Thursday, April 12, 2018

Trucker Admiration

Today I was in my red sport SUV stopped by a trucker that was stopping traffic in both ways backing into a tiny driveway to a small business avoiding parked cars in the extremely small parking lot. Certainly some drivers were impatient so they could get to work, shop, go to breakfast.but could these drivers back a huge 18 wheeler in these conditions? Even though I am an author, illustrator of children's books, I paid homage to this trucker who guided that truck right up to the loading dock with ease and finesse. That company was in good hands. For me, I just admired his skill.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

wannaBtruckwes Travel Game, Fun, Educational, Each child in family should have one Lorraine Strieby

This is a game that is for all ages. If your kids are having a spat in the car, give them this game. Works better if each child has their own board and pawns. It teaches counting, famous landmarks. interstates, colors, transportation. For the summer vacation, a perfect gift. MADE IN USA AND SHIPPED FROM BATTLE CREEK, MI. Created by author of children books, The Adventure of Molly McMole, Lorraine Strieby

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Why is a Spy called a Mole

Lorraine Strieby is out of the office again. Yesterday her graphic artist uploaded Strieby's new book, Why is a Spy Called a Mole. For the longest time she has been doing research in the history books with all the jargon the historians use and then she wrote her fifth book featuring George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and others--who could they be? This new book is on Kindle and Amazon. My name is Mayor Molly McMole and I blog for Lorraine Strieby So you love George Washington? Do you wish to be the smartest person in the room when it comes to the American Revolution? Then you need this book. This is a book for all ages and it is also about my ancestor, Master Spy Christopher McMole. Can you answer these questions? Are you Absolutely sure? What happened to Benedict Arnold? Who was Nelson? Where is the Monongahela River? Who was Mr. Billy Lee? What was the Vulture? Where was Commander George Washington, Lt. Colonel Alexander Hamilton, Mr. Billy Lee, Nelson, and Madam Moose going when they were suppose to be captured? Who was Commander Cornwallis? Who was sent to Paris to get 24 war ships that helped win the war at Yorktown? Who was John Andre/John Anderson? Strieby answers all these questions in her new book. It is whimsey based on fact. You can now buy it hard cover on Amazon. Oops I hear her coming. Got to go, Mayor Molly McMole and welcome to my world. MMM

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Travel Game WannaBtruckers by Lorraine Strieby, Author and Illustrator of the Mayor Molly McMole Children's Books Series

Simple directions for wannaBtruckers Board travel game for children 1. When you order this travel game from Amazon. the directions are on the bottom side of the box, so you will never lose them. 2. It is suggested that each child has their own board. You and your child will learn about America at the same time. It is fun and educational. Thie game is completely MADE IN AMERICA. I also have a fun and educational children's book series, The Adventures of Molly McMole, sold on Amazon/Kindle. There are 4 books for children 3 to 18 years old. Here's wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Owls

Owls by Lorraine Strieby Sometimes you just get inspired, and if you have artistic talent it is a no brainer--just do a sketch, see if it works, and then paint it! One of my paintings, “Owls,” just received another award in Los Angeles, at the Chatsworth Train Depot. Many people will see it because it will be in the Depot for about a month. In this painting you have to look twice for the second owl and they are in a tree in Hawaii overlooking a couple of sea turtles swimming in the South Pacific having a good time You just have to smile and think of Hawaiii when you see this painting. As an artist it is fun to just paint what appeals to you and do not think of an award you might receive-- just embrace your talent and the viewer just might get it. I am greateful for being able to see beauty where others might overlook. You can see this painting on Facebook and a print of it will show up at the Louvre in Paris June 12 - 14. Go to my facebook page to see photo

