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Sun, Mar 31st - 10:15AM

March 30: Holy Saturday

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
51.9 miles
cloudy, a few drops of rain, thunder in the evening

161 recordings of 29 types. 19% clear.

I took the dog when I took metal recycling in to Davis. Turns out there were FOUR garbage can lids!  I also had some pipes from the bathroom re-doing and the water stuff from the standpipe.  It was time to get rid of it. 

Then I had a couple of challenge caches loaded up. One was called "Old Cachers Never Die, They Just Get Archived" and it's about finding a memorial cache.  While I created one for Rich, I also went to one for Tanky at his memorial, so I qualify. Unfortunately, it's behind the cemetery and I didn't know how to get to the area without walking the dog through the graves, which didn't seem respectful.

The other one was a challenge to find a cache with your name.  And I have two in the Snohomish area with "Janna" in the title. I drove around and around and finally located the entrance to the bike trail, so started walking with Pharaoh.  There was this huge pit bull-mastiff cross behind a fence who wanted to play with or kill Pharaoh.  My dog barked and barked and barked... nothing like a nice quiet walk in the woods, is there?  I couldn't find the cache, and I see many others have not found it either.  Sulk!  The dogs had more words as I returned, and a little girl on a bike was absolutely terrified of my dog.  I sat him, and her mother finally got her past us.  So apart from the recycling, it wasn't that productive a trip. 

Then, peeling some potatoes to roast (to get the bag finished) I suddenly found myself crying. I really really REALLY didn't want to go to Mass tonight, but I had to.  Fortunately, Bernadette came and I also sat with my friend Ruth.  I had a pot of tulips for my prayer partner.  She got Baptised and Confirmed. It was a nice Mass. I was amused by the little boy next to me, who was having a hard time.  Reminded me of my kids at that age. The beginning of Mass, the light service, was really hard, but toward the end of the Mass I was happier.  Maybe next year it'll be better.


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Sat, Mar 30th - 2:18PM

March 29: Good Friday

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
51.4 miles
partly cloudy

163 recordings of 31 types. 19% clear.

Victoria Knox: how much money does it take to keep people perpetually aggrieved so you can keep milking western nations for more money? By now, condos should have replaced the refugee "camps" that Palestinians have been living in for three generations.
and:
It's hard to imagine how Juan Williams can write an op-ed about the racial aspect of the gun control debate without mentioning that in the Jim Crow South, blacks were stripped of their guns so that they were defenseless when the KKK came calling. I would hate to think that Williams is ignorant of this history so I can only conclude that he wants to keep others ignorant of it.

I went over to church with a nice Stations of the Cross meditation, and also said a Rosary.  Back at home, the yellow roses are blooming in back. Since I won't be here to watch them, I cut one and took it to Ron.  Yellow roses are his favorite, and it's safe enough in the language of flowers (it means "friendship.")  I also thinned peaches!  My goodness!

Ron asked, yet AGAIN, if I was going on the Terra Cotta Warriors trip. No, I'll be going to Napa the next week.  And I'm the one who took the ticket for the TCWarriors to you! There's a trip in May to Vina... which I probably won't do.  Maybe. I saw the chapter house with Rich in what, '09?

I watched the first four episodes of St. Elsewhere.  So that makes TWO Netflix discs this month!


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Sat, Mar 30th - 1:58PM

March 28: Marriage "Equality."

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
51.4 miles
clear

166 recordings of 33 types. 18% clear.

Unusual Media Unusual Holy Week (the Anchoress)

---normally in these weeks leading up to Holy Week, the press would be offering us juicy opportunities to doubt the gospel. These are usually the weeks reserved for questions about whether or not Jesus existed at all; if he had a wife and so forth. This year, thanks to Benedict’s surprising resignation, the conclave and Pope Francis’ rock-star ascendancy, the press has had its hands full; there has been no opportunity to push back forcefully against the Rome-based images of drama, gasp-inspiring beauty, palpable joy and — dare I say it — rock-like continuance, that have been rolling out before our eyes these past weeks while the whole secular world is being roiled by political redefinition and uncertainty on issues of economy, war, elitism. Here in America we are almost ready to deconstruct a fundamental social understanding common to every culture for thousands of years, because of a conceit that we have become so much more enlightened, in the last fifty.

Jim Treacher
If you espouse the same opinion on gay marriage as Barack Obama used to, before he "evolved," you're a bigot.

But he wasn't.

Jeff McCabe It doesn't matter. He could revert back to his previous position, go join the phelps at a funeral and media matters would tell you the reason you object to that is because he's black. And would still keep all his base.

Sarah Berry: Because it isn't about being equal, it is about destroying God and the church---once the SCOTUS says it is unconstitutional to ban gay marriage (and they will) the churches will come under attack and be sued for violating constitutional rights when they refuse to marry same sex couples.

All the news is about gay marriage: never mind North Korea and threats, Syria and chemical weapons, or the economy.  A lot of my Facebook friends and my children and other relatives have come out in favor of "marriage equality." I've always been agnostic about gay marriage, and I'm not even sure how or if I voted on Proposition 8.  But.

Prop 8 passed and the reaction was disgraceful.  Riots are no way to get what you want.  And locally they hounded a guy out of his job for giving money to the proposition 8 supporters.  He was Mormon, and he didn't use company money, but he had to go. I was reminded of how I've always felt with the "we're here, we're queer" gang. Who cares?  I don't get up on the rooftop shouting my sexual preferences. STFU, already.

And then they got the courts involved.  When they wanted civil unions with all the rights, like inheritance and hospital visitations, they said of course they'd never want marriage.  Now they say of course they'll never attack religions. I don't believe them.

Rush Limbaugh says it's a matter of definition.  And he made an analogy to being in the 0bama family.  They get all sorts of acclaim, and perks, and he doesn't. It isn't fair. So he suggests suing to be an 0bama. 

My cause is pro-life, and I still don't get all foamy at the mouth about gay marriage.  But they should let society deal with it, as it is doing, and keep the courts out of it, and they should damwell quit screaming.


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Sat, Mar 30th - 10:12AM

March 27: Lampposts

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
51.4 miles
partly cloudy

167 recordings of 37 types. 16% clear.

Are Benghazi Survivors Hiding In A Washington, D.C. Hospital?

Wolf is calling for a “special select committee” to investigate the tragic events in Benghazi. President Obama should head off Rep. Wolf by making the Benghazi eyewitnesses available to Congress and the press as soon as possible–before a full-scale investigation consumes his second term and tarnishes his legacy.

Well, there's the press against finding out the truth.  And they are interested in protecting Hillary, as well.

Fred Thompson
A new report shows that PETA killed 90% of the dogs & cats placed in its animal shelter.

President Obama, though, was quick to praise the organization because at least they didn't waterboard.

Don Surber: 
Glitch? It's a feature. They want to break our health system.


Ron called this morning and I suggested instead of the recorder concert I could show him the lamppost museum.  When he picked me up (and duly admired my tulips) I handed him the envelope with the $28 for the Bodega Bay trip.  "What's this for?" and then he tells me it was sold out when he went in. Grrr.  He could have mentioned that some time ago. It's nice to be on one's own and not responsible to anyone else, but there are times you should let someone know what's up. Oh, well.  I found out when the next jazz festival is, so I won't worry.  Also, he'll be gone to Eagle Lake when the Monterey trip is. I'm seriously considering that one, but since my Solvang roomie now has a boyfriend, I don't know if she'll be good on it.  Maybe I can ride with Tony and room with Darlene, guess we'll see, but later. First things first, Ashland next week.

We rode the train down and walked over to the Crocker, where I showed him a geocache made up like a utility box. I thought that would amuse him, and it did.  Then across the freeway to the riverwalk.  He was quite interested in the lampposts.  We sauntered over to Joe's Crab Shack for chowder, and so home. We saw a sea lion in the river. A pleasant morning indeed. At home we went over to the neighbor's, who had all kinds of stuff out. He had another heart attack, and the kids were cleaning out the garage and kind of having a garage sale at the same time.  Poor Warren!  He was sitting out but obviously not well.  His wife apparently went a bit ditzy with the meds and forgot to give him some he needed.  Son-in-law (Gareth's friend's dad) is a paramedic and going to see if he can get her some help.

