Friday, June 30, 2006

Observations from a vsit to Washington, D.C. during the big rains:
1. Mass transit should be built with emergency service in mind. If a community is subject to floods, earthquakes, whatever, designers of light rail and trains should take that into account. Don't put electrical junctions and switches and light rail stations too low, where they may flood. If they do flood, always have backup systems. Sending every available bus and bus driver to saturate an area will clog roads more. Count on quality private-enterprise cab drivers as backup too. Where ARE all the good cab drivers in my town?
2. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is above ground and does not flood. Ditto the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum. Why are we storing our National Archives in a building that floods? ("Sorry, folks, the Declaration of Independence got washed away in the last big rain...")
3. Alexandria is a jewel as beautiful as Charleston. M Street in Georgetown is like going to SouthPark mall in Charlotte, but with decent restaurants. Get off the main roads if you want to see unique stuff. That "Blue Highways" book was right.
4. My daughter and I walked the same halls at Georgetown University where researchers developed the HPV vaccine. That's inspiring.
5. Public transportation must be accessible to the handicapped and elderly, including those temporarily handicapped. Those folks often depend on it.
6. If you plug in to your Ipod while on the Metro, you miss all the interesting conversations everyone else is having on their cellphones. They do manage to talk on their cellphones, despite the tunnels.
7. One cab driver said they were changing the White House into an Ark, but they weren't going to allow any donkeys in.
8. World Cup soccer breaks the ice with any cab driver.
9. My hometown newspaper stacks up well against "The Washington Post" in providing useful information quickly, especially in emergency situations.
10. It's good to be home, and dry.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Happy solstice. Walk in the sun.
Search for a sun image here. Or use Flickr. If I'm going to walk, I've no time to play on the computer. Go find your own sun.
If you MUST stay staring at the screen, read what Charlotte area residents are saying about cars versus public transportation here.
Then read how it feels to age out of the mainstream media's target demographic here.
But really, you should go walk in the sun.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Spamku II:

Always Google before you post, or when you think you have an original idea.

Horribly disappointing and scary to find many people have the same original idea.

So Spamku is taken. The word is even trademarked, as a movie.

One Spamku site

And another

And the movie, reviewed

what if we had a new poetry form using the words in subject fields in spam?


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Saturday, June 17, 2006

Don't let the green days of high summer fool you.
Remember how our neighborhood and surrounding hoods looked in late spring, when canker worms had eaten our willow oaks and dogwood flowers.
This picture is of a dogwood tree in my front yard in May, after the worms were gone and new leaves sprouted. You can still see the damage done to the old leaves.
Resolve now to start saving money to band your trees -- and your neighbor's trees if they don't have the money to do so.
It's for the next generation in Charlotte and for our property values.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Here are some photos of the flowers under the oaks.

Well, technically this would be overoak.