Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Just wanted to post pictures of some of the presents I got this year. The light saber being held byt the plush toy is from Kim my wife and the Gold Finch bookmark and geocoin is a coin I got from a geocacher named Gold Finch. We were in a secret Santa circle together.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Winter Solstice 2007: Dec 22, 6:08 am Universal Time
Be sure to adjust for your time zone:
EST: Dec 22, 1:08 am
CST: Dec 22, 12:08 am
MST: Dec 21, 11:08 pm
PST: Dec 21, 10:08 pm
Solstice is a day that I always find interesting. It is the darkest day of the year. Some think that winter should start today just because that is when the sun is at its lowest. This year at least, winter has been a lot earlier than that. I get encouraged by the solstice by the fact that since it is the darkest day of the year, it means that the days will start getting longer. It will not be noticable at first but it will slowly lengthen and then pick up speed by the equinox.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Which Harry Potter Character Are You?
|You are Ron. You're the typical sidekick. Sometimes you get jealous of your more popular friends, but that's only because you don't how much work it is to be in the spotlight.|
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We got a foot of snow last night. It was interesting listening to the scanner and hearing the plow crews during a coordination of what roads to do. The snow came a lot later than the weather forecasters were calling for. We also did not come close to the maximums they were calling for last night. I understand the need to warn the public so you can be prepared and make smart choices but to over warn can cause as much problems as not being warned. We went caroling yesterday with the kids from church. To listen to the weather people, we should not have even gone out the door at noon. As it was, it did not get slick to late afternoon and we still went out for pizza at 6pm last night. i was glad to get in when we did because it was getting to the point where it was not bad but it was time to start heading home and staying put for the night.
Anymore, if I hear that bad weather is coming, it just mean that I need to pay attention and do what I need to until the weather puts an end to that. I think those who participate in panic mongering about the weather should be slapped and publicly humiliated for stirring things up. In a demented sorta way its funny but it gets old in a hurry.
Anyway, we are dug out for now, I will be spending the next few days to get the driveway and sidewalks cleaned up better but they are functional now. It is suppose to be clear for the next couple of days and I am hoping but not counting that will also help with the snow clean up. That doesn't always work. that doesn't start working until March and then not always all the well.
Until later, keep warm and keep your stick on the ice.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
I have also been checking out some mp3 shows. It is an interesting exercise. Quit a few of them have the feel of audio blogs with the quality control of blogs. Some stuff is quite good: others not so much. Yes, I am aware that goes against this blog as well. I hope this is interesting. I am sure there are some that see this as just another net monkey tapping away on a keyboard in cyberspace and someone should have ct the feed a long time ago. The internet has set forth a whole new ways of communication and it is not all good. The trick as with all media is getting a good signal to noise ratio. All medias are prone to carpiness. Some more than others.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Some schools are on bus delays and others are just starting to call in that they are closed. The big problem is getting the secondary roads clear enough for the buses to safely go on. The reports say that the main roads are pretty much clear. In other words, pretty much normal for the average closing. If it is really bad, then all the roads are snafu'ed.
I have to feel sorry for Mike Schultz as WAWK. He is trying to deal with running the station, doing the school closings and taking the calls for the school closings all by himself. He is waiting for others to get in this morning. I have hear him apologize twice for dead air time because he had to take the call to get more updates.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
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Saturday, December 8, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
We found the cache and got a lot of other things done for the day. What more can you ask for. Well, I could ask for the snow to melt so I can benchmark hunt on the way to doing errands tomorrow but that's for another day. It is cold and snowy and there are other things on our list of things to do. There is always goings. to be other things to hunt for in gps games. Alway
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Keep it to yourself. I HATE DEALING WITH SNOW. PERIOD. Until you white Christmas fanatics can figure out on how to keep it off the roads, sidewalks and driveways, keep your pieholes shut. I agree it's pretty and fun to play in. It is also extra hard work, and a hazard to me and mine while we are one the road. Please remember that we all don't have the luxury of staying in town over the holidays. While you are snuggled inside, all nice and warm, admiring the snow, remember that some of us need to travel hours to see family for the holidays. If the snow cancels it out, it is not a simple reschedule. That just ate up our chance to see family together for the holidays. Merry f-ing Christmas.
