Humor, Photography etc.

Timothy D. Naegele

What follows are items of humor, photographs that I believe are exceptional, and other items that you might find interesting.  I hope you do.



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6 01 2016
Timothy D. Naegele


Queen Elizabeth II

To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II:

In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the United States and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately.

(You might wish to look up “revocation” in the Oxford English Dictionary)

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (excluding North Dakota, which she does not fancy).

Your new Prime Minister, David Cameron, will appoint a Governor for America without need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you have noticed this change.

To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

1. The letter “U” will be reinstated in words such as “color,” “favor,” “labor” and “neighbor.” Likewise, you will learn to spell “doughnut” without skipping half the letters; and the suffix “-ize” will be replaced by the suffix “-ise.”

Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable British levels.

(You might wish to look up “vocabulary” too)

2. Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as “like” and “you know” is unacceptable and an inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as U.S. English. We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter “U” and the elimination of “-ize.”

3. July 4th will be celebrated as a holiday, but then so will this day.

4. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you are not quite ready to be independent. Guns should only be used for shooting grouse. If you cannot sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist, then you are not ready to shoot grouse.

5. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. Although a permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.

6. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.

7. The former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling “gasoline”) of roughly $10/US gallon. Get used to it and stop bitching.

8. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call “French fries” are not real chips; and those things you insist on calling “potato chips” are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with “catsup” but with salt and vinegar.

9. The cold, tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as “beer,” and some European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as “Lager.”

South African beer is also acceptable, as they are pound for pound the greatest sporting nation on the Earth and it can only be due to the beer. They are also part of the British Commonwealth.

10. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters. Watching Andie MacDowell attempt English dialect in “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and Dick Van Dyke playing a “Cockney” in the film “Mary Poppins” were experiences akin to having one’s ears removed with a cheese grater covered in sulphuric acid.

11. You will cease playing American football. There is only one kind of proper football; you call it “soccer.” Those of you brave enough will, in due time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full Kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies).

12. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the “World Series” for a game that is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will let you face the South Africans first to take the sting out of their deliveries.

13. You must tell us who killed JFK. It has been driving us mad.

14. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty’s Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (since 1776).

15. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, with saucers and never mugs, and shall be served with high quality biscuits (which you stupidly call “cookies”) and cakes; plus strawberries (with clotted cream) when in season.

God Save the Queen!

QEII and Prince Philip

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12 04 2020
After Burner

Bloody marvellous.


17 01 2016

The photos show a great appreciation of nature at its finest.

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16 02 2016
Timothy D. Naegele

Lady Gaga’s Tribute To David Bowie [UPDATED]

[58th GRAMMY awards, February 15, 2016]

Some might wonder why I would celebrate Lady Gaga’s tribute to David Bowie at the GRAMMYs.

I have been a “fan” of Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Eagles, Rod Stewart, Celine Dion and more recently the Rolling Stones, out of sheer respect for the latter group’s longevity and survivability.

I believe Bowie was a unique creative talent, who seemingly found great happiness in the latter years of his life with his wife Iman and their young daughter.

Tony Bennett has teamed up with Lady Gaga and praised her talents; and I have liked and respected him for many years.

When I watched her tribute to Bowie, I was struck by its creativity. One landmark TV concert by Elvis from Hawaii stands out in my memory; and albeit Lady Gaga’s performance was shorter and less heralded, it had similar hallmarks of creativity and originality.

Yes, everyone may not agree; and some may even be repulsed by her performance. But just as I enjoy music by Bach, so too I believe there is enormous talent in other parts of the musical spectrum.

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10 04 2016
Timothy D. Naegele

Naegele House, Malibu

Bill Turnbull
Designed by William Turnbull FAIA

Design Sketch
Turnbull Design Sketch


Floorplan-upper level
Floorplan, upper level


From beach
From beach

From air
From air

See also (“William Turnbull Jr.“) and (“William Turnbull, Jr.“)


24 03 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

But see (“Jerry Perenchio: Kind And Caring”)


18 04 2016
Timothy D. Naegele

Mako Shark Eating Sailfish Off Miami

[Note: Even though this video has the message above, just click on the “Watch on Vimeo” button and watch it]


18 04 2016

Keep going with Nature’s best…..

