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Squeeze Bacon - Yummy

My Dad found it neccessary to inform me today that turtles can breath through their butts. In other news, someone invented Squeeze Bacon.


I went down to the farm last weekend for the first full weekend in a month. Sucks to be sick. Thankfully the Winter has not wrought much damage except ripping a sizable limb out of one of my redbud trees. Other than that, the ground is overly saturated from all the rain and snow and all the low lying areas including the river and streams are flooded badly. Looks like another Spring for packing sandbags. I went out with Rob and Toni on Saturday night and tested my limits with alcohol and vertigo. I find I'm now a two beer drunk much to my dismay. Oh well, at least I can walk upright again. The homeopathic cure for the vertigo actually kinda works. Doesn't make you feel normal, just more balanced. It also makes me tired. But then so do most other herbal remedies including pot which makes me go to sleep, much to the dismay of everyone who's ever got me to try smoking it.

We got 2 inches of snow and ice Saturday night which thankfully had melted off by the time I got ready to leave Sunday after watching UNC make it to the Final Four (yeah!)

Saturday morning I got up early and got my haircut. Actually it was like a sheep getting shorn. But for those keeping track, I'm growing my hair out again. I just got the top and sides cut. Now I have a short mullet again. It will look kind of goofy for a week or so. Upon getting back to Rushville town, I paid off a long disputed debt with an auto repair shop, (going back to 2005) so now I don't have to duck the owner every time I see him. Got some donuts and a peach pie at Roger's bakery all for under $10 and went over to Grates Small Engine Repair where they informed me that the Cub Cadet lawn tractor we inherited from my uncle Jake is a dead soldier unless we wanted to invest $2000 which we don't. They are going to buy it for parts so at least I don't have to haul it home with me.

I also told the car repair store to start pulling my S10 Engine apart and find out why I'm getting antifreeze in the cylinders. I'm praying it's a blown head gasket or cracked head. If it's worse than that, I'll be looking for another engine or another truck. I've already replace that engine once. But darn it all, it's a very well built vehicle with a great frame. I'd hate to lose it.

Then I drove to Monmouth, IL (Home of the Earp family) to pick up unsold jewelry from the Buchanan Center for the Arts. Now I get to spend a couple weeks making more for them. I also asked them for clarification on the rules for a juried art show they will be hosting in August. So, I'll be entering 3 of my photos. Figuring out which ones will be the problem. So what I decided to do is narrow it down to about 25 and post all of them as a poll here on my LJ and let my friends list vote on their top 3. I figure you all know as much as anyone about good art. That will happen soon.

Friday night on the trip down, I stopped by August Hill Winery in Uttica to pick up my Quarterly Insiders Wine Club offering. A bottle each of Trapolino and Traminette. While there, the owner discovered I was a photographer and would like to see some of my work to include in their gallery. So now I'm making up a little website to give them a taste.

Work continues to go well. I've been doing a lot of studio shooting lately. Mostly product type shots of tomato paste and Sudoku cubes but also some model shots too. I go to my office in Dubuque about once a month. I was just there 2 weeks ago. I've got an all day shoot at a Chemistry lab in Peoria on the 23rd.

9.5 days until I go to Oregon. We'll be heading to Seattle on April 12 and 13 so if anyone up that way wants to get together for a meal or a visit, let me know and I'll try to accomodate you. We'll then be heading back down to the Eugene area for the rest of the week.

Two weekends ago, I made a speed run to NC and back. My Dad kids me about being too old to make marathon drives anymore. I can still do them but the recovery time is a lot longer than when I was younger. I left Friday afternoon about 4 pm. I got back home about Midnight on Sunday. In the interim I drove 1852 miles, slept at one rest area, one hotel, went to the Spring Council Meeting and attended the naming ceremony for my cousin and had dinner and a long talk with kimboburly on the return trip. Good thing I didn't have to drive any further. Oh and I picked up a couple of early season ticks in KY which gave me tick fever for the first two days of last week. Thanks Kim (kidding). Damn ticks anyway. Of course I found an abandoned house there to shoot. That will be posted to rural_ruin soon. My cousin was there with his son Paul who is about my age despite the grey hair he's getting. Paul was admitted to the Shawnee Nation last Summer. Afterwards, they went on to another son's house in Ohio. Here are pix of my cousin Johnie Blue Fox Vincent and I with Okema (chief) Whitehawk in front of our Council building.

