Tuesday, January 31, 2012

31 January 2012 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1948:
Little boy was in Mrs. Lunderman's Sunday school when he came home, his mother asked what did you learn." It must of been Jesus Grandmother that talked because she talked about baby Jesus".

Mrs. Countryman's grand daughter Sidney spit on a little girl. The lady said you shouldn't spit upon anyone you spread germs. Sidney replied, I don't believe in germs. Keith, her brother, was at a party[.?] Given fortune to be a doctor. Traded with another boy for an anchor. He wouldn't be a doctor. These youngsters are Christian Science.

Boy, I don't get much of that entry at.all.

Woke up at 4:30 again this morning, but didn't feel too bad. Do I need to mention yet another epic workout? Took the bus (71) downtown to drop off some knitted scarves for the Special Olympics and then to County building to meet up with some old peeps for lunch, along with Fiona. Nice time. Went to a place called Delicatus, in Pioneer Square area. The food was excellent but pricey, and they had no Diet Coke, just some pseudo-diet frou-frou junk. Plus, I asked for my sandwich without the bread and he offered to make it into a salad instead. . .but charged me another $2 for it! And it was loud. But really excellent food. Good to see the old crowd, although Dan A. couldn't make it.

Came home and piddled around for a bit and then made dinner, hamburgers, cauliflower (almost spoiled, I only ate a bit of it), and fool made from real fava beans. Spouse came in and said it smelled like one of the cats had a litter box accident! She does not like the fava bean fool, but loves the pinto bean variety. It's definitely got a different flavor and texture; I adore them both, but I fear we shall be making only the faux fool from now on. Went to walk at Northgate due to rain.

Monday, January 30, 2012

30 January 2012

No entry for this day in 1948.

Here in 2012, I slept okay, but woke up at 4:30. Yet another great workout. I worked on the background document for the sediment samples most of the morning, did some job hunting and reading before heading to Calvary to photograph a grave marker for Find-A-Grave, my first. I then made a new dish for dinner: Scalloped potatoes. I've made them before, but they never turned out very well, but I used a recipe from online that had bacon and swiss cheese. Turned out pretty well, although the cheese inside was kind of lumpy, or perhaps that was the flour I mixed in with the Half-n-Half. Still, pretty good.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

29 January 2012 (Sunday)

No entry for 1948 today.

I awoke at 4:30 which I didn't think was too bad, but I was tired and cranky all day. Tried to take a nap in the morning but Daisy discovered me and woke me up before I went anywhere with that. Just went to UVil for lunch & shopping. This afternoon I re-installed Windows XP (i.e., Winblows) on the Spouse's computer, after downloading two copies of Winblows 7 and forgetting about both of them, as the computer will probably work better with the older OS anyway. Took much too long as I discovered I had to go through and manually install all of the drivers myself. Seems to be working. Quicker. Windoze always ends up running slower and slower over time, a reflection of how badly it was designed. God rot my soul if I ever buy another Windows computer.

No walking tonight as it was raining. Warm though, 48.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

28 January 2012

On this day in 1948:
Beautiful day. Cleaned bathroom & put clean curtains at utility room & bathroom. Shopped at Ballard. Don & Frances came to dinner. Spare ribs, scalloped potatoes, fruit salad, celery & carrot sticks, hot biscuits & strawberry jam. Dessert pear sauce & brownies. Played cards, hearts & pinocle.

Maybe I'll try to recreate that meal sometime, although it is far more food than we could eat. Spare ribs. . . .I don't know if I've ever had them since childhood. I think it's quite nice that they have friends over for dinner during the week; I don't think my parents ever did that and we certainly don't.

Slept well last night, until 5. I worked on the slides and description for the sediment samples I'm giving to a couple of schools; it was fun describing Kom el-Hisn and excavations and the site and stuff. I really do like talking about this stuff. Then we went to an estate sale near Northgate where I bought 6 old science fiction books, 4 by Heinlein and 2 by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. He/she had a LOT of paperbacks, much of it science fiction; I had to hold back considerably. Some rooms smelled very bad, like a gym locker. Very old house, too, small rooms and low ceilings, but would probably be very comfortable if it were spruced up nicely.

