Saturday, March 31, 2007

Persistence of Mellow

Persistence of MellowThe tone today, low key, a reflection of the mood that began last night. Slept in, and when I finally got up, went out for a bit to take care of a few errands and help the firstborn get ready to do more work on vehicles (did I mention that the oil pump on the Jeep went bad?....uh, did...) He is outside in the fifty degree temperatures and drizzle of Ohio today, rebuilding the pump, packing it with petroleum jelly (hmmm...that is what the directions say to do, anyway) and getting the thing fixed. After that, he has sworn on a stack of bibles that he will be getting that damned econo-spare off my car. The young one had his first clinic for the UT drumline today...he and two other percussionists from NV went down to campus to spend the morning and part of the afternoon there, getting prepped for next fall and their full fledged participation in the UT Rocket Drumline. There are two more sessions on the next two Saturdays, so much more to learn yet to come.

This evening, I plan on a beer, some snacks and an evening with the Final Four on CBS...Ohio State is my great hope at this brackets are pretty much moot otherwise...

Hope you are having a great weekend....much love to you....


Friday, March 30, 2007

Einstein says.....

Einstein says...
Click on the photo (right) to find out...

Would be a little more ringing endorsement if he was alive, I suppose...

:) v

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Escher eyes

Escher eyes
A look into these eyes of Escher...dark images reflected...left only to imagine the thoughts behind....lovers of gloom, enjoy...

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

A little battered....

Tattered and Torn...but OK, I think. Trying to keep on task and pay attention to the details; no more surprises needed here! Still a little tired from time to time, but stress will do that to ya, I reckon. I will be fine...take some time is to you...


Tuesday, March 27, 2007


somewhere in the distance
when we fall in love again
planets will be dancing
the moon plays violin
we'll laugh at all the silly things
that we've both said and done
step into forever
on the bright side of the sun

- Men Without Hats - Bright Side of the Sun


Everything back to the way it was, things to do and stuff to occupy my time. Was supposed to see a friend tonight for a little while, but her schedule precluded it so we will have to make it another time. The cancellation actually was a blessing, as not soon after another friend called me with computer problems at home, so I went over to her house instead to help her out.

I have been able finally to look at the photos taken during the last few days of the trip, including a few of the car and the drive home. I have posted a few of them on Flickr! so you will see them in the badge on the right if you hang around here long enough. I have also posted the movie of the surf and sunrise on the beach to If you are interested in viewing it, I would suggest you download it, as it is about 56MB in size.

The young one has been ill since I got home and stayed home today to recover from the flu-like symptoms that have been plaguing him. He did go to work tonight however, as did the firstborn and his Ann, so the house is empty and I am left to my own devices, which should be doing some pre-work for a meeting tomorrow and one again on Thursday. After I am done here I will take a peek at it; perhaps I will be struck by some grand inspiration, though I highly doubt it.

Nothing very exciting to report...still running on the econo-spare till payday, when I hope to be able to hook up with a replacement to the shredded one (see Flickr!)...till then careful driving and not much extra running around to be sure!

In any case, enjoy the photos and movie...back later...


Sunday, March 25, 2007

Follow up on the follow up

The day Friday was truly more gruesome than the day before....the alternator shipped to me at great expense from Ohio was not the right one and the person at the garage quoted a price of over three hundred dollars to get a replacement, which did not include the cost of labor to put the new one in and did not get the car finished before Monday at the earliest. This discovery was made only after the car was raised on an outside rack, taken ALL apart and the old alternator removed. Frantic to find another option to get the car repaired, a call was made to the emergency service that I have been paying for right along but never used....they pretty much said they could tow the car from one place to another, but that was all. They did however, call around to several chain stores in the area and located one that would be able to locate the part and install it for about the same price of the quote for the part alone at the other garage. The car was put back together, and the garage charged over a hundred dollars for the labor that they did to take apart the car and put it back together. They did, however put a charge in the battery which got the car to the Firestone station that agreed to do the work. Arrived later than expected there, so the car was not worked on on Friday night and the task was set aside to Saturday morning.

