Thursday, December 25, 2008

Infrastructure Projects

So begins the work the winter work. Here are the projects completed in the past week.

  • Install wall speakers in Great Room (finally)
  • Weatherstrip the clerstory porch
  • Install R30 insulation in attic where straw bales were not used
  • Paint trusses black in attic windows
  • Shelving in kitchen
  • Wine Tasting on Peachy Canyon Road
  • Mop the floor
  • Fill in the den of the skunk who moved in when the coyote moved out
Regarding mopping the floor. That has got to be one of the most unforgiving jobs around the house. Or maybe I am just old.

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

My Favorite Time of Year

Post grape harvest is my favorite time of year. The contrasting colors make for some seriously good scenery. Click in the image for a close-up.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

7 has found her place...

7 has a internal clock that alerts her to when she HAS to be fed. This happens twice a day, every day. On the days I do not pay attention to the time, 7 will find a spot in the house where it is hard to ignore her. I refer to it as staging. 

Here is 7 staged for feeding time:

Thursday, November 13, 2008

No On Prop 8 but stop the Civil Rights Comparison

While I agree and support that all couples regardless of gender should be afforded the same rights, responsibilities, privileges etc, I do not think it is the gubments job to define or otherwise rule on what marriage is. In my opinion gubment should recognize civil unions for all and mandate that all entities that confer benefits on couples not discriminate based on the gender of the couples.  That is what people can and will agree on. But when you have some people up there continuing to call it 'marriage' and equating it with civil rights, it alienates a whole group of people.

When people start equating the civil rights movement and treatment of minorities/indigenous peoples with the right to marry, they totally lose my vote. Last I checked the definition of marriage did not stop someone from voting, obtaining a job, moved to a reservation, lynched, or legally prevented from living their lives. 

Personally I think the No on 8 people got caught sleeping. They lost the political battle due to arrogance, poor planning, and poor PR. And if the No on 8 people keep throwing in my face that this is like the civil rights movement, I may just totally ignore them. Have them give a compelling argument akin to my second paragraph and I will agree with them and vote to support the cause.

Just my 02.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Better to have signs stolen than an Election

They campaign signs were stolen but not the election. Obama won in San Luis Obispo County 51%-46%

Thanks to everyone in SLO who voted!
And take to heart what President Elect Barack Obama said last night: 

"I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices. I need your help, I will be your president too."

Go Obama!
Go United States!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Intolerance goes hand in hand with greed and fraud.

Estate Financial and Hurst Financial. These names will be familiar to many folks on the Central Coast. These two companies represent almost $400 million dollars in mortgage securities. Securities that people on the Central Coast invested in. Securities that retirees invested in. As of today, both companies have been shut down by state regulators. And in the case of Estate Financial, only $48,000 of cash was in their accounts. Even though at one point they had almost $300 million in mortgage securities and almost 2000 investors.

I mention this because as Barack Obama has been saying, "the meltdown financial markets is the final verdict on 8 years of failed Bush/McCain economic policies"

Well, I guess the people in Northern San Luis Obispo County don't see it that way because they have consistently removed the signs I have put on my fence.

On 10/19 I put these series of signs up:
It was stolen within one day. Luckily I had more so I put them up again. Once again, they were taken down within 1 day.

Not to be deterred, I put this sign up on on 10/25:
I would like to believe it is still there.

What I find interesting is that I am sure some of the people who are supporting the GOP(and stealing my signs), are the very same ones wondering how Estate Financial and Hurst Financial could be 'allowed' to take their money. My advice to all of you is to reflect on what party has led the deregulation of the financial services industry.

Good luck on 11/04/08

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Owls, Horse Sentries and Obama

When the house was being built there was a Great Horned Owl that lived in the rafters. He would occasionally leave a few owl castings and owl crap. The past few years I have heard the owl outside making, well, owl sounds. Now for the first time, pictures of the Owl:

I wonder if this is why the internet is slow.

There are also guard horses for goats:

And since this is election time no better time than to say GO Obama!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Reflections on Paso

Another summer has past and I am reflecting on the work that was completed this past year.

From finishing out the kitchen island to the landscaping and resealing the floors and patio. I also got a chance to stain concrete in both bathrooms with varying success.

The past year, 7 learned to hunt lizards but not catch them and to relax in the sun. As a matter of fact, she may be reminiscing about Paso in this picture:

Monday, September 15, 2008

Wine and Waves

I spent a great day at a friends wedding on the coast.

As much as I love the warm days and cool nights of the wine country nothing compares to the blue sky and ocean.

7 does not care where she is as long as the sun is involved.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Not Much Labor on this Day

It seems as if 7 was the only one working this weekend as she could not get enough of hunting for lizards.She spent hours trying to catch Lizards. After the Frisbee this is her next favorite hobby.

