Remember that tomato bush I killed? It has come back with a vengence. There are tomatoes on the vine. A bush of cherry tomatoes is growing in one of the irrigation ditches out back. Tomatoes all over the place! Every day there is another handfull ripening. So far the only competition to my enjoyment seems to be perhaps Sylvilagus audubonii or maybe the local rabbits, there're no tomato bugs out here and the ants don't like veggies.
But wait! Jerry tells me that it is not really a tomato bush. There
is an indigenous cactus, Anexii Kalmiopsis, whose fruit is tiny, tomato-like,
and poisonous. Rabbits, however, seem to be immune to its effects. Whatever.
They taste good in salad.
"And what is the difference between a skilled laborer siezing the moment
and opportunity to capitilize on his skill and energy repairing the highest
bidders dwelling or business site in time of emergency and the money lending
greedy economists who pound percentage points into the unlubed asses of
American consumers on a daily basis? [...] I saw some women on the evening
news who were extremely agitated that they had waited in a line for gas
for two hours while ethnic peoples in front of them allowed other peoples
of their various races [to] cut into the line in front of them. And it
makes me want to scream: "Ah hah! You fucking hypocritical hookers! Let
the truth spill out: It ain't very fun, is it?, to be smoked out of your
insulated and protected communities where the weak do not stand a fucking
chance of surviving the onslaught of the wolves when the shit hits the
"We must either choose the wisdom residing within human nature or contort our natural selves to fit a corrupt moral authority." --R.Downey in _The Moralist_
I used to like Winter. I'm still carrying around two pair of snowshoes
and have my skis at my sister's in Nashua. One of these days, I tell my
Self on occasion, I have to go back and see if they still remember how
to step and glide across the snow whilst I run along trying to keep up
with my nose.
Willie "Spider" Harris, AG1Z, Silent Key
He preceeded me at the Mount Washington Observatory and was living/working at the channel ei8ht transmitter site next door when I started at The Summit. We broke bread together many times.
Willie was formerly known as w1hqz and he struggled with that "Z" in his call for a long while befor he mustered the courage and whatever to change it. By that time the phonetics for his new call: Always Grabbing One Zipper, were more apt than anyone at the FCC would have imagined.
Betty writes from Bodie where she is once again a decent docent:
"Decided a soak in the spa would probably put me back to sleep, so I concluded with a shower and shampoo, using the wonderful shampoos, conditioner, body creams available, dried my hair in the comfortable room with driers, clean hairbrushes, etc. Ven have q-tips, mouth wahs, womens sanitary supplies, all laid out for use. Nice fluffy towels, wood--rather than clanky old gyn type lockers. Fun decor. Quiet, setting, absolute bliss. Have never done anything quite so decadent before."
It is too bad we think of such compassion for our "selves" as decadent and not de rigueur. Can you imagine how nice high school would be if all the lockers were of nice oiled wood instead of clanky metal? I truely feel this sticky point is one of the major faults of our society today. Using it as a metaphor: we have given up the nice oiled wood feeling for the clanky metal and the smelly plastics.
I listened to bits and scraps of the debate along the road returning from the starter store in PHX and whenever I had to come back to the truck for another different tool: Mike and Kira and their rugrat had flown from Tallahassee to Seattle to pick up a big old MCI bus that they had purchased from an elderly doctor. The doctor had done pretty much all the conversion himself as his hobby and now it was too much for him to drive. Nice carpeting, oak paneling, good price. They drove south, missing all the hot springs along the way, and then east, and by some fluke stopped here for a night and a soak.
The next morning they got as far as the fuel stop across the street before Kira missed her glasses and called back here. I said I could mail them or perhaps bring them when I go to FLorida next month--I'll be driving right past their place near Tallahassee. She said they would walk back to get them cos Mike couldn't get the bus started; they'd been at it already an hour or more with help from Tonopah Joe. So they left the bus on the fuel island and ambled back with the rugrat in his stroller.
Needless to say I got involved at that point. Mike had convinced himself that the starter had failed, or the solinoid, and I confirmed that so there was pretty much nothing to do but drive to the starter store downtown. It was just sunset by the time we returned. The install went well and worked fine. Bus started right up and so they came back here for another night of soaking.
During all this I had picked up on enough of the debate to decide that
Mr. Bush (tho he hardly deserves the respect the term "Mr." implies) is
a liar and a thief and a despot and that the only thing worse about our
society is that some of those same people who prefer metal lockers over
wood are sucking up to him hoping for the crumbs. It is a sad state
of affairs. For all the rhetoric of retribution and "making America safe"
has it occured to no one that America has no business being in Iraq in
the first place. All the despots and civil wars in Africa put together
attract none of the same attention.
I was at this cache just about a year ago; it has been visited only twice by others since my last. Felt good to walk in my Limmers. And naught else. Now back to work. Another week near over. Another week closer to the road.
