Friday, January 19, 2018

Medicare Eligible At Last!


Yes- it's true.  Today I turn 65 years old and am now eligible for medicare.  And to help me make a good decision on this, I have bombarded by  various health care providers with roughly 100,000 advertisements on supplemental insurance policies.  That you for giving so much business to the struggling U.S Post Office, guys!  And in the photograph above, I am posing on my bicycle with my Grandmother Spillard, my mother Mary's mother.  I used to ride all over the South Side Chicago neighborhood of Brainerd on that bike.  I can't remember the manufacturer, only that it was before Treks were made.  We had to rough it back then.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Happy Birthday Susan!








Today is my sister Susan's birthday.  These days she does not celebrate her birthdays so much as try to forget about them, and prefers I use photographs such as the one on the left instead of more recent ones.  This particular photo was taken in Abilene, Texas when she was 2 years old. She and my mother Mary were visiting my father Nelson, who was in basis training with the army after being drafted at the tender age of 35.  Susan looks very angelic in this photograph, but don't let that fool you. She has been know to come at me with a kitchen knife if she sees I am trying to take her photograph.. Talk about being camera shy.  Nevertheless, have a Happy Birthday, Susan!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A Fort Collins Sunset



I took the above photograph of a sunset over Fort Collins from the Horsetooth exit Interstate 25.  I have a bad habit of taking photographs while I am driving on the freeway at 75 or 80 miles per hour, but I fortunately took this one while waiting for the light to turn green. I was driving up to Fort Collins almost every day after my brother-in-law had a serious operation and  spent 6 weeks in the hospital and a rehabilitation center.  Fortunately George is doing much better and even driving himself around Fort Collins these days. Way to go, George!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Instead Of Fire and Fury, Ice, Snow, And Cold



There may be plenty of fire and fury back in Washington D.C., but in most of the rest of the country it has been mainly snow, ice, and cold.  Even Florida recently got so cold that iguanas have been falling out of the trees, paralyzed by the cold.  Denver has mostly escaped this onslaught of winter. Temperatures got up to 57 degrees Sunday afternoon, but Monday morning it was cold and sleeting, followed by snow.  A layer of sheer ice covered the roads, and many major highways were closed due the high volume of accidents. Monday night it got down to 4 below zero.  And by the way, I took the above photograph Monday morning.  It was on such a morning, just after I started working at the bookstore back in 2014, that I got off the bus and promptly fell down, my head cushioning my fall.  It wouldn't stop bleeding, and after I got to work, I was forced to go to the emergency room, despite my protests.  It did take 14 stitches to patch me up, but I think the high deducible insurance policy I had just signed up for hurt more.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Spring Training Begins In 4 Weeks!



Yes!  It's true!  Baseball returns in just one month, with pitchers and catchers reporting around February 14th, which is often celebrated by non-baseball fans as St.Valentines Day.  And in honor of this exciting news, I am featuring none other than the ghost of Shoeless Joe Jackson, one of the most famous Chicago White Sox players of all time - and one of the infamous "Black Sox" players of 1919 - standing in front of the Comiskey Park scoreboard.  I took the photograph of the scoreboard at Comiskey Park, in the south side Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago, back in 1980.  However, I can't take credit for the photo of Shoeless Joe.  I'm not quite THAT old.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Cast Iron



I just finished Cast Iron, a new mystery novel by Peter May.  May wrote the bestselling Lewis Trilogy, which follows the adventures of a former police detective who decides to return to his boyhood home on the Isle of Lewis, in Scotland's Outer Hebrides.  I enjoyed all three books in that series and decided to give this one a try, too.  Cast Iron is also part of a series that features a Scottish forensic expert who lives in France and investigates cold cases.  When I first started reading the story, I wasn't sure I was going to like it.  The title character, Enzo Macleod, seemed to have a very messy personal life, although the title character in the Lewis Trilogy had a messy personal life too.  I decide to persevere, and it turned out the story was a very good read, very exciting, and had a happy ending.  Even Macleod's personal life seemed to straighten itself out.  I am definitely planning to read the other books in the series.  And possibly move to southwestern France.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

One Weird Goat



The above photograph is the first one I took after I walked into the livestock pen at the National Western Stock Show this past Tuesday night.  That goat seemed very happy to have his photograph taken, and gave me the full personality.  But what I want to know is, is this goat wearing dentures?  And is that allowable during the goat judging competition?  I'll do some research and let you know.