Tuesday, September 01, 2009

September 2009


Welcome to the month of September! I did my stretches, ran a mile, lifted weights, and rode my bike. There wasn’t any smoke in the air and it was only 95 degrees so I thought I’d take advantage of this reprieve and did my exercises.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 84 and 108 degrees, slight breeze, humidity around 29 percent, high cirrus clouds with a little smoke in the air from the fires in LA County.
According to the National Weather Service: “Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 101. Calm wind becoming southeast between 5 and 8 mph. Wednesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 77. Southwest wind between 6 and 11 mph.”
I went through clothes sorting them, putting them in boxes, and took them out to storage in my trailer out back. This made a bunch of needed space in the house.
I didn’t feel like doing anything strenuous so I worked on one of my laptops that’s been acting up. The problem turned out to be Firefox was hanging up and making my system go real slow. I uninstalled it and the system ran fine. My guess was that for some reason Firefox had gotten corrupted- it works just fine on my other laptops. I will download it again and do a fresh install to see if that fixes the problem.
I went for my evening walk listening to two Astronomy Cast Podcasts: Questions Show: Imaging Extrasolar Planets, Infinite Universe, Inside a Black Hole, and Questions Show: Matter Balance, Jumping Light Speed and Black Hole Star Formation.
I called my neighbor Joyce Ware to see how she was doing and to touch base. Kevin called and we jawed for a spell. Then I called Joel Levy to chat.
I watched “Nova Science Now” about: how sleep helps you learn; earthquakes in the middle of the USA; and a geologist from South Korea who was crippled in a car accident, paralyzed from the neck down, and made the best of his situation to become an inspiration to all handicapped folks in Korea.
Then I decided to watch the news to see about these fires in LA County. One fire was called the “Station Fire” and it had burned almost 200 square miles, killed two Firefighters, and destroyed 62 homes!
I did my stretches, practiced my guitar, finished my column for the newspaper and sent it in, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Wednesday 02- did my stretches.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 82 and 102 degrees, slight breeze, humidity around 42 percent, no smoke from LA County fires but cumulonimbus clouds moved in around noon bringing with it lightning and thunder but no rain for us here in Copper Mountain Mesa.
According to the National Weather Service: “Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 101. Calm wind becoming southeast between 6 and 9 mph. Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 78. Southwest wind between 6 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.”
I spent a few hours cleaning the kitchen that sometimes goes forgotten and when things build up here and there I have to take action or else the ants may want to help.
I called Mac to see what he was up to and to tell him there’s a mighty big storm cloud headed our way; and it was was but veered towards the northeast and missed us completely. We jawed for a spell and the subject of CB radios came up. I told him that I had one I could setup quickly and he said he could do the same but he’d have to hunt around for all the parts. I got mine out and dusted it off, plugged in the antenna and power, and turned it on. I couldn’t pickup anyone broadcasting. I got out my walkie-talkie to see if the main unit would pick it up- it did. So I’m thinking that maybe nobody uses them anymore. I’m going to stop by at Mac’s tomorrow and bring the rig with me and test it out there.
I went for my evening walk; just a walk and no lectures. Then I did computer work late into the night.
I did my stretches, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Thursday 03- did my stretches.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 85 and 104 degrees, slight breeze, humidity around 47 percent, some smoke from LA County fires and cumulonimbus clouds moved in around noon again but this time bringing a little rain for us here in Copper Mountain Mesa.
According to the National Weather Service: “Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 101. Calm wind becoming south southeast between 6 and 9 mph. Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 76. Southwest wind 17 to 20 mph decreasing to between 5 and 8 mph. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph.”
I went to my mailbox 6 miles down the road to see if my Mac OSX Snow Leopard had arrived; it did and I also picked up the EEEbuntu for my Asus EEE 701.
I stopped off at my neighbor Ginger’s house. They were putting in a fence along the front that runs on Winters Road. I must have stayed there for an hour or so chatting with her and her kids. Her mean little ferocious rat dog that growls at everyone bit me on the foot. It didn’t hurt none too much and I growled right back. Ginger says she does that until she gets to know you. I hope it soon because I don’t want to lose any toes!
When I got home and installed both OSs. I was in my element going back and forth between both MacBook and Netbook typing commands and doing a little tweaking here and there. I like what’s printed on the front of the Apple OSX disk: Made in California! Both machines were up and running in less than an hour.
I went over to Stoney’s for a spell and did some laundry and took a shower. It was nice to get out of the heat and humidity!
I went for my evening walk; just walking, no lectures. When I got back I installed Kstars Desktop Planetarium that I love on the Asus EEE, while I was watching a rerun on “Fringe” on FOX. It was the episode where a young woman spontaneously bursts into flames. It was a Twitter cast special with the cast twittering on the bottom of the screen and was kind of annoying and made it hard to follow the story even though I previously seen it.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, and went for a night run. I practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night!

