Thursday, May 28, 2009

our upside-down garden...

My nephew got me the first Topsy Turvy. We were so intrigued, we bought two more. Since the basketball hoop is sitting idle, we hung them from the rim and backboard. We can easily lower it for watering - and they are up high enough to get good sunshine most of the day. We planted a husky cherry tomato, a mini yellow bell pepper and pickling cucumbers. I'm anxious to see how they do, compared to our conventional planting.

Anyone else using these this summer ?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

for the love of polaroids...

My collection is getting larger. The latest addition is the SX-70 Land camera in the lower left corner. Thanks Daniel.

Monday, May 18, 2009

29 years ago today...

It's hard to believe that it has been 29 years since the eruption of Mount St. Helens. Here are a few summaries of the 1980 eruption from Volcano World FAQ:

Time: The climatic eruption began at 08:32 PDT on May 18, 1980.

Deaths: 57 people were killed directly by the eruption. There was also a plane crash, a traffic accident, and shoveling ash which killed a total of 7 more.

Height of Mount St. Helens: The summit elevation was 9,760 feet (2,975 m) before the eruption. After the eruption the elevation of the new summit was about 8,525 feet (2,600 m).

Volume: About 0.25 cubic kilometers of new volcanic rock was erupted on May 18, 1980. This would make a cube about 600 meters (~2000 ft) on a side! But much more material was moved by the eruption: the entire northern side of the volcano collapsed and flowed down hill. The volume of this collapse was about 2.5 cubic kilometers - ten times bigger than the new lava.

Ash: The eruption began at 8:45 a.m. At noon, the ash plume (in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere) had reached Moscow, Idaho. By about 3 p.m. it was near Missoula, Montana and starting to spread south. By 6 pm it was eas! of Pocatello, Idaho. At the end of the day, about 16 hours after the eruption started, the ash plume was near central Colorado.

A huge volume of ash was created by the various 1980 eruptions of Mount St. Helens. Every community affected had its own ways of dealing with the ash. Tons of ash was probably washed down storm drains and into sewer systems as people cleaned roofs and sidewalks. Local landfills received ash. Many tons of ash came down rivers and streams into the Columbia River. The river had to be dredged to allow shipping to pass, and the sand dredged from the bottom was deposited in large dikes along the Columbia. These dikes are now covered in grass and trees, but if a person was to dig down a few feet they would find the ash.

Here's how she looked this morning:

Sunday, May 17, 2009

fun in the sun...

Dan and I ventured east yesterday to see The Dead/Allman Brothers/Doobie Brothers at the Gorge Amphitheater. It was a beautiful sunny day - perfect for a show.

Derek Trucks played with the Allmans. He is such an AWESOME, understated guitar player.

Bob forgot a whole verse of Dire Wolf, but he's getting old. And hairy. It was a great afternoon/evening.

Setlist for The Dead, for those who care:

I: The Music Never Stopped, Loose Lucy, Crazy Fingers > Dark Star > Dire Wolf, Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues, Into the Mystic, Women are Smarter
II: Passenger > Hell in a Bucket, Althea, Eyes of the World > Drums > Space > Days Between > Dark Star > One More Saturday Night
E: Box of Rain

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day... both our Moms. And to all moms in general. You deserve more than just one day to be recognized. :)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Garage Salepalooza

Today was the annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day. I, along with a group of very fun peeps ventured out early this morning in quest of a number of goodies. (the mainfestation list ROCKED) Everyone scored something good. The weather was perfect too.

Our fearless driver, Dave and Obi Wan.

Dave's rugs = huge score. Thank god for the uber sun roof.

Jello and the gorilla costume

Lunch at Sunfish. A perfect way to end the shopping day.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Happy 100th Birthday Edwin Land

I recently posted about my new obsession with Polaroid cameras. Today would have been the 100th birthday of Edwin Land, the inventor of polaroid photography. The first polaroid camera was sold to the public in 1948. Land was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest award given to a U.S. citizen, in 1963 for his work in optics. He passed away in 1991 at the age of 81.

Monday, May 4, 2009

The night before we left for Santa Cruz last month, Dan and I went to see JJ Cale at the Triple Door downtown. (my former Chicago-self always wants to call it the Double Door) He may not be someone you know by name, but I'm sure you'd recognize his songs. Eric Clapton's hits Cocaine and After Midnight were written by Cale. Not so well known, but equally loved by me are two Widespread Panic songs written by Cale - Ride Me High and Travelin' Light. He preformed all four, and then some. It was a great evening with great friends.