Then I went out and dug up weeds from the garden. It was warm and the kids behind were in the pool, having a great time. Finally I looked up and realized there was a big orange beach ball in my yard. I threw it over the fence and heard "hey, our ball's back!"  Just magic!


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Fri, Mar 29th - 9:27AM

March 26: Oakland Zoo

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
49.4 miles
partly cloudy

163 recordings of 34 types. 18% clear.

I'm .2 pounds down for the week, with high blood pressure.

I had a dental appointment, had the pearlies cleaned.  Then to the Ladies' breakfast.  I was in charge again.  There were 7 of us.  Then I left early in order to drive down to the Oakland Zoo.
An online friend from the proofreading group was visiting the Bay Area this week with her family, so I suggested this zoo to entertain the 10-year-old.

I made it in plenty of time and called: they were on the bus near the zoo.  Then she called me just as I was heading back to the car to get Flat Stanley. They were at the other gate and would be in the Children's Zoo. I made my way over there and was looking around, finally pulled out my phone and called and she was about 20 feet away from me..."look to your right."  Ha!

So we spent a little less than 4 hours together.  Very pleasant. I was charging stuff because I had to spend $8 to park!  I'd forgotten I was carrying $28 to give to Ron. Oh, well. I liked watching the baby meerkats and the tiger sisters.

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I ran into some rush hour (at 3!) traffic going home, but it wasn't as bad as I'd feared and I was home by 5:15.  Pharaoh was delighted to see me and to go out, but then he hovered by the door instead of doing his business, so he had to wait about 10 minutes till he was really done and could come in. If he'd only just GO!


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Wed, Mar 27th - 5:40PM

March 25: Blah.

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
47.4 miles
sunny

I didn't make it to Mass this morning.  I did make a quick trip to the Commissary.  Filled the car at $3.69.  Then the cleaners came. One I really like is pregnant so isn't working any more.  The other two are OK, but not quite as personable. Oh, well. I'm happy for her.

Tired.


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Wed, Mar 27th - 4:03PM

March 24: Flat Stanley

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
47.4 miles
sunny, a little warmer

162 recordings of 33 types. 19% clear.

Rich's brother's grandson sent me a letter with a Flat Stanley in it.  So today I took Stanley downtown and showed him the sights of Sacramento.

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This afternoon I went to Sunday Support. Afterwards I was at the dinner and set an officer on looking up Ron's emergency number to find out if he's OK. Then I drove past his house and his car was there!  So I first called him... the creep went to the jazz festival in Eureka. He could have called!  He's alive. I may kill him.

Then I called the person to say "never mind." Geeze.


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Mon, Mar 25th - 6:35PM

March 23: Zag-tastrophe

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
47.4 miles
sunny, a little warmer

166 recordings of 34 types. 17% clear.

St. Turibius de Mogrovejo.

I was policing the yard, and had the carport free.  Putting the tarp back on Rich's trike I finally actually looked at what he'd left in the basket and panniers. I found bottles of water, and  on the trike. Sob!

I dashed out to talk to the gardeners because I wanted the weed jungle behind the compost pit whacked down.  But the mower tried to go back there too. It's hard enough to talk to them with the language difference, but with all the machinery going it was darn near impossible.  However, it turned out well. I would love to sit out and enjoy the beautiful backyard.  But unfortunately, ACHOO! the mulberry is blooming.

Hamas' Twitter account calls 0bama a Jewish Organ Grinder's Monkey.

Over the last few weeks, Obama quietly got $500 million in aid to go to the Palestinian Authority.

Meanwhile, our standing in the Muslim world has plummeted to that below where it was when George Bush was in office.

Even on the Op-Ed page, this is a surprising thing to come from the New York Times!

Mr. Obama and his team would benefit, as they begin the second term, by acknowledging that many of the biggest problems facing the administration flow directly from the man at the top. Mr. Obama is a lousy manager. As chief executive he gets a C — and then only if graded on a curve that takes into account his predecessor’s managerial weaknesses.

...many of the administration’s shortcomings are traceable, at least in part, to troubles connected to the way Mr. Obama has chosen to run the government.

The administration has not done a good job of delegating to and empowering cabinet officials. Nor does it seem to have built necessary teams and coalitions or anticipated and planned for likely challenges.

...the president’s team is, in fact, a fractious group whose members are often at odds with one another, and Mr. Obama may be the most aloof president since Richard M. Nixon.

... But if Barack Obama is to be a successful president — if he is to lead our country toward economic recovery, climate health and increased security — he must master the day-to-day management of government.

I tried to get in touch with Ron's sons. I don't know if they ever log in to MyLife.

In a heartbreaking game, the Zags lost. They always did better as a Cinderella team.

Reading: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (vol 1), Edward Gibbon, The Bible (2 Machabees),  The Introduction to the Devout Life, St. Francis de Sales, Blue Highways, William Least Heat Moon, I See by My Outfit, Peter Beagle, Shakespeare: the World as Stage, Bill Bryson, 10 Books that Screwed up the World, Benjamin Wiker, Ph.D.,  Death, the Final Surrender, Fr. Cedric Pisegna.


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Mon, Mar 25th - 5:51PM

March 22: CCC

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
45.2 miles
windy and cold

167 recordings of 36 types. 16% clear.

Ron didn't call, nor did he answer his phone. I reluctantly drove past his house (do you have any idea how tired I am of finding dead bodies? I'd never make a good mystery heroine!) and noted his garbage bins weren't out (bad) but his car was gone (good.) Still, I'm worried.  Then I went on down to the campus for the Renaissance Society stuff, and parked near his parking place just in case.  The documentary I chose was about the Civilian Conservation Corps.

From my notes: They were worried about increasing the debt to $30Billion from the $19Billion it was under Hoover.  People thought the CCC was socialist (well, they were right!) there were cartoons of Hitler and Stalin and Roosevelt. It changed the way Americans recreated, and gave us a ready army when we entered the war. 

One thing I noticed: the young men in the documentary were so much more articulate than today's "uh--- you know --- like"  and f-words talk.

Wyoming had 18 camps. One of them became our University camp, and in 5th and 6th grades we stayed in the barracks in bunks. We had to take an orange crate to be our dressers. (This was OK with me, much of my furniture at home was orange crates!) It was positively FREEZING in the morning, and the custodian would come in and stoke the two furnaces, one on each end.  Then it was almost possible to get up.  And the four-holers!  By 7th grade, and later, string camp, they'd built cabins and flush toilets. I imagine the lodge was after CCC days, too.


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Sun, Mar 24th - 9:23PM

March 20: The Amazing DisgRace

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
45.2 miles
windy and cold

168 recordings of 38 types. 16% free.

RIP to all who made the ultimate sacrifice so "The Amazing Race" would be free go to Vietnam and sully their memory.

Shannon Dennis I turned away at the beginning of the "beautiful Communist" song, then learned later that a clue box was placed next to the wreckage of a B-52...folks, I am from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, home of Kincheloe Air Force Base (before CArter shut it down)...the Kinch was home to the most decorated B-52/KC135 wing of the U.S. Air Force...and we lost 2 B-52's in North Vietnam.....I curse all who had a hand in planning that particular episode...would not Saigon have been a suitable site if Vietnam were such a desirable stop on the Race????

 I do know this is not a 'political' issue of left vs right. It is an issue about what was specifically selected to show, a location which depicts the celebration of murder of US Soldiers is NOT 'cultural' it is evil and does not reflect the general nature or the culture of the people of Vietnam. Do you not understand the difference between showing a 'travesty' and a 'celebration?" Do you not understand the difference between sharing the food or the life of the citizens vs their applause over the murder of Soldiers? OUR Vietnam Memorial shows the tragic loss of life, those who sacrificed... it does not glorify murder. The "Communist" view however depicts the opposite, the celebration of evil. Learn more about communism, read about the Road of Bones, the some 60 million who did under Stalin through shooting, starvation, imprisonment, etc. OR about the 3.8 MILLION who were slaughtered by the Communist North Vietnamese who murdered not only their own people but others such as those who lived in Cambodia, and understand you DON't Celebrate that, your mourn that.

