Saturday, August 08, 2020

Not That Tube - You Tube

Okay, maybe it is social distancing, maybe I had a minor YouTube habit before lock down, but I have to admit, my name is David, and I can watch YouTube for hours per week.  
The latest obsession started innocently, with a documentary series on Amazon Prime Video titled "Travels by Narrowboat."  His boat has a classic low RPM diesel engine, I could listen to it's gentle thump-thump-thump for hours, and he has like hours of videos on Prime.  When I exhausted that, I did a search on YouTube, found a few more videos from Travels by Narrowboat, and discovered that there are a couple of dozen people posting videos on YouTube about narrowboat travel in England.  One of my favorites is Cruising the Cut, has a website  The channel is produced by a former television news reporter.  He knows how to tell a short story, how to shoot video, how to edit. He has been on his boat 3 or 4 years and is prolific, at the moment he has 222 videos, averaging about 15 minutes, you can watch his stuff for hours, believe me I have.  When you run out of his, there is The Narrowboat Experience (two ladies and two cats,) Foxes Afloat (two men in the process of building their second new boat) and many more. 

What are you watching this summer? 

Friday, August 07, 2020

Baa- Baa

Over the years our collection of house sheep have appeared from time to time on the blog. The fondness for sheep extends to the animate kind.  When we were taking the train from Dublin to Galway, we kept passing fields of sheep, rather than saying, oh look sheep, I simply went Baa!  I thought the lady sitting across from me was going to get up and move to another seat, or another train.  

What do you do when you pass a meadow full of sheep? 

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Birds in the Marsh

19 out of 20 days I don't see anything larger than a Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker on my morning walks, then there is this, he/she was huge. 
Right over my head and out to fish on the River. 
Updated based on the first few comments.
The side View of the head, confirms this is an Osprey, the eagle hawk does not have the dark stripe on the side of the face.  Otherwise the two are quite similar.   

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

The Way We Were Wednesday - The Future is Changed by the Past

My grandfathers had lots of brothers, this is one my father's father's brothers, a great uncle of mine.  He was born early enough to have survived two World Wars, the 1919 flu epidemic, and the great depression.  It changed him.  My father described how he would turn a tea cup around and drink out of the spot by the handle, because no one else drank from there.  Thinking about living through what he had lived through, that was not such strange behaviour, it was an attempt at self preservation in the era that he was a young man.  

The experiences of this year, will change us, 100 years from now our descendants will  talk about how strange we were, unless they understand the experiences that we have lived through.   

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Commentary on Comments

A few years ago, my office was trying to figure out Social Media, and I read a few books, I have also picked up lots of tips from other bloggers.  Comments can be difficult, but they can also be engaging and fun.  My feelings on them. 
  • Allow comments. There are a couple of blogs I look at from time to time because I enjoy what the person has to say, that don't allow comments.  I don't read them as often, I don't feel the same sense of connection to the authors that I do through an exchange of comments, though I think if we got to know one another we would enjoy it.  
  • If you want comments, comment on other people's blogs.  The more blogs I comment on, the more comments I receive. 
  • Reply to comments.  Many regular commenters check back to see if you read their comment, or what you thought of it.  Think of it as returning a hello to someone you pass on the street. 
  • Your comments don't have to be an essay, just a few words to say, hi, I was here and I read what you wrote. 
  • Be kind in your comments. Be kind in your replies to comments.
  • Spam and Trolls happen. Spam I simply delete, they usually go away after a few days.  Trolls should be ignored, not encouraged.  If the Trolls are rude, delete them.  Unfortunately I don't know how to block them. I have never turned on moderation, but I have deleted spammers and trolls. 
  • Expect that some posts, may draw disagreement in the comments.  There are topics I avoid, I recently posted something political and within an hour took it down because I knew it was going to draw a lot of negativity (even if I agree with the negative comments, I didn't want it on my blog.) I shouldn't have posted that post. 
I have met some incredibly wonderful people through blogging.  Comments are a huge part of that.  Thank you for reading, I know the readers far exceed the commenters.  I love every comment, and I always feel special when a long time reader leaves a comment.  I also appreciate the readers.  I blog for me.  It gives me a place to share photos I have taken, and to talk about my views on the adventure of life. Knowing that people visit and read what I have to show and say, reinforces that I am not talking to an empty room.  By the end of the year, I will reach half-a-million views, I have enjoyed over 15,000 comments.  

What blogs should I visit this week? 

Monday, August 03, 2020

My Music Monday - Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild

I have a neighbor who has a BMW Z-4 convertible.  Neat older guy. I was talking with him one morning about his car.  He said, he had thought about buying a motorcycle, then someone pointed out to him the only difference between his convertible and a motorcycle was two extra wheels that keep it upright and a top that keeps the rain out, he couldn't be much more out in the wind if he tried.  Good point, it is unlikely I will ever own a motorcycle - well there was the Harley that one time, that I was hiding for a friend, who didn't want his father to know he had bought, so we put it in my name and hid it in my father's garage while they were north for the summer until the time was right to break the news.  That is until my parents showed up unexpectedly in May- I had some explaining to do. And my father, knew his father, more explaining to do.    

For now, this is about as wild as I need to get. 

Sunday, August 02, 2020

Sunday Five - The adventures of 2020

I plan a national conference, last fall I settled on a theme of Vision 2020, as a play on words from 20/20 vision for this fall.  I had no idea how far off that vision would be.  So this week, let's talk about the adventure that has been 2020.

1: Have you waited in a socially distanced line to enter a store? 
2: How many face-masks do you have? 
3: Has anyone hassled you about wearing a face mask? 
4: Have you stayed healthy? 
5: What are you most looking forward to when this is over? 

My answers: 
1: Have you waited in a socially distanced line to enter a store?  Only once, at IKEA, I didn't wait to get into Trader Joes, Jay went a couple of days later in the middle of the day, in the middle of the week, when there was no wait. 
2: How many face-masks do you have? Five cloth ones, and I bought a box of disposable paper ones.  Most of mine are boring basic black. 
3: Has anyone haseled you about wearing a face mask? I have not, Jay was questioned by a yahoo. 
4: Have you stayed healthy? Yes, fortunately. 
5: What are you most looking forward to when this is over?  Booking airline tickets for the next great adventure.  

Please share your answers in the comments.