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bad days have good payoff…

Posted by debraroby on August 31, 2005

Yeah, I’ve had a couple of not-so-great days… but each day, with a night sleep separating me from the drama… seems not as bad. And today it finally resulted in a good thing:

it drove me into the sewing room to do some mindless sewing. So I layered up a charity quilt I made a couple weeks ago, and I’m busy quilting it up for BLANKIES FOR GROWNUPS. I’m also mulling over the next steps in my Eucalyptus series, so I can work on that soon.

Peace and calm are beginning to return to me…when I’m not becoming so angry at little nothings that I’m ready to punch something.

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Not such a good day…

Posted by debraroby on August 30, 2005

Well, as good as the mail was Monday; that’s how bad the day was Tuesday.

Remember that telecon I was looking forward to participating in? I was late signing in because… well that will follow… but I was 20 minutes late. Then, 10 minutes later my cordless phone battery died. Bumping me out of the call. The part I participated in was interesting, but I got really short changed. Fortunately someone wiki’ed the whole thing.

So why was I late? I had to go to BigO and get a tire fixed. While I was in the parking lot earlier today, I must have driven over a BIG SCREW (gee… we shall later how appropriate this is).. that embedded itself in my left rear tire. So as I drove, it kept going Klick, Clack, clickity, clickity. The kid next door told me it was safe to drive down to get it fixed.. but not to wait the 2 hours I would have waited if I stayed home for the whole call. (which I wouldn’t have been able to stay through as it turns out. That durned battery).

Driving down to Big O, a guy down the street backed out of his garage and straight into the street without looking. I laid on the horn and swore at him.. and he missed T-boning me about about 6″.

Not that that will keep from calling my insurance company.

When I took the dogs for their walk, I stopped near the post office and mailed in my entry to PIQF. We crossed the street to the park and walked around. Besides the screw-in-the-tire present… I found this surprise on my bumper:

It looks like a large truck of some kind backed into me and (ofcourse) didn’t leave any information about the accident. sigh.

Fortunately the back gate still works.. the dogs are happy… But I’ve got to talk to the police and the insurance company.. and deal with all this.

When I got home, I swore nothing short of a disaster would drive me out of the house again today…

So if an earthquake strikes the SF East bay tonight.. you know who to blame…

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Some perspective on Katrina…

Posted by debraroby on August 30, 2005

I am a weather-news junky. Don’t give a hoot about all the political stuff… but give me a good storm and I’m glued to the tv and surfing the net for feeds. I also spent some time (20 some years ago) as a Red Cross disaster volunteer.

So here is some of my perspective on the aftermath from Hurricane Katrina.

1. Many parts of the region have building standing apparently undamaged, but massive vegetation damage according to one report on CNN. Broken trees are slow to clean up, and the ONLY people with large enough chain saws are normally Forest fire fighters and some National Guard units. Expect requests from all around the country for Guardsmen to head to the gulf area to assist with cleanup.

THIS IS GOING TO TAKE MONTHS. AND MANPOWER. AND WHERE WILL THEY PUT ALL THIS DEBRIS?

2. A friend wrote: I am thinking of what its going to take just to get the water plants re-started as well as the wastewater plants. On the Water side, every
water line and every fire line is going to have to be flushed and
chlorinated and samples will have to be taken from every line flushed
and taken to the lab for analysis. There there are all of the electric
motors that are going to have to be dried before they can be started.
Then there is all of the silt and sand that will be plugging the storm
drains not to mention all of the manholes which have been blown off.
The Mississippi will be highly turbid so there will have to be
extensive filtering at the Water treatment plants…the magnitude is
almost beyond comphrehension.

THIS IS GOING TO TAKE MONTHS. AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

I can’t imagine where all these people are going to live during this time. And the peak of hurricane season is still 3 weeks away… with hurricanes possible for what?? another 6 to 8 weeks??

With the impact nationwide on supplies and oil prices.. this is going to be a major hit on our economy.

Now the RED CROSS holds with a philosophy that
a) people who have lost everything deserve more than other people’s hand-offs, so they give victims money to buy new things (like underwear, shoes and clothing).

b) local communities devastated by disaster can recover more quickly if money is poured back into the local community.

That’s why ARC asks for cash donations instead of used clothing and such.

If you are sleeping in your home tonight, with more than the clothes on your back… please DONATE HERE.

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GOOD MAIL DAY!!

Posted by debraroby on August 30, 2005

So Monday was a good mail day… Dick Blick catalog and these two little gems…
Maybe this is the start of a trend??

This postcard thank you was from Virginia Spiegel.

And THIS one was from Guess Who???

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Community of the Path

Posted by debraroby on August 29, 2005

This is an explanation why I wanted to join the Us/Them discussion tomorrow.

I started with an honest but painful explanation. I edited it three times and still felt tortured reading it. And I didn’t want to torture you while offering some insight (and no photos. What is wrong with you, Debra Ann?? don’t you know we crave eye candy? I hear you all thinking…)

Anyway, I went for a walk with the dogs.

And thought about the “community of the path” while we were out.

There is a walking path along Refugio Valley Rd. in Hercules that runs the length of the street (about 2.5 miles). It is used daily.. and all day long. The elder Chinese who practice TaiChi every morning in the park, finish with a walk. Mothers with strollers head out from about 9 am. to noon. The Firemen stationed nearby get there walks/runs in there. We walk our dogs and catch up with friends. I would guess that an average 200 people step along this strip of blacktop daily (not counting the students coming and going from the highschool/middle school). Your typical community path.

BUT, most of the travelers practice a uniquely charming habit that has never been formalized. It’s a variation on the standard practice of nodding when you pass someone on a path.

The first time you approach a fellow traveler on Refugio, you
1. make eye contact, then
2. say “good morning/afternoon/evening”.

and here’s the really unique part:
because most of us walk part way up the path, then turn around and return to our cars, we often pass some of the same people a second time. and the common practice here changes:

1. make eye contact again…
2. say “have a good day, now”.

It’s a very subtle way of acknowledging all around that “I see you, and though I’ve seen you and greeted you earlier today, I will likely not see you again today.”

Simple. But a whole lot of sub-text exists in these phrases. And a lot of respect.

Now all but the dullest reader will see that travelling a path is an easy allegory for moving through life… How many different ways do we pass by each other?

In real life… driving on the freeways, standing in line at a store, sitting at nearby tables in the coffeeshop. Online, we might be reading blogs, making comments, reading the same mailing list. We interact in casual ways in all these situations.

All fraught with chances for misunderstandings… or ripe for finding commonality.

How can we as a SOCIETY develop habits/guidelines/methods of interaction that acknowledge each person in an inclusive way? How can we build a “community of the path” on every path in life?

It’s gotta start somewhere. And I’m hoping the conversation tomorrow will be my start.

Then, tomorrow, I promise.. pictures!! (What? those sunsets didn’t satisfy you? ) And since ROCKSTAR is Tuesday night.. we know that coming soon is the mindless babbling…Who ROCKS?? Who blew it badly??

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Some Eye Candy…

Posted by debraroby on August 28, 2005

This sunset photo was taken on the 11th. Bay area fog is high and bouncing the light. I love watching sunsets from our backyard.

Same night, slightly different angle.

Taken a few days later. The fog is close overhead… and almost obscuring the sunset.

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