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Long Nose Pete

Chapter 2 Page 3 The Long Nose Pete I promised you a Peterbilt so here is the deal. Being of a certain age where I don’t want to shout out about it, I asked my family that in 2013 for my birthday I wanted to have a ride in a new, flashy, Optimus Prime looking, Long Nose Pete. After wading through all the “whys” and “hows” my brother, Charles Ayer, who works selling hydraulic systems for big rigs, volunteered to ask Dale Snowden of the Rush Truck Center in Pico Rivera if this was possible, and sure enough after Snowden looked at my website wannaBtruckers.com he said “I would like her to be part of Customer Appreciation Day that was coming up in November.” Right on schedule, as arranged, on the morning of Nov. 7, 2013, a Long Nose Pete arrived at the Rush Truck Center in Sylmar to pick me up. There she was, a viper red tractor with 100 miles on the speedometer. This was a real Optimus Prime moment for me. I focused on all the bells and whistles, the square nose, its horns, lights, chrome, exhaust pipes, it was all here and standing beside her was driver Anthony, from Edy’s Transport. We were about to take flight, right down the Interstate 5 to Pico Rivera. I confess that I asked my husband if I could ask for a handsome truck driver with tattoos to be my driver and he said “Go for it, Babe.” Before we got into the cockpit, I asked Anthony, “Where are your tattoos?”, hoping that they weren’t in a private place. Relief, he rolled up his t-shirt sleeve and right there was a Navajo Indian Chief. How great was this! We bonded right away. His name is Anthony Cruz. We took off, taking the 210 Freeway to the Interstate 5. As we all know Los Angeles traffic, especially on the I-5, can be a bear, but not this day. It was truly a magical drive! My family, Vicki, Alan, and Dylan Parzyk of Vista, CA, circled us in a Nissan Murano; they were beside us, in front of us, and back of us in order that Vicki could get some video shots for later viewing. Meanwhile, back in the cockpit, Anthony described the console--our tractor had 25 gears to 50 gears, depending on need. It had a warning signal for overpass heights. Braking was just a matter of pushing a button. One could push again and again and go slower and slower. Not today, we were going the maximum speed down the highway. Anthony was in communication with Pico because we were suppose to arrive at noon where a red carpet was waiting along with flashing cameras. Now, this wasn’t all for me because this was for Customer Appreciation Day. Dale Snowden opened the door for me (Anthony was suppose to arrive so my side was open to the red carpet). Jerry Conrad, the Sales Manager was there too to welcome me. I was given flowers and Stan (my husband) who was riding in the SUV met me there to walk me down the red carpet--a birthday to remember. Peterbilt even gave my game wannaBtruckers away as part of the raffle. Wow!!! One more thing--for the past two years I have been trying to get my home state, West Virginia, to present a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade. I’m still trying and happily Peterbilt of Southern California has volunteered a new Long Nose Pete to be in the Parade as part of the West Virginia float. Of course, I have to get permission from the Tournament of Roses Parade Committee. Perhaps another one of my dreams will come true. All I know is I have fun trying.

Monday, March 10, 2014

From a Nissan Frontier Pickup to a Long Nose Pete

An Artist’s Trucker Tale From a Nissan Frontier Pickup to a Long Nose Pete As a young girl, I noticed the beauty of the Big Rigs that transported goods across the country. I remember feeling that I wanted to be an airline pilot, an actress, or a long-hauler. But I followed my mom’s wishes and took business classes, got married, had kids, owned businesses, taught school, and along the way managed to take a few art classes from established artists. I’m still working on the actress goal. There is a town off the I-40 (the old Route 66) named Laughlin, Nevada. right on the majestic Colorado River. In the summer,my husband and I would stop there and play the video poker machines, then on to Santa Fe. New Mexico. He is a rocket scientist and had friends in Los Alamos, where he went to do rocket testing. Eventually, because of my Southwest art I exhibited my paintings in Taos, NM, at the Gov. Bent Gallery and in Albuquerque at the Charlevoix Street Gallery. Also my daughter, Ann Strieby got into the Veterinarian School at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, so I drove the I-40 in my 1993 Frontier Pickup more than once. It was always a scenic trip, but around Flagstaff, there was usually rain or snow. And, on one trip a rainstorm followed us all the way to Athens. Now don’t get me wrong, I adore the I-40 and as soon as I leave Barstow, California, I think I’m on vacation. The Colorado River is here, the Grand Canyon, Death Valley is not too far away, Albuquerque, the hugh hole where a meteorite fell to earth, the Petrified Forest, Laguna Pueblo, just to name some of the highlights. I envy the Big Rig drivers who get to whiz by these famous places and get paid, no less. I wonder if they think they are on vacation, too. We always stop at a truck stop on the New Mexico-Arizona border, called Speedy’s where the over-nighters are lined up while their drivers are getting a much needed rest, a shower, refuel, get a meal and snack food, and water--Speedy’s is a real desert oasis. Because of my love of these trucks, I created a boardgame WannaBtruckers--not only for me, but for my grandson, Marc Magistro, when he was three years old. It is a counting game that needs to be played on interstates and the live, Big Rigs are part of the game--no batteries and the whole family can play! It is sold on Amazon. The game’s box lid features a painting I did of the trucks lined up at Speedy’s. You can find the painting on Google called Desert Schooners. (This painting will be in the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts in 2014 featuring the artists who are in the 2014 International Contemporary Masters, Vol. VIII, and also representing the International Contemporary Masters at the Los Angeles Convention Center). I still drive my pickup in Los Angeles, but you might wonder how I got to ride in a brand new Peterbilt tractor with a very handsome Navajo driver with 25 years of experience with no accidents. This is the rest of the story: (to be continued)