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but given the advanced state of their tech, am I wrong in pegging this as a third universe? Okay, that's my official head-canon. Something, something, temporal cold war - THIRD UNIVERSE! (So does each new parallel universe also have its own twin mirror universe?)

Also: Why do all futuristic jails in all universes everywhere have force fields with no physical backup? That seems like a major design flaw.

Also also: Why are all the Klingons bald? Strange fashion choice, or genetic disease?

Long time no see

Sep. 25th, 2017 01:44 pm
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Back in August we drove to Humboldt County, which is on the northern California coast where we want to move. We rented a little car, a Kia, because our pickups aren't getting any younger and they aren't great on mileage, and this is a small expense compared to new tires and whatnot.

It's a 3 1/2 hour drive there over four mountains, much of it very pretty. Gary was driving. I was in charge of the tunes. We were about 9 miles from our destination when I saw a deer on the left side of the highway. I said, "There's a deer." Gary said, "Yeah," in the same tone he might have used if I had said, " I have a dentist appointment next Tuesday."

I now know that I should have appended "SO SLOW THE FUCK DOWN."

The deer continued across the highway and we continued driving, and it really was like in slow motion except everything happened fast. The deer ran in front of the car. I heard and felt the impact and then I saw the deer fly upside down in the air, which I had never seen before and it was surreal, I'll tell you. And then the deer wasn't there and we were still driving. Gary didn't seem to know what to do.

"Pull over," I said, and he did.

We got out and looked at the damage - the front end was crumpled and there was deer fur on the hood, which was bent, and the headlight was broken. I looked back toward where the deer might be. It was in the ditch along the highway trying to stand up and failing, and I knew this was not going to end well for the deer, but I didn't know how to put the deer out of its misery. I do not have a gun and we didn't have a big knife.

At the same time, I saw a car pull over on the other side of the road. A beautiful young woman wearing hippie clothing - that's the only way I can describe it; if you visit Humboldt County you see many people wearing similar gauzy ethereal clothes - got out and asked if we were okay. She had been behind us and seen the whole thing. She had a smartphone in her hand and had the highway patrol on speed dial, which amazed us. "My dad's a highway patrolman," she said, which amazed us even further.

In about four minutes a highway patrolman arrived, which was even more amazing. We explained what happened, which I guess he could see, and he went over and located the deer and dispatched it to deer heaven. He said he'd hit four or five of them himself so it didn't bother him.

We asked him where the nearest Enterprise Car Rental office was and he thought there was one at the airport, so we headed that way. We drove slowly because we were afraid the hood might fly up and also because we could hear bits of broken car falling off along the way.

When we got to the airport it turned out there was no Enterprise Car Rental there, that the nearest one was in Arcata, about 8 miles away, so we headed down there, and dang me if it wasn't exactly where we had been told it was (I am skeptical of the directions people give us). When we walked up to the little office I saw a sign that said CLOSED 12-1 FOR LUNCH and it was then about 12:10. I screeched, "YOU FUCKING BETTER NOT BE CLOSED FOR LUNCH" before I realized their window was open and there was indeed someone in there working, after which I proceeded quietly and sheepishly.



Well, Enterprise exceeded all our expectations, and here is where I tell you that when you rent a car, ALWAYS BUY THE COLLISION INSURANCE. Yes, I know they ("they," whoever "they" is) that your own car insurance will cover you and so will the credit card you rented the car with. But what "they" don't tell you is that the collision insurance means they will not be filing a claim with your insurance company and they won't be extracting your deductible from you on the spot and you will not be filling out piles of paperwork and having to deal with your insurance company and/ore credit card company.

It's like the collision never happened. THE BEST THIRTY DOLLARS EVER SPENT.

Instead, they found us a car and they washed it and cleaned it and handed it over to us, and that was that. Within an hour, we were on our way.

Other than that we had a nice weekend. Gary dropped his Mac laptop off at a repair shop and we had lunch and we drove around looking at property. While walking around, we saw an odd building a few blocks away that Gary was curious about, so we walked over to it.



