Red hair, blonde roots....

Sep. 22nd, 2017 12:15 am
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I'm finally not miserable after 4 days. I wanted to kick myself for forgetting limitations, but then my ankles, particularly the left one, was too sore to do so.

Twenty-five years of an inflammatory arthritis left me with some resulting joint damage that even though the inflammation is gone, I still need to remember there are limits to what I can do. Tuesday I was faced with painting some paneling with polyurethane & the only pair of shoes I had that I didn't care if they got ruined was a pair of water shoes. Basically rubberized this soles attached to synthetic socks. No padding to speak of.

At the time I felt fine. I hadn't intended to keep wearing them, but I got distracted with the work on the remodel that was needed. Two crew people expected hadn't shown that morning and there's much to get done with the garage remodel before the rains come. What I thought would be 30-45 minutes with them on stretched to 6 or so hours over half of which was in the garage itself, on a cement slab.

What the hell was I thinking?

Point is I wasn't thinking. I wasn't in pain to start & by the time I began to notice my left ankle was bothering me, the insult had been done. Tuesday night it hurt to walk or stand.

I awoke at 6 Wednesday morning, bladder insisting i needed to trot down the hall. I stood up and down immediately had to sit my butt back down. Both ankles hurt laterally, but I was having trouble trying to bear weight on the left, it hurt so bad. My ankles weren't warm or swollen, they were sore. It was minimal until I tried to stand up and then I almost went down. My bladder then reminded me if I didn't attend to it's needs, i would shortly be peeing on the carpet.

Celebrex, Tylenol and a Norco left over from dental work 6 years ago was the only way I made it thru the day. I was improved by 50% this morning, finally tonight, I'm aware of my ankles, but able to get around with just the Celebrex.

The right shoes make a tremendous difference. Brooks makes running shoes specifically for people who pronate their feet. These are the only running shoes I use. The moment I put the on, if I'm hurting, the pain is immediately reduced. Between adequate cushioning (aka shock absorbtion) and the support changing the position of my foot for the better, off loading much of the stress on the lateral ankles in particular. They are game changers.

I'm surprised I'm feeling as good as I do right now given what I did to my myself Tuesday. Need the remember to engage the brain, before I put the feet in gear again.

Do Re Me

Sep. 21st, 2017 04:48 pm

Another in the Music Series.

Sep. 20th, 2017 09:32 pm
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This is how you get a Head.

You may ask

Same as it ever was!

Aye Matey!

Sep. 19th, 2017 08:23 pm
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Avast. Did Ye know September 19th is Talk Like A Pirate Day?

We Pirates are getting Old so Consult this Aye Chart to see if ye still has it!


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Sep. 19th, 2017 04:14 pm
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Budapest / Bullet Holes; 6774
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Sep. 19th, 2017 11:41 am
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from the train window between Munich and Saltzberg; 6553
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from the train window between Munich and Saltzberg; 6629
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from the train window between Munich and Saltzberg; 6722
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Help out Allen

Sep. 18th, 2017 10:40 pm

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Sep. 17th, 2017 06:45 am
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the Aspark Owl; 1396
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Well, I'm in Europe. Frankfurt right now. It's all a bit overwhelming, largely due to the jetlag which is really kicking my ass. We have completed shooting the auto show and spent some time yesterday sightseeing.

Frankfurt, pollarded sycamores by the river; 6350
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More later.

It's that time again..

Sep. 16th, 2017 09:22 pm
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In 1993, I met Morgan. We dated for a while and eventually decided to share living space. In 1994 we had a commitment service at the local Metropolitan Community Church in Richmond (VA). Morgan has some photos of the event and I will post them in the next day or so. Anyway, tomorrow is the 23rd anniversary of that event. When I think back to 1971 when I first accepted the undenyable fact that I was gay, same sex relationships were rarely formalize and never recognized in any manner, so even in 1994 that was a milestone. The other thing that a long relationship was maybe 2 or 3 years. Oh how THAT has changed. And while that little ceremony didn't carry government recognition as a legal marriage, that all changed when we were married in 2008. I think even more significant was the fact that my dear sister Pamela sang at our service and my Mother was in attendance along with a nephew, niece and her husband. Mother's comment was that it was the most important day in my life, how could she not be there. What a lady. I hold that dear to my heart.

