Friday, February 8, 2019

Winter, during my absence, has settled upon Butte, as it should well have. My neighbor reports I have around 3' of snow in the yard, up to the top of the fence, as it should be. Night before last the low was -27, That's without wind chill. Chicago mad the national news with -20, in Butte it just make the weather page. However....The Berkeley Pit froze over, good for the errant bird that want's to land on the water. It has a Ph of 1.8, so kind of acidic. Nonetheless, it froze over.

In the summer smoke from forest fires

After a couple days of below zero

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Seattle doings

First, a picture of The Adorable One getting an award at her school assembly. They pick a couple students from each grade for some achievement.

Next, it appears I brought some Butte-ish weather with me. 9" of snow has pretty much paralyzed the city and surrounding environs. What's more, the day before the weather hit, my dependable truck turned mulish and refused to run, respond to threats. It's still in the Safeway parking lot, covered with snow. No repair shops or towing services open. 

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Once Upon a Time

We had a President who was a human being. He had faults, he was human. He was not infallible.

He came from a rich family.

He was a WW2 hero. He saved his crews lives, and fought against the enemy with valor. He could have gotten out of serving, his father was more than willing to make sure he could defer. He lost a brother in the same war.

When he became President he brought the country together, though, as anyone in power, he had detractors. Some because of his religion. He inspired a whole generation to public service and personal sacrifice, not hatred of the 'other'.

He had the wisdom to surround himself with 'the best and the brightest', who were free to voice their disagreements with him, and often did. He had the wisdom to pick the course advised that best served his country, not himself. He did not limit his working hours during the day to 11am to 4pm. He did not watch television 16 hours a day. He did not reverse himself daily and deny that things he said, even though they were recorded, were true. He had, like most presidents, a bitchy media. He never called them enemies of the state.

He cared about the people of the whole country, not just the ones that worshiped him. He was at times introspective, and formulated policy with advise and consent.

He was killed in office.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Monday, January 28, 2019

Pizza and memories

My eldest daughter and family had delivery pizza the other day, I had a slice, but couldn't stop remembering Tuscany and the pizza there.

And the surrounding environs. 

A olive grove at sunset

And the 'manhattan' of Tuscany, named for it's towers, Emily and I on the outskirts. 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

And another one

Nothing really new with me, continue to improve (and lose wt!), so it's meme time for now.