Monday, October 29, 2007
|Our low last night was a chilly 30º. The same low temps are expected tonight.|
After the sun comes up over the eastern treetops, things warm up pretty fast. Now at mid-morning, it's 43º outside. That's good, because Wendell is smoking a Boston Butt.
Speaking of Boston ...
We were pulling for the Red Sox in the final and winning game of the World Series. Apparently there was a little bit of celebrating going on. Can't say that I blame them.
And for Red Sox fans who want to watch their team's 2007 championship over and over again, it's actually available in an 8-DVD boxed set. That's right – all 2,105 minutes of coverage, along with a bonus disk featuring Red Sox 2007 season highlights.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Finally I got around to ordering the Smart Media Card Reader/Writer. Jeff enlightened me on the fact that this neat little helper did not even need to be installed because Windows XP recognized it and, with a Smart Media Card inserted in it, it immediately started putting the photos on the computer.
Sure wish I'd had it all along. But I just didn't know how handy it was going to be and how much expense and time it would save me, and at such a nominal cost.
Friday, October 26, 2007
I've begun reading this book, which I received several days ago from its author, motorcycle historian Jerry Hatfield. Jerry has authored over a dozen books, and I can already tell that this is his best work ever. It includes an audio CD of Jerry's interview with Rollie Free, which I intend to listen to after I've finished reading. Even though he was quite a daredevil, Rollie was not killed in a motorcycle accident. He lived into his 80's and was a legend in his own time.
My nephew, Scott Hatfield, received his copy back in August and has lots more to say about his dad's book on his own blog at I GOT MINE!
Ed Youngblood's MotoHistory review will really make you want the book. You will need to scroll down to Ed's 10/6/2007 entry:
Ed Youngblood review - Flat Out: The Rollie Free Story by Jerry Hatfield
Also, Jay Leno mentioned the book on a video called Vincent Black Shadow on his website, Jay Leno's Garage.
* UPDATE 12/12/07: I was even more impressed with this book after I finished it! Visit my December Flat Out! blog post to find out why.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
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Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Halloween is a mysterious holiday, and it's really amazing how much has come to be associated with it. People decorate for it, and it's sort of combined with fall festivities with the pumpkins and Jack-O-Lanterns. Hope I can find my Jack-O-Lantern earrings I've had for years.
While visiting HR Optical in Somerset, Wendell and I agreed that everyone needs a pair of the Halloweenie sunglasses they had on display:
My friend Chris recently shared a Halloweenie game with me. People who watch Wheel of Fortune on a regular basis will probably do pretty good on this. I'm not sure if I caught on or not -- I scored 70. Here's a few hints from someone who earned a high score of 430: "It's a matter of the most frequently used letters in the English language, plus the subject matter." (But she also admitted that she had help from Lee.)
Test your skills at Halloween Hangman
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Today is a big day here at the fish hatchery, and we're ready to shine! In addition to the official launch of the Biologist in Training program, representatives from other area fish hatcheries will be visiting to see what makes Wolf Creek hatchery so special.
*Want some mood music?
· · Hit the Play button to hear Elvis Presley's Kentucky Rain
Friday, October 19, 2007
This outstanding educational program takes advantage of the unique opportunities presented by hatcheries to build lasting connections between children and the outdoors. Children can become certified Biologists in Training by completing the BiT Activity Guide available from any National Fish Hatchery in the Southeast Region.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
- It sure is big — over a mile long!
- On the Cumberland River near Jamestown, Kentucky
- Construction began in the 1940’s; completed in 1950, with the final power generator installed in 1952
- Lake Cumberland, which was created by the dam, is the largest manmade reservoir east of the Mississippi River and provides over 40% of the total flood storage in the Cumberland River basin.
- Benefits include:
- Flood damage reduction - Provides a maximum flood storage capacity of over 6 million acre-feet
- Hydropower - Produces 22% of the hydropower generated on the Cumberland River
- Currently undergoing a seven-year Seepage Rehabilitation Project through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
And some surprising Lake Cumberland trivia:
- The lake's shoreline is longer than the Florida coast.
- It receives even more visitors each year than Yellowstone Park.
The Perpetual Vacationers: Dam tourists
Monday, October 15, 2007
|I recently learned from Mark Holdaway's Kalimba Magic newsletter that these traditional African thumb pianos are now being made out of gourds. One can actually purchase gourd kalimbas to play very lively and pleasant tunes on them. If you have ever seen anyone twiddling their thumbs, the following video will show that if you add a kalimba to the mix, it can be a productive and enjoyable pasttime:|
The Catania 12 Note Gourd Piano
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
|We saw these flowers while we were on our way back from Stearns, Kentucky. I wonder who might know what these are. I have not seen them before, and I haven't a clue. These flowers just seemed to be in one small area. I suspect these people shared the seeds. Do you have any sources that could tell me what these are?|
These were taken on Hwy 92 between Stearns and Monticello, Kentucky, as we were on our way back to Jamestown from having taken the Big South Fork Scenic Railroad.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
- Sixteen Tons
- Ya load 16 tons -- whaddya get?
- Another day older and deeper in debt.
- St. Peter don't ya call me cause I can't go
- I owe my soul to the company stoooohhh...
We hopped aboard the Big South Fork Scenic Railway and took a ride into Kentucky's past.
Stops along the way:
- And what a view!
- Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area has a photo gallery that actually does justice to the scenery.
The photo above was taken by the person in front of us on the train. Since it's slightly out of focus, it's what I call a Doris Day photo. In some of the later movies Doris Day made, she was playing parts that were supposed to be much younger than she was at the time. The cinematographer's solution for the closeups was to have them slightly out of focus so her wrinkles, etc., were not as obvious as they would have been if they were in focus. I actually think lots of such closeups in many movies were done this way to have the appearance of more perfect human beings much like airbrushing portraits so they do not reveal "flaws."
See our photos on flickr:
Big South Fork Scenic Railway
Wanna know even more?
- For the railroad enthusiast, many historic train photos and such are displayed on the Railway's website.
- I also found a related travel log that I found interesting: Search for the Moon Bow
- Big South Fork Scenic Railway is in Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, which covers 125,000 acres in Kentucky and Tennessee.
Friday, October 05, 2007
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
I was happy to see a collection of WellsFest 2007 photos in this morning's Clarion-Ledger Wellsfest photo gallery. I recognized at least one person from Wells United Methodist Church in them, and probably overlooked others.