Friday 04- did my stretches and ran a mile.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 87 and 102 degrees, swift breeze, humidity around 48 percent, still some smoke from LA County fires and a few altocumulus clouds.
According to the National Weather Service: “Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 99. Northwest wind at 11 mph becoming south southwest. Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. West southwest wind between 8 and 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.”
Stoney went for a visit to his daughter Judy’s home up by San Francisco and her husband Denny is driving him back today. They were in Mojave when they called around 1pm asking me to go over to the house and turn on the swamp cooler so that the place would be cool when they got home. Denny also said that they would be going straight to the Sizzler when they arrived in town and if I’d care to meet them there at 4:30pm; sounds like a plan to me!
I went and turned on the swamp cooler and drove into Joshua Tree to get a haircut at Jan and Stan’s. I told Stan to cut it short like Gibbs on NCIS. I felt cooler after the haircut and won’t have to get another for six months or so; well maybe a year because he cut it so short. I had other miscellaneous errands to do that ate up the time.
I was just going into WalMart when I thought to call and check on their progress. They were just pulling into Stoney’s driveway when I called and a good thing too; Stoney had forgotten his keys and me and Roger had moved them for security reasons. So I told them where the keys were hidden and questioned them on why they decided to go to Stoney’s first instead of meeting me at the Sizzler. The answer was simple: they made good time on the trip. They even left a message telling me that they’d pick me up at my house for the ride to Yucca Valley, that I didn’t hear until I’ve gotten back later in the evening.
They arrived at the Sizzler at the appointed time. Stoney look very well and rested, much better than when he left. He has new glasses, too! Well we stuffed ourselves on the salad bar and sat around jawing about their trip and catching up on what’s been going on in the desert while they been gone.
They were following me on the way back home. We were on Aberdeen when a turquoise colored car that was in front of me made a right turn that turned into a u-turn that went right in front of me! I slammed on the breaks missing him by less than twenty feet; some folks just shouldn’t be behind a wheel of an automobile!
We arrived back at Stoney’s and I helped Denny move a table saw into the back of his truck. Then I went back to my house where I went for my evening walk.
I was updating the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and talking to Kevin at the same time. I got everything uploaded and sent out the Newsletter when I noticed that it was 10pm and “Numb3rs” was coming on and said goodbye to Kevin; we had chatted for over an hour!
I did my stretches, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Saturday 05- did my stretches.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 84 and 100 degrees, winds SSW at 8to 18 MPH, humidity around 42 percent, a few altocumulus clouds.
According to the National Weather Service: “Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Calm wind becoming south between 10 and 13 mph. Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. West southwest wind 17 to 20 mph decreasing to between 7 and 10 mph. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph.”
I mostly spent my time on the cell phone calling Family and Friends; they just don’t just talk for a little bit! I did a few chores around the house, and went for a visit to Stoney’s for a visit.
I was going to go for my evening walk but gusts from winds and some rain clouds rolled in and I decided not to. It didn’t rain but it sure looked like it!
I messed around online doing webwork until late into the evening, then I did my stretches, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Sunday 06- did my stretches and ran two miles.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 74 and 98 degrees, winds W-SW at 3 to 14 MPH, humidity around 37 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Labor Day: Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Calm wind becoming south southeast between 5 and 8 mph. Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 71. West southwest wind between 5 and 13 mph.”
Well it looks to be cooling down a little now. The air is crisp and without the smoke from the LA county fires. It was a beautiful day! Nice weather for walks, hikes, and bicycle rides. I spent some of the day outside watering my plants.
A neighbor, Ron Monastero, came to my home for an evening walk. We ended up over in front of Ron’s house when another neighbor, Adrian on his own evening walk, joined us. The Sun had set and dark silhouettes of birds against the graying sky winged their way overhead going home to roost. We talked as darkness closed in and stars emerged where they were previously hidden from the Sun’s glare. It ended up being a beautiful perfect day!
I made pancakes and eggs for dinner, yum!
I watched “Mystery: Inspector Lewis” on PBS. I found it hard to follow because of the British accents and it had so many twists and turns that the plot flew right over my head to crash and burn in a pile of smoldering wreckage. But they did catch the murderer in the end!
I did my stretches, practiced my guitar, wrote my column for the newspaper and sent it in, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Labor Day- did my stretches, lifted weights, and rode my bike.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 73 and 97 degrees, winds W-SW at 4 to 12 MPH, humidity around 35 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Tuesday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Calm wind becoming southeast between 5 and 8 mph. Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 70. South southwest wind between 5 and 11 mph.”
Well it’s Labor Day and I decided not to do any! I kicked back mindlessly surfing the web, reading astronomy, and yakking on the phone. I went for my evening walk, too.
I watched three episodes of “Castle” on ABC. Two of them I saw before and one was new to me. I really like this show and just recognized that Richard Castle, Nathan Fillion, played Captain Malcolm 'Mal' Reynolds on my beloved “Firefly”!
I did my stretches and went for a night run, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Tuesday 08- did my stretches and ran a mile.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 74 and 95 degrees, winds S-SE at 3 to 10 MPH, humidity around 25 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Wednesday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Calm wind becoming south southeast between 5 and 8 mph. Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 72. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west.”
I had the most amazing day! First I went with Mat to dig a hole. He had to pick up a pole to lie in the hole over at Don and Dave’s. I found out that this is where the buffalos Chief, Buffy, and Sally are being kept. These are the buffalos that I took care of over at my neighbor Scott’s house before he moved to Lancaster several years ago. Chief was distracted by a couple of new females over in the next pin and didn’t pay me much attention, so I went over where Sally was and she came right up to me and gave my hand a good licking- buffalos have sandpaper tongs! I was so happy to see them that I forgot to get my camera out of the truck. Now that I know where they are I will pay them a visit soon.
We stopped off at the liquor store by the DMV in Twentynine Palms to get hoagie sandwiches that were humungous- I only ate half and finished off the other half for dinner. Then on to the place to dig a four foot deep hole, stick the pole into it, and fill it with cement. The work was done and Mat showed me the old ice house in Twentynine that’s been there since the 20s and is an historical building. He introduced me to the ninety year old lady who runs the thrift store next door. I bet she has many stories about the old days of Twentynine Palms. Maybe one day I’ll stop by for a chat.
I got home a little after 5pm and read some astronomy and went for my evening walk. Then I sat outside waiting for the ISS and Shuttle flyby that would take place at 7:44pm and come out of the southwest with a magnitude of -3.1 which would rival Venus! I called Mac and Ron Dehart up to let them know. Kevin called just before they flew over. He wouldn’t see them from Tucson because of rain clouds. There they were in the sky right on time! It looked to me as if the Shuttle had departed the ISS and the separation grew as they came overhead. Wow what a sight! I had them in the telescope for a bit but decided to just use the binoculars. As I described the flyby to Kevin I thought to myself that there are bags of water just like me aboard enclosed in cylinders under pressure in orbit around our planet! The night wasn’t done yet! As I was looking out towards Cygnus in the Milky Way I saw seven satellites within an hour until the Moon popped up to wash away the stars. That was more than I’ve ever seen in one sitting. Some nights I only see one or maybe two, and sometimes not a one. This was a magical night for me!
The phone rang as I was putting everything away; it was Chris Wagner calling from Thailand to say hi. We yapped for some forty minutes getting up to date on events in our lives.
I did my stretches and lifted weights, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Wednesday 09- did my stretches.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 75 and 101 degrees, slight breeze, humidity around 31 percent, clear skies except for a few Cumulus humilis: "fair weather” clouds. Every time I have to write Cumulus Humilis it cracks me up it sound so funny!
According to the National Weather Service: “Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. Calm wind becoming east between 4 and 7 mph.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 74. North northwest wind between 5 and 9 mph.”
I needed to go to the post office in Joshua Tree to pick up the astronomy book I had ordered from Amazon and also mail out a birthday card. On the way back I picked up a gnarly bearded hitchhiker. He was walking to Landers for a job interview and was happy to get the ride. I don’t usually pick up hitchhikers but he looked harmless. His name was Tommy and lived in the area for over twenty years and had recently lost his wife, he said. I took him past my turnoff a few miles to Richie Road where he would have less of a walk and a better chance to get another ride to his destination. I’d take him all the way but the price of gas being $3.19 a gallon, I said, was just too much for me. He said he wouldn’t have a problem getting another ride because he is well known in Landers, and thanked me kindly for the ride. I wished him luck and made my way back down the road.
I stopped off at Mac’s so we could checkout the CB radios I had brought with me. We tried hunting for his antenna mount for his CB but it wasn’t to be found. We tested the two of mine and only the handheld one worked, dang! Our idea for setting up a CB communication between our homes isn’t going so well and we may have to rethink it a little.
I went on over to Stoney’s to drop his mail off that I collected for him yesterday. He was in the clock shop making a new bushing that a gear rides on. I guess they wear out after a hundred years or so. He quit and we went into the house and I stayed for a spell taking about his health; he had a heart fibrillation that the doctor down here missed and the doctor up by his daughter’s found right off and said that a first year med student would have found. I told him it’s time to find a new doctor in town and he agreed.
The astronomy book came with a CD and when I got back home loaded it up on the MacBook only to find that I needed to download six other programs: Realplayer, WMP9, Stuffit to expand WMP9, Live Math, and Chine to make the dang audio visual thing work. Found out that Chine only has downloads for Windows! Okay, I’ll load it all on my XP laptop tomorrow. The book is really impressive and goes into a lot more detail than my book I had for my astronomy class back in the late 80s. So now I have the book, the lectures from Professor Bloom at UC Berkeley that I’ve been listening to for some time now, and the audio visual! I’m all set to go! This is where I want to focus.
I went for my evening walk and then started reading a new book “Arctic Drift” that I bought for a buck at the library today. The Librarian almost didn’t sell it to me because she thought it was too new, but I told her that I got it off the for sale table of used books. She went to check it out and came back to say that it wasn’t in their system and sold it to me, cool!
I did my stretches and went for a night run. I practiced my guitar and broke a string as I was really getting into it; I’ll replace it tomorrow. I wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Thursday 10- did my stretches, lifted weights, and rode my bike.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 76 and 102 degrees, slight breeze, humidity around 29 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Friday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 102. North northwest wind between 7 and 10 mph. Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 74. North northeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west southwest.”
I helped Mat out today. I went over to his house around noon after I stopped off at Ginger’s place just down the road a little. She had her son and his friend building a fence that will run along Winters Road; that’s the road on which I live. Mat was working on the door we’re going to hang in Twentynine Palms and we didn’t get out of there for over an hour. Then we had to pick up a friend of his that needed a ride to his classes at Copper Mountain Community College. His name was Michael and he is partially blind by an operation for sleep apnea that had gone very bad. Plus the Arabic doctor left the country soon afterwards! Michael plays the guitar and I had a nice little chat with him as we drove down the road.
Mat noticed that his back windshield was cracked by a rock that was thrown up from the trailer we were hauling. So we had to drive all the way down to Yucca Valley to setup an appointment to get it fixed. Back on our way to Twentynine we stopped at Home Depot to get some bolts to hang the door.
We finally arrived at our destination and had to straighten the building by rapping a chain around the top of it, hook it up to a wrench, and pull the building level. Then we cut boards that we screwed and bolted to hold it straight and centered. We finally got the door hung and a latch for a lock in place just after sunset. We then stopped to get dinner at Laura’s Café; a little place just off the main road that I first thought was someone’s home. We had onion rings and an assortment of chicken wings that were mighty good.
I got home just before 9pm to watch “Fringe” on Fox; a rerun that had Lenard Nemoy as Doctor William Bell.
I did my stretches. I fixed the string on my guitar I had broken last night; my friend Ron Dehart says that I play like a Neanderthal! And I practiced for a while, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Friday 11- did my stretches and ran a mile.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 78 and 104 degrees, slight breeze, humidity around 39 percent, some clouds.
According to the National Weather Service: “Saturday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 100. North northwest wind between 5 and 10 mph. Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. West southwest wind 18 to 21 mph decreasing to between 7 and 10 mph. Winds could gust as high as 29 mph.”
I helped Mat out again today. On our way to the worksite we stopped to get some sandwiches over at the Indian Cove Market. The market has been there for about a year and I didn’t even know that it existed. The sandwich girl, I think Amy was her name, was very nice and made a fine sub. I talked to her and found that she is taking classes over at the college to become a nursing assistant.
We got to the worksite and strung some electric cables to the shed, filled in some concrete where it was missing from the entrance way, and cleaned up the surrounding area of the mess we made over the last two days. It got hot and muggy and I was ready to go home to rest when we finally got it all done around 5pm.
When I got home I just went and laid down in my bed for a little nap. Rested, I got up and went for my evening walk. I was still tired and mindlessly surf the web for a while. Then I did my stretches, practiced my guitar, updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the news letter, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Saturday 12- did my stretches, lifted weights, and rode my bike.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 79 and 105 degrees, slight breeze, humidity around 26 percent, some clouds.
According to the National Weather Service: “Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 95. Calm wind becoming south between 12 and 15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 22 mph. Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. West southwest wind 17 to 20 mph decreasing to between 7 and 10 mph. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph.”
I mostly rested today after a grueling week of hard work. I called Friends and Family and messed around with my computers.
Kath called asking me to fix her computer and she brought it over a few hours later; I’ll give it a look-see tomorrow.
I went over to Stoney’s for dinner. He cooked up some beans and rice that was mighty good. We watched “Unforgiven” (1992) one of my favorite all time westerns starring Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, and Gene Hackman. The movie was interrupted by many car commercials especially at the end; I won’t ever get interested in car commercials until they get rid of the internal combustion engine!
I got home around 9pm and sat out under the stars for a while. I saw two satellites cross paths in my binoculars! It was the second time that has ever happened. The first time was last Tuesday when I saw seven satellites in one hour.
I read a few chapters of “Arctic Drift” by Clive Cussler. Then I did my stretches and went for a night run, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Sunday 13- did my stretches.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 76 and 100 degrees, W-SW 3 to 18, humidity around 39 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Monday: Sunny, with a high near 91. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming south southwest. Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 64. West wind between 8 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.”
It was a kick back kind of day for me; hey it’s Sunday!
I worked on Kath’s laptop computer and found that it didn’t have the Service Pack for Vista on it. I installed that and a few other updates it needed. Her laptop seems to be working fine now. I also updated the anti-virus that was way behind in its updates. Tomorrow I’ll do some house cleaning and backup her files.
I went for my evening walk and then settled in for a night of reading “Arctic Drift” by Clive Cussler. Then I did my stretches, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Monday 14- did my stretches and ran two miles.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 71 and 94 degrees, W-SW 8 to 10, humidity around 32 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 92. West northwest wind between 5 and 8 mph becoming calm. Tuesday Night: Clear, with a low around 67. Southwest wind between 5 and 8 mph becoming calm. ”
I worked on Kath’s laptop computer again today; it needed Service Pack for Vista downloaded and installed. I defraged of her hard drive and ran Windows Defender that didn’t find any problems. I still need to backup her documents.
Mat called needing me to drive one of his trucks down to the window repair shop and drop it off and he’d pick me up with his other truck and take me back home. I told him I’d have to call Stoney who was waiting for a UPS delivery and I’d promised to cover for him while he went to get some blood work done at the hospital. Stoney said that would be okay and I was able to help Mat out. Mat and I were just getting back from dropping his truck off and driving into Stoney’s driveway, when Stoney called on my cell phone to say he had gotten his UPS delivery. So I had Mat drive me home.
I started reading a few chapters of “Arctic Drift” by Clive Cussler. Then I went over to Stoney’s for dinner to finish off the beans and rice he cooked up on Saturday.
I continued reading “Arctic Drift” and finished it around 1am and then I did my stretches, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Tuesday 15- did my stretches, lifted weights, and rode my bike.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 70 and 96 degrees, light breeze, humidity around 37 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 92. West northwest wind around 7 mph. Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 69. Southeast wind at 9 mph becoming west.”
I wrote my column for the newspaper and sent it to them. I spent about an hour trying to figure out how I was going to hookup my composting toilet in the bathroom; I still don’t have any idea where to put the exhaust pipe but I am a little closer to getting it done.
I finished up Kath’s laptop doing a few tweaks, installed Google browser, and backup her documents to a thumb drive. All done with it and she’ll pick it up tonight.
I’ve been using the Google Chrome browser for a week now since Firefox bogged down my system and Gmail would hardly load or hang when it did load. I tried a reinstall of Firefox without the addons on two of my Netbooks: a Dell Mini 9 and a HP Mini Note 1000- both have SSD (solid state drive) flash drives, and both have this problem. My other laptop that has a regular hard drive doesn’t have that trouble. So I think that the SSD may be the problem. But Google Chrome and IE 8 run Gmail just fine. I like Firefox very much because of the addons, but I must get my work done and it just ain’t doing it for me. There is one problem with Google Chrome and that is I get a popup form my system telling me that it’s upping my virtual memory because it is too low, and that never happened before with Firefox. Internet Explorer 8 is too dang slow, crashes a lot, and is mostly worthless, and that’s on all my computers so I try not to use it! I like Google Chrome except that it doesn’t have a Google Toolbar and you can’t get one for it; go figure!
I went over to Mac’s for dinner. He cooked up something in the crock pot that was excellent but I don’t really know what it was and was afraid to ask. We sat around and jawed about the thieves in our area.
I went for my evening walk and then started installing the software on my Dell Mini 9 that came with my astronomy book. After a few hours I was successful but unfortunately I have to run it on Internet Explorer, double dang! About that time Kath came over to collect her laptop, I showed her what I did, and she went away a happy customer.
I went outside for a while with my binoculars and was just sitting down when a car passed by and got a flat tire. I heard it flop, flop, flopping down the road. They just kept driving on it and I watched till they disappeared down the road. Then I trained my binoculars on the heavens above.
