The Society publishes copies of journals from explorations undertaken in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Double-stacking books has caused this mess. There are two guitars over on the right below the photo of my father in his Navy uniform.
This thing looks great, but it's a real pain to clean. The <a href="http://www.robertcomptonpottery.com/" target="_blank">potter</a> does wonderful work, though.
The joys of homeownership; the back deck fell of its own weight.
This is <a href="http://www.cactus-mall.com/andre/species2.html" target="_blank"> Adenium arabicum</a>. He/She lives in a pot on the side deck.
That's me, feigning dismay at the number of candles on my birthday cake.
The newly decorated tree, 12/17/2005
Close up of treetop angel
The Christmas (Eve) bird
Wretched excess and a puzzled dog 2005
Santa was busy in 2005
Surrounded by loot 2005
Roasted leg of lamb with new potatoes, carrots and onions.
This was the New Year's Day dinner.
This guy went strolling past the side window and sat under a chair on the deck for a while, then he casually ambled past the shed and headed beneath the hedge. He looked to be about 18 inches long from tip to tail.
The one-pan meal.
Here's a different plover, with a better view of his legs.
These guys migrate to Hawai'i every year.
Me and the tree 2004
Every year these stuffed animals make up a village; this is 2004
2004 Christmas tree (fully loaded)
This was bought at the same time as the speakers. It needs a belt; the motor seems to work just fine. It also needs at least a stylus, if not an entire cartridge.
These are CS-88As. Bought in 1973 on base in Japan. They still put out a great sound.
Purchased in 1973 in Japan.
A plover in mid-yard
Made with a Canon A-1 body and a 35-105mm Zoom lens using ASA 200 film.
"I have you now, my pretty!"
Here he is under the mango tree.
This is the view from the playroom door today. Bleah.
That's a drainpipe from the grassy area above. The photo was taken at the height of a rainstorm that had been going on for about ten minutes.
Same view (unzoomed; oops) three hours after the earlier picture. Note blue sky.
A well-backlit blogger at work.
$1.59 at Safeway
Before trimming. This is a coral tree, which we thought was going to die from an infestation of gall wasps. Turns out it survived the first wave, anyway.
Here's the same tree after trimming.
The same tree post-trim, from the driveway.
The same tree before trimming.
This is pre-trim, with a "volunteer" palm tree growing up through it.
Post-trim, palm tree gone.
In the foreground, our brand-new Hawai'i flag. In the background, our slightly more aged American flag.
Gives one pause before reaching for that dishwashing liquid, doesn't it?
Previously seen behind the dishwashing liquid, our boy has moved to the dishwasher itself.
Adenium obesum - Desert Rose
Mama flew away, but she has two chicks in her nest perched in our mango tree.
Who knew inter-library loans could take so little time?
I don't believe this. This is a <i>circulating</i> library book!
Avocados in the wild!
A nice simple declarative message on a billboard in Connecticut, put up by religious activists.
The way in to the school cafeteria to perform that most important of civic duties.
This was the parking lot of my polling place at 12:00 noon when I got there to vote.
The soon-to-be groaning board 2006
Before the present-madness begins
What I found in the oven while pre-heating to cook pigs-in-a-blanket Christmas morning.
Thank heaven the hints got heard; I've been broiling English muffins in the oven for three months.
The shirt sez:
National Sarcasm Society
Like we need your support
Overkill. You'd think we had a bunch of toddlers to gift.
Mailbox "swag" makes up a little for no outside lights on the house.
$5.14 as of January 1, 2007. That's pre-tax, too.
The Consumer Price Index basket needs to be updated.
Done with the decorations for another year.
I'm a minimalist. ;)
I was sitting in a chair in the breakfast room reading when I looked up and the Geico gecko was three feet away, looking at me.
Elizabeth Peters wrote the Peabody books, and I got hooked. Then I started reading her other novels under her real name and liked those as well.
Who knows what you might want to lay your hand on while reading in bed?
Same as Peters. I found J.D. Robb's Eve Dallas books and thought I'd try some of the books she'd written under her real name (Nora Roberts). I was astonished to discover that my perception of her books as romantic mush was a stereotype I shouldn't have had.
I think this is the best picture of me ever taken; it makes me look a lot more serious and handsome than I've ever been since then. I was 17, and the occasion was an after-school meeting of the History Club.
