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October 2003

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Wed, Oct. 1, 2003 - Another Visit From Kate

Another Visit From Kate

While we had the box of bias gowns out from the previous shoot, I thought it would be a good idea to get all of them photographed in the studio so I would have pictures for Lori's web site. If I get a little more spare time I may even get her site updated.

Sat, Oct. 4, 2003 - End of the Line

End of the Line

I have no idea when this bus was manufactured, but it probably left the factory looking forward to transporting thousands of kids to school and back home. Throw in a few field trips for variety, and then maybe a happy retirement. However, this bus had its retirement postponed as it was converted to a hippy haven called the "Joy Bus". Even when it finally made it to a junk yard, its diginity wasn't spared as it ended up being used for an extrication seminar for several local fire departments. Maybe now, it can finally rest in peace. More demolition can be seen on the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department web site.

Thu, Oct. 9, 2003 - Foiled Again

Foiled Again

I had to go down to Fort Bragg again today, this time to meet with the folks. Business meetings aren't that bad when they involve a two hour drive on some of the twistiest roads around. Probably should've taken the Sprint, but I wanted to get some pictures of Glass Beach still, so I was taking down a bunch of camera equipment, and ended up taking down the Del Sol. It isn't very often that I really get to drive the Del Sol the way it was meant to, since usually there is a throttle regulator in the passenger seat. Top down, pedal to the metal all the way. This time the sky was nice and sunny, but some far-away storm was churning up the sea with 18' swells, so the waves were breaking way up on the shore. You couldn't even get down on the beach, and when the waves went out it looks like there was so much fresh sand being pushed up, there wasn't any glass on Glass Beach.

Fri, Oct. 10, 2003 - White Trash Porch

White Trash Porch

After surveying some of the problems from the flood, we've decided to take down our porch and rebuild it back to the way it was originally. But right now with its peeling paint, missing balusters, and abundance of weeds, all we need is a ratty old sofa out front to complete that "White Trash" look. Oh, maybe an old Buick up on blocks too.

Sat, Oct. 11, 2003 - Galen Playing

Galen Playing

Galen, once again playing with a mouse. He's not only good at catching them himself, he's also good at stealing them from the other cats when they get bored. See all of our cats (with the possible exception of Trevor) are too well fed to really need the nutrition offered by a mouse. So they are more intent on using them as toys. This mouse kept using the trick of playing dead in the hopes that the attacker would grow bored and leave. It was a good act and almost worked. But everytime it would start to move again, Galen would show a little interest. This went on for so long the photographer finally got bored and went back to his Saturday chores so there is no final report of the mouse's outcome.

Sun, Oct. 12, 2003 - Black Lace

Black Lace

A little Sunday afternoon diversion, between pulling weeds and moving rose bushes.

Mon, Oct. 13, 2003 - Mom and Dad's Mission

Mom and Dad's Mission

Mom and Dad have recently been on a mission to improve the artwork in low budget motels across the country. Here, they are shown hanging a nice picture of Mendocino in a Fort Bragg Super 8 room. No, of course that's not what they are doing. I'm sad to report that this is actually the photo that will be offered as proof during their upcoming art theft trial. No, no, that's not it either. Actually the truth of the matter is that they went up to Fort Bragg and Mendocino to see if the scene in the painting really existed. They didn't find it, but since they were that close to Ferndale, I drove down to have dinner with them. It was nice to have a visit with them, even if only for a couple of hours.

Tue, Oct. 14, 2003 - Budget Art

Budget Art

The Super 8 room that Mom and Dad stayed in could have used an art upgrade. It featured two identical prints, one above each bed. Why they felt you needed two prints of the same picture I'm not sure. Probably got a good deal buying them in bulk. Inspecting one of them closely, I noticed that the 'mat' was only an optical illusion, it was printed on the paper right with the rest of the image.

Wed, Oct. 15, 2003 - First Sunrise

First Sunrise

One thing I really like about fall is the sunrises that happen just as I'm getting up. This morning Lori advised me that it was beautiful this morning so I threw on some pants and a shirt (should have found the slippers too, but I didn't want to delay) and I jumped into the truck and drove up to the hill by the Catholic cemetery to take this picture.

