Saturday, January 31, 2009
These are hooves from some type of animal (cow I think) and they are packed full of some peanut butter/starch/molasses mixture. It looks just like the stuff that's in a Resses peanut butter cup. I tried to get Heather to taste it before we gave them to the dogs but she wouldn't. These things are pretty big.
Dharma destroys all toys in a hurry. She tears this bone into shards and he stands by and waits until pieces become available and then....he eats them. Tomorrow he will poop the ones out that he swallows before I get to him.
Friday, January 30, 2009
So the word on the street is that there's been a mountain lion spotted numerous times around town here. I've been keeping my eyes on full alert but I know the odds of a visual are not in my favor. I would give up all the hair on my head to see one under the right circumstances but I know people that spend just as much time in the outdoors as I do and have lived in kitty country all their lives and never seen one. Although...I don't trust that logic all too much. I know one of those same people that had never seen a bear until recently and I actually think I see a decent number of those each year.
If I could work for the department of wildlife and be gauranteed a solid job with about as much pay as I get as a teacher, it'd be damned tempting to quit. I'm fascinated with wildlife. We see more bear activity in the city during those times when they are hungrier (spring and fall). The rest of the time, they generally stay away from the city (unless they're eating shrimp and oysters from my neighbors front lawn???!!!). There are cats around here all the time. Yet, we don't generally see them. The deer population (main food source) has not declined. What causes a cat to roam into town...during the day...routinely? What's the change that causes that? This picture is from a trail camera used by hunters that are scouting an area and want to get an idea of what kind of traffic is moving through the area at night. It's pretty cool.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Heather actually likes this one the best so far.
This is the one I made kind of a late night call on last night. I spoke with a woman about it. I wasn't afraid to put the charm on her. Not sure if it was a deal breaker. She said she'd let me know. From the sound of it, I gathered that it might not be hers or that she needed to check with someone else. She may be getting an unsuspecting call back later on today when Heather makes a run for the Safeway. This is actually what I want. This is an 89 Carat Weekender. These had the bigger bumpers, slightly lower suspension, and 5 spoke wheels. Inside it has the queen size bed, a fold up table and the chairs directly behind the drivers/passengers chairs are situated such that face the rear. Oh dear lord I hope she calls me.
This is one I've been watching for about a month now. It's actually at the bottom of the mountain as you're heading to Colorado Springs. The owner has apparently decided to not get it repaired so this shop is trying to sell it for him. It has low compression in the #1 cylinder. I suspect that this one is suffering from the all too common Vanagon blown head gasket. This would necessitate close to $1000 and a bit of time to pull the motor and do a rebuild on. I spit on it though...as the owner is not interested in a trade for a Jeep that has perfectly good compression.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Other things worth noting:
1. Grad school has begun again. I'm in the home stretch though as fas as classes left to take but I don't feel any smarter.
2. Training is going exceptionally well but I shall continue to hide the details of exactly what goes on in the lab unless you're someone that is on a need to know basis.
3. The tongue is feeling much better today and I should be able to get the stitches out sometime this week. Shouldn't I have gotten a discount on those "services"?
4. I got Bodhi a new/bigger crate 2 days ago that should handle his "girth/fatness" and it broke last night. I think he was throwing his weight around so I gottsta return that today for a Huskier model.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Incidentally, the crown procedure was actually interesting (minus the trauma). He's got this computer that takes an image of the tooth in question. It gets sent to a PC where he manipulates it and that, in turn, gets sent to a machine that looks a lot like a lathe really. A small block of porcelain is put in (bout the size of a sugar cube) and it essentially gets CNC'd right there in house. It took 6 minutes and 13 seconds to make the partial crown. I asked for gold but all he had was white. How lame.
2. I stopped by the dentist to have him install a crown. I'm not gonna go into details here and, well....you're welcome. The dentist was using a tool that looked a lot like a Dremmel with a cut off wheel on it. In short...it slipped and...got caught up under my tongue. It was good enough for some stitches and he had to take care of that before he could address the tooth as it was bleeding too much to work. Good times at the dentist. So now the pain is in full effect. Perhaps I'll post a pic if it comes out. Might be hard to get a shot of.
