Our next Pet sit

By: ycd0108 , 4:33 PM GMT on August 11, 2012

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Morning Bogon:
I'm trying to get under Tloml's Nissan to change oil and filter. Why do they put such tiny wheels on the new cars? Then there is a plastic tray so you can't get near the filter. I think I've got it figured but I wish I had followed through with the notion of digging a "Pit" in one of the bays in the shop - I'm too old for this crawling under cars but our mechanic is busy for a few days and the oil needs changing.
Where were the vendors hiding the meters?
Probably in a border town in Greece. If I showed interest in anything someone would call his brother-in- law and the item would be on it's way. It was a very "free market" way back then and I was responsible for a budget likely larger than that of the town I worked in. The locals noticed.
On the other hand it took me a few years to figure out what went on there. I'm still not sure.
It would be great if one of the folks I worked with there could find this blog and add some background (or foreground).
I had some phone numbers but things have changed

Tamu (ycd0108)
Tamu
Bored? (ycd0108)
Water Lilly in the sky
Bored?
Double Eagle (ycd0108)
Double Eagle
Moon Dawn (ycd0108)
Venus was dimly visible to the eye
Moon Dawn
Pelican Chorus (ycd0108)
First time Pelican in these waters afaik
Pelican Chorus
No eyed deer (ycd0108)
As we speak
No eyed deer

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29. ycd0108
3:49 PM GMT on August 19, 2012
Wedding went off just fine.
Later: I was phoning my mother for my weekly check in - she's fine. Then I realized I had started a comment so I just posted what was there.
The wedding: Good food, good company, reasonable weather - not too hot and just a few drops of rain, one obligatory noxious drunk groom's friend and some too long speeches but we had lots of children to entertain us so I enjoyed it. At one point I got into the cardboard "space Shuttle" with one of the kids but we crashed on the runway. No one was hurt. As we walked up to the car the Obligatory Drunk could be heard waxing if not eloquent at least loud. I assume the groom got ahold of him soon and put his head back in the sand where it seems to belong.
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28. ycd0108
9:18 PM GMT on August 18, 2012
Afternoon Rob:
Most people who ride the ferries here expect and trust the competence of the crew but that accident got our attention. The fellow we stay with there is an avid fisherman and he just wants company. I just want fresh seafood but I don't mind fishing for it. We might be on time for a Northern Coho run. Other years we were later so we had to make do with squid, octopus and halibut.
Prawns and crab were also enjoyed. Our friend sent us home with sealed coffee bags of prawns last trip so we put one bag in our daughter's freezer - no one was at home. She does not keep her coffee in the freezer so she put the bag in the coffee drawer. A week or so later she had to track down the by then rotting prawns and fumigate her cabinet.
Wedding later this aft. so I just got back from a haircut and beard trim. The lady barber said I look 10 years younger so I'll spend some time by the mirror.
Shoreacres: Tamu and Jupiter are a bit of an handful already but the Velociraptor might be able to make them behave. What a well made outfit he is wearing!
Bogon: Thanks for the link. You and I are aware this change is now. I'm sure most folks know too but like me they don't know how changing their behavior could have any effect on the course of the future.
In fact I'm not too disappointed when a fish gets away as long as I retrieve the lure and line. Mainly I don't want the fish to be injured and trailing my lure and fishing line. Maybe I'll try Shore's fishing advice posted on her blog and just dangle a weight off the rod and look busy.
Our bird book says the Brown Pelican is "Occasional" in this area and since we only saw the one in many recent boating excursions I don't see a trend. I'll keep watch.
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27. RobDaHood
8:55 PM GMT on August 18, 2012
A Klingon Velociraptor?

Okay...that's pretty scary!
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26. Bogon
8:14 PM GMT on August 18, 2012
Ooh! I like how the velociraptor has Worf head ridges.

Do you think that pelican may be a sign of global warming? Lots of critters are having to relocate. Some of them are running out of room.
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25. shoreacres
5:14 PM GMT on August 18, 2012
I just saw your title. Can I send my neighbor's pet over for a spell? Dixie says he can't live here.

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24. RobDaHood
5:06 PM GMT on August 18, 2012
Sounds like maybe a fun trip. Hopefully the helmsman does a little better than the tragedy you linked to. BTW...never noted any strange characters in any of the recent posts other than the usual WU weirdness of inserting spaces into pasted addresses.