I did my stretches and went for a night run, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Wednesday 16- did my stretches and ran a mile.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 72 and 98 degrees, light breeze, humidity around 24 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Northwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm. Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 70. Northeast wind at 9 mph becoming west southwest.”
I was running out of yogurt and had to make a run down to Stater Bros in Twentynine Palms. While I was there I stocked up on most everything else except perishables that would carry me through winter. I know it sounds weird getting ready for winter when it’s only September but I’ve been doing it for years. I think it has something to do when I got out of the Army during a recession in the early 70s and couldn’t find a job. I lived for a while in my 1957 Ford station wagon and was trying to go to college at the time. I remember sitting on the tailgate just before class with my stomach aching for want of food. My diet then consisted of eating peanut butter and crackers. I finally had to quit college and that really sucked. I hate to admit it but I panhandled to get money to eat! Those were some very hard times for me. It took a while and a few jobs in between but I did go back to college some 14 years later and graduated with honors. Funny thing is that I still eat peanut butter and crackers most every day!
I went for my evening walk and then went over to Stoney’s for some fried chicken and jawed with him for a spell.
I didn’t feel like doing much so I surfed the TV for something to watch; there was nothing really on that held my interest.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, and went for a night run, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Thursday 17- did my stretches; rest day!
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 75 and 100 degrees, light breeze, humidity around 22 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Calm wind becoming east southeast between 6 and 9 mph. Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 71. Southeast wind 6 to 8 mph becoming west southwest.”
My friend Seimi came by so that I may have a look-see at his computer and find out why it wasn’t working right. It turned out to be a bad keyboard. Seimi is a newbie when it comes to computers and I showed him a few things like how to start a browser to get online and a little about editing a Word document and saving it. I even got him an email address and showed him how to send an email. He may be interested in one of my laptops so I showed him a few. Then Seimi helped me dig and cement a pole for my new gate into the ground. I still have to get fittings that hang the gate on the poles but that is for another day.
I went over to Stoney’s to help him finish off the last of the fried chicken, yum!
I went on my evening walk, talked to Kevin for an hour, then bided my time until “Fringe” season premier came on Fox. I still think that the “Mad Scientist” makes the show for me but I’m beginning to also like the other characters now. In my opinion it’s the best dang Scifi show on regular broadcast television.
I did my stretches and sat outside for a spell just looking at the night sky with my binoculars. Then I practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Friday 18- did my stretches and ran two miles.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 78 and 102 degrees, light breeze, humidity around 21 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. West northwest wind at 8 mph becoming east. Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 71. West southwest wind between 7 and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.”
Seimi came by to help me put in the other fencepost for my front gate. He also had two of the four fittings we need to hang the fence. Well we had to take out the old wooden fence post out first which was a chore in and of its self. We used the same hole to put in the new metal pole and then cemented it in after getting it aligned just perfect. It was pretty hot outside so when we were done we sat in the shade with the overhead fan on, drank cold water, and jawed for a spell.
I did some webwork until it was time for my evening walk and continued it when I got back. I updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the Newsletter.
I watched a rerun of “Numb3rs” on CBS. It was the season finale where Anita gets kidnapped by a lunatic Manson type family. Then I did my stretches and lifted weights, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Saturday 19- did my stretches, lifted weights, and rode my bike.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 77 and 101 degrees, light breeze, humidity around 31 percent, A few clouds.
According to the National Weather Service: “Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. West wind between 4 and 7 mph becoming calm. Sunday Night: Clear, with a low around 70. West wind around 8 mph.”
Ruth Denison called leaving a frantic message on my answering machine telling me that she had lost a document she worked on for a straight seven hours and needed me to come over to find it. I drove the Gross Polluter over to have a look-see but on the way I noticed that Ginger was on her property and stopped by for a chat. She now has the flush toilet working!
After I got to Ruth’s and did a little searching I was able to retrieve her document and she was mighty happy about that. I’ve been meaning to put a MS Works 9 on her laptop and decided this was the opportune time to do it. I found out that it needed Service Pak2 to install. I had Service Pak3 with me and installed that and Works and briefly showed her how to use it before she was called away to the monastery to give a lecture of some sort. I finished up and went on back home.
I got a call from a dear friend of mine, Terry Watson. She lives in Virginia after she left our area about five years ago. To my surprise she is in Joshua Tree visiting friends! We arranged for her, Joyce Ware, and I to have lunch this coming Tuesday at the Sizzler in Yucca Valley! It will be good to see my old friend!
Stoney called saying him and Roger Smith are about to eat some spaghetti he cooked and I’d better get my butt on over before it was all gone. It was mighty good! The best he ever made and there is still plenty left for dinner tomorrow. I had to leave early because I got a call from Ginger telling me her truck battery had died and needs a jump. I gave her a jump, she drove away with her kids, and I went home to take a short nap.
Seimi came by with the rest of the fitting for the front gate. We got it hung and working nicely! We then went into my house where I had to show him how to get online again. I am very grateful for his help on the front gate!
I read a little astronomy and spent most of the night outside stargazing with my binoculars. I was mostly interested in the Constellation Cepheus and the surrounding stars. One star is Delta Cephei a variable star that has a constant change in brightness every five and a third days. This star lends its name to the class of Cepheid variables that were important in determining the size of our galaxy and the distance to the Andromeda Galaxy by Edwin Hubble in 1924 who found cepheids in that galaxy and ended the planetary nebula vs. island universe debate; before Hubble it was believed that these galaxies were where solar systems were being formed in our own Milky Way Galaxy and Hubble showed that the Andromeda Galaxy was two million light years away; I believe Astronomers have refined that to 2.4 million light years. I think I’ll keep an eye on Delta Cephei for the next few night!
I did my stretches and went for a night run, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Sunday 20- did my stretches.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 76 and 98 degrees, light breeze, humidity around 39 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Monday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Calm wind becoming east between 5 and 8 mph. Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 69. Northeast wind around 6 mph becoming calm.”
I got in the Gross Polluter to make the drive down to the post office only to remember that it is Sunday! Oops! Sometimes I get my days mixed up. So I stopped off at Joel’s house to help him with a computer problem that I had promised to take care of last week. With that out of the way I went home and dismantled the old wooden gate that was replaced by my new gate. It looks pretty cool and a lot lighter than the old gate which gave me splinters when I opened it.
I went over to Stoney’s to dine on the leftover spaghetti with him and Roger. Got there at 4pm and stayed until 6pm jawing and swapping stories. Stoney told us a tale of when he was very young. He and his friends would steal watermelons from a farmer by the river. Onetime they were eating watermelon and one of his friends jokingly yelled out “here comes the farmer” and all the kids ran scared. Mad at finding out that it was all a joke, Stoney went back to retrieve his knife that he hastily left where they had been happily eating watermelon. The farmer came out to see what all the ruckus was about and caught Stoney unawares and gave chase with a shotgun. Stoney ran 70 miles an hour (his words) and kept running when he hit the river’s bank that dropped fifteen feet. He was still running in mid air until his feet hit the ground and then continued to run. Stoney says he gave up stealing watermelons from that time on. (Note: I may have written about this tale of Stoney’s before, but it seems he remembers more about what happened and adds to it every time Roger and I hear it)
I got back home to go on my evening walk. Then I did a little webwork until it got dark enough and went outside to do a little stargazing and keeping an eye on Delta Cephei to see if it will brighten; I made up my mind that it is at its low point in brightness because it looks faint compared to the other two stars that form a triangle with it. Kevin called and I explained what I was doing and gave him a short tour of the night’s sky.
I did my stretches, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Monday 21- did my stretches.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 74 and 97 degrees, light breeze, humidity around 21 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 93. North wind between 6 and 10 mph. Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 62. North northwest wind around 9 mph.”
I went outside to finish the dismantling of the old front gate that I hadn’t completed yesterday. I removed every nail, nut and bolt, and staple and collected them in a small tin can. Then when I was done I went over the area with a magnet to be sure that I had them all; don’t want one showing up in my tire!
I went over to Stoney’s for the third day in a row to help him finish off the spaghetti. Old Roger had enough of it and didn’t come over. When we got done eating there was just enough for one more single meal that went into a small container that Stoney can eat later.
I got back home deciding to clean the Gross Polluter; it was so dirty that I had a hard time seeing the road when driving into the setting sun. I took the hose to it and cleaned out the interior. It still looks like a wreck but a clean one!
I went for my evening walk then did some reading of my astronomy book for a spell until it got dark outside. Then I sat looking at the Milky Way and Delta Cephei with my binoculars. Kevin called and we chatted while I was stargazing.
I watched “Castle” season premier about a dead man found in a tree. Then I did my stretches, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Welcome to Autumn!- did my stretches.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 70 and 94 degrees, light breeze, humidity around 18 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 93. Calm wind becoming east between 7 and 10 Mph. Wednesday Night: Clear, with a low around 63. Northeast wind around 6 mph becoming calm.”
I jumped into the Gross Polluter and headed down to the Sizzler Restaurant in Yucca Valley to meet my friends Terry Watson and Joyce Ware. Before I got there I made a stop at Home Depot to get some parts for the compost toilet that I later found to be a size too big, dang!
I got to the Sizzler a little early but Joyce was already there and we walked to the front door to wait for Terry. Terry was already there and snuck up on us as I opened the door. We haven’t seen our neighbor Terry since she sold her home and left for Virginia in the autumn of 2005. We all had a round of hugs we were so happy to see each other again! We sat in the Sizzler for six hours swapping stories and catching up on our lives. Joyce gave us some tips on eating at the Sizzler; one was that if you got the salad bar you can also get a baked potato, which we did! I can’t tell you what we all talked about because we covered about everything under the Sun. Terry will be here until next Tuesday and I hope to get together with her before she leaves us again.
On my way back home I stopped off at Bingo and took some pictures for a column I'm going to write for the community center.
I got home after sunset so I didn’t go for my evening walk. I watched the season premiere of “NCIS” and “NCIS Los Angeles”. Afterwards I went outside to check on Delta Cephei and found that it had gotten less bright since last night!
I did my stretches, practiced my guitar, wrote my column for the newspaper and sent it in, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Wednesday 23- did my stretches and ran two miles.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 68 and 93 degrees, light breeze, humidity around 17 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 94. Calm wind becoming east northeast around 6 mph. Thursday Night: Clear, with a low around 64. South southwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm.”
I received my order from Amazon for a 32GB SaberTooth-Z 1.8-inch PATA ZIF SSD yesterday at the post office to replace my HP Mini Note 1000 8GB SSD drive. I spent most of the day installing the new drive. I had to take the keyboard off the HP by taking the two screws out of the battery compartment to access the drive and was very careful not to force any of the ZIF (Zero Insertion Force) connectors; they are very small and fragile. On the new drive the chips are on the opposite side than on the old drive so that the first time I tried to connect the ZIF ribbon it was too far to one side. I compared the two drives to find that the ZIF connector is offset and flipped the new drive over and it fit just fine. I put all the connectors back in, inserted the keyboard, screwed the two screws in, and replaced the battery. I turned on the netbook to see if the BIOS recognized the drive; it did! Then I installed XP and drivers. Other programs like Word 2007, browsers, anti-virus, and Windows updates took the better part of the day.
I went for my evening walk and then continued to update the HP Mini Note.
I got a call from Ruth Denison at 10pm saying that her printer doesn’t print and if I could help. Well I decided to just jump in the Gross Polluter and drive on over to have a look-see. For some reason her printer isn’t seeing the black ink cartridge or thinks it’s empty. I took it out, left the color cartridge in so it prints in green now, and told her to get a new black one. She gave me cookies and soup to take home. She’s very sweet!
As soon as I got home I took out my binoculars to check out Delta Cephei and had found that it is brighter tonight than yesterday when it was very dim.
Then I did my stretches, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Thursday 24- did my stretches, lifted weights, and rode my bike.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 70 and 98 degrees, light breeze, humidity around 17 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Friday: Sunny, with a high near 95. West northwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming east. Friday Night: Clear, with a low around 64. Southeast wind around 8 mph becoming west.”
I hurt my thumb making it painful to type, so I’ll make this a short post!
I didn’t do much of anything except water my plants. I did more updates on the HP MiniNote, and then did a little reading of the textbook “Astronomy Today”.
My neighbor Joel came by with my mail and a Carl’s Jr. cheeseburger, yum!
Ron Dehart came over to go on an evening walk with me.
“Flash Forward” a new ABC TV series came on and I think it’s going to be a very decent show. Then I watched “Fringe” on FOX that I like very much. I still say that the Mad Scientist makes the show for me.
I did my stretches and went for a nightly run. I took out the binoculars when I got back and sat for a spell gazing into the depths of the Milky Way; Delta Cephei looks to be getting brighter but it’s hard for me to really judge. Then I practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Friday 25- did my stretches.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 69 and 96 degrees, light breeze, humidity around 21 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. Calm wind becoming east northeast between 4 and 7 mph. Saturday Night: Clear, with a low around 67. Calm wind becoming west around 6 mph.”
Again I will make this post short because of my sore thumb which makes it painful to type.
Just before noon Terry Watson, Joyce Ware, and I drove down to Pizza Hut in Twentynine Palms. Terry is leaving to go back to Virginia next Tuesday and we wanted to be with her before she goes. I took my netbook with me so I could transfer the pictures from my camera I took of us onto a thumbdrive for her to take home. We stayed there at the Hut for over five hours yakking away the time. We all drove back to Joyce’s and yakked there for another hour!
I replied to a post about the Drake Equation from a fellow blogger. It make me reflect on how precious life is, to appreciate that I am alive and want to contribute in some way to its understanding, and wonder why the world is like it is with its wars, murders, and greed when we may be the only intelligent life there is. Maybe if we as a civilization came to realize this fact we wouldn’t destroy ourselves. There’s such a vast universe for us to investigate and explore which makes life worth living!
I watched the season premiere of “Numb3r’s” on CBS, and then did my stretches and went for a nightly run. I took out the binoculars when I got back and checked out Delta Cephei again; it’s definitely brighter tonight. Then I practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Saturday 26- did my stretches, lifted weights, and rode my bike.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 71 and 103 degrees, light breeze, humidity around 20 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 103. North northwest wind between 3 and 9 mph. Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 68. South southeast wind 8 to 10 mph becoming west.”
I caught the side of my thumbnail on the new gate a few days ago and it ripped into it, ouch! So again I will make this post short because of my sore thumb which makes it painful to type and play my guitar.
I called Family and Friends until it was time to go to potluck. We had pert near twenty hungry folks show up! Karen and Danna brought chicken parmesan that was to die for. Marie baked a carrot cake. Marcie made lasagna. Dorothy cooked up some chili relleno that wasn’t too spicy. Dyane made my favorite lemon truffle and a chicken casserole. Bob and Angela Rainstar visiting from Yucca Mesa brought some London broil. Tim Atzei made a delicious lemon poppy seed cake. Chris whipped up his famous macaroni salad. Rose had her peas and corn. And Bob Seeley’s fruit platter was mighty fine! Oh yes, I brought my barbecued beans. All the food was first-rate! (I’ll fix this up when I write it up in my news column)
On the way back home I stopped off at my neighbor Ginger’s and brought her and her kids some leftovers from potluck.
I went for my evening walk trying to work off all the food I had eaten. I read from the astronomy book “Astronomy Today” for a spell. Then I went outside with my binoculars and called a few friends as I stargazed. Delta Cephei looks about the same as it did last night so I think it may be at its peak.
I did my stretches, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Sunday 27- I got a call from Sue a little before 9am telling me that she has a flat tire. I don’t usually answer my calls until after 10am when I wake up but I forgot to turn off the ringer when I went to bed last night. I told her that I’d be down where she was waiting at a café to help. When I got there she was with her friend Mel and I drove them to where her truck was on the side of the road. The spare tire was flat and she didn’t have a jack; some folks just don’t have a clue! I had to drive fifteen miles to Stoney’s to inflate the tire with his compressor and then drive all the way back to her truck. The spare tire had a leak and I put some stop leak in it and told her to drive straight home; that was after I had to give her a jump to get the dang thing started. I then gave Mel a ride to his house and dropped him off. This took three hours before I got home. I told Sue to get an AAA card and not to call me again. It might sound a little harsh but she really has to get it together before she goes driving around without a decent spare tire and no tools to mount it.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 73 and 104 degrees, light breeze, humidity around 19 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Monday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 99. Calm wind becoming south between 10 and 13 mph. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. West southwest wind 17 to 20 mph decreasing to between 8 and 11 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.”
I was just about to start cleaning my house in preparation for a visit tomorrow from Terry when Joan called needing help with her computer. Well most of my plans have been already wasted by helping Sue, so I said to Joan to bring computer over and I’d have a look-see. That took another hour or so and now it was after 2pm. I had promised Karen and Danna that I‘d come by for a short visit and made my way over there. They had rescued some desert turtles from a Los Angeles backyard and I wanted to take some pictures of them. They’re about 18 years old but are really small for their age. Danna told me that they were kept in a small space, weren’t fed properly, and were smaller when he rescued them. They are now doing well living and eating in Karen’s garden.
I went over to Stoney’s to take a shower and yakked with him for a spell. By that time the Sun was getting ready to set and I didn’t even start on my cleaning. So when I got home I did what I could to clean up the place until “60 Minutes” came on CBS; I wanted to watch the story of where all the money went from Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme.
I talked to Kevin for a spell; he has a new lady friend! Then I went outside with the binoculars to checkout Delta Cephei that now appears to be dimmer.
I did my stretches and went for a night run; practiced my guitar; wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night. Of course I’m still up reading and replying to some of my favorite blogs at Live Journal, checking out what’s happening on “Universe Today” and “Lifehacker”. I’m doing this until 3am when I start having trouble keeping my eyes open!
My thumb is better tonight…