Waited all morning to hear something from the Firestone station about the status of the car. When they finally made contact it was to inform that the alternator that they had received WAS THE WRONG ONE and that they were waiting on another one to finish the job. Morning totally shot and afternoon waning as well, the call finally came at nearly 4 PM that the car was done, but the person on the other end of the phone was emphatic that tires were needed on the car as well. Declining tires, the car was finally back on the road at a cost of about three hundred dollars, at nearly 430 PM Saturday afternoon.

Just after crossing the Florida/Georgia border, the car began to vibrate and pull. I guided it off across two lanes of traffic to the shoulder and stopped. I exited the car on the passenger side and observed that the passenger side tire on the back was totally flat and the sidewall was visibly shredded. New tires, indeed! I cleaned out the luggage from the back of the car and stuffed it all inside the passenger compartment, then located the scissor jack, lug wrench and other assorted stuff needed to change the tire. Just as I was getting ready to let the car back down from the jack onto the economy spare, the Deputy Sheriff arrived to see if I needed assistance. He helped me get the scissor jack closed up and out from under the car and assured that the lug nuts were securely tightened. So, for the next thousand miles, through the mountains of the Carolinas and Virginia, I drove 65 miles an hour on three regular tires and an economy spare. I drove as much as I could possibly tolerate during the night, stopping to sleep in a rest area at about midnight. I awoke again at 2 AM Sunday morning, and drove until I was in danger of falling asleep on the mountain curves, again in a rest area at about 445AM. As the sun was rising again, I started out, driving straight through, with the exception of detours to purchase gas with my very tight and rationed amount of remaining money. The drive was arduous and stressful...even now I cannot recall much of it other than knowing that all the noise there was inside the car was my breathing and the sounds that the car made as it moved along the steep mountain roads.

My ilk, upon my arrival, barraged me with the happenings of the previous days of my absence, and although I would like to share mine with them as well, I will really need several days before this series of events coalesces into any sort of cohesive or interesting story. For now, I have photos by the gross that I am not really inclined to sort or post right now, and a rambling diatribe that will take a long time to finesse to really do it justice....

Suffice it to say, I am home, very poor, but home.....I will take a stab at a better and much more colorful telling of this week passed, after the impact of it has lessened somewhat...till then

much love to you


Friday, March 23, 2007

Car repairs

The alternator arrived at the hotel earlier than the 1030 AM promised time. The car started and ran with the battery light on to the garage. The mechanic was able to take the car into the bay soon after I got there, so now waiting begins for the repair to be made.  Will post more as circumstances warrant.

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

With each new day.....

......There is fresh hope.   The firstborn is shipping me an alternator UPS Air to the place I am staying. There is a garage that was referred by the manager of the hotel that has agreed to take the car on Friday to install it for me.  Indications are good that this will resolve the issue, both in the opinion of the firstborn and the mechanic. If this all works out well, I will definitely give credit where it is due and post more info about the garage,  but until tomorrow afternoon I will reserve my opinion.  Today all I can do is wait, and even the sun is no temptation.....until I know that the car is fixed, I feel as though I am totally helpless. Thankfully I think the garage that I have been directed to is trustworthy, as the mechanic who chatted with me on the phone said practically verbatim what the firstborn did when I talked to him yesterday. No use in writing more now as it would amount to a pity party and not be very interesting........perhaps once this has been resolved I may return to my jovial self......hmmmm.....we shall seem......later

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Enough already

This really has gone way beyond the point of "comedy of errors" , "a bit of odd luck" or even a humorous story to has become downright cruel. I was going to go out to take some pictures and stopped at the bank to check my balance.  When I looked down at my dashboard, my heart jumped to my throat......the "battery" light was on.  Scared of what that might mean and the possibility of being stranded somewhere, I went immediately back to the hotel parking garage.  I turned off the car and started it back up.....battery light still on. I got on the phone to call the only person I know that knows this car inside and firstborn.  He informed me that without seeing it firsthand all indications are that the alternator is gone.  I immediately panicked, but the firstborn calmed me and devised a strategy to try to get the car fixed...he is working things from his end and I lining things up here......I am waiting now to hear from him and for us to decide on next steps......what a freaking much for a calm week in f*****g paradise

