November 30, 2011
Deer Runs Through Car Wash
A deer ran thru a New Hampshire car wash, which was caught on surveillance video. The door was closed at the other end. Somehow the deer made it thru the 24" gap between the door panel and the wall.
November 24, 2011
Cop Car broke the news (at least to me) that Anne McCaffrey has died. I remember her dragons and their riders well but the books that I loved best were the Crystal Singer series.
May the talented writer rest in peace.
Hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
November 20, 2011
On vacation in the land of Oz, getting to see our families. Not writing anything today, and perhaps not anything until we get back home in another week.
Have a great Thanksgiving!
November 15, 2011
Sometimes They Do Listen
The local radio station hasn't advertised the IHeartRadio app for several weeks. This morning, on my way in to work, they started advertising it again. I figured that meant that they had a new version out, so I went to the app download page and saw that it is up to version 4.0.2, with "bug fixes", and downloaded the app.
Clear Channel must have gotten enough negative feedback that they performed bug fixes because this time it is working. Haven't used it but a couple of minutes (am listening to it now), so can't say it works as well as the old version did, but it is a huge leap forward over the version I couldn't get to load at all!
Greg Kretschmar had this great video on his page. Along with the norther lights, I really enjoyed seeing the massive lightning storms at about 1:20.
November 13, 2011
Since we have dogs who demand to be let out in the morning, our cats don't have to go thru all the contortions as shown in this video. But the Weekend Pundit assures us that cats actually do this in the morning.
Changing of the Seasons
The riding season is officially over. After the 2 feet of snow a couple of weeks ago, we weren't sure if it was over at that point. The next week we couldn't ride; we could get the bikes out, but getting them back into the shed would have been a huge issue. See, we have to turn the bikes around in the yard before backing them into the shed. That was not an option, since the yard was full of snow.
By last Monday, there was just enough clearing of snow in the yard that we could do the maneuvering that was needed. So, we both rode to work on Tuesday and Wednesday. Mornings were in the high 30's, and the afternoons were in the 50's. Thursday it was rainy. Friday WS rode his bike to the storage place, and I picked him up after work.
WS worked yesterday, and that is only a couple of miles from the storage place, so in the afternoon, I rode my bike to the storage place and dropped it off. WS picked me up, and that is that. No more riding until March, or April, depending on how severe the winter is.
This coming week it is supposed to get in the high 50's and low 60's. However, since we are leaving for Kansas 10 days towards the end of the week, we needed to get the bikes to storage while we were sure we still could do it safely and comfortably. It is possible that by the time we get back, there will be more snow on the ground or the temps will be too cold to comfortably ride the 32 miles to the storage place.
Now WS has room in the shed for the snow blower and other winter tools (they have been in the container up to this point). Next up, WS will be hoping for lots of snow so he can break out the snowmobile!
Sunday we got a notice that the Boy Scouts were coducting a food drive. They make it easy, all we have to do is gather up the food, put it in a bag/box, and place it outside by 8:30 Saturday morning, and they come pick it up.
I use this annual food drive to clear out the cabinets. I clean out the soups (some used for cooking, some ready to eat), canned fruits / fruit sauces, beans (kidney, red etc) and tomatoe sauce. I don't put out any pasta or such because you never know what will be attracted to boxed/cellophaned food. I remembered to bring a copy paper box home from work for use in this endeavor.
Friday night I loaded up the box, and Saturday morning, as he was leaving for work, WS took the box out. About 9:30 I heard footsteps on the porch. A boy of between 6 and 8, along with an adult (Dad? troop leader?) picked up the goodies and headed on their way. Evidently WS hadn't heard me when I asked him to put the box out under the mailbox, so he left it on the porch. Ah well, at least he made it visible.
Being the great watchdogs they are, the dogs never even moved while strange people were on the porch, didn't twitch a muscle, heck, I don't think they even woke up. And they weren't quiet, I quite easily heard the scampering of the kid up the porch steps, then the kid made a comment, and the man came up the porch (I'm guessing the box was too heavy for the kid). Then, there were two sets of footsteps down the porch, as they chattered away. The dogs were blissfully unaware that anything had taken place not 10 feet from where I was sitting.
This is a win-win-win situation. I keep the food in the cabinets rotated (none of it is over a year old, and certainly none of it is past it's expiration date), the scouts perform their community service for their badges, and those in need get food.
November 11, 2011
Veterans Day 2011
Thank you to all those who serve, or who have served. We owe you a debt that can never be repaid.