Friday, August 1, 2003
My leg has been hurting a lot this week. Today it was terrible. I got very little done other than the most mundane of things. Instead of my usual Cabernet Sauvignon, tonight I had a glass of Carolan's Irish Cream liqueur. I think I like it as well or better than Bailey's.
Quote of the Day: "The soft-minded man always fears change. He feels security in the status quo, and he has an almost morbid fear of the new. For him, the greatest pain is the pain of a new idea." -- Martin Luther King Jr.
"Bound to the Sunset, Called and Informed"
The humidity right now is 95%. It was beautiful outside today, but I couldn't spend much time away from the modern miracle of air conditioning. If my leg was well, I'd have been outside regardless, working in the garden, mowing the lawn. I find it difficult to do anything at all.
Piss & moan, piss & moan. . .
Sunday, August 3, 2003
It's always something. The van won't start. It was running fine a few minutes before, no problems at all, and now it won't go at all. Damn!
I desgined some new business cards. Here's a close approximation:
Fuel pump. We have a burned out headlamp, too, and the third tail light and wiper on the back window don't work. Need brake work, too, I imagine. They're squealing sometimes. Inspection sticker runs out the last day of the month, too. The things I want recede further into the distance. What money could have gone to things like a new easel, a Canon EOS 10D, and a new computer go into car repairs and other niggling emergencies.
I watched Jackie Chan's "Legend of the Drunken Master." It is an excellent action film, with a stock plot and anything but stock action scenes. Jackie Chan is a master of martial arts coreography. He does stunts that anyone else would cry and run away from.
Quote of the Day: "Make the most of yourself...for that is all there is of you." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Monday, August 4, 2003
We got the headlights changed and the middle brake light working. We got the fuel pump, fuel line, and fuel filter, too. Total parts: $218.00 and change. The toilet in the downstairs bathroom was leaking. Got that fixed too. Now we're waiting to see if Ann's brother can put in the new fuel pump and friends. . .
It rained today, too. Nice to have when sometimes you have to crawl under the van and slap the gas tank before it will start.
Still no repaired fuel pump. Maybe tomorrow. . . My son, Sean, got a basic drum kit. We're slowly putting some music together to take out in public. I'll let you know where and when. . .
Quote of the Day: "Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them." -- John Updike
"White With Backlight"
Tuesday, August 5, 2003
Orthopedic surgeon's appointment today. Nothing new, except another $20 co-pay. I have another appointment in two weeks to discuss surgery to remove the plate and screws and attempt to correct the misalignment of my tibia and tarsals. Sounds like such fun. . .
The van is still not working right. Hopefully tomorrow morning it will get fixed. Ann drank the last of the Carolan's Irish Cream. Damn!
"Cool Blue Sparkling Water"
Quote of the Day: "Do not fear your enemies. The worse they can do is kill you. Do not fear friends. At worst, they may betray you. Fear those who do not care; they neither kill nor betray, but betrayal and murder exist because of their silent consent." -- Bruno Jasienski
I have a bunch of new photographs. I'll put a few more of them up here in the next few days. I like the one above the best of all the ones on this roll. There are some other interesting ones, though. I was so pleased when I got these from the film processor. Today's been a pretty good day, except for the pain in my ankle. That sucks.
Another Visual Poem
Thursday, August 7, 2003
New brakes on the van all around. It really needed them, too. New fuel pump installed, new rattles and hums. . .
Quote of the Day: "Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it." -- Gotama Siddartha (The Buddha)
There was a nice article in the paper this morning, written by Ron C. Judd of "The Seattle Times." The headline read "Canada taking left turn from America." One paragraph, a quote from a Toronto sociologist, Michael Adams, in his book Fire and Ice: The United States, Canada and the Myth of Converging Values":
"The business of the American people today is business. . . What you're seeing is a winner-take-all society. And the losers are not doing what Marx predicted -- overthrowing the owners of the means of production -- but are turning inward, hurting themselves through addiction and drugs, or turning outward toward violence."
Workers of the world unite! Not likely. . . There's a feeling that "they" have won and all we can do is try to ignore it or medicate ourselves so we don't think about it. One thing you can do, vote Democratic, regardless of how you feel about the candidates. Get the Neocons out of office. We must make "conservative" a dirty word, like they have done to "Liberal." Maybe we can rebuild this once-great nation. If we let them further ensconce themselves, armed resistance will become the only recourse, and that will be futile. We'll welcome the American Taliban regime, and there will be no rescue from any quarter. Anyone not holding strict Puritan right-wing views will have one recourse, move to another country, if you have the wherewithal to do so. We will have affluent refugees. Those who aren't affluent will have lots of trouble emigrating. Perhaps Canada and France and other countries will take over the mantle of refuge for the oppressed that the United States has sloughed off in favor of cruelty and repression.
