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Desert Bighorn Trip

After I leave work on Friday November 1, I’m driving to western Colorado to go on a bighorn sheep hunt with my father. We’re looking for what are called “desert bighorn sheep”. In case you’ve never heard of them, desert bighorns are fairly rare compared to the ones most people see, which are called “Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep”. I’ve heard that rafters on the desert rivers (like the Green, Colorado, Dolores, San Juan, etc.) see desert bighorns a lot, but I have never even seen one. I’ve hiked or visited several of the areas in Colorado and Utah where they’re known to live, but even with all the time I’ve spent visiting the desert over the past 18 years, they’ve always eluded me. I’ve hiked in the Pollack Canyons, the remote western part of Arches National Park, and the even more remote Maze District of Canyonlands National Park. Those are all places desert bighorns supposedly live, but I’ve never seen one. So I’m really looking forward to it.

Dad and I went bighorn sheet hunting last in about 1984. (He says it was 18 years ago, but I can’t remember for sure) It was either the fall of my sophomore or junior year of high school. I drew a bighorn sheep permit and we spent many weekends scouting the area, then a couple weeks hunting. But I only got one shot at a bighorn ram, and missed. I did find the skull of a ram that died the previous winter, but that’s the only trophy I took home. I’ll try to get some good photos of this year’s trip and post them on my website for all to see. And I’ll see if I can dig up some photos from our first bighorn hunting trip.

It’s quite lucky to draw a desert bighorn sheep permit. In the area we’ll be hunting, which covers several hundred square miles, only 6 permits per year are given out each year. Dad says that given the number of applicants, there’s only about a 1% chance of drawing a permit each year you apply. So if you apply every year from age 20 to age 70, you’ve still only got a 50/50 chance of drawing. And once you draw a permit, you are ineligible to ever apply again. So it’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime event!

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I just finished building a few new web pages of wedding photos. It never ends! I put up photos of some of the guys getting ready before the wedding, some photos of the wedding reception, and some photos of the day after. You can find it all here: http://www.toddbradley.com/photos/wedding/wedding_photos.htm. I didn’t write captions for any of the photos. Do you think I should? If so, leave me a comment to that effect.

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I woke up about 3 AM this morning. Beth was…well I don’t know how to describe it other than “patting me down” all over my chest and arms. No, it wasn’t amorous in any way. It felt like a cop looking for a hidden weapon.

“What are you doing?” I asked groggily.

“Looking for my file.”

“Huh? What file?” I couldn’t figure out if she meant a manila folder type file or an emory board nail file. “And why would it be in bed?”

“Oh, nevermind.”

When we got up this morning, she had no memory of the event whatsoever.

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Spastic Colon

I feel so productive. I just spent most of the evening editing the WAV files that make up the loops for 404 Not Found’s hit song “Spastic Colon”. Then I imported them into the BOSS SP-505 and did some more editing and now we can actually work on doing this piece live, something which has never before been attempted! (ooh, ahh)

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I’m finally selling off my old guitars. Believe it or not, I haven’t played guitar in over a year. So I pulled these three old guitars out of the basement and put them up on ebay. It’s kinda sad to sell them, especially the acoustic guitar which my parents bought me 20 years ago. But I just don’t use them. Assuming they all sell, I’d like to use the money to buy one good quality used electric guitar, which I may use with 404 Not Found. Scott wants me to try playing guitar some.

Well, time to go do some ironing and watch the Denver Broncos game.

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I found out a week or two ago that the 2nd edition of Roadside Geology of Colorado is out now. It just came out this month and updates the 1st edition which was published in 1980. Not that the geology changes, but the roads do! 🙂

Anyhow, that’s now on my Amazon.com wishlist, along with a bunch of other stuff.

Oh, last night I installed my new (used, really, but new for me) ZOOM 1204 and broke out my electric guitar for the first time in over a year. It’s pretty dusty. I’m thinking of selling my electric guitar, my acoustic guitar, and my electric bass guitar on eBay to try to get enough money to buy a better used electric guitar. We’ll see how that goes.

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Email Updates

There’s a way I can set up this blog such that people can be notified by email when it’s updated. I don’t know how many people read this regularly (probably not too many), but if you think I should enable that feature, let me know by adding a comment to this journal entry. Thanks!

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Liberty Bell 7

There’s a new exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science that just opened yesterday. It’s centered around the previously lost Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft. The capsule has been sitting at the bottom of the ocean for the past 35 years and they just recently brought it up. We’re going to check it out this afternoon. There’s also a new IMAX movie and the exhibit about Ancient Denvers, which I want to see. Then we’re going out for a steak dinner somewhere. Yum!

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Yahoo! News – Tearful U.S. Taliban Lindh Jailed for 20 Years
This fellow is going to have a fun time in American prison, I’m sure. The other inmates will just really love him.

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Holy Smokes!

Wow, $28 billion dollars! How is this woman going to spend it all in her remaining few months/years?