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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Greg in Performance

My son Greg has played in a heavy/thrash metal band for a number of years.

 He's played with other bands and went on a three month tour with one, but Burning Shadows is always his main group.  Greg writes almost all the music, plays lead guitar, and does some of the vocals.

I chose these two images from the band's website.  I don't know who took the pictures.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Maryland Day

An annual family oriented event at the university.

Watched half of a lacrosse game:

Flags from many nations.  I'm not certain of the significance.

Beekeeping demonstrations...

 Cooking demos...

As always at these events, there was a wide variety of food.  I chose crab cakes which were very tasty, but the grilled food sure smelled good.

It's much less of a cow college than when I was an undergrad, but the College of Agriculture remains a place of interest.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Upper Patuxent Catch and Release Section

Hadn't fished the stretch of water down from the Hipsley Mill Road crossing in a number of years, so I drove up there yesterday afternoon.  Although I don't normally think of the Pax as pretty in comparison with most trout streams, it looked so nice and the day was so pleasant that I didn't feel all that disappointed that after two hours I caught only two fall fish and no trout. 

After a bite of lunch, I spent the last half hour walking back upstream towards the parking lot.  When I came to a deep slow moving run that looked very promising earlier, I decided to give it another try and was rewarded with what might be the best trout of the year so far.  The rainbow fought hard, and my estimate of him was about 14 inches when I got him into the net.  Used the same olive marabou streamer all day.

Monday, April 23, 2012

With George and Margaret at Bethany Beach

As always, we had a fun overnight with great food and conversation.  That's them above with some anonymous passer-by in the frame behind Margaret.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Foundations of Architecture

In the last few weeks of this class, we've been focusing on creating hypothetical changes for the Journalism building, one of the newer structures on campus.

My changes evolved into a greenhouse with an entrance from the atrium under the stairs. There would be brick walls leading into the greenhouse which would have a matching brick wall. Each wall would also serve as a planter for small shrubs.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

The past 10 days fishing

Three trips total, two to the pond in the park and one to the Izaak Walton League Lake. Last week caught a largemouth bass on a short trip to the park, and some bluegills at the Izaak Walton League. Yesterday stayed at the park pond longer a got a couple of crappie, some bluegills, a largemouth, and a rainbow trout. Everything caught on marabou streamers, black last week and yesterday chartreuse was the most effective color.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

University small band jazz

Having seen the big bands last month, last night Stan the Man and I went to the chamber jazz concert. Since it's still Passover, Stan and I had a kosher dinner at Hillel, the university's Jewish center. I don't often have kosher meals but I like the food, and it's healthier than I would have gotten at the barbeque place we often go to before a basketball game or a concert as Pam pointed out.

The first group was a sextet and this, the second group, had the same instrumentation but added a trumpeter as the seventh musician.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

April walk in the park


Pam has researched these yellow wildflowers, but I forget the name.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Another mixed bag from the pond

Largemouth bass, two crappie, and a bluegill, all on the same black marabou streamer. Fished for less than an hour today and about an hour and a half Sunday. Threw them back because Pam already had steak planned for dinner.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Mixed bag from the pond

Two crappie, one rainbow trout and a bluegill all caught on black bead head marabou streamer.

I stopped in mid-cleaning to take another picture because I decided a close-up of the stringer and the two yet to be cleaned fish was needed. The fly is visible attached to the reel.

The House and Yard, Early Spring