Dec 31, 2007
Now, I have to say that I have a complaint to make about Flickr. For those who don't know, flickr is an online web storage for photos. Myself, being an AT&T customer, I get unlimited storage and unlimited uploads. A pretty sweat deal since I have been making a solid effort to make sure the camera goes more places with me (and that I actually use it). So I posted our photos from Jamaica. The end result? I feel violated.
Flickr, unless you specifically make your photos private and send special invites to all who you want to see them, makes your photos public for the world to see. I recently received a message from Flickr saying one of my photos had been made a favorite of someone. I checked the pic in question, and it was from the honeymoon, and of the nudists mooning us from Nudie Island as we cruised by on a catamaran. This, in and of itself was not so disturbing. But when I clicked the link to see this person's (although I think I really should say Perv's) other favorite photos, they all end up being pics of partial nudity or other suggestive themes.
Why? Why does a photo that, although it is of a bunch of nudists at a resort in another country, actually means something to me become the masturbatory catalyst of some prepubescent idiot who can't take a single picture of his own? Such is the Internet. My life for the world to see and take advantage of as needed.
So, with all that in mind, it is New Year's Eve. It will soon be 2008. I Can't say that I have any resolutions to make. I have never held a lot of stock in them, and if I did I would probably be a very poor man. Delia has to work tomorrow, and so she will be in bed early. I told Ben we could stay up late watching movies, playing video games, and simply having a guys night. I doubt, though, that he will last until midnight. On the bright side, he should sleep in nice and late tomorrow.
Dec 29, 2007
When we leave the house, there is a small access road that heads down toward the duck pond. I don't think I have ever actually walked this road in the dark, and to Ben I think it was a little intimidating at first. Looking at it from a distance, the road simply disappeared in a canopy of tree branches and darkness. Ben took one look at this and asked if we could walk somewhere else. Of course, I said sure and we turned around and walked over by the zoo.
The zoo is close enough that in the mornings we can hear the spider monkeys and gibbons whooping as they wake up and begin to play. Its an odd sound to hear really, as you wouldn't expect those sounds to come from a Red Wood park. Sure, you can hear birds, sure you can hear running water if you are in the right places, but the sound of primates is unexpected to the new-comer.
As we walked it was a little chilly, but the area grew brighter (actually, English grammar says I should say "more bright") and Ben's courage was bolstered enough that he was ready to walk in to the forrest. "I think I would like to go into the woods, Dad. But I'm going to stay right by your side." And so we went into the woods.
Sequoia Park is really nice in the morning. The gates to the access roads hadn't been opened by public works yet, and there was virtually no one in the park at that time of morning. Even the ducks at the pond were quiet and still. It was just two guys and a dopey dog taking a morning walk and talking about whatever a very inquisitive 8 year old could think of.
I don't know that I really have much of a point to this tale, except that it was time well spent with Ben, and I can't wait to do it again.
Dec 28, 2007
Dec 27, 2007
One of the nice parts about Ben's visits to Eureka is Sequoia Park. This park, populated by thousands of Red Wood trees is litterally in my backyard. And I think I go down there about as many times as Ben makes it to Eureka. Yeah, its one of the things I tell everyone about when talking about home, yet I never really go down there. There are a thousand trails throughout the park, and a duck pond at the bottom. Here we are looking over the duck pond from a trail the slowly crawls up a ravine with a little creek. Its one of our favorite places to walk. This picture was taken at about 8 in the morning. There was still a little morning fog and I think we were about the only people there. Really, quite nice.
Dec 25, 2007
Dec 24, 2007
Dec 23, 2007
On our expeditions, Ben likes to leave no stone unturned, and not waterfall unexamined. Such is the life of the Salamander Hunter. Over the course of the next few weeks I imagine we will be headed into the park quite often. We will update everyone with our finds, and anything else that is exciting we come across.
Dec 20, 2007
Dec 19, 2007
Dec 18, 2007
This first is for The Indigo Dog House. Friends of ours run this stellar operation, and I can't recommend them enough for those who are coming to town with pets (and want a place for them to stay while they are here) or for those who are in town normally and need a place for their pets to go while they leave town.
