Sunday with my thoughts – 04Dec2016 – Coral Works

It is getting depressing out there. No. I take that back. It’s scary.

Jabba . . . sorry, I should show deference to the title. Let me start again.

President Elect Hutt has been nominating his way through a seriously scary list of cronies, conspiracy nuts, and outright religious fanatics. I suppose I could start commenting on all the nominations, but there is plenty of places one can find that kind of material. For instance, HERE one can read on one of his latest.


By the way, for this post, I’m getting back to macros. In this instance, pieces of coral gathered at a beach I recently visited.

As I mentioned before, photos appearing on Sunday with my thoughts  are gathered and presented in THIS SmugMug Gallery. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, you can also click on the photos for a larger version.

Anyway, if one wants to hear/read stuff about PE Hutt’s nominees, there is no shortage of opinions and facts available out there on the web. We do, after all, live in an age where a few keystrokes will get you actual video of pretty much anything you hear about.

Unfortunately, the modus operandi for most people is to take their brains and set them aside lest they “get informed.” Many, many people — too many people — prefer being told what people said  and wrote instead of listening to what was said or read what was written. No; that would be useful but is deemed too dangerous because they would then have to rely on their own critical thinking abilities, such as they are.

What they want is someone like the FoxNews Slimetards — or their equivalent on the Left — telling them what they should think and feel about a given topic. As near as I have seen — I can only stomach so much exposure before turning away — the Slimetard’s role is to ensure their followers are not confused. They do this by “interpreting” what friends and foes say and presenting it as a consistent and easily understood message.

This is the way for a large number of people incapable — or unwilling — to think for themselves. This especially evident when it comes to certain books, but that’s for another post.

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Eight Years Apart

Eight years ago, November 30th, my back yard in Monument, Colorado . . . 



Yes, some of you have seen these photos before . . . but not with these treatments. 

Click on the photos to see a larger version in a new tab or window. Click HERE for the SmugMug Gallery.

This will be a shorter post than most. Ain’t gotz an abundance of words this evening.

Here’s another treatment of the above . . . 


So, that was 2008 . . . this is the same day — today —2016. 



I wasn’t feeling 100% this afternoon, so we skipped the gym. Went to sit along a popular shoreline.

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In my posts, I occasionally mention my lack of friends . . . and friends usually understand I’m not disavowing our relationship. I say it partly in jest and partly because voicing or exploring closeness to others is uncomfortable, much like receiving praise is uncomfortable, or being thanked is uncomfortable. 

So, yes; I have friends. Some would say I have many friends, both in the virtual reality of the Internet and in the real world. Not, you know, 10,000 friends like movie stars have, but actual friends I interact with. 


Before I continue, these are B&W versions of the Badlands photos from my previous post. I think they amazing. Some, in my estimation, surpass their color version when it comes to the impact they offer. But, that’s just me.

By the way, you can click on the photos to see a larger version or go to THIS SmugMug gallery to see the full versions.

Where was I? Oh, yes . . . many friends.

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Just Vegging

Not really, of course . . . vegging is defined as “relaxing to the point of complete inertia.” I’m a few ticks shy of complete inertia. I am, however, indulging myself to a day of doing nothing beyond eating, reading, listening to music, and looking out the window. 

Oh, and playing with photographs . . . specifically, photos from our October 2004 trip out West. The photos in this post are from the Badlands


That’s my father-in-law walking back from an observation platform. 

By the way, you can click on the photos to see a larger version or go to THIS SmugMug gallery to see the full versions. 

This was our second visit to the park. The first visit, in 2002, is documented HERE.

The 2004 trip had a purpose beyond enjoying the Western Scenery. Having decided to leave Michigan, we were scouting potential destinations. As some already know, we ended up in Colorado Springs in 2005. 

