The Week in Walks, etc. Vol. 43-44

Right. I’ve been procrastinating long enough I think ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m not going to have my lunch until I get this done, so here goes the pictures from the last couple of weeks, up to and including the day that the pedometer went astray.

Also, I’m going to be doing some experimentation with Windows Live Writer to post this – so you’ll see some interesting features with the pictures, like borders and drop shadows, etc. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunday, 18th May

Walking 18/5/08

I am not at all sure what kind of tree this is – I think it could be a trillium, but in any case, I love the colours that it has with its flowers.

Distance – 3273 steps, 2.61km

Monday, 19th May

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An interesting moment in the life of the car I drive – a series of 4 matching digits – only happens every 1111 miles, you know. ;)  Here, we have 103,333 miles up on the digital odometer.

Distance – 1736 steps, 1.38km

Tuesday, 20th May

No photo from today. Well, I could post the one picture that was white, but that’d just be wasting space. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Distance – 1506 steps, 1.20km

Wednesday, 21st May

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Here are some more of those awesome trees, which I get to see on a regular basis. To be honest, I’d never even noticed them so much as I have this year – maybe that’s a side result of me being more independent. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Distance – 2311 steps, 1.84km

Thursday, 22nd May

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With the holiday weekend that was coming up, unfortunately, the market caused the prices of fuel to go to an all-time high. The irony is that I saw a sign at a station later on that showed the highest example price at $3.50/gallon. Sadly, I don’t think that’s coming back anytime soon. ๐Ÿ™

Distance – 2759 steps, 2.20km

Friday, 23rd May

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Another in the continuing series of early-morning posts, this time taken at around 6.30am. As you can see, now that we’re approaching June, the sun is really shining earlier and earlier. ๐Ÿ™‚

Distance – 3349 steps, 2.67km

Saturday, 24th May

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First off, this interesting little animal. It might be a raccoon, possum, or something else. All I know is that it isn’t a horse, and isn’t a bird. ๐Ÿ™‚

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And, yet again, I have a picture of these trees. Can you tell I’m fascinated by them? It might just be that the colours don’t show up like this until the fall – and then they’re kinda muted…

Distance – 5556 steps, 4.44km

Sunday, 25th May

No photo, and not really any serious walking done, as it was a hectic day with having commitments all around the place to deal with.

Monday, 26th May

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With it being Memorial (formerly Decoration) Day, a lot of people went to the cemetery to remember those who they may have lost while fighting for our country in whichever war or conflict they were sent to. Something that I had not seen before is the line of flags along the entryway into the cemetery.

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Of course, after seeing that sight, we came to this one – of some kind of strange brew dog being offered for sale. Apparently a "Labradoodle" is a mix between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. Though I’m not sure, I’ll say that right now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Distance – 4690 steps, 3.75km

Tuesday, 27th May

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Among the things you should never drive along a highway – a bobcat. Fair enough that it’s probably the shortest route, but I hope that they did make their way to wherever they were going safely. Needless to say, I didn’t stick around to see if he did or not.

Distance – 5432 steps, 4.34km

Wednesday, 28th May

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My friends the deer were back – and this time I got a good shot of them. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that I can always edit the photo to make it more contrasted so that they actually show up. ๐Ÿ™‚

Distance – 1421 steps, 1.13km

Thursday, 29th May

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An interesting scene here, and I wasn’t using the macro. This is, as it might seem, the steering wheel and the centre console of the car. One thing that you can’t see is the CD player (which had no CDs in it at the time). Other than that, the walking was done with the lawnmower and moving wood back and forth, and back and forth, and back and forth. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Distance – 8213 steps, 6.57km

Friday, 30th May

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This has got to be one of the best scenes I get to see from time to time. Right across from the cows is a school. Unfortunately, because of that school (and the fact I was heading down to volunteer at 8AM instead of getting there at 7 — I was on my own), all the parents were coming to drop their kids off there.

Can I just say that they are some of the dumbest fucking drivers out there. They were letting people into the line, sitting for ages waiting to turn into the school, and just generally being complete fuckwits. Thankfully, I just went off onto the gravel shoulder carefully and drove around them and moved on with my life ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now, when I got home, I put the pedometer on the kitchen table, and then one thing led to another, and the last time it was seen was apparently somewhere in the kitchen…I haven’t been able to find it since, so I think I might need to shell out another $5 or so to buy another new one.