Watched half of Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid an old Steve Martin movie which I love, and then went for dinner at Bai Pai thai on 65th & 24th: deeeelicious. I had panang curry chicken and black rice and coconut milk for dessert. Then we went for a walk in the old neighborhood where the restaurant is. I miss the old neighborhood. . .I basically became an adult there. Had my first cat die there (Turbo). Saw my first lunar eclipse, and comet, Hale-Bopp. The latter remains one of the most valued times of my entire life; I didn't think I'd ever even see a comet, let alone one as big and beautiful as H-B. That was in April, I think, of 1997. Amazingly, most of that month we had clear skies and it was my stellar companion walking home every night from the UW. Simply beautiful and awe-inspiring.

Friday, January 27, 2012

27 January 2011 (Friday)

On this day in 1948:
Coldest night. Beautiful day. Beautiful moonlight nights. Washed clothes & Mrs. Blackwell (next door neighbor, got her finger caught in wringer & took the flesh off to the bone on fore finger. Dad & I took our lunch to Seward Park. Warm sitting in the sun. Mildred Eldridge came & brot Cheryl's when we were away & left with Blackwell's. Sam & Ray were over for a while this evening. I went home with them & addressed envelopes for Marjorie's Wedding. Dad went to Legion. Very cold in the night had to put on more covers to keep warm.

Very similar weather to our past couple of days: Clear and sunny, cold overnight (30-ish), but pleasant in the sun during the day. Bummer about Mrs. Blackwells' finger; my mother had a wringer washer when I was a kid and I was endlessly fascinated by sticking things through it. I think it may have had a safety feature by then because it couldn't have damaged our little fingers all that much, I don't think.

I had another epic workout this morning after a good night's sleep. Spent most of the morning reading "A History of Public Health" by George Rosen, written in 1958. It's a bit dated and there are no references, but it gave a pretty good introduction to much of Greek and Roman thought on public health. Only about 25 pages worth, and then he launches into Medieval public health, but it gave me a few good original sources to look at, such as Hippocrates' On Air, Water, and Places that really defined how people viewed public health for hundreds of years in the west.

In the afternoon I met Fiona at UVil and it was quite pleasant. Had a group of very well dressed women sitting nearby which we had endless fun talking about -- one looked like she might be celebrity-ish, one had mean-looking eyebrows, and we argued over how old they were (I said 30s, she said 20s). Otherwise I came home, made dinner, walked, now blogging this and about ready to sit in front of the TV for a while.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

26 January 2012

On this day in 1948:
Cold north winds, but out of wind, beautiful sunny day. Gorgeous moonlight nights. Cleaned house & after lunch walked to Ballard beach. The north wind was dashing the waves high on beach. A small boat was towed by larger boat cause of engine trouble.
Played cards Dad most the time winning. T-day is my Mother's birthday. Finished the rag rug & have it on the floor really walking on it.

A rag rug: My grandma used to make these, and I helped on occasion. You take old cloth -- jeans, towels, shirts, whatever -- and tear them into strips. Make a vertical lattice out of some long strips on a frame and then weave the other strips into the lattice structure. Makes kind of a bumpy, tough rug for the bath or entryway or something. Although I've just looked it up online and the ones I saw had more to do with braiding, no lattice. Hmmmm.

Today I finished the last report I was working on (Cornet Bay) and then took all of the sediment samples (Egypt) I had emptied into a bucket outside and bagged them in 1-qt Ziploc bags. Probably filled about 40 bags which should be plenty for the two schools I'm giving them to. I'm a bit worried that Rob will be irritated that I got rid of them, but then again he's not done anything with them for 25 years now, soooooo. . . .there's still a lot of samples, and these were already analyzed anyway. That took up most of the afternoon, then cleaned kitchen and made dinner.

Slept badly last night. Woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't get back to sleep for a while, at least 1.5 hours. Another good workout though. Rained a lot last night and windy, and was raining much of the morning, but it was sunny and pleasant this afternoon (bagged samples outside).

Oh, I did spend some time searching for a vector graphics program online, but couldn't find anything that really worked.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

25 January 2012

On this day in 1948:
Wonderful sunny, but the wind from the north is terrific stiff, went to Alki where the pioneer' of Seattle first landed & the waves were dashing high over the beach walk. Took the bus ride down Beach Drive. Went to church in the morning. Dad went to Sunday school class of 45 members. Had waffles & coffee at Sanders at 1st & Union Sts. Then to West Seattle. The Olympics Mts. were exquisitely beautiful so clear & look near. The Mts. by moonlight were like crystal. Unusual sight by moonlight.