Monday 28- did my stretches.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 73 and 101 degrees, NW-SW winds at 4 to 14 MPH, humidity around 21 percent, hazy skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Windy, with a west wind 6 to 9 mph increasing to between 33 and 36 mph. Winds could gust as high as 49 mph. Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. Windy, with a west southwest wind 31 to 34 mph decreasing to between 11 and 14 mph. Winds could gust as high as 48 mph.”
Yikes! I have Terry Watson coming over for a visit and I haven’t done much in the way of cleaning my cave!!! I don’t have very many people come to visit. I kind of get freaked out and get into the cleaning mode when I know folks will be coming around. The place is still in a mess from doing the walls and shelves in preparation for the tiles I’ll be laying down in a few weeks. I spent the whole day cleaning until she came over at 2pm. I gave her the grand tour of my home, then we went online to get her boarding pass printed and with that done we sat in the front patio for three hours yakking. I walked her to her car and gave her a big hug and she was gone. I’ll miss her much! Now I can go back to being the care free hermit that I am; leaving my clothes on the floor and dishes in the sink until my next visitor.
I went online to do some webwork and thought about what I was going to write in next Saturday’s column.
I did my stretches and went outside to checkout Delta Cephei that looks dimmer but it’s hard to tell with the Moon being past first quarter washing out the stars.
I watched “Castle” on ABC about two cases that the detectives have a bet on whose going to solve their case first, but it happens that the two cases are related.
I practiced my guitar; my thumb still hurts when I play so I only practiced a few songs. I wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Tuesday 29- did my stretches and ran two miles.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 70 and 97 degrees, SW winds at 7 to 18 with gusts up to 35 MPH, humidity around 21 percent, a few altocumulus clouds.
According to the National Weather Service: “Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 80. Breezy, with a northwest wind between 20 and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 54. Northwest wind between 11 and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.”
The wind was really howling when I went for my run this morning, so when I got back I just stayed inside writing out checks for bills to be sent out tomorrow and trying to figure out where to place the wiring in the bathroom before I commit to plastering the walls.
I went over to Mac’s for lunch at 3pm. He concocted some kind of vegetable stew that was plenty hot and I had a five alarm fire in my mouth! I brought my two binoculars over so he could figure out what kind he may buy. We sat for a long spell in his front yard looking at the countryside with them.
I stopped by Stoney’s on the way back and watched part of Cowboys and Indians movie with him.
It was too windy for my evening walk so I read “Astronomy Today” until “NCIS” came on. It’s one of my favorite shows! I read stories over at NCIS Drabble at Live Journal that people makeup based on the characters on NCIS. There is one very talented author, Ami-Ven, I especially like to read. I then watched “NCIS LA” but I can’t to get into the characters. It just seems to be written for thirteen year olds; if I was thirteen I’d probably like it.
I did my stretches and went for a night run; checked out Delta Cephei which appears brighter tonight; practiced my guitar; wrote my column for the newspaper and sent it in; wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Wednesday 30- did my stretches.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 62 and 84 degrees, NW winds at 6 to 18 MPH, humidity around 28 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 79. North wind between 10 and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 51. North northwest wind around 9 mph.”
At 1:30 pm I picked up Ron Dehart to go down to the theater in Yucca Valley to see “Surrogates” starring Bruce Willis as a detective who is in hot pursuit of a new weapon that when fired kills the surrogate and its operator. A surrogate is a perfect human looking robot that is controlled remotely by its human operator who lies in bed wired to a device that gives the operator the experience of being in the surrogate’s body and living their lives through the surrogate; kind of like the perfect couch potato! Ron and I both liked the movie and I think it’s a must see!
We stopped off at Radio Shack to pick up a UHF antenna to replace mine that’s completely unfixable. I asked the salesman if there were other cities that didn’t go digital with the DTV like the rest of the nation, and he said there were about 200 cities in California that didn’t. We went to WalMart first but they didn’t have one. WalMart is undergoing a complete remodel and we found it hard finding anything because nothing is where it used to be. The city of Yucca Valley won’t let WalMart build a Superstore so it’s expanding this location. My friend who used to work at WalMart said that they are spending well over two million for the remodel.
When I got home I went for my evening walk just as the wind picked up; it looks to me that cooler weather is on its way. I spent a few hours yakking with friends and doing some webwork.
I did my stretches and went for a night run; took out my binoculars to checkout Delta Cephei which is brighter tonight; practiced my guitar; wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.
Goodbye to the month of September which flew by to quickly!

