Thank You From The American Red Cross

I received the following in my inbox today:


Dear Brent:

Thank you for giving blood with the American Red Cross on 5/30/2014. After first ensuring that local needs were met, your blood donation was sent to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem, NC to help a patient in need. Your donation is on its way to changing lives!

Every day, patients like Tim receive blood for a variety of conditions including life-threatening illnesses, blood disorders and traumas. Your blood donations are critical to helping save patients’ lives.

You may be able to help more patients with fewer appointments by donating double red cells. Ask if you’re eligible to give a double red cell donation when you make your next appointment.

On behalf of the hospitals and patients we serve, thank you for being a Red Cross blood donor.


Richard Benjamin, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Medical Officer
American Red Cross

I would have given without the thanks (and have many times in the past). Regardless, it feels nice to be thanked, and is interesting to know where at least some of my blood went. I might just try the double red donation sometime in the future.

And yes, the email’s link was red. :-)


Multnomah Falls Stop

We’re headed to a wedding in Walla Walla. Ashley and Kevin are riding with us. Road trip!

Kevin had never been to Multnomah Falls before. And I was curious to see the bridge now that it’s been fixed and reopened.

So we took a quick stop and walked up to the bridge. Ashley pulled out her camera and took a selfie of the four of us.

Multnomah Falls achievement unlocked.


230 kV

Yesterday during lunch, I stopped at the BPA Keeler Substation to take some pictures of the transmission line tower on its front lawn. I used my cell phone’s camera because that’s all I had with me. Surprise — Transmission towers are huge! I couldn’t get enough of the tower in view.

I returned today with my Canon S100 point and shoot with its 24mm (equivalent) lens. Much better! :-)

When the sky is cloudless, I’ll try this again.



Biking back from school board meeting on Veteran’s Drive, I stopped briefly to take a sunset1 shot. I love the clouds!

I enjoy biking in the late evening. Traffic has gone home, the wind has faded. Cruising along the path is noiseless and tranquil.2

  1. Yeah, it was a little late for the sunset. Desaturating the picture doesn’t help… :-D 
  2. For those who are concerned about my safety: thanks! And my flashy lights shout my presence.