Monday, October 09, 2017

TWTW October 2nd through the 8th: We Get Weather

First we had rain:

Then we had fog:

Finally, we had a double rainbow:

No this wasn't all in one day but over several.  The pond is starting to fill up again. Maybe my heron friend will come back.

Music Monday: Giyo - Downward Spiral

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

TWTW September 25th through October 1st: I Got Nothing

I remember almost nothing that happened last week. I watched a French action movie called Sleepless Night. It's about a croaked cop trying to save his son from a mobster. It was OK, had good fights.
I also got new shiny plates for the CR-V.  Exciting!!!

So here are a few pictures I found on my phone.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

TWTW September 18th through the 14th: I Get A New Phone

All I can really remember from last week is that I got a new phone. After struggling through the last 10 months with a 4 year old iphone I upgraded. Did I upgrade to the new iphone? No. I got an honor 6x for $180. I just could not bring myself to spend 800 to 1000 dollars on a phone when I could get everything I need for around 200. Also, I prefer android to iOS. It ended up being an easy decision.  The pic above is from the new phone. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

TWTW September 11th through the 17th: I Walk On Water... Sort Of

The pond has completely dried up. As I write this dark clouds are filling the sky and we have a high chance of storms tonight. I sure hope we finally get some. For some reason, once a year, in the fall, they mow down all the plants that grow up around the pond. I have no idea why. While I was out for a walk and talking on the phone I realized I could just walk right on out to the dry pond bed. I wandered around the cracked dirt and talking. I jogger running by stopped and looked at me like I was crazy. I waved at them.  I took a few pictures.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

TWTW September 4th through the 10th: The Butterfly Friend

A small winged friend joined me on one of my daily walks. About half a mile from home a small butterfly started flying around me. I assumed it would fly away, but it staid with me the whole way home. It would circle around me and every once in a while it would land in front of me. It was a nice way to start my day.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

TWTW August 28th through September 3rd: I Have Weird Dreams

We Get a Bit of Rain

We did finally get some rain on Monday. By some, I mean a lot. We got a couple of inches in an hour. It half filled back up the retention pond. But, it hasn't rained since so it has all dried up again.

Weird Dream of the Week

I walked out of the door on my grandparents' old house and started walking toward the back. The Russian army was coming down the road. They were showing off with drifting and spinning their tanks and missile launchers. This seemed perfectly normal so I just continued around the house. I realized I had gone out with no shoes. I was just wearing socks that were starting to get wet from the grass. I took off my socks and continued back toward the barn. A bunch of people were wandering around. A kid (by kid I mean a person of college age) found a cell phone on the ground. He picked it and started making jokes about it. The owner of the phone came bad and got mad. He dragged the kid off and was going to hurt him. I thought somebody should help the kid so I looked under the chair that was out there. I knew there were some gold clubs under it. The first club I got out was a left handed one so I put it back and grabbed another one. I chased after the two into the sporting goods aisle they had gone into. They guy grabbed a baseball bat off the wall and I took off a weird hockey stick with a pointy end. I poked at him a few times but got bored. "Do whatever you want, " I told him and wandered back around the Walmart still holding the golf club. I wandered around taking a few practice swings when the handle broke off. I threw it in a near by garbage can. I then noticed a nice display of cheap clothes. I thought I could use some new t-shirts and polos so I started looking at them. I realized I didn't have my phone with me and decided I should head back to my Grandparents house because people might start getting worried.  Then I woke up. I lay there realizing it had all been a dream and marveled how all of it made perfect sense during the dream.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

TWTW August 14th through the 20th: We Need Rain

Someday this week I looked at the local paper. They had rain totals for local communities. Under my town, it said N/A  as in not applicable as in none, zero. That night we did get a little drizzle but not enough to do anything.
Sadly these clouds did not bring rain

The lack of rain has taken a toll on our local drainage pond. For the first time in the 5 years it has been there it is almost dried up.  The pair of herons (Note: they might not actually be herons. I don't really know birds ) who live in the pound have had to stand in smaller and smaller puddles of water.
Almost dried out pond

I went out with my camera and got a few pictures of them. After a couple of shots, they got spooked and flew away.





Tuesday, August 08, 2017

TWTW July 31st through August 6th: The Tale of New Tech

A New Work Laptop

I think it was Thursday, maybe it was Wednesday when I was informed by one of our IT people that there was a recall on my work laptop. The battery could swell and explode. That seems like something that should be dealt with. So I got new work laptop. I liked the industrial design of the older one better. It was a dell and had a really nice build quality ( well except for the battery issue) and a good screen. The new is faster but bigger and it just feels cheaper. 

I Get  A New Point and Shoot Camera

I also recently got a cheap point and shoot camera. Yes, they do still exist. I took a few pictures to test it out.  The macro shots aren't too bad.

