Monday, January 22, 2018

A Sunday Snowstorm

Denver has gotten very little snow so far this year, and therefore whenever it does snow, the local news channels go crazy.  A winter storm warning was issued for the metropolitan area Saturday, with blowing and drifting snow predicted to start early Sunday morning and continue throughout the day.  I had to go to work yesterday morning, and I must say it was not all that bad.  We received 5 and a half inches of snow (more than we have received in over a year, by the way), but the streets were mostly clear, and I had no trouble coming or going.  However, last night the entire newscast was devoted to the storm.  Mountains out of molehills, I say.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Repairs Begin On The "Haunted House"

It isn't really haunted, but that's what some of the neighbors call it.  This is the house next to the local Denver bookstore where I work that was struck by a tree during a windstorm, which put a sizable hole in the roof and front wall.  And it has stayed that way for a year and a half.  About 6 months ago I saw a condemnation notice in the fence in front of it, and was sure it would be soon torn down.  That is why I was so surprised that a construction crew has finally started working on it.  They are filling in the outside wall and roof, but I have to wonder what the inside of the place is like after being open to the elements for so many months?  I would be afraid that if I moved in there, one night I might wake up and see god knows what kind of animal who has been living there for 2 years, staring at you with glowing red eyes.  Great - a new pet!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Fire And Fury

The local Denver bookstore where I work finally received a large supply of Fire and Fury, the infamous new book about the Trump White House.  If we had the book a week ago, we could have sold every copy, but now that the "fury" seems to have died down, I have to wonder how many we will sell.  I couldn't help but notice that the Trump book is separated from Hillary Clinton's book What Happened by The Newcomers, a book about immigrants in the classroom. A funny coincidence, or some bookstore employee being clever?  Beats me.  In any case, I think I am going to skip Fire and Fury.  More and more I prefer fiction to reality.  Reality is always mostly depressing, while if you pick the right books, fiction always ends happily ever after.

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.