The second is for Iver's Diner. Iver Lien and Janine Melanson, two of our favorite people. They saw our blog and thought it was a great idea and now Iver has taken to blogging himself. So check it out. Iver is full of useless knowledge, and I'm sure you can learn a thing or two from him (even if it is useless in normal, everyday life).
I supposed I should take a moment and let the world know (I guess when I say world I really mean simply a few friends and family) that Cat Cat is still alive, but generally miserable. The Vet said she was really dehydrated, and they took some blood to run a few tests, which we will hear back on Wednesday. But for now she is back home and meowing insanely loudly, and generally letting us know she is unhappy. As far as that goes, I guess we will know more on Wednesday.
The results were outstanding. Made with whole wheat buns, lettuce and cheese, it was a quite the meal and actually fairly healthy as well. On a side note, I added a little seasoning before grilling, which next time I will not, as it did not seam jive with the flavor of the veggies.
So now, I am a fan George's grill. I feel like we know each other in a weird sort of way. George knows I like to cook, and his grill was made for me. Perhaps that sounds a bit crazy, but that's just the way life goes.
As I write this, it is Tuesday, December 18,2007. Ben arrives in a couple of days. We can't wait for that. The next couple of days will be spent making sure everything is ready for the young man's arrival and stay with us. He will be here for the next two and a half weeks. We will be sure to post as many photo's to Flickr as possible, I sure Amy will be appreciating that.
So until next time, everyone have a good holiday and stay safe.
Dec 16, 2007
I can't believe Christmas is next Tuesday!! This year has gone by rather fast and has been full of some many events its almost impossible to keep track of them all. But its down to 10 days. And its even less time before Ben arrives. He'll be traveling here with Gill and Mona. Ben spent the afternoon with them the other day, and was quite happy to be able to play some pool and hang out for a while. He told Amy he had a really good time and wanted to go back soon. I am hoping that we will get some snow nearby while he is here. I think that would top off our holiday together.
On a bit of a sadder note, Cat Cat appears to be a little on the sickly side. She has lost a lot of weight, and she is moving really slow. We are hoping to get her seen on Monday. I'll keep the world posted as to her condition as time moves on.
Well, on that note it is time for me to go to bed. I'm sorry this wasn't the greatest blog entry in the world, but its all I have for right now.
Dec 14, 2007
Dec 13, 2007
Well, now we can see why Bear is on the couch. Ubu is sleeping on his bed. The cats are worse than the dog. We let them pretty much go where ever they want, yet they all choose to sleep on the dog beds, as seen here in this example. And Bear, even though he is well over 2 or 3 times their size, seems to be a little afraid of the cats. So as you can see there is an obvious dilemma here. Poor dog. The rest of the cats are scattered around the house. Cat Cat is laying on top of the turtle enclosure (which is a warm spot due to the heat lamp), and Tia (aka: Stinky) is who-knows-where. But she is as bad as the others.
So after a small bit of hunting I found Stinky. She usually comes when she is called so it wasn't that tough, but as with everyone else around here, she is happy to simply lounge and do very little. I guess that's just the time of year that it is.
Well, if anything, this rambling post will let Ben know all the pets are doing ok, and everyone is generally happy (except when I chase them around with a camera).
For now, I have to go outside and put my clothes for the night in the dryer, yes, my return to work is coming way too quickly. Oh well. Until later.
So I am back to work tonight (as it is 2 am while I type this). Light duty is not such a bad thing, its probably the most comfortably dressed assignment there is. No boots, no silly duty belt. Its not a bad gig. But that too can't last forever. Then it will be back to full duty, and no more easy nights.
The last couple days have been pretty relaxing. The biggest thing to happen is we removed the pool table from the garage. A friend of ours was looking for one and we decided we didn't want it anymore. It was an advantageous arrangement. Over the next year we plan to renovate the garage and change it to something of a family room. We want to carpet the floor, put a false wall over the garage door, and get a nice big sectional couch. I want to put a wood stove out there, and the grand finish includes a high definition TV projector. Of course, none of this can be done right away, but we are not concerned about that. But by the end of the year, hopefully we can sit out there and watch movies on a huge screen and be warm by the fire.
