Tuesday, July 31, 2007

So Long, Sodom

Hello, Gamorah!

We are having fun.
Be right back. . . soon.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Happy Birthday, Dear ?

One of these nutcase Sanders has a birthday this weekend. Can you guess who?

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Ruby, Montana

Ruby Montana was originally known as Montana Camp, and was established in the 1870's. In 1909, Julius Andrews (as she was then known) made an application for a post office, and the town oficially received the name of Ruby on April 11, 1912. At one time more than 300 people called Ruby home, and it operated a school and store. The town's mines drew Lead and Gold until 1941.
Ruby is not an open access town. There is a caretaker. There are a dozen buildings in Ruby, including homes, the school and a warehouse.

We Are Traveling

On the road to Montana, I finally caught up with Boom Ball Squaw, The Sands' tireless ambassador to the most far-flung corners of the world, pictured here in her base camp The Rockway Institute.
Boom Ball is in Portugal at the moment, a little civilized for her but we suspect she is off the beaten path as usual. Passing through Algarve, she reports a trifecta of excellent sangria, salt-grilled fish and tiramisu gelato--the official gelato of The Rockway Institute.
No mention of whether she ran into any cute Lisbians, however. But then, she is a Lisboan kind of gal.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Where All the Heroes Are Welcomed

Isn't it the truth?

The Littlest Stand the Tallest -- Five Pound Hero

Chihuahua Saves Baby From Rattlesnake
Posted: 2007-07-23 18:09:35
Filed Under: Nation, Weird News

MASONVILLE, Colo. (July 23) - Zoey is a Chihuahua, but when a rattlesnake lunged at her owners' 1-year-old grandson, she was a real bulldog. Booker West was splashing his hands in a birdbath in his grandparents' northern Colorado back yard when the snake slithered up to the toddler, rattled and struck.
Five-pound Zoey jumped in the way and took the bites."She got in between Booker and the snake, and that's when I heard her yipe," said Monty Long, the boy's grandfather.The dog required treatment and for a time it appeared she might not survive. Now she prances about."These little bitty dogs, they just don't really get credit," Booker's grandma Denise Long told the Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald.
Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. The information contained in the AP news report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or otherwise distributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press. All active hyperlinks have been inserted by AOL.
2007-07-23 07:11:19

Monday, July 23, 2007

This Just In from the Twilight Zone!

Barrelling through the mysterious and sacred Indian grounds of Montana, Rube hit a warp in the space time continuum (Ruby is subject to these things) and was whoosed away to a certain fast food emporium in a certain Midwestern state where she ran into a certain Sander who looks to be all of 14 years old.
Did y'all know that, of the entire population of the U.S. aged about 45 to 16, about 80% have worked at a McDonald's at some point in their lives?
Babe, LOVE a man in uniform.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Greetings from Jackalope Country

These guys are big! Hitting a jackalope out here would be like hitting a moose in Maine.
So far, so good. But I miss my herd back home.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Now That's A Green Thumb!

Many have asked where those damned dogs keep coming from at The Sands. Well now the secret's out: we grow them ourselves.


This one's just about ready to pick.

Friday, July 20, 2007

The Big Picture...the full on Mercury Mountaineer as we pull out...

On The Road Again...Ruby headed for Montana...Wait a minute...I thought she was...

Pulled Debbie Broughton's Mercury Mountaineer outta the white trash patio this a.m. and headed north for my annual trek to Montana to the Fly Fishing capital f the world. I am headed for Snow Bank Creek and a little cabin that I will share with very dear friends. Restores the soul.
I am in Provo, Utah, tonight and I must say that this is a beautiful and friendly town...
I'll go through Jellystone tomorrow...pics will follow. Libby...I will try to get buffalo pictures for you, honey.

