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Reading Dictionaries

When I was visiting my Great Aunt last month in Colorado, I found her old dictionary. It was over seventy years old, and I read and took notes, all the while looking for words that aren't "common". She laughed at me, saying in her whole 90+ years she's never seen anyone sit and read the dictionary.hamshackle (v) -> fasten head of animal to forelock

hobbly (adj) -> rough, uneven

pot walloper (n) -> a scullion, one who washes pots

potvaliant (adj) -> having false courage stimulated by strong drinkOne of the words I ran into was cyclorama. It's been along time since I've thought about that term. Even though this picture (directly below) isn't a cyclorama, it reminds me of the concept. I took several shots of the Tongass Narrows from atop Deer Mountain on one of my mountain climbing expeditions (as listed on Things I've Done/Haven't Done). Deer Mountain is "easy" to climb for a fit person. I was fine on the way up. On the way back d…

Things I've Done/Haven't Done

I stole this from Two Voices

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink [But, it was a quiet night in a small, small town so ringing the bell didn't break me.]
02. Swam with wild dolphins [No, just my next door neighbor's pet dophin they have living in their backyard pool. Giggles. On the news there was an episode about wild coyotes attacking the sheep at the University and I got to laughing. As opposed to pet coyotes?]
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper
21. Taken a trip in a…