July 23, 2014

Mark Trail. It used to be deer; now it's Cape Buffalo.

July 16, 2014

We Jeeped up Ohio Pass today. That's a shot of part of it to the left. The valley below the pass is simply spectacular and hosts some gorgeous ranches. We had a small picnic lunch on a side trail that abuts a wilderness area.

Crested Butte and its surroundings have to be one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Since it's at almost 9,000 feet, it can take a few days to get your lungs straightened out, but after that it's clean air, blue skies, cool temperatures, tumbling streams, and astounding landscapes. Last night we drove up to the little settlement at Gothic and beyond; it took our breath away. Or maybe it was the altitude.

A few days ago we drove over to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison and took in the views. Jeanne jaunted off on a short 1.5 mile hike. Although she regularly walks five or six miles in the morning back home, this was a different equation. It took her a full bottle of water and 45 minutes to regain her full composure. Meanwhile, I stayed behind at the trail head and looked at birdies through binoculars. Good decision.

Tomorrow off to Ouray, then we turn toward Texas a couple of days earlier than we planned. We have a lot of irons in the fire back home and we need to (mixed metaphor alert) tend our sheep.

July 10, 2014

Okay, so. We're in Colorado for a few days, seeing our lovely daughters and like that. Today Jeanne said that she would like to drive over to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Fine.

We get in the car and drive down to Gunnison, and I take a turn in what I believe is the right direction. Jeanne is pecking at her iPhone. Mapquest tells me to turn around. Who am I to argue? It tells me to drive ten miles back the way I came. Really? I must have forgotten where the canyon is. Now turn right. Right? Golly, must have forgotten a lot since I moved to Texas. So I do as told, following directions on dirt roads turn by turn, mile by mile.

After more than an hour the Mapquest lady announces that we have arrived at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Only we're actually a mile or so past Taylor Park Lake, which puts us, oh, maybe 100 miles from the canyon. So I kept driving and we had lunch in Tincup.

It was a lovely drive, and I don't really mind the wild goose chase. We can go to the canyon another time. With a paper map.

June 30, 2014

I've been on a diet, and I have lost 24 pounds, mainly by watching calories and portions. Then I hit a hard plateau. Meanwhile, Friend Bart was losing an equal amount of weight on a different diet. He avoided sugars and fast carbs—bread, potatoes, rice,and like that—and refused to eat anything that anyone advertised, which I take to mean avoiding processed foods. So I decided to give that a try to see if it would bump me through my roadblock. I dropped bread, bran muffins, and anything else that looked like a grain or a potato. I ate the innards of tacos, but not the tortilla. I wasn't eating much added sugar or processed foods to begin with, but if I encountered any I avoided it. Basically, I've been eating meat, eggs, fruit, veggies, and gin.

I've been doing that for eight or ten days. I put on four pounds.

This morning I'm eating a carb-loaded high-fiber banana muffin.

June 26, 2014

Hillary's book was number one on the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list last week, and it will be number one again this week. Oddly, it was number 13 on Amazon's sales list last week, and is number 28 (with a two-star rating) today. Amazon's list includes both fiction and non-fiction, while the NY Times list is only non-fiction. If you pull the fiction out of the Amazon list, Hillary is number six. Amazon sells about 29% of all printed books and more than half of all e-books, so it's hard to believe that they do not reflect the marketplace.

Is it possible that the NY Times jiggers its numbers?

The publisher shipped a million copies of the book. It looks like it will sell around 300,000 and the other 700,000 will be sent back. Her advance was $14 million, which works out to $47 for each book that the publisher sells wholesale at $21 or less. Good deal for her.

June 25, 2014

Could it be...

Iraq meltdown
Child immigration flood
Afghan withdrawal
Green energy
Syrian chaos
IRS politicization
Egyptian coup
Ukrainian separatists
Minimum wage
Energy independence
Immigration reform
Bowe Bergdahl
Veteran's Administration
Hillary Clinton
Student loan debt
Stubborn unemployment
NSA Spying
Slow economic recovery
Chinese expansionism
John Boehner
Golf handicap

Well, not so much, except maybe the golf thing. You can tell what gets his attention from reading the White House blog here, or the topics of his weekly addresses here, or today's presidential schedule here.

I don't think you're going to be thrilled.

June 23, 2014

Creepiest image of the day, so far:

June 23, 2014

Our back yard, after we tore out a garage, a shed, and a bunch of bushes and crap. The greenhouse is now being built in the far left corner, back by the neighbor's boat. The structure is up, the exterior masonry at the base is almost done, and the electricians and plumbers are scheduled for this week.