Sunday, August 02, 2009

August 2009


Welcome to the Month of August- I did my stretches.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 81 and 106 degrees, a slight breeze, humidity around 26 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 104. North northwest wind between 3 and 8 mph. Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. West southwest wind between 7 and 13 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.”
I’m going to keep this post short! I mostly kicked back reading the magazines that Linda Dehart brought over a few days ago. There are some interesting articles in them I want to read. I didn’t feel like calling anyone so I didn’t. George was the only person calling me and needed help with his computer; I spent almost an hour with him trying to resolve the problem. Mat came over for a social visit which was mighty appreciated by me. I didn’t go on my evening walk, just felt like resting today and thinking things over. I did my stretches, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Sunday 02- I did my stretches.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 80 and 108 degrees, a slight breeze, humidity around 24 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Monday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 104. West wind between 5 and 8 mph becoming calm. Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. West southwest wind between 6 and 11 mph.”
I finally finished the “Network Concepts” book, yea! Now I can get to studying something else that interests me. Let me see; I have “The Cell: a Molecular Approach” and the “Linksys Wrt54g” book on wireless routers waiting to be read. I still have a few chapters in “Entanglement” to read, so maybe I’ll begin both when I get done with it.
I went for my evening walk and finished the lecture by Professor Bloom on hydrogen fusion in stars- the Proton-Proton Process and Hydrostatic Equilibrium. When I got back I laid down for just a minute and fell asleep to awake at 9pm! I started reading “Entanglement” but Kevin called and we yakked for a spell. I continue, and probably finish, the book tomorrow.
Joel came by with my mail and a nice thank you card from the fourteen year old girl whom I fixed her computer for free. She made the card herself and it was quaint, telling me how happy she was and grateful for having it fixed. I think I’ll pin it to my wall! It made me feel mighty good! Joel also brought me a whole apple pie that made me feel mighty good, too!
I decided to take out the 8Gig drive on one of my Dell Mini 9s and replace it with a 4Gig and install Ubuntu Linux on it. Ah, such fun! I did the updates for it once I had it installed. Then I installed Kstars onto it. Now I have my astronomy program that I like using! I had it installed on the Asus EEE 701 but it didn’t run right for some reason.
I did my stretches, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Monday 03- I did my stretches, ran a mile, lifted weights, and rode my bike.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 79 and 104 degrees, a slight breeze, humidity around 25 percent, clear morning skies then evening clouds.
According to the National Weather Service: “Tuesday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 101. West northwest wind at 7 mph becoming east northeast. Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 77. West southwest wind between 6 and 11 mph.”
I did some online work; updated Joel’s Iron Eyes Cody websites and created a front page for one, tried to clear out some email correspondence, and a few other things I needed to get done. Dang, I forgot to update the darn calendar on the Copper Mountain Mesa website! I’ll do that tomorrow.
Stoney wasn’t feeling well today and I called him several times just to say hi. Denny his son-in-law came down for a few days and I’ll probably go there tomorrow for a visit.
I was about ready to go on my evening walk when Ron the graphics designer came by to drop off an Operating System I needed for a friend’s computer. We yapped for a while until after the sunset and it started getting dark. He walked towards the front gate to leave and I followed him out expecting him to drive away in his truck, but it wasn’t there! To my relief he said he walked over from his home less than a mile away. I walked home with him and said that anytime he wants to go for an evening walk he is welcomed to come on by my house to walk with me.
I spent the rest of the evening reading “Entanglement” and finished late in the night. I had enough time to do my stretches, practice my guitar, write my column for the newspaper and send it to them. Then I wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Tuesday 04- I did my stretches and ran a mile.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 84 and 108 degrees, a slight breeze, humidity around 32 percent, low stratus clouds bringing a few sprinkles.
According to the National Weather Service: “Wednesday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 103. Northwest wind 6 to 9 mph increasing to between 18 and 21 mph. Winds could gust as high as 31 mph. Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 74. Southwest wind between 13 and 21 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.”
A few days ago I got together with the Activities Committee to put together the Spring/Summer newsletters and send it out. Unfortunately all were sent back for a variety of reasons and I went to Steve Tuttle’s home to pick them up. I spent an hour or so there jawing with Steve while he gave me the grand tour of his property. I have to say that I was pretty impressed with what he had done. As I was leaving we started talking astronomy. We decided sometime in the future to have a sky party at the community center, cool! As we talked it started to sprinkle!
I took the newsletters to Annelies’ house where we divvied them up amongst the committee members and I took my share of them home and did the repairs that were needed to get them mailed correctly.
I went over to Stoney’s where Denny made Sloppy Joes that were mighty good. I think I ate more than I should of, so I went for an evening walk when I got back home.
I was going to watch “Nova” and “Nova Science Now” on PBS but they had a pledge hour with “Backstage with Mary Poppins” and then “Motown Memories”. I was a little annoyed and turned the dang TV off and did a little upkeep on my laptop. FedEx delivered an HP 4Gig mini mobile drive this evening and I transferred my docs onto that.
I played a Mahjong puzzle, one of the difficult ones, which took me twenty minutes to solve. I haven’t done one in over fifteen years! I felt pretty good about that!!!
Kevin called and we chatted for a spell.
I did my stretches and lifted weights, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Wednesday 05- I did my stretches.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 82 and 106 degrees, winds from the NW-SW 6 to 12 MPH, humidity around 24 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Windy, with a west wind 13 to 16 mph increasing to between 29 and 32 mph. Winds could gust as high as 48 mph. Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 66. Windy, with a west wind 30 to 33 mph decreasing to between 17 and 20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph.”
I was reading the news and I noticed that Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme was released from prison. If you don’t remember her she was the Manson follower who pointed an empty hand gun at Gerald Ford when he was President. It is only note worthy to me because I knew and worked with her brother at a data processing facility in 1980. He had changed the pronunciation of his last name so as no one would recognize and connect him with his sister. He was a very nice and productive soul. It’s too bad that the whole family has to suffer for the wrongs of the one!
I went over to Stoney’s and finished off the rest of the Sloppy Joes and ate some ice cream, too! I watched a movie I hadn’t seen since it came out in 1984 called “Ice Man”. A Neanderthal was found frozen in an ice cave for 40,000 years and revived by a group of researchers. The movie was good then and still good now!
I went for my evening walk listening to Professor Bloom’s lecture on White Dwarfs and how they are formed.
I messed around with a few things, then did my stretches and went on a night run. I practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Thursday 06- I did my stretches.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 76 and 100 degrees, winds from the NW-SW 6 to 2 MPH, humidity around 22 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Friday: Sunny, with a high near 89. North northwest wind 7 to 10 mph becoming west southwest. Friday Night: Clear, with a low around 65. West wind between 9 and 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.”
What a nice day! It seems like the weather is cooling down a bit. I decided to make a run into town and return a Chinese made 12Volt fan I had purchased last week that had abruptly stopped working. They asked me at the returns counter what was wrong and I just said it didn’t work and they gave me my money back. I bought me a small Western Digital 250Gig USB backup drive for all the pictures and other documents I been creating. It does automatic backups but I haven’t found out how to do a restore of them yet. The guitar player was sitting outside playing so I dropped some loose change I had into his helmet; he bought a new moped! Then I went over to Staters Bros for a little shopping. I bought some fried chicken and ate it all once I got home; I’ve been munching out too much lately!
I retuned the books I borrowed from Mat. He wasn’t home so I left them on his front porch. I was hoping he was there and have someone to jaw with. Oh well. I didn’t feel like going on my evening walk, so I’ll walk twice as far tomorrow.
I spent the rest of the night doing webwork and playing with my new drive trying to figure out the backup software that was included with it.
I did my stretches, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Friday 07- My dialup died last night for two hours when I tried to get online and I spent that time trying different things to make it work instead of writing in my journal, so this will be a recap of what happened.
I did my stretches.
I Installed OSX 10.5 on my MacBook.
I went for my evening walk listening to Professor Bloom’s lecture on Neutron Stars.
I started studying a book on algebra that’s supposed to be written in a simpler way so one can understand it; we shall see!
I watched “U571” one of my favorite submarine movies.
I did my stretches and lifted weights.
Then I couldn’t get on the internet and called it a night.

Saturday 08- it’s my birthday! I did my stretches, ran a mile, lifted weights, and rode my bike.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 73 and 89 degrees, nice breeze, humidity around 20 percent, clear skies. Another nice and cool perfect day!
According to the National Weather Service: “Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. Calm wind becoming east between 4 and 7 mph. Sunday Night: Clear, with a low around 71. South southeast wind 6 to 9 mph becoming west.”
What I usually do on my birthday is hang around the house doing this and that, and answer calls from my Friends and Family; and I got a whole lot of them, too! I want to thank everyone who called and emailed me birthday wishes! Thanks!!!
I had my home phone forwarded to my cell and was able to answer calls as I drove to my mailbox to get any last minute birthday cards. I stopped off to check on my friend’s house who is away on vacation, and then I went to Stoney’s and stayed there for a while.
I went for my evening walk listening to Professor Bloom’s lecture on Black Holes, and watched the sunset.
I watched the “Chronicles of Riddick” (2004); another one of my favorite movies.
I did my stretches and went for a night run, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web (this time the phone worked), and called it a night.

