Three trees

Starbucks buddy Rich and I decided it was time for another walk on the Banks to Vernonia trail. I grabbed my camera in case I found something. These three trees called to me.


A trip to the Rose Garden and a nursery with a mirrorless camera. Clearly, even f/2 is too wide an aperture for some of these shots. More experimentation is needed. ;-)

Clouds of inattention

Before heading upstairs, I found myself in the backyard with the granddogs. To give them some unneeded privacy, I looked up to the evening sky.

A trip to the tulip farm

Last weekend, we wanted to visit the tulip farm, but even after 2020, we didn’t realize that we’d need reservations. Oops! At least we didn’t drive all the way before discovering that.

Melissa jumped online and made reservations for yesterday afternoon as a do over. After many days of beautiful, sunny weather, yesterday had more typical Oregon springtime weather: gentle, refreshing sprinkles.

The drive was faster than we expected so we showed up a little before our scheduled time. No worries, even though the parking lot looked like most people were showing up for their slotted times. Melissa had Oakley because, well, everyone knows that golden retrievers love tulips. Plus, what a great opportunity to socialize a six-month-old pupper. Lots of people and other doggies wanted to greet Miss Oakley.

We wandered through the mizzle and bloom, taking pictures and being Oakley’s entourage. I wandered over to the steam tractor to watch it work while Melissa and Suzi found hot drinks for all of us.

Mmm… :-)

Orderly transfer of power — 2020*

"Inauguration Day Sunrise," by Geoff Livingston. Creative Commons license.

Every four years, I like to post the official picture of the outgoing and incoming presidents meeting in the oval office. This is a special time for our nation and nearly a religious experience for me. As I wrote more than twelve years ago:

An amazing event is taking place: the orderly, peaceful transfer of power. From President George W. Bush to President-elect Barack Obama. From the Republican party to the Democratic party. Without guns or threat of violence. The political process works.

It’s times like this that I’m proud to be an American.

And yet, this transfer is different. Like many norms, the norms of transfer have been cast aside, but the fact of transfer hasn’t. I can’t post a picture of something that didn’t happen. But, democracy is still strong. America works.

We have a lot of work ahead of us. We need more than an America that works. We need an America that works for all Americans. To get there, we’re going to have to work together, unite together. As President Biden said earlier today:

My whole soul was in it today. On this January day, my whole soul is in this: Bringing America together, uniting our people, uniting our nation. And I ask every American to join me in this cause.

Uniting to fight the foes we face: anger, resentment, hatred, extremism, lawlessness, violence, disease, joblessness and hopelessness. With unity, we can do great things, important things. We can right wrongs. We can put people to work in good jobs. We can teach our children in safe schools. We can overcome the deadly virus. We can reward, reward work and rebuild the middle class and make health care secure for all. We can deliver racial justice and we can make America once again the leading force for good in the world.

President Biden, January 20, 2021

Count me in!

The inauguration

If you like, you can watch C-SPAN’s entire coverage of the inauguration. It’s nearly 9.5 hours! Or, watch the two videos I’ve embedded below. They’re my favorites.

Amanda Gorman, the first national youth poet laureate, read her poem, “The Hill We Climb.”

President Biden gave his inauguration address. I struggled to find sections to excerpt. It’s not that long; I recommend your listening to and/or reading the entire address.

Full text follows…

My Samsung dryer now spins

Idler pulley assembly installed

A couple of days ago my dryer quit working. Thanks to the innerwebs, I was able to debug the issue and get a replacement part on order. Today, the part arrived.

Because my laundry room is so shallow, I had to get behind the dryer, then pull the bottom toward me and tilt the top away so I could see into and work through the access port near the bottom of the dryer. Once I’d done that, removing the old idler pulley arm, installing the new one, and threading the drive belt was easy to do. Because the dryer was tilted, I needed to move the drive belt back into the correct position on the drum.

Many of my home repairs require three trips to the home supply store:

  1. A trip to get the parts I need,
  2. A trip to get the parts I missed because I haven’t done this repair recently (or ever), and
  3. A trip to get the parts to replace those I broke in the repair process.

This time, I needed only the first trip, and it was virtual! Better yet, the only leftover parts were those that I replaced.

Link: ProPublica — What Parler Saw During the Attack on the Capitol

What Parler Saw During the Attack on the Capitol. ProPublica provides a collection of videos from the January 6, 2021, protests/insurrection.

As supporters of President Donald Trump took part in a violent riot at the Capitol, users of the social media service Parler posted videos of themselves and others joining the fray. ProPublica reviewed thousands of videos uploaded publicly to the service that were archived by a programmer before Parler was taken offline by its web host. Below is a collection of more than 500 videos that ProPublica determined were taken during the events of Jan. 6 and were relevant and newsworthy.