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    The Zoo

    Yep, still there, but now renamed San Diego Safari Park instead of Wildlife Park https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Diego_Zoo_Safari_Park It's actually 30 miles north of the original zoo in Escondito Don't remember hearing anything about a keeper abusing elephants, but there were some protests according to above article back in 2003 when the zoo paid to capture some wild elephants to be transported and put on display. "In the summer of 2003, the San Diego Zoological Society and Lowry Park Zoo orchestrated the capture of 11 wild African elephants from the Hlane Royal National Park in Swaziland. The zoos said the animals were scheduled to be killed due to overpopulation.[8] However, In Defense of Animals disputes this, claiming that new fencing costing many times less than the capture and transport would have ended the need to remove any elephants from Swaziland, and that the Save Wild Elephants Coalition reported that there were three other sanctuaries in Africa that had offered to take the elephants." Article goes on to say there have been 13 babies born from those captured elephants and some were teansferred to the Tucson zoo in exchange for a couple of their elephants.
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    The Zoo

    Looking forward to it as it was my childhood zoo - lived in San Diego County and went to school there from K thru 4th grade. Back in the 60's they used to bus us kids to visit every couple years. After we moved away, I still had relatives who I'd spend a couple weeks with each summer. Back then the zoo was cheap outing for kids, but, wow! Cost has gone up. Used to be a bunch of free museums in Balboa Park, too, where the zoo is. IIRC the museums date back to a World Fair held upon completion of Panama Canal. Google tells me most of the museums charge now. This was all before the Safari Park. It's been years, but I remember it taking a couple days to see all the museums and 3-4 days at the zoo - big bucks now even if you buy one package deals
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    Small Talk: Judge's Chambers

    😠😠😠 just noticed that my local NBC channel, and JJ provider, and Directv have decided to get in a pissing match. Hope this kerfuffle doesn't last as long as the CBS/Directv kerfuffle of a couple years ago - lost a whole season. Guess for next little while only JJ viewing I'll be doing will be when I can get it to come in on my indoor antenna - no guarantee I can receive the signal as it's broadcast at the limit of my antenna's range. Good new is that the channel for Hot Bench and TPC is still on Directv - even though owned by same company.
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    All Episodes Talk: All Rise

    Ok, case was same old story, but I enjoyed the landlord suing tenant of 70's junky trailer since I grew up in the area. Did raise a few questions in my mind. First, where was the actual location of this 4 acres - when asked, P told JJ it was in Bakersfield Ca, but later I heard it was on Weedpatch Highway. For those not in the know, Weedpatch Highway is 10 miles SSE of Bakersfield and one of the poorest areas in the county - which may explain the dirt cheap rent on what sounded like barely habitable trailer. (Little trivia tidbit - Steinbeck dedicated The Grapes of Wrath to a camp administrator at Weedpatch Camp and 3 of the buildings remain and are listed on National Register of Historic Places.) Watching and listening to P, I was reminded that this part of California has more of the stereotypical "Okie" than Oklahoma - Merle Haggard sang about being an "Okie from Muskogee," but, nah, he was a Bakersfield Okie. Remember, I was raised in Bakersfield and have lived in Oklahoma since the 80s, so have first hand knowledge - oh, and met Merle a time or two back in the day. Anyway, getting back to the case - good old boy tells us there are two dwellings on his 4 acre plot, but later tells JJ he would have been arrested if he had really been walking get around nude "in the middle of town" while on the property. Not that I really buy the defendants' sexual harrassment claims, but that defense doesn't fly with me. Rest of the case - nope, nothing much to say. Place was a dump and wasn't being maintained - bad for any structure, but disastrous in a trailer. Looking at the pix, my guess is that 2 of the 3 80 yo buildings at the Weedpatch Camp are in better condition than this trailer - for sure they look better as they were painted more recently. Counterclaim for harrassment sounds like afterthought to get out of paying what they admit owing. They owed the rent, but unless JJ was shown a receipt I wouldn't have given P anything goes for cleanup because I suspect it's still a dump. Wouldn't give him anything for repairs - ought to be scrapped not have bandaids applied.
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    The Incredible Dr. Pol

    No, but have seen preview where Doc Pol is rolling through clinic on one of those knee scooters. So guess it will be addressed in a couple weeks with the new season.
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    The Incredible Dr. Pol

    Doc Pol in the news
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    Small Talk: Judge's Chambers

    Just ran across this on FB
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    Hot Bench