What would you think it was? We had no idea. But as we walked back toward the center of town, we spied a man through an open window, and we got his attention and asked him. He said powdered milk had been made there; in some fashion that I have now forgotten, the milk was poured from the top of the building and (I think) heated so that it turned to powder as it fell. He sounded like he knew what he was talking about. In fact, he had a somewhat affected but lyrical way of speaking, and we wound up talking with him about half an hour. His name, he said, was Federici - just Federici - and he was an artist. Eventually we went into his studio and he really WAS an artist. He made these unusual standing scultptures from cured willow bark with engravings on each piece.




A guy I went to high school with met us at a brewpub that evening, and we had a fine time chatting. He had lots of good information for us and he and Gary got along well, which is always a nice thing.

And later Gary said, "I thought the deer would wait until we went by." And I wisely said nothing.

He drove more slowly on the drive home.

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So that was back in August. And in the month since then - as a previous post says - we found out the third person on this house's title died, meaning we can sell it. So we got in touch with the realtor who sold my house and she came and took a look around and made some suggestions (i.e. "How do you feel about cutting down this dead tree?").

We have a neighbor who is very interested in buying this house but he had a bankruptcy a few years ago. But we have since learned that if that was discharged over four years ago, it won't affect him getting a loan. Now I just need Gary to tactfully approach him about this.

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On September 8 we drove up to Oregon to the Britt Music Festival to see Stephen Stills and Judy Collins. This time I rented the car and yes I got the extra insurance.

Back at that time this area was choking with smoke from many forest fires, as well as oppressive heat, and for some reason on September 8 the smoke cleared out and the heat went down to a tolerable level. When we got to Jacksonville (the town the festival is in), we were told that it had been so awful that some of the festival had been canceled that week due to unhealthy air conditions, but that this was the first decent day in a few weeks.

We walked around the town, which is lovely and old-fashioned and charming, and went to the show that night, which was fun and I am glad we went because neither performer is getting any younger and they'll likely never tour together again.

The next day we drove back toward Humboldt County. It was very foggy along much of the road and there was a lot of road construction, so it took much longer than we had expected, but we weren't in a terrible hurry. We picked up Gary's computer - which was exorbitantly expensive to repair - and had a nice lunch and then checked in at an AirB&B. It was really just a room rented out by some graduate students but the price was right so we couldn't kick too much.

I had made contact with a woman I used to work for who now lives in the area, and we went to visit her and her husband. Really nice people. They also gave us loads of advice and even made circles on a map of the areas they thought we might focus on when looking for a house, which was enormously helpful.

The next day we drove home and we drove through an area that had just been burned by a wildfire. The destruction was terrible to see.






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Today I ran into a woman I haven't seen in a year or more. She lives in my old hometown. After exchanging pleasantries, I asked if she had driven past my old house and what it was like.

"Well, it isn't improving the neighborhood," she said. "Old cars all over the place."

That's exactly what I was afraid of. The new owners of my old house are trashing it.

*Sigh*
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OUT OF MY FANDOM.

What the hell sort of Star Trek have they even been watching all this time?

Ukiah

Sep. 25th, 2017 08:40 am
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Saturday night Donald and I drove up to Ukiah. In the morning we checked the fence line in part of the Iris Barn Pastures. Carrie thought she had a problem out there. We found several minor things, but nothing that should have killed a battery. I suspect that the battery had been abused just enough to be at the end of its life anyway.

Moving on we checked the drip and spray lines at the Howell Creek restoration project. We started with the ones that were chewed up, apparently by a coyote, during August. I had just fixed them. They had all survived intact for the 5 days since I’d seen them last. We left one set of sprinklers going for a couple of hours just to give the little willows a boost.

The winter shelter for the horses was next. Our project was to finish cutting the 1 inch plywood to length and get some primer on it.

