Monday 18

Oct. 18th, 2010 10:34 pm
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Monday 18- I did my stretches, ran a mile, and lifted weights.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 58 to 76 degrees, slight breeze, humidity around 45 percent, mostly clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Tuesday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. North wind between 3 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Tuesday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. East wind between 4 and 7 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
I had a problem with my inside lights last night not being bright enough to read and figured it was oxidization at the battery connection. I checked today and it was pretty bad. So I cleaned it all up, and put water in all the batteries. Well one of the cells in the two batteries that run the inside lights was dead! That makes two dead cells I had to deal with this week; the other was on Kelly’s car. The battery needs to be replaced, but I am going to get the 12volt battery back I lent Ginger (she isn’t using it anymore) and hook it into the system tomorrow; hopefully it’s not dead too.
I went up on the roof and tarred places in the new patio roof where the water was coming in during the last rain.
I went on my evening walk taking pictures of ant holes when I came across a Tarantula minding his own business on his way to somewhere. I decided to distract him for a moment and had him pose for a few pics. I even let him crawl partway up my hand, cool! It started to sprinkle so I made my way back home but it never did rain. Maybe tomorrow it will.
I talked to Kelly tonight on the computer with Skype and she recited Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” from memory all the way to the end! About all I could manage to recite was nevermore :) I should really get more into poetry, especially Poe.
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.

Friday 06

Nov. 6th, 2009 06:29 pm
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 Friday 06- I did my stretches and ran two miles.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 50 and 75 degrees, light breeze, humidity around 39 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 77. Light and variable wind. Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. West wind between 3 and 6 mph.” 
I have been trying to call Stoney since last night but his line was always busy so I thought that he forgot to go offline on his computer again. I went over to tell him and found that his phone has the same problem that mine had. So I went back home and called Verizon to come on out to fix it. They said that someone would be out today.
Stoney picked me up at 1:30pm for a drive down to Yucca Valley to pay our last respects to Donna Myers who passed away last week. There were a number of folks who showed up from Montebello were her and Cal used to live before coming to retire here. There were two or three ex Fire Chiefs attending from the Montebello fire department where Donna and Cal used to work and lots of family and friends to say their goodbyes.
When I got back home I went for a long evening walk to reflect. As I was walking I came across a large tarantula. I remembered when I first moved here I found one by my house and coached him into a Styrofoam Cup and carried him away where I wouldn’t accidently step on him. This time I picked him up and let him walk on my hands; he’d go from one hand to the other as I move one in front of him. What a wonder! It made me think just how precious all life is and how much life is wasted; where some folks strive to be alive to see another sunset while others throw it away on the trivial; where one person can see the wonders in an ant hill while other’s walk past giving it no thought. I guess the passing of my friend and the recent shootings at Fort Hood were a maniac took the lives of twelve souls, has made me contemplate these opposites of reality. Maybe someday we will respect all life and become the caretakers of our little planet and all its creatures. And maybe we have to respect ourselves before we can.
I read some astronomy and did my stretches before “Numb3rs” came on CBS; about a hacker who hacked into illegal credit card websites. Then I practiced my guitar; wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.
Oh, and I finally got Win7 up and running on the HP Mini Note and used it to post this journal. It appears to me to be faster than Win XP and is really nice to work with!


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