Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween decoration!

A nice touch to a brand new boat.
Read about this latest creation from Van Peer's Boatworks!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Still raining

 Pretty exciting after months and months of no rain.
My garden rain gauge has collected four and a half inches so far from this event!

A perfect occasion to stay dry and work on my flying boat!!!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Raining today

Rainy day, great for sitting around rooting through my archives.  Anyone remember ROADCOW?
Down to Cabo San Lucas.  Up to Prudhoe Bay!  We did it all....

 Prudhoe Bay, edge of the Artic Ocean

If it is raining where you are and you are not a Giants fan.  Here is my account of our trip to Alaska.

Friday, October 22, 2010


 Since I can't swim (until next Monday) my walking partner has been showing me various exercises he does at the V. Starr Center.

Not pretty but hey!  I'm doing it!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Still kicking!

 The view from the VA cafeteria!
 Another heart shaped rock for Lolli!  This one I couldn't carry!


Just in time for Halloween Holiday Sales.

 Tourists in a tunnel by the Sutro Baths.  She is taking a photo.

 After my "procedure", on my way to my sister and brother-in-law's for a little nursing, care and recovery, I had a flat tire!!  I had it changed in twenty minutes and didn't pull any stitches!!

 Just a small incision anyway.

 Didn't keep me and my sis from Walking and Talking and Gawking!

Sis shooting lichen.

I even flew my electric sailplane!

Thanks for the great time D&D.

Now I am back in Fort Bragg, Walking and Healing.  I will be able to resume swimming in about two weeks!

Friday, October 15, 2010

A different adventure!!

It was time for me to get my heart monitor implant at the VA Hospital in San Francisco.  I had to arrive one day early to have an EKG, some blood draws and an oral history interview about family heart issues.  (None except for my Uncle Vic years ago.)  Then I was free to walk along the coastal trail and take in the views.

Evening sailboat regatta!

I spent the night in my Vanagon in the RV parking lot the VA provides; listening to the various tones of the fog horns through the night. Nice.

Then we got down to business.
You can just see my head to the left of the technician's waist; I'm giving a thumbs up.

And no, that is not a catheter coming out from between my feet!!  That is warm air being blown in under my covers to help keep me warm; the room is kept quite chilly.

Everything went well.  The implanted heart monitor (about the size of a "thumb drive") has an internal battery that is good for three years.  I can resume swimming in about two weeks.

Note:  I have been having little "events", about every six weeks for over a year now.  A sudden sensation that feels like my heart has come loose in my chest and is flipping/flopping!  It last only about fifteen to twenty seconds but I get dizzy and light headed and have to sit down for about fifteen to twenty minutes for it to pass.  Then I feel fine, but it is rather scary when it happens.  I have had multiple EKGs, a stress test, echo cardiogram, wore a Holter Monitor for 24 hours but never caught an "event" happening.  Wearing this inserted monitor that is good for up to three years will surely catch an event which can then be downloaded and analyzed to determine what is going on.  Quite remarkable.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Bits and pieces.

The last of the mural at Soundwaves.  Goodbye keyboard.

Tricky re-bar work at the new skateboard park.

Fog Busters!  Ever hear of the Fort Bragg Fog Busters?  A local Radio Controlled model airplane group that has been flying in Fort Bragg since 1982!  We fly Saturday and Sunday mornings before the wind comes up.  Our latest hoot has been SlowStick Pylon Racing!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

End of an era

 The "Soundwaves" building on the corner of Franklin and Redwood, opposite Lee's Chinese is finally coming down.

 I say "finally" because the removal of this building has been "in the works" for several years.

 The front, facing Franklin, has buckled as the the structure behind is knocked down.

 Like so.

 Looking through the building in the late afternoon.

 This morning, during my early morning walk, they were tearing down the front.  I didn't have my camera with me but returned once it got light out to take these photos.

 Same view as the photo at the top of this blog, but different!!

Just part of that wonderful mural remains but not for long.

Monday, October 4, 2010


They finally spruced the ol' place up!
Between Laurel and Pine on North Franklin.