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About adamjasonp

A Maine native who got lost in the woods. Figuratively speaking.

Winter update

Ice coating. (Jan 23 4:17 p.m.)

Ice, snow and fog.  You’ve kind of seen it all before.

(Jan 23 4:20 p.m.)

However, it’s not often that ice covers everything.

(Jan 23 4:37 p.m.)

And the trees dip, and branch fragments fall.

(Jan 20 2:07 p.m.)

And dead leaves are sandwiched in between it all.

Neighborly blue lights, still up. (Jan 12 6:24 p.m.)

And Christmas seasonal lighting colors the fog.

Continue reading Winter update

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When dreams tell

“My momma always said, life was like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get.  Life is a box of chocolates.” — Forrest Gump

Okay, so that quote has nothing to do with this post.  I’m just terrible at writing hooks.  Trying to write a good intro makes me think back to that scene in Frasier where Professor Tewkesbury asks Frasier to treat himself, and Tewkesbury quickly knocks down the distracted directions Crane takes.  “Stalling”; “redefining the problem”; “re-diagnosing.”  And it ends where I tend to land: he can’t help himself.

So.  I might as well get on to the damned thing.

Wednesday.  I’d dreamt two things in particular: being challenged, and losing (sort of).  And like any dream interpreted after the fact… dreams are weird.  After all, they are the side effect of the brain refreshing and repairing itself.  The meaning we have for things in our activities of the day may be brought up again as bonds gets strengthened.  And then there’s the influence of entertainment.  There’s something about the way Gotham releases inhibitions… or used to since I’ve not watched a full episode as it’s still being run dead against Supernatural, in the same time slot.

In Wednesday’s dreams, you had your share of mundane elements such as sitting in a movie theater… if I have it right because those elements became vague when I woke up.  But the first thing to stand out… and I can’t believe I’m writing this… I’m in a scene, on set, acting with… Donald Trump.  He is an actor, after all; you should have seen him at the “State of the Uniom.” 😉 Toward the end of the dream, he challenged me to a race to the bottom of a stairwell.  I had my dream tactic of dropping down the center— gripping on to railings, and falling again— but he was somehow matching my speed.  In real life, he challenges the country’s standards all the way down to Constitutional order itself.  And in dreamworld, it seems he would challenge the laws of physics!

In a latter dream, I was on social media. …Which makes it clear that I’m on twitter too often for the wrong reasons.  By the end, I was on my best friend’s twitter, and… apart from the Stranger Things media, there were the reinforcements in how she’s moved on.  Let’s just say, it was both realistic but also out of character how better-represented the content was because… how can I say it?  In real life, twitter sucks.  Normally, the fact she’s moved on wouldn’t bother me.  I know attachments can get toxic, and I have to deal with that.  But I’m not normal, and I still think of her as more than just some friend half a world away; she is someone I love dearly.  Not even being able to physically hug her, it doesn’t hurt me.  Just… like twitter, it sucks.

So, yeah.  The dreams were telling.

Well, thanks for getting through this useless post.  Sweet dreams, everybody! 👋

A Year In Photos: 2017 (Part IV)

(Apr 13 2:32 p.m.)

Okay, so spring wasn’t all messy and bleak as previously stated.  There were good parts and bad parts like any season.  I can’t speak much for the progress of others… they have their privacy and/or blogs.

Rope table.  (And lingering snow outside, soon to vanish for good.) (Apr 6 2:57 p.m.)

As for me, 2017 was the year I got an official ASD diagnosis.  It remains to be seen as to whether state services will help my employment prospects.

(Apr 6 6:08 p.m.)

Continue reading A Year In Photos: 2017 (Part IV)

A Year In Photos: 2017 (Part II)

“Hello.” (Feb 21 1:59 p.m.)

So… where was I?  Oh, yeah.  I can get silly sometimes.

(Apr 15 5:21 p.m.)

My mother bought this snowbird in December of 2016.  A traveler with a backpack, it was a nice addition to the home.  It also gave me something I desperately needed since the conception of the blog: a decent avi.  I gave that bird a few shooting locations.

I’m on top of the world! …Okay, just a car. (Apr 15 5:26 p.m.)

Continue reading A Year In Photos: 2017 (Part II)

A Year In Photos: 2017 (Part I)

Plant soil, roots. (Jan 27 2:49 p.m.)

So, we’re well into the new year.  Storms have come and gone, and the kids are back in school again.  (None mine, lol.)  2017’s wildfires paved the way for mudslides, and… it’s like my fingers would begin to hurt how much I’d be crossing them hoping this year will be better.  There are, however, always good and balanced parts to reflect on.

