Jon Kennedy
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Alviso Slough nature walk, April 10


My computer problems are finally being unravelled, but this installment of the Jonal has been delayed as I get through the final hoops.

Last Sunday, April 10, the afternoon weather was amenable for a return to Alviso in my quest to close the loop from Guadalupe River Trail to the Bayshore Trail. But though there were maps showing trail beginnings, none of the endings were shown, and after walking three miles northerly by both northeast and northwest, I seemed farther from Mountain View and the Bayshore and Stevens' Creek trails with no destination in sight. The video gives the details.And since YouTube has upgraded my account so I can now upload longer videos, this one is the first since I've been putting videos both on these pages and YouTube longer than 15 minutes (it's the whole record of Sunday's walk and runs just under 20 minutes).


Click the play button above for the Windows Media version, or if you are on a platform that is not Windows-compatible, click here to watch the video on YouTube. Double-click to make the video above full-screen.


Speaking to some questions raised in the video: It turns out rapeseed and mustard are two names for one, or a collection of related, plants. And if I sounded hesitant in saying rapeseed is the source for "saffola oil," it was because I doubted "saffola". . . for good reason. The rapeseed is the source of Canola oil. And Canola—now one of the world's most popular cooking oils—is a contraction of "Canada oil," as it was first produced in Canada. Saffola oil is a brand name for a competing product made from other plants.


And "cupola" is the right name for the kind of "steeple" on the top of the yacht club, no matter how I mispronounced it. It's one of those words I've been seeing most of my life but don't remember ever having occasion to try to say before then.

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Useful work phrases: No, my powers can only be used for good.

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How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old age is replete.

C.S. Lewis (1898 - 1963)

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