CBS / Phil could have at least shown some reverence for our fallen men. Instead, it was just a stop at a U-turn. I didn't think it could get worse after that song, but it did. And then they played the song again at the end.

Edward Vigilante
It is an outrage the way CBS allowed the young people in this show to be used as propaganda tools by the Communist government of Vietnam. The clueless contestants may be excused for their ignorance due to their liberal upbringing and likely attended public schools where patriotism and love of America is never taught, but there is no excuse for the editors, producers, and CBS executives that allowed this to happen. May your show die in the ratings, and all US veterans who are offended by your Hanoi propaganda show should demand an outright apology. The families of the crewmen of the wrecked B-52 who were either killed (or became POW's ) deserve an apology for your thoughtless disrespect for our Airmen.

Melanie Beeman
I really enjoy this show, however.... Sunday's broadcast left me shocked, saddened and speechless. I was fine with going to Vietnam, seeing their way of life. But going to Hanoi?? Was that really necessary? And to watch people learn a song that is full of glory to communism (“Vietnam Communist Party is glorious. The light is guiding us to victory") was shocking. If that wasn't enough, they also got their clue in front of a twisted mess that once carried Americans to their deaths.... How this served any purpose is beyond me. Many don't remember those times, but I do. Saying goodbye to our brave soldiers, wondering if they would ever come home. Watching our country being torn in half.

Yes,I suppose that's all a part of war, but couldn't this show have chosen to film in another city, another area of Vietnam that didn't contain so much pain for those who served our country with pride, or those who lost loved ones? Are the people at CBS that young that none of them remember? I just don't understand. God bless those who serve, and lay down their lives for the USA. Some of us have not forgotten....

David Kauffman
The producers of The Amazing Race are probably dancing in their offices right now, thinking "Any publicity is good publicity, even bad publicity!" It is up to all of us to make sure they realize that is NOT the case in this situation! Please, PLEASE be sure and contact their sponsors to show your disgust with this episode. Sponsor pressure is the only way the producers will take this seriously.

Posted by Tracy Dyer: SPONSORS OF THE HANOI EPISODE OF THE AMAZING RACE: GMC, Microsoft, Ragu Pasta & Sauces, Kellogs, Claritin, Macys, Nexxus Hair, Verizon, Purina Pet Care, Dove, Allstate, Kohls, Red Lobster. Others added Ford and Travelocity.

Debby West Derflinger
You have insulted every American soldier who died in Vietnam, as well as every one of our brave men and women who have ever served (including their families). You owe them an apology and a promise to never be as stupid and insensitive like this ever again. I'm done with your show.


I took it off the rota.

I spent much of the day looking for the Peruvian and Ecuadorian money I brought home, for Vince.  I finally found it, though I do think I had more soles.

I watched the Gonzaga game.  What a nail-biter. But at least the Zags won.

I called Ron, to see if he's planning to give me a ride tomorrow, but he didn't answer the phone.


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Sun, Mar 24th - 9:49AM

March 20: To Yuba City

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
45.2 miles
rain, then showers

164 recordings of 39 types. 17% clear.

I waited till the rain had stopped, and then took the dog with me and drove to Yuba City.  I had a pocket query on the GPS and went for two caches before I got to the geocaching party.  The first one was hanging in a 10-foot pole. I got it out pretty easily using a pole (a golf club handle Rich had picked up) but I was worried about getting it back.  To my utter delight, I did it!  The second one was pretty easy.  Then I went to the party and learned some tricks for my GPS.  I gave them a geocoin for the raffle and all I got was a toy truck.  I got back in time to answer Vince's call. It was beginning to get dark: I should have left 15 minutes earlier.  Next month they're going to start at 6, darn it.

Unfortunately, one reason I went was to pay a Girl Scout what I owed her, but she wasn't there.

This is the first time I've actually agreed with Bob Beckel.


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Sat, Mar 23rd - 9:25PM

March 19: Full Circle

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
45.2 miles
overcast, cool

189 recordings of 38 types. 6% clear. So I removed a bunch of shows I'll apparently never get to, and got it to 160 recordings of 37 types. 18% clear.

I was in charge of the Tuesday breakfast today. Only 4 people showed up, but we had a good time. I wore red because it was St. Joseph's day, and I watched the Papal Mass and Inauguration.

I went out looking for the recycling place Ron told me about and had no luck. I'll try to catch a scrounger on Friday and ask where they go... and give them this big bag of bottles.

While I was out, I got a couple of geocaches. I also measured one for near Ron's house. It is far enough away from other caches to go there, and I could use one of the containers he gave me. I'll ask him after I get back from Ashland.

I went to the commissary.  When I was putting away the frozen food I discovered a ground turkey from 3/11/11, so out it went.

I heard a child screaming outside, so went to check it out.  The neighbor's great-granddaughter was on their front porch, screaming and crying and pounding on the door shouting "MOMMY!" I wondered if it was a badly-thought-out time out, but went across and rang the doorbell.  (I forgot it isn't working.) I thought about going home and getting my key, but I didn't want to leave Bella and I also didn't want to leave the porch with her.  So I sat down in the chair and took her in my lap and patted her back and crooned to her. She got past the hysteria to hiccupping and I pounded on the door.  Eventually the door opened. Her mom had been in the back with the baby and hadn't heard anything.  The door was unlocked, so I could have just gone in, but I didn't realize that.

So it's full circle... back about 30-35 years ago, I heard screaming on that same front porch.  The boys had been rough-housing and Derrick had pushed Marc, who put out his hand and broke the window.  He was bleeding, and Derrick's girl friend was oh-so-helpfully screaming "look at the BLOOD!"  I ran across and applied pressure, told them to call an ambulance (and Marc saying "no, no ambulance"), and was continuing to apply pressure as their friend a sheriff's deputy drove up.  She took us to the nearby hospital.  I'd sent Roni home for my shoes.  (Today I didn't cross the street till I slipped some shoes on.) Marc is Bella's grandfather. I feel really old.

I was working on a couple of challenge caches, and stayed up way too late. I was sad, what with all the memories.


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Sat, Mar 23rd - 10:42AM

March 18: Monday Stay-at-Home

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
45.2 miles
overcast, cool

183 recordings of 35 types. 9% clear.

Not much went on today. I had been going to go over to the Senior Center but never motivated myself out the door. 

I turned the heat on for a few minutes. And I discovered the tile weights are glued to the bathroom floor. Argh. This is turning into a nightmare, and it looked so pretty when it was done!

I went to the Newcomer's Dinner and tried to talk one lady into coming to the support group.  She's been holed up in her house since her husband died. She did like the social events in WPAC, but had a bad experience with a support group when her daughter died.  She didn't like everybody crying. I tried to convince her that we talk about other things and it does help.  Her sister, who brought her, thanked her. I wonder if she'll come on Sunday. I made a mistake and didn't get her phone number.

Back at home, I called Ron. He hadn't yet signed up for the Bodega Bay trip and offered to sign me up too tomorrow.  I also invited him to this month's history talk next week and he said no. OK, then, I must go because I'm not going to allow him to determine how I spend my time.  The only thing I might do instead is go to Oakland Zoo to meet a proofreading friend.


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Fri, Mar 22nd - 7:22PM

March 17: Les Miz

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
45.2 miles
overcast, cool

180 recordings of 34 types. 11% clear.

Well, I knew Mass would be hard. And it was. The Gospel was the Raising of Lazarus and the song was, of course, "Roll away the Stone."  The only reason I went to this one was to meet the girl I've been praying for, Jennifer.  She's very nice.

Then this afternoon I drove up to Roseville to meet a geocaching friend, Alisa, and see her niece in the school version of Les Mis. I forgot the address so parked three blocks away, but found the theater and my friend.  Such talent in the young folks! Alisa had never seen the play or the movie, and she liked it. I really enjoyed their performance.

Afterwards I looked for a couple of geocaches, then came home. It was too late to join the people at the restaurant after Sunday Support, so I fixed dinner for myself here.

Then I watched television, including The Amazing Race. I was really bothered when they went to the monument made of a downed B-52 bomber. I let it simmer in my head a couple of days, but now I'm never watching The Amazing Race again.


