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April 18th, 2014

randomdreams @ 09:07 pm: I twisted my ankle last night and it hurts to walk on it. I learned this by mowing about 1/3 of the yard today and coming to the conclusion that I should not continue such activities.
So today I went on a 100 kilometer bike ride, because that's not walking.
I rode over to manintheboat's workplace. (On the way I saw two bald eagles, who have a nest on the creek, and six people dredging or panning for gold.)
So, off to work, to fix a light. When I moved the track lighting so that the cabinets skazat and I put in can have their doors open, the track lights no longer worked. I had to put a junction box up against the wall above the suspended ceiling, and thought maybe I'd messed that up. Nope: someone wire-nutted the switch pigtails by putting them side-by-side and screwing a wire nut on top a little bit. It had come loose when I pulled the switch to see if I needed to/could pull a new wire to avoid the j-box. (and having to use the hammer drill to shoot holes in the cinderblock walls for attaching the j-box. Over my head, in a tiny space. But that was the Right Way to do it, so I did it.) Anyway now that works.

We went over to Bob's Atomic Burgers for lunch. The place is awesome. They have all sorts of midcentury tech on the walls: geiger counters, metrology stuff, old telescopes. They hand out names rather than taking yours. We got Beyonce. Someone else got Miss Piggy. They have great burgers and great shakes. (In my case, chicken, but ya know.) (uh, chicken burger not shake.) There was a nonstop stream of cyclists riding by, to watch.

Then over to the library.
Dudes. I found a book called Calculus For The Forgetful. I found a book called A Visual Encyclopedia Of Steam Tractors. I have no idea why we don't live in Golden.

Anyway, then on up The Hill.
Here's an extremely old picture of the road.

It's 5 km of steep climbing. It's awesome. Stream of cyclists and kids on crotch rockets playing around on it. I chugged up it, got passed by a dude. Even in Boulder, even with really serious riders, I can usually at least hang on drafting them. I've drafted pro riders. But Lookout -- that's where I go to get completely demolished. Plus I'm all oh good grief WHY did I eat a huge burger just before doing this? OOooooogh.

Elk at the top all over the road.

I got to talk to a paraglider who was paragliding. He'd found a big updraft and was practically hovering over the road. I want to try that some day.

Then down the Frontage Road by the Interstate. I passed a semi that was on the highway itself, but didn't actually go that fast this time. Too windy, and I was feeling nervous and old.

Down the C470 trail, which is long, long, and long, then back up the South Platte, by which time I'd run through all my water and was SO HUNGRY. I was so glad I'd eaten a burger. I needed to have eaten more.

and home.

pantryslut @ 07:13 pm: And now Victor Hugo takes a page to lecture his critics about their dismissal of his (and other authors') use of slang in literature.

This is me making little heart eyes.

auntysocial @ 01:13 pm: Easter Is Coming
Easter Is Coming

Easter is coming at Tony's Paradise Drinking Water in Lincoln Heights.

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oursin @ 08:16 pm: Slowing down the dancing pace somewhat

Let's strollCollapse )

Like we're Walking' the DogCollapse )

Or even Walking in the RainCollapse )

(Though in that case, we might start looking for a Bus stopCollapse )

For the mad variety we might Walk Like an EgyptianCollapse )

Before we Walk Right BackCollapse )
for a nice sit-down.

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scottynola @ 10:46 am: Cheaper Than Free
Good morning, Constant Reader! And a happy Good Friday to you. I have a three day weekend, during the course of which I hope to get so much done that it would frighten a lesser mortal. I am determined to make progress not only on Murder in the Arts District but on my secret projects as well, get the Lost Apartment cleaned (I am doing the windows this weekend--LONG overdue), and assorted other organization/cleaning projects that are way past their expiration dates. I've already been to the gym to work out with Wacky Russian, and I am having lunch with my friend Laura today as well.

We finished Season Three of Game of Thrones, and I may be the only person on the planet watching the show (well, Paul, too--he felt the same) whose reaction to the infamous "Rains of Castamere" episode was good, about time. SPOILER ALERT: the young Stark children were the most interesting members of that family (team Arya!), and let's face it, not everyone is going to win the war--and my money is on the Mother of Dragons, who is by far my favorite.

We also started watching The White Queen, which seemed oddly appropriate after watching Game of Thrones; as it started Paul asked, 'what is this about?' and I replied, "The Wars of the Roses aka the real Game of Thrones." (Although George R. R. Martin does not claim the Wars of the Roses as his real life inspiration; but more on that later, or at a later time.)

As Constant Reader knows, I loves me some history. I was vaguely aware, through my interest in history as a child, of the Wars of the Roses; but I learned a LOT about them when I found a copy of Thomas B. Costain's The Last Plantagenets at a flea market I went to one weekend with my grandmother and her second husband. I highly recommend his entire Pageant of England series for anyone with an interest in history written in an easy to follow and understand, interesting way. This is a four volume history of the Plantagenet ruling family of England; The Conquering Family, The Magnificent Century, The Three Edwards, and of course, The Last Plantagenets.

