Thursday, March 31, 2005

Airliner Graveyard Coordinates

If you have NASA's World Wind software, or are using Terra Server, here are the coordinates for the airliner graveyard in Mojave, California:

Latitude: 35.0645484924316
Longitude: -118.164093017578

Enjoy this cool aerial photograph.

All The Best,

-- Don

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

What I'd Like To See Happen

Read the story, below, of my reporting of some guys dumping trash along a creek in Lancaster County.

You know what I'd like to see happen?

I'd like them to get caught and fined. Then, I'd like to see part of the fine be used to send them on a state-sponsored fly fishing trip, to give them an idea of how important the environment is.

Fine them twice what the trip would cost.

Call me naive.

All The Best,

-- Don

Slow Down!

Slow down, you move too fast
You gotta make the morning last
Just kickin' down the cobblestones
Lookin' for fun and
Feelin' groovy


-- Simon & Garfunkel

Coming Soon ...

100 Things About Me.

Score One For The Good Guys

Sunday morning, wife, daughter, son-in-law and myself took a ride into Willow Street to visit the Lancaster County Winery.

We were driving along a creek when we came within 100 yards of some low-life bottom feeding scum who were dumping insulation by the creek.

They spotted us and took off.

And you ask why I always carry a digital camera. Silly you.

I snapped two pictures of their truck. Later, we drove up to the spot where they were dumping and I snapped two pictures of their environmental disaster. Looked like some insulation that had been through a house fire. Four pictures for the DEP!

As we headed home, we happened past a home about a mile from the site that looked as though it had been through a fire. And a lot of burnt insulation was in the front yard. We took note of the address.

I promptly notified the Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection, gave them the information, and emailed the four pictures.

Let's hope those bastards pay. Score one for those of us who Play By The Rules!

All The Best,

-- Don

Monday, March 14, 2005

Cole Porter

Is Cole Porter the best song writer ever, or what? Love his stuff.

All The Best,

-- Don

Monday Evening, March 14

One too many bourbons.

All The Best,

-- Don

Chalk One Up For Freedom

A California judge ruled in favor of gay marriage on Monday.

Finally, a victory for individual liberty. If two people love each other and want to "tie the knot", then who are we to stand in their way?

As long as churches are not forced to hold marriage ceremonies for gay couples (which would go against many religious teachings), then I'm all for this decision.

I wonder, though ... will they be allowed to divorce? After all, that seems to be quite popular among heterosexual couples.

(N.B. I'm not saying that people should never divorce, so don't take offense where there is none intended.)

All The Best,

-- Don

Friday, March 11, 2005

The Roller Coaster Of Life

So yesterday morning I'm all happy because I don't have cancer.

Then, last night, I find out that my preliminary tests indicate that I have glaucoma.

Sheesh. Up ... down ... so now I'm waiting for the next "high"!

All The Best,

-- Don

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Healthy!

Visited the doc this morning. Had to get something checked, potentially cancerous.

It's not!

WOOO-HOOO!! I'm singin' and dancin' today!!

All The Best,

-- Don

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Music Note

Andrea Bocelli singing "Sogno" may be the most beautiful song of all time.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

A Nice Saturday

My wife had the very rare Saturday off work.

Slept in until (gasp) eight o'clock! Whoa ... haven't slept past 6:00 in about a month. That was a good start.

Quick shower and we were off to breakfast. We were heading to a typical York breakfast (two eggs, toast and home fries for $1.89) when we decided for a change. So we pulled into Panera.

I had the "everything" bagel (they didn't have lox *frown*) with the veggie cream cheese, a cafe mocha and some orange juice. I like to drink orange juice in the morning; I always say "It's like drinking sunshine".

She opted for an apple bagel with maple walnut cream cheese and a latte. It was a French style of breakfast. Small and lots of carbs. You can have your low carb diet, I'll take my good bread, thankyewverymush.

Very relaxing.

We took the Rendezvous to the car wash, and then went to the York Expo Center for a gardening show.

Lots of landscape displays, and we got a lot of great ideas for your next project out back: the courtyard, retaining wall and the cascading waterfall into our second pond. Now, we're really anxious.

