My Sky Color

A forty something Dad, Husband, Engineer guy living in Western Oregon. Reflections on all things in life. A few technical things and whatever else comes along.

Monday, November 21, 2005

It's Inevitable!
We are having a whopper of a wind storm right now. It has been blowing for a couple days, but today it is really getting going. We have a little weather station in Corbett that has measured a gust this afternoon at 62 MPH. See for the latest.
The pictures above are of the alder tree in the middle of the driveway. It lost one of its two tops on Saturday and the other is a time bomb. I have moved all of the vehicles out of its suspected drop zone. The first picture shows the scar where the first top broke off and below that you can see the crack that is growing. The bottom picture is a profile of the whole tree. We like the excitement... DMP

Monday, November 07, 2005

Heart Warmer
Found this quote on WWW... Enjoy
A Race of a Different Kind
Some people understand life better, and they call some of these people"retarded"...At the Seattle Special Olympics, nine contestants, all physically or mentally disabled, assembled at the starting line for the 100-yard dash. At the gun, they all started out, not exactly in a dash, but with a relish to run the race to the finish and win. All, that is, except one little boy who stumbled on the asphalt, tumbled over a couple of times, and began to cry. The other eight heard the boy cry. They slowed down and looked back.Then they all turned around and went back......every one of them. One girl with Down's Syndrome bent down and kissed him and said, "This will make it better."Then all nine linked arms and walked together to the finish line.Everyone in the stadium stood, the cheering went on for several minutes. People who were there are still telling the story... Why? Because deep down we know this one thing: What matters in this life is more than winning for ourselves. What matters in this life is helping others win, even if it means slowing down and changing our course."A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle"

Wednesday, November 02, 2005


Time keeps on slippen, slippen, slippen into the future. Fly like an eagle to the sea... A little Steve Miller for you today. DMP