Alki is a beach on Puget Sound, popular local spot although I don't think I've ever been there. Can't find anything on a "Sanders" in Seattle, but it was downtown apparently. I'd really like to go back to 1948 and see what the place looked like. Be nice to spend a few days just wandering around and doing some of the simple things that were to be done back then.

Here in 2012. . .sleep! Blessed sleep! Almost all through the night and I didn't really wake up until the alarm went off at 5. Had another excellent workout, too, and came home and finished the Cornet Bay report. That took up most of the morning and then I just piddled around until about 3 when we went to see of Bank of America loan person about some refinancing thing. Apparently, some gov't program allows people under water on their mortgages refinance, and we can also take advantage of it. We can lower our % from 5.89 to 4.62 or something, saving us almost $400 a month, depending on what we'd do. We probably will. I think this program is causing the housing market to stay depressed for longer than it would have otherwise, but we'll go for it anyway.

Were going to walk but it was raining. Last night the wind blew pretty hard.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

24 January 2012 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1948 (Saturday): A newspaper clipping about a "Clam Bowl Contest" which seems to have been a clam eating contest. Our cab driver, Richard Watson, gulped down 132 to the eastern challenger's 127. Also. . . .a handwritten entry!
Days sunny but wind cold from north. Went to Woodland Park. Much construction work. Saw baby monkey that mama monkey didn't want & another monkey wanted to mother it but of course it didn't have milk for it. Zoo keepers had quite a trial trying to make mama take the responsibility of her baby. It is so tiny. Heard over the radio the clam eating contest, pretty good.

There's also a partial advertisement on the reverse of the clipping for something called , an ointment similar to Vicks' Vapo-Rub. I mentioned in an earlier post about a great deal of construction that occurred around 1948-50 at the Woodland Park Zoo to modernize it.

In 2012, I managed to wake up at 2:30 and then did not manage to fall back asleep; hence, dead tired. I did okay most of the day though, by keeping busy. Decent workout -- more sets of 15 = d-a-i-d daid -- and then I worked on a report most of the morning. Went to Brad's auto to ask how to clean parts in the engine bay, then dropped by the church with a couple bags of donations. Tonight we mall-walked as it's been raining all day, nothing exciting.

Book via Amazon.com: A History of Public Health, by George Rosen. It's from 1958 and there have been other books since, but I kind of wanted to get this one for an introduction to some early civilization stuff mentioned in it and to see what was going on involving "public health" back before the 1960s. I'm guessing it will be more epidemiological and descriptive. Hopefully, I can finish this report first thing tomorrow morning and start reading it. . . .provided I sleep okay tonight.

Windy, rainy, 47 today. Well, rainy and 47, but winds picked up after about 6.

Monday, January 23, 2012

23 January 2012

On this day in 1948 [Friday]: Two newspaper clippings:
Cast Selected for W.W.C. Play to Be Given in February
Cast selections for the play "She Stoops to Conqer" have been announced at Western Washington college by Victor H. Hoppe, drama director. The play will be presented in February.

Guest Checks Out, Forgets Room Fire
Los Angeles, Jan 23 -- (AP) -- Firemen complained today that this hotel guest didn't react as most would when a cigarette apparently set the mattress afire.
Breaking down the door, they found the smouldering mattress stuffed in a closet, with a dresser placed against the door. They said the guest, after taking care of the matter in his own way, had checked out without sounding an alarm.

Finally, some hand-written entries coming up for the next few days.

Today I managed to sleep fairly well, until 4:30 anyway. Had a truly epic workout: When I got there I was lamenting my various injuries and reminded myself that my physique -- scrawny -- is not exactly suited for heavy lifting anyway and once again thought that I should just tailor my workout to my body. That is, less weight and more reps and sets. I did this once probably 15 years ago when I switched from doing three sets of 10 with as much weight as I could to more reps, more sets, and less rest in between. So I tried that again today, doing everything in sets of 15, with just enough weight taken off to be able to do it. Very difficult and much more exhausting, but it felt great. Will continue this for a while.