Thu, Oct. 16, 2003 - Kitty Stack

Kitty Stack

Over time, our three indoor cats have laid claim to their own level on their kitty house. Ricky likes the top, where he can hang his paws off and swipe at you if you walk by without petting him. Galen prefers the middle level, where he can usually be found curled up asleep. Meg prefers the botton level, probably because it's so conveniently located next to the rug she loves to scratch (even though the house is just inches away). Often we will find two of the cats occupying their respective spots, but we've never seen all three in their places until this morning. And yes, the kitty house needs as much restoration as the owner's house.

Fri, Oct. 17, 2003 - A Man in Uniform

A Man in Uniform

I finally got around to photographing some of the men's vintage clothing that we have in our collection. This is, I believe, an English military outfit, from the late 1800s. I'm not really sure, for all I know about military clothing, it could also be from a marching band of that period. Anyways, it looks cool and it fits me perfectly. Definitely needs a hat though.

Wed, Oct. 22, 2003 - Cemetery Panorama

Cemetery Panorama

It has been so gorgeous in the mornings all week so I've been taking some panorama shots of town from Ferndale Cemetery. It's not as nice of a view as it is in spring when the rhodies are in bloom, but it's still enough to make your jaw drop and be thankful that you're among the people living in Ferndale.

Thu, Oct. 23, 2003 - On the cover of the Rolling Stone

On the cover of the Rolling Stone

Well it's not quite the Rolling Stone, but I did get my first magazine cover which got me pretty excited. Through a weird set of circumstances, the publisher of Country Discoveries came across this picture of Ferndale's tractor parade on the chamber web site and wanted to use it. Since it didn't really crop well to a vertical format suitable for the cover, they ended up wrapping it around to the back cover. Fine with me, it paid more that way. The rest of the magazine is interesting too, covering lots of places to visit that are off the beaten path.

Fri, Oct. 24, 2003 - Fireman Scarecrow

Fireman Scarecrow

Main Street merchants are encouraged to have scarecrows in front of their businesses during October, so here is our entry. I planned to have a mobile of helicopters above his head but I haven't gotten around to making it. It's been fun hearing and watching the reaction of the little kids walking by. I guess kids love firemen even when they're just stuffed with hay don't have a shiny fire engine.

Mon, Oct. 27, 2003 - More Mutual Aid

More Mutual Aid

With all of the fires going on in Southern California, there's been a huge drain of resources from Northern California, so Ferndale and other local communities are providing coverage and support for tasks that CDF would normally be responsible for. Saturday the FVFD got called up to provide a 3 person team and I went out with them. Our first assignment was to cover the Trinidad CDF station. Pretty easy task. We washed our truck in the morning, and then sat around and watched football all afternoon. We did get one call for a smoke check, but got cancelled before we got there. That evening we were told that we were going to be moved to Whitethorn but on the way down, our schedule was switched to Bridgeville, and then a few minutes later we were instructed to return to Fortuna, which is where we ended up spending the night. Then Monday we went out for mop up on a fire that had started just outside of Eureka last week. The fire had been started by a disoriented man in order that someone might find him. He ended up being disoriented in more ways than one, and ended up being checked into local mental hospital. Our day consisted of hiking the perimeter of the fire, looking for any signs of smoke. I found one small spot that was still smoldering so I at least got to spray some water and foam. Then we went back into town to get another tank of water, and back at the fire scene we had lunch. Shortly after lunch we got called out to Blue Lake and got to drive for a little bit code 3 (lights and siren). But after a helicopter had a chance to check it out further we were reduced to code 2 and then shortly thereafter we were cancelled completely as it ended up it was just smoke drifting from some of the other fires that are going on up here. So we returned back to our fire. Did a final hike around it and one of the other firefighters found another area that was smoking so he put that one out with a big layer of foam. They can't call the fire out until they go three consecutive days without finding smoke, so each new discovery resets the clock. After that we went back to Fortuna where we spent the night again, and then we were relieved in the morning by a fresh crew from Ferndale.