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A Hole in the Sky



Sunrise over Radio Ridge on Mt. Lemmon. The structure on the mountain to the right is the International Observatory on Mt. Graham. But no ranger, and no cook (for you movie fans).
Lemmon Rock Fire Lookout
Wilderness of Rocks
Coronado National Forest, AZ
2014

Cool pics for a hot day (Banff National Park, Canada - July 2018):


Wildflowers in Sunshine Meadow


Plain of Six Glaciers and Lake Louise


Moraine Lake Trail Bridge


Peyto Lake and Mistaya River


Johnston Creek Canyon


"Des Chutes" Johnston Creek Canyon


Logjam on Johnston Creek


Johnston Creek Waterfalls


Bow Glacier


Moraine Lake

Cool pics for a hot day (Banff National Park, Canada - July 2018):


Wildflowers in Sunshine Meadow


Plain of Six Glaciers and Lake Louise


Moraine Lake Trail Bridge


Peyto Lake and Mistaya River


Johnston Creek Canyon Rainbow


"Des Chutes" on Johnston Creek Canyon


Logjam on Johnston Creek


Johnston Creek Waterfalls


Bow Glacier


Moraine Lake

Peace of the Rock



Lemmon Rock Fire Lookout
Wilderness of Rocks
Coronado National Forest, Arizona

A Trickle-Down Theory That Works





The top of the slot - Willis Creek slot canyon
Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument
Utah

The Coal of Coal Mine Canyon



Coal Mine Canyon
Navajo Nation, Arizona
March 2016

RIP Sweet Nick

We had to put Nick-Nick down on June 9. I can just now talk about it. He was 16 years 10 months old. Nick had quite the life. The quintessential fire lookout dog!

Losing Nick was the low point of the worst three weeks of my life. My heart attack scare on May 26 (it ended up being gall bladder). My gangrenous gall bladder and emergency surgery on 1 June. Seven days in the hospital away from Nick. Nick slipping away, and me unable to be there for him. At least I was there at the end.

I still had a Foley catheter and collection bag when we took Nick in to the veterinarian on 9 June. He sensed my condition. He knew. But he was ready to go. It had been 15 days since I had been able to walk him. It broke my heart not to be there for him in his final days.

Remember, Nick saved my life on the first night of fire season 2010. He woke me at midnight in a carbon monoxide filled fire lookout tower in the Oregon wilderness, and I was able to get us both out of there. That's one reason I have taken the last two fire seasons off .. to take care of sweet Nick in his last years.

Nick: the best dog ever.


Nick-Nick

Old Man Gallbladder Syndrome: GANGRENOUS Cholecystitis

Finally got into surgery at about 7 am this morning (Friday 6/1). We knew from the imaging that it would be bad. But gangrene? Bet that sucker was quite aromatic!

Now for the recovery. I'm typing through some morphine, trying to stay awake. Why?

My B/P plunged on Wednesday, to the 55/45 regions, and stayed there for about a day. Biliary sepsis.

Imaging on Thursday showed a wickedly angry, and dangerously distended gall bladder, with thick walls, fluid, and, lots-o-rocks. The surgeon got it before it popped. A gangrenous gall bladder.

What a week.



I spent a very long day, today, in the ER and Cardiac unit.

I had excruciating chest pain at 4am. The ER was great. Got me back to the unit stat, and got the heart enzyme work done (X2), blood work, chest x-ray, and mid-afternoon, a stress EKG with Gamma camera before and after.
Good news: no heart problems found. Bad news, the severe chest and abdominal pain contines. More tests coming.
One of the worst nights/days of my life (70 years).

Ari Melber just showed clips of the Fool ranting about "pay for play." (MSNBC "The Beat")

After a number of iterations of the Fool ranting about how much he knew about "pay for play", video clips from - mainly - the campaign, it hit me. Hit me hard. So hard, I spewed a mouthful of a really nice Pinot Noir all over my favorite white Cliff Dwellers Lodge t-shirt.

Pay for play? Nay, PAY FOREPLAY. Trump is a whoremonger, and everyone knows it. This twist on a phrase just cracked me up.

I'm no prude, but - seriously - I do wonder how many prostitutes Trump has "had" in his life. And I wonder, too, if he was on that list of the DC Madam, Deborah Jeane Palfrey. Palfrey operated Pamela Martin and Associates, an escort agency in Washington, D.C.

Someone in the original field of 16 (?) GOP candidates for the 2016 election must have been on the list. The attorney controlling the client list of Pamela Martin and Associates threatened to release info on a candidate or candidates a few months before the GOP Convention in 2016.

Then that attorney went silent. My guesses: 1. the individual that was on that client list dropped out of the race, or (and much more likely); 2. Big buck$ and NDAs silenced that attorney (who I assume worked for the Palfrey estate).

Don't forget, too, that Deborah Jeane Palfrey was "suicided" on May 1, 2008, in Tarpon Springs, Florida. That was shortly after "The List" came out, and implicated a number of high level officials in the Bush administration. I have a theory on those names, or at least one, but it is pointless now.

Things are connected. Things are well hidden. I worked for Ken Lay pre-Enron (as a Learjet 55 and Lockheed JetStar-II pilot). Lay leaves Transco and forms Enron. Enron fails. Cliff Baxter was suicided. Lay is convicted and sentenced, but dies of a heat attack at his Aspen estate on July 5, 2006. No autopsy .. immediate cremation.

The suicides bother me. The secrecy.
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