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WEEK 35 2006
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Saturday 2 September
- on vacation.
Friday 1 September
Friday - on vacation.
Thursday 31 August 2006
- so, OK, the table of 'books read' wasn't right yesterday, the values for the last cell ended up outside the table. I've fixed it now...
Dave and I are still planning on the hike. Roger was coming, but after
thinking it over has decided to participate in a quality family
vacation down in San Diego - can't say as I blame him.
I stopped by the sporting goods store this evening and picked up a
little day pack - I can't find my old one. The new one has a built in
water bladder, pretty spiffy, with a little tube for drinking out of
while it's on the back. Mt. Whitney is eleven miles from Whitney
Portal, so three liters seems about right. It also has room for a
light, a poncho, a jacket, an emergency sleeping bag (in case of sudden
storms or injuries), food, a camera, etc. My old fanny pack was nice,
but too small for this long a trip, and my backpack was too big.
The downside is that the pack is too small to have a usable hip belt,
so my shoulders will have to take most of the load. Impetus to keep the
I need to pack tonight. We'll head north sometime tomorrow.
NASA choose Lockheed Martin to design the CEV. Let's hope it doesn't turn out as bad a choice as the X-33 decision.
Wednesday 30 August 2006
- back to work. Mowed the lawn when I got home, using the last of the
light for the front yard, then talked to my friend about the upcoming
Mt. Whitney hike this Labor Day weekend.
Tuesday 29 August
Tuesday - on the road, back to Lancaster.
About 95F in the Central Valley on the way down. There was a slow down
going over the Altamont pass - judging by the emergency vehicle traffic
someone had gone over the cliff/edge of the freeway a while earlier.
It was a
slow trip, over seven hours - lots of trucks and cars, but not as many
idiots as usual. I took my time, listened to another book on tape, and arrived in the evening, after 9:00.
I stopped at the In 'N Out Burger on the I-5, and made a point of
feeding the sparrows as many french fries as they could stand. I can
remember doing that in Pomona, at a different INOB back in 1981. How
time goes past.
Monday 28 August 2006
Monday - went for a nice long walk with the dog, tired her out a bit.
I note that a lot of my book numberings in the blog are wrong, after Harry Potter, #25. They are correct below.
Sunday 27 August
Sunday - not a lot to say, taking it easy up in Martinez.
I finished Book #37, Andrew Jackson,
by Robert Remini, on audio tape during the trip up north. It was
interesting, though not a page turner like 1776 or Washington's
Crossing. It's interesting to see different viewpoints of the same
events - JQA and Jackson were once reasonably close, and yet later
became enemies and contenders for the presidency.
Jackson is known to me mostly for the Battle of New
Orleans and the Trail of Tears, yet he wasn't really a professional soldier and
there was little he could have done for the Cherokee - South Carolina
and Georgia were openly defying the federal government and threatening
secession when it tried to block those state's seizure of Indian lands. Philbrick much covers the same period in his Sea of Glory, but the American Exploring Expedition is not even mentioned here.
Jackson did a lot to give the presidency the strength and power that we
know today - he was the first to use a presidential veto simply because
he didn't agree with a
congressional bill - before that it was used only when something seemed
unconstituitional. There was a lot in the book about Jacksons' breaking
The Second Bank of the US. This was a big deal - it was a vicious
battle, cost him popularity, and eventually cast the USA into a
I've now 'done' President Washington, (multiple times), John
Adams, skipped Jefferson, Monroe and
Madison, and done John Quincy Adams
and Andrew Jackson.