This is a pic Toby took of Terry and me taking our customary "swim" at Richardson Beach. There is a certain amount of exertion involved in getting in and out of the water. It's a great time for planning our next capers and making snide remarks about people. We are like the gang of two. Who could eavesdrop on us here? I recommend this activity to people who have concerns about their privacy. You can enlarge this to enjoy the extreme pleasure of viewing my head and the scowl on my face.
Yesterday was perfect. Fred approves of the way the sun god is smiling on us again.
Fred even consented to have a little of the cheese fondue souffle I made. It was the Joy of Cooking recipe, modified with extra sharp Tillamook cheddar and a little green onion and mushrooms.Usually, Fred will only touch meat, but he made an exception for this.
What could be more heavenly than having a nice meal out on our deck and then going swimming at Richardson Beach? It was lovely down there. I seldom get pix of Richardson because I don't want the camera getting wet. But my friend Toby got some good shots. I'll p0st them when I get around to it.
And today these little birds showed up on our front lawn. Anyone know what they are?
"Anyway, what folks like Juan Williams and other racist apologist in A-merry-ca fail to understand, is that this case isn't just about the shooting of a young black man by some out of control vigilante. It's about a system of justice-- and those charged with upholding it--- that does not treat the lives of young black men the same way that they treat others. Most intelligent people in this country (black and white) realize that if Trayvon Martin and the shooter reversed races, George Zimmerman would be eating three meals on the County right now.
Living off the grid? Occupy Puna has taken this up as an issue. The goal is to get everyone living off the grid so that Helco, our local energy company, will stop developing geothermal energy due to lack of demand. This is lunacy. All of us who live here are absolutely dependent on outside resources to sustain our way of life.
Living off the grid is especially problematic, because the solar system takes a lot of maintenance, and it uses batteries. Are we going to manufacture our own solar panels and batteries? And anywhere off the grid also has to supply its own water. Catchment tanks have to be kept clean, chlorinated and so on, and even at that catchment water is not safe as drinking water unless you put in a triple filtering system. So most people living off the grid get drinking water from a safe water source. And they drink lots of soda drinks in aluminum cans! Furthermore, there is little public transportation in Puna and none at all in most of this huge area. So everyone's dependent on gasoline for their cars. It's a long drive from Puna into Hilo, too, where most of the services are.
This is really a class issue. People have moved into these areas because property and housing is cheap (though beyond the means of most, now, due to continuing accelerating poverty at the bottom of the economic heap). Many sought a simpler way of life, but what they did not account for was rising energy costs.
I really think Occupy here is on the wrong track, choosing the wrong issues to look at. What Puna needs is at least a 20th Century infrastructure. It will never happen, though.