Category Archives: Life

Bonus Post: Route 66 Passport, Plus New T-Shirt Designs

Greetings, everyone!  We’ve got another Sporadic Quack for you all today.  You can watch the full thing below, but allow me to summarize for the sake of this post.  First of all, I have finally upgraded to new video editing software, Adobe Premiere Elements, which is proving to be far more packed with featured, and far more stable, than my old program.  Ha HA, Movie Maker, your habit of randomly losing sound and deleting stuff shall trouble me no more!  Also, we’ve got more t-shirt designs that I’d like to share with you all.  Because art is fun!  Random Marketplace designs include:

Ain’t she perty?
That lollipop took forever….

And some new holiday-themed Duck of Indeed t-shirts have been added to my SpreadShop, as well, the Turkey of Indeed and Christmas Caroler Duck!

Perfect for Thanksgiving…dinner!
The perfect Christmas present for all the ducks in your life.

Last of all, the video below includes a little tour of the Arizona Route 66 Passport.  This is a passport I received at the Powerhouse Visitor Center during the mini-adventure Mother Duck and I took to Kingman not so very long ago to visit Route 66.  In case you missed it, the post, along with all five episodes of our trip, can be found here.  By visiting various locations along Arizona’s portion of Route 66, you can obtain stamps.  Collect enough, and you apparently get a nifty certificate.  The passport is cool enough on its own, though, as it contains photos and info about the various towns in Arizona that Route 66 passes through.  Neat?  Well, I certainly think so!

Video from Youtube User: The Duck of Indeed

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Getting Our Kicks in Kingman, AZ

As the Duck continuously endeavors to provide interesting content for my semi-newly restored Youtube channel, one subject for which I am on a constant lookout is intriguing places.  It was thanks to the delightful videos of Youtuber Justin Scarred that Mother Duck and I have gained an interest in visiting historic Route 66. Continue reading Getting Our Kicks in Kingman, AZ

100 Theme Blog Challenge No. 18: Rainbow

Slowly, like the ever-plodding march of time, the Duck has been working through this here 100 theme challenge.  After seven years of blogging, I have only reached #18.  The topic: rainbow.  When I think about rainbows, I think of colors.  I think of the story of Noah’s Ark and how the rainbow was God’s promise not to ever flood the Earth again.  I also get to thinking about the people who believe dinosaurs were on the ark.  Whether or not this is true, I know not, but if so, I bet it was super cool and scary all at once.

The topic of rainbow also brings to mind what often comes before a rainbow, a storm.  It seems as if a lot of people don’t like rainstorms and prefer sunny skies over grey and cloudy ones.  Perhaps it’s my fondness for moisture thanks to my duckyness, but I am completely the opposite.  I love the rain.  I love storm clouds.  I love cooler weather over being hot.  If I planned a trip to Disneyland and found that it would rain the entire time, I would be thrilled.  Better yet, the park would probably not be too crowded because people wouldn’t want to be out in the rain. Continue reading 100 Theme Blog Challenge No. 18: Rainbow

Memories from Ducklinghood: Trick or Treating

With Halloween edging ever closer, the Duck was struck with some memories of Halloweens past, back when I was a duckling and trick or treating was still a valid option for the spookiest night of the year.  There were several friends I would usually accompany while trick or treating, and since I lived in a larger neighborhood than them, they would usually visit me for the festivities.  I recall my friends always sporting better costumes than me, for all I was able to obtain were the silly kinds of things Wal-Mart usually had in stock.  I remember dressing as a bee and a ladybug during two of my years of Halloween-ing.  Mother Duck sometimes reminds me that, when I was super young, I dressed as a pirate.  So it would seem that my costumes got worse the older I got.  (If only I was adept at cosplay back then, such Halloween woes…Hallo-woes…could have been avoided.) Continue reading Memories from Ducklinghood: Trick or Treating

A Minor Trek into Fear with Spooky Tales and Haunted Houses

For October, I wanted to think up some spooky topics to share with you all.  And yet, and this is rather fortunate, not that many spooky things have happened in my life, meaning I had to think hard.  And what I came up with were a few semi-spook-related tales that took place during the Duck’s ducklinghood.  We’re verging on spook here, even if we’re not totally crossing the line.