Hard On the Trail

While the rest of you idle away by the pool, Sander Peaches Chekouras is hard at work helping OJ find "the real killer." Since his acquittal, OJ has tirelessly scoured golf courses worldwide looking for a one armed man -- no wait, that's someone else -- looking for the real meanie who ruined his life. Peaches never steps onto a golf course without thinking she might encounter the crime of the century, although that's usually her golf partner Joanie's score.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Ruby Montana's Dear Friend Dina Martina (Grady West) Takes Provincetown by Storm

Thanks to cub reporters in the field (Brian Brock and David Staskowski) I found this fabulous photo of Dina Martina in Provincetown for the summer taking the place by storm.
If by any chance you are there this summer go see her show. And that rhymes with camel toe. Here's what the Stranger of Seattle had to say :
"For another summer, Seattle’s very own Dina Martina is knocking the gays dead in Provincetown. This morning brought an update from Dina’s creator and channeler Grady West:
'Okay, last night was without a doubt one of the most surreal nights of my life. During “Showgirls” (the Monday night P-town cabaret I co-host…it’s kind of like Trannyshack, only it’s been around about 20 years), I acted out a scene from Gone With the Wind with Rue McClanahan, Bruce Vilanch, and Jeff Stryker in front of 400 people. Rue was Scarlett, Jeff was Rhett, Bruce was Mammy, and Dina was Prissy. Jesus, life is weird sometimes.'
Of course Miss Martina and Ruby go way back to Seattle and a little thing called cable tv. Ruby wants Dina to perform at The Sands.

Monday, July 16, 2007

I meant to post this earlier...I think the new one is really hilarious...girl gangs...I'm still supporting Hilary...

Jay Jones, Ruby and Michael Gricus at the M Modern Gallery's Warhology Show

The host for this cutting edge gallery's show was the fabulous Warhol superstar Viva...Viva also exhibited her solo show titled "viva Hoffmann: One Icon and a Bunch of landscapes."

Barry Wolfred is leaving the Valley for LA...we will miss him

Barry is heading for LA...he packed up his studio on Saturday...he feels the kind of art work he does is greatly appreciated in LA and longs for that audience. We wish he and his wonderful spirit well. One of the nicer guys around. Bye bye Bar...we will miss you, Hon.

Ruby with Bob Jones the owner of Davey's Hideaway

Did you want a Delmonico or the Prime ribwith your wedge? Look out folks...Davey's making some changes...they'd just better not be taking the Wedge of the menu.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Okay...so Ruby finally went to the Joshua Tree Flea Market...

Ruby needed a vehicle to do Costco Runs and was a little disheartened that she couldn't get everything into the Bug...so she found the perfect deal...$300. Not bad.

Michael Gricus and Ruby Montana saying a sweet good-bye to Our Little Eva...

Michael Gricus and I are constantly consulting one another about wardrobe...that is why we are always clearly coordinated...Here we are at Dale's Lost Highway saying good-bye to Eva departing at 5 a.m. for Sweden. Dig her lace dress...$3 at a consignment store. She wears it well. Don't you just want to make dolls of all of these people and dress them yourselves?

JAY JONES...Designer to the Rich and Famous and his adorable niece, Nicki, visiting from Oklahoma

Where the waving wheat can sure smell sweet when the wind comes right behind the rain. Did I lose you there? Thought so. So this is Palm Springs most decorated Interiors man...Always drop dead in Trina Turk and his adorable little Niece, Nicki, from Our Land...or is that Your land...??? Anyway...we had some fun in the Bungalette at Dale's Lost Highway on Friday night...Wishing our dear friend Eva a goodbye and back to Sweden she must go. We will all miss her. Our very own Blonde bombshell. Love that woman. Hurry back, lil' Eva...

Saturday, July 14, 2007

A VERY Good Reason To Go To Davey's Hideaway Tonight...

Ruby and Bob a match made in Heaven. Bob plays at Davey's Hideaway every night but Sunday and Monday throughout the year. He is a very gifted pianist. A real rat packer. He gives Davey's their ambiance a go go. I think I'll get the King Crab legs tonight with a wedge...anyone care to join me...oh and that's a Bombay martini up with three olives...

How about That Pool...You Wanna Step Right In....

Friday, July 13, 2007

Shirley Bassey - GET THE PARTY STARTED - Music Video

When you are feeling sorry for yourself...remember this is Shirley Bassey at 70...cub reporter Stephanie Joret tipped me off...great performance...