Apparently nothing ever gets done on the Ranch without painful preliminary steps. First thing in the morning I had loaded the generator into the car, hurting my back in the process. Yes, I know, I should have waited for help… Once loaded several of us tried to figure out how to siphon off the stale gas in its tank. All the ethanol that is put in gas these days may make it burn cleaner, but it also makes it go bad within about 3 months. The gas in that tank was at least a year old. Unfortunately for us, the tank on the generator was designed to be hard to steal gas from. Eventually I got a siphon going and Donald held the generator at an angle until it had drained. We refilled it with “tool gas” which is wildly expensive but has a shelf life of 2+ years. Once at the shelter, getting the generator going was a comedy of errors since there was very poor labeling on the machine (I kept trying to start it in the “off” position using the choke lever that had no info at all), even worse;  the valve on the fuel hose works the opposite of the valves I’m familiar with. This lead me to attempt to start the machine in the off position with no fuel!!

Thinking about doing this project before I left San Francisco, I realized that I no longer owned any saw-horses, the last ones had disintegrated into compost some time before. At the hardware store I found some very nice metal ones that fold up and have a carry handle. Ideal. We set the two bright yellow saw-horses up, marked the first sheet of plywood and I began running my old skill-saw through it. It immediately became obvious that the old skill-saw was un-usable. Way back when Matt was working for us he had mentioned that the saw didn’t work properly and that he thought the shaft was bent. I went to town. An hour later my brand new De Walt skill saw was making short work of the plywood.

Dave, the deer hunter, happened to be on the place taking down their hunt camp for the season. I called him and he very obligingly came down and helped shuffle plywood around, giving my sore back a rest. We got everything cut, and Donald got quite a lot of paint on the plywood given that he kept being interrupted to help move things.

Once the plywood was cut I tightened the bolts that hold the rafter to the walls with a tiny ratchet wrench that was terribly annoying. I like my tools to work, not half work!  Here is the worksite. Note the black plastic on the right hand side.  There a lovely little frogs sheltering in its damp folds!

At the end of the day we walked past the new tents that are sheltering the various bits of equipment that no longer fit in the barn. The tents are getting quite badly blown around. Next trip I need to fix that problem. I know what I want to do, put big 4x6 runners under each side of the tent and fasten everything securely down to those.

Got back to SF about 10pm.

 

night heron

Sep. 24th, 2017 11:27 pm
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Saturday I walked in Bethany Lakes Park. I walked over to little Story Park, where butterflies explored the profusion of flowers in bloom. I stopped by Best Buy and brought my brother a gadget for his birthday We dined with my brother, my sister-in-law, my wife and our nephew and our nephew's girlfriend at Bonefish Grill. Sunday I walked on Chisholm Trail. I gained 1.8 pounds at Weight Watchers. Maxie Moore gave the sermon at church.  My wife and I liked her direct way of speaking. Sunday afternoon I finished a piece I created for a Cerebral Rift netlabel compilation project. Later that afternoon, I rode my bicycle on the Watters Creek Trail. I ran into Jeremy, a fellow birder. He introduced me to his two primary-age sons. I saw a Yellow-Crowned Night Heron. In the evening, I listened to classicial music written for a virtual orchestra and watched a Star Trek: Discovery episode intended to lure me to pay a monthly subscription fee to CBS. The news is full of our president making far too much of rather tame exercises of First Amendment rights.

breakfast Saturday: cereal and skim milk
lunch Saturday: fried fish, green beans and roll
dinner Saturday: broccoli, sirloin, shrimp and sweet potato
breakfast Saturday: multi-grain cheerios and skim milk
lunch Sunday: grilled chicken, green beans and a biscuit
dinner Sunday: pork chops with broccoli slaw


Everything's awesome!!!

Sep. 24th, 2017 10:47 pm
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A *very* busy weekend!!!

Battle on the Bay was a completely awesome event!! My friend Teleri was recognized as a Companion of the Laurel, and of course she was Well-Prepared for it as always, even though it still was somewhat of a surprise. Lots of other most worthy friends received awards too! We had 535 people in attendance -- that might be a record for that site!! (Granted, it was Lochmere's turn to host the event, but it's Storvik's land. Next year Storvik will host it.)

And then the boy toy and I went for a Sunday drive to the Eastern Shore. And I want to write more and upload more pictures, but I am getting really tired. Maybe this f.lux app I installed to stop the computer from keeping me awake at night is working too well???

Finished with the bag!