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18 04 2016
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Smilin Jack.

How nice to hear from you. 🙂


11 05 2016
Timothy D. Naegele

Chase Bank Commercial Walking Baby Pig

[Note: It is said that pigs make great pets. 🙂 ]


22 05 2016
Timothy D. Naegele

Flying Fish Hunt

[Note: compliments of Smilin Jack]


22 06 2016
Timothy D. Naegele

America’s Ford GT Wins At Le Mans 24 Hours [UPDATED]

[Ford executives—including Bill Ford, Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company, and the great-grandson of Henry Ford—and the drivers of the Ford GT reflect on the GTE Pro class win Le Mans 24 Hours]

See–.html (“FORD WINS LE MANS!“); see also (“William Clay Ford Jr.“) and Henry Ford III mid-race interview at 2016 Le Mans 24 Hour:

Bravo. Well done! 🙂


11 08 2016
Timothy D. Naegele

Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli – Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partiro)


27 01 2017
Timothy D. Naegele

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump

President Donald J. Trump

The President and First Lady

President Trump

President and First Lady Trump

President Trump

Donald and Melania Trump

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27 01 2017

I love him so far… He’s gonna be legend.

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27 01 2017
Timothy D. Naegele

Thanks so much, Rick. I agree. 🙂


16 10 2017
Timothy D. Naegele


[In English with Spanish subtitles]

. . .

Eli and Peyton Manning in Denver, Colorado after Eli and his New York Giants’ 23-10 win over Peyton’s former team, the Denver Bronchos, on October 15, 2017:

Eli and Peyton Manning


5 04 2018
Timothy D. Naegele

Jewel: “My Father’s Daughter”

See (“Alaska: The Last Frontier“)


19 10 2018
Timothy D. Naegele

Ford Boosts Production Of Its $400,000 GT Supercar As Demand Outpaces Supply Six-To-One

[Jay Leno Goes Head-To-Head With Le Mans Winner In The 2017 Ford GT]

This is title of an article by Robert Ferris for CNBC:

Ford is boosting the limited production of its $400,000 GT supercar to keep up with demand, the company said Thursday.

The Ford GT is the automaker’s answer to high-performance sports cars from companies such as Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren and others.

Orders have been outpacing supply, prompting Ford to up production from the 1,000 GTs it originally planned to make in 2016 to 1,350. The company is also extending its production deadline from 2020 to 2022.

“The response to our Ford GT has been unprecedented, with initial demand outstripping supply by more than six-to-one,” said Hermann Salenbauch, director of Ford Performance. “By extending the Ford GT production run for a limited period, we’re able to maintain the exclusivity of the ultra-desirable supercar while offering the ownership experience to a greater number of customers.”

Drivers simply cannot walk into a dealer and buy one. They have to submit applications, which Ford reviews. The company is reopening the process on Nov. 8 for select markets and will run for the next 30 days. Those who have already applied need to confirm or modify their original applications to be considered.

The car is designed and engineered by Ford and built by hand by Canadian supplier Multimatic. It has a top speed of 216 miles-per-hour and runs on a twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. EcoBoost is a line of engines Ford has developed that are meant to deliver power while conserving fuel. The body of the car is made mostly with lightweight carbon fiber.

On Oct. 10, Ford recalled about 200 of the cars due to hydraulic fluid leaks that could start fires.

See (emphasis added); see also (“America’s Ford GT Wins At Le Mans 24 Hours“)

There are reasons to believe that this is the finest car in the world today.

Since it is destined to be a collectors’ item, Ford is weeding out those potential buyers whose goal is a quick flip or profit.


19 10 2018
Timothy D. Naegele

Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper – Shallow (A Star Is Born)

See also (“Lady Gaga’s Tribute To David Bowie“) and (“A Star Is Born (2018 film)“)


4 04 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

World Record Size Hammerhead Shark Caught

Watch to the very end. 🙂


23 04 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

757-Pound Swordfish Caught Near Florida Keys

Michael Hollan has written for Fox News:

On March 31, Captain Nick Stanczyk took a group of clients out on his charter boat, unaware that he was about to make the catch of a lifetime. He led them to a location off the coast of Islamorada, Fla., a known spot for swordfish sightings. About 10 minutes after setting the bait, Stanczyk noticed they had a bite.

Initially, he was unaware of just how big the fish was. After about 40 minutes, he got his first look at the electric blue swordfish, and guessed that it weighed somewhere around 400 pounds. Over the next several hours, the beast would continuously dive deep and then come storming back up to the surface, but it never broke free from the line.

After five hours, the crew finally got their first real glimpse of the creature and realized that it likely weighed over 600 pounds. At this point, the swordfish started to charge the boat. Stanczyk kept his clients focused, and they were able to keep the fish hooked.

It took eight hours, but Stanczyk and his clients Bill and Debbie Lussier were finally able to harpoon the giant and use a pulley to bring it onto the boat. By that point, the struggle had caused the vehicle to drift 20 miles away from its starting location. When they got back to shore, it took seven people to get the fish off the boat, but it ended up being worth it.

The fish weighed in at an astonishing 757.8 pounds, a personal record for Stanczyk, and a new Florida record, according to The Miami Herald. To celebrate, he cooked up some swordfish steaks on the grill. Hopefully his family liked it, because they had plenty of leftovers.

See (emphasis added)

Over the years, I have fished in the Keys, the Bahamas, off Kona and at Cabo, which are some of the great fishing spots in the Americas.

No one except the fisherman can touch the rod. Otherwise the catch is disqualified. I was bringing in a fish and the mate touched my rod, and I had to disqualify the catch at one of the tournaments in which we participated.

Today, catch-and-release tourneys are the thing; and I believe in them. Why kill the glorious animals just for sport, like killing elephants for their ivory tusks, or killing lions or wild horses.

Jeremy Wade, host of the television series River Monsters and Mighty Rivers, agrees with me.

See, e.g., and (“Jeremy Wade“); see also (“Dozens Of Elephants Killed Near Botswana Wildlife Sanctuary“) and (“Cecil the Lion“)


24 04 2019

Totally agree; trophy hunting/fishing is heartbreaking at this point in time. As we observe one species after another facing extinction or struggling to survive as their habitat disappears and humans, for whatever reason, continue to take them as trophies. It’s like that scene from “Soylent Green” when Edward G. Robinson, as he lies dying (by choice), is able to view the world as it once was in all it’s glory. Will we allow it to come to that?


24 04 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

Well said, Susan, as always.

My parents were born and raised in Minneapolis; and my father was a sportsman (e.g., swimming, tennis, horseback riding, golf, fishing) all of his life. I grew up as a kid fishing during the summers with my father and cousins and aunts in Northern Minnesota. To me, it was a natural way of life.

Later on, I had fishing boats based at Annapolis and subsequently at Key Largo, Florida. Our last boat was a tournament fishing boat, which had been custom built for us. We fished in the Bahamas Billfish Tournament and elsewhere; and it was exciting, and a nice escape from the often-frenzied practice of law in Washington, D.C., and its cold, harsh winters.

Indeed, a professional captain (and friend) and I—with two mates—campaigned throughout the breathtaking Bahamas, as far north as Walker’s Cay in the Abacos, which gave us a lifetime of wonderful memories. However, as time passed, the idea of catch-and-release tournaments was coming into vogue, and truly catching on.

Today, I am “fished out,” having done so much fishing in my lifetime. But it is great to see the emphasis shift to conservation. Almost four years ago, I wrote an article about “Cecil,” the grand lion of Africa. Since then, I have added comments beneath that article, which reflect my thinking today.