"Darkness in the Middle of the Day"
"Fear Is A Dark Stranger"
Friday, August 8, 2003
Sunday, August 10, 2003
Some thoughts percolating in my head. They mostly revolve around the quote from Michael Adams's book I shared with my reader(s) on August fifth. I can relate so many things to what he said. Maybe I'll go into it in detail in a few days. This country is in serious trouble, and shifting more to the right is not the answer to our problems. We need to take care of all our people, not just the ones greedy enough to amass fortunes.
"You Send Me"
Monday, August 11, 2003
Quote of the Day: "The better work men do is always done under stress and at great personal cost. " -- William Butler Yeats
"Twilight's Last Gleaming"
Nice day for the most part today. Nice visit with a sweet, dear friend. Not much in the way of art. My passion seems to have banked and is only smoldering at the moment.
Tuesday, August 12, 2003
Major galleries and museums cutting back programs, laying off upper echelon curators and administrators, closing once promising projects entirely. Schools cutting arts education. The number of homeless increasing. Unemployment at record levels. The World Trade Organization overriding laws and sovereignty of countries. The European Union run by unelected officials (much like the United States). It's getting seriously fascistic, folks. Time to stand up and speak up. Don't be bullied by these irrational, yet reasonable sounding assholes. We are circling the drain, my friends.
Quote of the Day: "Love, friendship , respect, do no unite people as much as a common hatred for something." -- Anton Chekhov
Thursday, August 14, 2003
"Bright and Shining Water"
Friday, August 15, 2003
Heat, haze, humidity! I've not seen haze and air pollution like this around here in 25 years. Did someone in the White House say we need looser air quality standards? Or do we have them already?
Quote of the Day: "Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music -- the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself." -- Henry Miller
Looking through old sketchbooks again. . .
Sunday, August 17, 2003
We're rapidly approaching the end of the tomatoes. They all went ripe in a very short period. We ended up giving a lot of them away rather than making canned goods for the winter. We really didn't have enough plants to make it worthwhile. I love this time of year with all the fresh vegetables. The apples in the stores tend toward the green yet. I guess we have to wait a while longer for the really ripe ones. I tasted a variety called "Pink Lady" at the store yesterday. It's really sweet, but the skin is a tad tough for my old teeth. Maybe peeled. . .
"First the Bees, Then the Finches"
Tuesday, August 19, 2003
Made a late trip up to Daniel Boone Park this evening. I think I got some good shots of sunlight on the water. I had to stand around and wait for some barges to go by to get enough ripples to break the reflections so as to make the shots interesting. I think I got a few. These won't turn out as well as the last ones I'm sure, since this is a roll of Agfa film and the last roll was the Fujifilm NFS, which, for my money is about the best you can get.
"A Study in Contrast"
Sunday, August 24, 2003
Latest roll of film. I hear Canon is coming out with a new EOS Digital Rebel next month. Anyone have some work for a gimp that pays about a thousand or 1500 dollars?
Quote of the Day: "Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers, "Grow, Grow"" -- The Talmud
Now we have a sniper/serial-killer/barely-human-coward gunning down people like the two did in the DC area last year. What creates such undirected animosity in people that they do such thing? If I was going to do such a deed, I'd have a list. . .
Tuesday, August 26, 2003
Hot. Hot. Hot.
Quote of the Day: "Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you" -- Karl Gustav Jung
"Okay, I got my ducks in a row. Now what?"
Wednesday, August 27, 2003
I love the sunlight on the river. It's amazing how many colors the water will become, depending on the atmospheric conditions and the angle of the sun, the algae content and mud content of the water, so many factors. It's a never-ending joy to me to continue to take photographs of the river.
The annual debauchery known as the Charleston Sternwheel Regatta starts tomorrow. It's been cut in half. Thirty-some years ago when it began it was a 10-day festival with much music, boat racing, and fun. Now it's barely four days and most of the music leans in the direction of Nashville. At least the fireworks are usually pretty good. I wish I could find a good vantage point to take some photographs of them.
Quote of the Day: "There are no facts, only interpretations. " -- Friedrich Nietzsche
Saturday, August 30, 2003
My cordless mouse died today. The powerlines over on Maxwell street crossed in the rain and we lost electricity accompanied by loud noises and flashes of light. No fried pigeons on the sidewalk this time, though.
I ate too much today. It was the opening day of college football season. West Virgina nearly pulled off an upset of number 20 Wisconsin, but managed in the end to not even beat the spread. Of course the spread was only three points. Final: 24-17.
Quote of the Day: "There are only two ways to live your life. One as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. " -- Albert Einstein
I vote for the second option.