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[Jul. 21st, 2005|11:23 am]
I'm back. Visiting family in the mountains was wonderful. My aunt continues to be awesome; I love her. It was nice to see my cousins, though they get on each others nerves (and hence, on everyone else's, too) in that way that only early-teenage siblings can. Mom & Larry are doing well, and it's always good to play with the cats and dogs.

We did a hike along one of the irrigation ditches (more interesting than it sounds, because they run along the sides of pretty mountain hills) to unblock it, and we went for a hike around the meadows near the house and located the old midden-pile from the people who lived in the cabin ages ago. Poked around it and found a bunch of trash that the alchemy of time had transformed into artifacts. Couple of really neat shards of purple glass -- apparently, glass changes color over time; that blue-green "old glass" color starts out clear! Barbecued ribs for dinner. Learned to play a new card game ("wack" -- kinda like gin rummy with hand sizes ranging from 3-13 cards and wild cards). Tuesday afternoon we did another ditch hike, this time in the ditch, with waders. It was really cool because we were way up on the side of a really steep slope; had to walk along wooden catwalks in a couple places and crawl through a tunnel in one spot.

I think I got some really good hummingbird pictures, because I finally learned how to use the manual mode on my camera and set the shutter speed to 1/1500 of a second. That catches the little buggers!

I took half the day off yesterday, mostly because I'm still feeling a little burnt-out. It's probably the heat. It's way too hot. You go outside and you can feel the sky radiating at you. Ugh.

[User Picture]From: redbeardedblond
2005-07-21 11:27 am (UTC)




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[User Picture]From: derbiser
2005-07-21 11:30 am (UTC)
We learned on Sunday, from my uncle who collects glass insulators from telephone poles, that manganese in the glass will eventually turn it purple. Apparently no one ever produced purple insulators but after years in the sun, the manganese in the glass turned them purple. Wacky.
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[User Picture]From: lovecarnievan
2005-07-21 12:25 pm (UTC)
Whenever my mom and I would head to Canon Beach in Oregon it was always a contest to see who could find the churned bits of colored glass on the beach. Time and ocean waters would also do fabulous things to glass, including making them not sharp.
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[User Picture]From: thedragonweaver
2005-07-21 12:39 pm (UTC)
Actually, the blue-green "old glass" (Coke bottles?) that you are referring to is the result of impurities in the glass; green is cheaper than truly clear and was used for things that didn't need to be fully clear. The color may be intensified with exposure to sunlight but they were never fully clear to begin with.

"Sun-purpled glass" is actually a term, though. If you can find a whole piece of sun-purpled glass— a bottle or whatever— that's worth a bit on the antiques market. Modern glassmaking techniques keep glass clear, which is why you're not finding beer bottles from the last fifty years that are purple, and it's also why the fifty-year-old windows in houses aren't purple, though Victorian house windows (if original) might have a faint purplish sheen.

(Yes, there were a few windows in Hopkins that were purplish.)
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[User Picture]From: zalena
2005-07-21 03:20 pm (UTC)
I love card games! But I have some sort of cognitive anamoly that keeps me from remembering the rules to card games beyond 48 hours. It's a great joke in my family.
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[User Picture]From: vyrin
2005-07-24 02:54 pm (UTC)

In Colorado

Hey you, mustachio! I'm in Colorado on a last minute trip up into the mountains. I will be back in the flat-lands on Tuesday and I was wondering if you would be available for getting together sometime that afternoon/evening? (Unfortunately this trip is way too short as usual.)

Feel free to either LJ comment or email me. Cell phone might work at times up in the mountains.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2005-07-25 12:20 pm (UTC)

Re: In Colorado

Awesome! Definitely!

I'd be happy to play hookey from work in the afternoon. The normally-scheduled rpg for tomorrow night has been cancelled (GM has to work), so the evening is free, too. There's talk of boardgaming instead, if you'd be interested in that.

Lemme know what works for you.
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[User Picture]From: vyrin
2005-07-26 03:48 pm (UTC)

Re: In Colorado

Hey. It's 4:45pm on tuesday, and I just got back down out of the mountains to a place with internet and cell phone. Unfortunately, I don't have your cell phone number (battery fiasco) so I need you to give me a call. 510 ... 290 ... 9125. Cool, hope to talk with you soon.
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