Saturday, February 27, 2021

Anklecast 45: Party Girl and the Great Texas Arctic Blast Freeze Out of 2021

It's another episode of the Anklecast. I'm going to do one every month, and, well...I barely made it in time, but here we are.

Today's story is "Party Girl." It's one that I wrote just last year as I was working my way towards 300,000 words.

After the story, I made a sort of vlog of my experiences in the Arctic Blast that froze Texas last week. It was an interesting month for sure, especially that week. If you're interested in that stuff, stick around after the story to hear all about it.

Anyhow, here's the Anklecast. No schmutz on the lens this time either!

Or, you could just listen to the audio of the episode here, but I think you might miss out a little on the snow video.

You can download it HERE by right-clicking and choosing "save target".

Or feel free to subscribe to the podcast feed by clicking the button over on the right hand side.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Anklecast 44: Active Shooter Training and Date Night

I swore I was going to do it. You didn't think I would. In fact, you warned me not to, but I did it anyways. I made another episode of the Anklecast.

Today's story is "Active Shooter Training." Oh, and I also threw in a little bitty story as an appetizer called "Date Night."

After the stories, I talk a little bit about my goals for the year. I suppose I really ought to do a post where I put them out for all to see and hold me accountable. I guess, watch for that.

Anyhow, here's the Anklecast. The video is really blurry, because there was some kind of schmutz on the lens. I decided that I would just post it as is, because re-doing the episode might take me too long, and it's better to have something rather than nothing. I'll be sure to wipe off any schmutz next time.

Or, if you hate my face...and the blurry picture, you could just listen to the audio of the episode here.

You can download it HERE by right-clicking and choosing "save target".

Or feel free to subscribe to the podcast feed by clicking the button over on the right hand side.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Pictures Of Nature

 Over on Facebook, Marshal reposted a call for people to put their favorite pictures of nature up as a way to combat all of the negativity that we were seeing there instead. Rish reposted it too, and so did I. I really like nature, after all. I much prefer it to negativity.

Then, the other day while I was doing my daily 45 minute walk for #75Hard, I thought it would be a good idea to bring my nice camera with the long zoom lens on my walk and take some pictures of all of the beautiful songbirds that flitted around me as I made my way down the trail.

Of course, each day I forgot to bring my camera with me, and would only remember when the first bird swooped down and parked in front of me. Oh! This would be the perfect time to have that camera!

Today, I finally remembered to bring it. It's big and bulky, and kind of a pain to carry around. Worse yet, today was a very overcast day. I don't know if the clouds had something to do with it, but there seemed to be drastically reduced bird activity.

Also, every single person walking the trails had a dog at their side. I'm sure birds give dogs a wide berth. I even managed to get stuck walking my usual route just about a hundred yards behind someone with a little white dog. I never saw a bird the whole time he was in front of me. I was so glad when he finally turned right when I had to turn left.

Anyhow, I don't have very many pictures to show off from my effort. I found this cardinal very early on in my walk:

That was my best picture of the day. Almost my only picture of the day. I did get another cardinal to pose for me later, but looking at the pictures now, the leaf in front of its head is what's in focus not the bird.

I am, admittedly, not very good at this photography thing. Sometimes I think I wasted my money getting that fancy zoom lens camera.

My one other picture I managed wasn't even of a bird, but rather a squirrel.

I don't know if you can tell, but that is a winter squirrel. He (or she, don't ask me how you can tell) was feasting all autumn, and now he (or she) is ready to pass the lean winter months

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Big Anklevich On Health - Week Two

 It was another good week. Check out the video to find out more!

Friday, January 15, 2021

Spider-man No More

I was at Half-price Books yesterday, and I saw this book. This used to totally be me, but not anymore...

It's one of the best parts of going zero carb. My digestion isn't spending all sorts of time trying to encourage bacteria to ferment fiber for me, creating tons and tons of methane. Nowadays, I almost never fart.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

I Finished Week One

 And, how do you think I did? Well, find out by watching the video.

Monday, January 4, 2021

Feel The Noize

 Quiet Riot was on the radio. Check out the unfortunate way the display broke up the band and song name.