Sunday, June 23, 2013

Supermoon Setting and Rising

I woke up out of the blue early this morning and walked to the windows of our house looking for the moon--and there it was, setting behind the hills beyond downtown Reno.  It was 5:36 a.m. and so I wasn't really prepared to photograph anything.  I barely had time to grab my camera and fired of a couple of handheld shots with a zoom lens through the window before the supermoon disappeared over the horizon.  Perhaps I will catch the moon rising again this evening.

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Supermoon setting below the horizon.  Going...
...almost gone.

== Update ==

I did see the moon on Sunday evening but since everything was pitch black besides the moon, it was too hard for me to take photos of the dimly lit scene without setting up a tripod. Instead, I have these photos of the previous supermoon taken May 24, 2013 to share. Driving home I saw the moon rising as I exited the off ramp towards home so I pulled over on the overpass and took these shots, handheld, with a zoom lens.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Small Improvements

We will be working on the yard soon and I can't wait! Until then, we are making small improvements in the house like changing out the kitchen faucet so that it can accommodate tall pots.

This plant has been in our family for many, many years. I bought it for John's birthday (29th or 30th) and it survived moves between three homes in Vegas. When we uprooted to Reno, the renter of our town home in Vegas took care of it for a year. After our tenant moved out, John's parents took care of it and when they came to visit us in our new home, they brought it with them. Welcome home little dude!
Although the plant looked healthy, the original terracotta pot was pretty worn so I painted it a happy green-yellow color called Appletini.

Then I got brush happy so I painted a few photo frames to match.  I am really liking yellow this year though I still like shades of green and chartreuse so Appletini, to me, is kind of a blend of both.  I am liking all shades of yellow like a canary, lemons, a marigold flower, turmeric, a daffodil, butter, egg yolk, and a field of rapeseed.  Something bright to shake up the gray, beige, black and white colors of our living room.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Is it Summer yet?

I am sitting at my desk wearing fingerless gloves. It is beautiful and sunny outside but my desktop widget says the temperature in Reno is 56F degrees.  The two big windows at each corner of my desk don't really help to keep the cold out. But I would rather freeze and be able to see outside than have an office with no windows and be warm. To think just this past Sunday we were laying on the sand at Lake Tahoe and today I am wearing gloves!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

NRS 484B.270 Wha....?

When the bike lane ends at intersections and I have nowhere else to go but ride in the motor vehicle lane, @cityofsparks it seems the drivers on N. McCarran Blvd. this morning are clueless or have no regard for NRS 484B.270 and passing riders in the bike lanes safely.  I KNOW the drivers see me in the lane yet they approach at full speed as if I am not there or will turbo out of their way.  It would kill them to slow down for three measly seconds until I clear the intersection to get back in the bike lane and out of their path and off their road.  Next time I will overtake the entire lane so they cannot squeeze past me in the same lane.  To the unfortunate asshole who hits me, I will sue for everything they own because the law is on my side.

Traffic laws apply to person riding a bicycle (NRS 484B.763) and upon a roadway has all of the rights and is subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle except in NRS which by their nature can have no application. I drive, I ride. I give the same courtesy to other drivers as I do to non-motorists but I sometimes forget, there are also inconsiderate and oblivious drivers that I have to share be on the road with.

It is the only thing I do not like about living in Sparks, NV is that there are less (safe) access to bike lanes for commuting to Reno except on roads where cars travel 50 m.p.h.

== Update: 5:56PM ==

I guess what it boils down to is inconsiderate and rude people.  It does not matter if they are drivers of motor vehicles, motorcycles, mopeds, riders of bicycles, or just waiting in line at the grocery store and I apologize if I made it sound as if it was cars against bikes in the post above.  In every city or town, these people are out there and while there is not much I can do about them (except resist the urge to stoop to their level), it is inevitable that I will be on the same road with them in my car, on my scooter, or on my bike.  It is one thing to make mistakes on the road.  I admit, I have made my share.  I am a (damn) good driver but I am not perfect.  It's another thing to intentionally drive without regard for others on the road.  To act in malice without consideration of the consequences.

I arrived home safely on my scooter but the trip wasn't without incidence. In fact, a minute after I started my departure from work, I experience this CASE IN POINT:

Evans Avenue was quiet and no cars were on it as I entered the road and headed north. As I ride I always check my rear view mirror.  Then I saw a vehicle on the road way back behind me.  I was already going 29 m.p.h in a 25 m.p.h. zone. (yes, breaking the speed limit) but if we were going the same speed, that vehicle would never catch up to me. The person must've been driving pretty fast to catch up to me on the half mile stretch of road to McCarran.

Now the driver was right behind me swerving within the lane which I can only guess to mean that they're in a hurry and debating on passing me because they just couldn't wait the few seconds until the intersection where there is three lanes in each direction.  Evans Avenue is a two-way street with one lane going each way.  It serves campus and the surrounding neighborhoods.  Every one should know to drive cautiously because students are always crossing the street and there are bicycles and golf (service) cart traffic on the road.

