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Looking Out My Back Door
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Posted by Bob Mayo at 8/23/2012 08:34:00 PM
Monday, August 20, 2012
This posting is paen to a technology I have been using in a big way: motion detectors. There are two floodlights in a tree at the end of our driveway connected to a motion detector so we can drive up in pitch dark, park the car and find our way to the house....
There are two separate floodlights connected to motion detectors on the deck that wraps around our house, so that once you've navigated from the driveway in the pitch dark you can find your way inside....
There's a First Alert SensorPlug Motion Sensor Outlet Plug in our loft so that a light turns on as you enter the stairs leading to the loft. And a Zen Light LED Motion Detector for the hallway that leads to that loft is on order.
And, of course, there's a Mr. Beams Wireless LED Spotlight with Motion Detector in the outdoor shed. This one uses 3 "D" batteries (and LEDs have a very low current drain, so they'll last a long time) and can thus be used where there's no A/C power (like my shed).
Motion detector madness yes, but cheaper and easier than wiring and drilling. And... using a flashlight to find my way from the car to the house in the pitch dark here in the deep woods of the Rensselaer Plateau!
Posted by Bob Mayo at 8/20/2012 07:05:00 PM
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Posted by Bob Mayo at 8/14/2012 09:42:00 PM
Monday, August 13, 2012
I ran in the 27th annual Run for the Roses at Grafton Lakes State Park yesterday. Lots of fun even though the last half of the course is uphill! I only trained haphazardly, but it got me in gear to get more serious about getting in shape. The nice thing about this run is that the proceeds go to the Grafton Community Library and the Courtney Carelli Foundation for Literacy for students at Berlin High School. All runners are given a book and a beautiful long-stemmed rose at the finish line.
Funny things can happen at events like this. After the race, I was looking at the posted results and noticed a name (and corresponding age) of a guy I went to college with 40 years ago. I tracked him down by the assigned number on his shirt and we had fun reconnecting.
Troy Record article on the race (including comments from yours truly).
Race results on the Grafton Community Library blog. Note it looks like no one from Grafton ran in the race. Not so -- many of the folks listed as Petersburgh and Cropseyville are from Grafton because the organizers listed their mailing addresses. I suggest they ask for both the town of residence and mailing address in the application form next year and list town of residence in the results. (Like the Beach Boys tune "Be True to Your Town" or was it "Be True to Your School?"). However, I must say the organizers and volunteers did a truly outstanding job. Running an event like this is hard work.
Next year, I'll try to remember to publicize the race in advance
Here's a scan of the course. It starts at the lake parking lot, proceeds to Route 2, goes up Route 2 and Dumbleton Road, back into the park and finishes up at the lake parking lot again.
Posted by Bob Mayo at 8/13/2012 05:58:00 PM