Monday, October 30, 2006

While We're On The Subject of Colors...

What color is your aura?

Gee...why am I not surprised?

Your Aura is Blue

Spiritual and calm, you tend to live a quiet but enriching life.
You are very giving of yourself. And it's hard for you to let go of relationships.

The purpose of your life: showing love to other people

Famous blues include: Angelina Jolie, the Dali Lama, Oprah

Careers for you to try: Psychic, Peace Corps Volunteer, Counselor


This quiz seems just cut out for us!

"What color green are you?"

In my case:

You Are Teal Green

You are a one of a kind, original person. There's no one even close to being like you.
Expressive and creative, you have a knack for making the impossible possible.
While you are a bit offbeat, you don't scare people away with your quirks.
Your warm personality nicely counteracts and strange habits you may have.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Friday Kool-Aid Blogging

Most of us remember the Kool-Aid commercials from the 70s and 80s where the giant pitcher of Kool-Aid busts through some barrier to refresh everyone's thirst.

Once we grew up, some decided to parody that character...

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Colorado on the Fly

A few weeks ago, I flew to Colorado to provide software customer support. It was a short-notice flight. I solved their problems quickly and I was fortunate to be able to take my rental car on a short excursion through Boulder and up into the mountains. Unfortunately, I didn't buy my camera until I reached a town called Estes Park. These pictures were taken during an afternoon drive through the Rockies...enjoy.

This is outside of the hotel where the inside shots of The Shining were filmed. Huh? What I mean is that the indoor scenes from the Jack Nicholson film were shot from the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. Oregon lovers know, of course, that the outdoor shots of the hotel were taken at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood in Oregon.

The weather was mostly dry, but sprinkles were always nearby.

This is a view from Lily Lake. It is amazing how quickly one gains elevation here. Lily Lake sits along the highway at just under 9,000m ft (over 2,700 m). The only road in Oregon that I know travelling that high is the one to the top of Steens Mountain and it is NO highway.

Chances are good that the precipitation on Longs Peak was snow. At over 14,000 feet (4,200+ m), it is no surprise.

Part castle, part church...this building sits over a pond and stands out from the autumn colors.

It turns out that the Colorado Blue Spruce grows wild here. Who would have guessed?

...and just as I am running out of film, the sun finally peaks through to turn a small stand of quaking Aspen into a shimmering golden salute to a wonderful afternoon and evening.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Friday Kool-Aid Blogging

A new tradition begins at Snabulus...Friday Kool-Aid Blogging.

Stay tuned every Friday for more Kool-Aid fun.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Remember that Hike?

Some of you probably remember our short-lived expedition into the Cascade Mountains last July. I think I mentioned that we left some of our film in the back of the truck we hitchhiked back to civilization in. Well, we got it back due to the kindness of others! Some of our disposable cameras are still waiting to be used up before being revealed to us, but I thought I would share a few highlights from the trip.

Ladybug and my brother, Colt45, pose in front of Odell Lake with Diamond Peak in the background. Colt45 was a great sport for carting us around. What a great guy!

This is the peak rising out of the waters of Middle Rosary Lake.

Ladybug rests at the end of a 700 foot (about 200 m) climb out of the lake basin. The 3 Rosary Lakes are visible in the foreground as is our starting place, Odell Lake. The whitish streak in the background near the background mountains is Crescent Lake. Diamond Peak is obscured by trees just outside the right side of the picture frame.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Fort Bean Looks Complete

If you can remember back about a year ago, I was working on Fort Bean. After deciding to rip out our wooden deck, I had what I thought was a brilliant idea to save money and do something useful with all that wood. I saved a small amount of money, but I thankfully burned up a few hundred hours of labor creating an unique space for our daughter, the Bean, to hang out with friends, stash weapons and armor, and other things kids her age like to do. After weathering the rainy season, I waited out a long series of overtime periods at work. The project finally started up again this September.

This is me nailing up wall planks. I ran out of wood before finishing the walls, so I made the decision to use clear, corrugated PVC sheets to finish off the tops of the walls. Since this is a shady spot, the added light was very welcome.

The Bean helped me hang the door and now she has a kinda cool place to roost. The number of imperfections and oopses were nearly infinite, but, in the end, I think it was all worth it. We splurged for some solar-powered lights for the front and interior that charge by day and illuminate by night. Hopefully, they work well.

Fort Bean is christened!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Another One: How White And Nerdy Are You?

Got this one off the same blog. How White & NerdyTM are you? As for me, to my profound surprise:

You are 32% white and nerdy.
How White and Nerdy Are You?

Funny...I expected to be a bit more than that. I guess I should take that as a compliment. :-D

Which OS Are You?

This quiz/personality test I recently stumbled upon (read "found on one of Kami's blogs") is a bit dated (like, Windows ME?!?), but it's still fun. Which OS are you? Well, as for me...

You are Palm OS. Punctual, straightforward and very useful.  Your mother wants you to do more with your life like your cousin Wince, but you're happy with who you are.
Which OS are You?