Friday, February 27, 2009
I've been taking photos of the construction at Flatirons, which is taking place just feet outside the window of my "temporary" space. I say "temporary" because once the construction is complete, I will be back to "borrowing" space from whomever/wherever I can. Up until this school year I have often had to hold my groups in the hallways. It seems to be a rare occurrence in BVSD for Talented and Gifted Education Advisors to have an actual classroom to meet with students, hold groups and classes, conference with parents, or keep files, reference books and teaching materials.
So, for the 2008-2009 I have mostly enjoyed having a space, despite all the "beep...beep...beeping" and jack hammering taking place just feet from my desk. The project will be complete for the 2009-2010 school year.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
After surgery and years of knee pain, I had my 2/5 Hyalgan injections this week. Hyalgen contains a natural substance called hyaluronate. When I discussed this treatment with my doctor, he first asked if I was allergic to egg or chicken products. I couldn't imagine why he was asking this, but it turns out Hyalgen is made from rooster comb! Yes, the red thing at the top of a roosters head. After thinking about it some, it made perfect sense to inject rooster comb into a knee joint. The idea is to lubricate the joint, which after years of abuse and playing too hard, has become dry. It's not a permanent fix, but if everything goes as planned, I should feel relief in about a month, and hopefully the relief will last for 6 months to a year, allowing me to be as active as I want to be during that time.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
It seemed as though the birds I saw were in conflict. Many were active, seemingly happy, chirping and flitting about with their flocks. While others, primarily the robins were extremely still. Perhaps they had just arrived back to Colorado and realized they had made a mistake. It's only February! We have, hopefully, at least two more months of winter, with our snowiest month yet to come in just two weeks. These pictures will be used as references for painting and practicing capturing the fine detail and texture of feathers.
I had never seen a magpie until we moved to Colorado. I actually find them beautiful. When the light hits them right you can see the blues in there feathers.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Intense heat is preventing a full-scale investigation at the site of a house where an aircraft crashed in New York state on Thursday, killing 50 people.
The National Transportation Safety Board's Steve Chealander said there had been a big fire, fed by a gas leak.
But investigators were permitted to foray into the site, where they retrieved flight recorders it is hoped will yield clues about the crash cause.
Continental Connection flight 3407 crashed at 2210 local time (0310 GMT).
The death toll is thought to comprise 44 passengers, four crew and one off-duty crew member on board, and one person on the ground.
TV footage showed a house engulfed in flames and the tail of the plane sticking out of the ground.
One died and the other two - believed to be a woman and child - managed to escape with apparently minor injuries, he said.
Hours later, the BBC's Laura Trevelyan in New York says the flames are still raging and it looks like it will be several hours before the full investigation can begin.
But investigators have located the plane's two "black boxes" - cockpit and flight data recorders - which will be sent immediately to Washington for analysis.
President Barack Obama said he and his wife Michelle were "deeply saddened" by the news.
"Our hearts go out to the families and friends of loved ones," he said, thanking the "brave first responders" who tried to save lives and make the area safe.
It was snowing at the time, and other pilots had reported ice forming on the wings of their planes.
The pilot did not tell air traffic controllers of any problems during the flight, and a recording of communications appears normal until shortly before the crash.
'Dropped off radar'
However, a minute later, the controller was unable to contact flight 3407 and asked other planes in the area if they could spot it.
It sounded quite loud, and then the sound stopped. Then one or two seconds later, there was a thunderous explosion
Eyewitness David Luce
One airport official said he had been told "the plane simply dropped off the radar screen".
Eyewitnesses spoke of hearing unusual sounds coming from the plane before it crashed.
"It sounded quite loud, and then the sound stopped," David Luce, who lives 150 yards (150m) from the crash site, told the Buffalo News.
"Then one or two seconds later, there was a thunderous explosion. I thought something hit our house. It shook our whole house."
He described going to the scene of the crash and seeing flames up to 50ft (15m) high.
"The house was already flattened. There was no house, just a pile of rubbish and still burning," he said.
Dave Bissonette, emergency control director in Clarence, said it was "remarkable" that only one house was hit, with neighbouring houses relatively unscathed.
"As devastating as that was, it could have easily wiped out that entire neighbourhood," he said.
Relatives of the victims have been offered counselling and support as they wait for news.
One of those on board the plane was Beverly Eckert, widow of Sean Rooney who was killed in the 9/11 attacks on New York and who had become a leading campaigner on behalf of the "9/11 families".
BOMBARDIER DASH 8 AIRCRAFT
The Canadian-made Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 was delivered new last year
Q400 is newest member of the Dash 8 family
Twin-engine turboprop, mainly for short-haul flights
First flown in 1998, entered commercial service in 2000
Ms Eckert had been travelling home to mark what would have been her husband's 58th birthday.
"We know she was on that plane," her sister, Sue Bourque, told the Buffalo News, "and now she's with him."
President Obama paid tribute to Ms Eckert, calling her "an inspiration to me and so many others".
Chris Kausner, whose sister is believed to have been on the plane, was forced to break the news to his mother, holidaying in Florida.
"I heard my mother make a noise on the phone that I never heard her make before," he told reporters.
Continental Airlines expressed profound sadness over the crash and said it was working closely with Colgan Air to "provide as much support as possible for all concerned"
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
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