Friday 09

Oct. 10th, 2009 12:09 am
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 Friday 09- did my stretches and ran a mile.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 56 and 82 degrees, light breeze, humidity around 29 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 84. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast. Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 57. West southwest wind between 8 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.” 
After my exercises and breakfast I went to plastering the walls in my bathroom. I was almost done when I ran out of plaster again. There is only a four foot section to be done. So sometime next week I’ll make another trip to town to get some more. It’s not a rush job and there are other things I need to do in between so it’s no big deal.
I went for my evening walk listening to Astronomy Cast Ep. 153: Dark Skies, about how you need to leave the cities to be able to see the Milky Way and how you can join the efforts to keep our skies dark. There are folks out there who have never seen the Milky Way. We get visitors up here who ask me what that bright cloud that runs across the sky is! I remember the first time I seen the Milky Way and saw satellites transverse the cosmos. It was when I was twelve and I was on an outing with the YMCA and we traveled to Yosemite National Park. I had a telescope (a little Tasco 4” reflector) when I was about nine years old but I could only see what stars were bright enough to outshine the city lights where I lived. The night sky in Yosemite was clear and dark and I’d lie in my sleeping bag stargazing for many hours until I fell asleep. Now where I live in Joshua Tree the night skies are pretty dark but we have folks moving into the area that want to bring their city habits with them; lighting up the night sky and wasting precious resources as they pollute our environment. We now have to worry about this Indian Casino that’s being built in Twentynine Palms polluting our wonderful night skies. I moved here because the skies are dark and I wanted to do astronomy and it would be a shame if this happens.
I did some webwork updating the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the newsletter. Then I watched “Numb3rs” on CBS about gamblers in deep debt playing a game of Russian roulette with their lives at stake.
I did my stretches; practiced my guitar; wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.

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