7 hunting lizards is now a spectator sport.
As is cooking dead meat.

Blue Skies...

Sunsets are always a good encore to the day.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Walking Introspection

It occurred to me that I have been walking city streets late at night for most of my life. I don't mean taking a 15 or 20 minute walk. These are walks measured in miles and hours and stretching over several decades and continents.

At one time or another I have walked for hours in every major city on the
west coast of North America and many cities around the world. So much of who I am has been developed on these walks. These walks help create and define who I am and who I want to be. They allow me time to review decisions and choices and reflect on causality. I am at my happiest and my saddest during these walks. I am at my strongest and weakest as I wind my way in and out of seven figure neighborhoods and slums.

I have run for my life, been propositioned by men and women, physically assaulted by men and women, and abused by the police. I have stood my ground and fought. I have shared laughs with strangers and helped by strangers. I have met amazing people and truly disturbed people. I have witnessed the best in humanity and the taking of a human life.

Walking has allowed me to discover humanity and discover myself.

Monday, August 11, 2008

August in New York

Another flight,and another week in the Naked City. New York is quickly becoming the 2nd most familiar city to me. To think nothing of hopping on the subway and heading to a museum like MOMA: walking around SOHO and people watching:
or wandering around and seeing this:
makes you appreciate how much life can be enhanced by dense urban living. Until you hear sirens for 1.5 hours at 3am.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Day of the Reptiles

Lizards are living large in the house these days. Here is a picture of the lizard that makes his home along the back of the house. He was nice enough to pose near a standard size electrical outlet for size comparison.He has a cousin that lives in the house under the refrigerator. About the same size and just as fast. My thinking is that as long as they are around, there are no snakes.

One last look out the window before I hit the road again for some bi-coastal travel.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Tropical Sunsets and Rainbows

Something about being on vacation makes sunsets special. Not sure what it is so I will let you decide.There were also rainbows everywhere. I think there must be a convention.

And nothing like getting blown on vacation.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Cows again...

It seems as if every vacation I go on there are a few recurring themes.

  1. Nude people hanging out somewhere
  2. I run into people I know
  3. Cows in the middle of the road
Halfway thru this vacation I was cautiously optimistic that this vacation would spell an end to those themes. No such luck. While 1-2 have not happened, 3 was on full display yesterday.
Go figure.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

I have been to the mountain top...

and it was wet!

Monday, June 30, 2008

Workin on my tan

I may have overdone it

Saturday, June 28, 2008


Friday, June 27, 2008


Vacation at last

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Summer Solstice, Summer Sun, Summer Scorcher

Summer has arrived. It was 109 degrees on 6/21/08. Not the kind of heat where you go outside. Unless you are 7 of 9. 7 insisted on playing Frisbee. I think we both are sunburned from that experience.

After that experience we retreated to the comfort of the straw bale house. After being closed up for 3 weeks in 100+ degree heat for 5 consecutive days, the house was a comfortable 79 degrees. Not bad for a place with no air conditioning.

One of the great things about the heat is that it produces magnificent sunsets. Here are some panoramas from that most blistering day.

This was taken 1pm when the recorded temperature was 107 degrees.
And these pictures say it all.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Straw Wine

I have been in a wine mood lately and decided to map out the wineries that I prefer. These are all within a 10 mile radius of the house. Most are pouring 2006 in the tasting rooms but if you ask you may get something out of the ordinary.

Friday, June 13, 2008

What Up with 7, What Up with Camera, 7Up!

For those of you who know 7, you know she is a very active dog. Lately she has been running 4 miles in the morning, playing frisbee for 30 minutes a day and getting walked 3 miles at least 3 times per week. I think she has finally had enough as she is now reduced to just standing around looking tired:

The picture of 7 above and the flowers below were taken with a new camera. Yes, after 6 years I have traded in my 4 megapixel camera for a 9.1 megapixel with all the bells and whistles that I will never use:
And finally, I like 7Up. Always have. Though I do not like the amount of sugar they put in soda so when I drink 7Up, it is Diet. While enjoying the cool refreshing taste of 7Up I decided to read the label and educate myself on what I am putting in my body. I was heartened by reading the I was 7Up is using '100% Natural Flavors' to help quench my thirst:
The next question that popped into my head was "What are these 100% Natural Flavors". Reading the back of the can was less than informative:
Can someone tell me what ingredient is 'Natural Flavors".

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Monday, June 02, 2008

NYC-SFO-Paso and 7 of 9

Paso Straw Bale at the end of May. It is only 81 degrees this weekend vs. 104 degrees 2 weeks ago.

As you can see, 7 is enjoying the cooler weather, playing frisbee,

and hiding in the landscaping. Can you find 7?

A little bit of hunting:

And after all of that excitement, 7 went to Silver Horse Winery and made herself at home:

Finally here are a few panoramas from this weekend: