Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Kansas City, 2000

I moved to the states exactly ten years ago now, in late august, early september 2000/
I started out in Kansas city where my big brother, Sean, lives.
At that time, he had this great house in the country, in a place called Gunn City ( Pop 68) .
It was about an hour's drive to Kansas City, and he let me use his old pick up truck to do the drive.

I think it was a Ford...the details get fuzzy in my memory...I do remember it being very big, and it required quite a bit of muscles to shift gears. One of those old, built to last, behemoth of a truck.

One of the best things for me, was doing the drive on a hot day, on those little back roads, where all you could see was this huge deep blue sky, and fields of yellow everywhere.

It was incredibly peaceful, restful and beautiful.

That was ten years ago.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The girl who kicked the hornet's nest

I just finished reading the third book in the Lisbeth Salander trilogy.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Star Gazer - Jack Horkheimer

I was sad to learn that Jack Horkheimer had died on August 20, 2010.  It has been over a decade since I watched one of his presentations. Watching his quirky astronomy show on Alabama Public Television in the 1980s made him memorable to me. Back then I think his show was called Star Hustler though. Maybe some of the exposure to his shows made me later obtain a telescope. Here is his last show posted on YouTube. Keep looking up!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

2010 Watermelon Harvest

The watermelon harvest has begun with these first 16 watermelons picked.  The light green melons on the right side of the photo are Charleston Gray watermelons.  The ones on the left are a little harder to identify.  The striped spherical watermelon is Crimson Sweet.  The other four striped melons might be some sort of Jubilee watermelon.  I have a jar of saved watermelon seeds that I usually plant one hill of.  It is sort of my mystery melon to grow.

These watermelons were grown in Hodgenville, Kentucky and were harvested August 21, 2010.  I estimate the gross weight at 390 pounds [177 kg] (the largest striped melon is 37 pounds while the largest 3 light green melons weigh 40-41 pounds a piece).  Not sure what makes produce organic but no pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers were used to grow this crop.  The weeds were pretty bad this year probably because I did not use a tiller on the garden this year and the black plastic is getting old.

The pumpkin plants produced one small pumpkin but the plants appear to be dying (too much heat?) and the cantaloupe plants did not produce this year.

Growing watermelons is an enjoyable hobby for me that I have now been active in for at least 7 years.  So I felt like sort of farming dinosaur after reading the New York Times article "Watermelons Get Small" by Kim Severson on August 17, 2010.  It talks about trends in watermelon farming in Hope, Arkansas. The movement to grow icebox size seedless melons has caught on in the United States with the article stating that 2 out every 10 melons grown have seeds.  Of that seeded variety, a small percentage are heirloom like I grow.  The Arkansas old time melons mentioned are Jubilee, Black Diamond, Rattlesnake, and Charleston Gray.  The newer seeded hybrid being grown is called Super Sweet 710.

The largest striped melon has been cut and its fruit placed in plastic containers to be refrigerated.  The seeds have been saved and the juice collected to make watermelon lemonade.  Sweet!

Friday, August 20, 2010

At Night

Eyed Flounder

Eyed flounder fish on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in the Ocean Hall area (1st floor) in Washington, D.C.  Fish is known by its scientific name: Bothus ocellatus, phylum Chordata.  Picture taken August 2010.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Liu Jia Lin MOKO top girl

As a MOKO top girl name the girl came up from ther never let we down this one.
She is a represents from MOKO top girl again this is Liu Jia Lin a sexy Chinese girl with her sexy dress and pink tights.
We will notice that she is a one of most sexy Chinese girl we ever seen.

Zhang Yehan

Zhang Yehan from Miss Chinese International 2009

Bella Chen

Sexy Taiwanese actress Bella Chen

Name: Chen Yu-Han 陈瑀涵
English name: Bella Chen
Height: 172 cm
Weight: 51kg
Measurements: 36 “24″ 35 ”
Birthday: February 18, 1984

Education: Chinese Culture University, Department of Chinese drama

Qiqi - 淇淇 from MOKO Top girl

A sexy girl from really hot project MOKO again Lets see Qiqi sexy pics