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Thanksgiving 2016 Follow-up

This is the follow-up to the previous post. For them who can’t be bothered to go back and read it, the meal below is called a Super Loco and consists of two eggs atop a hamburger pattie atop a bed of rice smothered in brown gravy served with a side of macaroni-potato salad, two sliced of fried Spam, and two pieces of Portuguese Sausage.  That particular meal was purchased and eaten at Cafe 100, in Hilo.


Here’s what I said about out Thanksgiving meal plans:

“We are recreating the Super Loco. The rice is already cooked, we have the Spam (thanks, Costco), we opted to skip the Portuguese sausage but we’ve added mashed potatoes (thanks, Costco), we have the Mac Potato Salad (thanks, Costco), we have lean hamburger (thanks, Costco) for the hamburger patties, we have eggs (thanks, Costco), and we have brown gravy (thanks, Costco). “

Now, before I proceed, please understand that while we are thankful for a lot in our lives, we are not ardent celebrants of Thanksgiving. For me, it’s mostly an excuse to eat more than the unbelievable amounts I normally eat during any given day.

Also, we are still renting the condo and hence we lack the fineries we would normally bring to bear on such an occasion. Meaning, our setting is fairly simple and functional . . . this is not so much a celebration of a holiday as a setting geared toward eating as much as possible without getting sick.

By the way, for breakfast, I went with THIS, except I used actual bacon as opposed to Canadian bacon . . . I’m a patriot, you see. 

So, here’s the setting . . . 


The assembly process begins . . . 


. . . and completes.


There was a flurry of fork movement and . . . 


I have to admit that this was pretty close to the limit of what I can eat. Unless, of course, we are talking about pasta. I’ve never hit a limit to how much pasta I can eat. Melisa usually just grabs the pasta bowl and runs from the table while I’m busy eating from my third or fourth helping. 

Melisa made a coffee ice cream pie for dessert, and we have whipping cream (thanks, Costco) for the topping which is then sprinkled with bits of macadamia nuts. For them keeping track, that’s an Oreo pie crust filled with coffee ice cream. 



 Notice that one of those pieces is larger than the other . . . that would be my piece. The first of two helpings. 

So, that was my Thanksgiving meal. Pretty good meal, if I say so myself . . . and I might have to as I’m unlikely to read many approving comments.

One last thing . . . if you look back to the first photo of the spread, you might notice a bowl with some multicolored stuff in it, some of it green. That would be Melisa’s meal. Yes, she nibbled on a bit of the good stuff, but not enough to qualify even as a morsel. Poor, misguided girl. 

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Thanksgiving 2016, Photography, and Writing

If it’s not abundantly clear by now, NaNoWriMo 2016 is a bust. I’m speaking on a personal level, not nationally. Too much stuff going on for me to keep my head on straight or to find any writing incentive. For them who might want to know, I hit 10K words but the one story I started is not finished. 

I will, of course, finish it. My current thinking is . . . DeNoWriMo! Seriously, I plan to just write; no particular goal in mind other than to write. Perhaps DeNoWriMo will give way to JaNoWriMo, and so on. In preparation of future writing efforts, I’ve been reading a lot. 

Also, I’ve been looking at and processing photos. For example, this is from a few days ago.


Before I go on, the full-size photos are in THIS SmugMug album. To see a version twice the size, click on any of the photos. 

Now, about the above photo . . . some might rightly assume it’s from my previous life in Colorado. Same with this next photo.

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Hawaiʻi – Volcano and Stuff

Many times have we journeyed to Hilo  . . . depending on the route we take, we stop in at the Volcano National Park. As a senior, I have my Lifetime Pass, so it costs me nothing to go in there for a quick look and perhaps to use the . . . ahem . . . facilities after nearly a two-hour drive festooned with snacks and coffee. 

These days there is an additional incentive to stopping there . . . 


This particular day was October 8th, and the above is the Halema‘uma‘u Crater and the photos were all taken from about a mile away. 

The full-size versions of these photos are in THIS SmugMug gallery. You can click on the photos for a larger version. 

The first time I saw that particular spot, I was a lot closer . . . 

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