Actually, I have more problem with people coming in off the street for
the first time and seeing a nude person. As if they have never seen a naked
body before they exclaim: What is this? a nudist colony or something? I
look down at my self and feign surprise --What? Oh No! Did I forget to
dress again today?
I'm glad it worked! The eclipse and your potion. What would lovers ever do without a moon? Or hunters? Witches would be discredited! Such a burden, and you managed to pull it off without batting an eye.
All we had was more rain. And then after the afternoon finally cleared it got cloudy again and yet another downpour. Ended with a spectacular double rainbow right at sunset. Then clearing again and coooolder. 47f at dawn just a few minutes ago. Inside The Cat Drag'd Inn was not all that much warmer. 57f up front and 60f in the back. Three heaters running now to chase the chill away and a cup of hot coffee to warm my fingers sufficient to type.
Today is my turn to open. I will have to find some clothes for this time. Maybe even a warm tuque and fur lined boots.
Ok... it is light enough for me to find the rain gauge... 0.67 since
06h00 yesterday. And 0.33 of that was in the one shower at sunset. 1.92
total for the whole storm.
People most everywhere else but AridZona fall back their clocks this morning. Here, we get sufficient sun, and sleep, that such adjustments are not necessary. Easier on the clocks as well. But the outside world sees AridZona move from Pacific Summer Time to Mountain Winter Time. During the Summer travellers along I-10 between PHX and LAX need not change their clocks. However, now, by the magic of temporal tampering, there is an hour difference between hither and yon. It really messes up the soaking reservations.
And in closing, part of a letter from Deborah aboard The Northern Light
somewhere upwind of Australia:
"Jokes aside, I suggest that the time has come to advance our form of democracy. We need a new Constitutional amendment, addressing the Separation of Business and State.
The Shapiro Amendments
"Not businesses, but we, the people, are supposed to elect our government. To help make that reality, the campaign finance system has to be changed. There should be no private or business contributions to candidates or parties. Instead, each party receives the same amount of tax dollars to spend on its campaign. Make the kitty modest enough, and we can limit the campaigning time to 3 months (maybe less?). A few weeks is plenty of time for the parties/candidates to get their messages out and for people to make their decisions. More importantly, our political leaders will no longer be "in debt" to companies or specific persons.
"On to Amendment #2. Take a moment and consider the question: Who puts the man in the Oval Office today? Does the person who gets the most votes or a majority of the votes (what most of us think of when we hear or say the word democracy...) gain the presidency? Hardly. The Electoral College chooses the President. It's high time to rid ourselves of this archaic system, established in an era when communication was difficult, as a way to obtain a national concensus. Talk about unecessary in today's world. Talk about a leap forward for the concept of democracy.
"Democracy. (A state having) Government by all the people, direct or representative. The word derivation is from the Greek word demos, which means "the people". But by people the Greeks meant male landowners. America's founding fathers were not much further along in their thinking. It took an amendment to the original Constitution to allow ex-slaves the right to vote. Male ones that is. Remember, American women couldn't vote until 1920.
"Let's go further. Get a real democracy. Every legal-age American citizen should have the right to vote. Including ex-cons who have done their time. (Why should a rehabilitated person not have the right to vote?) Including the homeless. (Why should you have to have an address to vote?)
"And all legal-age Americans should be able to vote. Down with hinders. One should not have to register in order to vote. Everyone born today gets a social security number. That can double as a voter's number, imprinted on a plastic card, used to vote from anywhere.
"And if you think it's impossible to have a machine which can accurately count votes cast anywhere in the USA and at Embassies around the world, I ask you to consider how many electronic money transfers are successfully enacted on earth every 24 hours... And indeed, the man who invented the ATM machine said, after the previous "election" fiasco in the USA, that he could bring forth a voting machine. I bet he could.
"On to Amendment #3. All American legal-age citizens should not only be allowed to vote... we should be required to vote. Rights and privileges inside a democracy are not "free of charge". They are the reward of responsibilities carried out.
"Required voting may sound a strange concept. Except if you are Australian. By law, each Australian must vote. It is their obligation to participate. Not voting is punishable by a fine!
"Yes, every legal-aged citizen should vote, and business should interact with the government that has been chosen by the majority of the people. It's more democratic that way. Systems are always changing. If you agree that democracy is the best system of government, isn't it worth refining to a more true form?"
I think Deborah is onto a good idea there. I'm not sure I like the idea
of the voting card with my Social Security Number on it but I suppose with
the protection of a PIN it couldn't be much worse than an ATM card. On
the other hand can you imagine on voting day being able to walk up to any
ATM in the world and casting your vote?
I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to
myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and
diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier
shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered
before me. --Sir Isaac Newton
Back to Oso
Back to ajo
Copyright © 2004, A.J.Oxton, The Cat Drag'd Inn , Center Conway NH 03813-0144.