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Knowlesville      

The Internet Ramblings of Matt & Lori Knowles

June 2004

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Tue, Jun. 1, 2004 - Cyclops

Cyclops

This week I'll be featuring some of the more interesting entries in the Kinetic Sculpture Race. One of the first across the finish line, and one I didn't expect to see in Ferndale, was this guy who rode a unicycle the whole way. Since we didn't get to watch the race Saturday, I have no idea how this entry made it through the water crossings, or for that matter any of the more dangerous off road excursions.

Wed, Jun. 2, 2004 - ...and then there were three

...and then there were three

Tonight I was working at the office late when I received a call from Lori, who was obviously frantic. I could hear Galen wailing in the background, and Lori said he just started doing that all of the sudden. I had her call the vet and I rushed home and picked them both up and then we rushed off to the vet's office. The vet did a quick physical exam but there wasn't any clear indication what the problem was. Galen had been inside for a couple of hours before the problem started. Within about a half hour of when it all started, Galen passed away as I was holding him so the doctor could work on him. We're still waiting for some final blood tests to find out what happened, but the doctor is suspecting he injested some type of poison. Galen is survived by his three brothers, Ricky, Cairo, and Rocket. His passing also leaves our home with three cats, Ricky, his mother Meg, and Trevor, who makes our house his home more often lately.

Thu, Jun. 3, 2004 - Gourd of the Rings

Gourd of the Rings

Back to recapping the Kinetic Sculpture Race. This entry, a play on the recent movie series, came with a troop of gourdish warriors in tow.

Fri, Jun. 4, 2004 - Hot Rod

Hot Rod

This entry not only looks cool, but from what we heard it did really well over Deadman's Drop. Those massive tires came off of a Super Modified race car, and they were a lot lighter than they look. With four of those mounted, the vehicle didn't need much more in the way of flotation devices for the water crossings.

Sat, Jun. 5, 2004 - Giddy-up Grandma

Giddy-up Grandma

As the finish line announce mentioned, although the Kinetic Sculpture vehicles are meant to be artistic, there have been some entries that were built for speed and less for art, but until this entry showed up, there had never been an entry that was all art, but no vehicle. Still, it was a crowd favorite.

Sun, Jun. 6, 2004 - Bats in the Belfry

Bats in the Belfry

As usual, my favorite entry comes from the Duane Flatmo crew. (You might remember Mega-sore-ass, and Surf and Turf from previous years) This year's entry was modeled to resemble a Victorian hearse, staffed with a bunch of bats. The details of machine, crew and their band of bats that circled them was fun to watch. Once again I was wishing I had a video camera handy.

Mon, Jun. 7, 2004 - Last but not Least

Last but not Least

Finishing the race where everybody expected them to, this Subaru came in last. Actually the good bet was that they would be towed out of the bay by the Coast Guard. I was surprised to see that they made it. Pedaled by four guys, the vehicle's power actually ran through the stock transmission, drive shaft, and differential. Apparently when they ran the one section along 101, many drivers failed to realize that this Subaru was people powered. So that's it for this year's Kinetic Sculpture Race. Hopefully next year you'll be with us to watch it live.

Sat, Jun. 12, 2004 - The Further Adventures of Bud

The Further Adventures of Bud

Bud now has a buddy (Bud 2?). For Memorial Day, the buddy was in a Navy uniform. Now Bud's trying to rest, while his buddy looks for a little more excitement. At least one of them looks to be paying a visit to the ER soon.

Sun, Jun. 13, 2004 - Our Day Off

Our Day Off

Lori and I had a rare day off, and what a gorgeous day it ended up being. Lori wanted to stay home and clean, I talked her into going to the zoo, and then up to Route 1. The Eureka Zoo is no San Francisco or San Diego experience, but there were lambs for Lori to pet so she enjoyed it. The real treat was Route 1 where we were treated to one of the best wildflower displays I have ever seen. It reminded me of Colorado's sub alpine areas. Mostly there were carpets of various purple and yellow flowers, but the whole spectrum was covered. I'll be featuring a few of them later this week. We also found one small patch of snow remaining, and Lori built a small snowgirl, which was very cute and I'll try and feature that later this week as well. The floral display was so pretty, Greg and I are planning a sunrise excursion back to the area for Wednesday, taking some large and medium format cameras, and the panorama rig.

Mon, Jun. 14, 2004 - Three Bugs and a Flower

Three Bugs and a Flower

I tried looking up what type of flower this is, but my wildflower book has pages of yellow daisy looking flowers to choose from. So for now it will be known as the South Fork Yellow Daisy Looking Flower. Whatever it is, it must smell nice to bugs, because if you look closely, you'll find three bugs all vying for it.

Tue, Jun. 15, 2004 - Pussy Ears

Pussy Ears

I found this little wildflower right on the ridgetop. At first I thought it was some sort of trillium. Looking it up in my wildflower book at home I found out it is a lily, and the common name is "Pussy Ears", which it's easy to see how it got that name.

Wed, Jun. 16, 2004 - Crazy Crane

Crazy Crane

This crane wanted to make sure he got his picture taken. He followed me along the path from one end of his pen to the other. You have to have a lot of self confidence going out dressed like that.

Thu, Jun. 17, 2004 - Knarly

Knarly

This tree (I'm not even going to attempt to identify what species it is) didn't make a wise choise on where to make it's home. It sprouted in the middle of a rock, right on the ridgetop where it has probably had to endure years of lighting, gail force winds, fires, and winters buried in snow. Greg and I went back to photograph this tree at sunrise, only I couldn't find it in the dark. We did see a black bear, and the smallest deer that I've ever seen though while we were looking. After reaching the end of the road we double backed and I eventually found the right spot. All of the snow had melted, and there were no traces of Lori's snow person left. Which reminds me, I still need to post that picture.

Fri, Jun. 18, 2004 - Goodby Einy

Goodby Einy

Sadly, we received an email from Derek that Cairo passed away, just two weeks after we lost his brother, Galen. That leaves Derek and Jasna with Rocket, and us with Ricky from the group of four brothers that Meg had. We originally named Cairo, Einstein, because his hair had a habit of sticking out in rather odd ways, even seconds after it was neatly combed. He was a very sweet cat, and it was hard to give him away, but at least we knew he was going to a home that we would get to visit him at.

Sat, Jun. 19, 2004 - Charms and more charms

Charms and more charms

For the last few weeks I've been working more on the Charmed... I'm Sure site. I've now photographed over 400 of these tiny Italian Charms. The subjects the charms cover are wide ranging, but I picked a few that I thought applied to some of our readers.