I had a lovely hoecake and flapjack dinner with the intriguing iamcyber last Thursday in Buffalo Grove, IL. If the weather is good, we are supposed to start shooting around the CITY together tomorrow night. But they are calling for rain again...ugh. But we will do it soon if not.

And I have a massage tomorrow. Life is good.




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Apr. 1st, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
You're looking good these days, Mark.

If you make another random trip to NC, feel free to look me up.
Apr. 1st, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
I'm just looking good these days? Was I looking that bad in the past? heheh I will. It was a fast trip and I didn't really look anyone up. Never got down to the coast at all. I was up in Lenoir the whole 8 hours I was on NC. I should be out your way again this summer or fall sometime though and we'll have dinner again Curly Sue!

Apr. 1st, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
Well you've always been ruggedly handsome...but you don't post photos nearly often enough....

And I'd roll my hair for ya, sweets. ;)
Apr. 1st, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
I really like the new style! And I'll post more photos. I got used to posting to FB and keep forgetting to do it here.

Apr. 1st, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
I'm not convinced that Squeeze Bacon is real. I'm not convinced anything today is real.

I can't wait to get up to the mountains myself. Then I might be able to catch up with you on one of your whirlwind trips!
Apr. 1st, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
Not likely if I only stay in the state for 8 hours or less but if you are going to make the effort. I'll stick around and wait for you.

Apr. 1st, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
If you ever get a chance to come out here during my spring quarter, I'm taking a class taught by a Mohawk friend of mine; you might enjoy visiting, and friends/guests are welcome. :) Your presences is also welcome outside of class--we only met the one time, but it's been a while and I would welcome having another in-person chat again when you next visit the PNW.

Although, do take it easy on yourself and those long drives. Yeesh, I don't know how you do it! I miss cross-country driving with my mom, but I don't know if I could do it more than once every few years.
Apr. 1st, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
Well see if we can't track you down in a couple of weeks then.

Apr. 1st, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
Fabulous! :)
Apr. 2nd, 2009 04:14 am (UTC)
What a lovely abandoned house! I can't wait to see more of your pics! :)
Apr. 2nd, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
Soon, that's about #13 in a backlog that I've needed to post since last summer but some are wanting to jump to the top of the list.

Apr. 2nd, 2009 08:10 am (UTC)
I am glad to hear that you are feeling better! Those portraits look fantastic, Mark!

Seattle is about 3 hours away from Vancouver. Unfortunately, my sister is coming up from there to visit us in Vancouver during that weekend. I usually stay at her place when I am in Seattle.
Apr. 2nd, 2009 01:48 pm (UTC)
One of these days we'll have the time and space to get together. Maybe more so now that my job allows me to travel more.

Apr. 2nd, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
My sister is on vacation in Washington DC at the moment. I'll check to see if she will perhaps be back in Seattle on the 13th.
Apr. 2nd, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, let me know. Don't know how long on the 13th we will be there but we can figure it out.

Apr. 2nd, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
Sure! It's not that I need her to be in Seattle but we always have a family dinner when she visits with her family, especially on the day she leaves to get back home.
Apr. 3rd, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
Not to detract from the rest of your post, Mark, but some turtles can breathe through their butts. I only mention it because it's so incredibly fascinating.

You might enjoy this article.

Later dude!
Apr. 3rd, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
Oh I was fascinated. I was just eating breakfast when he told me. Thanks for the article!

Apr. 6th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
Thanks, I "enjoyed" that article, too - especially since I read Wander's original post about this at an ungodly hour of the morning, as well.
Apr. 24th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
I am glad that you talk about your Native American heritage. I've counseled people who were ashamed of having Indian blood. I tell them to take pride in their heritage, that their ancestors blood is something the white man could never take from them.
Apr. 24th, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
Some people were made to feel so ashamed of their heritage or made to feel afraid of what would happen to them if they revealed it. Some folks in my tribe are like that even amongst us when we gather. But I'm proud of mine. It took me a long time to prove it.

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