So, I'm off to bed, and work tomorrow. Goodbye for now.
Dec 11, 2007
Fox Valley Christmas Trees is our preferred place of Christmas Tree purchase. Until this year, they were located outside of town. Not too far, but far enough that it added a little to the general feel of the tree selection. This year, due to some sort of construction at their normal site, they are located in the middle of Eureka, at the old truck stop on Broadway. While this didn't diminish the tree selection at all, it dd take away from the feel a little. Oh well, we still had a good time, and of course take every opportunity to put our mugs up on the Internet.
Since I hurt my back I haven't had to put up any more Christmas lights, which I have to say I am happy about. I love the way the look, I hate putting them up and taking them down. I think this might make me a bit of a Scrooge, but I don't mind. But we did spend the evening decorating the Christmas Tree.
The tree always goes in the same spot, in the corner near the front door, which we never use anyway (anyone who comes to visit us actually uses the back door; if anyone uses the front door we can assume its someone we don't know and they can generally be ignored). The lights were hung, the tree topper added, and things are generally looking a little more festive here at the Rossiter household. This afternoon I cleaned up the living room and hung the stockings, hoping the Santa will be kind enough to leave some stuffers there for us. There are stockings for me, Delia, Ben and Bear. We don't have stockings for the cats. This doesn't bother me at all, and I think the only reason Delia hasn't made a stink about is that it hasn't occurred to her (which all might change as soon as she reads this).
Well, tonight we have a bunch of people coming over to remove our pool table. I might have a few pictures from that and a post to go with it. We'll see. So until next time, every one have a fun (I'm sure mom, dad, Craig and Kim are).
Dec 8, 2007
The christmas party was last night, and it was a nice evening. Having szaid that, the entertainment left a lot to be desired. In the past we have had professional comedians come into town, and they seem to be hit and miss with how well they do and the reaction from the crowd. Last night, for some reason, we had Sham Tram the Magician. I'm not sure what happened, why they chose this guy (whose normal audiance must have an average age of 10), and why I had to be subjected to such a rough show, but I was. I had to listen to this guy ask the crowd to say the magic word, "Believe", at the count of three in order to complete his trick. Oh well, at least the prime rib was good.
Aside from that, I failed to remember the camera last night, which I really had inteded to bring, so I have no photo's for this event. I have decided that I would like to get myself a small camera that I can pretty much take with me everywhere, but I think that will have to wait untill after christmas.
Well, that all I have for now. I realize its more rambling than anything else, but at least its something.
Dec 7, 2007
I saw the Workman's Comp Dr today. The good news, he feels that my injury is mainly a muscle thing, and should only get better with time. The even better news, I am off work for the next week. I don't see this as a bad thing (although my supervisor might think differently).
Delia is happy about this, since I can be home for the next couple of nights, which is something we don't get all that often because of our work schedules. Bear is happy about his as well, since I'll be home to be with him, and he can play outside a lot more often.
At any rate, tonight is the Christmas Party which, thanks to the Doc, I can attend. We will take some pictures and I'll leave a post tomorrow after the festivities.
Every have a good night.
Dec 6, 2007
Dec 5, 2007
I was at work, I had a trainee with me, and it really seemed like it was going to be a night that would drag on forever. Just one of those nights tat you don't think will ever end because it is so boring. My opinion of that night changed dramaticaly at about 2100 hours. Here is the news article that describes what happened:
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office said two of its correctional officers were assaulted Sunday night after responding to a disturbance in a jail housing unit.An HCSO news release stated the officers were attempting to place handcuffs on an inmate when he suddenly spun around and hit one officer in the face.“The second officer attempted to restrain the inmate, Christopher Charles Matzick, 23, of Fortuna,” the news release stated. “Matzick continued to fight, striking the second officer multiple times in the head. The officer was able to draw his departmental-issued Taser and ordered Matzick to the ground. Seeing the Taser, Matzick complied and was placed in handcuffs.”Both officers were taken to a local hospital for treatment. One officer received treatment for cuts to his face and a loosened tooth. The second officer sustained injuries to his neck and back and will need further evaluation, the news release stated. Matzick has been in custody since Nov. 20, when he was arrested on suspicion of battery and public intoxication. The Sheriff’s Office stated in the release that Matzick now faces additional charges of assault with great bodily injury, assault on a peace officer, resisting/obstructing a peace officer and resisting an executive officer.He is scheduled to be arraigned on the new charges Wednesday. An arraignment occurs when a person appears before a court to be advised of pending charges, the right to counsel and the right to trial by jury.
