Friday, August 23, 2019

FAIRY RINGS

There is a lovely small grass pasture adjacent to the Peak to Peak Highway between Nederland and Ward, Colorado.  Each summer I have noted multiple rings in the pasture, with the ring being a much darker, more robust-looking green.



I did a bit of research and found quite a bit of information about "Fairy Rings"of which there are three general types - green ones as shown above, brown rings and ones consisting of rings of mushrooms.  Each are basically an every-expanding ring of fungi that expand from a few inches to several feet per year.  The elevation of the pasture is around 9000 feet [2745 meters]. A detailed description of fairy rings can be found here and a research article can be found here.  Fairy rings seem to be a turf problem, especially for golf courses.  Below are a couple of pictures of the mushroom type of fairy rings.


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Not related to the rings, but along the Peak to Peak I have seen a variety of wildlife, including an especially beautiful black fox, coyotes, deer, bears, and moose. 


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

CHARLES MORTON DILLION, JUNIOR - "CHARLIE"

A few years back, I was invited to join a regular Saturday morning breakfast gathering in Nederland.  We met regularly at the Sundance Cafe just south of Ned until it shut down.  We moved to Neds in town.  The 8:00 am group regulars were Charlie, Terry Bergin and Herm Weaver.  Other folks would join in now and then including Herm's brothers, Terry's sons, Charlie's son, and other locals. As one might expect, there never was a shortage of conversation admixed with many laughs.  Things took a somber turn when Charlie was diagnosed with cancer, and amazingly he proceeded fairly normally through all of his treatments and during the final weeks of his life.  He always looked like he had just stepped off of the pages of GQ.  His memorial service was filled with loving tributes to a man of many talents, not the least of which was his ability to listen to others. Vaya con dios, amigo.

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"Charlie Dillon, December 26, 1949 to July 16, 2019. Charlie Dillon, of Pinecliffe, was a sharp and well-respected businessman. His ability to relate to people made him a great salesman.

Charlie was born in Denver to Mother, Susan Jane Dillon, and Father, Charles Morton Dillon, now deceased. Charlie died on in Longmont, after a battle with cancer. He graduated from East High School in 1967, and while in high school, he was part of a band.

He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1971 with a degree in anthropology.

Charlie and his wife, Deborah Dillon, were married for 28 years. Charlie and Deb lived in South Denver for 22 years and owned a home in Pinecliffe for 20 years. They have lived in Pinecliffe full-time for the last six years.

Charlie spent many years working with his father as a manufacturer’s representative, at the Dillon Company in Denver, and then followed an entrepreneurial path, opening his surf and tackle shop, Charlie’s Sinker Swim, on the central coast of California, at Avila Beach. Charlie then served as upper level management for Turf Irrigation Supply, in Denver.

Charlie was involved in several executive mentoring programs and always enjoyed coaching young entrepreneurs and setting people up for success. He was on the Board of Directors of an organization called Young Audiences, which provides art education and integration programs to youth. He was passionate about making the arts available to children and young adults.

For 14 years, Charlie was on the board of the Pinecliffe Association. Charlie then became the president of the Board of the Association for eight years, which included an ongoing Forest Stewardship program, in collaboration with Boulder County.

Charlie was passionate about preserving nature and always influenced others to “make a light footprint.” For the last part of his life, Charlie volunteered his time at the Nederland Community Center, taking a real interest in community development in the town of Nederland.

Every Saturday, Charlie would meet his friends, Terry Bergin, Herm Weaver and Doug Swartzendruber, and sometimes others, for their breakfast club at a Nederland restaurant. When the group met this past Saturday without Charlie, lots of tears were shed. Terry and Charlie also did lots of fishing together.

Regarding his religious beliefs, Charlie said: “I have deep beliefs, yet I don’t want to try and tell others what to think.” He grew up in the Presbyterian Church.

Charlie loved music, especially the Beatles, and his favorite song was “Fool on the Hill.”

He is survived by his wife, Deborah; children, Anna Dillon Wall, Todd Dillon, Brian Dillon and Laura McCalley; two sisters, Thama Judy and Leslie Dillon; five grandchildren, Adelyn Wall, 13; Willow Wall, 11; Pax Wall, 8: Ava Dillon, 11, and Hazel McCalley, 2."

