Sunday, June 29, 2008

More Movies

Once a week the Nevada Theater shows movies that you don't see in the local UA theaters. This Sunday the movie was Where In The World is Osama bin Ladin? Since it is a Morgan Spurlock movie you know it is going to have a lot of humor in it, but it also has a quite serious aspect. We highly recommend it.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

A Busy Saturday

The new Saturday Farmer's Market in Nevada City had really local growers. No growers from down the hill. Lots of luscious greens as it is early in the growing season in Nevada County.

A lovely wild lily in the backyard.

The annual party at Blaze Baker's was a casual fun time. The pig roasts on the spit.

Back for the Foothill Theatre production of the History of America (Abridged). Extremely funny, very punny, very irreverent.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Movie outing

Went to the Magic Theatre to see Son of Rambow. Great little film. Highly recommend it for those who like British kid fantasy films.

Swami Beyondananda

2008 State of the Universe Address
By overlooking what we should have been overseeing, we have become enablers for the lowest common dominator. Whether it’s called globalization or gobble-ization, it’s the same old mining operation -- that’s mine, that’s mine, that’s mine. Because we’ve allowed ourselves to imagine that someday that “mine” will be ours, we have agreed to a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy with our government. We promise not to ask them what they are doing, and they promise not to tell us. That way, we can pretend to believe we are invading a country to keep the peace, when we are really there to keep the pieces.

Steve Bhaerman

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Scotch Broom

The Village Idiot finds a great use for this noxious weed.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Big fires in June?

The Yuba Complex (a series of fires from lightning strikes) continues to grow in the high country. One fire near the town of Washington is about 2 thousand acres now. So we are full of smoke. Air quality is 90 and heading up. Makes me cough to go outside.

A red colored sun leads to weird reddish shadows.

I had to take the car up to Voltz Bros this AM as the service engine light keeps coming on for no reason. No problem with the car and the code for the light just indicates vague things. So they were going to keep it for the day and think about it. But when dad came to pick me up in the truck, it began to sputter on the way up and totally died in front of the auto shop. Probably the alternator as they can catastrophically fail. So we left the truck and took the car home. The car can go in another day.

I wonder if all this smoke is going to keep the little old fruit lady away from the grower's market up at the Presbyterian church this afternoon. She has great plums, peaches, and tangerines.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Saturday June 21st Northstar Crit

The race begins with a rainbow and a splash of rain as we look forward to a great race.
Jon is in a strong break!!

Dave interviews the SECOND place finisher.

Proud on the podium

Cyndi is happy--can you tell.

TahoeTicker has a story that mentions Jon. I was chatting with this reporter at the Start finish line before I knew he was a reporter.

Friday June 20th the Northstar Road Race

The start of the race: 10 laps around an extremely hilly 6.5 mile course. Bill and I worked with Cyndi in the feed zone. I was the spotter up on the hill. Jon stayed with the leaders for most of the race. But then he fell off the back a bit. He was still 14th on General Classification at the end of the day.

Thursday June 19th in Truckee

Called upLined up for the start

Feeling Good

Racing for the finish line

The Vitamin Cottage Team: Randy, Jon, Joey and Dirk
Well I worked hard in a 3 man break. I came in second. Now what?

Jon and Justin and the flower girls fooled around on the podium for about 5 minutes before Roman, the winner, was located.

Thursday June 19th at Northstar TT

Jon jumped up to the take off point with just 20 seconds to go.
Woooo just made it

Wednesday June 18th in Reno

The opening race of the Tour de Nez was a crit around the parking lot of the Grand Sierra Resort (used to be the Hilton).
Lots of family in attendance--Sam and Sharon, Kayley (due in December) and Brian, and of course Bill and I and Jon and Cyndi.

Jon was 13th out of 100 with the same time as the rest of the field.

Back Home Again

We got back from the Tour de Nez bike race late last night. Went our to unload the RV this AM and sniffed the slight trace of wood smoke in the air. Not an unusual thing in fire season. William says the lightening strikes started a few small fires out on the forest. Nothing close. Lots of news and pictures from the race so I will make separate posts.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

What is this election about?

It's not about the war or the economy. Deep down inside of people, it's about hate and fear and a dark stain in the blood back to the beginning of time and whether McCain and his minions can whip up a big enough mob in time to drown or burn the latest witch. It's about the fear of one who is seen as different. It's about the painted bird.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Nevada City Classic

At the bike race on Sunday
Axel walks the balance curb with Auntie Sharon.