So tomorrow we celebrate our 23rd anniversary of that celebration, I don't know how or where, but it may involve dancing in the long overdue rainshowers that we are supposed to get. Speaking of that, we went down to the Portland airport to hit up Ikea and Best Buy. By the time we got to Longview we began to see visible smoke and when we got to Portland the smell hung heavily in the air. This is the same wildfire that burned up Multnomah falls along with several hundred acres of forested land. To me, it smelled like burning pine after being doused with a bucket of water. Stinky and choking.

So, it is time to check out for the night. Ta Ta y'all.

Nature's Lace

Sep. 16th, 2017 09:02 am
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It was a cool foggy morning when I went on a photography tour of Venice. I was grateful to have someone who knew where photogenic places were and wouldn't get lot which I had earlier in the week. This photo was taken at the Church of San Francisco (Chiesa di San Francesco della Vigna).

I have been fortunate to travel many places. Some of the places have been interesting while others have been spectacular. We visited some at just the right time. Now those places are in conflict or not safe to visit. Turkey is in turmoil. Egypt is dangerous. We saw Tunis before terrorists shot up the Bardo Museum. We visited Russia at a time when the US was less at odds with Moscow.

I wish all the places were as peaceful as this cloister in Venice.

I have to agree.

Sep. 15th, 2017 02:14 pm
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ON THE MENU. Anthony Bourdain said his menu for a peace summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump would include hemlock.

The Sundial as a design element.

Sep. 14th, 2017 05:17 pm
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Do you remember when buildings had lots of classical elements?
The Sundial a wonderful decoration. It made blank walls have interest.

Built in 1885, Emerson is the oldest remaining elementary school building in Denver. It was designed by Colorado’s first master architect, Robert Roeschlaub, who became well known for his designs for educational institutions. It was the first Denver school to incorporate space for an in-house library and had the first PTA in the Denver district, as well as the first student council. The Emerson School served as a Denver public school for nearly 100 years, finally closing in 1979.



Sep. 12th, 2017 01:26 pm
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...all hail the trail marker light! [grin]

What I mean is this; the design I came up with years ago (shown here) has become untenable. It takes a fair bit of dexterity and practice to put them together and even then, it takes a while. Given all the other tasks I've taken on at Badger Flat, I've been looking for ways to simplify and speed up what I have to do there - and the process of putting together SIXTY of these things was an obvious place to look.

The new trail marker lights will be based on these vertical CR2032 holders. I'm currently thinking of adding a small resistor to even out the light delivery - the LEDs will be a bit dimmer at first, but not burning so much energy in the first day or so will mean they'll be brighter toward the end of the run. Same LEDs, same CR2032 cell - just a different, more efficient way of putting them together at the run. And I've been able to order them through AliExpress for the insanely cheap price of 9¢ each - and while that IS a bit more than cost of the binder clip plus bingo chips, the convenience at the run site is well worth the price of the upgrade; I bought 200, so I'll have plenty even if I do lose a few to curiosity next year. The resistors are cheap; I'll have to check and see if I still have a record of what resistance I found best back when I was thinking of replacing a leg of the LED with a resistor; I might have to re-do some of my testing if I can't find that info, though as I recall - it was the smallest resistance I used that worked out the best in terms of having a similar brightness but still evening it out over time.

I also realized that I can use glue dots to stick the "warning" note to the cell holder, and the cell holder to the inside of the little zip-closure plastic bag so the LED is always properly aligned; then all I have to do on-site for assembly is pop in the CR2032 cell and seal the bag! (I actually did consider the idea of a switch so the cells could be pre-loaded... but that adds unnecessary cost and complexity.) I might consider the idea of using a plastic isolation tab like we often see in electronics that are delivered with a battery pre-installed; that would mean just yank the tab and seal the bag - I'll have to see how difficult it is to pop the cell into the holder when it's in the bag already.

