Travels and Images
Picture of the Week
Saturday 21 December 2002
Saturday - it's hard to get started. Of course
the movie was three hours, and didn't get out until 1 a.m. . But I have changed
the kitty litter, showered, and done this page - it's a start.
It occurs to me that I am going to come up odd on pages here. This page
will become page week_51_2002.htm, and next week will be week_52_2002.htm
, but that leaves Monday and Tuesday out, if I start week_1_2003.htm
on the first. I guess I could extend week_52 a couple of days,
or create a week_53. I feel a bit like
Pope Gregrory XIII
. Hopefully my hordes of readers won't riot in the street at whatever
Friday 20 December 2002
Friday - a normal day's work. I drove the Mercedes
in, as I hadn't used it in a while. Coming home the high gear in the automatic
transmission started slipping. So I checked the fluid level, and, as far
as I could tell under terrible sodium lighting, it was OK. So I drove home
slowly, about 45mph, on side roads, arriving after about and hour and a
half commute. Something to look into in the new year....
Later I went to see "The Two Towers" with a friend. Pretty cool. I'll
have to see it again!
No time to play with the access point - errands to run, chores to do,
cards to write, presents to wrap...
My brother's house, with fallen tree....
Thursday 19 December 2002
Thursday - I had thought about going out with
the big (but poorly figured) Dobsonian scope to look at Saturn on Wednesday
night, but it was - brrrrrr - cold. It actually dropped down to 17
Fahrenheit, about -7 Celsius or so. Below freezing. In the morning there
was frost, and ice in the gutters.
It was a sunny but brisk day in the valley. Not as windy as Tuesday
or Wednesday. Tuesday there were actually winds strong enough to snap telephone
poles and collapse major trusses for power lines, right here in the valley.
Peoples roofs were blown off.
I stopped at Circuit City after work and bought that wireless access
point I've been lusting after. I could have waited until after Christmas,
but I'm tired thinking about it, and of going in and looking at them!
Wednesday 18 December 2002
Wednesday - not a lot to say. Just a lot of work
and a bit of reading Unix manuals. There was a space station fly-over predicted
at about 5:20 pm, so I pulled off the freeway about a mile or two, on the
way home, and watched. It was as predicted, very bright. In my small binoculars
it seemed to have a distinct, though small, square shape. Possibly I was
just fooling myself. I then turned the binoculars on a bright start to the
east. It was, as I thought, the planet Saturn. Even through small binoculars
the rings, opened nearly as far as they can go, were apparent.
After getting home I did a little Christmas shopping with a friend.
We managed to get in and out of the mall in a couple of hours with as much
loot as we needed!
Tuesday 17 December 2002
Tuesday - it didn't rain, but it
was certainly cold and windy. I guess that the weathermen ( I almost
said "weather people" but caught myself before getting all politically
correct ! ) were right. It was snowing in Tehachapi, and coming home
I could see a lightning storm in the mountains there - pretty intense.
Talking to my father last night, he was saying that it's been
raining up there for a week. A tree, a Eucalyptus, fell on my brothers
house. Bummer. My friend from Oxnard called from the beach to say
waves were cresting over the breakwater!
Yeah, that little dot is a surfer.
We just got the one day of rain, and some wind and what not.
More interesting than scary. We must have had a very brief power
outage in town, because a couple of the electric appliances were blinking,
dazed and concussed. One was the extra phone answering machine, so my callers
got to hear two message's, including my classic message the would inspire
people to say: "You sound like you're from Montana...". I'm not sure how that
happened... pardner .
David Brin has an
on the Tolkein movie "The Two Towers", essentially putting
down it's embodiment of romanticism and anti-technologism. He's got a point,
particularly as regards Princess Diana. I never liked her...
I intend to go to - and enjoy - the movie anyway!
Monday 16 December 2002
Monday -work. It rained, a lot.
Sunday 15 December 2002
Sunday - I spent the day with some
good friends, down towards Oxnard. We visited Ventura, and saw the boats
parade by with all their lights in the marina - see the picture below.
This after a great steak barbecue dinner. The next day we stopped in
Ventura and took a walk along the beach - I didn't know my friends
were 'in training' and had to struggle to finish the four miles in an hour.
But it helped to have a great lunch in the hotel....um....hotel something-or-other.
Then we went and did some shopping up in Santa Barbara. I'm a California
native, and have lived in Southern California for twenty odd years, and have
never been there. It was cool, but not cold, and the traffic and Christmas
crowds were fairly light. Lots of fun shops to look at, and electric trolleys
Picture of the Week
Photo Notes: When the Ventura 'Parade
of Lights' was ended, with all the boats, 40 odd of them, having gone
by twice, there was a fireworks display. They set off about twenty minutes
worth in five minutes or so, pretty impressive - and making it easy to
snap a picture!