too.  In a scared way.  If Photojojo had not sent me to them, they wouldn’t have taken me on their around the world trip.  I probably would have ended up in some industrial dumpster.  So, THANK YOU, PHOTOJOJO!  Now I have to go get another kind of shivers.

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Ah, my favorite ice cream dessert is Taiwan Shaved Ice. Makes me shiver but is oh so good!

We’re going to get some ice cream to celebrate my 100th post.  Cold ice cream gives me the shivers, too.  Good shivers.  I think I’m going to get “green tea” ice cream or may some of that Taiwan Shaved Ice that we fell in love with in Shanghai.  Bye.

I’m your friend.

Love,

Solbit

February 2015

*New reader? Get oriented below.

  • You may be asking yourself, “Who is Solbit?” Solbit is a fictional character, but she is a real plastic dinosaur, sent to us unsolicited in a package we ordered from Photojojo. So, she’s a plastic jurassic. Solbit is short for the four names given her by our grandchildren: Sparkle, Orangie, Lulu, Breakit. We tend to use her given names for when she’s been naughty. Thank you for visiting Tales of a Plastic Jurassic. Solbit likes company and hopes you’ll come back.
  • You can learn more about Solbit at her About page and in the earlier posts, “Solbit: How I Got My Name” and “Solbit: How I Got to Travel.”