Sep. 29th, 2017 08:09 pm
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Carefully cut out the superman logo. Carefully started sewing. Realized I'd carelessly put it wrong side up (that is, the side with the ink). Ripped out the stitches, flipped it - d'oh! Silly me, I should've flipped it when I drew it!

Well, it's done now. Thankfully, I expected errors and bought a lot of extra felt.

The funny thing is that all his classmates, their families just drew on the bags with Sharpies. His mom asked me to do it due to lack of time, but I can't draw! I even had somebody else do the stencils for me! So now it looks like I put in way more effort than anybody else (despite the fact that I can see all the errors glaring out at me), but really, I just can't draw. Cutting and sewing is a LOT easier for me.

Weather

Sep. 24th, 2017 03:51 pm
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Wait, what, hurricane Lee??

Dinky Hurricane Lee not a threat to land

Dear Dr Jeff Masters, should you really taunt a storm like that? Especially if it's come back from being dismissed as "done"?

Also, Tropical Storm Pilar? Where did N go? (Ah, whew, that's an East Pacific storm.)

And Jose, still?? "After 70 advisories, enough is enough," said the NWS on Friday. Indeed.

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Sep. 24th, 2017 03:24 pm
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Hi incomplete sentence, i see you now.

I've no idea what i was surprised about yesterday.

It looks like autumn. I went out for maybe 15 minutes. It's not hot, but i am dripping wet. Ah, i've calibrated. Apparently it is, "85°, Feels like 86°" outside. I was mowing with the reel mower, so that's some exertion.

I called my Grandmámá this morning, after examining some of my "oughts" in therapy this past Wednesday. I ought to call her, i tell myself, because i want her to know i care about her. But 9 am -- which is apparently the good time to call her -- comes and goes with my attention on other things. Just before Hurricane Irma, i decided Sunday mornings would be good. It's not a work day, but since i'm headed off to Meeting it's not as fluid and Christine-focussed as Saturdays.

So i called, and it *is* a good time to talk to her, because we actually talked for almost a half hour. She shared stories she's shared before, but new ones too.

I was talking with "oughts" with my therapist because I want to thrive. My therapist asked, have i ever ... thriven?

(thrives, thriving; past throve |THrōv| or thrived; past participle thriven |ˈTHrivən| or thrived) from Old Norse thrífask, reflexive of thrífa ‘grasp, get hold of.’

We talked a little about college, when "adulting" was novel and i was successful at it. Now i reflect on bad habits that could be graduating from college, i ache when i see Christine trampled by elephants again. [1] ... and since i am committing to examining my thoughts for distorted thinking -- even if i have procrastination habits that are decades old, i have also gone through periods of success and vibrant creativity. It will happen again.

Leaving my therapist, i thought about Laughingrat and her frustrations with cognitive therapy. There is a frame where "I'm thinking wrong" is just one more thing wrong with yourself, and it's so easy to stand in that relationship with the distorted thinking practice. I don't think i could successfully do this work if it wasn't for some of the far more somatic work i did some years back. I'm learned then how to have compassion for myself in a way that's hard to describe. In a way, i think Noelle coached me in a mindfulness practice that never mentioned the mind and focused on my body. This practice with disordered thinking will, i hope, be another mindfulness practice, this time focusing on my mind.

[1] For new readers, to give my spouse Christine some privacy and to yet talk about my experience of her experience, i refer to what's going on with her as "elephants," as in "the elephant in the room."
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But honestly, I'm not sure I want to. It's harder to cut felt than I realized!

(Is "logo" the right word? Should I say "sigil" or "symbol" or "shield"?)

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The Bad Hair, Incorrect Feathering, and Missing Skin Flaps of Dinosaur Art

When growing their penises for the season, ducks bend to social pressure

The Hobbit Was Almost Illustrated by Maurice Sendak

Growing Up Neanderthal

The Banned 1910s Magazine That Started a Feminist Movement in Japan

Millions of new genes in human microbiome

Present-Day Devices as Props

These jellyfish don’t have brains, but still somehow seem to sleep

The mysterious group that’s picking Breitbart apart, one tweet at a time

Getting emotional after failure helps you improve next time, study finds (Who'da thunkit?)