If you did not know it earlier, that's fine. No big. Now you are warned. I don't want to hear about unless you want to either hear a never ending chorus of this rant or come up with a solution to the snow trespassing on our raods, sidewalks and driveways. Thank you for your support.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I am not sorry to say I despise a traditional Christmas. Unless you can guarantee a an easy drive, I want a green Christmas. Play the holiday music 24/7 at your house. I don't mind sum but nothing but is going to tick me off. Don't even start with planning the perfect holiday meal with family all getting along. I have not seen it yet. It might require a 911 call but show me one family gathering where someone isn't getting annoyed or one part of the meal doesn't turn out quit right. Shoot for close enough. Call me jaded. I don't mind. Just pass the eggnog.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I think I am now on a quest. It might result in another blog. I think I want to start net surfing to listen to as many web radio broadcasts as I can. Since I really can't QSL them then maybe doing a blog post about them will do.
Somebody help, I am being sucked into a cyber existence. Just call me Tron.
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I think with this post, I will be done with our visit to Van Wert, Ohio. We found this one while looking for a geocache in Woodland Cemetery. I am so glad that I am in the groove of looking around instead of just looking at the task at hand. It was placed by the Scott Relief Corp on July 4, 1901. I think it is interesting that there are some Civil was soldiers moved nearby from a mausoleum. It's a neat spot. I am so glad we stopped by. This is one of those spots where it is not about the numbers and all about seeing something I would not have seen otherwise. Ok, I will get off my soapbox now.
Monday, November 26, 2007
I wish I had the solution to this. For some people, I have lost my patience for.. That leads to hurting even more people because of family ties. If it wasn't for family ties, I would have written them off a long time ago. It really sucks that the best I can do is insulate myself from their bad behavior and walk away from people I want to visit with and things I want to do just because some can't be arsed to grow up. Some of it is not even that what they are doing but the level. I don't a mind a comment during a TV show but the constant chatter and commentary is very annoying. I am tired of asking to shut up. Where do you draw the line for amount of chatter during a show when you are doing some of it? All I know is I am tired of being patient.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
some more of the waymarks we found this day. It was really neat looking around and seeing Wan Wert. Funny things is, is that i Have been using the Thanksgiving holiday to catch up. I am still not all the way caught up them. I don't think I will ever be. BalyEasts had some really good food. The courthouse and cannon were neat. I do not think I will ever be cauaght up on waymarks. There will always be more ideas and submissions. The more wew do this, the more there are possibilities. I am tired and want to rest for a while.
Monday, November 19, 2007
WE got to see some neat things while in Van Wert. One was a garden in the middle of the business section of town. Their library was actually the first County Library in the United States. There is also a water tower that has been there since 1929 and actually has a sign on it to testify to the fact. The water tower is also a benchmark. Really neat town with some really old buildings. It also has a very yummy mom and pop restaurant in the downtown. I will trying to waymark that sometime in my cyber catch up from the weekend. I have all the logging for waymark and cache visits and discovered logs for all the trackables but the waymarking submissions by their nature is going to take longer. If I don't get it done before Thanksgiving then maybe I can do some catch up over Thanksgiving weekend. It all depends on how much I get done and how the visit goes. I also need to get going on a D&D character. One good thing about the inclement weather is I won't be waymarking as much and maybe I could get caught up on some other things. ( My fault for paying too muchattention to one hobby.) We will see how things go.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
I was off geocaching in Van Wert, Ohio when I saw this sign. I was stunned into laughter. I realize it is a low roof and kids and skateboarders are wanting to do their tricks off this but lets get real, respect other people's property. It is definitely one of those cases where I had to laugh that you had to be told to stay off the roof. Well, DUH! It had to be an issue or they would not have gone to the trouble of putting it there.
Do us all a faor, when you go to Van Wert, don't trespass on the roofs.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Kim and I were looking for benchmarks again. This one was fun. I am use to just easily or fairly easily walking up to the benchmark. This one I had to climb for. The arrow on the first picture shows where it is. Benchmarks are very similar but there is always something enough different to keep the hunt alive.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Let us remember not just our US veterans today, but the for a moment, recall the sacrifices of not just our military folk, but our allies - especially our brothers and sisters to our North, for today is Remembrance Day there.
This song was written about WWI by an Irish folk artist, back in 1975. It's one of my favorites. I found this verson by John Mc Dermott on youtube, too.
Green Fields of France
Well how do you do, Private William McBride
Do you mind if I sit here down by your grave side?
And I'll rest for awhile in the warm summer sun,
I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done.
I see by your gravestone you were only 19
When you joined the glorious fallen in 1916.
Well I hope you died quick and I hope you died clean
Or, Willie McBride, was it slow and obscene?
Did they beat the drum slowly?
Did they sound the fife lowly?
Did the rifles fire o'er ye as they lowered you down?