Spent about two hours there and enjoyed very minute of it.

We then headed south to Jacobus, to visit the new restaurant that Chef Michael opened next to his bakery. Chef Michael was on of Patti's teachers at culinary school, and he was also the chef at our daughter's wedding. He's really great.

Had a two-and-one-half hour lunch, and it was great. The Seven Valleys winery has a shop in the building, and I got a bottle of "Proprietor's White", chilled. Fantastic, and this is coming from a Red Wine Snob.

For the appetizer, we shared some bruschetta and olives. Mmmm ... I love bruschetta (and I make a good bruschetta, if I may say so myself).

I had a panini for lunch, made with Italian meats and cheeses with some onions and tomatoes. Sounds rather plain. Wrong ... it was excellent.

Patti had tomato basil soup and a croissant with chicken salad.

Everything was incredible.

While there, we stuck up a very pleasant conversation with a couple at the table next to us. Turns out they frequent that restaurant ... well ... quite frequently. As in two or three times every weekend! Tremendously enjoyed the conversation.

Heading back toward home, we weren't ready to call it a day; it was just before three o'clock. So a quick mobile call to my parents, and we had a date: we were heading to Ray's Cigar shop at Lancaster.

I'd not been there before. I stopped once, but they were closed. My dad had only recently "discovered" the place and was raving about it.

So we swung by my parents' house, then headed east.

The tourist traffic in Lancaster was heavy, but we were fortunate in that Ray's was just prior to the Outlets.

Ray's doesn't have a walk-in humidor, but it doesn't matter. The interior is very well maintained, and the cigar selection was top notch.

I grabbed seven premiums, including a local cigar that is rolled by a local Cuban defector. Perfectly made, they burn straight and ash about two inches.

We retired with coffees and Cokes in hand to the back lounge, with two huge leather sofas and some occasional chairs. Ninety minutes of bliss as I enjoyed a Torano Silver Anniversary Churchill; my dad entertained the locally-made brand. The four of us enjoyed our wandering conversation in a lounge that was decorated with track lights, brightly-colored walls and a beautiful painted concrete floor.

About five o'clock, we called it a day and headed back to York. While dropping my parents off at there house, my dad rewarded me with four frozen York Peppermint Patties!

Patti and I headed home, got into our "lounge clothes" (chic-speak for pajamas) and turned on Food Network. Since Iron Chef America made me hungry, I sliced up a selection of five different cheeses (including a delicious "Dubliner" that we picked up Whole Foods) and some cold, leftover pork loin, and we "picked" at our dinner.

As I wrap up this recap, Emeril is entertaining us with "March Madness Food", Patti is knitting another dishcloth, Penny is chewing a bone, and the cat is -- what else? -- sleeping on the sofa.

Great day. Entertaining, relaxing, and rewarding. Days like this make you realize that life can be great.

All The Best,

-- Don

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

500 Miles Per Gallon Of Gas Is Possible

Read this and then please tell me why the Bush Administration doesn't make this a priority? Is this not as important as winning World War II?

All The Best,

-- Don

Way Cool Software

I've wasted the last two evenings looking at satellite pictures using NASA's cool World Wind software.

Download it; it is just too cool. I've "visited" Niagra Falls, the Florida Keys, Las Vegas, my basic training barracks at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, the Grand Canyon, the Golden Gate Bridge, Rich's cabin in the mountains (you're found!), Vail, New York City, my home in York, the cabin at Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Pole Steeple, Stone Mountain, and tons more.

Cool stuff. I feel like John Ashcroft!

All The Best,

-- Don

Gmail Personal Server: It's Back!

Several months ago, a hack was posted that allowed you to use your Gmail account as a personal file server, accessible from any PC that you wanted (as long as it had internet access and the hack installed).

Gmail made the hack inop when they changed something inside of Gmail. Probably did it on purpose, much like Microsoft's famous "DOS isn't done until Lotus doesn't run" scheme in the late 80's.

Well, now it's back. The only limitation is that this time, it's only for Windows XP.

All The Best,

-- Don