The good news, though, is that I do find more creative ways to lose things (what, with airport bathrooms, and kitchens, etc. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Saturday, 31st May

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Ah, again, we have another of my favourite trees – the brown one in the field of green. I know it’s probably half dead, but I still love the contrast it provides to the scene. By the way, the water that you can see down there has expanded and is now about 5 rows up into the adjacent field…


In other news, I’ve been having a bit of a blue spell, not that big, but I do know it’s time for me to have a visit with my therapist – which I’ve scheduled for next Wednesday (which also happens to be the same day that I have an appointment with my doctor over there, so a bonus for saving time and gas ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). Aside from me having a bit of a blue patch, things are going well – I’ve taken some time to enjoy a movie (which I’ll talk about sometime in the near future), also I’m liking my job still, and I was told last night that I am doing a good job – my only response was that I won’t change a thing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Also, and I have to mention this because I’m proud of it – another compliment I got was that I am sounding a lot more confident in my voice. When I think about it, that is true because I don’t have that hesitation I used to have when talking to someone. That not only goes when I’m talking on the phone, but also whenever I’m talking to anyone in public. I have a certain comfort now when I’m talking to someone that I don’t generally have to worry about what I’m saying (just so long as I don’t go off of my rocker ๐Ÿ˜ˆ )

The Week in Walks, etc. Vol 43

Right, let’s get into it, hey? ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunday, 11th May

Walking 11/5/08

Horses and turkeys…a bit of a strange combination, but when you think that you can see everything from dogs to horses to squirrels and even some chickens, so it really isn’t that odd to see a combination from time to time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Distance – 1826 steps, 1.46km

Monday, 12th May

Walking 12/5/08

Well, this is an interesting bit of decoration in the grille of this truck, hey? Not too sure what the truckie is thinking with it, but it’s not something you see every day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Distance – 1825 steps, 1.46km

Tuesday, 13th May

Walking 13/5/08

A bit of a lesson for y’all here, even if it is outdated (the current state excise tax is approximately 1 cent higher, if I remember correctly), this is the outline of how taxes are distributed in the $4.00 per gallon we’re paying for our fuel. Of course, here, the state excise tax goes to fund the state’s deficits and not road building, but that’s government for you…

Distance – 2646 steps, 2.11km

Wednesday, 14th May

Walking 14/5/08 A

For some reason, this opening in the tree line along the horse paddock-cum-lake is intriguing to me. Also, I love how everything is greening up, as it is here in the forest –

Walking 14/5/08 B

Distance – After Walk: 5291 steps, 4.23km; end of day: 6581 steps, 5.26km

Thursday, 15th May

Walking 15/5/08

So, why am I posting a photo of a camera? Why is the camera in a car? Well, it’s for something that I’m trying out with recording a bit of a video on my commute (and to try to get video of the deer I see at night). What I’m going to do with it is a bit of a mystery, but I’ll do something with it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Distance – 2580 steps, 2.06km

Friday, 16th May

Walking 16/5/08

I had to travel to the city to do some business, and came across this site (after noticing the sign that said “Bridge Out” – they’re repairing a road that desperately needs it, and that means backups which are horrendous along with someone deciding that paving a path for walking is more important than paving a path for driving……

Distance – 6012 steps, 4.80km

Saturday, 17th May

Walking 17/5/08

Here I am coming up with solutions again – here’s using a wire rack designed for apparently a condiment rack to store the grill brush in. It’s simple and works like a charm. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Distance – 3818 steps, 3.05km


In other news… I spent a bit of time on Saturday afternoon taking in some good music from a local jazz band to which I had some connections performing their annual end-of-performance-year gig. Ok, I’ll fess up, it was a school band I was in, and I heard the advertisement for the event. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Also, and this was the reason for the trip to the city on Friday, I took the last steps to cutting my ties with my old bank by, ahem, fixing an error I brought upon myself when I bought some gas on my old card when I didn’t quite have enough cash on hand to do it…uhhh, oops :blush: . In any case, by the end of the week, the account should be closed up completely and I’ll be free from their poor location choices (and no, that wasn’t the only reason that I left them ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

The Week in Walks, etc. Vol 42

If I’m going to give alternate titles to this, it’d be the “back on track” edition. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Without further ado, back on Sundays now ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sunday, 4th May

Walking 4/5/08

Look carefully! There’s a duck in the middle of the puddle-cum-lake. It was just paddling through as it was probably resting in a trip further north. However, we don’t know that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Distance – 6257 steps, 5.00km

Monday, 5th May

Walking 5/5/08

Alright, this is something that most people don’t see on their commutes – it’s a play area for kids that is situated a ways off of the road. Fortunately, it is right where two roads intersect at a 4-way stop, so it’s relatively safe ๐Ÿ™‚