    Few years ago I had a friend who ran afoul of her HOA when she had a wooden privacy fence installed. Seems it was 12" too tall. HOA said tear it down. Her hubby's solution: snap a chalk line at maximum height - put new upper stringer - take circular saw - cut off top of the fence.... problem solved
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    The People's Court

    high-priced 50th BD bash turns ugly: big burly Shirley paid for dinner and lounge package to celebrate wife's 50th. Says dinner was fine, but then bar manager tried to steal their tables. Big kerfuffle - pushing/shoving - cops called - P's party tossed. Lots of back and forth with all the litigants yapping over each other and not bothering to listen to or answer MM's questions - couple times I was worried about poor Douglas being outnumbered cuz I thought things might turn physical. D brought a lousy video which doesn't show whole scene and hurts as much as helps his case - would have been nice if he brought the floor manager or any of the other employees with first hand knowledge of what went down. D sells these package deals online without bothering with contracts. I was wondering why, if these package deals were reserved online, no one took a screenshot of the Web site of what the packages includes. Anyway, they're in court with no contract or anything written down. D tries to claim it's printed on menu, passes up the menu and MM doesn't find what he says is printed. It was D's evidence more than anything else that made P's case. P won, but doesn't collect nearly as much as asked for (wanted $1600 and got $600) - oh and took half an hour Trashy couple of year's bad breakup: whoa, would you take a look at these two. P in dark long-sleeved dressy shirt with matching tie and sporting short hair on sides and long greased back man bun - D sporting Elvira eyes, hands on hips and chest out, while doing hair toss looking like some character from one of the "women of__" whatever shows (maybe "trashy strippers of the trailer park", but then I live in a trailer park and have never seen the like.) Anyway, when the loving couple split, P says she went online and posted he's HIV+ and loaded down with STDs so he wants defamation - oh, and money for car he says she wrecked. D counters with how he was physically abusive and how he posted video of her having sex..... when she starts bragging about how many thousands follow her on social media (this was after MM questioned how she had so many followers without some porn (hey all the groups that I follow that have thousands of followers all have lots of pussy cat pix) I doublecheck and this really is supposed to be TPC, thought maybe it was Springer - I zip ahead - yep this crap case lasts half an hour - nope, had enough, not sure what happened but caught enough of both hallterviews to make me decide no need to rewind and watch
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    The People's Court

    Okkkkk, sort of a repeat of yesterday. Turned on TPC and went to kitchen to fix lunch. Difference today was first case actually caught my attention enough that I rewound it and started watching. Whose name's on the title!?!: p bought an ancient car knowing seller didn't have title, but was promised seller a title shortly. Remarkable thing is buyer telling us he would have been happy with the $450 1998 car if seller had ever produced the promised title. But, nooooo, 4-5 months after paying and taking delivery he still has no title, gets disgusted and leaves the car in seller's driveway. Oh, wait, dude left car in driveway so that seller couldn't get his other cars in/out of drive, ah, must have forgot to leave the keys. MM has some fun with this case, as D is terrible with things like dates, names, etc and who actually owned car at time of sale. Says he eventually got title - evidently it took so long because he was trying to get DMV to issue the title online instead of getting off his butt and going in person. Yeah, dude finally got title, but nooooo, didn't think to bring it with him to court. MM orders seller to return P's money, plus court costs, plus interest from time car was 'sold' guy wants to be paid for merchandise: Ps say they own/operate a custom blind/shutter business, installed blinds for D in new house, still owned $1600+. Total price something over 5 grand. D says inept P kept screwing up, ordering wrong size, damaging walls trying do install, and after 8 months enough was enough - oh, and P has a potty mouth and used foul language in the house. D files countersuit for $800 for damaged walls. Lots of back and forth, yeah install obviously wrong at beginning (install prevented windows from opening). Months go by, D says P eventually succeeded in installing most of the shutters, but there's still an issue with kitchen window. Yet another time when I wonder why a small business owner would come on national TV instead of bending over backwards to make customer happy. Not sure how often this business installs these 'plantation style' shutters, but TPC isn't best forum for drumming up future business. Anyway everyone seems to agree D paid for the correctly installed shutters/blinds, but when installers wanted back in to try - again - to install kitchen window shutter the homeowner was disgusted and wouldn't allow them to complete contract. Ah, but as MM goes through D's photos of complaints things start shifting and D starting to come off as one of those impossible to please customers. Yeah, that first install pic where window couldn't be opened was bad, but rest of these pix are just nit picking and making D look bad. Uh, yeah, totally normally for little things to go on a punch list for contractor to fix before final payment. You don't shut them out because they won't address all your concerns mid-job. Oh, and the intro talk of foul language is morphing to D not appreciating P's tone when she's had it up to here with the nitpicking and D's refusing to let hubby/installer finish the work. Not sure what exactly the $1600 represents, whether that's just the labor or the actual cost of shutter. Right now, waiting for commercial to end I'm thinking P should be paid minus labor for that 1 window, and give shutter that P ordered to D. Oh my, we're back to the foul language - guess it was more than just tone. When P realized he messed up and the window wouldn't open he got upset and dropped an 'F' bomb. Really, Lady?!? Anyway, her counterclaim is for damage because P's initial solution was to make it fit by trying to trim away part of the window frame. Good grief, P made a 4" cut the width of saw blade along window frame. As we've heard from Hot Bench's Judge DiMango, little toothpaste and paint will cover that. D claims it will cost $2400 to repair (part of that is that she says whole room will need to be repainted). Uh - no, not happening - any sympathy I had for D at beginning of case just went poof. I would give P everything they're asking for, but MM is nicer and subtracts what she thinks is reasonable ($300) for D to bring in someone to address all her little punch list complaints - oh and orders P to deliver the shutter he ordered and has that was never installed. P nets $1300 of the $1600 he asked for tenant wants rest of deposit: yawn, back to same old tired story. I zipped ahead and turns out landlord left evidence at home, so has nothing to justify keeping what they kept. Tenant gets close to $1200. Think I'll go out with Silly and check the yard - me to see if there are ripe blackberries I can pick/eat while my Sillycat checks bird feeder activity and munches some grass (he's such a good boy, helping keep the grass trimmed when I need to mow - course then he comes back inside and pukes in the middle of the carpet)
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    The People's Court