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Sander and everyone's favorite Koffi Barista, Mary and lil' Lola

Everyone loves their coffee break at favorite Palm Springs haunt, Koffi. Mary is everyone's favorite barista. Another one of Lola's best friends.

Was It the Hair, the Suits, or Texas?

Adios, Lady Bird Johnson -- the other LBJ. Did you love her? Was it the hair or the suits? Let us know.


As she aged, both the hair and the suits got more sedate. Here, she looks like anybody, not even a Texan.


Okay, now we're talkin' full blown on both counts.


The Classic look for a big-haired gal from Texas who landed with a bright red suit to accompany her bright red lips in DC.

What's the verdict, Sanders? Role model for women or She Who Must Not Be Named?

Ruby and her God daughter Elizabeth Veal

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Ruby's Hard at Work inside her Dream Office Pounding out Deal-o-ramas

Be sure to check your Deal-o-rama 2007 button at the top of this page and beat the Deadline for Timeshare space at The Sands...August 15th is that Deadline...
Secure your future at one of the coolest places on earth. Rarer by the second.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Readying my Ferral community...I'm Goin' To The Monkeys...

I have been trying to figure out what I am going to do when I go to Montana with my ferral cat community...now I know.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Sander Beau Jolie Turns One...

Sander Beau Jolie celebrates his first Birthday...and takes a break from Blue Ribbons. Dea Holt and Lauren Fortune are the proud sheppards of this ball of energy. What a beauty. I think Beau said he wanted The "They Run With Poodles Don't They" Suite...
Happy Birthday, Beau...

Thursday, July 5, 2007

The Fifth of July at The Coral Sands...that's today kids...photo by Sander Kristin Ranta


With fire in her spirit this girl will dance but DAMN we thought it would be this month at the End of the rounds of chemo. Unfortunately this past Monday scans have proved that Carole's tumor has surfaced somewhere else...there will be another surgery and more chemo. We'll get to the dancing later my Warrior. Cathi Anderson...(the one with hair to the left) Carole's faithful pardner of many a year is keepin' the whole thing sane. I love you both and yer lil' dog too. We will all hold you in our hearts as we head to battle once again with you.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD, that little Dickens...

This morning at five a.m. Dusty required the French door open a crack...that's about all it takes for her to squeeze through...when she returned her one ear was up and the other down and she could not stop shaking her head...she became somewhat listless...she is always pawing through vegetation, eating pyrocantha berries (they're poisonous) and routing out baby skunks...so I figure she's found a black widow and she's dying...I was in a panic...
I am happy to report some hours later that she scaled the wall in the white trash patio after a ferral cat...

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Can We Give It Up for Bubbles, Please?

Bev ain't no mo. Gee, we loved her. Dig this, it's so true:
Along with Maria Callas and Joan Sutherland, Ms. Sills was an acknowledged exponent of the bel canto (honey, read Can Belto) Italian repertory during the period of its post-World War II revival. Though she essentially had a light soprano voice, her sound was robust and enveloping. In her prime her technique was exemplary. She could dispatch coloratura roulades and embellishments, capped by radiant high D’s and E-flat’s, with seemingly effortless agility. She sang with scrupulous musicianship, rhythmic incisiveness and a vivid sense of text.
Moreover, she brought unerring acting instincts to her portrayals of tragic leading roles in Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” and “Anna Bolena,” Bellini’s “Puritani,” Massenet’s “Manon” and many other operas in her large repertory. And few singers matched her deadpan comic timing and physical nimbleness in lighter roles like Rosina in Rossini’s “Barbiere di Siviglia,” whom Ms. Sills portrayed as a ditsy yet determined young woman, and Marie, the tomboylike heroine raised by a military regiment in Donizetti’s “Fille du RĂ©giment.”

May choirs of angels greet you, Bubbles. We love you.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Happy Birthday to Loyal Friend and Sander Tom Reid

Tom Reid...of Seattle's Deluxe Junk fame picking the Blue guitar under Mrs. Clark...both treasures we found together when he was here last. This man is to be adored. Precious cargo. A very happy Birthday, Tommy, one of the very best people on this planet. Ruby loves you.