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Fri, Mar 22nd - 7:49AM

March 16: Rosie the Riveter

When we give up our complexity we give up some of our truth.---Betty Reid Soskin

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
44.7 miles
overcast, cool

180 recordings of 34 types. 11% clear.

Ron picked me up at 7 so we could be sure to get to the meeting place by 7:45.  And we did.  We gathered and watched the Little League parade form up, then onto the bus.  And off to Richmond, the Rosie the Riveter National Historic Site.  (Which I had thought was a state park.)

We went past the Wapama, which was a familiar name to me. Of course.  It was in San Francisco when we were there on our honeymoon.  Then we toured the Red Oak Victory, one of the 747 ships turned out (one every 3 days, once they cranked up) in the Richmond shipyards.  This ship never saw combat and after the war was over, it was a merchant marine ship.  Victory ships are made from concrete rather than steel.

There's a little museum on the ship, and I was struck by the kid's pictures of the war. One little boy wanted to take his picture home to show his mom, and the teacher was eager to know how Mom liked it.  She had wrapped the garbage in it! 

Henry Kaiser never got a college degree, but he sure knew how to run a business. He started a health program for his workers, now Kaiser Permanente HMO.  He also had day care.  When he needed workers, he went to the South and recruited them.  Ron's parents worked on the ships, and before and after school Ron sold newspapers to the workers and the sailors.

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We had lunch at Salute.  My table had 4 other people besides Ron, and the conversation went well, but we were a little surprised to get a bill for our soft drinks. Oh, well.

Then to the Visitor's Center.  We had an orientation film and a presentation by Betty Reid Soskin, who is 91, the oldest park ranger, and fascinating.  She'd worked here as a clerk for the union, and when they were talking about building the historic site she saw there was a whole story they weren't telling.  The park is about women's rights, and they didn't talk about people of color.  So she jumped in.  She showed us her own short film,  Of Lost Conversations. I feel really lucky to have been able to meet
this woman. I found her on Facebook and am now following her, though I realized "friend"ing her was not a good idea.

As I wandered through the museum, I saw a display about Wyoming in the War.  (Later I came to the conclusion that this is a temporary exhibit: there were also displays about South Dakota and Florida.  I saw pictures of Laramie. One thing was the 1943 UW basketball team which won the NCAA tournament that year, beating Georgetown.

Then, at 3:30, we piled back onto the bus and drove back to Sacramento.

I was to pick Ron up at 6:15 but I was a few minutes late because of reading those articles about Ms. Soskin.  I took him to St. Philomene's to the St. Patrick's Day dinner.  They ran out of food again, but not for us.  We sat with Laurie and Jack and Ron met a lot of my friends.  If I'm going to make tongues wag, let's do it right!


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Tue, Mar 19th - 11:34PM

March 15: The Ides of March

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
43.7 miles
sunny, mild, pleasant

181 recordings of 35 types.  11% clear.

It was Renaissance Society today. Ron picked me up and we went to separate events, he to a film about Anne Boleyn and Edward VIII's abdication, and I to a talk and presentation of the Sacramento Youth Symphony. Mine was great.  He started with the beginning orchestra, and they were every bit as awful as you might imagine, though of course we gave them a huge ovation.  Then Michael Neumann, the director, gave a little talk and his star, Sam, gave a performance with his 14K gold flute.  Fantastic.  Then there were questions. 

The symphony got a surprise legacy from a guy they were nice to: turned out he had money and nobody else to give it to.  Michael sprinkled his talk with a lot of his philosophy of life...like "intimacy" is "Into Me You See." 

My talk got out earlier than Ron's, unlike what was advertised. So I waited at the tables where we planned to meet, and then we drove down Folsom Blvd. to check on tomorrow's meeting place, went to a Chinese restaurant, and on to a nursery where I bought a lot of seeds, and he got azaleas to plant.

Back on campus we had time to find the geocache I've been working on.  We got to the bush and I started looking around, but Ron was the one to spy it. He was actually quite excited, although I doubt he's going to take it up.  Yay!  Then we walked through part of the arboretum.  Ron really likes camelias and they were in full display there.  The last time I was there Rich and I were finding the geocaches there.

We were talking about Edward VIII and I asked if he'd seen "The King's Speech."  Yes, he said, and then we both chorused "wasn't that a terrific movie?!"  I was interested that we used the same words.

The forum was Barbara O'Connor, who is a political analyst, quite clear and articulate, but now involved with AARP which is a group I will not join.  There were many things I disagree with her about, but she gave me some things to think about.

Meanwhile: I gloat over my flowers.

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Tue, Mar 19th - 1:58PM

March 14: Pi Day

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
42.2 miles
sunny

179 recordings of 33 types. 11% clear.

Chris O'Brien
Whoa.

If I had known I couldn't celebrate Pi Day I NEVER would have converted to being a Jehovah's Witness.

Chris O'Brien For my 10th birthday we sent out invites to my friends and one was to a kid Shawn who was a Jehovah's Witness. The mother Pam comes over and comes in while my busy Mom is trying to do a million other things. What starts as a polite turn down starts to sound a lot like recruitment. She spends all this time telling my Mom how JW's can't attend any parties, and she gets into how once, some ancient Emperor had a party and beheaded and tortured all the Believers. It was a real Biblical bloodbath.

My Mom looks at her and goes "Ooooooooh. Is THAT what you are worried about? Well we were just gonna have cake and play pin the tail on the donkey."

It was the third day in a row to be with Bernadette and the kids.  They'll be gone the next two weeks and I'll be gone the week after, so it's necessary.  This time I met Bernadette down at the Children's Museum where we picked up our membership cards. I discovered later I also have two visitor's passes, which I'll have to give Bernadette so she can take another adult (I'm thinking Joan, of course.)

The kids played for about an hour. I got to sit in the baby room with Joanna for quite a while, which I enjoyed.  Eventually Gareth got bored, and we left, looking for a picnic table. I remembered where Hagan Park was and so we went there.

After lunch I started off looking for the train tracks, where they run steam trains sometimes.  It was a long walk, and I also discovered a little barn with some animals.  Very nice. The walk tired me out, though, so when I got back to my car at the museum I didn't feel like looking for the caches I'd marked.  Wimp!

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I worked on the Faberge egg puzzle. I found one piece on the ground that seems to belong to a different puzzle, guess we'll see.

Why Haven't we Heard from the Benghazi Survivors?
We already know Hillary Clinton would answer that question with another question: “What difference does it make?” But that only works for people who think she’s a hero for getting away with endlessly lying about it, because the people who want her to stop endlessly lying about it are Republicans. And if Republicans want to know the truth about what happened, it must not be worth knowing.

Prominent Religious Group Praises New Savior
No, not Catholics, silly. Of course I’m talking about the American left, who are swooning over the guy who surreptitiously recorded Mitt Romney saying that “47%” stuff. ...
By the way, the “similar heroic impulse” of this “risk-taker” was… saving a woman from drowning. That’s the comparison they’re making. This time the guy helped hold America’s head underwater, but whatever.

Romney once saved a whole family from drowning, but that was different because BIG BIRD BINDERS FULL OF WOMEN SHUT UP.

Michael V Lang If he were only there to save Mary Jo, who sacrificed herself so we could get free health care and our children educated. So it was a good trade off actually. No, we should be glad he wasn't there to save her.


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Mon, Mar 18th - 10:07PM

March 13: Plan B

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
41.0 miles
sunny

195 recordings of 36 types. 7% clear.

Bernadette planned a trip to Daffodil Hill. We agreed that it would be a lot easier with another adult.  (Last year she went on her own.) I drove down, arriving a little late, and off we went. After almost an hour driving up there, we discovered that Daffodil Hill doesn't open until Friday. Fortunately, there was a Plan B. involving going to Volcano where there's a park with rocks to climb.  We came in, though, in a different direction from the time Rich and I were there, so I was having trouble locating the park. She stopped and I got out to read some signs, and eventually looked over the sign I was reading to see the park!

This was successful. Gareth found a cave to explore... Joanna climbed a little with Mommy's help.
I wandered off at one point to look for a geocache, called Superman. So I was looking for a phone booth... that took more time than finding the cache itself, because it wasn't what I expected, but was made of wood.