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Was sitting on the couch this morning, deciding what I am going to do for today, listening to the traffic on A1A outiside my hotel, and the workers outside my room. The door to the balcony was open, which has been my practice since I arrived here, both to bring the smells in from outside as well as take the rarified "hotel smells" outside.  I was drifting off somewhat, when I noted movement out of the corner of my eye, in the direction of the door, and looked up just in time to see a large pigeon crossing the door sill.  He hesitated just for a split second then proceeded to take steps toward the interior of the room.  I shouted "Shoo! Shoo!", which seemed to disconcert him somewhat and he retreated to the balcony.  He was not, however done visiting......I glance up again a moment later to see him again walking in the door, this time with more determination.  I tried to simply shoo him again, but he was not having it this time....I had to get up and chase him onto the balcony, where a cohort was waiting, obviously acting as lookout.  As my visitor ran back onto the balcony with me in pursuit, his partner in crime took flight, my intruder close behind him.  All in all a very interesting early morning encounter......dang it though, the camera is always somewhere else when you could really use it!

That's it for for a shower and then some lunch.....I could really get into this relaxed kind of schedule.....not much money in it though!  Till later, much love to you.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007


Last night, the youngsters were very rowdy...when driving around in the evening, the boys and girls could be observed roaming in packs, with a smattering of couples, some of the temporary variety, I would imagine.  The noise outside and in the hotel reached its maxmum at around midnight, but even with the door on my "balcony" open to invite in the night air, it did not keep me from drifting off to sleep. 

This morning, I again took to the beach (not nearly as dramatic as it sounds) to watch the sun rise.  In my typical geeky fashion, I waited patiently, taking incremental photos for well over an hour as the water crept further onto the shore (high tide sometime after 9 this morning) At one point I took a movie of the water, the birds and the beach (you would not think there is a lot to hear,but there really is) I will post the movie when I get back home.  Today I may drive the short distance down A1A to Ponce Inlet to take some pictures of the lighthouse there...yes, I know...more pictures..I figure taking them doesn't hurt anyone, if you don't want to see them, you don't have to look, and they are MUCH easier to bring home in the Honda than a palm tree!

That's all for now...till later, much love to you..

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Monday, March 19, 2007

A couple things..

The most important thing, the young one's audition for the College of Music at went very well, I thought, but anyone who knows the young one can only imagine his impression of it :). We now have to wait for a couple weeks for notice about the particulars, but I personally think that is just a formality!

Secondly, I have taken a week off from work and have limited internet access.  I decided a little while ago to take a trip I have been wanting to take for a long time, and opportunity presented so I took it.  As bad an idea as it sounds, I am in Daytona Beach for five days the week after "Bike Week".  So far it has been nice, except for the construction all day at the hotel that I am in..up side, I wake up, walk out on what passes for a balcony and look to my left and see the ocean.  I was up very early this morning and went out on the beach to watch the tide come in and the sunrise.  I just got back from a walk up to the pier, which I remember with fondness from a visit here a long time ago.  The walk on the beach was nice, cameras in pockets, iPod clipped on...found a couple shells still unbroken from the tide. I will do the typical tourist thing and bring them home to give to some kids I know.

I will continue to post throughout the week here, this way- if you want to get in touch with me, email to my work account or call or text me on my cell phone.  I wish you were here with me... I will do my best to share it with you.  Till later, much love to you,

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Friday, March 16, 2007

Testing email blogging

If this actually works I will be very will not replace my preferred way of posting, but from the Blackberry, it will definitely limit the number if time I do the "dot dot dot" thing :). Here we go, send then check it out!   Wish me lluck!    V
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Thursday, March 15, 2007


Losrivelse - 1896, Edvard Munch(b. Dec. 12, 1863, Löten, Nor.--d. Jan. 23, 1944, Ekely, near Oslo) Norwegian painter and printmaker whose intense, evocative treatment of psychological and emotional themes was a major influence on the development of German Expressionism in the early 20th century. His painting The Cry (1893) is regarded as an icon of existential anguish.