Worked some on the last report, and went to Cascadia to get some files (well, one, an old report on Cornet Bay) to work from, and drop off some other stuff. This is the last thing I have to do with them, no projects coming up in the near future. Bummer, I was enjoying all the work.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

22 January 2012

On this day in 1948 [Saturday]: A newspaper clipping
California is preparing to observe the 100th anniversary of an event which touched off what probably was the most fabulous migration in modern times -- and which is still going on, with variations.
It was the gold which opened the West and made California a state in 1850, two years after the great discovery.

It goes on. Interestingly, the NFL game on today has the 49ers playing for the NFC championship.

While I type this Daisy the cat is vying for my attention, which I shall give her shortly as there isn't much to say. Raining today and windy, we may not get to go for a walk later. I awoke at 2:30 this morning, read The Thorn Birds for a while, then managed to get back to sleep, although I then woke up at 4:30 so I am tired. Went out to breakfast at Burgermaster, no Mass, and then UVil for lunch and shopping; back here to watch idiot Baltimore Ravens lose to New England Patriots. Not that I care all that much, it's only pro.

Have a pork loin roast in the oven covered with cream of mushroom soup for dinner.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

21 January 2012 (Saturday)

On this day in 1948: A newspaper clipping:
SECRETIVE J.N. Donovan, wealthy and prominent Bellingham lumberman, whose plans to marry Miss Margaret Walsh, former Seattle newspaper librarian, are shrouded in deep mystery.
Deep secrecy veiled the wedding plans of J.N. Donovan, wealthy and prominent Bellingham lumberman, and Miss Margaret Walsh, until recently a Seattle newspaper librarian.
Friends of voth were pledged to keep the plans a closely guarded secret.
But that Donovan and Miss Walsh, who took out a wedding license this week, would be man and wife shortly was broadly hinted.
At Miss Walsh's home, 1423 35th Ave., callers were informed that Miss Walsh had gone away and wouldn't be back. Bellingham, it was suggested, might be a good place to look for her -- but not right away.
Though admitting she was to be married, members of her household said they were instructed not to say where or when.
The inference was that she had left for an out-of-town wedding.
Telephone calls to Donovan's Bellingham home went unanswered last night.
Donovan is president of the Bloade-Donovan Lumber Mills, on of the largest operations in the Pacific Northwest. His father, the late J.N. Donovan, was a co-founder of the company.

Gossip! I guess when there is little in the way of TV or anything, people are interested in what the local gentry are up to.

Today, the Great Melt continued, having stayed above freezing overnight. Most of the snow is gone from the streets but there is still abundant snow on lawns and such. I went to the IMA about 9:30 and worked out for a good hour and a half; felt wonderful, lots of energy. Then we went to Sam's Club and ate a hot dog. Yes, a hot dog. The Spouse even instigated it. The same Spouse who has complained for years about "having to choke down a hot dog once a year". Wasn't bad. . .a Nathan's jumbo, too big for me to eat -- even with the workout, after 3 days off my apatite is way down. What did we buy. . .big bottle of calcium tablets, big can of mixed nuts, two 32-packs of Diet Coke (1 regular, 1 decaf), bread, and maybe that was it. We looked at TVs, since the old 20-inch is almost too small to see anything on. Not that we're getting old eyes, but everything is very small anymore because the picture is broadcast for mostly big HD sets anymore. So we're going to probably use some Xmas money to get a new one.

Came home and cleaned up the yard some -- big branch down from the snow, ice, and wind the last few days (very windy last night) -- and made crab cakes for dinner. Twice. Spouse didn't put in the actual crab, but put the bowl in the fridge and later claimed to have told me to put it in. Which I only realized AFTER I'd dumped it in to cook. Grrr. We just went for a normal walk (finally!).

Friday, January 20, 2012

20 January 2012

On this day in 1948: A newspaper clipping:
One Second From Eternity
One of the most eloquent accident prevention appeals ever put into words was recently written by a railroad engineer.
His train narrowly escaped a collision with an automobile which speeded across the tracks just outside of Omaha a few days before Christmas. While still shaken by the incident, the engineer addressed an open letter to "the youth and his girl" in the car and mailed it to the Omaha World Herald, which published it immediately.
The text of the letter can be found here.

IMO, the guy was probably bragging about it for weeks after that.

In 2012, the Great Melting has begun. It was 33 at 5 this morning and has been above freezing all day, and raining since about noon. I went up on the roof to clear away the downspout holes, the two in the back were frozen over, but the two in front were just covered with snow, although the NE corner had an ice plug in it. We also drove to McDonald's for lunch just to get out of the house. Most of it was okay, just our street was still snow-covered and the McD's parking lot was a little hairy.

