Monday, February 11, 2019

himself, then and now

approx 35 yrs old
i lived in fortuna then. about 25 miles south of arcata, where i now reside. long hair was fun. david crosby wrote a song about it. almost cut my hair. i was a backwoods hippie back then. my resume was mainly about computer work. not much of that going on in humboldt county. i tried cutting firewood. really hard work for not much money. i went in with a friend buying an old barn to salvage for timbers and the ever so chichi aged barn siding. that worked out ok. then there was tree planting. hard work but fun to be outdoors. then i started doing residential remodelling, sometimes beginning with just a floor and one wall in a house partly begun. i learned pretty much the entire range of skills, beginning with plans and permits, necessary to build a house. as i recall i did scale back the hair and beard somewhat sometime in that era.

definitely 76 yrs old
some forty years later i now live in arcata, a retired geezer. i did get back to computer work. spreadsheets and database creation. and i did have fun working on a small construction crew.
i retired from programming and carpentry. tho i have done some major alterations on the houses robin and i have owned. more shingle project pics my hair is long now because i have never really liked getting a haircut. i am deficient in chatting skills. my hair has been much shorter in the intervening years but it grows very fast and quickly gets beyond the sort of length i like. then i put off a haircut til it annoys me too much. now i wear it tied back and don't care about it at all.

my current look while awake. i don't wear my glasses much in the house.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Our Litte Polar Vortex

Our temps fell below freezing on Monday night. Snow was forecast, but it didn't happen. We woke Tuesday morning to clear skies and a temperature of 27 F (-2.7 C). So, we went for a chilly morning walk and were delighted with the frosty art on some neighborhood car windshields.

The streets were icy too. That was a slick and slippery surprise as we made our way around the neighborhood.

Monday, February 04, 2019

Rainbow Without The Rain

We had a few days of beautiful warm sunny weather. While the rest of California was being deluged by big storms we were spared. It was grand. On Saturday we went out for a long neighborhood walk and saw a rainbow. A rainbow on a dry sunny day? I couldn't get a photo of it, and by the time we got to where there was a good view, it was gone. Later in the afternoon, I looked out the window and saw one again. I ran outside into the warm sunlit street without a hint of rain anywhere and photographed this rainbow.
You can see that the street is dry. The sun is behind me in a blue sky. And there is a rainbow. I am assuming that there is rain in those clouds that is simply not making it to the ground, but it's making a rainbow anyway. We loved it!

It's so much fun to be surprised like this.