Sunday 09- I did my stretches.
I went over to Mat Villarreal’s to yap at him for a spell. He was preparing a birthday party for his daughter Lauren, so I didn’t stay too long.
I went for my evening walk finishing the lecture of Black Holes by Professor Blooms.
I hung up some shelves in the front room. It looks pretty nice but I still have to sand and varnish the wood. I need to get this and other things done in the house before I lay the new tile I paid good money for.
I did my stretches.
I didn’t feel like going on the internet, just tired I guess, so I called it a night.

Monday 10- did my stretches. I had awoken mighty late so I must have been tired!
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 76 and 104 degrees, nice breeze, humidity around 19 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Tuesday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 102. Calm wind becoming southeast between 5 and 8 mph. Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 77. South wind 5 to 11 mph becoming west.”
I went to Home Depot to get some lumber and screws to put up more shelves; I was in and out of the store in about twenty minutes. This time I laid the wood on the floor to make sure they weren’t warped.
I went over to Stoney’s for lunch and had spaghetti. Then I went on my evening walk listening to a lecture on Galaxies, their discovery, and how they formed by Professor Bloom.
I spent the rest of my time trying to setup the wifi system in the house and finally got the darn thing working, yea! That cheered me up some!
Talked to Andrew over Skype all the way to England for free!
I watched “Castle” on ABC about a kidnapping for ransom. I like the show, I didn’t start watching it until it went to reruns, and I’m glad it got renewed for this fall.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, and went for a night run, practiced my guitar, wrote my column for the newspaper, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Tuesday 11- did my stretches.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 78 and 105 degrees, nice breeze, humidity around 25 percent, clear skies until it got dark when high cirrus clouds moved in and ruined the meteor shower!
According to the National Weather Service: “Wednesday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 102. Calm wind becoming southeast between 5 and 8 mph. Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 78. Southwest wind between 3 and 11 mph.”
I went over to Ron Dehart’s and spent about two hours updating his Mac computer. I made sure that everything was working before I left. He has lent me his spare guitar amp to practice on and I thought it was mighty nice of him to do so.
I went over to Stoney’s for lunch and had some kind of turkey casserole.
I went for my evening walk listening to the rest of the lecture on galaxies by Professor Bloom. What I really need to do is go back and listen to his lecture on Black Holes because I have an idea floating around in my head about virtual particles and entanglement and I want to clarify a few points he mentioned.
I set everything up for the Perseid Meteor Shower but some dang high cirrus clouds moved in to spoil everything. I did take out my telescope about forty-five minutes before Saturn set in the west to see its rings disappear; it looks much like Jupiter now! I stayed outside trying to see through the clouds until the Moon crept up in the eastern sky. I talked to Kevin in Tucson who was having better luck then I spotting meteors lying on top of his SUV. I only seen a few meteors, two satellites, and jet aircraft from the Marine Base buzzing around, but it was still fun!
I did my stretches, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Wednesday 12- did my stretches and ran a mile.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 82 and 106 degrees, slight breeze, humidity around 28 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 102. Northwest wind 8 to 13 mph becoming south southeast. Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 75. Southwest wind between 13 and 17 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.”
I was all prepared to help Mat with a project that he is doing; I got up early, showered, and basically planned my whole day around him. He called to tell me he had to get registered for classes at our nearby college and didn’t know when he’d be back, so that kind of wiped out all my planning for the day. But no great loss because I worked on my house’s electrical system installing three new electrical sockets.
Kevin called to tell me that Mom was in the hospital after having a heart attack and would call me back after he assessed the situation. I won’t know if I need to drive to Tucson until he calls me back.
I went over to Stoney’s. Roger Smith had just gotten back from San Diego visiting friends and we jawed for a spell.
I went for my evening walk listening to Professor Bloom’s lecture on Black Holes again. I was halfway through my walk when Kevin called to say that Mom is doing fine and wants to go home but the hospital is going to keep her for a few days, whew what a relief! He’ll keep me posted and said there was no need to come to Tucson. I’ll give her a call in a day or two.
I decided to watch a movie to get my mind off of current events and I chose “Sahara” one of my favorite films. Then I did my stretches, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Thursday 13- did my stretches and lifted weights.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 80 and 104 degrees, slight breeze, humidity around 29 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 100. Calm wind becoming south southwest between 10 and 13 mph. Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 71. West southwest wind 18 to 21 mph decreasing to between 8 and 11 mph. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph.”
I got an email from my Sister Paula saying that she and her husband Mark watched “Sahara” to get their mind off current events last night just like I did! What are the odds of that happening? I got a call from Kevin saying that Mom was out of intensive care and moved to a ward where they can monitor her. It seems like she’ll be okay now and will probably come home in a day or so. This whole heart attack thing put the scare into all of us!
I talked to my good friend Kula who is driving back from Los Vegas after she and her friend lived it up there. I told her of my Mom’s problem and we had a long chat.
I did some work on the shelves I putting in the front room, rounding off the edges and getting them ready to sand and paint. Then I went over to Stoney’s for lunch; barbecue ribs were on the menu!
I went for a short evening walk because Kevin called as I was about to go out the door. The Sun was almost down before I left. I did get some nice pics of the sunset! I may post one here tomorrow.
Mat came by for a chat and we went for a ride through the neighborhood yakking about this and that.
I loaded up Ubuntu 8.4 on the Asus EEE 701 but it wouldn’t recognize the wireless drivers or camera, so I thought I’d be smart and use the Ubuntu 8.4+ that came with my Dell Mini 9 to see if that would work; it didn’t. I even loaded up Puppy Linux 4.5 but it wouldn’t see the driver either, so I ended installing the Linux that came with the system that isn’t very good. There is an Ubuntu especially made for the EEE but it’s a large download.
I did my stretches, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Friday 14- did my stretches, ran a mile, lifted weights, and rode my bike.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 82 and 102 degrees, slight breeze, humidity around 27 percent, smoggy skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 94. West wind between 7 and 10 mph becoming calm. Saturday Night: Clear, with a low around 68. West northwest wind between 6 and 9 mph.”
Wow, it’s Friday already! Time just sneaks by me sometimes. The air was filled with a smog type haze that smelled like something had burnt somewhere. I checked online but could only find a story about a fire way up north in Santa Cruz.
I sanded and varnished my shelves for the front room. They look pretty dang good, too! While I was doing that I did the updates for the Asus EEE 701 and read some magazine stories in “NewScientist”; one of the magazines that Linda left me. There was a great story on Nautilus and how they are able to fill chambers in their shell to become buoyant and rise to the surface at night and return to the bottom during the day.
I went for my evening walk re-listening to Professor Bloom’s lecture on Black Holes. Something caught my ear on one of his lectures about black holes, Hawking radiation, and virtual particles and I wanted to revisit the lecture. I was wondering if entanglement of these two virtual particles would be possible, after they become "real" particles. One gets sucked into the black hole and the other goes on its merry way. I think that would be interesting to find out what the spin would be, on the one that didn’t get sucked in.
Kevin called to give me an update on Mom’s condition. She is awake and taking visitors now. That’s a good sign!
I watched “Aliens” to get my mind off all the stuff that’s going on. I wonder if Paula and Mark are watching it too.
I did my stretches, practiced my guitar, updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the Newsletter ,wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Saturday 15- did my stretches.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 79 and 101 degrees, slight breeze, humidity around 22 percent, smoggy skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. West northwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm. Sunday Night: Clear, with a low around 67. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west.”
I went right to work putting in a box for my fan that connects to my bedroom and the front room. I had made it out of drywall some years ago and it just didn’t look none too good. So I took all that off and replaced it with wood. It was a bigger hassle that I thought it would be because I had to take half the wall down to make it fit. This took more time but it ended being done right.
I went over to Stoney’s for lunch and to take a shower; hot water on my aching muscles did wonders!
I went for my evening walk re-re-listening to Professor Blooms lecture on Black Holes. On my post yesterday I told you about my idea of adding Entanglement to Hawking radiation, and virtual particles. This would mean if I’m correct, that you could get information out of a Black Hole; which so far is impossible. Someone somewhere has probably thought about this too and there maybe papers published if there is any truth to the idea, but I figured this one out on my own with what little knowledge I have. As far as I know I could be totally wrong on the concept, but it makes sense to me.
I went on line to do some webwork and then I did my stretches, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Sunday 16- did my stretches.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 78 and 100 degrees, slight breeze, humidity around 22 percent, still smoggy skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Monday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. West northwest wind between 4 and 7 mph becoming calm. Monday Night: Clear, with a low around 69. South wind at 11 mph becoming west.”
I found out where all that smog that’s been hanging around our area is coming from; it’s from a fire in Santa Barbara! Yesterday it was so thick that we couldn’t see any of the surrounding mountains. That’s a long way for the smoke to blow! I’ve not been doing any running or heavy exercises because of it.
I spent the better part of the day hanging new shelves in my bedroom. The ones that I’m replacing were just too small and didn’t hold much. This is just part of my remodeling to get ready to lay down the new tiles.
I went for my evening walk listening to Professor Bloom’s lecture on the expanding universe.
I got a call from Kevin saying that Mom is going to be released from the hospital today, yea!
I watched “Deep Impact” (1998) one of my favorite movies despite some of its astronomy errors. Then I did my stretches, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Monday 17- did my stretches and lifted weights.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 79 and 104 degrees, slight breeze, humidity around 25 percent, still smoggy skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Tuesday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 101. Northwest wind at 8 mph becoming east northeast. Tuesday Night: Clear, with a low around 71. South southeast wind around 6 mph becoming west.”
Chris called from the community center asking me to pick up mine and Stoney’s groceries from the USDA Food Distribution. I headed over and jawed with the folks there for a spell.
I spent most of the morning sanding and varnishing the shelves for the bedroom. Then I went over to Ron Dehart’s to work on his computer and yak. There was a program that wouldn’t work and I somehow figured it out and got it running mostly by accident. Hey, I not going to complain and neither is Ron. I stopped over to Stoney’s afterwards to deliver his groceries.
I went for my evening walk listening to another lecture by Professor Bloom on the expanding universe. These lectures are almost two hours long and cover a lot of information. I can only hope that some of it seeps into my tiny brain.
I watched “Castle” on ABC about a woman who was found drowned in a bathtub full of oil. Then I did my stretches, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, I’ll attempt to write part of my column for the newspaper before I called it a night.