When a driver tailgaits me on my scooter, I yield to the bike lane so they can pass but there is no place for me to go in the already narrow lane--no shoulder, no bike lane.  I am almost at the intersection of McCarran Blvd and would be out of their way soon in 1/8 of a mile.  I take over the lane instead of riding on the far right of the road, so that I don't send mixed signals to the driver behind me who might think they can pass in the same lane.  When a motorcycle or scooter or bicycle takes over the road, it means, "it is too narrow and unsafe for me to allow you to pass in the same lane (by the way it is illegal to do that to a motor vehicle or motorcycle)".  Do you know why I don't ride against the curb when the road is narrow on a two-way road going in opposite directions?  Because if that car passes me in the same lane, and there is an oncoming car, the driver in my lane will react by swerving back on the road and right into me.  That's why I take over the lane and do not allow cars to pass me on a narrow road.  Also, the mirror of their car might clip my helmet or my mirror or they might misjudge their car's distance and cause me to crash.  I don't care if the law is behind me or if I have the right of way--I try to avoid collisions if I can foresee a risky situation.

I was almost at the intersection of Enterprise Road and Evans Avenue.  Ahead of me I can see a car in my lane (orange dot), reversing for whatever reason and I would either come to a stop behind them or have to swerve around the vehicle.  Another car (blue dot) had entered the road and was driving in the turning lane to turn left on McCarran.

What the driver behind me did next was the EPITOME of an IDIOT, their driving path is depicted by the dark blue arrow.  They gunned their car past me, through an intersection where cars were waiting on both sides of Enterprise Road to cross Evans Avenue...nearly rear ended the car waiting in the turn lane (blue dot) and squeezed between that car and the car that was reversing (orange dot).  Probably because they were late and in a freakin' hurry to get where they needed to go.  I remember the vehicle and their license plate for future reference.

RIGHT THERE, this person jeopardized me, the cars waiting on Enterprise Road to cross Evans, the car up ahead in the turn lane and the car that was reversing on Evans.  I sure hope whatever reason the idiot driver had for being an asshole on the road was worth it.

Would the idiot driver have passed me if I were on a motorcycle or in my car?  Maybe not.  But then again, I have seen hot-headed drivers pass other cars on a two-way street before.  It makes me want to close my heart to people and grow a hard shell, get angry and be mean in return but I resist the temptation.  But just like there are asshole drivers, there are good people out there too.  People who yield to others and give space.  I try to recognize those drivers too to help outweigh the negative experience on the road.  All I can say is be safe out there.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

A Visit from Southern Nevada to Northern Nevada

The first guests in our home was John's parents who visited us the first weekend of May. They brought with them eggs laid by free-range chicken from the equestrian center where they board their horse. I have wanted to keep chickens in our backyard so we too can have fresh (and more humanely produced) eggs but I don't think it would fly with the homeowner's association. I was happy to have the next best thing!
After John and Maggie arrived in town we went to Happy Hour at one of our favorite places to eat, El Pescador Mexican Seafood and Grill Restaurant. Margaritas and shrimp ceviche tostadas are my usual fare. Since it has been a while since we last saw each other, we had a lot of holidays and catching up to do. Celebrating Easter, my birthday, Mother's Day and at the time, my husband's 40th birthday.

In the nearby town of Genoa, Nevada's first settlement founded in 1951 the Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival was under way so we made our way there to check out the show and vendors.  There were people dressed up in period clothing and donkies with bras on, LOL!!
It was a gorgeous sunny day and after a while we got thirsty so we headed into the Old Genoa Bar, the oldest continually operating thirst parlor in the state of Nevada.

I quenched my thirst with a Bloody Mary...ahhh. :-)  After that we were hungry so drove to Minden to another place we like to eat, Tahoe Ridge Winery for lunch.  I think all of their wines are delicious.  The Reserve Barbera is my favorite of favorites.
Ahi Tuna on a Bagel Sandwich, Salads, and Chicken Picatta
 Afterwards we went to Mill End Fabrics in Reno.  Maggie has taken up quilting and has made some beautiful show worth quilts. She wanted to make us a quilt so we went shopping for fabric.  John always manages to entertain himself wherever he is.

Other days we cooked at home and opened gifts.  John and Maggie gave us each the neatest, most beautiful watch for our birthdays.  I already received from them the neatest, coolest stuff for my birthday weeks before then but I didn't get a chance to tell you about it.  And now I have a gorgeous, shiny new watch (my parents-in-law are spoiling me, LOL).
All my birthday gifts: sewing books, mango green tea gummies, hand-made cards, a wine gift basket, pearl earrings and a cute pair of shorts and t-shirt that I'm wearing.
 John and Maggie had brought tri-tip that we cooked on the grill and the yummiest homemade carrot cake for dinner and dessert.  I don't overeat often but when I do, it's my mom-in-law's food!!
Another day we walked along the Truckee River in downtown Reno and had ice cream at Sweet Frog. Time flies when we're having fun and before we knew it, John and Maggie headed home to Southern Nevada.  They will be visiting us again soon and it is always a time we look forward to.

Bike Ride in Sparks, NV

Six months have gone by and I haven't ridden my bike as much as I would have liked to this year. There are some beautiful neighborhoods and bike paths in the back of our neighborhood so I really have no excuse for not riding.  John took me for a ride one weekend (these photos were taken May 11, 2013) and it was such a beautiful day.  We left the house shortly after noon and rode for about an hour.  It was a short ride but I had so much fun!!
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Monday, June 03, 2013

Viva Cancun

Life happens so fast, I barely have time to react must less reflect. From John's parents visiting to Bike to Work Week, to my parents and sisters visiting from WA, FL, and CA, and the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey Relay Run i just finished this Friday and Sunday (I promise I will have to catch up). Now we are in Cancun to celebrate John's big 4-0. And yes, that was last minute too. But if we wait until the right time or the perfect time to do anything we would never catch up with life to hitch a ride. So here we are! It is 78 degrees.