In the morning I worked with OpenOffice some more and mostly figured out how to create a Cascadia report with appropriate formatting that can switch between OO and Word and back without getting fouled up. There were problems with Sections and the formatting of individual ones. I think I have a good template that I can use over and over, one for survey, one for monitoring. This afternoon I piddled around and finished another Dune book, "The Butlerian Jihad'. I love Dune books. Never grown tired of them. I think I have 5-6 more to go, which should last me the rest of my life if I'm honest, because I don't read them that often. This evening I went for a walk to see how the streets around were doing; pretty good for driving, should be very clear by tomorrow when I shall try to go to the IMA. . . .

Thursday, January 19, 2012

18 January 2012 (Thursday)

On this day in 1948: Nothing.

In 2012, it continued snowing All.Day.Long. More or less. Freezing rain in the morning and then, after the weathercritters had promised us 37, it never got to freezing and then turned back to snow and as of 7 pm it's still snowing. They're promising that tomorrow will be in the upper 40s and raining, but I'm holding out on believing them at this point. I measured 7 inches in the back yard at 3 pm.

Most of the morning I spent wrestling with Word and OpenOffice to try to create a decent report document -- without much success. OO just doesn't seem to import Word's sections very well, or at least wouldn't display them, such that in Word it had 3-4 sections, but OO only said it had 2 and half the time wouldn't tell me what section I was even in. I think I got images worked out though, in both. I'd like to just use OO -- because it's free and also I'd be free from the Microsoft yoke -- but if it causes more problems than it's worth, well, back to M$. I'll probably end up just sticking with OO and making do.

That got me very frustrated, and I was really getting irritated at the continued snow. Went out and shoveled again at about 3. Otherwise, reading and fiddling on the Internets.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

18 January 2012

On this day in 1948: Newspaper article praising the Bellingham museum. Odd, this person lived in Seattle but certainly had a deep connection to Bellingham. Must have been where she grew up.

It snowed early this morning and all day and is still coming down lightly here in Seattle. South of here got dumped on -- 25 inches in Chehalis -- but we only got 3-4". I stayed in the whole day mostly working on archaeology reports and such. We walked up to the Subway for lunch, and stopped at Top Pot on the way to grab a couple of donuts. Not terribly cold, been hovering around 30-32 all day. Still 30 this evening and only warms up tomorrow so the melting should be well under way this time tomorrow. UW was closed today and probably tomorrow as well, but I won't go to the IMA unless it's significantly melted sometime tomorrow, but I'll probably just wait until Friday.

I shoveled our walk and the Goldstein's across the street. Small shovel and my back was hurting.

I downloaded a copy of MS Office onto my Mac for a 30 day trial this morning. I'm going to write a report up in it and see if it's much better than OpenOffice. The latter was kind of bugging me with some stuff, although Office tends to bug me as much as anything. Otherwise, I finished the one report and I am actually quite proud of it. I did good text and I'm pleased with all of the formatting and details.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

17 January 2012 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1948:
[Saturday]FOggy day.
Getting ready to go to Kitsap cabin but I'm very squeamish & making trips to bathroom so by noon crawled in bed & stayed until Monday.

I don't think I could stay in bed for two hours not sleeping! An earlier entry (by my posts, actually later in July 1948) she went up camping in some sort of tent or cabin on Orcas Island, so not sure why she's so uptight about this. Maybe because it's winter?

Yesterday it was fairly snowy here in 2012 and as it was a holiday I didn't go to the gym. Didn't snow at all today in the metro area, although north and south got some. Supposedly heavier and more widespread snow starting tonight and it may end up sticking around until Friday. May or may not try to hit the gym tomorrow morning.

Yesterday I spent most of the day working on the Sanft report and got it pretty well finished text-wise. Today I spent most of the day working on the same report and getting it cleaned up and nicely formatted. I'd been using OpenOffice to do these in Word format, but it was starting to break down on things like embedded pictures, the table of contents and other things -- the conversion just isn't 100%. So I went back to Word 2003 on my old Windoze PC and within ten minutes I was cussing a blue streak at it. Really, every time I think maybe this Mac isn't all that and I should go back to using Winblows, I use mine or the Spouse's and remember how awful Windows really is. God rot Microsoft for all ages, says I.

