July 27, 2006 -
week at work, lots going on, and it's fair week. Yesterday
was the parade so Grandma came over and we all watched
from the porch- it was over two hours long... I think
half the town watches, and the other half is in the
was a busy week in world affairs too, the situation
in Lebanon and Iraq both continue to degrade, but
there was some interesting news too. Scientists have
fluid with a very low boiling point at just 58F.
Since most of our energy is steam powered (coal and
nuclear power plants boil water to create steam to
turn turbines.... so a fluid that could boil on its
own could possibly change the world.
is in trouble with Republicans, I think mostly as
a means to separate themselves from the President
before the election a bill is in the works to allow
Congress to sue
the President over his signing statements. When Bush
signs a bill he leaves a little memo that he's signing
the bill into law... but it doesn't apply to him.
.... and he did it over 800 times!!!
July 22, 2006 -
you know when you turn your computer off but leave
your monitor on, though it goes into a power-saving
mode and looks like it is off, it still uses 40% the
energy? China plans to build a coal burning power
plant each week for the next seven years.
got a lot done today, did some image work, organized
my audio and image files, mowed, cleaned out the fish
pond, vacuumed, and did some other normal weekend
July 16, 2006 -
was very hot today, super-hot in fact... super-hot
appears to the going theme for this and next week.
I didn't go outside very much today, just for a bit
to work in the fish pond, and then I came in and did
laundry, random cleanings, & just organized the
I went to work, and then I went over to Mary Lou's
to see, and show Colorado pictures- I still need to
pick the ones that I want to print for real, so I
just showed mine on the laptop. Here's a photo I took
in Colorado near the cabin.
July 12, 2006 -
was very busy today at work- it was a good day, just
very busy. After work I went over to Todd's house
to see what was wrong with his computer. He had installed
a free anti-virus program somewhat by
accident from the internet and it was fighting with
Norton, and though it was free, it hounded him to
buy the full version so rapidly that he couldn't use
his computer... sad times when the anti-virus software
can be as crippling as the viruses you are trying
to protect yourself against.
lily Yuka and her Mom gave us a couple years ago at
the farmers' market in Topeka is blooming this week.
Last year it had a couple flowers and this year it
has four. It was already dark by the time I noticed
it. So I just used the photo from last year.
looks to be an extremely hot week, and a very humid
week. When we were in Colorado people complained on
the radio that it was humid- I don't think they fully
grasp what humidity is until they come down out of
July 10, 2006 -
fun outing today; Bob, Teresa & I went to the
Rolling Hills Zoo. It was pretty neat really, today
I saw my very first living Rhino, and not just one
but several, and a couple different types. Rolling
Hills seems pretty equal to the Topeka Zoo I think,
the animals didn't seem to have that large of enclosures,
but it seemed like the space between them was pretty
great. They also have a very nice museum there that
has all sorts of stuffed wildlife.... Today I also
saw my first real-life (dead) polar bear. All the
animals were arranged in very natural settings, and
I think it was perhaps the most interesting part of
July 6, 2006 -
tired- Oiy. I just spent an hour explaining to Carrie
how to get from Fairlawn Plaza to I-470. I spent the
night cleaning the fish pond, doing laundry- oiy,
I can't even remember what I've done now that Carrie
has turned my brain to goo.
July 5, 2006 -
the way the way home Teresa and I stopped at Mount
Sunflower, the highest point in Kansas. As you can
see from the photo, Mt. Sunflower is not much of a
mountain.... it's not really that much of a hill even,
but it is the highest point in Kansas.
July 4, 2006 -
morning we went to the Red Rock Canyon which is an
old quary. It was kinda nice as it was still cool
out, and it had a nice view of Manitou Springs &
Garden of the Gods on one side, and the mountains
on the other.
our earlier hike we went hiking again at Mueller State
Park- I sure wish I had a mountain bike for this one.
