Sunday, May 21, 2017

Back in actual springtime

In Seattle for a week, visiting kids, grandkids, former colleagues, etc....

The view of Mt. Baker from the oldest daughter's house:

Monday, May 15, 2017

One of my favorite actors

Powers Boothe, 1948-2017

One of my favorite actors, especially for his role in "Tombstone"......He and Val Kilmer stole the show.

Friday, May 12, 2017

A long time ago, in a land far, far away

50 years ago, me on the left, trying to put in a trach, not successful. 50 years......

Monday, May 8, 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017

From my eldest's facebook

Really, Republicans? You want to piss HER off? Take away her access to healthcare, you're going to be the first up against a wall someday.

Saturday, May 6, 2017


What would a visit to the Santa Monica area be without dinner at Vito's. We had a table for 7 at eight pm on short notice, primarily because L. is a family member of the clan that own's the place.

L's seafood pasta:

and my sand dab's....heaven on earth:

Hope you all are having an enjoyable weekend also. 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Weekend trip

My friend's research group is having a meeting on the specifics of a Hawaiian miniature squid, around 1" in length, a Hawaiian Pink Squid.

The group is meeting in Marina Del Rey, near L.'s house in LA. We're spending the weekend at a marina hotel.

It's a tough life, but somebody has to step up, righ?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Somewhere in the crowd...

Are my daughters, I'd like to be with them.

The were not alone, scientists across the globe participated, including a 97 year old Nobel Laureate, Eddie Fischer, 97, 1992 winner of Nobel prize in Medicine, as saying "Damn right I'm in this". 

Somewhere, someday, truth will out. People will stop believing everything that comes out of a demagogue's mouth, and discover critical thinking. We'll stop believing that skin color makes us different, that sex determines anything except who can bear a child. Someday. I won't be there, but some of you younger ones might. Maybe, just maybe. If you work harder and smarter than we did. 


Thursday, April 20, 2017

What I'm missing in Butte, episode 2

Been on one of the meds, seems to have some effect, hope springs eternal, eh?

Anyway, the last post......what I'm missing. The photo was taken above slightly the condo area my friend lives, and in the distance you see the burbs, miles upon miles of subdivisions, each increasing in price as one get's closer to the beach.

I actually was being a bit either ironic or sarcastic, not sure which, with the title.

I'll try again.

Here's what I'm missing in Butte:

Depending on the time and the temp, a break from the sometimes bleak midwinter of Butte is great. Here, I hear incessant traffic, there is no hour where everyone is abed, people avoid looking at each other's eyes in the markets.  Dunno, I guess it has it's attractions. 

Anyway, I'll be here a couple more weeks....I may change my mind. 


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

What I'm missing by living in Butte

Saw the EP Cardio guy here, impressed me quite a bit.  He went over the tests and info that Swedish had sent him, kudo's to Swedish for being so thorough. The procedure I thought might be done turned out to not be optimum for me, it's an ablation of a portion of the ventricle where the miscreant beats were originating. Alas, I have more than one area, as I had been led to believe. I have at least three, which renders me not the optimum patient.

He does have some suggestions on a couple meds, one I've started, another I'm going to clear with the Swedish docs who are still in charge, if anyone is, with my care. So it's not a wasted trip at all.

I'm staying with a good friend here, won't go back to Butte for a few weeks.

Here's what I'm missing by living in an area that has snow when others are enjoying warmer climes:

I might pick my home instead, but ask me when it's hitting a minus 40, maybe I'll change my mind. 

Cheers all

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

My kind of protest

Might be new to some....

In LA, OC actually, still on my magical mystery tour of cardiology land. Might know more after tomorrow. 

Cheers to all. 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

April Springtime

Sometimes, it doesn't go as planned, weather-wise.  Today....trucks having some issues just west of town..

Heading to LA on Monday, will post from the beach. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Slander, and obvious innocence

The Adorable One, my granddaughter, fixing a cake for University of Washington football fans....wearing her University of Oregon dress. Some people have said she looks suspicious. That's ridiculous. Have you ever seen such innocence?

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Unintended Consequences

I've posted several times about my mendacious senator daines (r-mt), remember some months ago when he interrupted Senator Warren, citing a arcane rule. I don't remember if it was him or the equally obnoxious ryan who came up with the statement afterwards, in an attempt to explain.