Did the bugles sing 'The Last Post' in chorus?
Did the pipes play 'The Flowers o' the Forest'?
And did you leave a wife or a sweetheart behind?
In some faithful heart is your memory enshrined
And though you died back in 1916
To that loyal heart are you always 19?
Or are you a stranger without even a name
Forever enshrined behind some glass-pane
In an old photograph torn and tattered and stained
And fading to yellow in a brown leather frame?
Well the sun's shining now on these green fields of France,
The warm wind blows gently and the red poppies dance.
The trenches are vanished long under the plough
No gas, and no barbed wire, no guns firing now.
But here in this graveyard it's still No Man's Land
The countless white crosses in mute witness stand.
To man's blind indifference to his fellow man
And a whole generation who were butchered and damned.
And I can't help but wonder now Willie McBride
Do all those who lie here know why they died?
Did you really believe them when they told you the cause?
You really believed that this war would end war?
But the suffering, the sorrow, the glory, the shame -
The killing and dying - it was all done in vain.
For Willie McBride, it's all happened again
And again, and again, and again, and again.
John Mc Dermott's version on youtube
Saturday, November 10, 2007
I am really starting to think that waymarking is making me a bit of a geo-historian. What I mean by this is that I am putting the local history I find down to a set of coordinates. It's linking the history with the geography. I am learning a lot in the process. It's forcing me to research and look for things both in print and in the world.
One thing I learned is that the cannon at the DeKalb county Courthouse was actually mounted in its present position before the courthouse was in place and was put in place in 1909. I have that cannon numerous times and did not know the history. I have to read more of the local history books I have. There is just so much neat local history.
The weird thing is that I love local history. Anyone's local history. The History channel and textbooks cover the global events. What you don't always see is what was happening on the local level. I have read local histories for a couple of places am getting a flavor for an era and how localities are similar and different.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
I have to feel sorry for Fort Wayne Mayoral Candidate Matt Kelty. He lost and lost big. The finance scandal plagued his campaign from the primary. Tom Henry was a good candidate which did not help Kelty either. Just a crappy way to lose. It will really irritate me if the charges against him all have nothing to it. I would rather see him lose on the issues rather than some trumped up charges. I don't know if they are but the timing of them makes me think they stink. I could be wrong but right here, right now it does not smell right.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
While visiting friends down in Lebanon, Indiana. We did some caching, waymarking and benchmark hunting. I think the neatest benchmark was an incinerator chimney for an old milk factory. The aging and distress in the chimney was very easy to see and can be seen in the above picture. We finally got the disc at the Boone County Courthouse. We got the benchmark that is the courthouse dome but missed the disc on the pillar because we didn't look at the info sheet close enough. Oh well, it's not like they are going anywhere.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Needless to say, Kai is being an ablsolute butt and barking at everyone.
Here's a video just for fun.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
The best thing about last night is that Kim and got to seethe latest Harry Potter movie for a dollar total. Not too shabby. It was pouring down buckets of rain but it was a good movie and listened to the last half to the hockey game. It was really close to the middle of the second period when we tuned in.
Monday, October 22, 2007
I had to laugh at myself over the weekend. We were going inot Albion for dinner and I wanted to check out we could find for waymarking or caching. Winds up the Noble county Courthouse that we had already waymarked is also a benchmark. I guesss I should have check the area out more the last time. It just seams like there is so much out there to find. We wer also able to get the water tower benchmark while we were out.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
The Komets are now in the IHL again. They were in the IHL for most of their franchise life when it dissolved. Then then went to the UHL which was formally the colonial league. The UHL was renamed for this season to the IHL. It was more than just a name change. Rules were changed so the game flows better. hockey is going through the tension of having good clean hard playing games and still keeping the cheap career ending moves eliminated. There is also only six teams this year and all in the midwest. They want to have a regional league to make travelling easier on the playeres and tlo also help with travel expenses. With the cost of gas, who can blame them?
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Our church finally decided to go with the new hymnal. About time. I should not complain too lud. We had to go slow. The last synodical hymnal was presented with the feeling of being pushed through which was good for nobody. It became about how it was presented and not about the hymnal. The hymanl was well put together and well presented which made it alot easier to adopt. The biggest challenge is that nobody likes to change. The other challenge was money. I am so glad it went through without the usual rankor and dragging of feet. Unfortunately, when two or three are gathered, ther will be politics. (and that applies to more than just the church.) Sometimes it amazes me that God gets anything done with the church despite what he has to work with. (that includes me).
Kim and I also went to the Garrett fire fighter chicken and noodle dinner. I really like supporting the fire fighters this way rather just doing a blanket tax hike. Taxes are necessary but the questions is how of the taxes collected are truly needed and can we get the same thing cheaper and easier and better somehow else. It is also about wheather if it is someonthing a few sholuld do or someting that more people need to get in on. Why invovle the state or the federal government when the city or the citizens can do it?
Instead of giving you answers, I would rather challenge you to research the enviroment as an issue and find ways that you pesonally can make a difference. Hrping on others and big business won't make a difference. Each individual making smart choices and showing ther can be enjoybalbe green lifestyles will.
Check out groups like ducks unlimited and leave no trace to get ideas. Better yet, go beyond what i say and do your pown research, Make this your own issue instead of blindly listening to others. Get away from the computer sand tv and make a difference. The internet is a great place to exchange ideas but without walking away and doing something, all the talk on blogs means nothing.
Go and do and quit listening to my ravings.
Have a good day.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
i came across this and had mixed emotions. I love nature. I want a clean world and don't want pollution to mess it up. I don't torture cute little pandas for fun. I have reservations about it for two reasons. One is that I have met too many knee jerk tree huggers get in my face about saving the planet but can not see the errors of their own actions. The second is that there are different perspectives on being enviromental caring. Do we hunt or not? Same for fishing? Should we do controled burns so we do not have run away fires ir are those necessary as well. Do we cut down a tree to have a biodegradable paper bag or do we take a plastic one. Is a reuseable cloyhe bag best? Do you use disposable diapers which don't degrade or put a further load on the water supply by washing diapers?
As far as this promotes a discussion that informs and helps people make better choices, I am in favor of this. If it is to promote a single viewpoint of being green, forget it. I am in favor of ethical hunting. I only hunt what i uuse and use all that I can from what I hunt. Don't overhunt or fish anything. It's the future's inheritance.
I guess I will get off the soap box now.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Friends of mine, Wade, Rose Mary and Luke Turner went to Michigna about the smae time I did and enjoyed their time there. Don't blame them. They got to enjoy Lake Michigan and got even more time to enjoy Lake Superior. They told about how scary the Mackinaw bridge waas. Been there. It is. Some of the lanes are grated and you can see all the way down to the water. If this was not enought, there is the wind to contend with. Needless to say, they are state police available to drive you acros if it is too muc for you to handle. Wade handled it well enough to do it himself. He also got to enjoy the local dish of pasties. It's always neat to try the local food especially if you know the right place to buy.
I envy the time they had on Lake Superior but then agan no matter how much time I get around the big lakes and no matter how much I drink in its beuty. It is never enough. Thanks for the pictures Wade. I wil look at these and dream until I am on the shores once again to enjoy them for real.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
It's not all of it and it is chopped up and out of order but it should give you a weird taste of what I liked as a kid.
Geocoins are a neat part of caching. Some are about benchmarks or personal coins or group coins or even state parks. The variety and creativity of these are endless. As with anything else collectable, there are more and less coveted coins. I just like the geo bling. Just one more dimension to the geocaching game. Sometimes I feel like Smaug the dragon with his geocoin treasure but really, at the end of the day, it is just all about fun. I enjoy the social factor of sharing a common interest of geocoins with the cachers I meet. Some are hardcore, some like to log, some just to look and some are just not into the coins. There is room enough for all.
I can tell that geocoins are moving on. a similar product called pathtags are becoming the new hotness. They are cool too. I have not gotten into those as much yet but given enough time I might. I can't see that soon. I have a nice pile of bling. Time will tell.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
What got me annoyed was that one blog was anitwar and its coordinates placed it in Iraq. I realize there is disagreement about the war and I dont want someone censoring my blog but this one was too focused on a single message. They can express their viewpoint but I just did not care for the way they did it. Any geocaching soldier who is serving in Iraq can see this easy by chec king out waymarking because it is the only waymaark in town. It's message is not good for troop moral.
I am not against free speech but there is better and worse ways toengage in deba te. The cool thing is things like blogs give us a cyber forum to express our views. The down size is that everyone can and how do you wade through the noise to get to the good stuff. That is true for every media. Take time to think and do not believe everything you hear ot read. That includes this blog. I will not purposely put up false info but lets face it, being human, I am fallable and can be subject to buying bad info like everyone else. Use your brain and do the effort of fact checking.