I tried to tell the doctor that I didn't need the silly neck brace, but he didn't believe me. He also said I had to pee in a urinal. I decided to wait until I got home.
Dec 4, 2007
I started with the ring. Dean (my best friend and also my best man) spent a full day of ring shopping. Finally, I settled on the one I wanted (thank goodness for the tax return). As I went to pay for it, my card was declined. I thought this was odd, as I knew I had money there, and had them try again. Still, declined. A short time later, and some ridiculous time spent on hold with my bank, I learned that most bank cards have a spending limit on them. This, I felt the need to point out to the customer service rep who had to put up with me, was insane. Still, there was not hope for it, and no easy solution for me. Dean, being a good friend that he is, ended up paying for the ring on his credit card, and I paid him back the next day. So, hurdle #1 overcome, could have been smoother, but still out of the way.
The next was where to go for the big event. The north coast of California if is ripe with romantic settings, and I think I was looking for something that would stand out for the intended purpose. Eventually I settled on the Plaza Grill. This is a fairly fancy restaurant, and also happens to be one of our favorites. So I made the reservation, and simply told Delia she needed to be free that night, as I had planned a date night (something we love to have but rarely seem to find the time to do). Hurdle #2, an easy one.
Next on my list of things to do was how to deliver. There are a thousand ways a person can propose marriage, and I think if you look around on the Internet and ask those around you, every one seems to know the "best way" to do it. I wanted to involve Ben, so I put a lot of thought into the process. In the end, I decided it would be best if Ben was on the phone, and helping me. My master plan was falling into place nicely.
So the big night arrived. Dinner reservations were made, the ring was in my possession and sparkling nicely, and I had arranged with Ben to have him call at a specific time in order to make sure we go this done right. Delia and I both worked that day, and when we got home, I decided to cal Amy and make sure Ben was ready to do his part. I went outside, to get the mail, and used my cell phone to call Amy. I was so nervous that I called Delia by mistake. She answered the phone and I said, "So, is everything ready?" She asked me if I was crazy and I immediately hung up, thinking I had screwed up. Fortunately, she was busy inside doing something, and barely gave a second thought to me being an idiot from time to time.
So off we went to Arcata. They had nice little table reserved for us, situated in the corner and fairly private. We sat down, ordered something to drink, and I waited for what seemed like an eternity, for Ben to call. The phone rang, well, actually it vibrated (because even under the circumstances I felt good cell phone etiquette was important). I started talking to Ben, and Delia gave me a look like I was crazy, talking on the phone in the middle of a restaurant. Once she realized I was talking to Ben she relaxed, and then became surprised when I said he wanted to talk to her. One on the phone, Ben told Delia that I had a really important question for her. At this point I threw all my inhibitions to the wind, got down on my knee and proposed to her. I'm pretty grateful she said yes, because I think I would not have known what to do if she hadn't. I didn't really make a back up plan. So good for me. Now look at us, happily married.
So Mom should be pretty happy with this entry, she has been bugging me for it for a while now. If anyone is interested, and has Google Earth, or a similar program, the coordinates for the Plaza Grill are: 40 52'03.74" N
124 05'13.73" W
And the food there is excellent.
A lot has happened in the last couple of months, and there is a lot to catch people up on. So, over the course of the next couple of days I will make a fair attempt of playing catch up. I will also make sure we get linked to Mom and Dad's blog, as well as Christy's, so can all stay connected easily.
Hope to hear from you all soon.
Adam and Delia