a November 13th, 2008

  1. The Doin’ Time Times

    November 13, 2008 by MyEye

    I still need to contribute seven hours of community service to make up for driving 10 miles over the speed limit.  So tonight I went back to the multi-generational center (where I picked up a membership application, and ran into an incredulous friend — You’re doing what?  Why don’t you just pay the fine?  I said “money-grubbing” a couple of times and I think she understood.)

    I dust mopped the game room and lobby floors, cleaned all the tables in the game room and lobby, cleaned the armrests of the chairs in the lobby, and cleaned the countertops and mirrors in three women’s bathrooms.  That took an hour and fifteen minutes.  Meanwhile there was a meeting of the Wildlife Federation in one room, belly dancing in another, senior women’s basketball in the gym, the famous hip hop class (see last week’s post), a salsa dancing class, gymnastics, weight-lifting, kids shooting pool (I asked “T” if I could give them a lesson, but he said that wouldn’t count toward my time), kids playing table tennis.  This is one busy place!

    So, anyway, I put in an hour and fifteen minutes — out of the seven hours.  “T” said I was such a fast and good cleaner that I should go home and he’d give me credit for three hours.  I suppose many of the community servicers just lean on a broom for their hours.  I guess I was awarded good time.

  2. Skywatch Friday November 14th

    November 13, 2008 by MyEye


    These were probably the last friendly clouds of the fall as a cold front prepares to move in.  This photo was taken around noon, from the east side of the Manzano Mountains in Estancia, New Mexico.  One of the best things about living in central New Mexico is that the sky looks like this almost every day.  We have sunshine more than 300 days a year.  I’m not inviting everyone to come live here, but you certainly are welcome for a visit.

    For photos of skies in other places you might like to visit, http://www.skyley.blogspot.com

  3. Out of the Way!

    November 13, 2008 by MyEye

    Chase and I are taking Agility Prep class.  (He took the puppy agility class last spring before he was old enough to do anything else.)  We have one more class in this session.  He has boundless enthusiasm and finishes each run by throwing himself into the lap of the nearest human — that’s almost never me because I’m “back there” just cheering him on.

    What I’ve learned:

    I’ll never be able to keep up with him. 

    I don’t know anyone who will be able to keep up with him. 

    We’ll have to improvise.

    So, we are working on vocabulary.  To play agility with this dog, I’ll stand in the middle of the course and call out obstacles.  If he understands what I’m asking, he’ll do it — he’ll do it with joy and full commitment.  This is one fun dog!