today began with frost on the ground. I was delighted to see it, after feeling like summer heat will never end. after showers, feeding the dogs breakfast, and having coffee, we set out for down town to do some reconnaissance on a couple of buildings we hope to explore. evidently there are some seventy buildings downtown that are abandoned and empty. we saw many more than either of us ever knew were there. it was inspiring! tomorrow we will go explore one of them, and I will have the photos posted on sub urban expeditions.
then we went home, picked up the dogs, and went to zink park.
ahhh, lots of pictures, and tired dogs.
actually I appreciate my job, even with its stress and chaotic moments. so many people arent working, and so many more are doing jobs at way below what they are used to making right now, that simply not getting a raise isnt all that bad. so im not really complaining.
I am glad to have the time off, however. today I get off work at 1pm, and don’t go back until monday. a much needed break, and time for more exploration. we have a building picked out, so be watching sub urban expeditions for new photos. im sure I will have more for writing with light as well. fall offers many good opportunities for unusual lighting and color to be captured and shared. not to mention its finally cool enough to venture out and get inspired. im so jonesing for my camera!
I have added a new door to this room. http://forgottenspaces.wordpress.com/ is a door that leads backwards, into forgotten, unused places, things left behind. it is the niche for my photography that most suits me, and the beau as well. some of the photos in the first post you may have seen before, but its always fun to go back again.
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what a whirlwind the last two weeks have been! first the fair started, and always runs weekend to weekend. if the fairgrounds werent just over half a mile from my house it would matter to me. but tulsa found it desirable to build the suburban areas up around the fairgrounds, so that some people live right across the street from it. the expo center, which is always hosting something, used to be bells amusement park was right next to that, the fairgrounds, the horse track, and a water park. all this used to be in rather a rural setting. but not anymore. so when the fair is going on the traffic is insane. the people are also insane. the street i take home from work – a rout that is straight south 3 miles to work and usually takes me about ten minutes, is jammed up almost as bad as christmas traffic going home with all the fair goers. my 3 mile trip home, normally 15-20 minutes anyway, becomes a quest to find a clear path on alternate routes or get bogged in for 30-45 minutes. after a long day of full patient load and nonstop phones, thats the last thing i want.
last weekend, as the weekend before, we helped the lady who did our estate sale with another one she was doing. a very big house with an overwhelming amount of stuff. the beau has been helping her during the week as well. we also had an open house on sunday, which was also the last day of the fair. three people showed up, and two neighbors.
this week has been just as busy at work for me, and at the house for the beau. now its friday, my early friday off. so i got down with vacuuming, restocking dog and cat food, and laundry, after a busy morning at work. the beau was at the house for the first day of the three day estate sale. tomorrow and sunday i will help out there too. the following week he will be helping haul off what doesnt sell, and i will be back to my crazy job.
did i mention there was an earth quake here last wednesday? there is a fault line here, and there are little tremors all the time. most go unnoticed. this one was in norman, south of tulsa, but the tremors were felt all the way to kansas. nothing devastating, but it made our house shake. wonderful.
the woman who lives behind us has been collecting poodles for the last two years. when we moved in she had two little poodles. then she got a blind one. then two more, and so on. said she was ‘fostering’ them. well, she finally had nine … seven little ones and two standards. problem was, she let them bark uncontrollably for long periods. a lot of her neighbors complained to the neighborhood association, who i guess talked to her. we started turning the sprinkler on them to keep them away from our fence. the guy next door got tired of the screaming poodles one day and soaked them with a hose. then he called the animal control department. i called them a week later. now she is playing the victim, but at least keeping them under control. she still has at least seven, the legal limit is four. there is no permit in city limits for fostering either. we will see …
tow weeks from today i will have a little mini vacation. ahhhh …
im sure this wont be one of my most popular posts. however, i have some strong feelings about it, and i want to air them out.
im talking about my right to breathe smokeless air. i hear so often from smokers that they have a right to smoke if they want to. i agree most heartily. it is, in fact, their lungs, their heart, their blood, and their personal surroundings, and they can subject them to whatever substance they choose. legal or not. but their right to breathe tobacco smoke, or any other smoke, ends where my right not to begins. and this is where i have the contention.
i feel smoking should be illegal anywhere but in ones home or ones private vehicle, with the windows closed. i feel strongly this way because, although you can confine the smoker to a designated area (ideally), you cannot confine the smoke. so, when i drive somewhere, i have to keep my windows up to keep from having to breathe the smoke wafting around at so many red lights, or in slow traffic, or in the parking lot at work. but they dont have to keep theirs up to comply with my rights. when my neighbors smoke on their porches, i have to close my windows, and be denied the fresh outside air, because they want to smoke outside. my other choice is to breathe it, against my will, in spite of how it effects me, my clothes, my hair, or my belongings. or my pets.
my contention with this habit of others is due to the fact that, as i said before, you cannot confine the smoke to a designated area. if you drink, then drink to your hearts content. your beer or wine or whatever will not leap from your glass into mine. if you indulge in porn, then enjoy. your images will not float from your pages or your screen into my eyes. but if you smoke, your smoke will float, waft, and blow as the air carries it. i should not have to dodge it to avoid having to breathe it.
perhaps i wouldnt be so hot about the matter if it werent for all the jackasses who chose to light up right outside the doorways of businesses, out by their cars as they fuel up, or in their cars with their windows all down in the parking lots.
before you start in on me, understand that in my teens i was a heavy smoker. i chain smoked three packs a day for two or three years. and still, i was conscientious of how it might effect other people. many of my peers at school were as well. and we were teenagers. but people today are not so mindful of others. adults, who should know better, and should have manners at least basic, and yet they are the first to cry foul if anyone complains. they are the first to claim rights when someone protests. not all, im know, but so many.
sigh. i just get so sick of smelling it. and in oklahoma, there are more smokers than nonsmokers.
and for desert … fried butter.
i think im going to puke …