March 6th: The drone my brother gave
me for Christmas is sort of feeling neglected. It's a nifty toy,
but I have to get a lot better with the controls to be able to fly
it in crowds without banging into stuff and/or other people. It's
been too cold to enjoy practicing outside, but I keep thinking
I'll get around to that soon. That white plastic jar in the
background is full of coffee grounds and eggshells from Virginia's
kitchen. I like to bring them home and then add them to my plot as
a soil amendment.
Dec. 25th: I was surprised to find
out my brother gave me a drone for Christmas.
November 14th, 2016: Cranksgiving
was yesterday. Cranksgiving's a scavenger hunt type game. The idea
is to turn in as much food donation to charity as you can carry on
your bike. At the beginning they give you a page of places to
shop, grocery stores as near as half a mile and as far away as ten
miles. It's competitive, with prizes for the winners in categories
such as speed, cargo hauling, and other. You could help your score
a lot by doing things like doing selfies with sharks fans (25 lbs.
food credit on your score). The net effect was a bunch of
bicyclists buzzing around the area buying all the pasta, canned
chile, and tuna fish. It all turned into a huge volume of stuff in
a coffee shop. A great time was had by many. I didn't take many
pictures because I was really busy moving forward my teams
(Virginia and I) score. That was my big food donation to charity
for the holidays. Here is a picture of our bikes taken just before
we headed from the last store to the finish line.
Not long before
the November 8th election: I'm working on that "How to vote?"
question. California has a record 17 voter initiatives. Figuring
out how to vote feels like being a legislator. Here is a cheat
sheet if you're wondering who cares about what:
So far I'm yes on 59 and 67; no on 65. Yes on V in
Mountain View. Jill Stein/Baraka Ajamu (Green Party) at the top of
the ticket. Mourning the lack of Greens on the lines of other
races and blaming top two for that.
2016: I installed this sticker on my beater bike and took the
picture while listening to public radio. They said "Bob Dylan just
won this year's Nobel Prize for Literature." Yup. I saw him live
here in Mountain View. Too bad it was back before I got good with
my camera. I'd have taken pictures like I did when the Dixie
Chicks came around if I could have. It's still true that Helium is
an inert gas.