After lunch and playing, we stopped at the general store for ice cream. 

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Habemus Papem.  Pope Francis!  But he's 76.

Because of the homeless people in Creekside Park Geocaching suggested I change the cache there from premium to ordinary.  That seems a little backwards. I also discovered that I can change the coordinates on a puzzle cache when I figure it out.  Interesting.  What we did before was put it into a query then change the coordinates manually.

Sequester Panic and REAL budget cuts.

The people reduced to quivering masses of gelatin by a measly $44 billion in spending growth reduction... who told us that we have to get along without the Blue Angels, White House tours, air-traffic controllers, firefighters, teachers, meat inspectors, and more because we dared to raise spending by only 1.4% next year, instead of 1.6%... are going to spend the next five congressional sessions chopping twenty times as much from the bloated federal budget, if we'll only hand over another seven percent of the economy for them to redistribute? 
...Spending cuts now, tax increases never.  And by "now" I mean right now.  I want Harry Reid tearing up the subsidy checks before a band of snarling cowboy poets.  I want Barack Obama announcing that his future family vacations will involve four years of "frequent skeet shooting" at Camp David, while the $100k dog-walkers and backup movie theater projectionists clean out their desks.  I want that seven-foot stack of ObamaCare regulations burned tomorrow, and a new wasteful government program burned every day after that, to give us an Eternal Flame of Liberty on the Washington mall.  I sneer at goofball tyrant mayors trying to ban Big Gulps, but I don't want an $80 billion food stamp program giving people money to buy soda, beer, and well drinks down at the local strip club.  And I want the Blue Angels back.  Who's with me?

Shutting Down the White House tours not 0bama's Fault, he says
All the credit, none of the blame. That’s President Barack Obama’s motto. And he doesn’t care how ridiculous it makes him sound.
...When your rhetoric backfires, blame the guys who protect your very life. It’s not enough that they’ll literally take a bullet for you, right?


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Sun, Mar 17th - 8:57PM

March 12: A Visit from the Kids (oh, and their mother)

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
40.4 miles
sunny

193 recordings of 34 types. 8% clear.

I'm down .9 pounds for the week, with slightly high blood pressure.

I too have become disillusioned
By Matt Patterson (columnist - Washington Post, New York Post, San Francisco Examiner)
"Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, the result of a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages. How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world's largest economy, direct the world's most powerful military, execute the world's most consequential job? Imagine a future historian examining Obama's pre-presidential life: ushered into and through the Ivy League despite unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a "community organizer"; a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, so often did he vote "present"); and finally an unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his presidential ambitions.
"He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as a legislator. And then there is the matter of his troubling associations: the white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as Obama's "spiritual mentor"; a real-life, actual terrorist who served as Obama's colleague and political sponsor. It is easy to imagine a future historian looking at it all and asking: how on Earth was such a man elected president?
"Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman Podhoretz addressed the question recently in the Wall Street Journal: To be sure, no white candidate who had close associations with an outspoken hater of America like Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant terrorist like Bill Ayers, would have lasted a single day. But because Mr. Obama was black, and therefore entitled in the eyes of liberal Dom to have hung out with protesters against various American injustices, even if they were a bit extreme, he was given a pass. Let that sink in: Obama was given a pass - held to a lower standard - because of the color of his skin."

Today Bernadette brought the kids over after they went to the library program. I went to the ladies' breakfast first. One lady brought Easter presents of kitchen towels she'd crocheted handles onto. One of mine is a delightful Easter pattern in blue.

It was fun with the kids, though Gareth did slip up once. He'd been tempted to touch the entertainment buttons all day long, and been told "no" all day long.  But he just couldn't resist and I came in to discover the dvd tray open. The miscreant got immediately placed in a very tearful time out.  Joanna didn't have any issues. At one point she dressed Mommy up in her hat and a string of wood beads.

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It was fun, but tiring.

Later I was looking at my Geocaching statistics.  My biggest slump was (no surprise) 10/09/11 to 11/11/11.  We found 46 caches on 9/1/10.  226 caches in May of 2009. (That was the Road Trip.)
1197 caches in 2004.  Rich wanted to do 1000 a year and we did that pretty well the first 6 years. Then #7000 was 6/18/10, approximately 2 months late, and then I got #8000 in August last year. And I'm still attempting to get the next 100. 406 in 2011 and 239 last year. I took a lot of notes, getting ready to do the challenge caches near Albany, Oregon.  I discovered a couple of Shakespeare puzzle caches in Ashland, that I should be able to figure out.  However, I'm having trouble with one of them.  So I wrote the owner asking for some help.

And this kept me up very very late.


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Sat, Mar 16th - 9:34PM

March 11: Tulips

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
40.4 miles
sunny

195 recordings of 35 types. 8% clear.

Today was relatively quiet.... cleaners.  And finished the taxes, though I'm not sending that whopping huge check in till the beginning of April. Pete suggested I file electronically, but I want just a tish more control. Gotta move a lot of money around (a LOT, drattit!) first.  I got penalized $29 by California for not withholding.  It's worth it to have the money myself all year, thankyewverymuch.

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Fri, Mar 15th - 8:00PM

March 10: The Buddy Holly Story

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
40.4 miles
sunny

We sprang forward this morning. Actually, I changed all the clocks except for the computers, the thermostats, and the car, last night. I knew the puters would change, and thought the thermostats probably would (they did) and figured I'd get the car when I was next in it.

Ron was to pick me up at 8:20 so I didn't sleep well for fear I'd oversleep. I finally gave up and got up at 4.  So I was prepared, when he showed up at 8:15.  All I had to do was put the dog out and lock Abby in the bathroom, and I was out the door.  (Admiring my tulips on the way, of course.)

We got to the WPAC office and chatted with everyone before loading onto the bus.  The trip itself was beautiful, with a stop in Oakdale (the "Cowboy Capital of the World?" I Don't Think So!!) for a potty break.  Lunch was at Peppery Gar and Brill in Sonora.  I was trying to get a phone call in to Nick's Mom, because I want to find out how she's doing.  No luck.  The lunch was served family style, nice food.  We could have walked to the theater from there, as it was only about a half-mile up the road, but let's be truthful, I could have gotten lost.  So we piled back into the bus.

At the theater I tried a little bit both before and after the play to find a geocache, without luck. I did get my phone call in afterwards, anyway.

The play, Buddy, was fantastic. I'd been worried I'd be singing along, and there we were in the second row, but it didn't matter, two ladies behind me were really belting it out. They got to one song that had the right beat for hand jive, though, and I nearly had to sit on my hands.  I was a little sad (though I loved it) at the end of the first act. Nostalgic for my youth, I guess.  The singers and even more so the dancers were totally fantastic.  I learned a few things I hadn't known about Buddy Holly.  (I hadn't known he was tall, for instance, though the actor was. Online I looked him up and there was a picture with Ed Sullivan, and indeed, Holly was tall.) After the plane crash there was a bangup finale with the audience standing and clapping and singing along.  One of the WPAC ladies (a woman from Wyoming, in fact) was lucky enough to catch a guitar pick that "Buddy" threw: it's marked with the theater name and the name of the play. Another got to kiss Richie Valens.  A different lady, not with our group, danced with Richie. 

The trip home was a bit quieter, but still nice.  I asked Ron to come to dinner at St. Phil's next week... that should get some tongues wagging! I just hope a Croatian dinner comes up soon, since then I can ask Tony and really confuse the gossips!


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Wed, Mar 13th - 9:27PM

March 9: a Weird

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
40.4 miles
sunny

192 recordings of 31 types. 10% free.

You had a chance to fire 0bama, and didn't do it.  But I blame Quick and the likes of him for his first election. 
Almost As Dumb As A Box of Boxers, Though

I discovered most of the too-high branches on my pomegranate were coming from shoots at the base of the tree, so I cut them at the base without having to climb on a ladder.  Then it was something else to pull the branches out.  I'll chop them up before the green bin goes out.