While discussing this with someone who often helps me retrieve the trail marker lights at the end of the run, I had the idea that I needed something to make them more visible in the daytime - as the light which is helpful at night simply can't compete with ol' Sol when he's up and around. Given the nature of the event and my own club affiliation, the solution was obvious - rainbow ribbon! I figure a swatch of about 4" cross-wise on the tree with the light pinned to the middle should make them a LOT easier to see and retrieve. I was originally thinking of doing something to avoid fraying of the ribbon... but considering that a lot of the pieces will probably have to be discarded due to tree sap, I don't see the point in putting a lot of extra work into a chunk of ribbon. This is another item I'm getting insanely cheap direct from China - $10.50 for a fifty yard roll of 7/8" wide ribbon; I found a 20 yard roll of 5/8" ribbon on Amazon for $11.90, for comparison. And yes, having to fiddle with the ribbon will add a bit of time to putting up the lights - but sometimes I get REALLY stressed out about finding the last few lights and spend way too much time on that; having something that makes that process go faster is worth a little extra time on the installation side.

Needless to say - once I get the parts and know what resistor value I need and so on, I'll be posting again about the new Version 3 Trail Marker Light. ;)


Sep. 12th, 2017 02:45 pm
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Sometimes it just doesn't make any sense.


Sep. 11th, 2017 02:03 pm
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It seems that Starbucks is offering sandwiches with Cage Free Egg Whites. Personally, I never keep my egg whites in cages. Usually keeping them in their shells works just fine.

The new Temple Emanuel

Sep. 10th, 2017 10:26 pm
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A few days ago I posted pictures of the Temple Events Center of Denver. It was the Original Temple Emanuel Synagogue in Denver. Today I visited the building that replaced it.

I went on the occasion of a memorial service for a friend's wife. That was held in the smaller chapel.

This was the first time I had been to any kind of ceremony in a Synagogue. I grew up in Western Kansas. There is a 600 mile stretch between Denver in Wichita where there is no Synagogues. I had toured a few temples but never actually been there for any kind of a service.

My Jewish friend Cappy assured me that it was quite a bit like the Methodists but with yamulkes. It was a "reformed" congregation. I wasn't the only bare headed one. There was about a hundred for the service which was not a funeral but just a memorial service. The Cantor was a very pregnant woman with a lovely voice. The Rabbi played the guitar for her to sing somewhere over the rainbow.

There was refreshments in the fellowship hall. It was a lovely afternoon.

Art is in the eye

Sep. 10th, 2017 01:46 pm
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I have never been a fan of the Denver Art Museum. I think it looks like it was built from a crumpled set of plans. People have actually gotten vertigo from the walls not being square. Someone forgot the command that "Form Follows Function."

The old part of the Art museum wasn't much better. It was called an inside Out Men's room.

The Architect is Daniel Leibskind. DAM got him just before he won the contract for the World Trade Center Replacement. It could have been worse I suppose. Look what he did to the Toronto Museum. It was a simple sedate building that now looks like it has developed a cancer.

Do you know where your towel is?

Sep. 9th, 2017 11:59 pm
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Emergency Towel

It could be important when the Vogon come with their construction equipment.

Oh well,

Sep. 9th, 2017 08:59 am
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So much for nothing ever happens in this isolated little corner of the world:Pacific County

Sheriff’s Department

Aug. 28 — At 4:40 a.m. in Seaview a suspicious situation was reported with the caller saying there were “six people in a backyard,” and they may have weapons.

Two vehicles were reported prowled in Surfside at 12:43 p.m.

A drunk driver was reported in Tokeland at 4:31 p.m.

At 4:54 p.m. in Surfside, “group of juveniles” alleged took a bunch of frozen food.

A shed in Ocean Park had been burglarized at 4:55 p.m.