    Well, after a month of not watching and doing recaps, I turned on TPC as I went in to make lunch. In zero time flat I remembered why I decided to take a break for a while. Good grief, sounds like MM is turning into JJ as she got impatient with the idjits in the first two cases. Only question I had from first case was why D was wearing a cat toy on her head while fighting over possession of a dog. After first few minutes of inconsistent testimony (lies) from both sides of the aisle, I put some okra in the air fryer and the fan drowned out rest of case. Not worth starting over, so not sure of the outcome - just as well, as I'm not sure who was suing who for what. 2nd case was woman suing for everything to do with a hoopty purchase from stereotypical slimball used car lot. Quickly lost interest as MM tried to find out if P had a full time job. Last case, not sure WTH it was.... lunch was over and I turned off the tv when I got back to the remote in the living room. Tomorrow think I'll go back to watching reruns of Pit Bulls and Parolees
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    All Episodes Talk: All Rise

    But you guys are forgetting..... she had to walk all the way through the backyard to put her trash in the trash can.
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    Dr. Jeff, Rocky Mountain Vet

    Petra and Fred were the stars of first part of he show. Unlike so many "reality" stars, Petra looked like she actually knew which end of the shovel goes in the ground 😉. And LOL at the kitten deballing factory 😂 every time we see Fred I'm reminded just how great a 'throw away' dog can be! Loved Fred on the slide, then Fred following Petra down the second slide.... As usual, love how they slip in PSA's - let's see: importance of getting a microchip... neuter/spay... how ferrets are loads of fun, but also WORK, and not for everyone... though not stated, sort of hinted that exotic cats are not for everyone (not too happy with Seriba's (?) Hoomin Mom for not treating the known problem earlier, but she did once it started affecting quality of life - just question whether she was looking for kitty's quality of life or trying to avoid kitty snot while cuddling that beautiful cat...... all in all, a great episode - almost forgot to mention I love to see the free clinics with the kids volunteers
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    All Episodes Talk: All Rise

    After an extensive 30 second Google search, I came up with this list of the best and worst box wines. Scrolling down, I notice a few sub $3 per bottle.
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    Small Talk: Judge's Chambers

    Years ago, late 70s-early 80s, while stationed in Germany I bought Christmas gifts early and mailed them to my young nieces. I had no idea what little girls would want, so just picked up some Barbie stuff at the PX. Turned out the latest/greatest Barbie stuff had shipped to Europe PX's before the stuff was even released in the States. Later I learned the stuff I bought sold out as soon as it hit the California stores - my sister looked all over and couldn't find Barbie stuff I unwittingly bought and that the youngsters wanted. Of course I was a big hero to the nieces - thankfully I bought the same thing for all 4 nieces.
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