One of the coolest things I have seen in quite some time…

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When Meghan and I went to Seattle right before Christmas, there was one thing I forgot to add into my post about our trip over on the ferry that bears mentioning.

There was what looked to be a Middle-Eastern family near us on the boat who were carrying presents. I believe it was the mom and dad and three kids. Between them they had about 6 presents wrapped up – green paper and red bows – and they looked to be plastic containers from the looks of them. I wondered if they were baked goods. We got off the ferry behind the family and they ventured onward to their gathering.

Well, so we thought.

We caught up with them on the street past the ferry terminal along the waterfront and just as we did the first homeless guy they saw they went up to him and presented him one of these presents. They homeless guy was caught by surprise and he smiled in a way that you know he was really touched by the gesture.

It made me smile inside and out (it was hard NOT to) and I mentioned it to Meghan in case she didn’t see what was happening (it was quite busy around us at that moment). The look on the homeless man’s face was one of surprise and sheer joy, and he thanked the family. You could easily tell he was touched by it and was grateful. You know, it was pretty awesome to see people do something like that – the spirit of giving so freely to a total stranger, and giving to someone who was in need. It was heart-warming to see parents teaching their kids these things.

It was also good to see people teaching the REST of us around them those things…

A Long Weekend is Almost Over…

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It has been a good week. Meghan came in for a week to hang out, went to Seattle, heard from a couple of good friends that I had not heard from in quite a while, some exciting things happened here at the refuge, and I was offered a 6-month extension on my caretaker job here. And that is just some of the excitement.

I spent most of the day Thursday working on another new song. I am not quite sure where the lyrics are headed yet; I have two distinct ideas poles apart, but as far as the music is concerned I know definitely know where it is going and it will be much different from anything else I have posted on my SoundCloud account previously (but I have worked on others similar to this latest one). I have another song in the works as well. Perhaps one of the lyric ideas will make its way over to that one – I just do not know yet. I actually started that one first, but I got the idea for the one I am arranging and recording, and it has taken on a life of its own now… I just could not stop trying various ideas for the tracks today. It felt good to get out the Strat and play some more the last few days and be creative again.

Well, it is back to work this morning. I do have a great office, however, and I am certainly looking forward to six more months of it!

Boy… Have We Had Us Some Fun!

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Wall Art in the alley near the Gum Wall

Wall Art in the alley near the Gum Wall

I just got back from taking Meghan to the airport to go back to SD via Denver. She got in last Tuesday night and we had a great time the whole week. It is about 2 1/2 hours each way… IF you get to the ferry on time AND the drawbridge is not up AND the weather is good.

Wall Art in the alley near the Gum Wall

Wall Art in the alley near the Gum Wall

We had the office holiday bash Tuesday with some great food and co-workers, and we have spent time on the beach. Wednesday we went on the beach and walked about a mile looking at things. Then, in the afternoon, the biologist took Meghan out onto The Spit in a closed area about 3 – 3 1/2 miles out to do a bird count and talk science.

WARNING!!! SCIENCE IN PROGRESS!!

WARNING!!! SCIENCE IN PROGRESS!!

Sue and I were walking along talking and Meghan had stopped as we kept walking. She said “What the hell is that noise?”. We went back and heard a huffing noise and discovered that there was an elephant seal pulp juvenile in the weeds! Way cool! Sue said that is kinda rare so that was quite a discovery. As we were heading back to the mainland we got to see a snowy owl – Meghan’s first.

Friday we went to my favorite city – Seattle.

Seattle Waterfront Panorama

Seattle Waterfront Panorama

Meghan wanted to go to Pike Place Market. The weather turned out to be sunny and gorgeous. Got to hit the Chinese bakery again for bbq pork hom bow and steamed pork buns. Damn tasty stuff there. We wandered around acting like tourists because, well, we WERE. We looked inside the first Starbucks “just because”. Surprised there wasn’t another “first Starbucks” right across the street from it. After that we wandered around and finally found it… the infamous (and, I believe, original) “Gum Wall”. Seems as though theater patrons used to stick their chewing gum on the wall of this building in an alley below Pike Place Market. They finally gave up on scraping it off and it is disgusting, yet intriguing.

The Gum Wall in Seattle

The Gum Wall in Seattle

The Gum Wall in Seattle

The Gum Wall in Seattle

The Gum Wall in Seattle

The Gum Wall in Seattle

Saturday she went out on a dead bird survey with one of the local experts, who was also quite interested in the wolf study she is going on next week. After she got done and I finished up my work we went out to do a trash pickup along the beach. We found the body of a young Dall’s porpoise that washed up on shore. These animals look just like a small killer whale.

While I worked on Sunday she did the “Twilght Tour” over on the western shore area. We went out for pizza and beers and then went to watch the Seahawks blister the ass-end of the 49ers.

Yesterday we went running errands and I took her over to the Madison Falls area that I went to previously.

Forest near Madison Falls

Forest near Madison Falls

After that, we came back and went to the lighthouse to empty their garbage and pick up beach debris. She got a tour while we were out there and got to go up in the lighthouse.

But, today it was back home for her and leave in a few more days to Minnesota. I am off the next two days so it is back to my routine as well. Need to hit the gym to work off some cheese dip, cookies, and cake. Tomorrow is massage day and then off to the hot tub.

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I find political correctness revolting, and especially so this time of year. My personal beliefs should not matter to you, as yours do not matter to me.

It IS Christmas. That is what the holiday is called. It doesn’t matter if you are a believer or not – it is still called Christmas. Need another example? July 4th is NOT called “Firecracker Day”, or “Beer and Wieners Day”. It is called “Independence Day”. Stop calling them “Holiday Parties”, and the “Holiday Tree”. They never WERE those, and they never will be.

Merry Christmas.