Archive for November, 2008

The Gift

November 17, 2008

So would you like to know more about TV animals?  Say, Arnold the Pig from the TV show, Green Acres, and where he (or she) is buried?  Just click here!

If you want to know more about Green Acres, Arnold, show episodes, and the rest of the cast, click here.

Just be aware that last one is a TV Land website for the show, and it’s annoying due to sound effects especially when you open the site. But if you are an old TV show fanatic, in addition to its page on Green Acres, the site also has links to many other old TV shows, including the Brady Bunch, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Addams Family, Leave it to Beaver, the Munsters, and many more. Enjoy!

The Post – Photos of Toto’s Grave Location?

November 17, 2008

My husband is a geek dude extraordinaire, a 21st century hunter in cyberspace with no peer. I always loved Will Robinson on the 1960s show, Lost in Space, and in my life, my husband is my Will Robinson.

As I’ve previously blogged, he and I started our quest for Toto’s grave, last Thanksgiving. With the recent information graciously provided by one of my readers, we’ve been able to learn about the California Gold show that talked about Toto’s grave, along with the graves of other TV pets, such as Arnold the Pig.

Well, my husband was able to take that information and track down what we believe are pictures of the apartment complex where Toto is buried. He then emailed me the results of his search

Since I see that my blog stats are running high for interest in what happened to Toto, I expect there’s at least a few of you out there who will enjoy this “cyber-journey.” So without further delay, I turn this over to my husband, the cyber-guide to pet grave pictures!! Here is his email describing what he found. Enjoy!  🙂

From Ed:

Here’s how I came to find an aerial photo of Toto’s final resting

o I first read your post from 9-November where a reader says (in part):

“The property where Toto is buried lies behind an apartment complex
next to the Ventura freeway and the Los Angeles river. The
apartment complex is called Diplomat Park Apartments in North

o Ah — easy, I thought, and did a Google search for “diplomat park
apartments”. This gave me a number of hits. Here’s the first one:

From that page, I got this street address:

12360 Riverside Dr # 111
North Hollywood, CA 91607

o Hmmm — According to the Google Maps embedded in the first hit,
that’s close by the Ventura Freeway, but the reader said something
about a river… No water close by…

o Ah — Deb’s got another post, where she talks about a TV show called
“California’s Gold” that mentioned the Toto’s location. There’s a

o Skimming that page for the word “toto” brought me to the entry for
“California’s Gold #9008 – PET CEMETERY”, which — sure enough —
mentions Toto. Hmmm — and, an interesting URL for “Steve Goldstein
– our guide”:

o Poking around the “Beneath Los Angeles” site, I finally found Toto:

There’s a ground-level picture of Toto’s approximate resting place on
the page. But how to correlate this with Google Maps?

o Back to Google, looking through more hits on “diplomat park
apartments”… Oh look — here’s one for a “Diplomat Park
Apartments” with a different address:

The address:

12360 Riverside Dr # 111
Valley Village, CA 91607

o Bringing that address up on Google Maps results in a large building
(Google Maps’ StreetView feature shows that the building looks like
it could be an apartment complex (and the swimming pool tends to
corroborate that):,+Valley+Village,+CA+91607&sll=34.151679,-118.367622&sspn=0.012182,0.019312&ie=UTF8&ll=34.156922,-118.403212&spn=0.001523,0.002414&t=h&z=19

o Wait a minute — there’s supposed to be a river of some sort
there… Oh — if I click on the “Map” button in Google maps, that
thing that looks like a recessed concrete roadway going behind the
building and under the freeway reveals itself to be some sort of
drainage system. So this might just be the place.

o But does it correlate with the photo from Beneath Los Angeles? Let’s

– The photo has some parking spaces, then a fence, then more
parking spaces.

– The fence has some dumpsters in front of it.

– The freeway (which we know is elevated, because the drainage
system obviously goes under it) can be seen beyond some

– There’s a short palm tree with two trunks right by the fence.

– The photo’s caption mentions Toto’s resting place as being in the
general vicinity of the tall palm tree growing out of some other
greenery in the center of the photo.

o Ok, let’s look at the aerial shot on Google Maps, using the red “A”
marker behind the center of the back part of the complex as a
reference point:

– The angled entrance to the left of the building coming in from
Riverside Drive has parking spaces, and (if you look closely) a
fence (the pavement changes color at the fence line), then more
parking spaces.

– The fence has some boxy-shaped object to the left of it —
dumpsters, perhaps?

– The freeway is directly behind the apartment complex (and the
parking lot to the complex’s rear).

– Near the bottom end of the fence line, there’s a round green
blob — the double-trunked palm tree.

