Thursday, October 15, 2009

Sneaking up on it

We are almost there. The November NaNoWriMo challenge. 50,000 words in thirty days! I'm starting to get nervous and beginning to realize I'm running out of time. I want to submit some shorts to Writer's Digest that are due December 1st. Because NaNo is coming up, I need to finish those stories now because in November there simply won't be time! Oh! Such problems to have. Man do I feel lucky! Me thinks I soon will feel very tired...better rest up! :)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Why I love hunting season

Two men face charges after an apparent alcohol-fueled exchange of gunfire stirred several hunting camps in White River National Forest.

Joshua Hall, 24, of Burlington and Kalob Ludwig, 19, of Carey, Ohio, were booked into Rio Blanco County Jail on suspicion of weapons-related charges after authorities were called just after 3 a.m. Sunday on a report of multiple shots fired at a campsite off Forest Service Road 240, near Sterry Lake.

“We had about a half-dozen 911 cell phone calls from other campsites of anywhere from 12 to 20 shots fired,” said Rio Blanco County Undersheriff Michael Joos.

According to Joos, Hall allegedly fired at least nine shots from two handguns into a campfire. The shots “alarmed” three others in the same campground who had been sleeping, according to a news release.

Ludwig, one of the sleeping campers, emerged from his tent with a 30.06 rifle and allegedly fired a shot into the ground in the direction of Hall’s feet, Joos said. Hall was standing next to his girlfriend at the time. Nobody was injured.

Hall was believed to be intoxicated at the time.

He figured he’d be funny,” Joos said of Hall’s initial blasts.

Hall was booked on suspicion of prohibited use of a weapon and reckless endangerment. Ludwig was booked on suspicion of reckless endangerment. Joos said both men were released after posting bond.

Several Rio Blanco deputies, along with Colorado Division of Wildlife officers, responded to the scene. The incident happened on the first night of rifle hunting season; Hall and Ludwig were part of a group of five hunters who had camped for the night.

“It’s going to be a banner year, I’m sure,” Joos said.

Inbred rednecks running all over the mountains with guns and booze. I look so forward to this crap. I can't believe how many of them can't put a complete sentence together, yet are allowed to carry a loaded weapon and drink. The worst part of this is, these assholes are probably back at their campsites ready to go shoot at anything that moves this morning. And might get drunk again tonight! Love it! It is a shame they only shoot deer, elk and bear. It would be great if they shot each other. Make the world safer, one less idiot at a time.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Cybercriminals are targeting Facebook and e-mail users by pretending they are friends or relatives in desperate need of money. And they're doing it by tricking people into unwittingly revealing their e-mail logins and passwords. NBC’s Jeff Rossen investigates.

I didn't have this happen to me yet, but I did have someone send an email saying they wanted to add me as a friend. I didn't recognize the name and didn't respond. Lucky for me, I know who my friends are. If on Facebook, you can reject a request to from someone to be added as a friend. I've been finding it a great way to keep in touch with several people, many of whom I haven't seen in years! One, Dominic, who I've been pen pals with for almost 15 years, and have never met! I swear I'm going to London someday before we both keel...

Saturday, October 3, 2009

The Ribbon

I talked mom into hiking the Ribbon with me yesterday. It was probably more than she should be doing right now, but she was trooper. One way is 3.1 miles from top to bottom. It starts on a massive rock and follows rock almost down the whole in a "Ribbon" pattern. The Ribbon is open to hikers and is a black diamond mountain bike trail. We didn't run into anyone, but it looks as if the trail is well used. It is a beautiful hike that has panoramic views of the valley from almost any vantage point along the trail. I would hike it again, but I won't go alone. There are some places that really require a second person there, if for no other reason than to call 911 if you get hurt (Callie can't dial a phone). It's actually not that bad, but it was tougher than I thought. I think we had a good time, I know for sure Callie did. We're both pretty tired this morning, so lazing around until I have to go to work. I'm glad I did this hike. It's not on my list of 100 things to do before I die, but it will have to do. I'm not sure I'll get anywhere close to doing the things on my list. Life never seems to work that way for me, I usually get what I don't want, so I keep my dreams small these days. This is a suitable substitute, I guess.

Looking back up the trail. The trail is actually carved into the rock and likely formed naturally by water run off.

Callie playing in the sand. She just loves sand.

Grand Junction in the background. The hill in the front is actually where the Eagle's Wing trail is. Callie and I run up that trail most everyday. The Ribbon trail ends at the bottom of that cliff about in the middle.

The Valley with Mt. Garfield in the distance. Now there is one challenging hike. Callie and I may do it someday. I've done most of it, but didn't' make it to the top. I'll try for the top next time.