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Art / Watercolor ~ This was a favorite watercolor topic of mine–a long time ago–when I lived in Missouri. When the dogwoods were in bloom, spring was just around the corner. Living in the desert now, I do miss the smell of spring rain, and the sound of raindrops gently bringing trees to life after a long midwestern [...]
St. Charles Journal, April 18, 1993 ~ I hear the engine accelerate as the car draws closer to me. I know when it brushes past me, I will feel the warmth from that engine and breathe its exhaust fumes. As the blaring radio fades into the distance, I will continue my slow, sometimes painful journey [...]
St. Louis Manager: June 1986 ~ Machines seem to sense when their warranty has expired, and it’s time for a breakdown or malfunction. Users turn to the manufacturer for help in emergency situations, and many are not getting satisfactory results. If your business system configuration consists of multiple vendors, you may never get satisfaction from manufacturers. [...]
St. Louis Users Group: November 1987 ~ What weighed 30 tons, took up 3,000 feet of space, used 18,000+ vacuum tubes – one failing every 7 minutes? I’ll give you another hint: the year was 1943, and when turned on, the lights of Philadelphia dimmed! The University of Philadelphia built the ENIAC to perform nuclear [...]
St. Louis Computing: November 1990 ~ Analogy: If you will, imagine for a moment that your kitchen is your personal computer system. A lot of food processing happens in your kitchen.It has a stove (for cooking); cabinets (for storage of food for future use); countertops (to temporarily hold ingredients or spices while you are cooking); [...]
St. Louis Sun, October 30, 1989 ~ It seems like school just got started when WHAM – a teachers’ conference! Not that teachers shouldn’t confer – is just that it’s hard finding a house sitter. The kids are too old to be left alone. I have to protect the innocent – the house. Unsupervised teenagers [...]
Travelogue ~ On the last leg of the Great Alaskan Adventure–heading down the midwestern states to New Orleans, before heading home to Vegas. We swung by Graceland (Memphis, TN) on the way to N’Orleans. $10 parking, $30 initial fee. They charge extra for each floor and some private areas. Said ‘no thanks’ and turned around. [...]
We spent a little bit of time in Banff, but it rained–alot! The RV park in Banff is situated right next to beautiful apartments. Banff has many, many of little villages. It’s no wonder they got selected to host the Winter Olympics. The town itself sits down in the valley a little ways. You can ride your bike around town and to the villages very easily.
Travelogue ~ Canadians are very tolerent people for being ex-Britians! They apparently had a lot of experience dealing with the “K-becs,” who wanted to keep French (not English) their native language. So, when the native americans wanted similar recognition, the cannocks obliged. Most tribes are still very poor, however. I visited several First Nations sites. An [...]
Travelogue ~ I drove to the top of Mt. Revelstoke on a switchback road, 30 miles long. Awesome view of the valley. That’s the Kicking Horse River, a powerful one, that continues to cut through the mountains. The drive up yielded many, many autumn colors. Not too many flowers, however. At the very top of [...]
Travelogue ~ This valley was very strange. It had uplifts on BOTH sides of the valley. It was like a huge mesa got chopped iin the middle! There were plenty of places to pull over and snap photos when the sun came out. Mountains seem to appear out of nowhere when clouds suddenly disappeared. I [...]
Travelogue ~ Leaving Lake Louise on yet another drizzling day. Not going to see many mountains today, but come to find out, there were’nt many snow-covered icefields to see. Crossed the Continental Divide. Right next to this set of mountains, is another that has a 45 degree uplift AWAY from the valley that the highway [...]