Sunday, December 16, 2007
In his book The Growing Tree, Brayton Wilson writes the following: “Most people have an intuitive sense of what a tree is. They visualize a tall, single-stemmed, woody plant with a branched crown and many leaves.” He continues on and states that all trees share the following attributes:
1. They specialize in becoming the tallest, and longest-living of all the plants
2. Their design is complex and dynamic
3. Their basic design is like a tower bearing many tiny solar collectors
When you visit Disney’s Tree of Life, you will discover it’s special attribute!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Despite the lack of recreational activities, we never seemed to lack for things to do. We all shared in the daily maintenance tasks which were not limited to the following: cutting firewood and building the cooking fires, hauling drinking water from the creek, meal preparation, and the never ending dish washing.
Since we had no refrigeration, all fresh food was prepared and consumed within the first two days. For the remaining eight days, we ate lots of Spam, deviled ham spread, and anything else that came in a can. More than thirty years later, I still have no desire to eat Spam regardless of how it’s prepared!
Evenings were spent huddled around the camp fire waiting for nine PM because at the hour the temperature would drop and magically the ever present horse flies and mosquitoes would disappear. Just as soon as the insects disappeared, the field mice would begin their nightly raids on our supply tent. If the food stuffs were not in a can or a wooden box, the mice would feast until stuffed.
The summer camp out experience of 1972 is one I will never forget! Despite the fun and adventure, I also believe that it was the year that my love affair with camping ended abruptly. Now my idea of camping involves getting a good spot by the pool at the Holiday Inn.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Following his second loss, Mr. Staley relocated to a new house across town, only to have disaster strike once again. On May 8, 2003, a tornado completely leveled his third house while he huddled in a concrete safe room.
Is Donald Staley the world’s unluckiest man? It’s difficult to say for sure, but the odds of having your home destroyed three times by tornadoes in a six year period are on the order of 1 in 3 billion chance!
Monday, November 26, 2007
When the auction has closed, I immediately received an email from a yemi wale, who incidentally was not the party placing the bid, requesting the following:
(Actual Text From yemi wale’s email)
How are you today.I'm the winner of your great item,I'm sending the item to my son as a christmas gift in west Africa (Nigeria) so for the shipping,and i willlike you to make the shipment via (Global Express International EMS)for the shipping and i will add extra $100 with the total cost of the itemand arrange for the payment as soon as possible through pay pal,soplease kindly help to ship the item to him cos i would have love tosend it my self but i am busy with my special assignment here inAustralia on behalf of my company in the US, so here is my son'sshipping address below. NAME :: Adesanwo Adeyemi ADDRESS :: 109 Akinola Street Orogun Ojoo CITY :: Ibadan STATE:: Oyo State COUNTRY :: Nigeria ZIPCODE ::23402
Yea, sure; I’ll be happy to send my old camera to your son in Nigeria while you are busy in Australia! Mr. Wale, to you I offer the following suggestion: email you son and tell him to bring a big lunch with him to the post office because he'll be waiting there a while!!
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Apparently, United Airlines offered a free turkey dinner to 3,000 workers at O’Hare airport as a reconciliatory gesture from the company to its employees. United Airlines has been the target of employee criticism the past few years because it awarded large pay increases and bonuses to top managers while the rank and file employees took pay cuts to help keep the company afloat.
The meals were prepared and provided by a catering service. Hopefully it’s not the same service that provides United with the in-flight meals!
Saturday, November 24, 2007
In 1858, the Smithsonian Institution reported that one of its most popular exhibits was the first publicly displayed weather map. Information on temperature, barometric pressure, and wind direction were collected by ordinary citizens at more than 300 locations. These volunteers would send daily observations by telegraph to the Smithsonian and their measurements would be displayed on the large map. Circular colored disks were attached to represent the location of each reporting station. The color of the disk represented the current state of the atmosphere; white signified clear weather; gray, cloudy; black, rain, and so forth.
How the science of weather prediction and long range forecasting have changed. Today, up to the minute weather information is available around the clock from the National Weather Service. Regional offices are located in major cities across the United States and provide nearly endless information on the local, regional, and national weather.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
“Being thus arrived in a good harbor, and brought safe to land, they fell upon their knees and blessed the God of Heaven who had brought them over the fast and furious ocean, and delivered them from all the perils and miseries thereof, again to set their feet on the firm and stable earth, their proper element.”
On this day, let us all give thanks for our arrival in a good and safe harbor!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
The photos below show how a small section of the estuary looked between rain squalls, late one afternoon in October of 2007.
Which photo do you prefer?
Monday, November 19, 2007
The park's entrance with the Columbia River and Washington state in the background.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
I still remember my first day on the job as if it were only yesterday. Determined to show my commitment, I arrived for work thirty minutes early. This action allowed me to hang out in a darkened parking lot until about 7:45 AM when everyone else arrived for the day. I was further disheartened as my supervisor was late that day, so I just sat in the reception area and waited while everyone else went about their daily activity totally unaware of my presences!
Later that morning, my supervisor took me to the break room to meet the cast of character, many of whom have become my life long friends. As the new guy, I was frequently tested to see how I would react to a given situation. One morning, someone suggested that as the new guy it should be my responsibility to make the coffee. Yea, sure; that was one test for which I had a plan! The first batch of coffee I used about twenty scoops of coffee grounds. Needless to say, the coffee was like liquid tar and drew endless complaints. The next day I made the coffee using only one-half scoop so the finished product was the color of weak tea. Mission accomplished; I was never asked to make coffee again!!
Today will be a day of celebration, reflection on the past, and thoughts of what the future will bring.
Friday, November 16, 2007
If you want to see a really impressive example of the progression of time, visit the Bike Riding Donut Guy’s blog and view what he calls “The Front Door Pictures”. These photos depict his son and daughter as they appeared annually on their birthday. Pretty neat stuff!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
As I studied the picture, it occurred to me why I was never suited for a life in politics. One, a politician would not likely be standing in the back row; note where Senator Quinlan stood. Secondly, politicians tend to smile incessantly; again note Senator Quinlan.
I suppose the biggest reason my life in politics never got off the ground is because I am too prone to say exactly what’s on my mind. That is definitely a fatal flaw for any want-a-be politician!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
This view of the inn was taken in October of 2004 while standing near the thermal basin looking west.
I know that you will enjoy your visit!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
The desk in my office sits a mere 1,300 feet from where I took this photo. For nearly thirty years I have pondered walking out to the bridge with camera in hand to see what was possible from this vantage point. Boy, am I ever glad that on Sunday I finally took the walk!