Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
One of the hardest things about being Mr. Golden Shovel of 2006-2007 was shoveling this section of the neighbor's sidewalk. It was cracked, busted, and uneven. Can't tell you how many times the shovel handle ended up in my gut when doing this stretch. But no more, when this job was done it ended up smooth as silk. I'm sure they did it just to honor their own Good Neighbor. Now if it would just snow...
Monday, September 17, 2007
These are some of the 320 riders who rode part or all the way around Cayuga Lake on Saturday. They are about to take the Victory Ride through Ithaca for the post-ride dinner at Stewart Park. Nice job folks, you raised over $210,000 for a local AIDS organization.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
We selected a place suitable for biking, reflecting and looking ahead. The Rocky Mountains from Jasper, Alberta to Glacier National Park, Montana provided this and more. Here are two samples of the scenery we were treated to regularly. You can click on all pictures for a better look. To view all the pictures and read some commentary, go to http://picasaweb.google.com/gailst/JasperToGlacier2007 It works best to click on the first one and then advance using the arrow at the top. If you view as a slide show the captions are over the bottom of the pictures.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Seems hundreds of you all have the same question; What is that shirt Gail's wearing? Well it was a special-issue from a great party earlier this summer at Thor Oeschsner's (writer of "Big John") farm to raise money for Full Plate Farm Collective. Wish I could wear one of these. Guess I'll have to take solace in just being able to call Thor a friend and hope I never see him in one of these perilous situations.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
John Francis, banjo player and author of PlanetWalker, How To Change Your World One Step At A Time came to speak and perform at Cornell and Grassroots. Thanks to the fact that I am married to his Ph.D advisor's awesome daughter, I got to spend a nice amount of time with him. We passed the banjo back and forth, and were accompanied by the guitar of our mutual friend, Jerry Mirskin. Gail and I ate a really swank dinner at Banfi with him instead of a meal at the laid back, hippie vegetarian hang out.
Of course I took him to see some of Ithaca's finest sights.
In case you don't know who John is, he gave up motorized vehicles for 22 years and didn't speak for 17 of those. If you would like his book, I still have some copies and owe him the $.
It looks dark as John headed back to Ithaca with Gail and I, but we still were able to stop for a view of Taughannock Falls. Thanks to Marilyn and Alan for getting John to Ithaca and Grassroots, and Irving for helping to get John to safety when he walked out of the Amazon with malaria.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
I also watched these fish awhile. It appeared to me the one on the left was making a nest of stones. The one on the right was just chillin'. Go to "What to do in the Soo" posts (March 2007) to see why I know so much about fish. Maybe even post a comment to explain what's really up with these two ichthyolers.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Soon after the snows from the April storm melted, Gail and I threw a real bash to celebrate the emerging garden and discuss the workings of the solar array on our house. Lots of great people came, lots of great people didn't come. We're just glad to have nice friends and neighbors (not that those two groups are exclusive) that were able to come see our "works in progress."
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
I don't even know where to begin with this stunning photo! Ithaca's first recipient of the "Golden Shovel Award" for being a conscientious neighbor when some aren't. I just want people to not get discouraged when they choose to walk, I'm not out for any recognition.
But what the Sam Hill? What's that on the ring finger?!?
What a sad theme going on here. This is an Ithaca police officer talking with one of the boys in the student apartments next door. They have been spending their nice days outside shooting cans with a pump-gun of some sort. Finally fed up with the sound of the "game" I called dispatch and put a stop to their "harmless" (illegal) fun. The cop kept the gun in lieu of issuing a ticket.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Saturday, April 14, 2007
The other day I was looking at our car and thinking, "As convenient and useful as they are, they really turn us into self-centered, reckless, destroyers of life." I continued thinking, "What if those of us who really don't need one decided to get rid of their car? It's not like there won't be any (until gas is reserved solely for the military, but that's another blog). We'll still be able to use one when we really need to, lots of nice people we know may still let us use their car or give us a ride. Of course, we'd have to refrain from pointing out all the absurdities associated with rampant car use, we want to avoid becoming insufferable after all." I admit, I started to get a little dizzy...