Gene editing of human embryos in UK reveals new fertility clue

How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food

Women Are Spending Years In Prison Because Wyoming Won’t Let Them Into Its All-Male Boot Camp

Views among college students regarding the First Amendment: Results from a new survey

How Canada has been secretly giving asylum to gay people in Chechnya fleeing persecution

Thousands gather to protest arrests over Catalonian vote

Spain to send extra police to try to halt Catalan referendum

Whites Have Huge Wealth Edge Over Blacks (but Don’t Know It)

Lightning storms triggered by exhaust from cargo ships

Washington Just Sued a Giant Private Prison Company for Paying Immigrant Workers $1 Per Day

These Women Are the Last Thing Standing Between You and Nuclear War

In Battle Over Tax Cuts, It’s Republicans vs. Economists

174 Television Stations Are Being Forced To Air Trump Propaganda Disguised As News

Some forcibly arrested in St. Louis weren't protesting

'Repeal and Go Fuck Yourself' Is in Full Effect

How a federal agent got away with terrorizing his Brazilian ex-girlfriend — even as she repeatedly begged the US government to stop him.

Nestlé Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For

Push for Gender Equality in Tech? Some Men Say It’s Gone Too Far (Wow. And yet, so not surprising....)

Too late, China and America see North Korea the same way

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Sep. 23rd, 2017 08:08 pm
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I was working on a small machining project for work in my workshop, another situation where the commercial version is available with a two week lead for $1K or so, and thirty minutes of work on a scrap piece of aluminum in my workshop will have us the equivalent on Monday. Which is great, when I get paid to run a lathe, until I dropped a tiny setscrew, bent over to pick it up, straightened up, and smacked my head into one of the handwheels on the mill. I am not exaggerating in the slightest when I say I pulled a crescent-shaped chunk of skin off the handwheel once I stood back up. Now I'm sitting in front of the fireplace with a pounding headache.

I had been intending to make a speedometer cable adapter for the Spitfire next, but I think I'll put that off until later.

Yard today

Sep. 23rd, 2017 07:01 pm
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Missing Christine who is off to the Charlotte film festival. Her sister is at another, smaller film festival this weekend, in Hickory, NC. My eyes and ears said it was a beautiful autumn day, but - ugh, try and do anything and the humidity made itself known.

I realized a good order of landscape projects would be to remove the azalea from the tiny "courtyard" -- the little pocket of landscaping on the north side of the house walled to the west by the garage, the north by the kitchen and the east by the entry porch. It's not large enough or fully enclosed, but it's distinct enough a space to need a name.

After trimming the azaleas far back - to essentially stumps -- the ferns were all visible, and i could easily pull out the native-but-annoying false nettle. I also gently pruned the azaleas on the other side of the front porch, and "renovated" the lilac by cutting back all its elderly trunks to the level of all the sprouts coming up around the base. I also took out the butterfly bush: i'd found seedlings elsewhere. Nope, i'm focusing on the native pollinator plants, thank you.

Now the front seems much tidier -- as the lilac and butterfly bush were both scraggly things. We've talked about having something sculptural in the "courtyard." When we find the right thing, the remaining azalea can be removed.

Now that that was done, i moved some pipsissewa (aka spotted wintergreen, Chimaphila maculata) and some of the moonwort/grapeferns (Botrychium spp) from where the driveway routing will take them out to the courtyard.

I spent much of my inside time reading about all the species of Botrychium i could, traversing various keys, and deciding i mostly have Botrychium biternatum but might have one Botrychium dissectum.

I've been surprised that it wasn't until now that i

--== ∞ ==--

It turns out the FLora of North America is accepting gifts to sponsor the illustration of a plant. It's $200 - http://floranorthamerica.org/node/410 -- Lupins are available right now...

Meanwhile, Carrie is restless so i'm streaming PBS shows on deer to keep her entertained. I think i'm not going to feel guilty about entertaining her with videos.

As always, my reach exceeds my grasp

Sep. 26th, 2017 01:18 pm
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I spent an inordinate amount of time arduously sewing together a Batman logo - only to find at the end that I'd miscentered it!