Is Papa coming?

Clapping for the riders.

Jon stays up with the leaders. Most of the riders drop out.

Fifth place is OK.

Mr Cool Guy with Papa's bike.

There was a mishap when Jon went to pick up his prize money. Some pencil scuff next to #1, Jon, led the officials to think that Jon had been lapped once. NO NO! That was fixed but it cost the race an extra $200 as the other riders had already been paid out.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Rescue delayed

I made Jon stop the rescue so I could take the picture. Axel was not crying. He just said "Help."
We don't know how he got stuck as we were all in the kitchen.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Grandchildren here

Axel liked exercising on the big gray ball.
Axel is wearing the turtle contrada scarf from Siena as a sarong after he got all wet playing in the water on the deck and his clothes were in the pop up tent trailer.
Leah likes her scarf from the noble goose contrada. It makes a good cape.
Axel is tired.

Bike Jacker

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Day breaks Hampsten's 21 year record

from Cycling News:
The 2007 Tour de Beauce champion, Ben Day, has broken a 21 year old record set by American Andy Hampsten. Day, who is not returning to Canada to defend his Beauce title, bested Hamstens record time for the Vail Hill climb of 26.33 by 45 seconds.
Hampsten, still the only American to have won the Giro d'Italia, set his record up the tough climb during the 1987 Coors Classic. Day (Toyota United), a former Australian Time trial champion is racing in Vail as part of the Teva Mountain games. Chris Baldwin, a Toyota United team-mate of Day, came home for second in a time of 26.29, putting him four seconds under Hamsten's record.
Jonathan Baker rounded out the podium in third, while mountain biking legend, Ned Overend at the ripe old age of 52 finished fifth, in a time 27.23.

Jon's time was 26.57, just over the record time. Yeah, Jon!
He is coming to Nevada City ready to ride.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Save Gas Less Road Rage

Picked this from How The World Works on Salon today:
Think of all the aggravation that vanishes from the world when we all refrain from putting the hammer down on the accelerator pedal -- when the only thing that bothers us when some asshole cuts off us while merging onto the freeway is, gee, it's really too bad how much gas that jerk just wasted. Pedestrians and bikers and errant raccoons and armadillos will all breath sighs of relief as average speeds of hurtling vehicles decline across the globe.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

McCain Totally Breaks with Bush

McCain supports golfing during wars!

Saturday Night at the House on the Hill

Pictures do not do justice to this house under construction high up in Alta. Margaret and Bob have 25 acres up on top of the hill with a great view. You can hear the train whistle as it goes past over the mountain. Reminds me of Grandma Nettie's when you could hear the whistle of the Wabash Cannonball going past. (50+ years ago)

We had a great meal around the campfire.

This is the last night in California for Steve and Diane as they head back to Boise today. Diane has great skills as a home designer and gave us some good ideas for fixing up our old house.

Consumer Price Index

Don't you feel we ought to ditch the Core Consumer Price Index that leaves out food and energy costs. I think it is totally hiding the true inflation that we are living with. If food and energy were included in the CPI as it is in most other countries, our CPI would be a healthy 7%. As I notice that the last time I filled up the Nissan Maxima it cost $48.97 and yesterday's fill up was $59.86.
The Government went to the Core CPI because there was a slight overestimation of the inflation rate and this affected Cost of Living Allowances (COLA) for such items as government pensions and Social Security. Now there is a gross underestimation of inflation that is verging on the laughable.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Remodel This house

The Wrightbuilt home team, Andy and Debbie, came over to give the house a once over. Much discussion about what we have and what we want, picture taking and measuring. They will get back to us is about a week with an initial analysis and possible dollar amount.

We have been assured that something can be done with this house. This will be our remodel for the next 30 years as we intend to "age in place."

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Are these kitties here to stay?

These two are hanging around here more and more. My fear is that the female looks a bit chubby. Dad has started making the dry cat food less accessible when he is not there. Although I often see the black kitty head across the street, I don't think the gray one is leaving our yard and I have seen her in the back too. What to do?

Getting together at the Northridge

Mexican Bike Race

Really makes you want to bike race in Mexico.

MONTERREY, Mexico - A car has plowed into a bike race along a highway near the US-Mexico border, killing one and injuring 10 others.
A 34 Km Family bike ride!

more here

also on cycling news a slightly different story