To start off, I have never been good at telling scary stories.  In recent years, I was able to write a few decently creepy Slender Man stories, but without some pretty good inspiration (and believe me, Slender Man is great inspiration for horror), I am just not well-equipped at striking fear into the hearts of my listeners.  I remember one day many years back, I had a rare sleepover at my friend’s house.  As night fell, we decided it would be a great time to try and tell some scary stories. Continue reading A Minor Trek into Fear with Spooky Tales and Haunted Houses

Killer Trees and Unexpected Guests: Even More Spooky Duck Dreams

The night of October 1, 2017, was home to a marathon of creepy dreams that I wanted to record before I forgot.  It seems my sleeping mind is well-aware of the impending arrival of Halloween, so, as far as spooky dreams go, the timing couldn’t have been better.  As usual, many of the details have become lost to me, so these dreams may not sound as creepy as they actually were.  Nevertheless, believe me when I say that these dreams were quite haunting indeed before the welcome arrival of morning put an end to my unpleasant adventures.

In my first dream, I was in the woods, accompanied by a girl I believe was supposed to be my sister.  While many creepy stories take place in the woods, this one does not involve the mysterious creatures that typically reside in the darkest reaches of the forest, but rather, the trees themselves.  I remember coming upon a very large tree.  It wasn’t exactly tall, but it had a very thick trunk with one of those holes in its side that so commonly house owls or glowing eyes.  Within moments of arriving at this particular tree, the hole in its side transformed into a large gaping mouth. Continue reading Killer Trees and Unexpected Guests: Even More Spooky Duck Dreams

Strange Noises in the Dark: A Duck Dream

Whether or not anyone reads these strange posts, I cannot say, but I enjoy writing them, so here we go.  I had a spooky dream the night of 7/15/17, and I think it came about due to hearing a spooky sound that night.  In this dream, I had two other siblings, an older sister and a younger sibling I don’t remember much about, as this person didn’t play a major role in the dream.  The older sister was, in fact, a friend I once had in real life.  I’m not going to say her name on the Internet, but since these posts are as much for my own records as your amusement, I will give myself a hint so that I remember in the future who this friend was.  She was the friend with the swimming pool.  There, memory secured.  Since this person is important in my dream, I’ll just call her Alice.  That’s not her name.  It’s just better than typing older sister all the time. Continue reading Strange Noises in the Dark: A Duck Dream

Butterfly Wonderland and OdySea Aquarium

You may recall a few years back that Mother Duck and I visited a butterfly conservatory.  This particular conservatory is called Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale, AZ, and is, in fact, the largest butterfly conservatory in the United States.  As you might expect, this delightful place is filled with butterflies of all shapes, sizes, and colors, and since you get to walk right inside the lush conservatory they call home, there is nothing stopping them from landing on you if they see fit.  We recently decided to revisit the Butterfly Wonderland, and this time, I had the pleasure of recording our time there.  A video sure beats a bunch of photos, right?

Furthermore, about a year ago, they built the OdySea Aquarium right next door, which has the honor of being the Southwest’s largest aquarium.  This place was pretty awesome, with exhibits spanning from rivers, to the seashore, to the ocean, along with a rotating Living Sea Carousel, where you can see sharks, sea turtles, and sea lions, among other aquatic creatures. Continue reading Butterfly Wonderland and OdySea Aquarium

The Kitten We Almost Adopted

It is thanks to our diligent and daily viewing of Kitten Academy on Youtube that our cat Elsa has become increasingly spoiled.  The first thing their channel inspired us to buy her was a small cat tower.  While her “cat tower” is only a couple feet tall, and thus, really doesn’t constitute as a proper tower, she seems to love it just fine and spends plenty of time napping on top of it or lounging in the large carpeted tube.  (Larger cat towers are either too difficult to put together, too large for our car, or too awkward for anything larger than a small kitten to climb.) Continue reading The Kitten We Almost Adopted

Bonus Post: My Grandmother’s Retro Disney Collection

With the Duck’s renewed interest in Disney, I recently recalled a very special container that had been spending many lonely years in the garage.  This container, well, contains a plethora of Disney items collected for me by my grandmother on my mother’s side, whom I only met when I was too young to remember.  Despite not getting the chance to know her, it is a nice thought indeed to know that she was thinking of me and buying these items for me when she didn’t have that much money.  In today’s video, I would like to share with you all the many wonderful Disney items my grandmother had collected for me. Continue reading Bonus Post: My Grandmother’s Retro Disney Collection