Sunday, August 11, 2019

TRUMP PERSONALLY EXECUTED EPSTEIN




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Since it is a well-known fact that Trump is a serial adulterer and has a self-proclaimed attraction to beautiful women [including his own daughter], it is not surprising that he and Jeffery Epstein were buddies.  Stories abound about the escapades of the two with young women including one who brought a lawsuit alleging rape when she was thirteen.   Mysteriously the lawsuit was dropped, and the 15 women who have accused Trump of sexual assault have been silenced.  Thus, given that there is no doubt that Epstein was extorting Trump [along with many other well-placed politicians] it is reasonable to conclude that Epstein had to be silenced before the pee-pee tapes [currently held by Putin] and other incriminating evidence could be revealed.  Here are some facts:

Early in his Presidency, Trump secretly ordered the construction of a Marine-One doppelganger without any official markings and equipped with radar evasion technology.  Code Name Playboy.

Trump uses Playboy for sub rosa operations including escaping the White House for illicit affairs, gambling sprees and drug-addled parties with Fox News personnel.  The crew of the helicopter are Trump employees who are paid well but also understand that if they desert, they will be killed, likely by the professional snipers that are a part of the crew.

Although Playboy is radar evasive, it is not 100 percent invisible to detection and monitoring.  A clandestine group tracks the helicopter and monitored its flight from the White House to the Manhattan Metropolitan Correctional Center.  On the day of Epstein's "suicide", it landed on the helipad of the Center, and the President and his team was surreptitiously taken to Epstein's cell.  Only four Correctional Center employees were involved, and like the crew of the Playboy, they were paid handsomely with the understanding of loyalty and silence.

Epstein had been deprived of food and water for several days such that he was very weak and disoriented.  The small marks on his neck are indicative of strangulation by small hands, and we know who has small hands.

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Hopefully this reporting will make me as believable as Alex Jones






Thursday, August 01, 2019

HAWAII 5-0

No, not the 1968 and 2010 TV series Hawaii 5-0 but rather our family trip to Hawaii that coincided with our 50th wedding anniversary.  We actually were traveling to Hawaii on our anniversary date, but as we told the kids and grand-kids, the trip was for anniversary, Mother's Day, Father's Day and everybody's birthday for the whole year!!  We lined up a Home Away place in Laie toward Oahu's north shore, away from the crowds of Honolulu.  If you visit the Laie link, you will see a picture of Lāʻie Point which was a short walk from our place.

So, here we are 50 years ago - and - there will be no "Fifty Years Later" photo!!



 However, I will share a picture of the whole gang - this was at Lei Lei's where the kids treated mom and dad with a very nice dinner.  Some couldn't resist hamming it up for the camera.


This greeted us upon check in:


The Lanai at the White Hibiscus



The view of the Pacific from the Lanai


Grand kids exploring Lāʻie Point

 

Sunrise



Enjoying Some Pool Time



The Youngest Also Enjoying the Day at the Pool



Snorkeling at Shark's Cove


A Day in the Surf

 

We Had Many Fine Meals Together
The Food Trucks at Kahuku
We Also Food Shopped at Foodland and Tamura's Market

 


A Tour of Pearl Harbor

 

 

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Many Fond Memories

Monday, April 08, 2019

COMMANDER IN CHEAT

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For a very long time, sportswriter Rick Reilly has made me laugh with his insightful story telling. Reilly has a new book, Commander in Cheat:  How Golf Explains Trump, and the Denver Post ran a column about the book, Trump and his cheating at golf - humorous but also disturbing.  Here is the story:

Rick Reilly to Trump: Let’s golf
Colorado native’s book, “Commander in Cheat,” just released
The Denver Post
7 Apr 2019
By Matt Bonesteel

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Sportswriter Rick Reilly has challenged President Trump to a golf match.

We haven’t heard much from sportswriter Rick Reilly since he wrote his last ESPN.COM column in 2014 and last appeared on the network itself in 2016, but he’s been keeping busy, most notably with writing “Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump,” which was released last week.

Based on the advance notice and a Golf.com excerpt, the book is about exactly what its title suggests: that Trump’s extremely casual attitude toward the rules of the game are a reflection on his presidency as a whole.

Reilly — a Boulder native who attended the University of Colorado, a onetime Denver Post sportswriter — is making the promotional rounds as the book goes on sale, making a Tuesday appearance on MSNBC. And if there’s one surefire way to sell a book, it’s to challenge the sitting president of the United States to a $100,000 golf match.

“I want to play him,” Reilly said. “I think I’m a 4.5 (handicap). He’s a 2.8. If he plays the 2.8, I’ll play him for 100 grand, (with the money going to) either of our charities. But the rule is, we can’t play his course, we can’t use his cheating caddies and there’s gotta be a rule guy with each of us, and I’ll play him all day.”

“He cheats like a Mafia accountant,” Reilly said. “He cheats crazy, he cheats whether you’re watching or not, he cheats whether you like it or not. He tried to cheat Tiger Woods in a match, Tiger hits it like this, he hits two balls in the water, doesn’t count either and pretends that he almost tied Tiger Woods. So it doesn’t matter whohe is, he has to be the winner.

“What really bothers me is that he told people on the campaign trail ... he said: ‘I’m a winner, you gotta vote for me because I’ve won 18 club championships’ — he says this three or four times — ‘and that’s against the best players in the club.’ But I knew he was lying because he told me how he does it. Whenever he opens a new course that he buys, he plays the first round by himself and calls that the club championship, puts his name on the wall.”

Reilly also said Trump tells his courses to award him the club championship because of a score he shot at an entirely different course, and that he claims club championships when they’re really the senior club championships.

Trump won his latest claimed club championship — his 20th — last year at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., but Golf.com’s Michael Bamberger discovered that it only came about after Trump challenged that year’s actual club champion — Ted Virtue, the CEO of a New York investment firm — to a nine-hole match-play contest, which Trump won and thus declared himself co-champion (though a plaque on his locker lists him as the sole winner).

The president’s oncourse cheating has been well-documented, even before Reilly’s book came out, a notion that has not been dispelled by a number of his famous playing partners:

• Suzann Pettersen, LPGA pro: “He cheats like hell. So I don’t know how he is in business. They say if you cheat at golf, you cheat at business. I’m pretty sure he pays his caddie well, since no matter how far into the woods he hits the ball, it’s in the middle of the fairway when we get there.”

• Actor Samuel L. Jackson, when asked who was the better golfer: “Oh, I am, for sure. I don’t cheat.” Jackson also alleged in 2015 that one of Trump’s golf clubs tries to bill him for membership fees even though he was not a member.

• Alice Cooper, 1970s shock-rocker and noted golf enthusiast: “The worst celebrity golf cheat? I wish I could tell you that. It would be a shocker. I played golf with Donald Trump one time. That’s all I’m going to say.”

Trump, who many admit actually does have some skill as a golfer, has denied just about all of that.

In his 2004 book “Who’s Your Caddy?” Reilly told tales of caddying for the “great, near great, and reprobates of golf.” One of those people (the latter category, one has to assume) was a pre-presidency Donald Trump, a round Reilly was asked about in 2015 by The Post’s Ben Terris.

“Reilly told The Washington Post about an afternoon when Trump wrote down scores he didn’t actually achieve on his scorecard, conceded putts to himself by raking the ball into the hole with his putter rather than striking it properly (‘He rakes like my gardener!’), and even called a gimme — something a player might claim for a two-foot putt — on what should have been a chip shot,” Terris wrote.

“‘He took the world’s first gimme chip-in,’ Reilly said. At one point, Trump, after taking a number of second shots, told Reilly to ‘make sure you write that I play my first ball. You don’t get a second ball in life.’ In life, it may or may not be true that a person gets a second chance; and yet, as Reilly wrote, on holes 1, 13 and 17, Trump did indeed get a second ball.”

Responded Trump, then running for president: “I always thought he was a terrible writer. I absolutely killed him, and he wrote very inaccurately. I would say that he’s a very dishonest writer . ... I never took a gimme chip shot ... I don’t do gimme chip shots. If I asked his approval, that’s not cheating, number one. Number two, I never took one.”

 

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I tend to agree with those who say "If you cheat at golf, you will cheat at anything." I don't need to recount all of the ways that Trump is a cheater, but below is the ultimate reason why any discerning voter should not support Trump!!!!

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