Comparison pic from my really old iphone

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

TWTW July 24th through the 30th: Jobu Gets a New Box

I brought Jobu a new box home from work. I thought it might not be the proper proportions. I didn't need to worry.

I also played a video on my computer of a cat meowing.  Jobu tried to find the new kitty friend.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

TWTW July 17th through the 23rd: The Return of the Real Rain Walk

The Return of the Real Rain Walk

Everybody who knows me, knows I love walking in the rain. Give me a mist up to a nice soaking rain and I'll do everything I can to be out in it. I also walk for exercise almost every day (Yes! I spelled exercise correctly the first time). During these walks, I almost always listen to podcasts.  Saturday morning a perfect walking rain rolled in. It switched between a shower and a nice soaking rain. I grabbed my rain coat, my phone, and my headphones.  With the rain coming down I didn't start up my podcasts. I remembered the old days when I would go for long walks with only the sounds of my own thoughts, well that and all the noises around me. I got soaked as I wandered around the neighborhood thinking about all sorts of important and unimportant stuff. I only saw one other person during the hour I was out. He must also be a rain walker since we both cheerfully said "Morning," when we passed.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

TWTW July 10th through the 16th: I Meet a Local Celebrity and Jobu Gets Sick

I Meet A Local Celebrity

I have a friend who runs a local bar. I call it a dive bar but it really isn't a bad place. One day I walked over there. On the way through the parking lot, a noticed a few expensive SUVs all with out of state dealer plates on them. I didn't think much of it. At a table inside sat a group of people all in Illini gear. They were sharing a local pizza. I made some crack about them having leftovers as I walked by. They gave me some weird looks. I sat there for about an hour not really paying attention to them. They were talking about U of I athletic stuff. The kept saying the name Josh.  I looked over and that was when I realized one of them was U of I Athletic Director Josh Whitman.

Jobu Gets Sick (Content Warning: Cat Poop)

Early Saturday morning I am awoken by the sound of a cat puking. This is not an unusual sound in my household, so I roll over and fall back asleep. Jobu visited me a couple of times during the night, but each time he would start purring, he would make these grumbly tummy sounds and wander off. About six in the morning I awoke again to the sound of puking. I was concerned at this point because he doesn't puke that much.  I wondered if everything was o..ZZZZZZzz I fell back asleep. When I did finally get up, he was lying in the middle of the floor not moving much. I checked his litter box and he had used it several times and the results were very fluid.  He spent most of the day lying in that spot in the middle of the floor and getting up every two hours to go squirt out something into his litter box At least he made it to the box every time. One of the times he got up I put a bed of his in the spot he was sleeping so he would be more comfortable. He seemed to be doing better and by Sunday he was back to his old running around being annoying self. Now I have a cat bed in the middle of my living room because he has decided that is where he wants to sleep from now on. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

TWTW July 3rd through the 9th: It's Hot and I Build Something

I had the day off and had things to get done. I went out to pay my rent and then tried to get my hair cut. On my way to pay my rent, I drove by my usual barber. Several people were waiting.  I decided to try back after doing my errands.  Since I was near another place I sometimes use, I drove by it and it had an even bigger wait. Finally, on my way home, I drove by the original place it had even more people.  No haircut for me that day.

I and some friends had agreed that in the afternoon we would help a friend move the new shed he's bought. We thought we'd get there, move the shed into the backyard, and be done. My friend had bought a big plastic shed and it was in a big box in parts. We moved all the parts into the backyard near where the old shed used to be. Job done. "You start reading the instructions. I'll get some tools and we can  start putting it together."  I guess we are building a shed today, I thought. It was 90 degrees F and it took us four hours. Four old men sweated and took many breaks. Once the roof was on,  it got really hot inside the shed. I then turned to one of the final pages of instructions. We were almost done. There was only one picture on that page. It showed the inside of the shed and the 56 screws that we had to put in. So 2 of us went inside of the burning furnace while the other two of us stood outside pulling down on the roof so things would line up properly.  I didn't take a picture of the final product but it did look nice.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

TWTW June 26th through July 2nd: Weather

Can't think of anything that happened but we had weather. So here is some pictures:

Double Rainbow All the Way

purty sky

Stormy Storm

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

TWTW June 19th through the 25th: Longest Day of the Year

Weekly Weather Update #1 The Temps

The week started off extremely hot, like in the 90s hot. The funny thing is, shortly after Summer officially started it got way cooler. The weekend has been almost near perfect weather, sunny with temps in the 70s.

Weekly Weather Update #2 Slight Chance of Rain means it Rains Every Day

For three days straight, starting on the Summer solstice, we had a small, about 20%, chance of rain each day.  Yep, it rained every single one of those days.  The rain did give us a nice rainbow or two:

But the rain and the clouds did interfere with one of my plans. On the solstice I wanted to head over and take a picture of the upwell statue showing the sun at it's highest most northerly point. By the time I got out there the sky was overcast and rain had just started.