Boy Scouts after planting flags at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Memorial Day 2007
Photo by either my niece or my sister.
Me, posing on the trail below the most famous mountain shape in the world on vacation in 1984.
<b>Everybody</b> gives me baseball caps!
Ronstadt for LT thread
The pooch looking under the hedge. Since we have a little mongoose family running around the yard, I suspect she's scented them.
Circus elephants seen on a street in Fresno while on vacation in 1984.
As part of the Taco Bell "Steal a Base, Steal a Taco" promotion (the company gave away a taco for each stolen base during the World Series) I went down to collect. No lines.
Did Hawai'i not watch the World Series? Is 2:15pm too late for lunch? Will there be crowds by 5:00pm when the promotion ends?
This bumper sticker reads
We (heart) Viaduct
So is the guy a Civil Engineer, a Department of Transportation worker, or what?
See those two little white dots to the southwest of the dog's bowl? Those are two halves of a Glucosamine pill (recommended by the vet for Tigger's arthritis). I had cleverly put them on top of her food. She would have none of that; she removed them and placed them carefully outside the dish before eating her dinner.
The intrepid huntress shows off her catch.
Ah, steak. This is the setup for Saturday night's dinner.
audio-technica AT-PL50 turntable with digital conversion capacity
Well, it IS 30 years old, so I guess it was entitled to wear out. It was because of this that we decided to replace the floor.
This is what we'll use to cook our 2007 Thanksgiving turkey. It's circa 1954, and we still have the original manual/recipe book. Had to replace the cord recently, but other than that it works fine.
On its way into the roaster oven
The decorated table
A longtime tradition, these are yams beaten with brown sugar and egg. There's a marshmallow at the bottom of each orange half. The one with the extra bit of fluffy goodness on top is my niece's, who doesn't believe moderation and marshmallows should be used in the same sentence.
Doesn't everyone keep their refrigerator in the dining room?
This was the most worrisome aspect of the whole deal. Would the copper water line have a shut-off valve, or would I have to somehow turn off the main water line?
Combine your breakfast room furniture and your dining room furniture and this is what you get
Get a roller over here!
Again, incorrectly named photograph. This is the mortar-like substance, not glue.
No matter how good the pattern is, there's trimming to fit to be done.
The photo's named incorrectly. This isn't glue, it's a mortar-like substance used to level the old floor. We elected to have new vinyl placed over the old stuff (foreground) without ripping it up and having a new plywood base laid down.
The glue made nifty patterns on the floor.
Gray molding between dining room and breakfast room. That's a sliding glass door which originally opened onto a small deck, which became the enclosed breakfast room.
The kitchen before the new vinyl was rolled.
New floor with fridge replaced. No leak from the water line!
Gray molding around the door, white around the baseboard.
New floor with furniture moved back.
The breakfast room was an add-on to the original kitchen about 30 years ago, so new vinyl had to be matched. See the "FloorBefore" picture to see what happened to that seam over time. This time around the seam was much shorter (that's about three feet).
Here's the pattern for the breakfast room.
This was Friday. A pattern is marked up around the cabinets and in all the niches around the room. Then it's taken back to the shop and laid out on sheet vinyl and cut to match.
To keep the edges from rolling up, a quarter-cut piece of molding is glued/nailed down.
Get ready to roll the cut vinyl out onto the floor. I think this was before the glue application.
Gotta be sure the new stuff is laid flat, so a push roller is used.
A long day's work
Tigger developed a half-dollar sized sore on her elbow, and we were terrified that it had become infected and reached the bone. Fortunately not, but to keep that from happening, she's bandaged and soft-casted.
Standing in the shadows of. . .the mango tree.
My leg does not impair my investigative skills.
I may be injured, but I can still prospect!
Staples removed, but the wound opened up, so she's got this hot pink bandage on it.
At my suggestion the vet tried a new technique to keep the blasted bandage on. He bandaged the wounded elbow, put a muzzle over the leg with its straps up over her shoulders to hold the bandage in place, and then wrapped all that with an ace bandage.
This is what's under those bandages. It's healing, but not quickly.
On the way to the vet. She didn't get a car ride till she was about twelve, and she's nearly sixteen. It's taken all that time for her to get used to it. It's my fault, because I'll bet she'd have been the "hang my head out the window and feel the breeze" type if she'd had the opportunity earlier.
