Tuesday, October 2, 2001
I got a new lens yesterday. It's a Tamron 28-300mm Zoom. It's awesome. New photos to come soon. Hopefully the ones I took today of my Mom and Grandaughter turn out okay.
My Mom lives 75 miles north of me. I had to go pick her up, bring her here for a doctor's appointment, and take her back. If anyone's counting, that's 300 miles. I'm tired.
Wednesday, October 3, 2001
Fourth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
"Those that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
-- Benjamin Franklin
This is a time when we need to be very careful of what we give away in the name of patriotism and safety. What goes by boards now will be difficult or impossible to recover later. A final note of caution: Don't trust this Supreme Court.
Thursday, October 4, 2001
The U.S. Government is apparently bombing Afghanistan with food. Hmmm, didn't I suggest something like this on September 15?
Yesterday, Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) was grilling the Secretary of Health and Human Services about epidemiologists. The secretary claimed that there are 42 epidemiologists in the United States, and that there are 13 states, including West Virginia, who have none. I'm sure my wife will be interested to know this. Her boss is the West Virginia State Epidemiologist. There is at least one MD in the office with an epidemiology specialization. I think the Bush administration officials need to get their information straight before plunging into things.
Dubya has a 90% approval rating. Amazing. The man is still a twit, and every day it shines through the veneer of competence they've managed to laminate over his public persona. Most of my friends overseas are very concerned that King George II has his finger on the button. It worries me, too.
"Appalachian Fog Lifting"
Sunday, October 7, 2001
It begins. . .
Monday, October 8, 2001
Road trip today. We went to Babcock State Park, Hawks Nest State Park, and the New River Gorge Bridge National Park. Some nice foliage, but it's not near peak yet. Another couple weeks. . .
Tuesday, October 9, 2001
"Swimming in the light"
Friday, October 12, 2001
Saturday, October 13, 2001
Okay, now Yahoo Bin Laden and his asylum-mates are warning Americans to stay away from airplanes and skyscrapers. Screw you Osama Dickhead. If I had the money I'd fly to New York, go to the top of the Empire State building and give you the finger, then fly to Chicago, go up the John Hancock tower and moon you. This is bullshit. It's a ploy to try to derail the US economy. These terrorists are so unsophisticated I'm amazed any of them could learn to fly a kite much less a Boeing jet.
Am I pissed off? You bet!
Sunday, October 14, 2001
My apologies to all concerned for including a photograph in this space for which I did not have the rights to republish. I also apologize for any comments I made about the photograph, the West Virginia Juried Exhibit or anything else connected with this entry.
Monday, October 15, 2001
I get a daily horroscope in a mailing every morning. This is what it said this morning:
"If you've been trying to get to the bottom of certain things you'd like to change about yourself, today should be a good time for some real productive soul-searching. Any relationship that begins today is bound to have a certain spirit of intensity and will probably have a very profound impact on you and will result in tremendous personal change."
Tantalizing, no? Last night we had Chinese for dinner. My fortune said "A thrilling time is in your immediate future."
I'm not really big on portends and the like, but this points to where I think my life should go right now, and I choose to believe it. I'm energized, happy, encouraged, and rearing to go!
Tuesday, October 16, 2001
I went to several stores before I found ink cartridges for my printer. The total price for the black and color cartridges was $60.90 plus tax. In the same store where I found both of them, I also found a printer for $69.90, which included both cartridges. There was a special deal with it too -- $80.00 worth of software and specialty paper from Kodak. No brainer. I like my new printer. The software is junk. The paper's nice though.
Wednesday, October 17, 2001
I have taken my previous website down completely. This is it now, folks. The content and form of this site may well change very soon as well.
Thursday, October 18, 2001
Now that I have both standard/wide angle and telephoto lenses for both cameras, I started showing my wife how to use an SLR with interchangeable lenses. I think she has great artistic ability, but she'll argue with me. She went to a three day conference at the Canaan Valley Resort this week. She took the EOS Rebel-X with her. She should be back sometime this afternoon. I can't wait to see her AND the photographs she took.
Tuesday, October 23, 2001
Long weekend. Long trip. My wife and I stayed up late Saturday night watching the Concert for New York on VH-1. It was most excellent, particularly The Who reunited. I was somewhat dismayed that Hilary Clinton and Richard Gere were booed. I see comments all the time on Fox News and in the newspapers from people wondering where the "peacenicks" and liberals are, why they aren't saying anything contrary to the massive popular opinion. Well, the boos are pretty much why, not to mention the potential for having the crap beat out of you by some frenzied "patriot" who takes exception to your contrary view of things. It could get ugly.
Anyway, after staying up until nearly 1:00 AM, we got back up and were on the road in time to drive the 45 miles or so along the Kanawha River and over Gauley Mountain to Hawk's Nest State Park in time to watch the sun come up over the mountains. It was beautiful.
We weren't the first couple there, either. There was a couple in their middle years, sitting snuggled close to each other as much for warmth as affection waiting for the sun. It was touching.
We left Hawk's Nest and went into the town of Ansted to have breakfast. From there we travelled to the New River Gorge Bridge National Park. Later in the day we visited Sandstone Falls, Bluestone Park/lake, Pipestem Resort State Park, and (our current favorite) Babcock State Park. The water was lower at all the locations than the last trips we made, but there was still enough to get some nice water pictures.
"Black Oak Leaves Floating On Clear Water"
Wednesday, October 24, 2001
Quote of the Day: "Wealth has never sacrificed itself on the altar of patriotism." -- Bob Lafolette (quoted in "The Nation.")
Molly Ivins' column was particularly good this morning in the Charleston Gazette. Read it if you can find it. It's the one where I got the above quote.
Friday, October 26, 2001
The weather took a turn for the worse. It's 46 degrees outside right now. My jack o'lanterns started to break down and it's still five days from Halloween. I guess I carved prematurely.
I know, it's unprofessional of me, but I'm going to be moving my website again soon, back to the ide-a.net address. I finally got notification from the hosting service that took over when the one I signed up for in the first place went belly up. I opted to go with another service that offers more space, more features and unlimited data transfers for a lower price. As soon as they get it set up, I'll start putting HTML and pictures up there. I think this is an opportunity to completely revamp the site, a make-over, so to speak. I've got some ideas and templates in place. I just need to refine them and put them out there. Stay tuned. . .
Someone told me this little guy is a Mandarin Duck. He's not a wild bird, but an escapee. Last time I was up at Daniel Boone Park he wasn't there. I'm hoping someone took him in for the winter.
Tuesday, October 30, 2001
I've been sorting and culling and doing triage on the images I put in my diary project over the past three years. I'll be redeploying some of them soon in a different form. Stay tuned. . .
"Behold the Power of Water"
Wednesday, October 31, 2001 (Halloween)
This is the first Halloween in 32 years that there has also been a full moon.
Here are my carvings for the season:
Thursday, November 1, 2001
Okay, hopefully the problems with my ide-a.net site are over. The mail seems to be flowing smoothly and I know for certain that the pointers are aimed at the new site. I have sucessfully uploaded files to the site. I'm running under a Windows NT server now. I'll continue with that arrangement if things go well. Otherwise I have the option of moving my domain to a UNIX box. Stay tuned. . .
All future entries in this project will be at the following location:
I'll put notice up here and on the above site when the main site is ready for use. Thanks for your patience.Right now the only thing that actually works at the ide-a.net site is the links page.