Oh, also went to the dentist yesterday as well. Had a 2pm appt. and I left early in case the streets were bad, which they weren't so I got there early and they were running late so I ended up sitting and talking to Mary the office manager (fairly good friend, and gorgeous to boot) for probably a half hour. I think she likes me because I don't hit on her and actually talk to her face. Heh.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

15 Januray 2012 (Sunday)

On the past couple of days in 1948:

13 January 1948 (Tuesday): Newspaper clipping by Westbrook Pegler comparing Woodrow Wilson, Taft, and Dewey. One of several (probably) election year columns, which I won't transcribe since I'm behind anyway. Friendly to Dewey no doubt.

15 January 1948 (Thursday): Newspaper clipping:
Three North Poles for Navigators
U.S.A.F. REVEALS -- There are three instead of one magnetic or north pole, the U.S. Air Force reveals, after Arctic exploratory operations. The air force discloses the location of the three in elliptically shaped area, with major pole on Price of Wales Island and local poles on Bathurst Island and Boothia Peninsula. (A magnetic pole is point toward which an ordinary magnet compass turns. Since its deviation from true north is known, true north thus can be computed for navigation.)

Here in 2012, the 13th (Friday) was busy, with me working most of the morning on a report, then meeting Fiona at UVil SBux. UVil: Barnes & Noble bookstore went out, sadly, for whatever reason, either the Village didn't want to renew their lease or whatever. Pity, now there's another, probably upscale, doo-dad store going in (some furniture place) equivalent to what I call "Restoration Pottery Barrel". It's sad, UVil is becoming just another upscale mall.

Yesterday it started to snow and today is more of the same. Just 2-3" so far and it's above freezing, but the next 2-3 days should be dicey. Yesterday we drove up to an estate sale in a very smelly house, and then did our weekly shopping in case it got really snowy, then just came home. Today we snuck out for lunch and then came right home to watch the Packers apparently LOSE to the Giants -- which I kind of expected since they took like 3 weeks off and the NYG have been effectively in the playoffs for three weeks already. And they looked rusty and not all that hungry to win, so c'est la vie, I guess. I can ignore it the rest of the way out.

BTW, saw this story about the great winter of 1950, which makes our piddly snow look pathetic. Well, which it is. But this has been a mild winter so far, so no big deal.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

12 January 2012

On this day in 1948: Nothing.

In 2012, I finally and blessedly slept until almost 5 this morning: how nice to finally feel rested again. I've had problems sleeping for years, but thanks to Ambien have largely got it under some control, although lately I've had more trouble staying asleep than getting there, usually waking up very early and worrying about whatever.

I had a very welcome workout and then spent most of the day reading background on the Duwamish are for a report and writing some of it. I'm trying to avoid just copying-and-pasting older stuff and adding a bit in so I at least learn something about the place.

Otherwise, both Daisy and Jack were pesky most of the day looking for attention. Sunny but cold again, around 43 degrees.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

11 January 2012 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1948: Nothing of interest apparently took place.

On this day in 2012, I have happily finished the Cornet Bay fieldwork. Didn't have to be up until 9 so I was able to work out before driving up. I half expected to find some midden today, but didn't so they were done in 1.5 hours and I was home in time for lunch. Cold today as well, but sunny, low 40s, and 32 at dawn.

This afternoon I worked on mapping the various excavations, and tried to unwind so that I can sleep through the night tonight, since I woke up before 4 again this morning. I had no idea archaeological work would be so stressful. . . .

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

10 January 2012 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1948: Nothing apparently noteworthy occurred.

In 2012, I had a lousy day. Woke up before 4 AGAIN and may have dozed off a tiny bit before 5 but probably not. So, tired. Dropped my field notebook and the pages went everywhere. Tea cup fell over in the car. Found midden but let them dig 4 meters before stopping; now I have to go back yet again tomorrow. Found I screwed up part of my very first survey report! Grrr. Just a bad day.

Sunny but cold, tomorrow supposedly colder. I just want to sleep tonight, and all the way until 5.

Oh, watched second half of "BCS National Championship" game last night, LSU v. Alabama; the latter won 21-0, thoroughly beat them silly. LSU crossed the 50 only once and then went back, and gained less than 100 total yards; they were just pathetic. I'd have rather seen Alabama win though, so I'm okay with it, as is my Dad wherever he is, RIP.

