Trona Pinnacles

Yesterday, I was able to attend the Desert Managers Group meeting in Ridgecrest with my supervisor. I was tasked with taking photos of the meeting and its presenters. In the afternoon, we took a field trip to the Trona area. It was neat to see the Trona Pinnacles and be able to take some photos there. The trip ended at the Wild Horse and Burro Corrals where the BLM adopts out horses and burros recovered from public lands. It was great to get out of the office and see some very interesting stuff on the field trip.

“Paw Paw” Campbell, November 18, 2007

Yesterday, my “Paw Paw” went on to heaven. I was very fortunate to spend 4 years in Lexington, Kentucky from 1999-2003. During that time, I made frequent trips to the family farm in Sissonville, West Virginia where I would sit for hours and talk with my grandfather. He would tell me stories from when he was a boy and what life was like for him growing up in the mountains of West Virginia. I am very grateful for those times. He lived 95 years here before embracing eternity. I know I will see him again as one of his favorite topics of discussion with me, his “preacher boy,” was sharing about the Lord and what He meant to us. Thanks Paw Paw for your faith and for your time those 4 years. It meant a lot to me and to my family to be with you. Jesse will always remember you. He was always excited when you let him ride your quad or gave him $5. You told me once, “Most people are like pigs eating acorns, they never look up to give thanks for where they come from.” Paw Paw, I give thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ for you and the time I got to spend with you. I love you and will see you on the other side where we can tell stories about the Lord and His goodness to us forever.
Love,
Doug

Blood Drive Health Scare

OK. I have been donating blood since I was 17 and a junior in high school. On Tuesday, I was turned down for the first time ever. Needless to say, I was a bit bummed out. I had a blood pressure reading of 176/110 and they turned me away. I immediately called my doctor to see about getting in and of course they can’t get me in until sometime in December. Why is it that doctors schedule you so far out when you are calling for something you think is important? Oh well, I digress. I went out last night after worrying all day about having high blood pressure and bought a digital testing machine to keep track of my blood pressure until I am able to get in to see the doctor. I tested it several times last night and then again this morning and could not get a reading near the one they gave me at the blood drive. Either I was just freaking out at the blood drive for some unknown reason or the girl doing it made a mistake. Either way, this mornings reading was 110/79 well within the normal 120/80 range. I will keep testing it until I see my doctor, but it seems the blood drive was an anomaly rather than a decisive “You have High Blood Pressure” reading.

Funny thing about the blood drive, even after being declined for donating that day, the lady in the cantina still gave me a coupon for two free tacos from Del Taco. You give blood or not, here are some artery clogging tacos. Or maybe they are just for lubricating your veins.

Good Eats

We made a quick weekend trip to Texas to see Renee’s family after her grandmother passed on October 31st. We spent some time with her family and managed to eat some good Texas food to boot. We got some BBQ when we were laid over in Houston. Then we went to dinner with her family and had some chicken fired steak with white gravy. Lastly, Renee was able to have some Bluebell Ice cream. “The best ice cream in the country.” We also made it to our home church and enjoyed seeing all of our family there. It is always great to get home and sleep in your own bed after a few nights away.