Tuesday 18- did my stretches, ran a mile, lifted weights, and rode my bike. I wrote and finished my column for the newspaper and sent it in before I went to sleep late last night.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 80 and 106 degrees, slight breeze, humidity around 20 percent, clear skies finally.
According to the National Weather Service: “Wednesday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 103. Northwest wind at 8 mph becoming east southeast. Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 74. Southwest wind between 8 and 11 mph.”
I got a wonderful email from Teri from the German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County about the blind puppy I rescued from the desert on Thursday 15 2007. I’d like to share it with you and the folks who knew Blind Dog when I had him:
“Hi Bob!!
We've emailed in the past about Heathen (who had been called Sullivan prior to being adopted), I volunteer for German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County. I'm not the lady who met you and picked him up, but I emailed you a picture once before and thought you might enjoy seeing the latest pictures of him. He looks GREAT!!! I do hope you know what a wonderful thing you did.
I read your blog pretty much every day, and still enjoy it as much as ever. Hope you enjoy the pictures, and what his momma has to say about him.
Teri D. Perez
Volunteer - GSROC
German Shepherd Rescue Orange County
http://www.gsroc.org

Here are a couple of pix of Heathen. He'll be 3 this October (we set his BD as the 20th--same day as Bill and our little neighbor girl) so he's considered fully grown for a GSD. Size-wise, he was definitely the runt of the litter. He's barely taller than Groucho. He also has a rounded butt instead of the typical slanted silhouette most GSDs have. But his imperfections don't matter one bit. He is cute as a bug and has the personality of a giant! He also knows he's the "baby" of the pack and will whine to get his way...
One day I'll take a video of him running his figure 8 patterns in the back yard. Nobody would ever think he was blind by watching him. If he gives a scared sounding bark or yip, his big sister Dolly will get up from wherever she is in the house or yard and come check him out to make sure he's ok. Dolly and Groucho both will move between Heathen and the fence when my neighbor and I are standing there talking. Neither one of them will let somebody who doesn't live in our house get close to Heathen until they check out the person or are given a command to back off. Even though Heathen has used both of them as a chew toy at one time or another, they still take care of him because they know he can't see. Conversely, they will also stand still in one spot in the back yard and let him run around in circles trying to find them. LOL!
Sorry this got so long. It was good to hear from you again! Hopefully one of these weekends we'll make it to an event and everyone can see him. Enjoy the pics, and keep up the good work.”

I think Blind Dog looks like he is doing mighty well!!! Sure was hard for me to give him up but he is in a home where he is loved and taken care of. His owners had a blind dog that had died and they were looking for another one at the time. I also played hide and seek with him just like the dogs in the story!
I painted some more shelves that needed varnish and did some computer work until it was time to go on my evening walk and listen to another astronomy lecture on the expansion of the universe. When I got back I was about to sit on my bench out front when I saw a Red Racer (snake) going towards the cement pond for a drink. He saw me and stopped until I backed up about ten feet. Then he slithered to the pond, took a long drink, and was on his way.
I watched NCIS on CBS, and then did my stretches and ran a mile. I took my telescope out to get a look at the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules. All I saw was a fuzzy ball and could make out a few tiny stars, but that was all. Last time I tried to view the cluster a few months ago it was directly overhead and my telescope doesn’t like that. I need better equipment! I then spent a few hours just looking at the stars, a satellite, and a meteor shoot across the sky. It was a nice night.
I practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Wednesday 19- did my stretches.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 81 and 107 degrees, slight breeze, humidity around 23 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 104. West northwest wind at 9 mph becoming southeast. Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. West southwest wind between 7 and 11 mph.”
I needed to go into town and get some supplies. I stopped off to get gas in JT and didn’t even look at the price, just gave the cashier a twenty for number two pump. I dropped a book off at the library that was across the street, and went to the post office to pick up a package. Got to WalMart and they had all the building supplies I needed to finish the project I’m been working on. Then on to Staters Bros to pick up some food and other items I need. I went in to check out the new Sprint store that is next to Staters to look at some phones. My contract is up in December and I might renew and get a new phone or get rid of the dang thing altogether to save me $32 a month; things are getting tight.
I went on my evening walk listening to another astronomy lecture on the expansion of the universe; there are four in this series. I messed around with the computer until late because I’m taking the telescope out tonight. So I did my stretches and went for a night run, and then got the scope out. My mission tonight is to find all the stars that make up the constellation Lyra. Vega was easy to find but the rest are kind of faint. Epsilon is a double-double star but with my scope I could only make out the two stars and not resolve their companions. Beta Lyrae is also a double star; an eclipsing binary that lends its name to the RR Lyrae variables that are used as standard candles to measure great distances because of their regular diming and brightening. They are so close that they exchange matter between each other and I knew that I wasn’t going to resolve that one for sure. Ah, what fun!
Practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Thursday 20- did my stretches, ran two miles, lifted weights, and rode my bike.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 82 and 107 degrees, slight breeze, humidity around 21 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Friday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 104. Light wind becoming south between 11 and 14 mph. Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74. Southwest wind between 6 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.”
I varnished the fan enclosure, put up the remaining drywall, and then taped and plastered the whole wall. I haven’t done this in quite a while and forgotten what I was supposed to do; except make a mess! I will go over it again tomorrow and even it out. This took the whole afternoon, it was hot, and I was sweating profusely.
I dragged my body over to Stoney’s and took a nice hot shower that loosened my tight aching muscles. It was nice to step into an air-conditioned room after the hot shower! I talked to Stoney for a spell and then I was on my way back home.
I went on my evening walk listening to yet another lecture by Professor Bloom on the expanding universe. I lost count on how many lectures on the expanding universe there are; like the universe it’s a big subject!
I went to a free online dating service called Plenty of Fish (Kevin talked me into it a few months ago) to look at the women there and update my profile that I had first thrown together. This looks like a nice site to find friends around my area. Hey I don’t get out that much and I think it’s time I do. Well before I knew it the time was 10pm, so I did my stretches and went for a night run.
I took out the binoculars for a while and just sat looking at the night sky. I felt rather connected to the universe in a mellow kind of way that’s hard for me to explain. It’s seems so familiar now and I am part of it, always been part of it, and will continue to be part of it; it is so vast and I accept that. Saw more meteors tonight than I did on Aug 11-12, cool!
I practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Friday 21- did my stretches and ran a mile.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 83 and 101 degrees, winds from the NW-SW at 4 to 14 MPH, humidity around 34 percent, cloudy skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 91. Southwest wind between 5 and 10 mph. Saturday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Southwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm.”
I took the Gross Polluter down to Bar Lumber in Twentynine Palms to get my two five gallon tanks of propane filled. While I was there I picked up some faceplates for the light switches. The humidity was high and the worker who filled the tanks had sweat beaded up on his face and his t-shirt was soaked. On my way back I check a friend’s house while he’s away on vacation, and everything was alright.
I got home and did some touchup to the plastering mess I made yesterday. I started reading “Mindscan” by Robert J. Sawyer; looks to be a good read. Then I went for my evening walk listening to another astronomy lecture by Professor Bloom; about Hubble Volumes.
I went over to Ron Dehart’s house for a late night dinner. He cooked up some mighty fine pasta. I got back home and read some more of “Mindscan”.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, and went for a night run. I practiced my guitar, updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the Newsletter, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Saturday 22- did my stretches, ran a mile, lifted weights, and rode my bike.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 79 and 100 degrees, winds from the SE-SW at 6 to 18 MPH, humidity around 47 percent, very cloudy (low stratus clouds) but no rain here.
According to the National Weather Service: “Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Partly cloudy, with a high near 92. Calm wind becoming south between 7 and 10 mph. Sunday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. West southwest wind between 6 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.”
I did some more touching up and also plastered some places I completely missed yesterday. I’m almost done with that part of it and can move on to painting. I still have to build an extension to a desk in the front room and a few other odds and ends to finish before I can lay down the new tile.
I called Family and Friends throughout the day. I also read a bunch of chapters in “Mindscan” and it’s getting interesting!
I went over to Stoney’s and yakked at him for a spell, then made a stop over to Ron Dehart’s, too.
I went for my evening walk listening to the last lecture in the series given by Professor Bloom; about the chances of life being on other star systems and the Drake Equation.
I did a little more reading and then did my stretches and ran a mile. The clouds had cleared so I took out the binoculars for a while just gazing here and there and thinking about how vast the universe is.
I practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Sunday 23- did my stretches. I’m pooped out and needed a rest today!
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 79 and 97 degrees, winds from the SW at 6 to 12 MPH, humidity around 43 percent, some cumulonimbus cloud (thunderclouds) around but none over head.
According to the National Weather Service: “Monday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Calm wind becoming south southeast between 6 and 9 mph. Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 71. Southwest wind between 5 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.”
I didn’t do much today, not much at all. I decided to relax and take the day off. While I was relaxing I hunted down a picture file that I had misplaced and found the sucker on my MacBook. I mostly use PCs but for some odd reason I had put a bunch of files on the Mac. I’m backing up all my files to this really small 250GB USB hard drive that’s no bigger than a pack of cigarettes, pretty cool! I remember back when I worked on mainframes in the seventies and that much storage took up the side of a wall and cost many thousands of dollars. Of course we weren’t uploading tons of pictures and music either.
I went over to Ron Dehart’s for a spell and ate the rest of the spaghetti he made on Friday. Then I went on my evening walk not listening to anything to give my big ears and little brain a rest.
I got a call from this guy who is interested in our star party that we may have someday. He wants to give a presentation of some sort on the night sky for beginners (and $20 to do it). After I asked him a few questions about the night sky to test his knowledge, I told him it’s just in the planning stages right now and I’d get back to him if we decide we need his services. I believe that the first sky party will consist of a few of us who already have telescopes and know something of the night sky.
I went outside for a spell with my binoculars and gazed into the Milky Way. Then I did my stretches, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.
Here’s something I wrote in a comment to an online friend’s poem:
Ah, you're writing poetry again, cool!
Is this a lost love you speak of?
Is Daniel someone that you tried but failed to guide to a better life?
Poems are like that you know. We reflect our souls into them and they shine right back at us in words of rhyme and reason to comfort us in times of despair, to enlighten us in times of doubt, and to give us joy in times of uncertainty. Poems are our way to express the inexpressible!
Bob

