“You can’t win ‘em all.” Yeah, there’s no “W” flag over at Jac’s house. Bummer. Cubs apparently lost. Jac’s flag is my barometer. ■ Gout update: I know you’re all interested . . . the foot is better – not gout-free yet, but better. Another dose of the gout meds and I should be fine for awhile. ■ I joined the Cary-Grove Chamber of Commerce today. My parents were members of the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce. Continuing in a tradition? ■ Time, yes, again for bed . . . . . .
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Ok, where’s he going with this one? ■ Stereoscopic photographs are 2 photos taken of the same scene, but taken from slightly different angles. You’re probably familiar with the old stereographic viewers that had a circular card with photos on it that you inserted into the handheld viewer and voila – a photo that looked 3D. ■ To view my homemade 3D photo click on it to view it in a larger size – then you’ll have to sort of stare at it and cross your eyes until it forms a 3rd image between the two. That image will be in 3D. This could take some practice, but you’ll get it eventually. ■ When I was in college I was a geography major, geology minor. One of my courses was a class in air photography. In order to see things in 3D, two photos of each image were taken at the same time a few degrees apart. Put next to each other you could discern a 3 dimensional image of the area photographed. While we used special “glasses” to make the viewing easier, most of us in the class were able to view the photos in 3D without their aid. ■ So, go ahead and give it a shot. ■
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
This is my 2nd day with a gout attack. It started yesterday morning and finally got pretty bad around 6:00 pm or so yesterday. This morning when I got up it was bad so I made a trip to my rheumatologist. By the time I got there and got to see him the foot had improved enough that he didn’t think there was enough fluid to draw out of a joint in order to test it. Yes, they have to stick a needle in one of your affected bone joints and withdraw fluid. It sounds painful to me. At any rate here it is 5:00 pm and the bottom of my left foot is pounding – it feels like the foot is expanding and contracting. It’s difficult to walk. And certainly not without a cane, or two. ■ Time to feed the dogs.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Yup, it appears to be back. It started this morning – I could feel it in my left foot as I descended the stairs. Throughout the day it’s been getting worse. Tomorrow I’ll call my rheumatologist. He needs to stick a needle in the affected area, withdraw some fluid and check it for uric acid crystals. Sounds like a fun time. ■ I’ve got Wednesdays off – at least for right now. And I need them off in order to get some drawing done. ■
Sunday, April 26, 2009
It was overcast today. Heck, it rained too. After the rain was over this is what the sky looked like. It actually looks worse than it was. ■ Took a frame inventory today. Need to inventory my mattes tomorrow. It’s always nice to know what one has in stock. ■
This week I need to join our local Chamber of Commerce. It’ll be nice to meet new people and become closer to the community that we’ve been in for the past 30+ years. ■ It is time for bed. I’m tired. ■■■ Oh and I almost forgot – question: should I try making bacon toffee this week?
Last night we went to the Willowbrook Holiday Inn to hear our good friend Terry speak. Terry belongs to Toastmasters and was 1 of 6 people in Toastmaster’s district competition. Terry spoke in front of some 450-500 people and did a fantastic job. His speech was entitled “Of All Things Great and Small.” He took 3rd place in the competition. Congratulations Terry! Afterwords a bunch of us went to an Irish pub and hoisted a few Smithwicks to Terry. Click on the picture for a larger version. And you can click on this link ( http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=952604731802312510 ) to see and hear a previous version of his speech. ■ Makes me think about joining Toastmasters . . . . . . hmmm . . . . . .
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Yesterday (Friday) was warm – and so is/was today. The picture at the left was taken last night out on our patio. From left to right: Steve our neighbor, Mollie our dog, Holly my wife, and at the bottom, Zoe our dog – you can just see part of her – she’s the black thing on the bottom. ■ I worked today. May have sold a nice American 50th anniversary Strat. The customer took it home to try it out. I think it’s probably sold. ■ Tonight a bunch of us are going to see our friend and Bullfrog Band photographer, compete in a divisional Toastmaster speaking competition. I know he’s nervous, but he always does a great job at speaking. Maybe I’ll post from there tonight. ■
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
It was a beautiful day. Sunny and getting warmer. If I could just get rid of this cold I have – sneezing, coughing, sniffling, tired eyes, etc., I feel exhausted. ■ Jac, my across-the-street neighbor, found a “generic” oil filter for my John Deere. When we went out to get a filter for the tractor I got a John Deere brand - $12 for the thing. Jac – how much does the Fram filter cost? ■ Lots to get done in the next couple of days. Time for bed.