Enjoying a cooler, rainy day here. Pretty strong winds ahead of a storm earlier but nothing severe so far.

Hope you have a great weekend grandpa builderman!
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23. ycd0108
3:40 PM GMT on August 18, 2012
Morning Ylee:
I logged back in and things look normal so far.
We are looking forward to a trip up the coast to visit friends who keep one of the Lighthouses there. We have a "Ticket to Ride" the B.C. Ferry early in September. Should be some good pictures - the double eagle photo was taken from the lawn by the lighthouse a couple of years ago and the "Inside Passage" is spectacular. I navigated parts of the passage before I learned what little I know about boats and navigation. I got away with it then but now maybe I know too much. All my attention is taken up with the sound of the drive unit and the charts on a calm crossing. When it gets a bit rough the only thing I see is the next wave. It will be great to sail around there with someone else being responsible for the vessel.
Not that there is ever a total guarantee of safe passage:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Queen_of_the_Nort h
In fact one possibility is to visit the small village of Hartley Bay and hear some stories of the event.
http://www.gitgaat.net/
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22. Ylee
5:47 AM GMT on August 18, 2012
You can try; I hope it works!

Doing a quick flyby, so I can get busy working on the new blog! Sun sets in New Zealand soon! :)
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21. ycd0108
4:57 PM GMT on August 17, 2012
Something has changed: I tried to "Bold" for people's handles and then went back to "Plain Text" and now my comments include a lot of other keyboard symbols but they seem to come through without the layout I had seen. Maybe I should log out and back in?
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20. ycd0108
4:49 PM GMT on August 17, 2012
Shore:You know I just put up the Pelican for you. I was going to mention that fact when the post above went sideways and I thought I should "Post it or loose it" . I have been thinking about your latest blog and trying to imagine what I could add there. It is good news that you get along with your boss - mine is somewhat erratic but I guess I'll keep this job.
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19. shoreacres
4:39 PM GMT on August 17, 2012
Love the eagles and the pelican. Did a quick scan of the career discussion. Thinking about it, I've actually had four distinctive "careers". Maybe five, depending. Never had a five or ten year plan in my life - one thing morphed into another, more or less.

The best part of being self-employed, I think, is that the boss and I get along so well. ;)
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18. ycd0108
4:34 PM GMT on August 17, 2012
Good morning:
Oops I tried to change font.Ylee: I finally got around to reading Monbiot's advice. I never really had to make a career choice (thinks the statement over and admits it is less than an half truth).But I somehow avoided the experience of a "steady job" for more than a year at a time - simply got bored and fired myself.  The next opportunity has (so far) regularly raised it's head. I'm not sure that this method will work for everyone - luck seemed to play a big part of my employment. Mostly good luck.OrangeRoses:Ooops again. I don't know what is going on but this post is getting very scrambled. I had a good look at the Skull, though. Thanks for the link.
I'd best see what things look like when I post this mish-mash
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17. OrangeRoses
3:13 PM GMT on August 17, 2012
Dear YCD,

The water is so calm it does appear the water lily floated in the sky|clouds above.



Salvador Dali
"Skull with its Lyric Appendage Leaning on a Bedside Table which should have the Exact Temperature of a Cardinal's Nest"
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16. Ylee
6:44 PM GMT on August 16, 2012
Good day to you! Have you ever read Monbiot's career advice? He speaks of journalism, but it holds true for most professions, IMO.

For example, if you want to be an organic chemist, and you go to a school that pumps out great organic chemists, that school may be in large part funded by a large corporation that specializes in organic chemistry. Do you think the professors there will teach you things that are contrary to the interests of the large corporation?

