Monday, May 13, 2013

"The Lizzies" and the Lizards

by Steve Reiss (Dalmdad Landscape Photography - and

If you grew up in NYC during the late 70's-early 80's, you most likely remember the movie the Warriors.  With its awesome nightime and daytime shots of the Coney Island Wonderwheel and extensive action playing out through the NYC's subways, it showed the violance of that era of NYC history in a new way and using fresh rememorable language.

And, then....there were the Lizzies (from the script):

[Scene cuts to Cochise, Rembrandt and Vermin outside The Lizzies flat]

Cochise – Is this the place? Hey, I hate asking questions but where’s your dudes? Chicks like you always got dudes around?

Lizzie – They took the night off, went up to The Bronx. Don’t worry about them. They’re lame. Real cripples.

Lizzie – Come on.

Vermin – When I got off that subway, and I saw you, I thought oh baby, throw it my way. I mean it’s really great of you chicks taking us in like this.

Lizzie – We know about The Warriors, they’re a heavy outfit. Sure we know about you guys.

Vermin – How’d you hear about us?

Lizzie – You know how it is, word gets around.

Vermin – Well yeah I guess we are pretty well-known.

Lizzie – Uhuh, come on.

Of course, it turns out the Lizzies are just as much trying to take down the Warriors as any of the macho mens' gangs, such as the Gramercy Riffs, Baseball Furies, Orphans, the Punks, and those diabolically funny, Rogues ("Warriors come out and plaaay.").

Again, from the script:

[Cuts back to The Lizzies flat.... Various Lizzies are dancing and are enjoying themselves whilst Vermin and Cochise are kissing with their Lizzies. Rembrandt is walking around]
Lizzie – Hey little man, you wanna dance? [to Rembrandt].
[Rembrandt walks away and looks around suspiciously]
Lizzie – Be right with you babe [to Vermin].
 [A Lizzie bolts the door shut]
 Lizzie – So you’re the famous Warriors, the guys that shot Cyrus.
 [The Lizzie kissing Cochise pulls a switchblade out]
 Rembrandt – Shit! the chicks are packed, the chicks are packed.
 [Various Lizzies try to shoot The Warriors]
 Vermin – Watch it!
 Lizzie – Shit!
 [Rembrandt get’s slashed with a knife and Vermin punches a Lizzie]
 Rembrandt – Ahhh, damn!
 [Cochise smashes a chair over one of the Lizzies and they all scramble towards the door]
 Vermin – Come on Rembrandt! Come on!
 [The Warriors smash through the door and escape]
 Lizzies – Oh shit!
Sure, I am totally off any blog related topic, but anytime the Lizzies can be brought into a conversation, why not at least try!

Today, I am writing about some lizards we saw in the bushes at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine, CA.

In my last post, I wrote about the SWRS in Irvine, CA.  My snarky post whined about my inability to see any mountain lions.

Well, besides for see a pretty active blue herron and a few ducks, we did get to see a couple of lizards roaming around some brush.

So, while these Lizzies may not be packing switch-blades and tough-girl language, they were just as entertaining.

Who would have though a sub-plut to a 1979 cult film could be so smoothly intertwined with a discussion of some inner-city dwelling reptiles.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Sanctuary...Not the Refuge

by Steve Reiss (Dalmdad Landscape Photography - and

A lot is made about how unique the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary is (why do I have such a hard time remembering how to spell "Joaquin?").  Yes, it is 300 acres of constructed wetland in the city of Irvine, California.  Yeah, its in the city of Irvine, within site of some office buildings, but its not quite downtown!  

Irvine in the Background
At the sanctuary, if you look hard and long enough, you may see hawks, swallows, roadrunners, hummingbirds, herons, egrets, pelicans,  sandpipers, ducks, geese, and kingfishers...Oh, and there are cool lizards hiding out in the brush (see future post).

Yeah, hawks and road-runners can be cool if you actually see them.  To me, however, the Sanctuary has only one group of occupants of consequence.  That is its Puma Concolors, more commonly known as: mountain lion, cougar, panther, or puma.  Yes, technically there are mountain lions roaming around this free space inside Irvine.  The mountain lions are there...I have read about them and my father-in-law saw one.

However my snarkiness arises from the fact that I have not seen them.  Indeed, its been more than 2.5 years since I got a glimpse of a bobcat's butt.

If you want to see around the sanctuary, this is the best I can do for you so far...I will probably go back some day and just sit and wait and hope...

By the way - Don't confuse the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary with the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge in California's central valley.

American Avocet

Great Blue Heron Sitting Up in Tree

Left: American Black Duck / Right: Cinnamon Teal Duck

Tree Swallow

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Detail: Great Blue Heron