Welp, it's for a pre-k student, I'm not redoing it. He'll neither notice nor care.

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Leather, Grown in a Lab Without Cows

These hermit crabs shack up inside living coral instead of mere shells

The Split Pants That Are China’s Alternative to Diapers

Children of today are better at delaying gratification than previous generations

A Brainless Slime That Shares Memories by Fusing

Hot chicken was the Prince family legacy — then Nashville transformed it into an icon, and now everybody wants a piece

Ultra-light aluminum: Chemists report breakthrough in material design

'Family Matters' House Will Be Demolished, Replaced With Condos

How Books Designed for Soldiers’ Pockets Changed Publishing Forever

Why Did India Have Ten Million Fewer Childhood Deaths Than Predicted?

By ganging up, HIV antibodies may defeat the virus

Conversions From Islam in Europe and Beyond

Black, Jewish And Avoiding The Synagogue On The High Holy Days

Earthquakes are even harder to predict than we thought

Mexico City’s People Power

Broad swath of US deemed environmentally suitable for mosquitoes that transmit disease

Why Wages Aren’t Growing

Governments turn tables by suing public records requesters

4 Disabled People Dead in Another Week of Police Brutality

The Persistent, Wide Racial Gap in Attitudes Toward the Police

Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking

Trump's 'election integrity' group is waging war on the right to vote

Puerto Rico Puts Its Prisons Near Flood Zones. After Hurricane Maria, thousands of families await news. (Seriously, look at that map!)

Failing dam creates new crisis on Puerto Rico amid flooding from Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico's power system is "basically destroyed", the US Virgin Islands are under a 24 hour curfew

Why Do Border Deaths Persist When the Number of Border Crossings Is Falling?

Border Patrol Arrests Parents While Infant Awaits Serious Operation

The Economic Costs of Domestic Violence

Thousands rally in Philippines, warn of Duterte 'dictatorship'

For Decades, Nazis Have Been Germany's Shame. But Is That About To Change?

Southeast Asia's Rohingya Refugee Crisis Reaches a Terrible Peak (Photos)

new york style

Sep. 22nd, 2017 10:53 pm
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Today I went to Eddie's Napoli for lunch. I had a garden salad (dry) and two slices of cheese pizza. I sat at the counter. A television program in Spanish told stories of the Mexican earthquake. My pizza tasted great. This evening I walked in Bob Woodruff Park. I liked the Bluebird in the tree.

I am following the New Zealand election. My wife just got word in the past few weeks that her last surviving uncle died in New Zealand a few weeks ago. His daughter had moved him from Pennsylvania to New Zealand to have him nearby. I never met my wife's Uncle Wally, but I liked to hear about him. I hope Jacinda Ardern wins the election.

We watched a program raising funds for Texas hurricane victims.  Matthew McConnaughey was one of the speakers. I wanted him to say "alright, alright, alright" to make things more all right. They had Bonnie Raitt sing a song, but not play her guitar. I thought that odd.

Edie Brickell and Paul Simon sang an Ernest Tubb song. I remember seeing Edie perform with a very early incarnation of the New Bohemians in 1984 or 1985. She had stage presence even before she had quite figured it all out. She has stage presence still.

The President of the United States and the Supreme Leader of North Korea trade trash-talking tweets and quips about nuclear warfare. A school official at Baylor University reportedly decided to criticize the victims of sexual assault. I want to get outdoors tomorrow.

Kix and skim milk
2 slices pizza, a roll, garden salad
broccoli beef, mushroom chicken, mixed vegetables

Misc

Sep. 22nd, 2017 05:20 pm
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Worked a show at the Masonic Auditorium yesterday.  Singer named Kalid.  Very minimal load in after which I came home and slept solidly for an hour and a half.  Went back to run followspot on an utterly forgettable show.  No work now till Monday.
Planning a trip to Ukiah on Sunday with Donald. 
  • I want to check the drip irrigation and see if the coyotes chewed it up again. 
  • Carrie needs help finding a fault in the fence at the Iris Barn.
  • We plan to spend a bunch of time painting the plywood for the Shelter.  I want it done soon!!!
Got the garden watered today.  Tomorrow I should water again, it was really dry.
Called the Ranch insurance agent and reminded her that I need a breakdown of the insurance cost.  
Now I need to write an e-mail to the Union office about a couple of things. 





