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WEEK 1 2012

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Saturday 7 January 2012
Saturday - Went out to Red Rock Canyon State Park and wandered about for a few hours, taking pictures. There are some dramatic rock formations, and I took some photo's.

I was curious about the campgrounds, thinking about a star-gazing visit later this month. As the map suggested, the campgrounds are directly under a several hundred foot high cliff to the west of the CA-395. The western sky would be blocked, but there would be a pretty good view to the south and the east. But the buildings used by the rangers are in the same little valley as the camp sites and I suspect would be brightly lit at night. So, a maybe for that idea. One could, of course, pack the tripod and telescope along one of the trails and out of sight, but staggering around in the dark on rough trails loaded with expensive equipment isn't really smart.

red rock canyon state park
It wasn't overly busy, early in January.

As an Amazon "Prime" member it turns out that one book per month can be checked out, free. So, I have a copy of Christopher Hitchen's biography. Interesting, in its way. Not really my cup of tea though, name dropping about various artistic and literary people, and attacks on miscellaneous corrupt and incompetent politicians (in his view).

Friday 6 January 2012
Friday - mucked around in the yard a bit, raking and bagging leaves, helping the help prune the trees and turn over the earth in the raised planters. More needs to be done. We put most of the leaves back into the raised planters - by spring they should be well decomposed and good fertilizer.

Riley will miss the dried tomato plant stalks - they made perfect camouflage for his brown/white fur. He never caught a bird but when I needed to bring him inside it might take me several minutes to figure out that he was in among them.

Thursday 5 January 2012

Thursday - Book #1 for 2012 is His Majesty's Dragon: Temeraire #1. Dragons and Napoleonic war. Not bad. There is apparently an entire series, but it's hard to find the second book in the series in the local libraries. Temeraire is the name of the dragon, and he is smart. In particular, he likes math - makes his rider (Laurance) read Laplace to him since his claws are too big to turn book pages.

Sailing near Arch Rock, Anacapa Island.

Wednesday 4 January 2012

Wednesday  - Took some friends out to lunch at the Thai Cafe, good food but the boy is trying to be a vegan for a week.  So his mother and I ate tasty Thai chicken stuff in sauce while he had tofu soup...poor guy.

But never let it be said that I'm not supportive, I sent him this:

xvia Ghost of a Flea.

Heh. We also talked about the reading lists that the various service academies have. I sort of like the Marine Core list, because it's broken into categories depending on rank.

General List of Reading lists Here.

Tuesday 3 January 2012

Tuesday - Not much happening.

A friend had taken his kids to Disneyland, having research the day and deciding it was a low attendance time. Heh. Apparently not - I received a cell phone pic showing a virtual sea of people. Ah well, it just adds to the experience for kids!

I'm a bit late with this: Pip lists his New Years Resolutions at Sequential Art:

Comic Strip: Sequential Art
Art (the human) lives with a cat girl, bird man, four squirrel girls, a platypus and the "denizens".

Monday 2 January 2012

Monday - Doing bills and running various errands.

In the evening I watched Episodes 1 and 2 of 'John Adams' on DVD. It was good, as I'd heard, and it attempted to be a fairly realistic portrayal of the man and times and true to the book.

The depictions of Adam's defense of the Boston Massacre soldiers, and of the slow and irritating pace of the Continental Congress was well done.

I wasn't sure if Adam's had really ridden to see the battlefields of Lexington and Concord, but Wikipedia says that he did.

Also, entertaining to see the depictions of John Quincy Adams (future president) and his brother Charles Adams, as small rambunctious boys.

Sunday 1 January 2012

Sunday - Happy New Years Day!

I had thought the boat in the picture below might be the boat Jethro Gibb's is always building in the NCIS series, a Glen-L Amigo, but it's much too big to be an Amigo, this is a two masted vessel (though it's hard to see in the bow-on photograph).

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Small sailboat in Channel Islands harbor
Photo Notes: Small sailboat in Channel Islands harbor.

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