Saturday, January 9, 2010

Not as cold

It's officially 3 degrees outside and out little wimpy thermometer says it's 4 degrees.  That's close enough.  I guess the thermometer doesn't like to go below zero.  Maybe it doesn't know how.  Anyway, it is back in sync with the Big Boy's Toys.

It's only one below up at Harriman, that's a heat wave compared to the -24 of the other morning.  It appears there is no significant wind.  A light snow might fall--just a few flakes probably.  We're hoping for some cloud cover--a Blue Bird Day's bright sun is SO blinding on the reflective snow.  We'd be happy to skip the glare.

We spent at least an hour visiting every sporting goods store in town looking for cross country ski pants.  No luck at any price--they don't have them in stock.  Looks like I will have to order online.  That means yet another outing wearing denim over polypro undies.  I don't like wearing 100% cotton out in the cold but I guess I fell asleep at the wheel and forgot to get stuff together.  On a day like today, it's no biggie--just a little chillier than I wish I coulda, shoulda, woulda been.

I bought a pound of decent size pre-cooked shrimp last night and we pretty much ate our fill of them.  It was delightful.  I can't remember the last time we did that.  Pleistocene, maybe?

I pretty much finished the online album for my co-workers. I have only two people to add--Helen & Cathy. My employer has perhaps 120-140 employees.  They don't share the exact number with us Mushrooms.  Our division has only a fraction of that, 14 or 15.

Anyway, you can take a look at all of my co-workers by clicking on this Google (Picasa) album.  I really like everyone of these people--I don't put them in the same category as my employer--these people are great and they do wonderful things.  I highly respect each and every one of them.  They are the primary reason that I enjoy coming into work each day.   As you can see by my photo, I tend to get all wrapped up in my work.

One of my big projects as of right now is attempting to assist a guy in keeping alive a local bluegrass music festival.  I am really going the extra mile on his behalf--actually, I should say "on behalf of the one-day festival."  It's staged on the last Saturday each June right on the banks of the Snake River just downstream from the art museum.  It's a lovely spot, lots of shade and the music is truly delightful.  Best of all, it's free and non-commercial.  The smallness of it is perfect.  Let's see if I can find something online about it...

Gee, Jeff didn't tell me there's a website for it--DUH!  Nothing like being a career dunce.  Click here for a nice photo of the greenbelt.  Well, anyway, I am hard at work on this project and will be spending most of next week on it.  If I have to, I will have my own organization co-sponsor the event.  I'll try every trick I know to avoid that, if at all possible.  I don't want to be setting any precedents.

We watched another two episodes of Northern Exposure last night.  Geeze, that show is SOOOO GOOOD!  WOW!  A timeless classic is what it is.  Season one actually started with the pilot in on July 12, 1990 and then ran 8 more episodes through August with one last airing in late November.  We have four more episodes to go to complete Season One.  We both could watch them again and again and probably will.

Well, time to skee-daddle along and begin rigging for our day trip.  Hasta, pasta! 

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