Distance – 4434 steps, 3.54km (including walking around a parking lot investigating a haircut deal for $8.95)

Tuesday, 6th May

I did take a couple of pictures, but really, they’re nothing to write home about since they’re pictures of a drive-thru Starbucks in the distance… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Distance – 2359 steps, 1.88km

Wednesday, 7th May

Walking 7/5/08

This is a picture that almost could be considered for inclusion on a gas sign website. This is the Citgo station that I’ve filled at a couple of times because they’ve had cheaper prices for gas than other stations in the area. From what I had heard on this day, I saved anywhere from 7-10 cents per gallon by filling up there.

Distance – 2457 steps, 1.96km

Thursday, 8th May

Walking 8/5/08

This is the lesser photographed, but more often scene of a train – passing by when you and some of your closest commuting compadres are sitting patiently in line for it to get through so that we can continue on our merry ways.

Distance – 2000 steps, 1.60km

Friday, 9th May

Walking 9/5/08

Some people take their devotion seriously by putting a simple bumper sticker on their vehicle. Others fly a flag. For some, not only do they have a whole bunch of lips on their vehicle, they put up three separate phone numbers on the vehicle to drum up her business in the Avon trade…wonder if she’ll be seeing people interested in her products with the van than without…

Distance – 6132 steps, 4.90km

Saturday, 10th May

Walking 10/5/08

The tulips in one of the outdoor beds have decided to come to life. Now, after having a bit of a break from flowers, we have this specimen. For some reason, I like taking pictures of flowers – I think it’s the color myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

Distance – 6918 steps, 5.53km


In other news… I’ve been feeling a bit discombobulated lately. I’m not totally sure why, but I kinda feel like I’m complacent with where I am now. Truth be told, I am happy with where I am now – I still want to find a second job on the weekend possibly. Also, I’ve heard some success stories about products being sold on Craigslist and about some things that I should have the knowledge of how to go about doing it.

Speaking of my talents at work, I hinted at it earlier, but I’ve had the fortune to help a couple of people out with their sites. To be honest, I’ve enjoyed the process, even though in one case, it was something that I would have not have thought of for a long time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Week in Walks, etc. Vol 41

…or the way too late edition ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ve been slack in working on this blog because I’ve been involved in a couple of other projects, so let’s just get this darn thing done, eh? ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunday, 27th April

Walking 27/4/08 A

The first buds of the season are starting to appear on the trees this spring, making some green finally appear.

Walking 27/4/08 B

In the horse paddock, we have a bird sitting on the wire fence meant to hold the horses in, but definitely not the water ๐Ÿ˜‰

Walking 27/4/08 C

Again, I have some good luck with the camera, snapping this great shot of an airplane flying overhead while I was walking.

Walking 27/4/08 D

This is another shot of the red tree at the far end of the paddock, but with a slightly different angle, showing off more of trees surrounding the paddock-cum-lake

Distance – 5038 steps, 4.03km

Monday, 28th April

Walking 28/4/08

More with the trees again, this time with another tree just getting some buds on it. As you can see, some of the trees here can get quite tall here. ๐Ÿ™‚

Distance – 1990 steps, 1.59km

Tuesday, 29th April

Walking 29/4/08

Looking exciting, eh? Well, this is now the closest I’ve gotten to $1.00 per litre for fuel – $3.759 per gallon. Thankfully, I don’t have to fill up with Diesel, at $4.229 per gallon…but I fear that the price of fuel will be getting there. I hope I’m wrong…

Distance – 2869 steps, 2.29km

Wednesday, 30th April

Walking 30/4/08

A little hard to see, I know, but there are two dots which is where two deer are located. They had crossed the road in front of me.

Distance – 2069 steps, 1.65km

Thursday, 1st May

Walking 1/5/08

Apparently too embarrassed to display the costs of their food, one of the local supermarkets have decided to only say that they have a sale. That’s not unusual because they have a sale every week, from Thursday to Wednesday. Either that, or they just were too lazy to set out the actual sale prices (for example, avocados for 88ยข each).