Library stool. (Jan 19 2:17 p.m.)

2017 wasn’t exactly a great year for subjects.  But it was the first whole year I had a modern iPhone.  An iPhone SE camera doesn’t sound like much, but, with the right software, it’s enough to experiment with, and reflect on my small world, here in Maine.

Non-improved photo. (Jan 19 2:18 p.m.)

Improved technology, improved HDR and improved methods (or so I’d like to think). Continue reading A Year In Photos: 2017 (Part I)

Things are about to heat up

(Jan 5 12:15 p.m.)

So the blizzard that hit Maine, of Grayson, the bomb cyclone or bombogenesis— whatever you want to call it— that stormed through North America?  Yeah, southern Maine got snow.  However, the amount we got appears smaller than the last snow storm.  Last time, snow drifts were visibly high, filling the path to the driveway; I estimated about a foot.  This time, I got out the yard stick and measured: 10.5″.

(Jan 5 10:24 a.m.)

The snow on this can may seem high, here.  But when you see it cleared…

(Jan 5 12:24 p.m.)

…you see the top isn’t flat.

Is it just me or does the snow look like foam, here? (Jan 4 3:54 p.m.)

Conditions certainly didn’t look good during the storm.  It was still a bit much for one day of precipitation.

(Jan 5 12:17 p.m.)

After the storm, snow will fall from the trees and snowbanks around plowing/shoveling areas will grow further in height.  It adds to the (unpaid) job of shoveling the driveway that the banks at the end need to be low enough to see the road from within the car. Continue reading Things are about to heat up

The warm before the storm

(Jan 3 1:32 p.m.)

So it was a relatively warm day, the third day into the new year.  22°F.  Still cold, yes, but not bitter cold; walking outside wasn’t painful.  I still had the idea to put on gloves, since yesterday, due to the low humidity with the cold; a few fissures have formed on the back of some of my fingers.  (Some spots of blood.)

It seems the warmth contributed to how I slept for maybe 9 hours.  (Not that my memory or thinking is sharp.)

Thick ice on a railing. (Jan 3 1:56 p.m.)

It had been around zero Fahrenheit for days, and it shows.

(Jan 3 1:57 p.m.)

The icicles in this photo would be longer if we weren’t breaking them.  I spent some time removing ice and snow from tree branches hanging low due to frozen water weight; one branch around back was up to around head level after I was done with it.  The small porch tree also has its share of ice, as you can (partly) see above.

Branch debris. (Jan 3 1:50 p.m.)

A larger tree along the path had already lost enough ice and snow thru melting to be well over our heads.  The weather (and our own actions, moving branches out of the way) left a lot of small debris.

(Jan 2 11:54 a.m.)

Tuesday was still a cold, droopy Winter mess scene.

(Jan 3 1:51 p.m.)

Icicles had been forming all over the place; Wednesday, I found that some have dropped.

All this warmth, of course, isn’t going to last.  There is a winter storm approaching.  Meteorologists call what has been forming a “Bomb Cyclone.”  Much of the world is hot, while north America is cold.  There’s snow in Florida.  A frozen switch (or the confusion of one) in Savannah led to a train derailment.  This storm weather comes almost exactly 20 years after the 1998 ice storm that left millions without power for days upon days and cost billions of dollars in damage.

Yeah, from the looks of it, it seems impossible to enter. (Dec 29 2:37 p.m.)

So… soon people in the northeast (including me) are going to be seeing more of this stuff and then some.

Diffuse sun during light snow. (Dec 29 2:37 p.m.)

And less of the sun…

Last photo taken for the year. (Dec 30 4:51 p.m.)

…and the moon.  And no, I didn’t bother to take a photo of the January 1 supermoon; it was way too @%!#ing cold for that.

(Dec 29 3:05 p.m.)

We’ll see, about the storm, how bad it will be for us.

(Dec 29 2:04 p.m.)

Wish us luck! 🙂

Well, that’s it for now.  I have more December photos to share, but it’s now 3 in the morning, and I would like to get something up before the power potentially goes out.

Until next time…

(Jan 2 12:51 p.m.)

May 2018 be a good year.

Snowblower fumes, day two

(Dec 26 9:30 a.m.)

It was the greatest Christmas present Maine could offer: a snowstorm.  (It would also be noted that ‘great’ can mean ‘greatly bad.’ …And also we weren’t the only state to be hit with snow; Pennsylvania just got 53″ over two days.)

But I’ll start with the more peaceful aspects of the past few days.

(Dec 23 10:17 p.m.)

The small (plastic) tree was adorned with some lights, and presents were gathered. Continue reading Snowblower fumes, day two