Wednesday, October 28, 2009

To Everything there is a season

"To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose under heaven."

"A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep."

"To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose under heaven."

"A time to build up,a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones
a time to gather stones together."

"To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose under heaven."

"A time of war, a time of peace
A time of love, a time of hate
A time you may embrace
A time to refrain from embracing."

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose under heaven."

"A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time for love, a time for hate
A time for peace, I swear it's not too late."

From "Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There is a Season)" by Pete Seeger who adapted it from the Book of Ecclesiastes. The photos are my own.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

My dream job

The past few week-ends have been filled with activity. Three weeks ago I went to Leadville and rode on the Leadville, Colorado & Southern railroad. Two weeks ago I video recorded the Unitarian Universalist service, "Standing on the Side of Love", held on the steps of the State Capitol; I spent evenings the rest of the week cutting it into 10-minute segments and uploading it to You Tube. Every time I try to do a video project I'm convinced I need a more powerful computer so I got one. Last weekend I attended the Motorcycle Club's 41st Anniversary Top-Hands party, then helped the Club pour beer at the Wrangler Beer Bust the following day (the club gets a percent of the sales.)

I've started feeling a little down lately - not depressed - just not optimistic and energetic. Maybe it's because summer has come to an end and the trees have lost their leaves, but it could also be work related. I feel like I don't serve a purpose there any more; I'm not sure I've ever been very affective. There is also the health care/health insurance issue. I have enough money to live on for a year, maybe two, but I can't afford the health insurance premiums. If I can hold out for 2 more years I'll be eligible for retirement, unfortunately our retirement fund is nearly broke so I'm not sure the benefit payments would be enough to live on. I genuinely doubt I will ever be able to retire.

Sometimes I wonder what I would do if I didn't have to worry about an income or paying the bills. I think I would like to be able to pick a place of interest on the map each week, do a little background research about it, ride the motorcycle to it, tour and take pictures and video of it, make a You Tube video about it, post the pictures and write a Blog post about where I went, what I learned and what I saw. I would also like to learn more about local history and geology, wild flowers and birds. After awhile I would expand out to encompass neighboring states and eventually the rest of the nation.

I would like to improve my photography. The Canon takes great pictures when it is used correctly but I've learned that full automatic isn't always the right choice. Sometimes using program mode to tweak the exposer or bracket the shot is a better choice; that requires a little more proficiency with the camera. I also want to develop my photographers eye. I want to become more aware of back lighting situations, pay more attention to vertical and horizontal lines, and framing. If I visited one of the State parks or near-by wild-life refuges every month I would get in more practice more often, and I would be able to see how the parks change throughout the season.

There isn't anything to gain by getting down in the dumps about the future. I just as well enjoy life now while I still have the means and my health.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Thursday, October 08, 2009

My ride on the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad

I went for a ride on the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad. Today the line is a sight seeing excursion. The train makes 2 runs a day from Memorial Day through the first Sunday of October; the trip takes about 2 1/2 hours. I rode on the last run of the season Sunday October 4, 2009.

This bit of living history has a long and interesting past spanning nearly 150 years. At one time the train ran from Denver to Leadville. For many decades the train hauled freight, gold, silver and other ores to and from mines in the Leadville area.

When the Climax Molybdenum mine shut down in 1987 the Burlington Northern Railroad sold the 14-mile line, and all of its assets, running between the Climax mine and Leadville to Stephanie and Kenneth Olsen for a paltry $10. After much refurbishing the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad reopened as a scenic railroad on Memorial Day 1988.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Good night sweetheart. Well, It's time to go.

It appears, for me at least, riding season is over. Sunday evening turned cold and wet, and the rest of the week looks like crap too. Some of the guys will ride their bikes in the snow but I'm a fair weather rider - I don't like the cold and wet. It was raining hard when I came home from work, so tonight I popped the wind screen and saddle bags off the motorcycle and wiggled it into its cubby hole in front of the car. I can always get it out again if we get a nice warm dry stretch of weather.

Sunday was the clubs big outing to ride on the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad. Six of us went. I chose to "cage it" - I didn't ride the motorcycle. I and another guy shared a car to Leadville and back. Both of us had been watching the weather forecast and knew it was going to be too cold for us, and it was, otherwise it was an enjoyable day. We left Denver at 10:00 AM and got back at 6:30 PM.

I also shot a little bit of High Def video. I think I have enough to edit together a 1 or 2 minute video later this week.

I got a regular flu shot last week. I don't qualify for the special vaccine when it comes out.

Last week I watched all six episodes of the new Ken Burns series about the National Parks. I learned a lot from watching it but then I promptly forgot what I learned. Good thing there wasn't a test! Last night I watched Inspector Lewis (I am developing a crush on Laurence Fox).

Also see RMMC of Colorado