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Cover photo: Ever wake up in a strange environment and ask your self; O man, Oman Oman Oman, did get in a car accident, why am I strapped down to the bed, what are all these tubes, l mean look at all these tunes, I have one in every slot but my eyes & ears, I'm freezing, why is there a soap opera on tv I don't do soaps, is that ozone I smell, whats all the beeping, chirping, whosh-thump, whose-thump over and over, wheres all the chatter and laughing commmg from what was that a tornado or a toilet flush, what's that in my throat stopping me from swallowing, am I drowning what's gurgleing, why is it so bright, whos's banging all that metal, what day is it, what month is it... where am I?... "Hi Steve, you're in ICU - Shock -Trauma. You've been very ill but you're going to be ok."

Lucy as a puppy. Part miniature Doberman part Chihuahua. Now 8 years old. She is still happy and playful. She appointed herself the pack "announcer." Anyone comes, anyone goes, she'll let us know about it.
A sleepy Lucy today. That's her, you talking to me look.
Being a cell phone shot, it's hard to judge size, about the size of a very skinny East German Shepherd. The grass in the background stands over 4 feet tall. It was the biggest Coyote I had ever seen. It weighed twice what it should, was taller and much longer than a Coyote and it's paws would have filled most my palm. I showed the picture to a Park Ranger and she excitedly informed me it was a rare half Wolf and half Coyote. Only two others were known to be in the Park at the time. The Park service requested a copy of the picture from my cell phone and exact location so they could find it, fit it with GPS collar to study its territorial coverage within known wolf territory. All to better protect them. Odd but "Coyo-Woves" are loaners. Very very rare for both Coyotes and Wolves. It is believed natural selection limits their breeding.
Just before dinner we happened upon this Elk in Banff, Canada. Such a magnificent and majestic creation.
Beautiful series of mountain ranges, traveling north from Montana into Canada. Much of the rock is layered with granite, marble, volcanic ash and clay. The silt mix and pure glacier melt water turns rivers and lakes a light blue.
Certainly Yellowstone's West entrance staff is discouraging visitors by forcing extreme frustration. Opening only one of four entry gates created a 90 minute wait for entry. We did not visit a second day. It worked! We had an annual pass and traffic blocked the designated lane for all but the last few hundred feet. Now that's government work.
Caught a minor eruption of a sweet water hot pot.
Sorry for poor quality. Midday dancing lightning bolt in Utah's western desert lasted long enough for me to get out my cellphone, zoom in and catch it. Never seen lightning do that before or since and I pay attention after a near miss hiking the Sierras while in High School. Several times I have seen a bolt travel many many miles away from storm clouds.
The ivory handle of a bamboo shaft cane made in mid 1800 in honor of Hyrum Smith. I have had this delicate cane many many years. I purchased in upstate New York while traveling on business.
One of five. This particular style cuff was made by the Navajo silversmith Bruce Morgan, approximately 20 years ago. This is the only photo example I could find. While taking a picture outside Zions National park of a very old stone Hogan foundation, staircase in an old stream Bed and a water well I heard a loud clang looked down and saw a band of silver and gold stuck on the tip of my cowboy boot. (Ask me about the details)
The clan on a trip to watch grandpa Hales throw in the first ball at a Los Angeles Angels baseball Game. Seems my parents and I do hats.
Ah the days when life was fast and days were long. I recall making a Kart stand in metal shop. The class and teacher laughed at the idea. To get a passing grade I had to demonstrate it raised up while loaded and worked. With the kart on the right (not me driving) rolled out I thought I would get trampled. No one laughed when I fired it up and past 11,000 rpm. Mmm that sweet smell running on alcohol. This magnificent sled would reach 80-mph plus on straights. I worked for John Hartman, an amazing engineer his wife was the best driver of her day. Was a very tough hobby but taught me a lot.
Interesting shot out the back door a few years back Christmas morning. Seems Santa's sled materialized while straddling our vinyl fence like it wasn't even there. No footprints in the frost either. Not sure what to think. There was a large chunk of ice between the two stripes.
Visiting Tombstone, the folks in the street drama stunt men did an excellent job.
Shot a lot of black and white film years back so I could develope the film and enlargements by myself 1972
Lucy finds a new friend.
Two factoids. Watch for this Anchor Hocking tumbler in movies and older tv programs. This simple item shows great respect for one of the first property masters in Hollywood. He started collecting entire estates on his own for use in movies. When he passed away the movie industry purchased his collection to help his family and began their own warehouse system. Use of the tumbler continues more than 40 years later. Next, a very common sound bite, the "screeching eagle." Why? A close friend promised to financially support the wife of a dying sound engineer as long as she lived. The engineer moved Hollywood to real sounds in the 60's and away from from the old fake studio sounds used all the way back to radio days. Thank heavens we don't have to listen to coconuts as horse hoofs or folks with shoes on their hands sliding around wood boxes sprinkled with sand as walking sounds. The friend kept his word and the royalties from some of the first real sound tracks support her very simple life. She is still alive. I find it rewarding that even in a cutthroat environment a few kept their word and others continue to send signals as a sign of respect for innovators. Now you know these two minor points you will start seeing and hearing these very easily over looked treats and smile.
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Steve inserted own slides, all but one out of "Popular Mechanics" 1972. Magazine.

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