I had something weird happen. I took the vase with the dead daffs to the back room and took the daffs out to put into the compost bin.  I looked at the vase (it was my Mom's) and worried that Spooky would knock it over.  Took the daffs out, policed the yard, chopped pomegranates, came back in.  Couldn't find the vase. Looked all over, up and down, everywhere, no vase.  Finally, I went outside and there it was next to the house.  I do NOT remember taking it out.

Oh, and I opened the hood and located the dipstick, so I no longer will be harassing the garage people.

I went to Mass this evening.  I forgot to take the envelope. I'll really owe them big next week.  I began to realize that next week will be tough... Lazarus raised from the dead and "Roll Away the Stone."  This really hit me hard last year. I have to go this year because I'll be meeting the girl I've been praying for (off and on) all year.


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Wed, Mar 13th - 8:34AM


The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
40.2 miles
sunny

197 recordings of 37 types. 8% clear.

Mark Steyn says Drones are too Convenient to be kept Overseas.

Afghanistan is winding down, at best, to join the long list of America's unwon wars, in which, 48 hours after departure, there will be no trace that we were ever there....For a war without strategic purpose, a drone'll do. Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen born in New Mexico, was whacked by a Predator not on a battlefield but after an apparently convivial lunch at a favorite Yemeni restaurant. Two weeks later, al-Awlaki's son Abdulrahman was dining on the terrace of another local eatery when the CIA served him the old Hellfire Special and he wound up splattered all over the patio. Abdulrahman was 16, and born in Denver. As I understand it, the Supreme Court has ruled that American minors, convicted of the most heinous crimes, cannot be executed. But you can gaily atomize them halfway round the planet. ... The same bureaucracy that booked Samira Ibrahim for an audience with the First Lady and Anwar al-Awlaki to host prayers at the Capitol now assures you that it's entirely capable of determining who needs to be zapped by a drone between the sea bass and the tiramisu at Ahmed's Bar and Grill. But it's precisely because the government is too craven to stray beyond technological warfare and take on its enemies ideologically that it winds up booking the First Lady to hand out awards to a Jew-loathing, Hitler-quoting, terrorist-supporting America-hater.

So Ron picked me up and the seminar was a film about the Three Rivers Gorge Dam and how damming the Yangtze changed the lives of so many people along the river.  It made me curious about Ron and Helen's trips there so I found out a little more about that.  He liked the two books I gave him and the coupon for the terracotta warriors trip.  He signed up for that in the afternoon.

He took me to lunch clear out in Carmichael, at a Chinese place.  (Kung Pao tofu because it's Friday.  Tasty.) And then I came home and waited for the neighbors to be free enough to help me put the ship into its case.

This was scary, and we did hit one spar and knock it a bit out of alignment, and I'll have to fix that one day. Also I'll have to move the cannon back (I had to tilt the ship so they could get the case over it.)  I'll wait till Vince gets here, maybe.

It's funny, if I dust off the top of the case, the rigging reacts to it.  Static electricity!

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Mon, Mar 11th - 8:20PM


The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
40.2 miles
sunny, cool

193 recordings of 33 types. 10% clear.

Jim Treacher: I haven't watched any of the news about Rand Paul, but I'm gonna go ahead and assume that it's different than it'd be if he were a Democrat.

Michael Hamilton If it were a "D" it would be a heroic stand against a clearly deranged murderous Republican President bent on killing American citizens on their own soil.

Perplexing that Rand Paul has to go through this to ask a Nobel Peace Prize winner whether or not he agrees with killing U.S. citizens. (David Angell)

Around 6:15, Senator Mark Kirk came onto the Senate floor. Kirk is recovering from a stroke, and so he painfully limped, with a cane in his right hand, and his left leg rigid, down the stairs to the well, where Senator Rand Paul’s desk was. Kirk then delivered to Paul — while Paul was speaking — a thermos and an apple. Those were Jimmy Stewart’s sustenance during his filibuster in 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.'

So today I went out to the Retreat House and was greeted by the guards.

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On the way home, I picked up the ship case.  For a few minutes, I thought they'd lost the order, but they had it. It barely fit into the car.  Then I had to get out the hand truck to get it into the house.

Then in the afternoon I had my last Art Appreciation class. I'd been reading the homework and thinking WHAT in heck are they talking about???? But the class was really good.  We went up to the galleries and really looked at a number of artworks (protest and feminism topics) and I haven't really been SEEing them all these years. I really enjoyed this. She's going to have a second class in the fall.

I had seen a beautiful bed of tulips driving to the Art Museum, so after class I walked a few blocks of Capitol Mall, taking a lot of pictures of the lovely buildings and the flowers. 

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On the way home I drove past the neighbor's tax office, and decided he must be OK since his car was there.

Then in the evening I went to the WPAC movie night and saw Flight, with Denzel Washington.  I really liked it, and I'd never heard of it before.  Sharon, the organizer, had just arranged a trip to see the terracotta warriors in San Francisco, and I decided I will be "tripped out" in April but I wonder if Ron would like to go, so I got a coupon to give him tomorrow.


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Sat, Mar 9th - 9:43PM

March 6: No Concert

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
40.2 miles
rain, cold

190 recordings of 32 types. 12% clear.

I was late to church again, but stuck it out this time because the Vatican asked Catholics around the world to pray for the Cardinals at the same time around the world, which was 8AM Pacific Time.
So despite the red lights and the accident in the way, I made it by the homily.

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I decided, when I woke up and it was still raining, that I wouldn't go to the concert if Ron didn't call.  He didn't, so I didn't. Sometimes I'm the world's oldest teenager.  But I had an excuse to call in the evening, passing on the "don't forget to change your clocks" message I got.  He didn't want to go see sopranos, but did go downtown for his clam chowder. 


I started going through a box of Roni's scrapbooks (that is, the ones I did for Roni) and decided rather than take the pictures out and scan them, I'd use the iPad and just take pictures of the pictures.  I'm not done yet, but it's an interesting experiment. This was, I think, Six Flags over Mid-America in 1973. 

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I cut many of the daffodils in back that I can't see at all, next to a cactus patch.  I don't know anything about flower arranging, but this turned out OK.

Vince called. I'd forgotten it was Wednesday.  He had a lot to tell about staying overnight at the Pacific Science Center.  I think Wednesdays are my favorite days!


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Wed, Mar 6th - 10:15PM

March 5: Errands

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
40.2 miles
cloudy, colder

190 recordings of 32 types. 12% clear.

Today was breakfast with the ladies, and then a bunch of errands. I got money, took a LOT of newspaper to the Wildlife Care people, and went to the Commissary, where I spent $120+, but shouldn't have to go back for at least a couple of weeks. I repackaged the stuff and kept the coffee for Sharing God's Bounty in the back, and the spaghetti and the peanut butter for St. Vincent de Paul in the front seat so I'll remember to take them to church. 

More tulips.  And the rain is coming tonight. I've started to work through a new paper box, 2000-2002, it looks like.  Desert trip, great memories.  And there's a box of scrapbooks about Roni I'll have to go through before Easter.

Hugo Chavez died.  Good riddance.  Meanwhile, the 0bama White House has stopped tours, "because of the sequester."  Grrr.  Maybe instead of giving billions to Egypt, they could stop playing these silly games.  AND he's mandating black boxes in cars starting next year.  But he's not a dictator, just ask him.

I got a letter from a classmate.  Which reminds me I have to finish that letter I started last year to my childhood friend. I also got a duplicate newsletter from the Zoo, with a picture in it that I'm sure belongs to a journalling friend in Sacramento's child.  I asked her if this was Penny and she said it might be since I was the second person to mention it, but she doesn't get the zoo newsletter.  So I'm sending her one.


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Tue, Mar 5th - 8:27PM

March 4: On the Phone

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
38.7 miles
cloudy

194 recordings of 34 types. 10% clear.

Let's Starve the Children

0bama's foul-mouthed spokespeople.

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Well, I started off to church this morning, but I was late. I should go to Presentation when I'm that late... as it was, I just turned around and came home and didn't do anything else the rest of the day. I did finish the puzzle.  And gloat over the tulips, which just get prettier and prettier.

