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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Nothing Like A Good Fire!


Observant
George was in a very observant pose here. I think it's a really good picture of him.
I had the opportunity this afternoon/evening to sit in on a really big brush fire out at the golf course. This was attempt #2 at setting the entire thing ablaze (the last attempt was in June, I believe)...and with a nearly 20mph wind from the north-northwest, there was no doubt it'd be quite the fire!

Indeed it was. And for as cold as it got, being pretty close to a big fire like that (the brush pile was about fifty feet wide, 100 feet long, and about 7-10 feet high). So that was cool. Wait, hot. Well, you get the point.

It was a pretty small group out there for the event. A local photographer came by to take some fire pictures, which was cool. He ended up taking something like 700-800 pictures (he didn't know exactly, but knew he had taken 600 before he started to get silhouettes of his dog). He got quite a few pretty cool pictures, including one of myself which I hope to get from him at some point in time. That'd be cool.

Anyway, short of that, I've spent most of my evening (once I got home, warmed up, and ate) hanging around and catching up a bit on Flickr. I got some more cool pictures -- one in particular of Felix again -- and by the time you've added it to groups and done some looking around and commenting, it can really eat up some time. But it's fun, relatively harmless, and is oddly relaxing (at least for me).

It also makes me long for a DSLR. :) Anyone looking to shell out about $600 for christmas on me? Didn't think so, but high on my wish list is a Digital Rebel XTI. :) The 10.1 megapixel model. Preferably silver (I think). I've got a vendor in mind for anyone serious. :)

Okay, so I'll stop rambling about that. I actually really like my current digital camera (and there's certainly nothing wrong with it). It'd just be nice to have the ability to determine what receives the focus (rather than letting the camera decide). It's why I end up taking about five times as many pictures as are 'good' sometimes.

So, seeing as how it's now pretty much midnight, I'm heading for bed. Until next time...
"It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."
- Carl Sagan (1934-1996)

--MZ

Monday, November 19, 2007

Monday, Monday!


Dad's Home
Beth was taking pictures of Kirstin when I got home. She was so excited to see me!
I don't exactly know why, but I am completely devoid of rambling thoughts tonight. So this is likely to be quite a short entry.

I came home from work a little early (so I could still have light by which to work) and installed the old air conditioner box. It's a pretty snug fit (a Good Thing), and should help keep cold air out of the house. It's not by any means perfect, but at least it's a white box sticking out the side of the house and no longer the big ugly faded maroon-ish color that the actual unit is colored. So that's nice.

I suppose next year (or maybe this year yet, seeing as how I've still got over a half sheet of plywood) I will build a box to cover up the central air conditioner unit. That doesn't need to be insulated, though. Just something to help keep debris and snow out of it during the off season.

It was mighty foggy this morning -- something I'd not seen or driven through in some time. I don't really care for fog but it's better than ice, although not better than ice and fog together. Fortunately after a few hours of morning sun it'd burned off.

Short of those things, it's been a pretty normal Monday. So I'm going to head for bed and calmly work my way into Tuesday. :)

Until next time...
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
- Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

--MZ

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Here Endeth The Weekend


King Of The Couch
Felix actually stood to have his picture taken. And it was a good one!
So I did manage to get the old air conditioner box painted. At least good enough now for the winter. So if all goes well, I'll get it installed tomorrow afternoon and that project will be knocked off the list.

We ended up over at Phil & Gail's house (although Gail was gone) for lunch today after church, which was nice...and somewhat unexpected. Had a nice bit of conversation and ended up spending a few hours there. Upon return home, I fed the dogs, took some pictures of the dogs, took in the recyclables (since the trailer was in town this weekend), finished painting, and even watched a little TV.

It was a pretty good day, and we had homemade pizza for supper. Even better.

I'm just glad the oven still works. I forgot to mention a few days ago, but upon an attempt to legitimately self-clean the oven the other night (Friday night to be exact), during the process the broiler element burned up. So we can no longer broil. At least until it gets fixed. We don't often broil anything (unless we use it to brown cheese or similar sort of behavior), so that's not the end of the world but it's still annoying.

And go figure. :)

Anyway, it's getting late and I spent more time hanging around on Flickr tonight than I'd originally intended. But that happens sometimes, so I'm heading for bed before it's too late. :)

Until next time...
"Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street."
- Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)

--MZ

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