July 24th, 2005


Robert is back

He isn't waving signs this time. Now he's standing on corners doing some sort of crazy guy macarena. Arm, arm, ear, ear, foot, foot. I'm not sure what the connection is this time. If I'm not driving, I'll ask him.

In other news, Jason and I have decided to do something about Bush getting re-elected. What with there being no weapons of mass destruction and all, we thought the country ought to apologize to the French and all (despite the fact that they are French). What we've decided to do is make some signs, and stand on the side of the road at Greenlake. We figure that will cure things.

And if that doesn't work, we'll use the crazy guy macarena. It might communicate our intentions better than signs.


A Waterfall Lover's Guide to the Pacific Northwest, Gregory A. Plumb

Most of the books I put up here are ones I've read cover to cover. I need to get out of that habit for a couple of categories of books. One is reference books. The other category are books that I just gave up on and stopped reading. This book falls into the former. Essentially, A Waterfall Lover's Guide to the Pacific Northwest, published by The Mountaineers, lists many of the waterfalls, with a guide to how to find them, how difficult it is to get to them, and how nice they are to view. I've used it as a day hike book essentially. Some folks like to hike to the top of something. Some folks geocache. I like to use a waterfall as a destination. Now, my copy is the 3rd edition. He's got the 4th edition out now as well. And an online version as well. The online version doesn't have detailed instructions on how to get there or how nice these waterfalls are, but the pictures are in color and it does have links to U.S.G.S. topo-maps. Another thing to note about the book is that it doesn't always tell you everything you need to know. For instance, on National Forest land, hikers usually have to purchase a pass to leave on the dashboard of their car. This book didn't note that requirement even though the Forest Service put the requirement in place six years before the book came out.

I should note also the wonderful web site done by Bryan Swan Waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest. I like it better than the book, actually, but it doesn't have road maps so I don't use it as much. He's also behind a world waterfalls web site and has some great links to other waterfall web sites.

Plumb, Gregory Alan, 1956-
A waterfall lover's guide to the Pacific Northwest: where to find hundreds of spectacular waterfalls in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho / Gregory Alan Plumb.—3rd ed.
285 p.
ISBN 0-89886-593-X (3rd. ed)
ISBN 0-89886-911-0 (4th. ed)
1. Hiking—Northwest, Pacific—Guidebooks.
2. Waterfalls—Northwest, Pacific.
3. Northwest, Pacific—Guidebooks.
GV199.42.N69P58 1998



Jason came by and installed my lights on Saturday. Four months ago he talked me into buying new lights. I picked them up and they've been sitting for a bit. I now have track lighting in the kitchen, and replaced the fluorescent under the cupboards with a better fluorescent. The dining room was a narrow fixture that lit only the area immediately below it. It now has a regular fixture.

I have new fixtures in the entrance and in my bedroom, but it turned out that Seattle Lighting messed up my order. So Jason put the wrong fixtures in those places. The order was missing one light, which was supposed to go in the entrance. So the entrance has one meant for the bedroom, and the bedroom has the one meant for the walk in closet. And the walk in closet has the old fixture.

Most of the fixtures are actually outdoor lights though. I liked their look better than the indoor ones they had.

He also went to Seattle Lighting today to see what was up with the order for me. Found out instead of the fixture I thought I was getting, they gave me some parts for the lights for a ceiling fan. Not the fan itself. Just some parts for one. Which makes clear that they got it wrong somehow, cause I don't have a fan to put the parts on.

Jason's a good guy. Some hot chick should date him. That is, after I get the hottest chick. He gets second. I'm selfish.