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The (Cyber) Bag of Weasels

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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

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Here are about two-weeks worth of pictures that I've been meaning to post. Sadly, more often than not, I fail to download pictures off of our camera because--now that we have wireless Internet--I'm too lazy to set up on the desk and plug into the USB hub. Yikes.

The first set is the much-anticipated fish pictures. Our camera is not very good, so I will take more if I get the SeaLife camera for Christmas. (I say "if" because--since the SeaLife officially arrived a week-and-a-half ago--it has been hidden at my inlaws' house until the holidays. So it is offically a gift, and I am therefore not supposed to know about it!)


The cichlids. From left to right, they are Amrod and Amras (yellow), Feanor (spotted), Fingon (dark orange), and Curufin (light orange).

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The prima donnas again. Amrod is on the left and Amras on the right. I am such a dork that I have learned to tell the difference.

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These are of Mack the Knife. He is very wiggly and so does not photograph well. Hopefully, the overall effect is possible if I post different angles. He looks a lot like a cross between a fish and an eel.

Poking his head out of the cave:

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Nosing around in the gravel for food:

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Swimming around in front of his cave (his head is to the right of the picture):

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Next are the pictures of our rink that I took on what might be the last time I skated there. This is only a selection of the best; I will post them all if the rink does in fact close, most likely.


The front of the rink:

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The old clock and special skates sign, which isn't even used anymore. And the clock is always fast, so Ms. Jackie is always yelling at us, "That's not right! We still have ten minutes!" :^P

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The gorgeous wood floor, some of my teammates, and the cheesy '70s lighting effects:

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Bobby took these when Ms. Jackie put the lights down and let us free skate. They are blurry, yet I was awed by the effect the lights created. Somehow, it seems to capture the dizzy energy that skating represents for me.

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Bobby took these too. I've never seen myself skate, so I asked him to try photographing me while I did a held-knee spiral so that I could see how my positioning looked. The photos didn't turn out as I'd intended...but they turned out cooler than I expected! I look like a ghost. They're quite ethereal.

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And posing like the showoff that I am. I had an awful Charlie horse in the calf of my pointed leg at the time. Ouchie.

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Finally, Bobby and I went hiking yesterday on the Ridge Trail at Patapsco Valley State Park. This is just a selection of the pictures that I took, those that I think will interest people the most. All of the pictures (and an account of the hike) can be found in the_nautilus here.


I think that this was a turtle shell. I suspect that the "scales" have worn off it because it was so old. It was very porous and felt like it would be very easy to break, so I suspect that it is quite old.

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Mr. Toad was hiding under the dead turtle shell!

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We found a living baby snapping turtle in a big puddle alongside the road. Here he is in his natural environment.

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Then, of course, Bobby picked him up. Who needs fingers? :^P Since science is all about observing with all of one's senses, I will say that this was one stinky turtle.

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I finally caught a cicada! Summer is not complete until I catch a cicada and tease Bobby with it. (Oh, how I loved the seventeen-year locusts in 2004!) My freaky double-jointed thumb also makes an appearance.

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The ruins that we found in the woods. I don't know what function these buildings served or even how old they are.

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Someone shared my philosophies: peace and nature!

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Bobby stopped suddenly on the trail at one point...because there were twin fawns about ten meters ahead of us! I got a picture of each before they dashed into the woods.

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  • (no subject) - callirhoe
    • The black stripe is a little bit wider on Amrod's dorsal fin than Amras'. And Amrod has an extra dot on one of his fins. (Don't remember which one!) But I do think that he is a teensy bit larger too. :)

      Never been rollerskating? The horror! It is great fun! It's better than iceskating (imho) because the floor doesn't get torn up the way that ice does, so it is always lovely and smooth, like flying. *happy sigh*
  • Seeing your thumb up close and personal, I don't know that I'd describe it as double-jointed. I think it's a genetic quirk called hitchhiker's thumb. Some people's thumb joints bend backwards, and I seem to recall that my tenth-grade biology teacher identified that as hitchhiker's thumb. I have it, as well as a widow's peak and the ability to roll my tongue, all of which are genetic.

    Of course, the main thing I remember from tenth-grade biology was that I turned out to be the most aggressive girl in the class. In a real live experiment designed to turn fifteen- and sixteen-year-olds into predators, no less.
    • I've always suspected that it's genetic. I am one of the only people I know whose thumb bends both ways (and in fact bends further backwards than forwards), yet my father and paternal grandmother both have/had the same trait.

      We never discussed this particular trait in biology, but I remember the widow's peak, tongue roll, and mid-digital hair quite well!
    • I knew a girl in college who could fold her tongue into a cloverleaf shape. Now that was a genetic talent.
    • The thumb thing is not uncommon once you start looking; not me though. But I used to work with a guy who could bend his thumb all the way back to his wrist, something with the joint at the base of the thumb and not the top joint, although I think that was pretty loose too. It was pretty freaky, but it was also a good bar stunt. He had the entire bar begging him to stop as it was so gross.

      Seems like there was something else that grossed us all out, but I don't recall what, maybe the rest of the fingers on his hand could also be bent back?
      • I used to think that being able to bend the thumb forward and backward was natural, that everyone could do it. In middle school, it leaked that I could, and everyone on the bus always wanted to see it.