Monday, January 9, 2012

9 January 2012

On this day in 1948:

A newspaper clipping, of a poem by someone from Shelton:
"In my youthful days, Marty, I was a farm boy in Iowa. We raised a lot of calves such as you and your dad are doing now with your twins. Back in the 1880's I wrote a poem; called it A Stubborn Calf. It went like this:
Did you every try to feed a calf
and learn the mutt to drink?
He will jam his head down in the pail, bunt and tear around,
Then force his head down in the milk, then kneel down on the ground

And on, trying to get the calf to eat, getting milk horked all over, and wanting "to kill that garle darned calf!" Sadly, it seems as if one of "Marty's" lambs died. =(

Yesterday (Sunday) I managed to sleep until just past 5, but did not attend Mass as the Spouse slept until almost 7 and then I felt like going out for breakfast. Instead, I performed the sacrament of cleanliness and did all the floors on the upper story. That took most of the morning, then went to UVil for lunch and shopping and I bought a new pair of reading glasses, which I hate because it's a more permanent sign that I am indeed old. er. Small pair of pseudo-horn-rimmed ones, I like them. Had a $5 off coupon so not bad. Came home, watched football on and off (Denver and Tebow beat Pittsburgh, yay!), then watched the penultimate bowl game (GoDaddy.com, Northern Illinois vs. Arkansas State, the former won). While watching I Facebook-messaged my "daughter" in Arkansas -- her last name is Cagle and she sent me a random email one day saying hello to a fellow Cagle and that she really liked Egypt and stuff (still in high school at the time, IIRC). We've kind of kept in touch ever since, on and off, and joke that she's my illegitimate daughter so I get to bug her about school and boys and stuff. Sadly, she's pregnant, not married, and school is. . .well, I don't know. A bit sad, but not unexpected.

Today I woke up at 4, which wasn't too bad. Great morning though: had a great workout, drove to UVil QFC to get my dozen bagels and a spot was open right out front (!), and then when I got my card stamped, they were free! Worked on an archaeology report most of the morning (the Interurban one) and then went to the shop in the afternoon to get some literature to use. Should just take a few hours to finish, but I have some reading to do that's not on the clock.

This evening we walked to the post office to mail some stuff including a petition we both signed to recall the plastic bag ban. Rabble rousers, we are. Thence to watch the second half of the Alabama-LSU game, BCS "National Championship" game. Eh, I don't care too much about the "Who's #1" stuff except that it's the last bowl game! *sob*

Saturday, January 7, 2012

7 January 2012 (Saturday)

On this day in 1948: A newspaper clipping with a cute photo of a little white duck and a puppy:
Two Lost Wayfarers Detained
STRANGE BEDFELLOWS: The drake and the pup were recently rounded up by the Washington, D.C., dog (or duck) catcher. The drake was reported looking for grain speculator. The dog appears to be listening for his master's voice.

Cold day today, but warmer than yesterday when the high only reached 40. Yesterday I spent working out (as usual; good one, too), and then went to Cascadia to enter the data for two old houses into the DAHP web site as the final act on the Coy property. Then I met Fiona at Starbucks at UVil, driving by the barber shop both before and after and seeing too many people for me to stop for a cut. In the evening, I was looking forward to a nothing night on TV, but the Spouse -- bless her -- found the final bowl game on, so I blissfully watched that (Cotton Bowl. . err, excuse me, the "AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic", Kansas State v Arkansas). KState lost; I always wondered why the Cotton wasn't made a more major bowl, I think it should be, it's one of the oldest ones. Anyway, the entire day -- which was long and tiring since I woke up at 3 am -- was capped off by my first decent night's sleep almost all week. NO doubt the 3/4 beer I drank last Sunday.

Today we returned the Wii game I was given for Xmas, had lunch at Northgate, and then went to UVil to get dinner fixings (a chicken) and quick stop at some antique sale nearby. The rest of the day I have spent taking down the Xmas tree lights -- tree's still there and healthy so I am leaving it up for Daisy to retreat under -- and start reading Neil Peart's book on his motorcycle journey to get over the deaths of his wife and daughter. Probably more pro (and therefore inferior) football tonight. Nothing exciting.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

5 January 2012

On this day in 1948:

Only a bit of physiological trivia, courtesy of a newspaper clipping: "The human heart pumps the equivalent of six barrels of blood every hours."