Later that day, I tried to get a picture of the Sun settings but it was still cloudy. So this pic from a couple of days latter will have to suffice.

The Weekend

The weather over the weekend was almost perfect. I tried to spend as much time outside as I could. On Sunday I made homemade pizza

And Jobu spent the day outside being old.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

TWTW June 12th through the 18th: Overwatch Ranking is Borked

Jobu decided to use one of his mousies as a pillow. Yep, he is resting his head on it. You can see the little tail and a bit of the mousy.

Video game stuff you won't care about:

For the last year or so I have been playing a bunch of a game called Overwatch.  I'm not very good at it, which is kinda sad since I used to be really good at this kind of game. I guess that is part of the price you pay when you become a mature productive adult( get old and slow).  There are several different ways you can play the game. Competitive mode ranks you against other players. You can see where you fit in with other players. Only it seems to me to be broken. The mode has seasons like in a sports league. At the start of each season, you have to do ten placement matches that are intended to put you against the proper opponents. Each season the game has lowered my skill rating. I started out in the middle at gold and have slowly fallen off until I am in the horrible scrub league of low bronze. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

TWTW June 5th through the 11th: I WANT PETS MEOW!!

Early Wednesday morning, Jobu woke me up. The sky had just begun to lighten and the birds were chirping, so I guess it was about 5 am. There's nothing surprising about Jobu waking me up early in the morning. A few times a night he jumps on the bed  and needs attention. If he want treats or to be let out he whines a bit. I ignore him. If he just wants snuggles and pets he lays down next to me and purrs. This morning he woke me not by jumping on the bed or whining. I awoke to him in the other room meowing plaintively. I wondered if something was really wrong, so I got up and went to see him. He was laying on the floor so I started to pet him. He purred in response. I checked if maybe ants had gotten into his food or maybe he was out of water. Nothing seemed amiss. I went back to him and  petted him some more. After some more pets and purrs he got up and wandered off. I realized that was all he wanted. He made me get up and pet him in the dark.

Over the weekend I went to see my parents and check out a  friends new house. I had to take a new route to the new house. I checked it out before I left. I memorized the few basic turns I need to get there. It was all pretty straight forward. I checked out the street signs as I passed so I wouldn't miss my turn. I saw a name I recognized and realized the next stop light should be my turn. Nope. It was another 3 miles down the road. I almost missed the second turn because it didn't look right. I moved some boxes and put together an battery powered lawn mower. Mostly I loved on a dog. At the old place my friend wanted me to put this statue of a dragon she had on her lawn into the back of her car.  It was stone and about the size of a throw pillow. How heavy could it be?  Pretty heavy once I started trying to pick it off the ground.  Kneeling on the ground, I managed to get it into my arms and off the ground. Then I realized I had to stand up. I managed to get my left leg planted firmly on the ground. I pushed with all my might trying to stand up. Nothing happened. My friend had to come over and give me a help up.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Music Monday: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - Racing In The Street

I meant to post this LAST Monday. Instead I posted the wrong Music Monday so...

Last(Two Fridays AGO) Friday, June 2nd, was the 39th anniversary of the release of a very important rock album you’ve probably never heard of: Darkness on the Edge of Town by Bruce Springsteen.  Many Springsteen fans and critics consider it his best album. It also contains a song many people think is his best: Racing in the streets.

Throughout his career, Springsteen has done an amazing job of capturing normal American life, but in a way that magnifies the drama of that life. Two young people in some poor working town trying to make a life is full of drama and pain and love and hope. 

On first glance, Racing in the Streets seems to be about racing cars. Looking a little deeper and people see it talking about a relationship in trouble.  In my opinion, Brice gives us one of the best songs reflecting one of his reoccurring themes. The failing man appears in many of my favorite Springsteen songs. A man is supposed to be the hero and have everything worked out. In songs such as Downbound Train or One Step Up, Bruce does a really good job of capturing the doubts a man feels alone at night trying to figure out how to fix what has gone wrong.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

TWTW May 29th through June 4th: If A Tree Falls in the Parking Lot and Nobody Hears It

Well, I heard it. I was walking through the center of my apartment complex area when I heard this cracking sound. I looked over and saw this tree just falling between 2 of the buildings. I first thought that someone was cutting it down and clearing it out. But I didn't see anybody. I walked over and there wasn't anybody near it. The healthy looking tree, on a windless day, just fell over. People starting coming out of their apartments trying to figure out what happened. I told them it just fell down.  A day later and they still haven't cleaned it out.

GEESE!!!  I heard a bunch of noise outside. I looked out and saw this:

 Yes, there was a car behind them slowly moving them forward.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

TWTW May 22nd through the 28th: What A Difference.. Just Kidding

I might make a rule that if I don't have anything interesting to write about I'll just skip these TWTW posts. The weather seems to finally be springish. That means in about a week we will be in deep summer.

Somehow, I have managed not to sit on him all these years.