The fourth volume is about the Wars of the Roses and the final end of the Plantagenet dynasty, supplanted by the Tudors in 1485. But the great thing about Costain--and this book--is that he knew, and explained, how the seeds of the Wars of the Roses were actually planted almost a century earlier, with the ascent of Richard II to the throne at the age of ten when his grandfather, Edward III, died. It was Richard, you see, who was supplanted in 1399 by Henry of Lancaster, who was proclaimed king by Parliament as Henry IV even though he was not the true heir to the English throne. Costain spins the tale of Richard II's failed kingship, through the reign of his usurper, the usurper's son's short reign as Henry V (victor of Agincourt and conqueror of France), and of course, his death at a very young age leaving behind a son not even a year old who then became king.

I read somewhere once about how the fifteen century was plagued by Plantagenet fertility and the sixteenth by Tudor sterility, which is really a good way of putting it. Edward III and his Flemish queen Philippa had an enormous brood of children; it was their descendants and the squabbling over who had more of a right to the throne that led to the Wars of the Roses, when those descendants spent nearly thirty years exterminating each other. When the dust finally settled in 1485 after the Battle of Bosworth Field, the House of Lancaster's heir Henry Tudor married a daughter of the opposing House of York and the wars ended.

(Henry VII and his son Henry VIII finished exterminating the Plantagenet line during their reigns.)

The White Queen is based on several novels by Philippa Gregory, who has done a magnificent job of branding herself as the queen and leading author of fictionalized accounts of actual history (although Hilary Mantel is certainly giving her a run for her money on the bestseller lists, as well as winning major literary awards right and left); this series is based on her books The White Queen, The Red Queen,, and The Kingmaker's Daughter.

To be honest, I've never read Philippa Gregory, despite my exceptional interest in history, and the periods she writes about (I've also yet to read Mantel, but I have her books on my shelves). As I said earlier, I read the Costain histories of the Plantagenets, and I also read Jean Plaidy's books on the same period (well, I read most of Plaidy's English history novels; she pretty much covered every king and queen from the Conqueror through Victoria, with side trips into French and Spanish history periodically).

I don't necessarily agree with some of the depictions of the historical characters (in the four episodes I've seen so far Anne Neville is depicted as scheming and ambitious and her older sister Isabelle is shown as sweet and innocent and a mere victim of circumstance; it's entirely possible this may have been the case but everything I've read, whether fiction or actual history or biography, have indicated the reverse was the case), but I am really enjoying the show, and my interest in the period has actually been revived (or rather brought to the forefront of my mind, at any rate), and now I'd like to dig out my copies of Costain and reread them...

Because of course I have nothing else to do!

But I am looking forward to watching more of The White Queen tonight--and an interesting aside about Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV and point of view character for the series--she was the first truly English queen since 1066. The Plantagent kings were themselves French and most often married French wives; they followed the Normans (who were also French), and it was her marriage that brought the name Elizabeth into English royalty; her daughter Elizabeth was also Queen of England; her great granddaughter was Elizabeth I.

So, every English princess of the blood royal from 1465 to the present day is actually named for Elizabeth Woodville, the commoner, daughter of a French noblewoman and an English squire.

I love that kind of shit.

Current Location: my desk
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Current Music: Let It Go by Idina Menzel
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crazycrone @ 12:48 pm: Good Friday Languor...
R Next Door limply acknowledged my wave, but is still shuffling along with her face covered.
I left my groceries in the Co-Op and feel too weedy to go back. Just can't be arsed.
I keep waking up at 5-6 every morning, thanks to British summer Time, and once I've done my 'workout', I just want to sleep all day.
Still watching WALKING DEAD 3 DVDs, after giving up on it, on TV. It seems season 4 is quite good, so I have to force myself to get through 3...
I need a new hard drive, the PC keeps telling me. How does one set up an external one? My PC really needs a service, actually. It needs stuff doing to it that is beyond me...The keyboard is kaput, too. I have a new one, but can't cope...Doesn't anyone want to be my techno slave?  Fap.
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Current Mood: constantly hungry
Current Music: KUNG FU FIGHTING
crazycrone @ 12:45 pm: Good Friday Languor...
R Next Door limply acknowledged my wave, but is still shuffling along with her face covered.
I left my groceries in the Co-Op and feel too weedy to go back. Just can't be arsed.
I keep waking up at 5-6 every morning, thanks to British summer Time, and once I've done my 'workout', I just want to sleep all day.
Still watching WALKING DEAD 3 DVDs, after giving up on it, on TV. It seems season 4 is quite good, so I have to force myself to get through 3...
I need a new hard drive, the PC keeps telling me. How does one set up an external one? My PC really needs a service, actually. It needs stuff doing to it that is beyond me...The keyboard is kaput, too. I have a new one, but can't cope...Doesn't anyone want to be my techno slave?  Fap.
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Current Mood: constantly hungry
Current Music: KUNG FU FIGHTING

April 17th, 2014

randomdreams @ 09:50 pm: We went out walking after dinner tonight. As I was wandering across a playground in nearly complete darkness I managed to trip over a piece of equipment and totally twist my right ankle, and about three minutes later repeated it with a poorly-placed step halfway onto a curb. Now I'm sitting around with my foot up, waiting for it to stop hurting. Sheesh. It better not get in the way of tomorrow's 100km ride.

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