At 8:01 p.m. in Ocean Park, a lot of banging, kids screaming and adults yelling was reported.

Near Smith Creek, suspicious activity with flashlights going on and off were reported at 9:50 p.m.

An assault was reported at a Seaview business at 11:04 p.m.

Aug. 29 — At 7:56 a.m. in Seaview, lights were reported on in a pretty rusty trailer that has been dark for five years.

At 2:01 p.m. in Naselle a cow was reported dead in a field and it had been “sliced open.”

An assault was reported in Menlo at 2:19 p.m., with one person seeking medical care.

A domestic incident was reported at 3:10 p.m. in Ocean Park.

Criminal trespassing was reported in Ocean Park at 3:45 p.m. for a man in a trench coat who has allegedly been stalking employees at the business.

A suspicious situation was reported at 5:08 p.m. in Surfside after a man said his source of income has been cutoff because flowers he is selling can be grown into drugs 10 years later and he wants an officer to come arrest him.

Disorderly conduct was reported at 10:08 p.m. in Ocean Park, with threats alleged also.

Aug. 30 — At 9:27 a.m., fishing rods were stolen out of a boat in Ocean Park.

A female described at 6 feet, 8 inches tall, 265 pounds was acting suspiciously at 10:23 a.m. in Grayland.

At 11:04 a.m. in Grayland, a mailbox was lit on fire.

At 2:58 p.m. in Ocean Park, at an alleged drug house with no water or power, black plastic is now covering the windows.

At 5:44 p.m. in Oysterville a violent individual was reported.

At 6:24 p.m. drug deals were alleged to be in progress at a Seaview trailer.

A suspicious man was reported to be “stumbling through yards” in Seaview at 7:22 p.m.

A burglary was reported in Grayland at 8:55 p.m. with numerous items taken or strewn around the home.

Aug. 31 — Criminal trespassing was reported in Raymond at 3:56 p.m.

At 4:50 p.m. another case of criminal trespassing was reported in Ocean Park.

At 9:11 p.m. in Frances, someone was reported to trespassing on private property and have accessed a shed where there is now a light on.

Sept. 1 — The theft of a four-wheeler with “red strawberry picking baskets” in it was reported stolen from Oysterville at 6:52 a.m.

A 20-foot extension ladder, lawnmower and other items were reported stolen from an Ocean Park shed at 1:22 p.m.

A car that was involved in a hit-and-run accident in Seaview had damage to the front bumper at 2:46 p.m.

Sept. 2 — At 5:44 a.m., a man was reportedly chased out of home carrying items from the home. He jumped into a vehicle driven by another individual and took off.

At 7:36 a.m. in Seaview it was reported that one man allegedly tried to strangle another and “smacked him twice” and threatened him if he calls the cops.

Remains of an RV were dumped on private property in Ocean Park at 3:40 p.m.

An assault was reported in Nahcotta at 6:42 p.m. after an individual was sprayed in the eyes by woman.

At 7:52 p.m. a bonfire and “rowdy” party was reported in Grayland, with lots of people coming and going and beer bottles everywhere.

Twelve people allegedly skipped out on a bill at an Ocean Park business at 7:59 p.m.

Sept. 3 — Disorderly conduct was in Seaview at 1:14 a.m. for a large party in progress.

The theft of a cell phone and towel was reported in Ocean Park at 6:48 a.m.

At 9:45 a.m. in Oysterville a garage had been burglarized and numerous items were taken.

A suspicious Prius with California plates, packed with personal belongings and terrorist stickers all over it, was reported at 3:19 p.m. near Naselle.

A domestic incident was reported in South Bend at 8:25 p.m.

A backpack with needles and more was found at 9:08 p.m. in Ocean Park.

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Sep. 8th, 2017 08:52 pm
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I feel that with Reindeer King Tori Amos is back to speaking a language I can understand. I find it deeply moving and thoughtful and moral in a way I'm not sure I can express yet. It's all about politics but ... not, somehow.


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