Tuesday, November 29, 2016

California votes to Regulate Cow, um, Emissions.

The link is here.  I mainly wonder what the position of the Libertarians is on this.  Should human flatulence be regulated by law?  And how about cows?  Presumably the legalizing of marijuana has freed up regulators so that they can make sure cows behave.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Mission Peak in the Rain

Saturday was a rainy mud stomp up Mission Peak.  This photo was from the 1900 foot elevation level looking at the 2500 foot summit.  The wind was blowing hard so that the rain was stinging my face, which left me doubtful about reaching the top.  The winds get stronger as you get higher and sometime it is impossible to stand on the summit.  Much of the rest of the climb was on the down-wind side of the peak, so I continued on while a cloud blew in and made it all foggy.  Reaching the top, the wind died down, but there wasn't much of a view while standing in the fog with the rain.  Beautiful.  There was one minor fall on the way down going through the mud, but I was expecting it so no problem.

It cleared a bit on the way down, so here is a view of the hangars at Moffett Field and NASA Ames Research Center which are across the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay from where I live.  The levies are part of a system of salt evaporator ponds that have been constructed around the bay. The rain picked up again towards the end, which help get the mud off of me and made for a perfect ending.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

How to park a boat?

This is the other side of the little strip of land that protects Bodega Bay from the waves.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Remembering The Birds

It happened in Bodega Bay back in 1962, so we had to drop in and see the place.  It was 1963 when the documentary was released to the public by Alfred Hitchcock.  The challenge for those of us who have lived a long time in the San Francisco Bay Area is to find new areas of exploration.  The solution this time was to show my wife the movie and then follow the countless others on a pilgrimage to Bodega Bay.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Point Reyes National Seashore

Trying to find a quiet place to hang out for Thanksgiving.  Usually I head up to Tahoe, but the snow has started and the hotels are short on rooms, thus, my wife and I have headed north up the coast instead.  Point Reyes National Seashore has a lot of little places to explore, but we usually just rush through and hit the highlights.  This time I want to spend some more time to hike different kinds of trails.  Today we did the climb up Mount Wittenberg, although somehow the name, Mount Wittenberg, seems redundant.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Something in the Water

It is good to be back in my lake.  One of my swim partners announced that her next goal is swimming the 22.5 miles of Loch Ness, which is a challenge since the max water temperature is about 54 degrees.  I don't mind 54 degrees for an hour or so, but 10 hours is a different matter.  Wondering how Nessie will react to a swimmer.  Meanwhile, the winter die back of plant life is going in the nearby lake which causes the remains to float to the surface for a time.  I have an allergic skin reaction when this rubs against me, so I have been using sunblock to minimize this, even though there is no sun.  This time I switched to Desitin, which is just a thicker version of Zinc-Oxide than the sunblock has.  The other side of the equation is that the temperature in the water will drop to winter levels in about a month and a half, so I must swim regularly to acclimate.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Election Ramblings

Schadenfreude.  'nuff said.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Food Poisoning

This feels like some sort of Ursula moment.  The poisoning probably happened near the end of my Singapore stay and kicked in just before and during my 14.5 hour flight home.  Writing this two days later, I have been dizzy, dealing with diarrhea, and alternating between chills and sweating.  It is good to be home.

Friday, November 04, 2016

Polar Bears and Habitats

The boarding passes for the return trip have been set, and I am looking forward to getting back into the Northern California lake as the winter temperature sets in.  The second memorial is now done.  Less than 24-hours and we will say good-bye to Singapore and a beloved brother.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

The Forbidden Fruit

Some people think it was an apple.  Those who have been to Singapore, however, know the truth:

The forbidden fruit is actually a durian.  As can be seen from the photo, the punishment for bringing such a fruit onto the public transport is incalculable.  The other important observation is that among those who have eaten the fruit, some know that it is good, while others know that it is evil.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

A multi-cultural funeral

It certainly wasn't in my mind a week ago that I would be in Indonesia participating in a funeral.  The challenge here was that the deceased is a Christian Chinese, and a Christian ceremony was requested.  This was indicated by a prominent cross next to his picture.  As the husband of the oldest sibling, custom required me to do a short bit of talking, which I would have preferred not to do.  In hind sight it was definitely necessary and right.  The ceremony was led by an Indonesian Christian pastor in Indonesian.  The relatives of the deceased mostly didn't understand Indonesian, but there was a large number of Muslim Indonesians present to listen as the crowd was treated to a short sermon and a few Christian songs with familiar tunes.  The pastor didn't seem to know any other languages and I only know a smattering of Malay/Indonesian words, so we weren't able to communicate.

Some Japanese guests were in attendance which gave me a brief chance to dust off a long unused language.  Black was the usual color, although for some it was black T-shirts and shorts.  Things aren't so formal here, but that is fine with me due to the warm, humid tropical air.  A feature of the ceremony was a professional photography crew along with a video camera.  Groups were arranged around the casket for picture taking in a manner similar to a wedding.  This is much different from the procession of guests past the casket in the US.  With this ceremony done, we proceeded with police escort from one side of Surabaya to the outskirts on the opposite side to a crematorium.  Our Indonesian guests came separately by a different route all on motor scooters.  Another picture taking ceremony was the result, before committing the casket to the flames.