3. I had 2 interesting trade offers today for my Jeep. One was an early Willys flat fender Jeep. Very tempting as they can be really cool but kind of impractical. The other was a 75 VW camper. That one I actually thought about for a while but I think I'm gonna pass. It's a little older than what I'm looking for. I'm sure it's in need of a head gasket at least.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
The hand is a beautiful shade of purple today so I might not be able to make the next race at night. But the one after that is a relay event on North America's highest golf course and it sounds like fun. I just need to find someone else dumb enough to partner up with.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
This was a few hundred yards into the race. I had 3rd wheel but bobbled up a short little climb and had to dismount and lost 3 palces.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I'm gonna be vague here. We stopped in a restaurant up here in Woodland for a bite to eat (we never do this cuz there just aint much up here). As we were at the front going over the menu, I happened to notice 2 employees (1 was a manager) chatting by the cash register. However weird, I happened to glance over at the exact moment when one of them (not the manager) had a.........line of spiddle come out of his mouth that made me wonder if he had just come from the dentist. It was unreal. Time froze and it fell out of the mouth. I thikn it skimmed the chin during the fall. It landed on the keyboard. In slow motion he started to to look up at me as he was wiping his chin and I turned and ran home. If you live in tha Dub P and wanna know where this happened....ask.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
He recently proposed to his beautiful girlfriend Catina and she said yes. They will be getting married sometime this July in St. Louis. Congratulations to both of you.
My good friend Rob and I met while teaching together at a middle school in House Springs, Missouri. I had just quit from my job at the residential facility. It was the most rewarding job I've ever had and sadly, the most emotionally damaging. I taught there and part of the job was to expect to get hurt both physically and mentally. My classroom was the most violent one and it was in the basement of a locked down unit. Sometimes, I'd get jumped and just have to hope that someone upstairs was watching the cameras and on their way down to help me out. In the closing months that I was there, it became very dangerous. I knew I had to get out so I quit. I was unemployed for 4 months and would have loved to make a career change to anything else. I hated teaching at the time and had no desire to step back into a classroom. I was the teacher that walked in with his head down, not shaved, shirt untucked, lookin' a wreck from the night before. I was all kinds of unhealthy and the least of it being my mental game. I took the job out of necessity though and met a guy down the hall that would bring out the best in me and my teaching. I love being a teacher now and I definitely owe the fact that I still have a classroom to you Rob. If we hadn't met, I would be doing anything but this and I'm sure I'd be single.
Rob and his lovely wife Shannon were married just before Thanksgiving this year. I wasn't able to make the ceremony but I wish you both the best and I'm happy you found each other. You both deserve good things.
He likes to do this one where he acts as a neck warmer a lot. He also likes to burrow down in behind the couch cushions and let out muffled barks.
He's way more headstrong than Dharma ever was. I can correct him 80 times in a row and get nothing but a look of frustration. Yesterday I walked him for over an hour around town and towards the end...he finally started getting the heel command. We were easily upwards of 500 corrections for that one alone. It's like my own personal Groundhog Day. He is requiring triple the patience that she did. But I really think he's gonna like water and the outdoors so I'm hoping he'll be the one to go hiking, camping, fishing with me. Dharma gets cold, I have to carry her across streams deep enough to touch her belly, she hates snow. The baby gate is to keep fatso from eating not only his food but Dharma's food as well. We're now approaching 40 pounds and are still shy of 5 months.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I have been laughing about this for days now and I can't stop. Some of you may have already seen this but others may not have. Apparently this guy fell out of a chairlift at Vail and he got all hung up. He winds up upside down as the lift is carrying him away. Now that's pretty embarassing already but it gets better. Somehow...in the midst of the tumble, he must have snagged his pants. So his pants came down....errrr....up. In addition to the pants...his underpants also got caught up. So this guy's dangling upside down with his pants and underpants around his ankles and his hardware......hanging. He hangs upside down for 7-15 minutes before the lift is reversed and he is brought back down and tended to. During this entire time...the guys kid is sitting in the chairlift watching it all.
Some photographer that works for a subcontractor to Vail was taking pics of it all. The photog has already been fired from Sharpshooter and I'm sure there's a lawsuit coming. I don't know why I find this to be som humurous but I do. I've been called a jerk and worse before and I know I can be one. It's still damn funny to me. How the pants AND underpants came off is beyond me. It almost defies the laws of physics. Did he suffer from frostbite? Regardless....he looks to be ass out for now. The Rocky Mountain News didn't have any pics of the incident but you can find them here.
If the story or my finding it funny offends you....I'm not sure what to tell ya.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Since we got home he has had more ten minute time outs than I can count and they are having zero effect. He goes into the penalty box like a champ and comes back out locked and loaded. Does this look like a dog that is upset about some time think about what he's done?
Friday, January 2, 2009
This is a little pool that usually holds a few nice fish in it but Scott struck out there.
This is my favorite spot. It's a run about 100 yards long that has some deeper pools in it and a few riffles and boulders. During the summer when the flows are in the 200's, the bigger trout move in and you can just see a silhouette on the gravely bottom as it darts back and forth feeding. Every summer but this past one, I usually spend the eveings here destroying things. I got into this smaller brown after making at least 200 drifts to it. In all I hooked into 4 or 5 browns and bows in this area but never managed to get one in the net.