Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Frigid Air

That's the Hancock Tower with the two towers on top.  It's not as tall as the Sear's Tower (Willis) but I like it more.  If you look carefully, you can see a little of Lake Michigan on the right of the picture.  The Great Salt Lake really can't been seen in its full size because it's hidden behind by Antelope Island.  So when I saw one of the great lakes for the first time with the idea of a big lake being Salt Lake, I was blown away.  It's big, and it's cold.  The wind was constantly blowing frigid air that felt like it was coming straight from Nunavut.  Chicago is a beautiful city, though.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Sun

The warmer weather is something to smile about.  The only thing that I wish is that I was outside more, but we all have to work, right.  It makes me appreciate the time that I can spend outside hiking, running, playing tennis, or just sitting in the sun.  Now that I think about it, I'm a big fan of the sun.  I'm a little disappointed that I didn't get a picture of the recent solar eclipse because I have seen some impressive photographs out there.  Oh well, next decade.  Until then, enjoy this video.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Cats and Dogs

 Cats and dogs are beautiful animals.  No offense to those out there that cuddle up to their lizards, turtles, or pet birds at night, but I just don't understand having a "pet" that really doesn't interact with you.  Oh boy, what did I say.  I know that you interact with your pet lizard, but you have to admit that it is different to how a cat or dog interacts with his owner.  I went over to some friends the other night that had a pet turtle.  Did it come running to the side of the box when I came into sight like their puppy?  No.  Did it wag it's tail when I touched it?  Maybe, I didn't really pay attention.
Many people love their pets more than anything in their lives.  It's quite an amazing thing.  I love animals. The more I'm around them and interact with them, the more I like them.  Even little zebrafish and mice are extremely beautiful animals.  I think what is amazing is the fact that they are alive.  Anything that is alive and performs functions to keep it that way is fascinating to see.  The sea anemone, chicken, and even bacteria are pretty amazing.

What is also amazing is something that I read about Derek Jeter the other day.  The Yankee shortstop writes in a journal after every game.   Recently, he had his 10,000th at bat and this is what he had to say about it:

Someone told me I took my 10,000th at-bat tonight. Everybody knows I care only about one statistic, the W, but you're always humbled when you realize you've been fortunate enough to stick around to hit a milestone like that. All you can do is go out there every day and try to have as many at-bats as possible. Four, five, six ABs, you take as many as they give you, one game and four-to-six at-bats at a time. Maybe three at-bats, officially, if the guy is wild and you throw a couple of walks in. I'm even OK with a two-AB game if that's what it takes for the team to win. You don't want to get too caught up in the numbers (site).

He cares about the win, but he's also humble that he's been able to stick around that long.  I'm sure he thinks of Murder's Row and all the greats that wore the same jersey before he did and appreciates the opportunity.  At least that is how I see Jeter's thoughts in my own mind, you might have a different opinion.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Lower Bell Canyon Reservoir

The beauty of the mountains.  I wish that I had a wider lens to capture more of the scene.  It's a beautiful reservoir and it was a beautiful day.