We had some snow yesterday, both down here and up on the land.
But the temperatures got up to the high 40’s here, low 40’s up there, so the snow has already mostly melted in both places. It’s always nice when the sun comes out after a snow.
April 19, 2015
A couple of days ago the shingles’ pain (which was gradually getting better) mostly went away — to be replaced by a fierce itching. I assume that’s a good sign, and it made me aware of how many years it has been since I was bitten by a mosquito. Itching used to be an integral part of summer, but no more. Needless to say, I don’t miss it!
Do you have many mosquitoes, other biting insects, or poisonous plants where you are?
April 18, 2015
…if you’re willing to take a risk, the ultimate risk, to draw attention to something that does have significance, it’s worth doing.
I’m demanding reform and declaring a voter’s rebellion in a manner consistent with Jefferson’s description of rights in the Declaration of Independence,” he wrote. “As a member of Congress, you have three options. 1. You may pretend corruption does not exist. 2. You may pretend to oppose corruption while you sabotage reform. 3. You may actively participate in real reform.
—Doug Hughes, the fellow who landed his gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol in order to deliver a message to each member of Congress
What are the chances that Congress will respond to Hughes’ message? So far there’s been a lot of fuss that he managed to penetrate restricted air space without being detected, but there’s little sign that anyone is listening to him. The Washington Post, in its article What Hillary Clinton and the gyrocopter guy have in common is skeptical that campaign finance reform is very likely:
Politicians need money to keep their jobs, and they also know they can get away with paying the issue lip service while not really doing anything about it, because it’s not actually a top concern for most voters.
And that’s the problem. Even though people agree all the money being pored into politics is a problem, when they’re polled it’s towards the bottom of their list of concerns. I’m afraid Hughes made a valiant but futile effort. What do you think?
April 17, 2015
Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.
I’ve recently watched Julia Child: America’s Favorite Chef, plus some of the episodes of The French Chef, and it brought back fond memories. I watched The French Chef when we were in Ithaca from 1966 to 1974. We had lived in France from September, 1964, to October, 1965, so it was fun to watch a program about French cooking, and it was fun to watch Julia enjoy herself in the kitchen. She wasn’t glamorous and sometimes made mistakes, but she was passionate about food and cooking and shared her enthusiasm with her audience.
I can’t recall trying any of her recipes, but I did enjoy her joie de vivre and the way she ended her shows with “Bon appétit!” My “appétit” is more for other things than for food, but enthusiasm is enthusiasm. Yay, Julia!
April 16, 2015
We left the shades in the study closed yesterday, so this morning the sun didn’t heat it up to the 80’s. Instead the temperature stayed a comfortable 71°. Yay, shades! They do seem to work.
April 15, 2015
It wasn’t very sunny yesterday, but we had a great trip up to the land even so. They installed our drapes!
It’s nice to have that crossed off our list.
Andy also showed me the famous ditch where the truck had been stuck, and also his latest project in the battery house — the start of the system that will direct the power from the photovoltaic cells so it will be used most efficiently. Needless to say, it will be complicated, but a great thing when (he says if) he gets it finished.
How was your day?
April 14, 2015
The only way to do all the things you’d like to do is to read.
Tom Clancy (born April 12, 1947) dreamed of joining the military in his youth, but his poor eyesight prevented him. Undeterred, he channeled his passion into his books. After finding success with best-sellers like The Hunt for Red October, he bought himself a tank.
Yay, Tom Clancy! The moral is follow your bliss, but be flexible.
April 13, 2015
One of my favorite cartoons shows God sitting in an easy chair watching TV, while an angel waits with a list of crises to be dealt with. God says something like,
I don’t have time for tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes right now. I have to help this fellow sink his putt.
Yes, priorities are priorities.
I’m enjoying watching the Masters Tournament this weekend. I usually watch it every year, but this time it’s especially interesting because of the spectacular playing by 21-year-old Jordan Spieth and because Tiger is playing again, and playing respectably. There’s still an outside chance he could win.
Masters Tournament Leaderboard
April 11, 2015
Presumably Tiger still wants to break Jack Nicklaus’ lifetime record of winning 18 major championships (Tiger has only 14 so far), but the Wall Street Journal article How Tiger Killed Tiger points out this may be hard to do because he has made golf so popular, and has emphasized fitness so much, that he has generated a lot of competition from the younger players.
Anyway, there’s no doubt that Tiger’s very presence still makes a tournament more interesting. He’s done wonders for golf, whether or not he ever beats Nicklaus’record.
April 12, 2015
Rummuser has a great story about the difference between pastors and lawyers. The story concludes,
It is not necessary to lie, one only has to choose the right words. Lawyers don’t lie… they are creative… They are smooth.
It reminds me of the Robert Brault quote:
To err is human, to forgive does not get you the settlement that we at Susskind, Marberry and Callahan feel you’re entitled to.
Laws and lawyers aren’t always friendly.
April 11, 2015
He never grew up; but he never stopped growing.
—Arthur C. Clarke, epitaph for himself
Yay, Wally! He’s never grown up either.
April 10, 2015