Monday, October 29, 2007


When I got home today, I carved our pumpkin. Trick-Or-Treat is on Halloween night here. Unfortunately, it may not be dark this year because DST doesn't go away until Sunday morning – the 4th. I hope I'll get to terrorize the little kiddies when they come to the door for their goodies. It works so much better in the dark. :-) Here is the result of my handiwork with the knife.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Balloons Aloft

This weekend, the Pirates of The Canyon is going on. It's a balloon festival of sorts. Last night, they did a night burn, where they lit up the balloons but didn't launch them. They looked like someone was switching light bulbs on and off.

Today I got a phone call from our neighbor, telling us that there were some balloons flying over the house. We grabbed our cameras and headed out the door, just in time to see a strange-looking yellow balloon. It resembled an upside-down pyramid. There was a couple of normal ones that had already passed overhead, and more followed the upside-down pyramid.

There were brightly-colored ones and one or two black ones with some colored sections. There were none of the real fancy ones like you'd see at Albuquerque's balloon fiesta – except the one that looked like an upside-down pyramid. Even so, it was a good showing for Amarillo. I've enjoyed it so far. I don't know if we're going to get out to the canyon in the morning or not, since the winds they are forecasting may be a bit too much for a launch.


I forgot to mention that one of our "boys" (cat/dog named Bat) brought us a little present. I came up to the door with him on my heels, and I noticed something sticking out of his mouth. Before I opened the door for us to go in, I made sure what it was. It kinda looked like a mouse tail. Ya know what? There was a mouse attached to it - still alive and unhurt! Bat put him on the porch at the door, and looked so proud! The mouse tried to run away but he was caught again before he got 12" away. A couple rounds of catch-and-release, I gave him a bunch of "atta boy's" and told him he'd have to keep his toys outside. He conceded and let me go inside alone. Bat took his "toy" away while seeming a little disappointed that he couldn't bring it in the house. He's such a good boy! We've been feeding him for so long, and I guess he figured he'd return the favor and bring us some food. Didn't have the heart to tell him that we prefer to get all of our fresh meat from the store. What a nice boy!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Hello, My Little Friend!

Monday morning was an interesting one, to say the least. It started out like normal, nothing unusual in the air. I got to work, checked in with the boss like always, grabbed my clipboard full of jobs and headed out in the truck. A coworker joined me when I got to my appointed rounds, since we've been working together repairing lights all around campus. As we were sitting in the truck making our game plan for the day, I noticed a little squirrel scampering up the tree next to where we parked. As we conferred on the coming day's events, the squirrel started down the tree, stopped and looked at us. That's when it got weird. I swear to God, this part really happened – and I had a witness!

Well, as the squirrel was perched on the tree trunk no more than 6 feet from us (head down, tail up), he lifted his right front leg and waved at me/us! He raised it up and lowered it 3 or 4 times in succession. Yes, he waved at us! And, yes – I waved back. After this little incident, he moved down the trunk a few paces, stopped, and raised his left front leg once as if to say “Good Bye!” He held it long enough that he could have been waiting for me to high five him. Well, I waved back again and that seemed to satisfy the little guy. He then proceeded to go about his business.

I've never had anything happen quite like that before. Rest assured, that sociable little fellow was the talk of our day!

Sunday, October 07, 2007


Today was my first experience at selling on eBay. My auction ended today. I sold my old Pentax A3000 film camera with all its lenses. It felt a little strange for the week it was up, but it turned out to be a pleasant experience. I was a little apprehensive as to how the money would change hands through PayPal. It was pretty much on autopilot throughout the transaction. All I had to do was transfer the money into the appropriate account. I could have left it in my PayPal account, but I don't buy that much online where I can use them. I suspect that I will be selling more in the weeks and months to come.