It's become a symbol, and an excuse to post another picture of my granddaughter, The Adorable One:

As her mother will attest, it applies to her in more ways than one. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

It ain't exactly post hoc, ergo propter hoc, but close...

Remember the shooting at the community college in Roseburg, Oregon a couple years ago?  The President visited around a week later, greeted by confederate flags, signs, many were so vile the newspapers wouldn't print them. Here's a couple:

So today, a headline in the Oregonion is (btw, Roseburg is in Douglas Co.):

Douglas County libraries to close after voters reject funding

Somehow, I think there is a link, a connection.....

Monday, March 27, 2017

Real signs of Spring

A grizzly sow and two cubs out of their winter den, near Anaconda, about 20 miles from here.

Spring has sprung, watch out on your spring walks here, they might be feeling peckish. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The 'Tall Firs' are back

My beloved Oregon Ducks are in  the final four for the first time since they won it all in 1939.  This meme is from the old Oregon Trail video game, one of the oldest eldest played it in the mid-eighties. Oregon beat Kansas, the number one seed, by 14 points.

The weather is gradually warming here, the snow is gone from my lawn, it was 23 this morning and by noon it'll be 50 and people will be frolicking in the streets. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

This time of year...

The Big Hole River, flows into the Jefferson, then the Missouri, then on to the Mississippi, ends up in the Gulf of Mexico, after passing New Orleans.

Up here however, it's a different river. A 'blue ribbon' trout stream, great fishing, and less than 30 minutes from my house. It's also a magnet for millionaires and billionaires, from all over, but seems like most from California.

They build these McMansions, thousands of square footage, for the two to six weeks they spend here. They build them near the river, for convenience's sake. Don't want to walk to far to fish.

In the winter the river ices over, sometimes completely, no open water. Large ice sections build up, become dams of a sort, then in the spring, with rising temps, break loose and head downstream. Sometimes these 8,000 sq ft houses wash away.

Oh dear.

Perhaps I'm insensitive. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Less the last, but other.....

Long ago, Christmas '88'd I'g guess

The three of them, Henry, Kate and Emily. Couple years ago.
My 8th grade school, around the time I was there. One room, 1-8 grades
A cute couple, seem made for each other. 
"I love genetics, mix a species here, one there...."
A fishing blog, right? A decent 15" brookie, sacrificed for lunch. 

More, doubtfully any better, another time. 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Saturday mean-spiritedness and some errata

for Cranky, the answer to your question of why...

And, just to keep things on an even keel, here's a bit of outright libel, and possibly true....remember the constant 'sniffling' that trump did during a couple of the debates?  Notice that his weirdest tweets come around 4-6am?  I've known a few people who did stuff like that, and often they had on their desk a mirror and rolled up hundred dollar bill...........just here's a headline from the San Francisco Chron:

Hitler kept Nazi soldiers high on crystal meth during WW2

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Road trip and Spring in Montana

My friend L. is visiting from her home in Orange County, I thought I'd take her someplace she'd not seen before: the Ovando area and valley.  I'd not counted on the fact it's early spring here, and sometimes there is this thing called 'weather'. Here's some pictures from the trip:

The town square in Ovando, population maybe 50

Our hotel...we were the only guests. The owners left at 5, we had the hotel to ourselves.

A nearby ranch

The Blackfoot River, the one Norman McLean wrote about in "A River Runs Trough It"

A good trip, except we couldn't see more than a half mile in any direction because of the snow....when we got back to Butte there was 8" new on the sidewalk. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

You can't make this shit up......

In a talk to his new employees at HUD, Carson outdid himself. From the San Francisco Chron:

It's been less than a week since Ben Carson was sworn in as the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, but he's already making headlines.
Speaking to HUD employees Monday, Carson referred to slaves as immigrants who dreamed of better lives for their children in America.
"That's what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity," Carson said. "There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters, might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land."
Slaves were really immigrants. Who would have thought......

Sunday, March 5, 2017


This was an hour ago, at the moment the sun is shining. March in Montana. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The low bar

In his first month as 'president', trump has managed to lower expectations so far that if he can stand and speak in semi-coherent sentences for an hour, waiting after two sentences for applause, we call that a 'successful', even 'good' speech.

Fucking Christ on a Stick, as an uncle used to say.

Here's our standard for this sorry excuse of a man that 59 fucking million people voted for:

And he barely clears the bar.