Archive for May 12th, 2012


Little League Dugout: Waiting for Those Clarifying Moments

If you have ever performed in some fashion: sports, drama, music, giving a speech….you can recall the wait. The waiting for the moment you move from one spot to another; to move into a spot that will test your ability to perform under pressure. You remember your failures and you remember any glory moments. Today, as I sat watching my grand daughter wait for her moments in a soccer match, I noticed this old base ball diamond. Abandoned now, wasting to the elements. I thought back to my moments of waiting, standing, grabbing the bat and turning around the corner of the fence, headed to the plate. Life’s little challenges that seem so big at the time.

“Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright; The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light, And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout; But there is no joy in Mudville — mighty Casey has struck out”. 


The Earth Starts Moving: Dio Mio!!!!!!

Was visiting the always interesting All About Lemon who has a most exciting piece about the Earth. Visit the site and then click any picture of the Earth and wow! Scary stuff. Increible!!! is right. Below pic is from region after the slide. Happened awhile ago, not current events but interesting to watch.

CRACKED IN HALF ROAD: A view of a road destroyed by a landslide Tuesday in the southern Italian town of Maierato. A landslide, thought to have been caused by heavy rains in the region, split a hillside in Maierato the previous day. About 200 residents of the town in the Vibo Valentia province have had to be evacuated, authorities said. (Belcastro Antonietta/EPA) | WSJ


Stillwater Fly Fishing Lines (Options in Presentation)

Two Styles of Intermediate Clear lines. The Cortland Camo is my recommendation. ‘Clear’ lines have come a long ways in the last 15 years.

Rather than reinventing the wheel, I am pointing the way to a piece by Denny Rickards. It is actually his site promoting the sale of various fly lines. In the promotion of the varied lines is a lot of good information that will benefit the stillwater fly fisher that has not quite sorted out the presentation part yet and still only carries a floating line. You would be well served to primarily use a ‘clear’ Intermediate as your primary line and from there consider the floater and perhaps a faster sinking line (less used). I do not promote any sales on this blog. I just believe Rickards does present excellent information about presentation, which is often as important or more important than fly selection. Rickards also had several informative books out on the market that worth a read if you are learning the basics of stillwater fly fishing.


Every Day in May Challenge: Something Completely Different (Salvation Army & Tonya Harding)

Well, as I was driving to work this morning, I thought about this pending challenge topic ‘something completely different. I free flow with thoughts any way as I’m driving to work. Don’t ask me why but first I thought about the origin of fly pattern names. Tonya Harding was on the radio wailing away about her new born son (poor kid)…so I thought about a pattern called the Tonya Harding or the Train Wreck or the Knee Capper or White Trash. The light was green and an impatient type behind me honked to get moving. 

At the next intersection I contemplated why Portlandians set stuffed furniture outside on the curb as a donation. It has set in the rain. I never see anyone deposit/dump this furniture so they must shamefully do it under the cover of darkness. Also, I have never seen anyone take the furniture, yet it disappears…no doubt under the cover of darkness…HONK!!!

After a long Friday…frequently, appropriately labeled FUF, at work, I made my way home (no nothing occurred to me on the way home). Once home, I was watching some silly Brit movie..The Wrong Box, 1966. I was half assed paying attention when a character in the movie…a self righteous acting woman (temperance as a cause) appeared with an S insignia on her collar…half asleep it occurred to me…’what is that S for, I wonder’…’the Salvation Army?’ Stay with me, I’m getting there…and low and behold, it just popped into my brain as if by divine providence…the ‘something completely different’ topic was born: the origin of the Salvation Army. No really it’s kind of interesting.

Now That Logo sounds like some serious happening stuff going down in the redemption business.

The Salvation Army was modeled after the military, with its own flag (or colours) and its own hymns, often with words set to popular and folkloric tunes sung in the pubs. Booth and the other soldiers in “God’s Army” would wear the Army’s own uniform, for meetings and ministry work. He became the “General” and his other ministers were given appropriate ranks as “officers”. Other members became “soldiers”. When William Booth became known as the General, Catherine , his wife, was known as the “Mother of The Salvation Army”. William preached to the poor, and Catherine spoke to the wealthy, gaining financial support for their work. The ‘S’ best expressed the way in which the Army administered to the ‘down and outs’: first, soup; second, soap; and finally, salvation.”

Now I know I post a few photographs here for my photographer aficionados. I particularly like old photographs and came upon some oldies while researching the Salvation Army. The Cabinet Card Gallery and the Salvation Army (and other topics). What you might ask is a Cabinet Card?

Now admit it…when I was relating the whole Tonya Harding~honking incident at the traffic signal, you thought ok this guy must have run out of his meds and can’t re-up until Monday. But, now you see the beauty of my thinking….right?

Tomorrow’s Every Day in May Outdoor Blogger’s Challenge Topic: Mother’s Day

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