September 2, 2009

House Renovations – Third Bedroom

I’m back at it again with the house renovations. This project has been going on for six years, and has included redoing both bathrooms, ripping out the whole kitchen, and replacing the carpets in the whole house with tile and laminate flooring. And it’s not done yet!

The latest leg of this project is to redo the third bedroom. Years and years ago, when our niece Keirra was 2, she came to live with us for a bit, so we fixed up the room for her. We painted it sky blue and put fluffy white clouds everywhere. Then she moved out, and the room became little more than a storage unit. Even as we had two kids of our own, we just blocked it off and piled our junk in there, including two cats that had trouble finding the litter box. So it’s an understatement to say that the room needed work.

Third Room - Before Painting

Third Room - Before Painting

Third Room - Before Painting

Third Room - Before Painting

But now we’re clearing it out, painting, and finally putting down laminate flooring. It’s a lot of work, but it will pay off with a third bedroom that we can actually use!

Third Room - After Painting

Third Room - After Painting

Third Room - After Painting

And don’t even mention the upcoming Labor Day weekend. I have floor projects all over the house that need to be done, and I’m not looking forward to it. At all.

August 24, 2009

Sammy in the Newspaper

What a surprise last week to see Sammy on the front page of the newspaper! Staff photographers were around at a couple of schools to document the first day of school for elementary students, and out of the hundreds of pictures taken that day they chose one of Sam! Yay!

Sammy on the Front Page
Sammy on the Front Page

August 21, 2009

The Web Services Bubble

Dave Winer: I’m worried about the web.

We pour so much passion into dynamic web apps hosted by companies we know very little about. We do it without retaining a copy of our data. We have no idea how much it costs them to keep hosting what we create, so even if they’re public companies, it’s very hard to form an opinion of how likely they are to continue hosting our work.

August 17, 2009

Train Ride at the Nevada State Railroad Museum

After all weekend chasing the $48 train up and down the Comstock, we went back to Carson City and rode the $5 train at the railroad museum. One train’s as good as another for the kids.

August 15, 2009

First Run of the Reconstructed V&T Railway

Crossposted from Around Carson.

Last evening I went up to Virginia City to see off the V&T Railroad. Yesterday was the momentous occasion of the first passenger train between Virginia and Carson City on the new reconstructed line. That last time a passenger train passed between the two cities was 1938, and ever since then people have been leading an effort to get the track back in place and start running trains again. This weekend is the start of that.

Yesterday’s train was a special VIP train, and seats were available by invitation only (which I didn’t get, even though I’ve done as much to promote and spread the word about this train as just about anybody. Oh well.) The train boarded in Virginia City around 6:00, then headed down the hill to Carson where a brass band and welcoming committee were waiting for a private dinner and I’m sure all kinds of ceremonies. I followed it down as far as Gold Hill, which is easy to do because it runs right alongside the road, then I met up with it as it arrived in Carson City.

Here are some photos from the day. They’re not great because the sun had already set by the time the train arrived. I’m heading back out to Eastgate today to actually photograph the engine and train in the sun. Probably those will turn out better.

I’ll have more photos as the weekend goes on, so keep an eye on Flickr.

August 12, 2009


July 29, 2009

McCloud Engine #18

McCloud / V&T Engine #18

At Around Carson:

V&T Railway Progress – Engine #18 is in Town

V&T Railway Progress – Photos of Engine #18

Yesterday was a big day for the V&T Railway. And of course I was out running errands and couldn’t be there. But yesterday was the day the McCloud Locomotive #18, the engine that will run passenger trains on the V&T, arrived in Carson City. Luckily several other news organizations were on hand to report on it, and this morning I was able to head out to Eastgate Siding to get a closeup look at the thing.

July 26, 2009

Carson River Canyon Then and Now

Carson River Canyon Then and Now

When photographer Carleton E. Watkins visited Virginia City and the Comstock in the fall of 1876, he had no idea he was viewing the area at its absolute peak. More gold and silver were being pulled out of the ground than had ever been before, and though no one knew it, than ever would be again.

Read more.

July 18, 2009

Rescued Puppy

Viola is always rescuing animals. This one she pulled out of a bad home just last night. Mistreated and injured, now that she’s out she can start the healing process. And we already found a good home for her!

Rescued Puppy

Rescued Puppy

We named her Daisy.

Rescued Puppy

July 13, 2009

Lake Tahoe Fireworks 2009

Crossposted from Around Carson:

Some shots from the Lake Tahoe fireworks this year: