Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
I have worked for the government for over 40 years and have no complaints.
And with a little luck my job will be posted here in a few months.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Washington DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007.
He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes.
During that time approx 2000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.
After 3 minutes a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.
4 minutes later: The violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the till and, without stopping, continued to walk.
6 minutes: A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.
10 minutes: A 3 years old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly, as the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced them to move on.
45 minutes: The musician played. Only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace.
He collected $32.
1 hour: He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.
No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.
Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities.
The questions raised: In a common place environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?
Do we stop to appreciate it?
Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?
One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be:
If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ....
How many other things are we missing?
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
The U.S. Census Bureau has announced that it will be opening a new area
office in Mesa on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 1102 N. Higley, Suite 101. A "Spirit of
Community Celebration" grand opening ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. with
remarks from Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and others.
"The new office will help emphasize the key messages that the 2010 Census is
easy, it's safe, and it's important!" Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said.
"Counting every Mesa resident is important because the information
determines the dollars Mesa gets back from the state and federal
governments. Mesa's Complete Count Committee, along with this office, will
work hard to make sure that everyone is counted."
The new office will be one of only five in the Valley and will serve as the
primary field office for a region which encompasses Mesa and parts of Pinal
County including the Gila River Indian Community. The office will house the
recruiting and support staff for more than 1,000 door-to-door census takers
who will canvas assigned locations, update address listings and obtain
demographic household information through interviews. For more information
about jobs, log onto http://www.mesaaz.gov and click on "Census 2010 - It's
In YOUR Hands" under the "highlights" section of the home page, or log onto
Sunday, November 22, 2009
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Thursday, November 19, 2009
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
- Electrical cords should not be placed near cook tops or near water
- Inspect all electrical cords for damage
- Don't overload circuits
- Don't use electric appliances near the sink or where water may spill on them
- Never use charcoal, propane, or other outside cooking devices in house
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Their purpose aiding and supporting the brave men and women of the military and their families, wherever we raise the flag of the United States of America.
Check out their website at www.soldiersangels.org
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Many downtown businesses stay open late for 2nd Friday to offer great shopping and dining, and a number of them host special activities and entertainment including live music. Vendors selling arts and crafts also line the sidewalks of West Main Street.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I have not seen this product in action, but it is another option to consider when trying to decide how you are going to take care of your water needs during an emergency.
- Generate Pure Water Manually using Reverse Osmosis.
- Capability of producing upto 75 Gal. Per Day.
- Simple to Operate and Maintain.
- Designed for efficiency to save water, Including the Maximization of your water supply.
- Excellent for those individuals with food storage and concerned about an ample potable water supply.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
The Mesa Veterans Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m. There will be more than
90 entries celebrating this year's theme "Honoring Our Vietnam Veterans."
The parade will begin on Center Street at 3rd Place and will travel south on
Center Street to 1st Avenue. Street closures will begin as early as 8:30
a.m. At 10 a.m., Main Street will close between Country Club and Mesa
Drive. However, local access will be maintained from Country Club to
Macdonald and from Mesa Drive to Sirrine. Also at 10 a.m., Center Street
will close between Main Street and 2nd Avenue while 1st Avenue will close
from Macdonald to Sirrine. All streets should reopen to normal traffic at 1
The Boy Scouts of America, Troop #773, will be setting up flags on the
graves of veterans buried at the Mesa Cemetery, 1212 N. Center St., near
sunrise and remove them near sunset. The Boy Scouts will prepare a site
next to the grave to display a flag. To order a flag or for more
information, please contact Jonathon Crosby at (480) 390-4536. A suggested
annual donation of $40 to the troop will help cover the costs for the flags
and add to their camp fund, allowing the boys to attend summer camp and
participate in other scouting activities.
The First Annual Veteran Invasion will begin at 1 p.m. in the Theatre
District at Mesa Riverview as a day-long festival and concert in celebration
of Veterans Day. Sponsored by the Veteran Tickets Foundation, activities
will include a "GI obstacle course," Patriot Guard ride, displays from area
vendors and nonprofit organizations and live music at Toby Keith's I Love
This Bar and Grill.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Predictions for the winter are that a weak El Niño may provide some winter rains.
Recommendations below are for plants that are established in the landscape (in the ground about 2 years).
Summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 14 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye) - 4x per day for first 7-10 days to germinate, then once every 7-10 days
Trees and shrubs are on the same valve:
Desert Adapted - once every 24 days
High Water Use - once every 11 days
Desert Adapted - once every 27 days
High Water Use - once every 12 days
Desert Adapted - once every 21 days
High Water Use - once every 10 days
Groundcover and vine watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 21 days
High Water Use - once every 10 days
Cacti and succulent watering - if needed
Annuals watering - once every 5 days
Wildflower watering - once every 1-2 days to germinate, then once every 7 days
Note: These recommendations are a general guideline only and may need to be modified for your specific site conditions.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Climate Information for November in
Average: 0.7 inches
Record: 3.6 inches (1905)
Temperature (degrees F):
Average High: 74.9 degrees
Lowest High: 40 degrees (1919)
Record High: 96 degrees (1924)
Average Low: 48.9 degrees
Highest Low: 71 degrees (1988)
Record Low: 27 degrees (1931)
For a green winter lawn, overseed established Bermuda grass lawns from mid October through mid November.
After the first mowing, fertilize winter lawns with a high phosphate fertilizer like superphosphate, triple superphosphate, or a complete fertilizer that is 20% phosphorous or more by weight. Ammonium phosphate (16-20-0) is another option. Follow the application rates and directions on the label.
Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Chard, Collard Greens, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce (Head & Leaf), Mustard, Onions (Bulb & Green), Peas, Radishes, Rutabagas, Spinach, Turnips
Asparagus, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chard, Kohlrabi, Lettuce (Head & Leaf)
Watch for insect and pest problems, identify and manage early to prevent damage.
End the years fertilization this month
Plant container roses from mail-order catalogs, old garden roses in particular.
Be prepared to protect citrus from early winter frosts
Cut off spent blooms to stimulate rebloom
Water applications should be greatly reduced for the winter
Plant winter hardy trees, shrubs and vines
Pre-emergent herbicides can be applied from October through early December for winter annual weed control. Follow the package directions carefully for best results. DO NOT use pre-emergent herbicides where you will be planting seeds this season.
Be prepared for early winter frost
Do not increase opportunities for fungal disease on turf by over watering or watering at night.
DO NOT OVER WATER which will result in root rots. Allow the soil to dry out between watering.