Sunday, February 19, 2017

Back from Tahoe/Donner

We were up at the Tahoe/Donner house for a week.  There was already a ton of snow there when we arrived and it snowed more during several days of our stay.  I was going to go snowshoeing on the watershed land up above our place, but the plowed snow was do deep and high that I literally could not find a way out of our seven-unit compound to get up to the watershed land.  And, at some point it had rained and then froze, making the snow walls so hard that I could not even shovel an entry point!  So, I just hung out and did some binge watching, enjoying the Showtime offerings of "Narcos" and "Jessica Jones," and the Amazon production of "Mozart in the Jungle."  Good stuff.

Here are some photos that I took during our stay:

That's our unit on the right.  You can barely see the front door.

Our place from another angle.  The driveway is plowed and clear at the time of this shot, but the next day we got another 14 or 15 inches of snow, which had to be plowed.  The plow guys are running out of places to put the additional snow.

We are a bit worried about the snow load on the roof.  The forecast is for another foot or so of snow in the next few days, but we're cautiously confident that the roof will survive it.  These places were constructed to stand up against severe winter weather.

This shot was taken from out the window of the second story guest bedroom at about 3:00 pm.  It looks like a black & white photo, but it turns out that there was literally no color to be seen, even with the naked eye.  Pretty amazing.  You can see all the way down to the main road, and you can see the snow-covered power lines.  (Be sure to click on this one to blow it up)

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The classics seem appropriate these days

I'm pretty cynical about how this whole Trump nightmare is going to play out, so I, (like many of my friends and acquaintances) am purposely avoiding too much exposure to bad, aggravating news.  It just ain't worth the old blood pressure ticking up a notch or two.  So I have been looking for mellow input that will give me some joy to balance out the woes.  To that end, I have been watching more classic movies than is my usual wont.  While  there may be better "classic" web sites that I have yet to discover, one that is elegant and very informative is "Classic Movie Favorites."  Check it out right here.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Carl Sagan had a crystal ball!

The passage comes from Sagan’s book Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, first published in 1995:
Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time—when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.
Sound familiar? 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Still here

I just realized that I have not posted since we returned from Tahoe.  I don't really have anything to say, except that the reality of Trump being sworn in in a couple of days is bumming me out.  Oh well, I do have the Warriors basketball team to cheer me up.  Don't give up on me.  I'll try to post more often.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Plenty of snow

Hello from Tahoe/Donner.  We got up here on Sunday and it started to snow that evening.  Then, it snowed all day Monday, all day Tuesday, and it's still snowing on Wednesday at at 5 pm as I write this.  So we're pretty much house bound.  Here are a couple of shots that I took at about noon today.  One is a view of a neighbor's house up the hill a bit, and the other is a view of our side deck.  Supposedly it will be finished snowing by tomorrow morning.  The snowshoeing should be excellent.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Sinatra could dance too!

Hey all.  We got up here to our Tahoe/Donner place at about noon yesterday.  The drive up was uneventful except for a stretch of pretty heavy fog.  Then, (per the forecast) it started snowing in the late afternoon and snowed all night.  As I look out the window now at around 9 am, I see that it is still snowing fairly hard with no let-up in sight.  Looks like some snowshoeing is going to be in order once the storm has passed.  I'll post some pictures later.

On the the main topic:  I was surfing the channels and ran across a showing of "That's Entertainment 2" and of course got hooked and ended up watching the entirety of what was left.  As part of that, I saw a number with Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly from "Anchors Aweigh" wherein they sang a duet.  But what floored me was that about 1:40 into the number, they broke into a serious dance number with Frank coming amazingly close to dancing as expertly as Gene.  I never thought of Frank as a dancer, but he was terrific in this number. Fortunately, the whole thing is on YouTube.  You gotta check this out.  Leave a comment if you enjoyed it.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Mayans were cool

I was stumbling around on the Internet and ran across this very interesting illustrated history of the Mayan's written language.  It only takes about five minutes to read it, and it's well worth it.

Heading up to the Tahoe/Donner place on Sunday for a week long stay.  I'll post some pictures of the winter wonderland.