In the photo below you can see Mt. Pisgah in the distance.
Mile Canyon was one place Teresa & I tried to
find last year, but we took a wrong turn and ended
up on a bumpy gravel road. This year Brent took us
there- but his driving was a little scary. The road
didn't have a barrier to prevent a car from going
off into the river, and at times there was a large
drop to the river.... and Brent wanted to see the
nifty river too, so not as much attention was payed
to the road. He did not kill us though, though I worried
the entire time that he was going to.
July 3, 2006 -
was the day we planned the trip around- Rafting with
the Echo Canyon
River Expeditions. This year was a bit different
from last as we did a different stretch of the Arkansas
River in the Royal Gorge so the view was breath-taking
as there were shear cliffs of over a thousand feet
on both sides so it was much more scenic. The rapids
were also class four and below, and last year we just
got up to class three. The guide, Seth, said that
of the rapids we saw last year, the biggest then would
be comproble to the smallest this year, and I would
have to agree to that. One of the very first rapids
we hit was Sunshine Falls, Seth pointed down the river
and asked everyone if we could see where the river
seemed to stop and told us that was where the fun
would begin. As we went down the river the cliffs
grew larger until we got to the Royal Gorge, and a
charter hellicopter flew down in and straifed our
rafts. Teresa really wants to go on the helicopter
next year- but the pilot seems to fly like a maniac.
At one point a dog started to chase our rafts down
the bank, and then jumped in to swim- the water was
about to get a little rough so one raft went over
and guided it back to shore, and after a while it
stopped tring to follow us.
July 2, 2006 -
Teresa and I woke up and made breakfast. We made pancakes,
sausage, scrambled eggs, and also had fruit... super-delicious!
We all ate together and planned out what we'd do for
the afternoon we all went up and started to hike up
Mt. Manitou. It was pretty hot, and wasn't the best
time to go hiking up a mountain. It was OK for a couple
hours, but after that Teresa started to get heat stroke,
so the two of us turned back.
Teresa and I had rested we went to the Colorado
Springs Pioneer Museum. It is in downtown Colorado
Springs in what use to be their city court house-
but it was beautifly resorted.
July 1, 2006 -
in Colorado now, and today was an exciting day. Teresa
and I got to the cabin a little before 1pm and we
moved all of our stuff in... Something smelled horrible
in the refrigerator- we sniffed around the inside
and didn't find what it was, so we pondered that something
crawled behind it and died. It turned out to be a
tub of sour cream though. We made our way down in
to town so we could find someplace to eat and to get
breakfast food, but by the old castle on Ruxton, a
crowded little street with cars parked all along the
side we saw a car backed into a truck. The lady had
pretty much backed straight out of the drive to the
castle into the truck. She sat there for a little
while- we didn't actually see her hit it, but she
sat there so long up against the truck thinking what
to do that we could put one and two together. She
pulled forward a little, got herself in the direction
she needed to go, and she proceeded like nothing happened.
By that time we were about twenty feet from the truck,
and we could see a big dent in the truck right in
front of the door- it was about six inches wide and
sank in an inch about. This was the point that we
switched to crime fighting mode, and we pursued the
car, a dark green buick, and we wrote the plate number
down. The lady parked again downtown, and as we pulled
up behind her we could see that the driver's side
corner of her bumper was damaged, and she looked like
she was kinda pondering what to do- she put her hands
over her face.... but since she didn't go back to
the truck, so Teresa wrote down an account of what
happened with the lady's plate number, and I went
and put it under the wiper on the truck.
then went shopping at the Safeway for breakfast stuff,
and then got some Taco Bell and came back to the cabin
to eat- after we finished we hiked about a fifth the
way up Mt. Manitou, wandered to Garden of the Gods,
and went up just a wee fraction of the Pike's Peak
trail. Soon after we got back from that Brent and
Angie arrived and we shared pictures and stories about
the trip here- they had gone to Castle Rock before