. . . and losing. There should be some sort of story with that title. But, no, no story tonight. ■ The picture at the left was taken out of our front living room window. It’s of Jac and Sue’s home and shows, if you look closely, the “W” flag for a Cub’s win. Hard to see, I know, but it is there! ■ Tomorrow – how do you repair a lamp?
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
The ol’ John Deere – ok, it’s not really old, but it sure makes life easier. This morning Jac and I went to Home Depot and picked up a filter and oil (and for me a new cordless drill. – My old one had been recalled as a fire hazard!) Jac performed the oil changing magic on the little beast and I think we’re about ready to go. All we’re waiting for is the grass to grow – and it looks like it’s starting. Hey, Jac, thanks so much for the help. I do appreciate it. ■ Back to work.
This was the scene out our kitchen window this morning around 6:00 am. A fire truck and an ambulance at a neighbor’s house. I couldn’t tell which neighbor it was, but the ambulance took someone away. ■ It’s a little past 9:00 am and I’ve already been to and back from the dentist’s office. Next visit is in June. ■ I need to get an oil filter and oil for my John Deere; need to finish the historical drawing and get that sent out. And I have to go to work at noon again. More money for me, but it sure does cut down on the amount of time I have to get other things done. ■
Monday, April 20, 2009
I’m working on a drawing of a historical building in Philadelphia. You can see the beginning of the drawing in this post. This building is from 1683 – pretty old. I hope I’m doing it justice. ■ I had to go in early to work today (noon instead of 3:00 pm) and I’ll have to go in early tomorrow too. Sure cuts down on my drawing time. ■ And I almost forgot – I’ve got a dentist appointment tomorrow morning. ■ I’m coming down with a cold, or something like that. I started getting stuffed-up yesterday and today it’s been getting worse by the hour. Time for bed. ■
Sunday, April 19, 2009
work.” Yup, don’t eat this delicious 5-layer--old-recipe-from-the-farm--my-mouth-is-watering—desert. I’m upstairs smelling this wonderful smell and I can’t have any ‘cause it’s going to work. How many times has that happened? Lots! ■ It’s been an overcast rainy day today. Not the type of weather that I wanted for my day off. ■ Tomorrow I’d better get an oil filter and oil for my John Deere. The grass is turning green and before you know it I’ll have to start mowing again. ■ And speaking of spring flowers – here’s a picture of Holly and Libby at Macy’s in downtown Chicago. I guess they took a little break from the squash tournament to do a little shopping. ■ I’m cooking scallops and shrimp tonight for dinner. It’s 5:30 pm and I hear a cold brew calling my name – along with the seafood. I’m off to start dinner. . . . . . . .
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Warmer days, indeed! The temps are definitely beginning to rise – we’re on our way towards summer. And the dogs like it too. That’s Zoe and Mollie on our neighbor’s deck looking in the back door in hopes that food will appear! ■ I worked today while Holly took the train down to Chicago to see Libby and Jay and watch Jay play in some squash games/matches? She called me from the train and she’s on her way home. ■ Got an email from one of my old Navy buddies – Colli – he found my website and blog. I’ll have to dig out an old picture of us from those days of yore and post it here. ■ I hear Mollie barking to get in. Gotta go.
Friday, April 17, 2009
I took a few quick pictures with my corporate camera today. “Corporate” only because my company bought it. I need it for taking pictures of homes to draw. Without it, it’s hard to do business. ■ I do too much “wandering around” on the net . . . Question: What famous actress (aren’t all actress’ famous?) in a Hitchcock film has a very famous actress daughter? Give me their names. Oh, and give me the famous film the mother was in. ■
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Yup . . . another sure sign of spring – the Cubs “W” win flag on my across-the-street neighbor Jac’s garage. And no, they didn’t win today, but this was taken before today’s game had started and they had won their previous game. ■ As you can see from the picture, the sun came out today! We’ve had two overcast days and even this morning the sky was covered with clouds. Sun – sun – we need more sun! ■
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
As it turned out I didn’t have to work tonight. Our cribbage group had made plans to meet at a local watering hole where they have a $2 burger and fries night. Since it turned out I didn’t have to work I surprised them at the bar. Long story short – we ate, drank and had a good time. That’s a picture of the outside of the bar – The Tracks – that I took leaving. It’s hard to see, but that’s Holly standing in the doorway. ■ I’m trying Windows Live Writer tonight to do this posting. I’ve been using Blogger’s native mode for doing the other posts – except for those I do from my iphone. So far, so good. We’ll see how it turns out when I hit the publish button. ■