Monday 24- did my stretches and ran a mile.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 79 and 99 degrees, slight breeze, humidity around 27 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Tuesday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Light wind becoming south between 10 and 13 mph. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph. Tuesday Night: Clear, with a low around 74. South wind 7 to 14 mph becoming west. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.”
I was in the process of finishing up the walls in my front room when I got a call from Ron Dehart telling me that someone is selling a compost toilet for cheap! I’ve wanted one for years but couldn’t afford the high price. I got the money together, jumped in the Gross Polluter and zoomed over to the person’s house who is selling it. I gave them the money, sat around and jawed for a while, and then loaded it all up and drove off into the sunset; well not really the sunset but it felt like it! This is fits perfect with my idea of a solar and green home!!! Now all I have to do is figure out how to install and use it.
I didn’t get as much as I wanted done on the walls but I did manage to paint the metal structure foundations that hold up the shelves, but I didn’t mind because I got the compost toilet!
I went for my evening walk and took my camera along. There was nothing worth shooting but it was a nice walk.
Kevin called and we yakked for a time about his vending business he owns in Tucson.
I then went outside to do a little star gazing. I was sitting in my chair looking a Cygnus when a bat fluttered around my head! The bat stayed for about five seconds checking me out and then it was gone. The crescent Moon was going to set and I had enough time to do my stretches, lift my weights, and go for a night run before it set. When I got back from running I got the binoculars to watch it set behind the small mountains to the southwest. It was kind of cool to watch but it is better with the telescope.
I watched “Castle” on ABC about brutal diamond thieves that hurt or kill their victims. This show is very good and done very well. I can’t wait for the new season to begin.
I practiced my guitar, wrote my column for the newspaper and sent it in; when I sat down to write it I had nothing, not one iota what I was going to write about. A lot of times this happens but I have always managed to come up with something, so far. I wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Tuesday 25- did my stretches. I had a hard time sleeping last night with lots of dreams that kept waking me up. I got up at 7am and rewrote my column that I already sent in to the newspaper because I forgot to include a few items. Then I went back to sleep and awoke around noon. For some reason I felt tired all day today.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 77 and 100 degrees, slight breeze, humidity around 28 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Wednesday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 101. Calm wind becoming east southeast between 6 and 9 mph. Wednesday Night: Clear, with a low around 72. Southeast wind 7 to 9 mph becoming west.”
I did painting today of the wall in the front room I’ve been working on. Finally I am done with that wall and can move on to other work I have to do before laying down the tiles.
I went for my evening walk; just walking and no lectures. Then I watched “Nova” and “Nova Science Now” on PBS; about black holes and fixing the Hubble Telescope.
Today was the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s telescope so I thought I’d spend some time outside doing a little star gazing. I wonder what Galileo’s first impressions of the Milky Way were!
I did my stretches, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Wednesday 26- did my stretches, ran a mile, lifted weights, and rode my bike.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 79 and 104 degrees, slight breeze, humidity around 23 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 102. North northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming east. Thursday Night: Clear, with a low around 75. South southeast wind 7 to 9 mph becoming west northwest.”
I mostly worked on the house, plastering the places I had missed, and screwed down all the shelves. I measured the compost toilet and found it will be a very tight squeeze through the doorway leading into the bathroom. I might have to remove part of the shower to get it in, so tomorrow I will paint what I had plastered, clear out the bathroom to make a place for the toilet and then try to move it in. I’ll just have to move it around when I tile because I need to have the shower back together before I do any tiling in there.
I met a nice gal called Gail and chatted with her for a spell. She lives in Yucca Valley at a trailer park that has a swimming pool! Then I went for my evening walk not listening to any lectures.
I read a few chapters of “Mindscan” by Robert L Sawyer. It’s about a company that developed a way to transfer an exact copy of your mind into a human like robot; the robot takes over your identity and life while you go to the far side of the Moon to a rest home never to return to Earth. The process is really for old folks at the end of their lives, but the main character is only 44 years old. He has an incurable brain disease, has the copy done, goes to the far side of the Moon with a bunch of old folks, and then finds out that there is a cure for his disease that has been discovered. He wants to go home but they won’t let him. Meanwhile back on Earth the robot is having some problems of his own; his dog doesn’t recognize him and bit him; his girlfriend doesn’t want anything to do with a robot; and his mother told him to never come back.
I did my stretches and went for a night run. Then I sat outside and gazed at the Milky Way with my binoculars. I like looking at the area around Deneb in Cygnus where I feel that I can make out the dust clouds there. I wonder how many light years those clouds are from Earth.
Practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, and called it a night.

Thursday 27- did my stretches.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 80 and 106 degrees, slight breeze, humidity around 18 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 102. North northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming east. Thursday Night: Clear, with a low around 75. South southeast wind 7 to 9 mph becoming west northwest.”
I had to drive to my mailbox to send out a check for my credit card. I tried to set it up where I could pay it online but it refused to take my account number after I entered it in correctly. I put a forty-two cent stamp on it and ended peeling it off and putting a “Forever” stamp on because I forgotten what the price of a stamp is going for these days. Round trip to my mailbox is twelve miles. On my way back I stopped off at Stoney’s to see how he is doing and we talked for a short time.
When I got home I still had to do some touch up of the plaster I did yesterday; when it dried it kind of shrunk down and left cracks and holes. So I hope to paint it tomorrow if it doesn’t shrink down anymore. I did start the process of moving the stuff out of the bathroom so I can move the composting toilet in.
I went on my evening walk listening to Astronomy Cast - Ep. 144: Space Elevators. The way they describe it, it sounds mighty dangerous!
I read a few chapters in “Mindscan” and messed with the computer until the Moon set; not much to look at when the Moon washes out the stars. Then I did my stretches, lifted weights, and went for a night run.
I took out my binoculars and again trained them on that part of the Milky Way where Cygnus is. It was late enough that the Pleiades star cluster was rising in the northeast and the Pegasus constellation was almost overhead. I saw a few meteors, too!
Then I practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Friday 28- did my stretches.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 81 and 108 degrees, slight breeze, humidity around 19 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 107. Calm wind becoming south southwest between 8 and 11 mph. Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 76. West southwest wind between 9 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.”
My home looks like a hurricane hit the insides after I got done moving everything around to get the composting toilet into the bathroom! I didn’t have to take the shower apart to get it in but had to remove my bedroom door. What a mess! I have boxes, papers, clothes, and other miscellaneous junk scattered all over, and it was hot while I was doing all this work.
I finished around 4pm and went over to Stoney’s leaving the place in a mess. I had some clothes to wash and I needed to take a shower; Stoney is kind enough to let me do these at his place. The Space Shuttle Mission: STS-128 was on the NASA station and it hadn’t launched yet and I didn’t know when, so I watched two episodes of “Monk” while clicking back to NASA during commercials. It finally lifted off at 8:59pm PDT and it was well worth the wait. I haven’t watched a Shuttle launch in many years and had forgotten how much preparation goes into fueling it up, strapping the Astronauts into their seats, sealing the hatch, and all the “Holds” they have before it gets off the ground; it’s not like boarding an some airline jet. You know, just strap me in and light her up!
I got home late so I did my stretches, updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the Newsletter, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Saturday 29- did my stretches, too dang hot to do anything else .
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 88 and 112 degrees, slight breeze, humidity around 30 percent, high cirrus clouds.
According to the National Weather Service: “Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 107. Northwest wind at 9 mph becoming south southwest. Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 72. West southwest wind between 6 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.”
Like I said it was hot today, so hot it felt like a convection oven outside and I the turkey that was being cooked. When it’s hot like this you can drink two gallons of water and piss out half a cup! It all just evaporates off your skin. Just turn of a fan and you are your own swamp cooler! I mostly stayed inside doing just that with all the fans in the house pointed at me while I read or worked and played online.
I got ready for potluck by cooking up some barbecued beans and cleaning myself up some. We had over twenty-five folks showing up for the Potluck. That was more than I expected on a hot day like this, but the community center is air conditioned and cool inside and it was a relief to get indoors and out of the heat.
Ruth Malron brought a jello fruit salad. Marie Morrison’s goulash was a healthy dish. Tom Felix baked a German chocolate cake which was a surprise. Tim Atzei shared his coffee cake with us. Bob Seeley fetched his mixed fruit plate from Stater Bros that was mighty good. Dana Van Noort cooked up this delicious chili verde that wasn’t too hot. Elizabeth Treas had this wonderful zucchini and cheese casserole that everyone commented on. Rose Manish had her peas and carrots. Marcie Hines beef stroganoff was mighty tasty. Chris Jonas made up his famous macaroni salad. And Lisa Treas homemade bun cake was everyone’s favorite! There was a bunch of kids running around inside and out playing games which only kids understand, while the older folk sat inside jawing about this and that trying to outwit or out story each other like only adults do. All in all it was a fine Potluck!
I went for my evening walk listening to Astronomy Cast Ep. 145: Interstellar Travel; it seems that ion engines are the only feasible means for interstellar travel with our current technology.
I talked to Kevin for almost an hour and then I went back to reading a few chapters of “Mindscan”.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, and went for a night run; a hell of a lot cooler outside at 95 degrees! I practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

Sunday 30- did my stretches, it’s still too dang hot to do anything else.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 88 and 111 degrees, slight breeze, humidity around 33 percent, high cirrus clouds with smoke in the air from the fires in LA County.
According to the National Weather Service: “Monday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 102. West northwest wind between 5 and 8 mph becoming calm. Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. Southwest wind between 3 and 10 mph. “Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 107. Northwest wind at 9 mph becoming south southwest. Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 72. West southwest wind between 6 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.”
Man, am I tired and I didn’t do anything but read “Mindscan” By Robert J. Sawyer all day and call a few folks. The smoke is hanging thick in the air from the fires in LA County- my eyes are burning from the smoke, and it is dang hot outside! I didn’t even go for my evening walk.
I ordered two items from Amazon: Astronomy Today (5th Edition) this is the astronomy book used in the class up at UC Berkeley that I listen to lectures on my iPod, and Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard for my MacBook. The book was used but in good shape and cost $18, and the upgrade to OSX 10.6 was only $29.
I did my stretches, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night. That’s it! There isn’t any more! If I had any energy I’d write more.

Monday 31- did my stretches. There’s still a lot of smoke in the air and I don’t want to run in that. Reminds me of Los Angeles back in the late 60s!
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 85 and 109 degrees, slight breeze, humidity around 26 percent, high cirrus clouds with smoke in the air from the fires in LA County.
According to the National Weather Service: “Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 102. North northwest wind between 6 and 13 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 77. South wind 7 to 10 mph becoming west.”
I finally got a good night’s sleep and started back to working on the house. Mostly I just cleaned up the mess that was made during the plastering and painting of the walls. I still have a little more to paint in the front room but not much. I think I’ll start next on the bathroom where I need to plaster and paint the walls. I need to begin laying tiles down in there first. I want to install the composting toilet and get that working and out of the way.
Lee and Marcie Hines dropped by around 3pm to say hi and I noticed that the breeze had shifted and the smoke had just gone away, cool! I hope that it stays away!
I went over to Mac’s house for dinner. He made chilimac with lots of cheese on top that was mighty good. His little hyper rat dog kept jumping up on me wanting attention and I gave it to him. Mac showed me a Willys Jeep Wagon that he got off of Craigslist; needs a lot of work, but well worth it!
I got home the smoke had come back, dang! I went for my evening walk listening to two Astronomy Cast lectures: Ep. 146: Astronomy Research from Idea to Publication, and Ep. 147: How to Be Taken Seriously By Scientists. Who knows, these may come in handy sometime.
I called Kevin and yakked with him for a spell. And then read and finished “Mindscan” by Robert J Sawyer late into the night. Now that’s out of the way I can start on my studies. I signed up for CitizenSky.org a few months ago to help solve the mystery of epsilon Aurigae; anyone can participate and the site has teaching materials that can assist you. I think that’s what one of the “studies” I’ll be doing.
I did my stretches, practiced my guitar, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, but before I called it a night I’ll start writing my column. Good bye to August!