I can't wait until LEDs get cheap enough so that filling the house with them doesn't cost half a paycheck! :)
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15. ycd0108
3:35 AM GMT on August 16, 2012
Just cooked two high efficiency florescent tubes Actually I popped an hole in the first replacement tube while installing it but the second simply tried to light up and turned into trash in about a second. I certainly hope that the two year old installation has saved me 40$ in electricity because that is about what three of these tube cost and I still have no light in the computer room except the display here.
It was fun today anyway: One of the goofy Brit children came down to watch Danial and I setting forms for concrete under the sundeck of the house (my daughter's) he is staying in. He said:
"Are you guys "Builder Men"?" in a child's British accent. We thought for a second or two and said "We guess so." Dan is about 22 and has his nipples pierced and it was hot so he's shirtless. I'm 65 and wear the same clothing every day and yesterday I was dressed as "Grandpa" and this kid noticed I could not really be a Builder Man in the same outfit I wore while I was Grandpa.
Good news is that the London visitors are having a fine time.
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14. ycd0108
2:21 PM GMT on August 14, 2012
Dawn photo:
Venus was still visible to the eye at about 2 o'clock from the crescent moon but the iPod image does not show it.
It's about 14C and Tloml just came in for coffee.
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13. ycd0108
1:32 PM GMT on August 14, 2012
Good morning:
We slept out on the lawn again last night. Saw the ISS flyby from NNW to ENE right on time. I saw two meteors but neither from the Perseid Radiant. The stars were clear and bright though it had been fairly hazy earlier.
Something was wandering in the trees near enough to hear it's snorts - probably a deer.
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12. ycd0108
4:11 AM GMT on August 14, 2012
MAP 7.7 2012/08/14 02:59:42 49.784 145.126 625.9 SEA OF OKHOTSK
"I'll give you an answer in the morning"
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11. ycd0108
2:39 AM GMT on August 14, 2012
http://www.monbiot.com/2012/08/13/hunger-games/
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10. ycd0108
1:39 PM GMT on August 13, 2012
Morning:
It was by no means a meteor shower. I did see one "shooting Star" directly overhead bright and long.
This morning the crescent moon lined up with Venus and Mars but some haze moved in and soon the planets disappeared as the dawn light rose.
Edit:
According to LowerCal the second planet is Jupiter, not Mars. I was just guessing.
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9. ycd0108
4:05 AM GMT on August 13, 2012
Thanks Jonas:
When I saw your comment I was reminded that I had seen a box of pellets somewhere in the basement storage room and then I was lost for an hour or so. I did not find any pellets so the eagles are safe tonight.
Tloml has set up some new foamies way up the lawn and we hope to see some Persied meteors tonight.
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8. Jonas
10:57 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
Hey, those are nice eagles. Good snap.
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7. ycd0108
7:32 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
Hi Rob:
Those two weren't at all worried about posing for me. It does make me wonder what makes couples pair up beyond the obvious short term attraction and the requirement to reproduce the species.
I never planned to fly wing for anybody but here I am in formation for yo about 40 years.
These eagle don't look like they worry about such questions and I rarely go there either. It's just what came to mind looking at that old photo.
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6. RobDaHood
6:19 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
Nice Eagles!
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5. ycd0108
6:02 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
Good morning Bogon:
Them were the days eh. Waiting for the week end to run out to the Mail Box to get the "Paper" so I could read the "Red Funnies" first.
So innocent and naive not to mention being able to run that far.
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4. Bogon
8:11 PM GMT on August 11, 2012
I read Pogo eagerly while I was growing up. Like you, I had little idea about the political and social issues Walt Kelly was satirizing. In that sense I surely missed out on a lot of what the cartoon was saying.

There was plenty to like about Pogo, even if you only took it at face value. I wish I had a chance to reread all those comic strips knowing what I know today.

Ha! The wiki says there are forty-five Pogo books and a twelve volume hardbound compilation of all the daily comics. Sounds like I have my work cut out for me!
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3. ycd0108
6:48 PM GMT on August 11, 2012
Good for Georgia choosing Pogo!
I remember reading the Pogo comics as a child would in the '50s. Our little town did not have much in the way of politics and as far as I knew then neither did our province or country. My personal ignorance had no affect at all on the course of history.
Now that I'm so much better informed I don't expect to have any affect now either but I had a good time getting here.
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2. Bogon
6:01 PM GMT on August 11, 2012
Love the picture of Tamu.

Ordinarily I might have hooked up something to go Pogo, but I'm visiting Mom with Wife, and I have Other Responsibilities.

I used to change my own oil back when I owned a Toyota. Now it's a Honda; the designers of that car put the oil filter where I can't reach it. Now I drive to a quick lube place. They present me a (usually reasonable) bill for services rendered, and I have no worries about disposal of used petrochemicals.
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1. ycd0108
4:37 PM GMT on August 11, 2012
I can only see these pictures after they are approved. Too bad about the lily but the clouds and fish show up well.
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