– A bit further to the right from the first green blob (and to the
right of a smaller green blob (which can be seen in the Beneath
Los Angeles photo to be a shrub of some sort) is a larger green
blob. If you look closely at it, you’ll see that a small round
part of it is above the rest (there’s a shadow there). That’s
the palm tree in the center of the Beneath Los Angeles photo.

o So… Toto’s grave is behind that palm tree; probably in the bare bit
of ground behind it.


As an addendum to Ed’s findings, I looked into the “Los Angeles River.” Apparently long stretches of it are actually concrete channels through the city. So I would guess that the concrete “drainage channel” he mentions above, is actually the Los Angeles river.

If you are interested in learning more about that river, go to Google and type in: Los Angeles river. You’ll get a long list of hits covering everything from images, to history, maps, to revitalization plans. For that list, just click here.

The Gift

November 14, 2008

I always loved the Jewel song, “Hands.”  I was driving home today from the Art of the Carolinas conference in Raleigh and this song was playing on the radio. It reminded me how much I loved the song, several of its lyrics, especially the line:

“In the end, only kindness matters.”

So, for today’s gift, the song’s lyrics:



If I could tell the world just one thing
It would be that we’re all OK
And not to worry ’cause worry is wasteful
And useless in times like these
I won’t be made useless
I won’t be idle with despair
I will gather myself around my faith
For light does the darkness most fear
My hands are small, I know
But they’re not yours, they are my own
But they’re not yours, they are my own
And I am never broken
Poverty stole your golden shoes
It didn’t steal your laughter
And heartache came to visit me
But I knew it wasn’t ever after
We’ll fight, not out of spite
For someone must stand up for what’s right
‘Cause where there’s a man who has no voice
There ours shall go singing
My hands are small I know
But they’re not yours, they are my own
But they’re not yours, they are my own
I am never broken
In the end only kindness matters
In the end only kindness matters
I will get down on my knees, and I will pray
I will get down on my knees, and I will pray
I will get down on my knees, and I will pray
My hands are small I know
But they’re not yours, they are my own
But they’re not yours, they are my own
And I am never broken
My hands are small I know
But they’re not yours, they are my own
But they’re not yours, they are my own
And I am never broken
We are never broken
We are God’s eyes
God’s hands
God’s mind
We are God’s eyes
God’s hands
God’s heart
We are God’s eyes
God’s hands
God’s eyes
We are God’s hands
We are God’s hands

The Gift

November 12, 2008

Speaking of Pema Chodron, whose quote is in yesterday’s gift, I received a reply from a reader about an earlier Pema Chodron posting of mine. The concept and his story sound interesting:

“You should never have expectations for other people. Just be kind to them.”

Pema Chodron, from her book, Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living.

One Response to “The Gift”

  1. Jason Says:
    October 8, 2008 at 10:42 am editYour quote resonated with me.

    If you like that quote, you’ll like this book:

    Step Back from the Baggage Claim:
    Change the World, Start at the Airport

    You’ll welcome the spirit of this book/movement. It brings powerful stories to life about stepping back to gain perspective, slowing down, sharing compassion, living gratefully, embracing creativity, and traveling gracefully through the moments of our lives.

    Give it a try and spread the spirit!

The Post – Fiddler Update

November 12, 2008

I’ve been pretty quiet on the fiddler crab front. For the most part, it’s been very quiet. My fiddlers have been healthy, happy, going through several molts over the last few months. I could always tell when molting was imminent because the fiddler or fiddlers would disappear for several days to weeks – Admiral Byrd to his cave, the females hiding out inside the live rock. Then there would come a morning where the empty ghost shell of whomever, would be sitting there out in the open. Very shortly after that, the ghost shell would be ravaged and eaten up by the crabs, as they reabsorb the calcium from it to help them make new shells.

There have been no more pregnancies, and I suspect the crabs are getting far along in “years” – they’re almost a year old…kind of old for fiddler crabs. In fact, yesterday morning, I found one of the females, dead. I do not know if it’s Scarlett O’Hara or Melanie Hamilton. Given the recent moltings, both females finally were about the same size, so I could no longer tell them apart.  I am sad, but at the same time, I appreciate having had her for as long as I have, and I appreciate the joy she had given to me. She had a happy life, and I wish her peace.

So now, there remains Admiral Byrd and one female.

Also on the fiddler front, one of my readers, Kelly, had had some experiences with her fiddlers. I have included our email exchange, along with the photos of she sent of her setup. So for your reading pleasure, info, thanks to Kelly:

My female crab released her eggs about 3 weeks ago. there have been tiny little bug like things swimming in the tank since then. I have a 6x magnifier and when looking through it these things do not look like any of the pictures of crab larvae posted on the web., How do I know if these moving specs are my baby crabs or small bugs in my tank? They crawl on the rocks and float/swim around they are whitish gray and round. They do not seam to have a tail as pictured on the web. Please help this is the only blog (re: scarlet o hara) that may give me some insight. Thanks, Kelly


My blog response to Kelly:

It sounds like those could be babies. I used a 10x magnification to see the babies and even then it was just barely able to see the tails. But then mine only survived a few days.

