The Return of the Sippy Cup, Virtual Tevis 2021

Riding Journal

If the clinic recap is not here, I took Monday to recover. Another post from the reserve pile. Later, although still taking Monday off, had enough energy to repost this announcement. (Barely, tired fingers + tired brain = Typopalooza.)
Awareness of the outside world. Wondering if virtual is here to stay. Dragon*Con has announced a virtual component to the 2021 IRL convention.

Run Sign Up: 2021 Tevis Cup – Virtual Western States Trail – 100 Miles in 100 Days

The Run Sign Up announcement is all the information I have. Didn’t see anything on the official Tevis site.

We will definitely sign up. We were planning on riding a DIY version anyway. All the long, slow work we ended up doing last year was great for horses & riders. [VT Archives]

Stay safe. Stay sane.

SCAD Horse


Clinic started last Friday. Therefore, scheduling a post from the reserve pile for today. Gotta go make us presentable to be seen in public.
Awareness of the outside world. “SERVE is the Savannah College of Art and Design’s student-led community service initiative.” Eight programs listed, including Alternative Spring Break, “This annual community-service project takes place during spring break when a team of SCAD students volunteers time to help meet unfulfilled needs in the Savannah community.” SCAD: Community service.


Pale Horse
Artist: Marcus Kenney
Location: SCAD Savannah
Date: January 2016

Judging by his other works, aggregate appears to be his schtick, at least in part. The Internet is not forthcoming on the other three horses. One photo of White Horse on display in Hong Kong on the MK: Animals page. That is where I found the title of this one. Don’t click over if taxidermy weirds you out.

Process Notes
Photos from a 2016 trip. I found these when looking for the bridge pics for the Savannah 5K. I had spent the day taking wads of tourist snaps with the intention of writing a classic travel article about Savannah. While I never did the travel post, I did get four other posts from the trip.

[ASHAG Awards 2015]
[Geographical Center: Georgia]
[Strolling In Another Park Another Day, Walk Report, Savannah Bridge Run, Virtual 5K, December 2020]
SCAD Horse

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Found Art, Screening Stickers


Awareness of the outside world. Center for art law: Beauty Wrapped in Bureaucracy: An Art Law Tribute to Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Zheng, 2020.
Littering becomes art.

An improptu Christo-homage installation.

UAB Dental is still screening for fever. You get a sticker to display. (FTR, appointment was last Tues. Stickers marked incorrectly. First day after long weekend. Felt like Monday.)

Upon leaving …

… people dispose of their stickers.

A handful would be unsightly. Hundreds becomes a statement.
Many years ago, I saw/walked on/wondered about The Pont Neuf Wrapped. Still can’t say if it was art. Definitely amazing.

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Free To Good Home, Pens, Pencils, Notebooks


Instruments For Words

Free stuff.


I have too much.

Help me out.

I have two writing implement subscription boxes: iPen and Field Notes. Love them both. Not planning on stopping.


The stuff accumulates. Particularly Field Notes. I use them for notes when I go out. I don’t go out much. So, I have extra.

Up For Grabs
Pens. Mostly fountain pens. A few other types.

Pencils. Writing rather than drawing. Erasers. You may have it ALL. Hate pencils. I hate how they smear. I hate how graphite gets everywhere. Yes, yes. Ink can smear when wet or when rewet. I have an irrational dislike of pencils. Don’t confuse me with facts.

Field Note notebooks. Softcover. 3 1/2 x 5 1/2. Fits in most pockets.

Non-FN Notebooks. The iPen boxes often come with paper in various forms.

So why keep up the subscriptions if I have too many? Partly novelty. The enjoyment of having something new come into the house every few months. Partly being able to write and take notes with something pretty. Why not make life beautiful where you can?

Questions for you
What can I rehome to you? Pens? Paper? Pencils (pleeeeease)?

How much stuff? A reasonable selection? All! The! Things!?

How often? Keep ’em coming or once is enough for now?

