Travels and Images
WEEK 18 2005
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Saturday 7 May
- calculus tutoring. On infinite series and their properties, which I am terrible at, because my
calculus book only had perhaps 20 pages on the subject and the students
books spends about a hundred....
Friday 6 May
Friday - went to see
'The Interpreter" with some friends. I wasn't too enthused going in -
Sean Penn is normally a loss as an actor, and I'm not really a fan of
Nicole Kidman, but the movie was actually OK. It was sort of a
mystery/thriller, a bit like a 1950's Hitchcock movie, though not as
tightly plotted. (Well, you could fly a 747 through the plot holes.) It
hit the usual PC points, the UN as an agent of good (debatable) and the
idea of an african dictator being afraid of the ICC (which has no teeth
whatsoever), and the CIA police work/casework was laughable - about the
least professional you can imagine - but, somehow, it was OK. Weird,
because Kidman was mostly an emotionless blank. I did like Penn's
partner - she actually had some personality despite playing almost a bit role.
I need to mow the grass. It's very long - all the rain has caused to to
grow eight inches in the two weeks or so since I mowed it. Which means
I need to get my gas can back from my brother.
Thursday 5 May 2005
- went for a ride on the new bike. It's a lot of fun biking - it's been
years since I did more than a few hundred feet. It's an offroad bike so
it has 21 very low speeds. Going for a ride in the morning I was
initially moving with the wind - and it seemed geared way too low.
Coming back home it was nice to gear down and not kill myself riding
against the winds. I need to get some thorn proof tires and fasten the
water bottle, but am looking forward to covering a bit more
ground than the usual walk about the neighborhood.
Wednesday 4 May 2005
Wednesday - click on The Big Red Button - if you dare! My friend Tim says that it eventually repeats.
Tuesday 3 May 2005
Tuesday - my brother's dog, Duke, managed
to cut himself. Since the brother was conveniently absent ( some sort
of nonsense about "gone to work") I was called in to aid in taking him
to the vet. I literally hadn't had my first cup of coffee when the call
came in. It was an odd cut, in the loose skin under the left foreleg.
It looks as though he somehow hung his body on something sharp, but a
careful look around the yard and various fences didn't reveal any blood
You could see through the hanging skin to the muscle and tendon
underneath. Once this would have made me very queasy, but enough
deliberate flaying of my own hand has inured me, somewhat. So, because
of the size of the cut we had to take him to the vet, where mucho $$
later all is well. Duke weights 80 pounds and is not amazing well
trained. So, I sat in the back on a sacrificial sleeping bag - to keep
blood off the upholstery - and my brothers friend drove us over to the
vet. They were a quick and efficient bunch, slowed somewhat by our not
knowing the status of his rabies shots. It turns out that things were
in fact up to date, but he got another shot anyway, and spent the
afternoon in surgery and recovery.
So, many stitches later Duke is home again and I have mowed most of my
brothers back yard. It seems that the vet also found a lot of foxtails
in his poor mutt's ears that had to be removed. After our heavy spring
rains the weeks the back 1/2 acre was waist high with weeds, and as I
felt I should hang around until Mike got home - so why not make myself
useful and rid the area of the foxtail menace?
Ans: because my tender hand now has a blister.
I did get a great home cooked meal out of it, and we all sat around and
watched 'House' afterwards. It was a pretty good episode.
Monday 2 May 2005
Monday - a cat pic, since you were all robbed Friday.
Sunday 1 May
Sunday - back on the road, heading south.