Wednesday, July 30, 2008
To top things off, on my drive home on tuesday, a piece of gravel hit my windshield. It made a nice silver dollar sized star chip. This morning I see that the star has expanded with two fingers coming out of it to like a foot across. Good times! I knew as soon as the golf sold, all hell would break loose on the Toyota. Lets hope this is it and that it can last until my inspection is up in spring of 2009.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I checked out the big pond and spotted a big snapper lurking amongst the duckweed. There were several more close muskrats calls. But as soon as the camera was out, it jumped into the muck.
One of the nice things about the swamp in the summer is that there are barely any people there. It's just me, the occasional overhead plane, and the sounds of nature. It's real tough to get actual silence anymore....at least silence from man-made stuff. So it's a nice respite after a long day of work in the office, which has become the norm rather than the rarity. Hopefully some fun field work will come up next week. Although it's looking like it's not going to happen.
Friday, July 18, 2008
I did see a nice tiger swallowtail butterfly. It was so still that I thought it was dead until it flapped its wings.
Found this cool bright red mold or fungus. Thankfully I was all done before it got too hot. I am also thankful that I was completely in the shade. Between the heat wave and my allergies, I'm happy that this week was mostly inside. My throat was all scratchy and I was unusally tired for a bunch of days until I checked the pollen counts. When I saw that grasses were out, which is a trigger for me, it all made sense. Now I've upped my allergy meds and am feeling much better.
Once I got home, I decided to work on the mousecapade situation. I installed another pest-o-cator, which is an electronic pest deterrant, and vacuumed up their presents. I was on a roll and since I was already dirty from my field work, I decided to investigate the other basement communal hallway. Almost immediately I noticed mouse baits. They were all over and in each corner even before I got into the real hallway. They looked pretty new and I then remembered the termite pest control truck I saw last week. I was alarmed at the prospect of termites, but now I know it was for the mice. The most crazy thing about this is why they didn't put baits in my hallway. It is the same building and the mice can get anywhere. I doubt there is some sort of impenetrable cinder block barrier separating the two halves of the building. I am not looking forward to the result of this poison. It's a slow and painful death and the remains will surely begin to smell throughout the building. I caught 23 mice and that's probably just the tip of the iceberg. I just hope the pest-o-cator keeps them out of my area.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
When you drive one car was such a long time, you sort of become one with it. You know exactly how much room it takes up and what it was do in the snow and mud and other hazardous conditions. I know when something is not right even when it's just a feeling. Like the mini crisis when the tranny was going. Thankfully it was still under warranty so VW got me a new one for free! So in reality, the tranny has only gone a youthful 68K miles or so. The only time it ever broke down on me, while on the road, was when the battery died....at a gas station. It didn't start after I got gas. How thoughtful of it!
It was a bit sad peeling off all the stickers that are like 12+ years old. There's a lot of memories there. I just hope whoever the next owner is that they are good to it and don't curse its quirks that make up every almost vintage car. I'm letting my dad and bro handle the sale since they've done this a bunch of times and they won't have the emotion that I would handing off the keys to the new owners.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Most of the time the closest I get to bears is seeing things like this. Bear prints. Too bad about the human heel print but I guess it gives a good size perspective. I saw these prints today after scrambling down a very steep embankment to a river. The funny thing is that I was in the middle of a little historic downtown and not in the middle of the wilderness. It really was one of the last things I was expecting.