Creek Jots 2011-11-03

Working on his Form
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â–¶ Home Alone: Let the wild rumpus begin. Wife is off to south Alabama for a week, to a high school reunion and whatever rumpusing opportunities that might offer, while Tsuga and I try (not too hard, mind you) to stay out of trouble. Heck, I’m not even sure I’d remember how to get into it should the notion strike me. Ah well. Sowed oats, long since mowed, mulched and making the soil of a settled life.

â–¶ Oh Snap! I’ve had to go back to using Dragon Dictate for much of my text entry and to wearing the wrist splint on my (unimproved) right hand because of the thumb-related pain. This is the first escalation of this level of pain since the successful left thumb reconstruction on April 1. Soon I’ll have to decide between amputation, bionic replacement, routine surgery on the right, or more years of whining.

â–¶ Upcoming: TONIGHT ~ Dirt the Movie at the Floyd Country Store at 7. I’ve seen the movie and look forward to the panel discussion afterwards. â–¶ Saturday, the FLoyd Country Store Radio Show at 7pm. You can listen live. I’ll be reading something, not yet decided, but something appropriately seasonal. â–¶ Thursday 10 Nov at 10am, Moneta Library, I’ll be doing a new program in which the “how” of digital landscape and nature photography is the focus, so to speak. This meeting is open to the public. I’ll have books and notecards for sale. There are 34 business days before Christmas. I’m just sayin’…

â–¶ On the Geek Front, I’ve been using Asana Task Management web app (in a stand-alone Fluid app on the Mac) less than a day, but thinking this might take the place of a few other apps I have used for outlining and prioritizing to-do lists. It is now free, and my guess is that it is here to stay. Check it out.

â–¶ The first attempt at using the Tagg Pet Tracker failed, and I got a replacement unit yesterday. It also brought me to the OOPS! screen saying the activation had failed (again) and I’m about to reach the conclusion that our GPS reception just won’t cut it here. The pity. I was looking forward to worry-free dog roaming (since roaming is, according to one of us, an inalienable right–to life, liberty, and the pursuit of carrion.)

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. “The first attempt at using the Tagg Pet Tracker failed, and I got a replacement unit yesterday. It also brought me to the OOPS! screen saying the activation had failed (again) and I’m about to reach the conclusion that our GPS reception just won’t cut it here.”

    Fred, I think you’re too far down in that bottom to hit a tower. I’ve never had reception from your location. Besides, having GPS tracking capability for Tsuga only tells you where he is. He ain’t comin’ home ’till he’s ready!

  2. I’d be okay with him coming home when he’s ready if I knew he was still moving and not carried off in somebody’s pickup truck.

    Phone reception is a no-go, but we are covered adequately via GPS at least in Google Maps etc.

    I think Plan B will be a cow bell on Tsuga’s collar. : > }

  3. THe GPS reception at the house may be OK, but where Tsuga goes may be another matter! That’s too bad. I thought you had a winner of a solution.
    Get your surgery sooner rather than later. You know now that it’ll work out OK from your prior experience.

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