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November 2001

Friday, November 2, 2001
(11:59 am)

All new and improved, just like Tide. . . Here's the next iteration of my web site diary/journal project. How it evolves remains to be seen. To everyone who was concerned about the little Mandarin duck, I'll try to get up to the park to have a look and see if I can find the little cutie either later today or tomorrow.

(11:24 pm)

My son leaves for a week in California tomorrow. With all the rumors of attacks on the bridges in that state, I'm just a little worried.

John Ashcroft gave Bill Gates the farm today. What a load of crap! How can people stand in front of cameras and reporters and lie like that? This settlement is a strong settlement that will insure innovation and competition? Can you hear my eyes rolling?

A riverboat on the Kanawha River near sundown [C-059-e7(T)]
"Red, White, Blue, and Gold"

Saturday, November 3, 2001
(4:44 pm)

My alma mater's football team has struggled this year. They have a new coach, who's trying to implement a no-huddle, west coast type offense without having the proper personnel to do it. Strike one. Then they just happen to play teams like Miami, Virginia Tech, Maryland, and Notre Dame (in South Bend). Strike two. That might explain the 2-5 record going into today's game. Things changed today. Before today, the Mountaineers had scored a high of 34 points, and that was in the 20 point victory over Kent State on September 22. Today, WVU beat (and that is the correct word) Rutgers 80-7. Yes 80. Dayum! Ball, low and outside.

Next week, the Mountaineers play Syracuse. If they can manage a victory there, it certainly won't be anything like today's game. Virginia Tech beat the Mountaineers. Syracuse beat Virginia Tech. This could get interesting.

(6:01 pm)

I went looking for the little Mandarin duck at the park today. The only ducks I found were Mallards and the one odd looking duck that has trouble walking and eating. The ducks were in several groups, scattered all along the river bank. I didn't see the little guy, or the one with the red stuff on his face, or the white one, or any of the other non-Mallards. I guess they all went home for the winter. None of the usual "duck-feeders" were there, so I had no one to ask about the little fellow.

Sunlight on the water -- New River above Brooks Falls [C-059-e7(T)]
"Silver Water"

Another note on West Virginia football. Pitt beat Virginia Tech today, too. WVU gets to play them the last game of the season. It ain't gonna be pretty from here on out.

Sunday, November 4, 2001
(2:20 pm)

I went looking for the little Mandarin duck again today. He's still nowhere to be found. The other miscellaneous ducks were back, however.

It's a beautiful day today. I felt like going somewhere to take pictures earlier, but I couldn't think of any place in close enough proximity for a two or three hour outing. I'm getting away from taking a lot scenic stuff, looking more toward the unusual and dramatic. I suppose those kind of photographs lie in wait nearly everywhere. It's just a matter of recognizing them when they jump out at you.

Tuesday, November 6, 2001
(9:47 am)

The world has me confused right now. I've heard so many conflicting accounts about what Islam is and isn't that I have started reading the Koran to try to sort it out for myself. I'm working on the sixth Sura and so far I'm not encouraged. There were a couple of editorials in the Charleston Daily Mail last week written by former Muslims who live here. I think they were both born in Iran. I used to know one of them. They don't have good things to say about the religion. The address for the Daily Mail site is -- I'd put a direct link to the documents, but the Daily Mail requires registration to view anything other than the current day's issue. There's no charge. The opinion pieces I refer to are in the November 1, 2001 issue. THey're (naturally) in the Opinions section. One is written by Ali Dabiri and the other by Ali Shafii.

More on newspapers. A reporter for the Charleston Gazette is working up a feature on men who wear hats. I think it's interesting, especially since I tend to wear hats at the slightest provocation. If you're interested in the article, particularly if you live in the Charleson Area and would like to appear avec chappeau in the feature, contact Rusty Marks via e-mail by clicking on his name here or call him at 348-1215. I suppose you could also send regular mail to The Charleston Gazette, 1001 Virginia Street, Charleston, WV 25301.

Did I mention, I found a fedora!

Wednesday, November 7, 2001
(4:09 pm)

From Sunset Park, Laidley Tower!  C-059-e7(T)
"Catch the Sky"

Tuesday, November 13, 2001
(10:11 am)

If we lose this war against the fanatical Muslims, the Mona Lisa will be burned, Saturday cartoons, indeed all of television, will be relegated to history, as will Rock'n'Roll, Jazz, and Country Music. Michaelangelo's sculptures will be shattered. The Sistine Chapel ceiling will be painted over. Everyone, all men that is, will be required to learn and speak only Arabic. Everything that we consider civilization will cease to be. This is a war we have to win if we want modern life to continue.