Ukiah

Sep. 22nd, 2017 05:29 pm
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A flying trip to Ukiah on Tuesday Sept 19th was very satisfying.
  • The planning department gave me an extension to my permit for the shelter at the Red Barn.  It is hard to believe that it has been a whole year since we began trying to get that thing together.
  • Johnny came and helped me get the last 6 sheets of roofing onto the shelter. 
  • I purchased more paint primer (now there is 10 gallons) and 5 gallons of the tan top coat. 
  • I fixed a lot of problems on the Howell Creek drip irrigation.  Sadly a whole lot of plants had died of lack of water.  It looks like Mr Coyote got in and chewed up the drip lines so he could get a drink.  Even with the dead plants there were plenty of plants that survived, thank goodness.  Most of the damage was on the lower end, the upper end was relatively unscathed. 
  • I pulled the tarp back over the top of one of the storage tents.  The knots holding it had been tied by my helper and were clearly sub-standard.  Shouldn't be a problem now.  The tarp is to help reduce sun damage to the tent itself. 
  • Dave the Deer Hunter came by as we were finishing up the roofing and we agreed to have dinner together up at his camp.  It was very pleasant, if sad, since Dave's dad died recently. 
Altogether the day was beautiful and I got everything on my infamous "list" for the day done. 


over Uber

Sep. 22nd, 2017 07:50 am
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Last night we had 4 volunteers and dozens of clients at the Garland free legal clinic. We still finished by 9.15 p.m. The weather remains a bit hot. I find myself with plenty to do. Today I will wish my younger brother a happy birthday. We are 13 months apart. He's a good guy.

I saw Uber just got banned in London for its various unsavory practices. Though the idea of Uber appeals to me a little, I've never used it and been fairly resistant to its Kool-Aid. Our Texas legislature passed a law to circumvent an Austin city ordinance requiring background checks for its drivers, after Uber's multi-million dollar campaign to overturn  it ended. Our legislature is not immune to lobbyists. To give Uber fair play, Uber did help out during the recent storms, and apparently donated some space for a homeless shelter in Austin.On the other hand, Uber used software to elude would-be critics seeking a ride (with a "grayball" approach). Not my cup of tea.

Thursday breakfast: kix cereal and skim milk
Thursday lunch: roast beef sandwich on wheat and lays bbq baked chips
Thursday dinner: fried chicken breast and 2 legs, green beans and part of a biscuit


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I'm doing a little bit of writing with some adult learners (there may be some high school students in this class as well)--just ten minutes or so. I don't have any pedagogical reason to believe this is beneficial, except for believing that when people have pleasant experiences doing something, then that thing becomes less daunting. In other words, maybe, if the students enjoy this time writing, they'll feel more able to tackle the sort of writing you need to do to clear the hurdles in front of them. But even if that's not the case, I think people deserve a chance and a place to try out writing, just for its own sake and their own sake. So.

My first prompt for them was this quote from Fred Rogers: "You can grow ideas in the garden of your mind," which I recalled from this autotuned song made from that and other remarks of his.

I showed them some gardens.

A garden in Holyoke, created by "self-proclaimed plant geeks":


(Source)

Randyland, the garden created by Randy Gilson, a waiter and son of a single mom, in Pittsburgh, PA:


(Source)

The magic gardens of Isaiah Zagar in Philadelphia:


(Source)

The blooming Cadillacs at the Cadillac ranch in Amarillo, Texas:


(Source is this Google image, whose original location is given as this video.)

The famous Zen garden at Ryōanji, in Kyoto, Japan:


(Source)

And I said, even when you think a place is barren, nothing growing, life pushes through, like in this parking lot in Boston:


(Source)

And then I asked them--what's growing in the garden of your mind? Several people wrote that they felt like the parking lot and talked about worries, but one wrote about a painting she's planning, and another compared his mind to a potato (and gave me a diagram to show it growing). It was wonderful.

What's growing in the garden of *your* mind, these days?
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