A gifted Norwegian painter and printmaker, Edvard Munch not only was his country's greatest artist, but also played a vital role in the development of German expressionism. His work often included the symbolic portrayal of such themes as misery, sickness, and death. The Cry, probably his most familiar painting, is typical in its anguished expression of isolation and fear.


Currently, every realm of my experience is rife with much change and turmoil for all the people in my much tumult and confusion in my own head...Spring and all that it represents is the culprit, no life, new situations...some positive at their inception, others questionable until given a thorough overview and assessment...

Struggle occurring as we all work to find our way and embrace the on we it has always been...

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Evening: Twilight Time

Evening falls on the pond at Olander


Twilight Time, to dream awhile
In veils of deepening gloom
As fantasy strides over colourful skies
The fog disappearing from view

In twilight time, dream with me awhile

A nightingale plays a dark mellow phrase
Of notes that are rich and so true
An aerial display by the firefly brigade
Dancing to tunes no one knew

In twilight time, dream with me awhile
In twilight time, dream with me awhile

Building castles in the air
Whistling to the wind
As nature bows down her head
See what tomorrow brings

Twilight time, dream with me awhile

Bats take to wing, like puppets on string
Prancing in cool evening air
In a sightless glide, no reason to hide
Away from the sun's blinding stare

In twilight time, dream with me awhile
In twilight time, dream with me awhile

Monday, March 12, 2007

So....this whole DST update thing....

Also supposedly a very good idea

Not as good as the "Jump to Conclusions Mat", but very nearly...

For all those who have been working diligently to assure that this "economizing measure" was seamlessly implemented, these last 8 to 10 days have been a nightmare. The impact of this arbitrary change (which was two years in the planning, I understand) was minimized...IT professionals who maintain network functionality and collaborative services have been scrambling to assure that their users lives were only mildly inconvenienced as the clocks associated with every piece of technical equipment they use were adjusted forward one hour, three weeks earlier than their operating systems were pre-programmed to change.

A testimonial to the frustration level of IT professionals can be observed in the exchanges on the very generously made available Microsoft Business Solutions "Community Chat Room", where experts are accessible through live chat session to answer questions about the deployment, problems and solutions associated with the early time adjustment. Hopefully, the change that will take place in October has already been bundled into the patches we all were frantically installing network would be absolutely ridiculous to have to do this again in the of course if the warped logic of this follows, we most likely have that to look forward to....

The "good thing" (if there is anything good about it) is that in three weeks, even if you resist assimilation and do nothing at all to your computer, your machine will be in compliance with daylight savings time....however, in those three weeks, you will make yourself a royal pain in the arse for every person you collaborate with, skewing all the time stamping of documents and appointments that come from you so that they are not accurate for users who HAVE installed the patch correctly....

Hopefully, you are all set with your own DST adjustment; if not I encourage you to take care of it, both for your own computer's accuracy and for the good of the "collective".... ;-)

Saturday, March 10, 2007

OMEA Contest

The Northview Wind Ensemble performed in the theatre at Southview High School at 9 PM yesterday evening for their prepared part of their participation in OMEA District contest. After the prepared performance, they retreated to a separate performance area for sight-reading. The Wind Ensemble finished the evening with a very respectable "II" rating. Congratulations to Eugene Bohland and the talented performers of the Northview Wind Ensemble.

Thursday, March 08, 2007


NV Wind Ensemble

- Musical sensitivity or talent.


In my opinion, the word is epitomized by the talented musicians of the Sylvania Northview Bands. Featured from the recent winter concert, given in preparation for OMEA contest on Friday March 09, 2007. The link, right, features a performance from the concert, with the Wind Ensemble under the direction of Mr Eugene Bohland. The file is a little large, but worth the wait. Enjoy!

Also, if you are interested in attending the actual OMEA contest performances of the Northview Bands, head over to Sylvania Southview High School on Friday evening; all bands will be performing then, with the Wind Ensemble performing latest at 9 PM. Public is welcome and encouraged to attend; recording devices of any type (audio or video/photo) are prohibited in the performance venue.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007


Sunset in the Rearview"Life is like driving, you don't look behind you to drive...let the past lie."


Check out this article in the Toledo City Paper about the place that I work, to get an idea of why I feel so lucky!

Thursday, March 01, 2007