Thursday, February 23, 2006

Sad Days and Comments

Sad Days

One of our former co-workers, Mary Claire, died on Friday. She had and beat cancer a few times in the last 15 years, but this time the disease won. Mary Claire loved life and she was one of the funniest people I have ever known. We have all missed her terribly since she retired a few years ago and it's unbelievable that we will never see her again.


Carrot -- WWDTM did mention that Red Scorpion was anti-pinko-commie propoganda. Occasionally I will wistfully say to Len that I miss the Cold was so much better then, what with the crapola movies (remember Red Dawn? We teenage girls practically had it programmed into us to heave our bosums at that one!), and the good and crappy music ("The Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades"). It seemed so much more innocent then. Of course the Cold War is pretty much the reason we are where we are now.

Celtic Knitter -- A lab experiment is a good way to describe the copper dyeing, the recipe says that the color depends on the water (the minerals and such). When I told my boyfriend that, he started planning all kinds of experiments using minerals he has left from beer brewing (I don't know why he has minerals from brewing, but he does). Given his (short and long ago) history of illicit drug making, this might be the perfect activity for him. The color I'm seeing on my screen (kind of a gray-blue) is closer to what it looked like while it was in the dye, this picture was after some rinsing and it was greener than I see. The final color (after the vinegar rinse) is a light sea green.

Maxine -- Thanks for your compliments on my River Grass Gansey! The pattern is in Jamieson's Shetland Knitting Book 2. Of the three Jamieson's books, this one is my favorite.


Viva le Carrot said...

"This is a world that is much more uncertain than in the past. In the past we were certain, we were certain it was us versus the Russians in the past. We were certain, and therefore we had huge nookyalur arsenals aimed at each other to keep the peace. That's what we were certain of...You see, even though it's an uncertain world we're certain of some things. We're certain that even though the 'Evil Empire' may have passed, evil still remains. We're certain there are people who can't stand what America stands for...We're certain there are madmen in this world, and there's terror, and there's missles and I'm certain of this too; I'm certain to maintain the peace, we better have a military of high morale, and I'm certain that under this (Clinton) administration, the military is dangerously low."
-- GWB on the campaign trail,
May 2000

Viva le Carrot said...

I loved the 80s (by which I mean roughly 1982-92); it was my favorite time. I even love all the crappy music.