So there.

Today I had a decent leg-only workout (shortened) and then headed up to Cornet Bay. As expected, yesterday they only were in fill and also today, as expected, they only were in fill. Really, they could have just listened to me and not had anyone up there yesterday or today. Tuesday promises to be the same useless work. But hey, it's money for me. They did the excavation for the new restrooms and also a trench for a water line. I dug a shovel probe to 1.1m as far into the parking lot as they uncovered and found the fill down to 75cm there, probably not what they were expecting.

Before leaving the site, I drove up to the back of the parking lot and took a short little 5-10 minute nap; I slept badly last night (couldn't get to sleep and then woke up at 3:30-4) and didn't want to be so Godawful sleepy on the drive home -- like I've been a couple of times. Worked like a charm, I was awake and alert the whole way. Remember that.

Otherwise, we walked to the post office and now I am blogging. Well, I mean, duh, I'm writing this so I must be blogging. . . .

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

4 January 2012

On this day in 1948: Nothing.

Update from the last entry: Last weekend on Saturday we did go to West Seattle where neither of us have been to very often. Went over for an estate sale where there was some stereo stuff. Had an old receiver, but it was sold, and some KLH speakers were still for sale, but weren't that good (all cone drivers), so we didn't buy anything. Went to a little shopping mall called Westwood Village, kind of a downscale version of U Village.

Today I worked out and then went to an interview at Battelle at 1 pm. Went well, I thought; we ended up just chatting -- me and two interviewers -- for almost two hours. Don't know if I'd do it or not, but I enjoyed the interview. Also got a call from Randall saying he saw nothing at Cornet Bay, which I expected, but I have to go up tomorrow. Fortunately, I don't have to be up there until 9 so I can do a shortened workout at least. Probably a short day, I think since they just have to dig 18" and less. Rained pretty good all day today, too.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

3 January 2012 (Tuesday)

On the last few days in 1948:
1 January 1948 (Thursday): Green apple quick step!
[Plus a newspaper clipping]Fog Grounds Alaska Airliners here Says that several ailiners were grounded in Bellingham because of fog.

3 January 1948: Newspaper clipping:
Miss Arlie Jean Smith, airways purser, has been transferred to San Francisco, where she will fly to the Phillipine islands, Guan, Calcutta and Australia. For the past two years she has been in the Alaska division, making her home in Seattle and flying from there to Juneau and Fairbanks.
She is the daughter of Mrs. Millie E. Smith, of Stephan's court, and a graduate of the Bellingham high school class of '41 and the Success Business College class of '42.

Since the 29th (last entry), we celebrated the new year -- such as we usually do -- and began 2012. New Year's Day was on Sunday and I had to work on Monday, up at Cornet Bay on Whidbey, monitoring sewer trenching. We didn't do much all weekend, although Saturday was sunny but cool (low-mid 40s) and I washed my Mustang II, and Sunday was spectacular: sunny and 55. Perfect for my sometimes-annual New Year's Day run. I used to do it quit often, stopped for a while, but have started it up again. Went okay, but my left knee hurt like the dickens at the halfway point -- of course -- and limped all the way home. Oh, I still ran, except for a block near the end, but clumsily, and ended up sprinting the last 2-3 blocks (when it didn't hurt, oddly). Still, it felt good. Had part of a beer, too, yum.

Worked today as well, although left the site at 11:30 since they were done excavating. I will go back up Monday. Otherwise, I stopped by UW and got a parking pass (and a free bus pass to boot!) and then I came home and put away my field gear and did some housework and gave the cats some much-desired attention.

All the way home I was contemplating what I would change if I could go back and start over at some point, 1978 I picked somewhat arbitrarily -- that was my junior year in high school -- knowing what I know now, that is. I would have probably dropped band, been far more athletic, though not sports-wise, probably still taken the same classes and gone to UW-Madison. I probably would have worked at a job more and saved enough to buy a car for college, and bought Genesis 1+ speakers instead of 2+.

In college, you know, I still think I would have majored in anthro/archy or perhaps phys anth, and minored in computer science as I remain glad I did both of those. Still would have joined the frat as well, I think, but put more into making it go. I would hope that if I went to the same party where I met Laurie I would let the moment pass without exchanging so much as a hello. Probably would drink a lot of beer again, too, though maybe not as much (or as often).