The Internet Ramblings of Matt & Lori Knowles
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Sat, May. 3, 2003 - Skunk Train
This weekend Lori and I went down to Fort Bragg with some of the members of the Splinter Group. We stayed at the Weller House Inn, and took a ride on the Skunk Train. Lori had been on the Skunk as a kid but this was my first time. It was very pretty, but I kept wishing I could jump off to take more pictures. They say the Skunk Train gets its name because the early engines were very stinky, but when we arrived back in Fort Bragg, there was a definite smell of skunk at the station.
Sun, May. 4, 2003 - Glass Beach
After our trip on the Skunk, Lori and I went over to Glass Beach. It was high tide so we didn't get to play in the tide pools which is our favorite activity at Glass Beach. We did get to watch 3 momma seals and their pups sun themselves on the rocks. Or they would have been, had there been any sun out. But if I said they were clouding themselves on the rocks you wouldn't have any idea what I was talking about.
Mon, May. 5, 2003 - Crop Heart
Opportunities to mow the lawn have been scarce lately due to the rain, so yesterday after we got back home I figured I better mow it before I couldn't get the mower through the tall grass. After I made one pass over the lawn I decided to make my own crop design. Lori couldn't figure out why I was going round and round in circles until I left the scene and pointed out my handiwork.
Thu, May. 8, 2003 - Good Deer
With the heavy rains this year, the deer haven't been such a problem in the yard. I think first off, most of them must have been stuck on the other side of the creek when it came up. Second for a long time our yard wasn't very hospitable for creatures with small pointy feet. It was hard enough to walk around for us flat footers. In fact I found some hoof prints in the back by the creek that were so deep I was surprised the deer wasn't still there. So it was very nice to see that when this deer came into our yard, it didn't immediately head over to our rose bushes which actually have blossoms on them this year. Instead it ate the weeds around the stump I still need to pull. I wish I could rely on them to only eat my weeds, but I don't think it's going to happen.
Fri, May. 9, 2003 - Two Seaters
Today it was nice enough to leave the office door open and one of the interesting sounds we heard was a group of nine antique sports cars come in. Some were actual antiques and some were replicas, but they all had a wonderful sound that was very politically incorrect by today's standards. One of them blew an oil line so there was an inpromtu repair session on Main Street.
Sat, May. 10, 2003 - Home from the Air
Last night we had a medical call and during the call the assistant chief mentioned that there would be helicopter training this morning and they would page us for it. They set off the page about 5 minutes before we were supposed to be there and when I arrived everyone was surprised that I didn't bring the camera. I didn't realize it, but we got to go up in the helicopter. So I rushed back to the office to get the camera. It was a short 5 minute flight around Ferndale, and since I was sitting in the middle seat it was a bit hard to take pictures, but I did manage to take about 20 pictures of Ferndale from various angles. I was hoping to get some good pictures of our house, but we flew directly over it, and since the helicopter didn't have a glass bottom, I was out of luck. I did get this one picture though where you can see our house. It's nestled in the trees at the very left of the picture.
Sun, May. 11, 2003 - Work from the Air
I had better luck getting pictures of town including Main Street. Aesthetic Design & Photography is located in the yellow building with the plain front, next to the parking lot in the lower left corner of the photo. The fire department has been doing their annual fundraising drive the last few weeks so I've been walking through the area in the photograph a lot, but it's interesting to see how different it looks from the air.
Wed, May. 14, 2003 - Kylie
I took today's picture last week but I'm finally getting around to posting it. I don't normally post pictures that I take for clients because I don't have releases for them but this one was so cute I asked for permission to use it. I was photographing Kylie and her 2 year old brother Robi. After awhile Robi lost interest so I took a few more with just Kylie. She took direction very well, and could have a career in modeling in her future.
Fri, May. 16, 2003 - Walking to Work
Days like this there's no better place to wake up and have to go to work. Lori and I always enjoy our walk into town, whether it's saying hello to the cows or pigs, noticing the changes in the neighborhood, or even stopping and smelling the roses. It is Rose Ave after all. Now that the sun is finally out it actually seems like spring is here, which means the buttercups are in bloom. There is a fine art to having the perfect field of buttercups. You can't mow the grass too short because then of course you end up mowing the buttercups. If you just let the grass grow, then it grows taller than the butter cups and they disappear. So ideally, your last mowing should be a few weeks before they start blooming, then you end up with a beautiful field of tiny yellow flowers as these folks did.
Sat, May. 17, 2003 - Getting Dressed
When we did the fashion show at the Ingomar in March, we dressed Sheila in front of everyone so they could see what all the layers were. That gave me the idea to have a page on Lori's web site to document the progression of getting dressed in the late19th century. I chose Chelsea for the model because she looks absolutely fabulous in the burgundy bodice that I wanted to use. You can see the whole 12 step process at Lori's vintage clothing web site.
Sat, May. 24, 2003 - Kermie's big brother
If there are giant frogs rolling around the Arcata Plaza, it must be time for another running of the Great Arcata to Ferndale Kinetic Sculpture Race. This year we were joined by Derek, Jasna, Lauren, and Grandma. There were some pretty amazing entries again this year, and once I sort through the 185 pictures I took this morning (ain't digital great?) I'll post some of our favorites. Plus there will be more pictures Monday when the survivors roll into Ferndale.
Sun, May. 25, 2003 - Go Speed Racer
As a kid I watched Speed Racer cartoons many Saturday mornings. Speed Racer has made a bit of a comeback lately and one bit of evidence of this is this kinetic version of the Mach 5, Speed Racer's multi-talented race car. This of course is another picture from the start of the kinetic sculpture race. I thought maybe I'd have a picture from today's motorcycle ride with Derek, but for the second time in a row we got fogged out at the top of Monument. Maybe next trip.
Mon, May. 26, 2003 - Memorial Day
We had a great Memorial Day weekend with Derek's family and Grandma. We still get Grandma for one more evening, but we had to say goodbye to Derek, Jasna and Lauren earlier today. Lauren is going to have a lot to digest from this trip. The kinetic sculpture race, a boat trip through the marsh and out to the ocean where she saw harbor seals, more kinetic sculpture race, a trip to the dairy to see where milk comes from (and a free sample of the milk from chocolate cows!), chickens, pigs, and more animals. Tasting the salt at Curley's, a Memorial Day parade, watching Lori sing in the choir, a tour of the fire engine and hall, and more. Quite a busy weekend, but lots of fun for everyone. Come back again next year!
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