Saturday, July 27, 2013

Jordan Park Trail Hike

Spent a few hours at Lake Ray Roberts State Park exploring the "off the beaten path" Jordan Park Trail.
Walked 3.68 miles up the Jordan Park Trail and back, starting at Lantana Lodge
Walked 3.68 miles up the Jordan Park Trail and back, starting at Lantana Lodge
Heading south down the trail would (eventually) end up back at the Elm Fork Trail, the Lake Ray Roberts dam, the Isle du Bois Unit of the State Park, and the Greenbelt Trail
Heading south down the trail would (eventually) end up back at the Elm Fork Trail, the Lake Ray Roberts dam, the Isle du Bois Unit of the State Park, and the Greenbelt Trail
Hot day and a very sandy trail made it a slow go
Hot day and a very sandy trail made it a slow go
The woods are thick and (I'm guessing) are probably hiding more than a few critters who just sit back and watching all the park visitors who wander by
The woods are thick and (I'm guessing) are probably hiding more than a few critters who just sit back and watching all the park visitors who wander by




But as this was the middle of the afternoon on a hot day, the shade was a welcome sight
But as this was the middle of the afternoon on a hot day, the shade was a welcome sight
A side trail branched out to the lake, probably so the horseback riders could care to their thirsty horses. This stretch of the shoreline was somewhat remote with very few signs of human activity. (Other than a handful of garbage that appeared to have washed ashore).
A side trail branched out to the lake, probably so the horseback riders could care to their thirsty horses.  This stretch of the shoreline was somewhat remote with very few signs of human activity.  (Other than a handful of garbage that appeared to have washed ashore).
Panoramic view of the shoreline. Probably due to the isolation of the area, I think this was the clearest water I've ever seen at Lake Ray Roberts. Very little sediment in floating about. Ended up walking out about 50 feet where it was perhaps 2 feet deep and could still see my feet on the bottom. Doesn't sound that good. But very rare for North Texas Lakes.
Panoramic view of the shoreline.  Probably due to the isolation of the area, I think this was the clearest water I've ever seen at Lake Ray Roberts.   Very little sediment in floating about.  Ended up walking out about 50 feet where it was perhaps 2 feet deep and could still see my feet on the bottom.  Doesn't sound that good.  But very rare for North Texas Lakes.
This stretch also oddly didn't have that "fishy" smell usually common to North Texas lakes

Looking northeast up the red dirt shoreline
Looking northeast up the red dirt shoreline
Couple of years of Texas drought has put a serious dent in the Lake. Easy to tell where it would be if at 'normal' levels. The circling vultures seemed to add to the perception of desolation
Couple of years of Texas drought has put a serious dent in the Lake.   Easy to tell where it would be if at 'normal' levels.  The circling vultures seemed to add to the perception of desolation
A long dead oak stands along the receded shoreline
A long dead oak stands along the receded shoreline
More out in the water. All predate the flooding of the Lake back in the early '80s
More out in the water.  All predate the flooding of the Lake back in the early '80s
Little farther up the shoreline, water erosion has washed away the sand and soil exposing the natural rocks. A herd of six deer (not shown) darted off from the trees behind us (also not shown) as soon as we cleared this stretch. I figure we were within 50 feet of them at one point and had no idea they were there.
Little farther up the shoreline, water erosion has washed away the sand and soil exposing the natural rocks.   A herd of six deer (not shown) darted off from the trees behind us (also not shown) as soon as we cleared this stretch.  I figure we were within 50 feet of them at one point and had no idea they were there.
Natural grasses have taken over the exposed lakebed
Natural grasses have taken over the exposed lakebed
Mayflies were all over the shoreline. But for whatever reason, this stretch was swarming with them.
Mayflies were all over the shoreline.  But for whatever reason, this stretch was swarming with them.
Getting hot and running low on drinking water. Time to turn around and head back
Getting hot and running low on drinking water.  Time to turn around and head back

@securityguy23:

Back from McAfee Tech Forum in New Orleans -- and returning to regularly scheduled programming, already in progress. . .

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Random Sunset over North Lakes

Random view from my semi-nightly 5 miles. . .
Looking north from the levy with everything reflecting off the lake
Looking north from the levy with everything reflecting over the lake




Saturday, July 13, 2013

@christoperj:

Back from the Central Texas Roadtrip -- returning to regularly scheduled programming, already in progress. . .

Friday, July 5, 2013

What the Crap, Honda Dealership? (Updated)

Was told by a Service Clerk at a local Honda Dealership that there "was no such thing as a bumper to bumper warranty, that's just something that somebody made up along the way".

And that I would have to agree to a "$99 diagnostic fee" before they would troubleshoot an AC issue on a 2 year old civic with 32K miles. But the fee "would be refunded if the technician finds a problem caused by a manufacturer defect or if everything checks out"

Yea, ok. Sure. . .


Updated July 8, 2013:
Received a call from the Service Manager of the dealership in response to a compliant I filed through their website. He apologized for the confusion and clarified that the 3y/36K mile "bumper to bumper" warranty is indeed in force with any new Honda purchase. And further explained what they would not cover under the warranty was "if a rock were go get kicked up and hit the compressor" or "if there was rodent damage to the wiring" or "similar issue"

I agree this makes sense as all of which falls outside what anybody would call "normal wear and tear", though this was not what was explained by the original Service Clerk when she made the statement. Nor was it said as the conversation progressed when I acknowledged there was a difference between "warranty covered items" of parts simply not lasting for 3y/36k miles and what would be instead considered "normal wear and tear / scheduled maintenance"

Whatever the case -- no money was charged. Confusion is clarified. Matter is closed.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

@christoperj:

Taking a moment to remember the history of this day. . .

Monday, July 1, 2013

@christoperj:

Deeply saddened by the death of 19 Arizona firefighters, lost in the line of duty doing a job most would not. . .

Now Tritriaconta-Certified with G2700 Goodness. . .

From the SANS Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) on July 1st, 2013:

Christopher J. Marcinko -- GIAC Certified ISO-27000 Specialist (G2700)
"GIAC presents this certification to Christopher J. Marcinko who has met the necessary requirements and demonstrated a mastery of the subject matter and security skills to earn the GIAC Certified ISO-27000 Specialist - G2700."

Date of Certification:
July 1st, 2013

Expiration Date:
July 31st, 2017

Certificate Number:
1306
SANS/GIAC has retired this certification as of January, 2015