Actually, I did do a lot of phone calls. I got my doctor's appointment in April. I tried calling Mark with (what a surprise) no call back. I called the taxman at his house, because I haven't seen him around and I'm worried, and had no response. And I played phone tag with my brother-in-law till he called me back and we chatted for about a half-hour.  Frank gets wound up and talks and talks, but I enjoyed it. The ostensible reason I called was to sympathise about their dog who they had to put down last week.  But we roamed through home repairs and politics and nature. I usually talk to the sister-in-law but think I should occasionally talk to the brothers.  Frank is the next oldest one after Rich.

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Reading: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (vol 1), Edward Gibbon, The Bible (2 Machabees*),  The Introduction to the Devout Life, St. Francis de Sales, Blue Highways, William Least Heat Moon, I See By My Outfit, Peter Beagle, 10 Books that Screwed up the World, Benjamin Wiker, Ph.D.,  Death, the Final Surrender, Fr. Cedric Pisegna.


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Tue, Mar 5th - 7:44PM

March 3: Another Pair Bites the Dust.

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
38.7 miles
cloudy

191 recordings of 33 types. 12% clear.

Dammit, I lost *another* pair of glasses!  That's only 8 days.  ARGH!

Anyway, I went off to Rio Linda to join a Cache-in-Trash-Out event to clean the bike trail.  Since I overshot by going on Elverta instead of Elkhorn, I first tried for a couple of caches, with no luck.  Then I saw a lot of my friends at the event.  They found a broken cache: so the owner let us count it.  On the way home I tried for another one and found it, so that's 4 so far this month. (I must get at least 13.) But that must be where I dropped my glasses.  Grumble.

I spend a lot of time gloating over the tulips. One hyacinth, the one I dinged, is not doing well, but the others are gorgeous.

Then I did some on the puzzle, and then went out to the Retreat House for Mass and a light supper as donor appreciation.  The Ukrainean Orthodox priest and his wife, who used to be the secretary at Loretto, were there.  We sat together and caught up.  Their son, who was in Vince's class at Jesuit, is now a Ukrainean priest himself in Pittsburgh.

The Anglo novice did quit. But the other three are sticking it out and will be professed in August and yes, I'm invited. 

Back at home I dozed through Worst Cooks in America and went to bed early.

Reading: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (vol 1), Edward Gibbon, The Bible (2 Machabees),  The Introduction to the Devout Life, St. Francis de Sales, Blue Highways, William Least Heat Moon, Life Without Harry, Virginia Graham, 10 Books that Screwed up the World, Benjamin Wiker, Ph.D.,  Death, the Final Surrender, Fr. Cedric Pisegna.


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Mon, Mar 4th - 10:25PM

March 2: Spring!

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
37.7 miles
cloudy

201 recordings of 34 types. 8% clear.

Drat. DFAS was right. They sent me a big check last January because, I guess, Rich had paid for the annuity and now the VA was picking up most of it so they owed me. I'd forgotten, and I'm still not really sure why I got it.

My backyard (and my front yard) are beautiful! I go and stand by the tulips and gloat.

The only thing I did today apart from that was to go to the craft fair at the local park district to see a WPAC friend. I missed her booth the first pass through. This thing was enormous!  I saw my recent widow friend from church and my neighbor in WPAC there.  Afterwards, I went and found a geocache. It was called the Fibonacci Sequence so when I saw the snail shell I knew what it was.  Still hated to pick it up.  But it's a good start on March!

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Mon, Mar 4th - 9:51PM

March 1: Not a Romance

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
37.6 miles
sunny, cool

200 recordings of 33 types. 10% clear.

I guess I'll have to rake all those pieces of sky up.  Do they go into the green bin or the garbage?

Henry Hawkins | February 28, 2013 at 2:47 pm

What’s the matter with you people? Haven’t you heard? The sequester deadline is tomorrow, meaning midnight tonight, and you folks are playing on the internet like it’s just another Thursday! All HELL is gonna break loose – the President Hisself said so, and by ‘president’ I mean the dadgum President of the United States, where no man would dare lower debase the office by lying while occupying it, so you know His warnings are true!

Starting tomorrow, because of horrible, drastic, monumental, unprecedented, evil GOP funding cuts:

Satellites will fall from the sky like bombs, killing mostly innocent children. And puppies. Puppies will die! PUPPIES.

You’ll pay $5,000 for a shot of penicillin or you’ll do without. You younger fellers think about that.

Random citizens will be forced at gunpoint to collect garbage, write parking tickets, and perform other routine government duties. They will also form the necessary firing squads listed elsewhere.

Elderly federal employees with a record of voting GOP will be hauled out of their offices, lined up, and shot.

The internet will collapse, crushing and killing millions in the US and billions worldwide under its weight. The US will be blamed.

Dogs and cats sleeping together, having you-know-what. I have video on this but ought not post it here.

Capital letters and paragraphs will be banned from all internet content – not enough funding. Photos too. No more colored ink either – everything black and white.

There is much, much more, but it’s too terrifying to list. SO…. get your hard hats on, lock & load, and prepare for SEQUESTAGEDDON!

Woodward's Greatest Sin was Practicing Real Journalism in the Age of 0bama

dmacleo | February 28, 2013 at 1:54 pm
weren’t romneys initial statements actually about cairo being over run and that got morphed (by the press) into benghazi stuff?
the media has been carrying obamas water for so long the bucket rusted out and they are trying to find and plug all the holes.

george | February 28, 2013 at 2:34 pm
recall Dershowitz’s remark about being attacked for defending Isael:

Whenever I speak in support of Israel or in criticism of its enemies, the dogs of defamation are unleashed against me. The attacks, all from the hard left, seemed coordinated, focusing on common ad hominem themes. They accuse me of being a plagiarist, a supporter of torture, a rightwing “Zio-fascist”, a hypocrite, an opponent of the two-state solution and a supporter of Israel’s settlement policies. All these allegations are demonstrably false, but this does not seem to matter to those whose job it is to try to discredit me….

Why, then, is there such a concerted effort to attack me personally and to question my integrity every time I speak about Israel?

It has little to do with me, because my attackers know that I can fight back and that my academic standing will not in any way be influenced by their attacks. The attacks are directed at young academics, without tenure who would dare to speak up on behalf of Israel.

The message is clear: if you support Israel, we will attack you like we attack Dershowitz, but you will be hurt much more that Dershowitz would. We will damage your reputation, hurt your student evaluations and decrease your chances for tenure.

Today Ron said something that made me very happy. He commented that we'd been together 4 times this week... and if it were a romance it would be really something. I don't know if that was a fishing comment or not, but it seemed more like he was reaffirming that it isn't a romance.  "You like what I like, I am interested in the same things you are" was my response, in other words, I'm quite happy with it not being a romance. Kind of 180 degrees from my life 50 years ago.

The film this morning was from the BBC program, on the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and Hitler's suicide.  I had no idea that Princeps was part of a plot, that Sophia, Ferdinand's wife, a commoner, was also killed, that there were other children*, that Goebbels and his whole family also committed suicide, that the bunker was huge (I was picturing Saddam's spiderhole, in fact.)

*who survived both world wars, though they spent 2.5 years in Dachau.  The youngest died first, in the 50s, and the oldest girl lived till 1990.  There are children and grandchildren, including one who is suing to get the castle back.

We were so early before class I showed him the geology building. I also took pictures of most of the rocks outside in order to do a puzzle cache next week.  Turns out I didn't take pictures of rocks #6 and 7 so I am not sure which is the right one.  But that's the only blank in the coordinates so it shouldn't be too bad. 

I misunderstood which class Ron wanted to go to, and he thought we were both in the right one.  But he could have gone to his choice and we could have met up in the library lobby.  He chose to stay where we were.  The other one was about the Japanese before WWII.  He claimed to be satisfied with this one, which I found really interesting.

We also got to talking about architecture and Frank Lloyd Wright. I told him we'd seen Fallingwater and that other one in Pennsylvania that I don't remember. (Coming back from Gettysburg, and it was interesting, but I wouldn't want to live there.)

So it was a nice day. At home I've found out the dog is harder to pill than the cats ever were.  He's feeling a little better today.

I sat outside enjoying the tulips and hyacinths. I nicked one hyacinth bulb when I was tearing out the daffs, and it's not doing as well as the others. I hope it will survive and be OK next year.

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Sun, Mar 3rd - 7:39PM

February 28: Art Appreciation?

