Learning Saturday, Sep 20 2008 

Learning

20 September 2008

It is my goal to never stop learning.  Kyle and I enjoy trivia games and puzzles and the History Channel, and dozens of other things, mostly because we love to learn.  Today, we went book shopping so we can learn more about WordPress and how to program for it.  And, I vowed to learn more about this insane upcoming election on the fourth of November.

My picture above is of Kyle moving through the shelves of books at Fry’s, (after already trying at Border’s and buying instead, WordPress for Dummies) in search of a particular elusive title.  It turned out we’ll need to order it online, but we tried to keep our spending local, first. 

In my path of personal edification, this morning, I came across a short video I really think every American should see.  I know we have readers of all backgrounds and religions, and political persuasions, and I love that.  This is a totally non-partisan message regarding our right, our privilege . . . our duty to vote.  If I tried to convey the same message I wouldn’t be half as entertaining, so enjoy:

My big machine is finally moved back into my workshop, by the way.  I should be getting my act together this week, as planned . . . when I’m not reading my new WordPress for Dummies book! 😉

~MB

Right Here, Right Now. Saturday, Sep 20 2008 

19 September 2008
I was feeling well enough to head back to work today, so despite the lingering headache and the unrelenting whooping cough, I stumbled on into work. While digging into my daily duties, I discovered a cache of mistakes from the previous days attempt at work. Note to self: Don’t do the important work tasks while out of your head with pain & fever.

Late in the day my friend Mary posted this little bit on her blog along with a photo:

Rules:
1. take a picture of yourself right now.
(Don’t change your clothes, don’t fix your hair… just take a picture!)
2. Post that picture with NO editing.
3. Post these instructions with your picture.

I decided to play along.
Hard at Work
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 20 September 2008 )

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 160
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash fired, auto mode, red-eye reduction

Discarded Lunch Saturday, Sep 20 2008 

18 September 2008
Home sick with the second worst headache I think I’ve ever had. I sweat and shook and chilled through the night, so I think my fever has broken. Hoping the day looks up from here.
As part of my ongoing attempt to lose weight I’m doing things differently. For instance, I’m eating apples and strawberries instead of a small bag of chips. I’m drinking a pint of water rather than a 12oz soda pop. I’m photographing my food rather than eating it.
No. Kidding about that last one.
Lunch
But, here is my uneaten lunch from Wednesday. I just didn’t feel like eating yesterday, so today I took a photo of it instead.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 20 September 2008 )

Watching:
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Episode: Automatic for the People

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.067 sec (1/15)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Dials at Nightime Saturday, Sep 20 2008 

17 September 2008
I left work a bit early today feeling a wee bit puny. I went home and slept for a while until a pre-established dinner party came a calling. My wife woke me up, and off we went to meet friends at No Frills Grill. By this time I was feeling well & truly poorly so I didn’t really participate in the drinking, the eating or the conversing. But, I did play Buzztime Trivia (how could I not?).  After I’d had as much as I could take – I really was feeling lousy – MB brought me home. Upon arrival, I realized that I’d wasted the day away without a photo. So, here’s a photo of the A/C dials in my car which unfortunately were set to Max On even on a September evening.
A/C Dials at Night
It’s one of the things…possibly the only thing…I would change about living in this state. It’s always bloody hot (to me…others will argue that 87 degrees Farenheit at nearly 10pm on a mid-September evening is just fine)!
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 20 September 2008 )

Watching:
West Ham United demolish Newcastle Football Club
Final score 3 – 1

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 1 sec (1)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

My First Off-Campus House is Now A Parking Lot—and Dickens is a Go! Saturday, Sep 20 2008 

My First Off-Campus House is Now A Parking Lot

19 September 2008

That’s right.  The house I moved into when I moved out of the dorm, is gone.  And the good news of the day is that we got official confirmation that the 2008 Dickens on the Strand Festival in Galveston, will go on!

I had an interesting morning involving an ice chest I’d forgotten to properly deal with upon arriving home.  Suffice it to say, it was unpleasant.  And it made me late to my breakfast date with Ronnie.  Fortunately, he was flexible, and after dealing with the business end of our meeting, we had lunch instead.  When I left his house, I got a wild hair to run through the TCU area.  I’d been thinking a good bit lately, about the little house on Frazier Avenue where Roger and I lived for so long.  I wanted to see if it was still standing, and I was curious about all the recent construction at TCU.  I enjoyed driving around, and the little house IS still there, as is the big tree in the front yard.  It looks a bit different—but behind the fence and the new hedge you can still see all the charm of the little 1911 railroad worker house.

The surprise came when I decided to look at the house I’d moved out of to move into that one.  Sadly, I don’t even remember the exact address of the house . . . three thousand-something, Cockrell Avenue.  I shared the house with a girlfriend and her fiance.  The year was 1983.  I had just taken my first full-time job, was taking eighteen hours at TCU and dancing on the drill team, and my daddy, 1500 miles away, had just had the first in a series of surgeries related to the cancer that took his life a few months later.  Oh, and my ex-boyfriend moved in two houses down the road! (That house is gone, too.)  I was crazy.  Any one of those things would have been enough stress to stop most people in their tracks.  I somehow managed to come through that period in my life with only a few scars.  However, I did withdraw from one class and take an incomplete in another, if I recall correctly. 

I guess the craziness was offset by the good times.  Independence.  A steady paycheck.  A place to live that allowed for owning a cat (I got away with it in the dorm for an entire semester!).  The beautiful, old, drafty house where my bedroom had two whole walls of windows.  The smell of Maria’s freshly baked bread every Saturday morning, and the sound of Andy picking at his guitar. 

What’s weird is that I hadn’t driven by there in years—I don’t know when the house went away.  But, I know that a parking lot exists now, where once stood an old house full of fun.  <sigh>  All in the name of progress.

About Dickens . . . In the past, I’ve spoken on the telephone with Molly Dannenmaier, the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Galveston Historical Foundation.  She’s a delightful lady and I decided yesterday to send her an email. Within 24 hours she responded.  And I quote:

“Thank you so much for your message of concern. We have determined that we will hold Dickens on the Strand this year, even if it won’t be exactly the same as it would have been had Hurricane Ike not ripped through Galveston. We hope that you and your group will be able to participate as always.”

My email to her indicated that Kyle and I would like to help somehow.  This seems to be the time, I told her, when we should finally make our donation, and join the Galveston Historical Society.  Her response to that was:

” . . . there has been substantial damage to hundreds of properties in Galveston, including all our historic downtown properties and museums. We hope you might be able to make an online donation and encourage your friends to do so as well at www.galvestonhistory.org.”

So, we’ll be sending in our membership stuff, and I figured what better forum to encourage our friends to do the same, than The Daily KRuMB!

And Kelly . . . you were right to keep on sewing! 😉

~MB

Thankful for Lights Saturday, Sep 20 2008 

Lights as Paint; Camera as Brush

18 September 2008

I think I have finally washed the last of the fabric in my workshop that got wet this summer with our air conditioner leakiness.  No longer does the scent of mildew greet me when I enter the workshop.  Woo hoo!

During that little emergency in July, water overflowed a faulty drain system, and flowed out onto the floor, collecting mostly in the throw rugs (and some unfortunately placed fabric) and barely pooling on the concrete floor.  I cannot even imagine the clean-up of the retail businesses, restaurants, and hotels that saw nine feet of storm surge from Hurricane Ike.

And, yes, it seems that all thoughts eventually lead me back to Galveston Island right now.  Even as I took silly photos of colourful lights on the way home from dinner, I thought about how dark that island must be tonight.

~MB