Wednesday, August 27, 2014

say what?

Being popular on Facebook is like sitting at the cool table in a cafeteria at a mental hospital.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wrinkly dogs invade Reno! Reno Kennel Club's annual show

The Reno Livestock Events Center was host to the Reno Kennel Club's annual dog show on Friday, August 15th through Sunday, August 17th, 2014. I was able to attend on the Saturday, before I had to report for an overtime shift at work.

Bottoms Up! Medieval beverages

“Water, water everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink
Water, water everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.”

From “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

What did the average person drink verses the well-to-do in the Middle Ages? Liquid refreshments in the form of alcohol were easily obtained by the common folk. The fancier drinks cost money as many were imported from other regions, pricing some alcohols and non-alcoholic beverages out of the range of the average person. Ale, mead, and cider were the drinks of choice for the general populace while the wealthier included wine and some liquor in their diet. Because of a quality-control issue, water wasn’t known as a drink although it’s not to say that folks didn’t drink water.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Flying horses in Washoe Valley

Last Friday and Saturday, (Aug 1-2, 2014) was the annual Franktown Meadows National & International Hunter Derbies. The Franktown Equestrian Center is located in the Washoe Valley (NV). It is a beautiful place of green grass and towering trees on the west side of the valley up the road from Bowers Mansion & Davis Creek Park.

The event’s show grounds are only used for this event so the grass is nice and full and facilities clean. On first arrival, one walks past individual pastures & corrals for the facility horses. I had fun watching two foals cavort in their piece of heaven while both mares ate grass and enjoyed the decent weather. Washoe Valley is known for its high winds. We were lucky: after a few days of thunderstorms, Sat (the day I attended) was clear and in the mid-90’s. Near the end of the competition, a strong wind finally made its appearance – at one point blowing a large umbrella to the show field.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Catching the bear and other warden games

The week of July 21rst heralded the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association (NAWEA) annual conference. Fish & Wildlife Officers from the US and Canada met in Reno (NV)to exchange ideas, get some training, and have some fun. One of the events is the "warden Games" where teams compete against each other for bragging rights as the number one team. Friday, July 25th was the warden Games at Rancho San Rafael County Park (one of my favorite parks).

It was a hot day on Reno, with temperature expected to top out around 96 degrees. Mother Nature blessed us with a bright blue sky clear of clouds for the event. Each team was expected to compete in five events:

  • a skills relay
  • a water toss
  • map-reading
  • identification of bird calls
  • bear capture