I have to ask….it’s been three weeks?  If so, and those ARE babies, then you’ve had the best success of all of us. By three weeks they would be big enough to move around rocks and swim in the water as opposed to just drifting in the currents. What is your tank water like in terms of salinity – fresh? brackish? marine?  Are you running a water filter or just an air bubbler or air wand?  Can you describe your tank setup?  Do you have any other critters in the tank or just fiddler crabs?  Please see the links above in this post for all the blog entries I have on this subject and I would love to hear how your tank is set up compared to what I and others have been trying. Looking forward to your info!! Thanks, Deb
Kelly’s additional info:
Thanks for responding.
Iam not sure how to respond on the blog you can post this e-mail if you like.
I will explain my set up, but Iam really sceptical that what is in my tank really is the baby crabs. As soon as we noticed our female crab was showing eggs we put her into a nano tank half filled with water and lots of rocks to crawl in and out of. We used brita filtered tap water and I put aquarium salt in the tank twice since filling it. We shut off the filter so that the babies would not get stuck in it. We have an air stone in the tank and have not changed the water since we set this tank up. I actually saw my fiddler crab give birth to her babies (release her eggs).I saw the larvae swimming around after that. However, what is in my tank now does not match the photos of crab larvae stages I have seen on the web. And since I do not changes the water Iam assuming this would allow for bugs to grow? I for sure have small white worms in this tank also. I feed the mother crab frozen brine shrimp & ‘crab bites’ from the pet store. I crush flake food every other day into the tank for the babies if that is what they are. I attatched apicture of my tank ank of my crab when she was pregnant. Thanks, Kelly

The Gift

November 11, 2008

“Gloriousness and wretchedness need each other. One inspires us, the other softens us.”

Pema Chodron

The Gift

November 10, 2008

If anyone is really interested in seeing the Huel Howser California’s Gold episode about where Toto is buried, click here.  It is the Huel Howser Production website that sells videos of the various episodes. Episode #9008, entitled “Pet Cemetary” has this description:

“Join us as we visit Toto from the ‘Wizard Of Oz’, Old Blue – one of the first animal stars of the silver screen, Arnold the Pig from ‘Green Acres’, the irresistibly scrappy Benji the dog, Pete from ‘Our Gang’, and many more….”

It’s available in VHS or DVD for $22.95.

So there you have it, folks – not only do you get Toto, but Arnold the Pig from Green Acres, as well!!!

The Gift

November 9, 2008

Today is my birthday and my gift to all is yesterday’s reading from my meditation book, God Calling:

Wipe The Slate

“But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark…” Phillipians 3:13-14

Forget the past. Remember only its glad days. Wipe the slate of your remembrance with Love, which will erase all that is not confirmed in Love. You must forget your failures, your failures and those of others. Wipe them out of the book of your remembrance.

I did not die upon the Cross for man to bear the burdens of his sins himself…..If you forget not the sins of others, and I bear them, then you add to My sorrows.

The Post: Birthday Musings and Toto’s Grave Revisited

November 9, 2008

Greetings to all on this Nov 9th evening…and my 53rd birthday. I though it would be appropriate for a return to blogging, to start back on my birthday. I will simply say that I love birthdays, and I love getting older. Life is always an adventure, and age has a way of freeing you from constrictions of the earlier years and rules. Now it’s more a matter of “who am I now and what do I want the second half of my life to be now?” In the next posts I’ll talk about some changes in direction I am taking in my life and this blog.

For tonight, I have a “birthday present” for all of you, some followup on where Toto, the dog in the Wizard of Oz, is buried!!!

Back in April, I wrote a piece about what ever happened to Toto. My husband and I had narrowed down Toto’s burial location to an exit ramp for the Ventura Freeway. However, just recently, a blog reader, Gil, wrote me the following note and added more information to the Toto mystery. I though you would all enjoy this one, as I did!  Enjoy, and talk more soon!

From a reader:

The property where Toto is buried lies behind an apartment complex next to the Ventura freeway and the Los Angeles river. The apartment complex is called Diplomat Park Apartments in North Hollywood. I used to live there and just saw a Huel Howser California’s gold episode on PBS about famous pet grave sites. It confirmed what I was told about Toto’s grave location way back in the late ’80’s.

From The Post – So What Ever Happened to Toto?, 2008/10/22 at 12:23 AM