Time to get off my soapbox.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Getting back to the event. the was a guy from Leave No Trace and he had a great lecture on leaving no or minimum empact on nature. I appreciated it. I don't agree with all the enviromentalists but this guy was good. He was trying to show how to limit your impact while enjoying nature. i don't agree with those people who think we should never ever go out and touch nature ever again. I beieive in the stewardship and caretaker position instead of the hands of position. I truly beieive there is a way of harvseting the animals of the field just like the crops we raise that is good for the enviroment. I know bambi is cute and some people do not want to eat deer for whatever reason, that is their choice. If they are against hunting and still eat meat, then what is more moral, eating an animal raised to eat or one that has a chance to get away.
Sorry, I am getting away from the main topic.
It wasw a fun day. Hung out with torry. Saw a lot of faces both familar and new. It was the perfect weather for being outside. There was also a lot of seaplanes coming into the park that was really neat to see. Ended the day around a camp fire and enjoying some home made beer.
Good time all round.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
The reason I jumped on it so fast is that you absolutely have the right of free speech but i did not temper that with you don't have the right of absolutely free sppech. You can't yell fire in a theatre, you can't wake up the neighbourhood in the middle of the night with your political beleifs and you can't libel someone. There is a responsibility with every right. The struggle is how do you speperate speech you disagree with and people that are actually behaving badly. Far too many people bahave badly under the flag of first amendment. Others fail to act under the the same flag or just don't want the confrontation.
It is not easy . Vigilance us the price of freedom and if anything good comes out of tazorboys antics, maybe this will get people talking about free speech, police intervention and how the media protrays things.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Can you beleive this Oj was dumb enough to do his latest brush with the law? From the news reports I have heard, even if he was going after his own stuff, the way he went to get it was still a felonious break aand enter at gun point. Since he was arrested and put in jail so fast and that there were witnesses, it looks like there should be problem making it stick. I realize he was found not guilty on the earlier murder charges but his history will not help. I wonder how much of a media circus this will be. Considering how much of one it was for the murder case, you will have to live on the moon or be a hermit on a desrted island not to hear of this. I should not complain about the coverage in the media too much, the story is making the blog.
How we obseessively watch and talk about celebreties is warped and sick but me complaining about it part of the problem. That is also a topic for another blog post.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
~ The garbage collector is not stealing our stuff.
~ I do not need to suddenly stand straight up when I'm lying under the coffee table.
~ I will not roll my toys behind the fridge, behind the sofa or under the bed.
~ I must shake the rainwater out of my fur before entering the house.
~ I will not eat the cats' food--before they eat it or after they throw it up.
~ I will stop trying to find the few remaining pieces of clean carpet in the house when I am about to get sick.
~ I will not throw up in the car.
~ I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs, etc. just because I like the way they smell.
~ "Kitty box crunchies"--although they are tasty--are not food.
~ I will not eat any more Kleenex or napkins and then redeposit them in the backyard after processing.
~ The diaper pail is not a cookie jar.
~ I will not chew my human's toothbrush and not tell them.
~ I will not chew crayons or pens, especially not the red ones, or my people will think I am hemorrhaging.
~ When in the car, I will not insist on having the window rolled down when it's raining outside.
~ We do not have a doorbell. I will not bark each time I hear one on TV.
~ I will not steal my mom's underwear and dance all over the backyard with it.
~ The sofa is not a face towel. Neither are mom & dad's laps.
~ My head does not belong in the refrigerator.
~ I will not bite the officer's hand when he reaches in for mom's driver's license and car registration.
~ I will not play tug-of-war with dad's underwear when he's on the toilet.
~ I will not use "roll around in the dirt" as an option just after getting a bath.
~ Sticking my nose into someone's crotch is not an acceptable way of saying hello.
~ I will not come in from outside and immediately drag my butt across the carpet.
~ The toilet bowl is not a never-ending water supply and just because the water is blue, it doesn't mean it is cleaner.
~ The cat is not a squeaky toy so when I play with him and he makes that noise, it's usually not a good thing.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2007
It was a fun weekend. Saw a lot neat thinks. Got to go inside the Point Betsie Lighthouse and did not think that was going to happen. Went to a drive in A&W/ Fun all around. I don't think I have caught up from the waymarking we did but then again , I got distradcted and found some others to post as well. I don't think I will ever be truly caught up on waymarking. The picture of the stairs ins in the lighthouse. I wish my fear of heights did not get in the way but Kim went to get this shot.
Whether it is to pl;ace a cache or a waymark, or finding them, I really enjoy this hobby. It is forcing me to explore my world and see what is out there. Despite all the evil and despair in the world. It is truly a beutiful world. Take the time to breath the beuty and joy in. It will not hang around and wait for you.