Light and texture provided by the back of my house.  C-059-e7(T)

Wednesday, November 14, 2001
(1:23 pm)

Some of the old stone/concrete steps close to the river's edge on the Boulevard Park.  (C-036-x)
"Ravages of Time"

Thursday, November 15, 2001
(3:54 pm)

It looks like my reconstruction of this web site is going to take a little longer than the couple weeks I at first estimated. The reason? I just haven't felt up to it. I've been busy painting, doing housework, yardwork, and other things. Honestly, I'll get it done. I'll probably start working on the gallery section or the words section next week. I have a friend who is a marvelous artist. We plan on getting together soon, too, and I'll give her some space to display her work and say what she wants. I'll let you know when this happens too.

The Leonid meteor shower will be visible this Sunday morning, depending on who you listen to, either from 4 to 6 or from 5 to 7 AM. There are supposed to be from 800-10,000 meteors per hour. It should be spectacular. I'm planning a trip out of the city to where we can see it better. Yes, we're taking both cameras and tripods. If the picutures come out, I'll put the best of them here.

Pink and blue stretched out against the sky like a patient etherized upon a table. C-051-e7(T)
"T. S. Eliot's Sky"

Friday, November 16, 2001
(1:15 pm)

I'm not sure if I mentioned it previously, but tomorrow is the day for the monthly poetry group. If you live close by (Charleston, WV) come on over. It's at 1:00 at the YWCA Thrift Shop/Coffee Bar on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Lee Street, East.

I had mentioned back in October right after I got my Tamron lens that I'd taken pictures of my mom and grandaughter. I just realized I'd not gotten around to putting any of them up here. Here's the best one of my mom and Hannah.

My mom (Helen) and Hannah.  C-052

Saturday, November 17, 2001
(9:22 pm)

West Virginia University lost to Temple today. Sheesh! The only game left is Pitt next weekend. This is the worst season I can remember. I guess there's always next year. I think Rich Rodrigez took an arrogant approach to coaching the team this year, and he's paying for it. It's going to be reflected in his recruiting ability for the next few years. It may take the term of his contract to get back on a winning track, and by then it may be a moot point. Bye bye Rich. And people wanted rid of Don Nehlen. More's the pity.

Taken at the boat ramp at Daniel Boone Park, near sunset, my favorite time to take my camera to the water.  C-059
"Blue Water Ducks"

Monday, November 19, 2001
(10:23 pm)

I finally got around to getting Ann to take some pictures of me in my new fedora. So for all of you who've been clamoring to see me (all both of you), here's one!

Ann took this.  She says I need some cowboy boots to go with this outfit.  C-060
"Under a New Fedora"

Thursday, November 22, 2001
(12:08 pm)

Happy Thanksgiving. It's a sad anniversary, too, though. It's 38 years since President Kennedy was assassinated. Still we don't know for sure who did it or why. The Lone Gunman theory is still the official verdict, but there have been and still are lots of questions.

I hope your day gives lots to be thankful for.

One last carved pumpkin for this year.

Last minute substitute for the other two rotting gourds.  C-060
"Jill O'Lantern"

Friday, November 23, 2001
(10:51 pm)

Tomorrow is the "Backyard Brawl." The University of Pittsburgh at West Virginia University. I'm going to be there in blue and gold, yelling until I'm hoarse. Go WVU!

Sunday, November 25, 2001
(7:50 pm)

The game yesterday was fun. It would have been better had West Virginia won. . . The officials gave the WVU band a warning from the field about playing while the opposing team was coming to the ball. That was pointless. From that moment on the crowd was so loud as Pitt was coming to the ball that six bands could have been playing and you wouldn't have heard them.

I was dead tired by the time I got back. I slept late this morning (until eleven), took a nap in the afternoon and I'm looking longingly at the bed already. Hopefully by tomorrow I'll be feeling more energetic.

I took my camera with me to take pictures at the game but I thought it might rain so I left it in the car. It didn't rain, but the wind was fierce.

I found this pear at Wal-Mart.  (C-059)
"Tastes Like Chicken"

Friday, November 30, 2001
(9:34 pm)

"While my guitar gently weeps. . ."

It's a sad day.It's a sad day.It's a sad day.
George Harrison
(February 25, 1943 -- November 29, 2001)

Thursday, December 6, 2001
(12:02 am)

Taking a last shot in front of Foto 1 to finish the roll of film.  (C-061)

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