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
36.6 miles
sunny, cool

200 recordings of 32 types. 10% clear.

Fred Thompson:
President Obama told a meeting of the National Governors Association "we can't keep careening from manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis."

Oh. So THAT'S why he's doing so much to destroy manufacturing.

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A 2000-page State Department terror memo makes no mention of "Muslim" or "Islam".

Yes, because our biggest worry is that the Amish may attack us with well-crafted wooden furniture.

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A Republican Congressman said that President Obama is trying to make support for gun control look stronger than it really is by flooding Twitter with messages from people who don't exist.

To his credit, at least he's making sure the fake people have fake jobs.

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Raul Castro said he will retire in 2018, finally ending Cuba's Castro era.

A moment that will be celebrated by the tooting of 100,000 1958 Chevy car horns.

Mike Huckabee:
Liberalism has been on a roll lately…but its success just might be its downfall…President Obama came into office on a wave of popularity and enacted the most liberal agenda in US history. But like the dog that finally catches a car and doesn’t know what to do with it, his supporters are finding that things aren’t working out as intended. Obama promised young voters jobs, but they’re continuing t...o suffer the highest unemployment rates. Gay voters rallied to Obama because he promised to give them legal status as spouses with spousal benefits. But now, a growing number of employers are eliminating spousal benefits because they’re too expensive under Obamacare. Obama wants to naturalize 11 million illegal immigrants so they can pursue the American dream. But a new Gallup poll found that after four years of this economy, only 11 percent of Mexicans think it’s even worthwhile to leave Mexico. That’s half what it was in 2007. Meanwhile, the same percentage of Americans are now willing to leave the US to find a job. So it’s starting to appear that the fatal flaw in liberal promises is the reality of liberal policies.

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6 hours ago.I already suggested that if the President and Congress can’t figure out a way to cut a piddling 2.5 percent of spending, they should turn the job over to state governors. Now, I have an even better idea…As a former governor, I assure you, we’ve all cut far more than 2.5 percent to balance a budget. Monday, Obama met behind closed doors with governors at the White House, but he didn’t win many co...nverts. After the meeting, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley offered some truly colorful quotes. She said she couldn’t be more frustrated with Obama’s refusal to shave spending without a tax hike. She called the bickering and finger-pointing in Washington “psychotic” and said cutting the budget is “not rocket science.” In fact, she said her kids could find $83 billion to cut out of a $4 trillion budget. So here’s my new proposal: Let’s replace Obama and the Congress with Nikki Haley’s kids. We know they’re better with money. Even with sibling rivalry, they couldn’t possibly squabble more. And their ages are 10 and 14, so they have to be more mature than the leaders we have now.

Rosemarie Bacchetta-Scope: Obama's policies are hurting mostly the very people who elected him. It's painful at the gas pumps and grocery stores for the very low income and lower middle class income people, the people who elected Barrack Hussein. Has Obama done anything to encourage job growth??? or manufacturing in this country? Has he talked of easing taxes??

Jim Treacher: Obama has two speeds: Golf and Attack.

Journalists Circle the Wagons around 0bama.

George Potts We're at war with Woodward. We've always been at war with Woodward. 2+2=5

Barack 0bama Screamed at Me

Maxine Waters, still an embarrasment.

This is the kind of BS we have come to expect from this moronic Marxist.
She is in a dead-heat with Barbara Boxer as the most idiotic person in Washington.(A quote I actually got from a Clinton EPA staffer)

I went out to get Pharaoh. He's OK, but exhausted.  Apparently he doesn't sleep well when I'm not there. 

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My tulips are blooming!

This afternoon was my second Art Appreciation class. We were supposed to look at and analyze a piece of art that challenged us. I took an abstract expressionist painting that was just blocks of color, and lets just say I didn't understand it any better when I was through than I did to start with.  It's a good thing I'm not getting a grade on this class. I'm glad I'm taking it, but it's definitely stretching my brain.

I raked out a few years worth of dry leaves from the water heater alcove. Dry leaves, open flame, what could possibly go wrong?


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Sat, Mar 2nd - 4:57PM

February 27: Busy Wednesday

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
36.6 miles
sunny, cool

197 recordings of 32 types. 11% clear.

I thought I had pictures for yesterday's entry, but couldn't find them!

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Fred Thompson
More wisdom from Joe Biden: "If you can't get the deer in the second or third shot, you shouldn't be out hunting deer."

So... what's that say about Democrats & budgets?

I'm guessing Woodward is not getting any more White House invitations.

The first thing this morning I took Pharaoh to the vet for his tooth cleaning.  Poor little fellow, he has no idea it's for his own good because I'd like him to live a long long time.

Then a little before 11 Ron picked me up for the downtown concert and we saw a guitarist, a soprano (fantastic!) and a flutist, also great. Then we went for Thai, because I had to be home by 3 so Mark's guy can see the bathroom and fix it.

In the end, however, Jack didn't turn up till 4:15.  (So I couldn't get Pharaoh from the vet tonight, to the cats' delight.  Abby just loved being able to sit in my lap in the living room. I missed having him to bark at weird noises in the night, however.) He brought some adhesive that might actually work. He was late because he didn't know where my street was, then mentioned he'd grown up not far away.  He mentioned the street and I asked if he knew Laurie (my play and movie friend.)  Well, yes, Laurie is his mother! Heh.  He left weights all over the floor. I've checked since, and most of the tiles are down, though there is one spot that needs glue. I don't think he got it at all.  Also, now the gloss is off the tiles, so I hope that will be fixable too.

Tonight Eric called to ask me some questions for a survey he's doing for his Johns Hopkins class.  After I answered the questions he talked to me for awhile.  Later, I got my weekly call from Vince. I love Wednesdays!


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Fri, Mar 1st - 8:52PM

February Summary


I'm still behind, though I did catch up for a few days this month.  Still haven't gotten back to reporting on the trip.


The February summary: 21.4 miles, 0 bike miles, .4 pounds down, 34 pages read.

I read 1 book, went to 0 movies and 2 plays, and 11 Masses.

I found 11 caches last month, and I'm at 8088. I'm at 327th in the world, and am 20th locally. (Beginning to slip now!)

In proofing, I'm in 1137th (out of 41887 proofers) place in the first proofing round, with 873 pages proofed, 19th (out of 5131) in P2 with 23523 pages, 610th (of 983) in P3 with 469 pages and formatting 779th place (4002) with 1323 pages. I really really really have to get back to this.

In Flickr I have 45372 pictures, with 99218 views, and 235 sets to work on. This is before I put up the trip pictures.  I'm determined to start working on these things this month, though that's exactly what I said last month. (And the months before.)

Netflix, Homicide, season 3 disc 6. They've sent me two... I want to see them both before March is over.


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Fri, Mar 1st - 7:17PM

February 26: History

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 160
35.1 miles
sunny, cool

195 recordings of 30 types. 12% clear.

I'm 1.5 pounds down for the week with slightly high blood pressure.

The day started with breakfast with the WPAC ladies. This ran late as the waitress sat down with us and talked about quilting before actually taking our orders.  Fortunately, I didn't have a firm time to be down at Bernadette's, so I just relaxed and enjoyed it. 

I filled the tank at $3.97 because who knows how high it is going to go. And went on down to Bernadette's. It turned out Rob was home, so I wasn't really necessary, but I had a good time.  Bernadette had to fetch Gareth because my car is set up for the dog.  She needed a bit of a break from the lawn work by then anyway.  Joanna puttered around, talked a lot, I read to her, and it was really enjoyable.  When Gareth got home with the Scholastic books I'd ordered, I read the Llama Llama Red Pajama book to her and she got right into it, stomping and clapping in all the places she was supposed to.  And Gareth was fun, too. 

I left at 3, which gave me time to catch my breath before getting Ron and going to the History Society meeting.  He liked the medical museum.  The speaker was a guy, 80, who grew up in Sacramento and then helped build Donner Ski Ranch.  He's got a nice museum in Soda Springs, and is involved with the Donner Historic Society. I definitely must go there!  (When the snow melts.) 

Anyway, a pleasant evening and I didn't have to make that drive in the dark by myself.


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