        I've seen people who can put their thumb back against the wrist too, like you described. *shudder*
  • Awesome piccies. Will comment better tomorrow. Have lots of catching up to do. Just finished huge story for girl's b'day tomorrow. Going to bed now. *bye*
  • Great pictures! I really like those fishies, and I bet my cats would like them, too! For painting them, could you maybe find me some online close-ups for the relevant species? Because while I think I saw enough of Amrod and Amras to paint them, Mack is too elusive to be turned into more than a blueish blob of paint.

    And thumbs up for real-life experiments in genetics. ;-)

    I can roll my tongue, too. But the only "double jointed" finger I have is my left index finger, and that's not genetical but due to smashing a car door on the joint.
    • I will find fishy pictures! Now see, if I was allowed to have my Christmas present....

      >:^D

      And ouchie for smashed fingers. My Uncle Wodie had a crooked middle finger that had gotten hung up in a printer's press. :(

      I'd rather my "talent" be natural....
  • Oh, cute fishies! :-D

    I also think the pictures of you skating look quite artsy. :)
    • Caranthir didn't make it into any of the pictures; he is a blue cichlid with black stripes, and he (along with Finwe, who is the same species) loves to terrorize everyone in the tank. *pretends to be surprised* Oh, and I think Caranthir might be female.... :^P

      I liked how the skating pictures turned out too! Quite a nice accident from a cheap camera. :)
      • OMG, you have a whole Feanorian fish family? That's just too cool. And it would be rather funny if Caranthir turned out to be female I think (of course he isn't amused, hehe). :)
        • Yep. :) Maedhros through Amrod, Feanor, Fingon, and Finwe in the aggressive tank. We had a Nerdanel, but she died. In the community tank, we have a Finarfin, Earwen, Finrod (also had Orodreth through Galadriel, but they all died), and Earendil. Caranthir, incidentally, is the prettiest in the aggressive tank, imho. He's also the nastiest. Sound familiar? :^P
  • Ah, you know I LOVE a piccie spam! The photos of you spinning are just too KEWL... Thanks, love. I love piccies...

    **smooch**
    • You're welcome! :) I've grown to love photography (and I'll admit that the immediate gratification of being able to post them to Photobucket and LJ helps!)
  • It's a shame you couldn't use those photos to get your skating rink conserved as a Site of Special Scientific Interest on account of having a gost in it!
  • Dawn, I always knew you were different, but I didn't realize you didn't have a corporeal form!! ;P

    Yay ruins!

    And, AW BABY DEER!!! ^__^

    Wanna hear something ironic/funny that has nothing to do with this post? Last night, my roommate Helen called her brother who lives in MD (she doesn't remember the city), and said, "Hey, my roommate and I are coming over to visit this weekend, and want to go to Ocean City!" Hehe! Her brother apparently then called her parents to ask about it, all confused.
    • That is a picture of my fëa! :^P

      There is this picture of one of the Fëanorian twins lying with minimal clothing and a baby deer. Have you seen it? You'd like it....

      *evol grin*

      And yay OC! (Just let me know when to be at BWI.... ;^P)
      • Hehe!

        There is this picture of one of the Fëanorian twins lying with minimal clothing and a baby deer. Have you seen it?

        What? Nooo...(and there aren't enough pictures of them) *expectant look*
  • What gorgeous Feanorians!
  • *looks around eagerly for her two fav fishes*

    No Maglor and Celegorm? You said Maglor was shy, but where was Celegorm, brushing up his fins to look extra dashing handsome? ;c)

    Hmm it seems as if Superman has a competition in flashyness ;) very pretty pictures Dawn :)

    And aren't those fawns pretty?
    • Maglor has been hanging out behind the filter lately. He's the biggest fish in the tank but the hardest to see! Celegorm has gotten less shy but he's still not as personable as the cichlids. The cichlids have learned to recognize Bobby and me (Bobby or Dawn = FOOD!), and if one of us walks up to the tank, they immediately swarm to the front and side where we're standing. This makes them very easy to photograph!

      I'll try to get Celegorm later. It shouldn't be too hard since he doesn't generally dart around as much as the cichlids do. Maglor might be impossible, unless I happen to catch him out from behind the filter.

      The fawns are precious. We saw so many pairs of fawns this year; they make me literally squee! :^D Unfortunately, I've seen some lying beside the road too...such a shame. :(
      • Maglor has been hanging out behind the filter lately. He's the biggest fish in the tank but the hardest to see!

        Hmm, very eerie. Fits his ultimate fate. You know he is somewhere, but not visible.

        Celegorm has gotten less shy but he's still not as personable as the cichlids.

        Hehehehe :) Just like him being your muse: he lets you work for it until it's the way he likes it.

        Unfortunately, I've seen some lying beside the road too...such a shame. :(

        In the area where I grew up, people have become very cautious. Not only can they do a lot of damage or even kill you, but it is the state who sues you and holds you responsible for it.
        • Americans (at least in my area) drive like idiots. We were coming home in the mountains, driving along sheer drops into the abyss in fog so thick that we couldn't see a meter in front of the car on icy roads in freezing rain...and eejits in SUVs were blowing our doors off--and honking at us for having the nerve to be cautious! I see a lot of roadkill around here. :(

          My idiot aunt once got in a "debate" with me, claiming that humans have the right to hunt deer because they're so overpopulated and (she owns an insurance company) she has to pay out a lot each year to fix deer-damaged cars. Good thing she doesn't make human population control policy!
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