See (“Cecil the Lion”)

An additional point is worth mentioning. One of the islands that we visited was Great Guana Cay in the Abacos, which was lovely and pristine. We were there on a vacation, not part of the tournaments.

See (“Great Guana Cay”)

I would hike in the mornings; and to my great surprise, I found trash from Soviet fishing vessels, which were littering the beaches. At that time, the Soviet Union had not imploded; and its fishing ships were using long lines and other techniques to get fish, large and small.

The tragedy of it was that the Soviets (now Russians) were killing all of the fish in the area, and had canning operations onboard. The American sportsmen (and women) who fished had “slim pickings” because the Soviets had ravaged the fishing in that and other areas of the beautiful Bahamas.


2 06 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

Rod Stewart Sings Grace In Cork

Michael Dorgan has written at IrishCentral:

Legendary rocker Rod Stewart wooed revelers at a concert in Cork City last weekend, performing a beautiful version of one of Ireland’s most-loved rebel songs.

50,000 fans at Cork GAAs Páirc Uí Chaoimh stadium, were in unison waving their hands and singing along to the words of “Grace” – a song which depicts the life and tragic romance between Grace Gifford and Irish freedom fighter Joseph Plunkett.

Seven hours before his execution by firing squad at the age of 28, Plunkett was permitted to marry his sweetheart Gifford in the chapel of Dublin’s Kilmainham Jail.

Gifford never again remarried and died some 39 years later.

Stewart, a massive Glasgow Celtic fan became familiar with the song while attending one of the team’s games in Scotland and was touched by their heart-breaking love story.

Stewart has described the song as “one of the greatest love songs ever written.”

“The guy goes to his death 15 minutes the next morning after he’s been married.”

The BBC refused to allow Stewart to perform the song last year “because of its Irish, anti-English overtones in the song,” claims Stewart.

In 2016, Glaswegian band Glasnevin attempted to get their cover of “Grace” to top the Christmas music charts.

The beloved ballad was written by Frank and Seán O’Meara in 1985 and has been recorded by many musicians, most notably by the late Jim McCann, who ensured its lasting popularity as a powerful rebel song.

See (“WATCH: Rod Stewart performs rousing rendition of Irish rebel ballad in Cork“) (emphasis added); see also (“Joseph Plunkett“) and (“Grace Gifford“)

Grace Gifford
[Grace Gifford]


21 06 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

Rocketman Is Superb


“A Star Is Born” is one of the finest films in years; and its Academy Award-winning title song, “Shallow,” is lovely and the video of it is worth watching again and again.

See (“Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper – Shallow (A Star Is Born)“)

By the same token, the film “Rocketman”—about the life and music of the incomparable Elton John—is inspiring and worth watching too. Simply put, it is brilliant.

Taron Egerton who portrays John is superb. The same is true of his song-writing partner and only true friend Bernie Taupin, who is portrayed by Jamie Bell.

John’s life is troubled almost from the start; and music is the thread of sanity that runs through it, and saves him ultimately from his almost endless list of addictions.

There was a young sixth-grader sitting at the very front of the theater today when I watched the film; and I kept thinking about whether I would recommend the film to one of my grandchildren because of its graphic depiction of homosexual activity—albeit it was done as tastefully and honestly as possible.

After the film ended, I spoke with both the young man and his father; and the father said frankly that he had debated for the last week whether to bring his son to watch the film. In the final analysis, he did so because the son is a big fan of Elton John’s music, as I am.

See (“Rocketman (film)“) and (“Elton John“) and (“Taron Egerton“) and (“Jamie Bell“); see also (“Elton John Lyricist Bernie Taupin Opens Art Exhibit in Beverly Hills“) and (“Taron Egerton Reveals Elton John’s One ‘Rocketman’ Request“)


19 08 2021
Timothy D. Naegele


The world needs a bit of humor . . . .


13 10 2022
Timothy D. Naegele

Watch “San Francisco Fleet Week: Blue Angels air show” on YouTube



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