Archive for July, 2008
We escorted Trisha’s nephew, Chris, and his bride-to-be, Melissa, to Mt. Rainier. It had been several years since we’d visited the mountain so it was a fun adventure for us as well as for our guests. The weather was perfect and we were treated to endless stunning vistas of one of the northwest’s most glorious attractions. Even in mid summer there was still plenty of melting snow to feed the mountain streams and wonderful wildflowers framed the roads and trails.
We attended our second Mariners’ game this year and were treated to a rare win: 8-2 over the also last-place Cleveland Indians. For our pre-game snack we had Ivar’s fish/clams and chips. The highlights of the game were Raul Ibáñez‘s 2nd-inning grand slam and Félix Hernández‘s dominating, 8 strike outs, pitching. On the drive home an enormous rising full moon escorted us on the I-90 bridge over Lake Washington.
It’s that delicious time of year in the Pacific Northwest; it’s why we moved here. The days are sunny and mostly in the 70s and evenings and morning are cool enough that you need a sweater or jacket. Plants love it. Here’s one of the scores of blossoms on the Clematis off the back patio.
It turns out that the baby elk (see the June 29 post) is not an orphan after all. This afternoon when I got home from the practice range the baby was in the front yard nibbling on the wild violets. I grabbed the camera and was snapping a couple of photos from inside the house when mother appeared and directed the little one away from the threatening human in the window. The pair meandered through the front yard and out into neighbors’ lots. It’s good to know the little one isn’t alone.
We just bought tickets for the exhibit of the famous Lucy fossil coming to the Pacific Science Center in October. That’s Lucy as in the 3.2 million year old Australopithecus afarensis skeleton discovered in Ethiopia in 1974 and the subject of Donald Johanson‘s book From Lucy to Language. It’s really rare for such priceless specimens to leave their home museum so this is an exciting event. We will also be attending numerous lectures over the winter related to the exhibit.
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I’ve recently had a few conversations about favorite golf books and it made me think some about the sixty or so I have and which have been truly helpful. It’s a short list. Dave Pelz’s Short Game Bible surely helped my scoring (as did attending his day-long short game clinic) and How to Break 90 changed my idea of what success is for the average hacker like me. I recently ordered Raymond Floyd‘s The Elements of Scoring; I’ve been intrigued by reviews of the book and I admire Floyd’s easy swing and precision short game.
Finally, a respectable round. I played steady enough in all phases of the game and shot an 86 (with 5 pars and one birdie). It was a good start (three pars on the first four holes) and a good finish: birdie 2 on number 17 and a par save from the adjacent fairway on 18. And there was a very satisfying (wind-aided) 308 yard drive on number 2.