Yes, you will be getting my cast-offs. They will be new, or reasonable close to. Some of the early pens I used and cleaned. Who knows. You may hate what I like and be enchanted with the Schneider aesthetic. You can’t argue with the price. Notebooks will be unused.

Pens might NOT come with ink. May need to buy ink cartridge &/or plunger. Depends on pen.

While I dislike wrapping and mailing, I think even I can slid a few pens &/or notebooks into a padded envelope.

On the off chance this explodes in wild rush, I will divide up the loot &/or keep a list of names for the future.

US or APO addresses. International mail is co$tly.

No complaining. I can’t imagine you would. But. At LEGO conventions, sets are given away. People have been know to fuss about an item they just got for free.

Generosity can be weird. If the offer makes you uncomfortable, consider that …

a) You are doing me a favor by using and enjoying what is just sitting around my house.

b) Pay it forward.

c) Guest post. Surely there is a horse statue, sign, logo, whatnot in your town that would be suitable for a photo post.

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Heading North, Walk Report, LEJOG

Fit To Ride

Awareness of the outside world. A popular activity on foot or by bike. For the armchair traveler, surfing on LEJOG or JOGLE will turn up multiple books & blogs full of advice & descriptions. Unlike Route 66, there does not seem to be a set route. Start here. End here. Have at it.

Land’s End to John O’Groats
Conqueror Challenge: Length of the UK Virtual Challenge
1,083 mile/1,743 km
Peachtree Walkers, 4 members

My Walks
From November 2, 2020 to May 26, 2021
276.4 km
15% of total
~120 walks
Longest – 5 km
Shortest – .5 km

[Walking Virtually, Land’s End to John O’Groats] IRL & virtual mileage

Vicarious Tour
Gleaned from screenshots & Internet research as we went along.

Phase one, Cornwall – Scenic. Touristy. Searches turned up endless listings for places to stay.

Phase two, England – Highway. Straight up the center of the island. So much gray.

Phase three, Scotland – Greenery. Sometimes fields but mostly a tunnel of trees. Refreshing at first but monotonous in its own way after a while. So much green.

Phase four, Scottish Highlands – Scenic. Dramatically flat with coastal cliffs. Looked like a great place to go be moody for a weekend.

[Walking Virtually, Land’s End to John O’Groats, Slideshow] Compilation of screenshots

Postcards provided by Conqueror Challenge.

Previous Virtual Challenge Posts
[Virtual Kicks On Route 66]
[Virtual New Zealand, A Screenshot Slideshow] Alps to Ocean
[Biking A Steep And Stony Path] Inca Trail
[Archive] thru 2020

Stay safe. Stay sane.

Rodney Say Nope

Riding Journal

Awareness of the outside world. What are the stats for your state? CNN: Tracking Covid-19 vaccines in the US, Wolfe, Manley, and Krishnakumar, May 30, 2021.

The pile of failed recent experiments.

Ear bonnet. To keep flies out of/off of his ears. He liked that part. Didn’t care for the flashback to his jumper years. [Gift Exchange, photo]

Reserve booties. Slim instead of round. Perfect fit. Didn’t flop when he walked. Judged to be too tight, particularly the left one. Waved paw until I took new bootie off. Switched back to previous floppy versions. [Booties]

Shoe filler. Thin layer of rubber to pad the front of his soles. ‘Boss, why do I have wads of gum in my shoes?’

We are on an anti-roll.

Stay safe. Stay sane.

How To Cool Off A Porta-Potty Without Embarrassing The Users


Awareness of the outside world. Equine Ink: Demand for Ejiao Decimating global Donkey Population. Because there is always some new-to-me horror to be discovered. The Brooke: Donkey Skin Trade FAQ.

I continue to be fascinated with the variable features of portable toilets. Photo description, image of gray, plastic porta-potty showing sturdy, square, black mesh floor.

Supplied by: Able Portable Toilets & Septic Service
Manufacturer: unknown
Seen at: Big Valley Livestock and Trailer Sales, Attalla AL, May 2021

Portable Toilet [archives]

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