Thursday, August 30, 2007

Home again


Measuring the Empire State Building

I would have never guessed that this cowboy would ever find himself looking across the Hudson River at New York City, but I did.  Our gig ended earlier than I had expected.  Don, my co-worker, winged his way to California as I flew back to Denver.  It was an experience, to say the least.  We were working for AT & T, auditing their overhead fiber optic cable.  That required us to measure the height above the ground at all streets, roads, railroad crossings and commercial driveways.  We also had to inspect the cable for any anomalies.  Our walks took us through Newark, Harrison, Rutherford, North Bergen, W. NewYork, Weehawken, Hoboken and Jersey City, New Jersey.

Just before I left, I finished a book about Alexander Hamilton.  The Hamilton - Burr dual took place on the river bank, just below the cliffs at Weehawken.  Little did I know that I would be soon standing in that very spot.

We were only stopped twice by security guards, asking us what we were doing.  One was at MSNBC and the other was at the Lincoln tunnel.  I guess we looked official as 20+ police officers passed us and did not stop.  One even stopped traffic as we took our measurement in the middle of a very busy intersection.  We did have an occasion to chat with some fire fighters in Jersey City.  I felt right at home.  I connected with Dawn via email but we did not get a chance to meet in person.

While Milo and I were walking this morning, we ran into our neighbors, Pam and Fred.  Fred told me he was from East Orange, NJ.  I mentioned that I was surprised what a nice neighborhood  Hoboken seemed to be.  Most of the area around it was mostly Spanish speaking and Hoboken was all English.  Fred reminded me that the Ferry goes across the Hudson to Manhattan there and that it is a yuppie neighborhood.

An observation from this ol' cowboy.  I was reminded that you have to keep your guard up and not to be too nice.  Being nice is often seen as a weakness.  Once you have stood your ground and shown that you have some nastiness in you, niceness has a chance to set in.  I lived around Baltimore for 11 years and found it true that you have to have a little "nastiness" in you to survive.  Little wonder I left and came home.  In Wyoming, a handshake and a look in the eye is often the only contract a man needs.  You don't cross a cowboy, he may leave you stuck in a spring blizzard, tied to a fence pole.  (I want to insert that I have met some really wonderful people from the city.  My old room mate, Doug lives in Queens.  Ellen, Marina and Vicky are included in that group of wonderful people).  It was also a little different passing people on the street.  Heads would turn away without any acknowledgement.  I missed that little eye contact and a nod of the head, saying "hello" that is common in the west.  I also forgot what it was like to have rain for more than 20 minutes at a time.  It rained for 2 days and kept us from working.  It may snow in Sunshine for days, but never rain.  I also missed seeing the stars, the millions of stars at night.

Which one of those wires is ours????


Lower Manhattan, across from the World Trade Center site.

Now that I am back, I need to get back into the swing of things here in Sunshine.  School has started and many of our summer residents have left.  Mike, Jennie and the kids have returned to Chicago.  Eva and Katrina are flying back to Germany as I write this; Jack will follow at the end of next month.  We will miss them.

The community is getting geared up for the Community Fest to be held on the 8th of September.  It is the annual fund raiserfor the fire department.  There will be a silent auction, a verbal auction, food and drink.  I always enjoy the verbal auction.  It's fun watching people bid $100 - $1000 for one of Hildegards cakes or pies.

The annual craft fair will be held on the 22nd of September at the Sunshine School house.  In conjunction, their will be a garage sell at fire house #1.  We are trying to raise enough money to get an electrical connection to the school house.  We lost our hook-up when fire house #1 burnt to the ground.

There will be no Team Sunshine meeting this month.  The next meeting will be on October the 25th.

The last meeting of the season of the Sunshine Garden Club will be held at Mary Ann's house (date to be announced).  We are planning on having a plant exchange.  By the way Mary Ann, are you a turtle?  (Mary Ann does not have an AOL account so I expect and answer via e-mail)

Remember, The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.



Tuesday, August 21, 2007

In New Jersey

Greetings from rainy New Jersey.  My 1st thought is that I hope my ol' note book holds up long enough to finish this post.  My 1st week has been very busy and exciting for this old cowboy from Wyoming.  Many years ago I was on a flight from Washington DC to Boston.  We flew over NewYork City and I could see the shadows of the tall buildings.  Now I can say I have seen them from ground level.  Our work has taken us through Jersey City.  Looking across the Hudson river was NYC.  Maybe I'll get a chance to cross the river and say I've been in NYC!

Our work has also taken us to the Meadowlands, home of Giants Stadium and MSNBC.  As we were taking measurements on the fiber optic cable in front of MSNBC, a security guard hustled out of the building and approached us.  He wanted to know what we were doing, who we were and how long we would be there.  We gave him our drivers licenses and explained the details. He took our licenses inside to photo copy.  Meanwhile, we completed our tasks and waited for the guard to return.  He returned after several minutes and gave us our drivers licenses.  Demanding to know how long we would be, we smiled, thanked him for doing his job, turned and left.

Be safe, give your loved ones a hug and a kiss.

Janice, give Milo a big hug for me.

Until next time,



Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Taking a leave

Yellowstone, 1951

Greeting to all,

I wish I could say I was going on an extended fishing trip to Yellowstone but I can't.  I will be away until the end of October, working in New Jersey.  With that in mind, I need to post all of the events happening in Sunshine until the 1st of November.

Team Sunshine will hold it's August meeting at Mary's house on August 23, 7:30PM.  The September meeting will be held on the 27th and the October meeting will be on the 25th, locations to be announced at the previous months meeting.

September will be, as always, a very active month.  The community fest will be held at the firehouse on September 8th.  There will be a fire mitigation meeting on the 16th, breakfast will be served.  The Sunshine craft fair will be on the 22nd at the Sunshine School house.  Although I won't be able to participate, Star Route, our local band will be performing at the Outlook Hotel in Boulder on the evening of the 14th.  Don't forget "Talk Like A Pirate Day" on September 19th.

The Great American Beer Fest will be held in Denver on the weekend of the 13th of October. Although this event is not held in Sunshine, it is sponsored by a Sunshine resident and almost everyone in Sunshine attends.

During the predawn hours of August 13, make time to step outside and cast your eyes heavenward.  The Perseid Meteor Shower should be at its peak.  At an average of 60 mph (meteors per hour), you'll be sure to catch a flash across the sky every minute or so, weather permitting.

Remember, there's two theories to arguin' with a woman.  Neither one works.

Smiles to all,


Sunrise over Sunshine