Feb 08


I’ve had a nasty virus the past week. Saw the doctor on thursday and he gave me some cough medicine that really does a number on me. It does a great job at what it’s supposed to, manages my coughing and dries up the mucus like nothing else. But it leaves me pretty wonked out and mentally kind of “out of focus”. Today I was starting to feel better. Instead of being light headed and woozy from the virus and the medicine I’m down to where I can be light headed and woozy from either the virus or the medicine. The medicine woozy is just slightly more tolerable than the virus woozy.

So when Rich called to remind me that tomorrow is our pickup day for the citywide cleanup I just explained that we had already got rid of a ton of stuff to move and don’t really have much more built up again yet. He then told me about how well he trimmed his trees – and offered me his trimmer. Heck he’s only a block away and a nice long pole trimmer would let me do a nice job. I may not feel safe to drive a car or stand on a ladder under the influence of this medicine…but a pole trimmer within walking distance. I guess I can try that.

The activity did me pretty good actually. My ears unplugged and with my blood flowing I started to feel better – my throat is still pretty rough from all the coughing but overall I’m feeling a lot better. And the yard is looking at LOT more open. Here’s a quick pano I snapped. It’s got a bit of a focus problem in the kitchen, and the last frame showing the empty ficus area was unusable…but compared to the shot I uploaded a few days ago you can see how much more open the main backyard tree is now.

Oh yeah, it also shows off how our yard lights up at night. This is without the kitchen “work” lights on.

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Feb 08

About time I guess

I’ve been posting bits of my life online for a long time. I’ve thought about starting a blog many times over but never quite followed through. I maintained my personal website for a few years…until I ran out of space on the host and things just sort of froze. The next few years I mainly posted on a couple of forums that friends knew to find me at. Finally I got a smugmug account to start organizing my photos….but it wasn’t the best for commenting. The past few years I’ve mainly gotten by with just e-mailing those I think would be interested in what was talking about.

See, the thing is I have a lot of different hobbies and past times. I don’t have time to maintain a website or blog for each…and they’re all so varied that I never could quite figure out how to do one overall site for everything. So I’ve decided to stop thinking about it and just do it.

Yeah, my dad starting a blog WAS the final straw. When he started talking about my old darkroom that clinched it. So I’m not sure where this will go, but I basically just plan on posting the kind of stuff I usually send friends – it will just be shared with everyone now. So hang on and be prepared for just about anything…