The vet swears it's healing, but it's gonna be a while.
From the end of my driveway toward the Waianae Mountains (honest, they're there!)
A rear view of that oddly straight-up ear.
Tigger gets her ear in odd configurations sometimes.
Related <a href="http://www.linkmeister.com/blog/archives/002911.html">blog entry</a>.
Top view of creature found in family room this morning. About one inch long. Left a slime trail across entry rug next to screen door (Yuk!).
I'm wondering if it's a snail which has lost its shell, a snail which hasn't grown its shell yet, or some other form of slug.
Bottom view of creature found in family room this morning.
I'm wondering if it's a snail which has lost its shell, a snail which hasn't grown its shell yet, or some other form of slug.
After 15+ years and maybe 20 car rides, she's finally decided that the car seat is an acceptable place to sit, rather than the wheel well.
The wound is finally pretty much closed up. The staples you see were removed shortly after this photo was taken.
Tigger is getting pretty darned bouncy, too. She leapt out of the car when we got home, rather than waiting for me to lift her.
My niece graduated last Saturday. Mom on the left, the important girl in the middle, and me on the right.
Tigger's been very bouncy since last time she went to the vet for rebandaging. Perhaps <b>too</b> bouncy, as her wound was slightly reopened when the vet unwrapped it today. He's frustrated and so are we. Several stitches later, I take her back in a week.
One of the veterinary assistants was taking the picture. This one was done before the cleanup began.
A scab has finally formed over the wound. Her fur is damp from the cleaning solution.
It's an ugly scab, but it's actually a good sign.
Step one in rebandaging.
Step two in rebandaging.
Step three in rebandaging.
Final step in rebandaging.
I was holding her with one hand and the camera with the other, so I couldn't get a decent angle to take a picture of how the wound looks today. In my exceedingly unprofessional opinion it's a lot better than it was on Monday. It's scabbed over again.
This is my "oh, to hell with it. Damned tortillas won't stay rolled anyway" version of beef-and-cheese enchiladas.
The whole planter.
A single plant.
It's got more buds!
Detail of the agapanthus bloom photo.
Upper drawer (small) assembled. Further information <a href="http://www.linkmeister.com/blog/archives/002996.html" target="_blank">here</a>.
Here's the completed dresser. I wrote about the assembly process <a href="http://www.linkmeister.com/blog/archives/002996.html" target="_blank">here</a>.
Newly purchased and assembled desk chair.
Candid dog shots
Lots of privacy booths, but only one scanner, thus the line
20 pages, 4 columns, approximately 35 names per column = ~3000 voters in my precinct
The lot was full and I had to circle once.
Before the (10-lb) birdie goes in. This is the interior of a 1950s-era Westinghouse Roaster. There's a good picture of the exterior <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/56759872@N00/3065903423/" target="_blank">here</a>. It works like a charm.
The pre-cooked Safeway bird comes in two bags. You're supposed to remove the outer bag but leave the inner one intact when cooking. Unfortunately, when I cut the outer bag I discovered that the inner bag had separated at one seam, hence the foil to try to hold it together. I did NOT inadvertently slice the inner bag when removing the outer one!
The obligatory 20-minute rest before carving.
These Safeway dinners come with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy. In addition there's pumpkin pie (also provided by Safeway) and green peas from our own freezer.
They're sitting on a large Salton hot tray which we use only for holiday meals. I have a smaller one which has died. Trying to find a replacement is really hard, since Salton has expired/been bought out by somebody and is not making them anymore.
My brother-in-law has become the designated carver. I'm not sure whether it's because he likes to, because he thinks I've done enough work already to get to this point, or because he doesn't trust me. I don't mind.
Here's the roaster we use for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, complete with manual. It's been in the family for 50+ years.
Fresh from the lot
On the day before Earth Day, the city just dropped off blue recycling bins for the neighborhood.
My sister brought us a surprise visitor today; Lily is my niece's dog. She's half-Malamute and half-Huskie, or so we're told. She's very very friendly.
It's laundry day, which is why there's a pile of sheets on the coffee table. The stuffed dog is a promotional toy from Central Pacific Bank. The bouquet is left over from Mother's Day.
Semi-acoustic six-string Maple-Glo guitar
Full on view of 1968 Rickenbacker Model 365 six-string guitar.