dxmachina: (Dawn)
So... Last time I posted was back in April. The lack of posting hasn't been because I've been especially busy, or had nothing to talk about, but rather a matter of procrastination. <Shrug>

A couple of days ago I got back from a short camping trip to Watkins Glen, NY, with a small subset of my usual camping group. Fun trip for the most part. Did a couple of good hikes to see gorges and waterfalls, including the spectacular Taughannock Falls, along with a nice bike ride on the Catherine Valley Trail.The only negatives were the heavy rain the first night, and the fact that my air mattress developed a leak that got progressively worse each night, culminating in waking up at 2:30 Tuesday morning with my heavy upper body flat on the ground, my less heavy lower body boosted high in the air by the remaining inflation, and the largish meal I'd had at the BBQ joint in town trying to work its way back out through my esophagus. Yeesh!

I rearranged things to a more comfortable position and was able to get back to sleep until dawn. First thing I did was drive into town to Walmart to price a new mattress. Then I went to Dunkies for breakfast and wifi to check the forecast. They were predicting thundershowers the next day, so instead of getting a new mattress, I decided to cut my trip short by a couple of days, broke camp, and headed home. It turned out to be a good decision. I kept checking the weather radar the next day, and there were some intense cells over Watkins Glen. Now I just need to find and patch the leak. And maybe have a chat with baby!sis because her kids were the last to use the mattress.

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While in Watkins Glen, we went and saw Guardians of the Galaxy at the local theater for cheap*. It was great fun, but no one but me wanted to stay to watch all of the end credits, so I missed the big reveal. Not to worry, I already had heard about who it was. When I got back home I started looking up the comic book version of the team, and I'm pretty sure I must have bought some of the original series. I was a huge fan of Adam Warlock, and he was in it. Actually, knowing that now makes me disappointed that he didn't make it into the movie (although some have speculated the he, too, is part of the Collection). The only character I actually remembered was Drax, from his time with Warlock. And, of course, Thanos and Ronan. I did once buy the first issue of Nova, so I also recognized the Nova Corps, but I never was a fan.

* I should note that it had been almost nine years since the last time I was inside a movie theater. It may have been cheap by today's standards, but I don't think I paid that much in the first run theaters back in the day. One of the many reasons I haven't been in so many years.

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Anyway, I have lots more to post about, but for now... baby steps.
dxmachina: (Thunderbird 1)
According to a report from China’s official news agency Xinhua, “thousands of dolphins” recently prevented an attack on Chinese merchant ships by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden.


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(Unfortunately, I can't take credit for the tinyurl tag. That belongs to Dodger Thoughts commenter Humma Kavula.)
dxmachina: (Bike 04)
So, I rode a lot this weekend. Eighteen miles on the South County path yesterday, and twenty-six today up on the Blackstone Valley path. That brings me to 1363 for the year, surpassing last year's 1362, with plenty of riding days left for the year. Go me!

I stretched it out today knowing how much more I had to get, and paid a price in being totally useless for the rest of the day from the tired. It's weird. Twenty miles doesn't affect me. I could probably mow the lawn after. Twenty-two miles leave me whipped, not so much during the ride, but afterwards. I suppose it's a matter of practice. Most of my rides are in the 14-18 mile range, so this old body just isn't used to the longer rides. Something to work on next year.

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I was surprised by how warm it got today, first day of autumn and all. The past few days have been pretty cool, mid-sixties during the day, getting down into the forties overnight. Today was in the high seventies.

I pulled the a/c out of the bedroom window yesterday. Unfortunately, I couldn't put the screen in because some hornets decided to build a nest up at the top of the window. That is, I could've put the screen in, but then the hornet nest would have been inside it. Not my preferred situation, and likely not the hornets', either. Nobody needs angry hornets in their bedroom. So after dusk, with the window sealed up tight, I went outside to see what I could do about it.

First I tried some insecticide, but from the outside, the top of the window is nine or ten feet off the ground, so the spray didn't reach. Plus the breeze made it difficult to get a good charge in one spot anyway. I could've gotten closer using a ladder, but again, my preference is not to stick my face near a hornets' nest. So as my second attempt, I turned the hose on the sleeping nest, hoping to dislodge it. The stream sogged it up pretty good, but the nest didn't fall. So I reached up with the business end of a hoe, and knocked as much as I could off. There was just a small lump left. I figured I could get that piece today after it dried out a little.

Um, no. I went out back after the ride, thinking how nice it would be to put the screen in so I could open the window wide to let some cooling breezes in, and there the hornets were, rebuilding on the little stub I'd left like it was post-Katrina New Orleans. So tonight they got hit with a second storm, along with some more hoe work. We'll see.
dxmachina: (Warp Speed!)
I was back down to a single crocus bloom last night, the original loneliest crocus having already gone by. I expect big things tonight, though, as it it sunny and in the sixties and just gorgeous outside today. As god is my witness, I will ride my bike this evening.

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My co-workers have been oohing and ahhing over a nest of baby foxes under one of the storage containers behind our building. Previous to this they had been doing the same over the chipmunk who lives in a hole in the concrete patio in front of the building. This will not end well.

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