Distance – 2433 steps, 1.94km

Friday, 2nd May

Walking 2/5/08

A few weeks ago, I showed a shot of this looking the other way, up the ramp in the foreground. Here’s an opportunity to see things from the other side. The grass is getting greener and greener by the day, and folks are now going out to mow their lawns and do some yardwork which needs to get done…

Distance – 4487 steps, 3.58km

Saturday, 3rd May

I didn’t put the pedometer on, or take any pictures, but I did do a bit of walking around some stores both in the morning and then in the afternoon when I went to get one of the converter boxes that I’m going to get for the digital TV


In other news… As I’ve mentioned, I’ve picked up a couple of projects that I’ve been working on around the net, including a first customer for my WordPress upgrades, though that appears to be more of a troubleshooting call now, as the upgrade seems to have gone well. One good thing about having this stuff to do is that I am finally getting my sleeping patterns straightened out, and I’ve been getting to bed around 1AM, which is definitely an improvement over the past few weeks. I’ve also been getting up at 8 or 9 now, compared to 10 or 11, which really sucked, I gotta say…

The Week in Walks, etc. Vol 40

Wow, number 40 already…amazing!

Anyway, a better week for the walking, but admittedly, I should have been out more on Wednesday and Thursday when the temperatures were upwards of 20ยฐC+ outside, but my old friend vampire was around again. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Also, a bit of an experiment – I’m going to use smaller images, just because the first one was (at my default) over 300k, so I resized it by half once more. I might switch to full size images in the future, but for now, I’ll stick to thumbnails.. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunday, 20th April

Walking 20/4/08 A

First up, some of the trees that are starting to grow their leaves (and drop stuff on the road – the stuff on this tree was white and lengthy; you’ll see some more later). I gotta say that it does give you some hope that the winter is finally over. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Walking 20/4/08 B

I have to say that this is an amazing shot – I don’t know exactly what kind of bird this is, but it was one of those shots that, using the sports mode, actually came out properly and not all blurry.

Distance – 7270 steps, 5.81km

Monday, 21st April

Walking 21/4/08

This picture should serve as a lesson to me: don’t try to do anything south of the freeway before work. You won’t get anywhere. All of those cars are lined up to go onto the freeway, but of course, you have to sit with them on the road…for some reason all of the traffic doesn’t start to back up until you get past the turn off for my work…I almost freaked out, but made it in time. I decided to do what needed to get done (buy gas…) after work. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Distance – 1502 steps, 1.20km

Tuesday, 22nd April

Walking 22/4/08

This is looking out to one direction at a stoplight I sit at every single day. Sometimes I get lucky and land at the front of the queue, generating this kind of shot. And, honest! Those signs are blank. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

Distance – 1667 steps, 1.33km

Wednesday, 23rd April

Walking 23/4/08

Yet another lesson learnt about vehicles – don’t leave them under a maple tree! See that clear spot? That’s where one of the cars sat for a couple of days and all the buds fell off of the tree, along with a ton of bird crap, landed on the car. Luckily all of that washes off in rain. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Distance – 2477 steps, 1.98km

Thursday, 24th April

No picture, mostly because it was raining during a good bit of the day, the beginning of some nice spring storms which make you wonder what nature has against us at times…

Distance – 1505 steps, 1.20km

Friday, 25th April

Walking 25/4/08

Ahh, early morning. A time when if I’m heading in to volunteer, I get to sit on the passenger side and take shots of the fog that accumulated from the temperatures not going too low overnight…

Distance – 4142 steps, 3.31km

Saturday, 26th April

Walking 26/4/08 A

This is another of those purely “cool” shots – of the sunset over a Saturday evening. At the left is the horse paddock. I think it’s safe to say that they won’t be there anytime soon, as the amount of water has just increased and increased. The other picture is from the train at the right…

Walking 26/4/08 B

This grain car is one that was quite interesting. Actually, it looks like a grain car, but it’s something to do with chemicals. The message on the side says that “Sumex Chemicals Exports”. I’m not totally surprised though that this kind of car would go through, considering I’ve seen some interesting foreign cars go through lately. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Distance – 2123 steps, 1.69km


In other news… An interesting thing happened this week – I ran out of pages in my to do booklet. Never fear, though, because I knew it was coming and got myself two notebooks as they were available at Wal-Mart for $1.50 each (a savings of 34ยข over the original price). It’s interesting to look back at what was on my to-do lists some 200 days or so ago, when I was kinda closing out one phase of my life and moving into the one that I’m in now – the first day was October 1st, before I’d even gone driving again for the first time, and before I had a job again.

Looking forward, this week the weather doesn’t look the greatest, but I’m going to give it a go to walk during the week, and more than just at work. Also, I am kinda hoping that I can take a Friday off from volunteering, but if they’ve got something, I’m willing to go in for the day – it keeps me out of trouble and builds my connections in another location. ๐Ÿ™‚