Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 16 Oct 2016 15:01:06 GMT
At the farmer's market yesterday morning, there was a lady from the local hospital offering to give away a cheap jumprope and water bottle to anybody who would jump for one minute. I did it, but boy was I out of breath afterwards. I did it using the skipping method, not hopping up and down with both feet.
I thought I was in pretty good shape, from walking and bicycle riding every day, but one minute jumping rope showed me that I was fooling myself.
The rope is now hanging on my bedroom door, where I will hopefully see it and jump every day, the hard way. I did 15 jumps this morning. In a couple of weeks, that should be a hundred, and I'll be in much better aerobic shape for it.
Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 15 Oct 2016 16:14:47 GMT
I've revived my political blog, End the War on Freedom, after a year and a half in mothballs. It's now at EtWoF.com. Check out my reintroduction post, and don't miss the news aggregator.
Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 21 Jan 2016 18:52:00 GMT
I went shopping last Sunday at the local Stop & Shop, the place I usually go for stuff I can't get at the local health food store. They had a large bin full of big-as-a-kid stuffed animals. An elephant followed me home. My brother-in-law named him Garth. He makes me smile every time I look at him. Welcome to my home, Garth.
Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 27 Nov 2015 01:43:13 GMT
Last Sunday morning, while out bicycling, I lost my iPhone 6. It was in a hip holster, clipped to my belt. I didn't notice it missing until leaving the store, a couple of miles from home. Find My iPhone didn't get a ping from it, so I figured it was either broken, or stolen by someone who had turned it off, but I retraced my ride, looking for it carefully. No luck. When nobody had tried to notify me within a few hours, I went to the Apple store (where my son works), paid off the remainder of my AT&T Next plan, and got a new iPhone 6S Plus. I had wanted to do this in September, when the 6S was introduced, but didn't think it was worth the money. Losing my year-old phone was a forcing function.
As part of investigating what it would cost to pay off the phone, I chatted online with an AT&T agent.
Me: I lost my iPhone...
AT&T: I hope you're having an amazing day.
Me: Well, it was more amazing before I lost my phone.
The AT&T person apologized, but I got a good chuckle.
I got a new holster for the new iPhone, but in order to make it less likely that this will happen again, I bought 50 feet of paracord with 5 side-release buckles, and followed these instructions to make a bracelet long enough to secure the holster to my belt (using 12 of those 50 feet).
Holster secured to belt
Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 24 Oct 2015 21:08:20 GMT
A bunch of acquisitions came together at one time today, so I took some photos. Click for higher-res version.
Capulin Coffee & mystery hardware: mail delivery
Eggs & fresh veggies: Bennington Farmers' Market
Dark chocolate covered ginger: The Village Chocolate Shoppe
Bread, peanut butter & chocolate bar: Spice 'N Nice Natural Foods
Bananas, hot sauce, and cheese: grocery store
Brussel sprouts separated from stalk
Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 15 Oct 2015 13:54:30 GMT
See that beautiful little girl with the puppy at the top of the page? Well, she's all growed up. Will be nineteen in a month. When I left my wife of 24 years, I left her, too, but I do my best to see her at least every other week. This week she's spent a couple of nights in my spare bedroom. Lucky me! Here's a recent photo of her, taken by the extraordinary Jane Feldman.
Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 06 Sep 2015 14:39:41 GMT
The summer after eighth grade, I went to an eight-week summer jazz camp at the University of Wyoming. Stan Kenton's band was there, as was Maynard Fergunson's band. I learned to read beebop rhythms, and had a blast.
We played a trombone quartet arrangement of Jimmy Van Heusen's "Here's That Rainy Day". I found an arrangement online by "Bob Morris".
Here's a multi-track recording I made in Garage band on my Mac: billstclair.com/images/heres-that-rainy-day.mp3.
Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:03:16 GMT
Is only possible
While living in the suburbs
Daniel Ladinsky, The Gift
Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 16 Jul 2015 14:15:43 GMT
MY EYES SO SOFT
Your loneliness so quickly.
Let it cut more
Let it ferment and season you
As few human
Or even divine ingredients can.
Something missing in my heart tonight
Has made my eyes so soft,
My voice so
My need of God
Daniel Ladinsky, The Gift
Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 11 Jul 2015 11:59:27 GMT
I'D CALL THAT
fell asleep last night
I laid awake and wondered:
What did I achieve this day
just roaming around calling His name?
So I brought before my mind's eye all who
I had been kind to,
and it turned out to be
all things that
I'd call that--one hell of a
Daniel Ladinsky, Love Poems from God