Lamont and Dude Discuss Tar

“What are you doing here?”

“You forgot. I can fly.”

“Lamont, seriously. What are you going to do while I’m working all day in a shipping container?”

“What do I ever do? Observe the passing parade. That kind of thing.”

“Wouldn’t you be happier back at the beach?”

“I can go back any time. We albatross can fly miles and miles with little or no effort, and pretty fast, too.”

“But the tar pit…”

“Been there. Done that.”


“You just go on about your work. I’m going to go talk to the fellows outside. Nothing like trash to bring in the gulls, am I right?”

“You usually are. Awright. Just stay OUT of the water. You KNOW what happens.”

“Are you going to be dressing up later in your Smilodon suit? I always wanted to see that.”

“I don’t know. Depends.”

“On what?”

“If there’s a school group coming. I don’t know yet and I’m late. You…. OH never mind.”

“I made you angry. Oh, Dude, I just have this feeling that I need to stick close to you.”

“I know.”

“No good deed, etc.”

“I know. Just stay out of the tar.”

“I’m a lot more acquadynamic than I was as mastodon, you know.”

“Yeah, well, be that as it may, don’t test it. I’m not going in there to save you.”

“Been there, done that too, right Dude?”

“Shut up. I have work to do.”

Lamont and Dude are characters I came up with several years ago. They have the uncanny ability to remember many of their past incarnations which gives them a unique perspective on life, the universe, and everything.

11 thoughts on “Lamont and Dude Discuss Tar

  1. I have a ridiculous image of a modern-day albatross landing in the tar pits — of course it could happen, but also of course there should be lots of people around to rescue the poor bird! I haven’t been to the tar pits for a long time, but have great memories of visiting them before the museum was built — what a fascinating place! Stay away from the water!

    • The photo in the post is a recent picture of the museum — there are seagulls everywhere. I would love to have seen it before the museum was built — but I loved the museum. The tar pits and LACMA were two of my very favorite LA destinations. I started Lamont and Dude because I missed SoCal. I get to vicariously “be” there.

    • That is the tar pit. It looks like a place to have a nice refreshing drink and a swim. It doesn’t look like fish live in it now, but fish DID live there so I wonder. It’s kind of weird to me because of all the gulls flying around, but it is LA.

        • This is a true fact though hard to believe there are no mosquitoes in coastal Southern California. In the mountains there are some… P.S. I have been corrected

            • 🤣 Probably a mosquito.

              You know I never ever saw one in San Diego, even in the chaparral, but then, they don’t like me very much even here where there are plenty. I saw more of them up in the Cuyamacas.

              • The mosquitoes are somewhat seasonal, and they are always found where there is brackish or still water. More recently, we haven’t had much water, but everybody is currently complaining about the mosquitoes — that’s something I haven’t heard for two or three years while we’ve been in drought!

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