Archive for June, 2013

Grand Avenue spring overview – closeups

8 June 2013

Top of Grand:

mullein and teasel

Last year’s mullein and teasel still lord over the smaller plants.

dames rocket and flax

Long-time garden escapees, Dame’s Rocket is the four-petaled flower, while Flax has five petals.

SEL Wayside Garden:
The pea family of plants is highlighted in this area (like the most-cultivated crop – lentils)…


broom groundcover

A carpet of bright broom stays close to the ground.

Upper Grand:
showy composite

I have not yet identified this one.


Vetch – very showy while it blooms. Another pea family plant.

cinquefoil bush

I believe this is a cinquefoil.


Garden iris in a city-maintained corner mini-park.


Purple goat’s beard, also called Salsify. The roots are said to be edible.

Mayor’s Grove:

Mayor’s Grove plaque.

horse chestnut

Horse Chestnut. A very showy tree while blooming.

Lower (South) Grand:
willow fuzz

Willow fuzz looks very pretty when the sun shines through it…

wild rose bush

Wild rose bush, with dogwood in the background.


Storksbill going to seed. A tiny spring flower related to the geranium.

Grand Avenue Greenway trail:
grand avenue greenway

Grand Avenue Greenway trail sign.

dames rocket

Dame’s Rocket abounds in this area. It is a crucifer – mustard family.


Real Rack Equipment Project

4 June 2013
Fluke rack equipment

Fluke 801BR and 803BR Vacuum Tube Voltmeters

My plan for securing my projects in better enclosures is to purchase used rackmount equipment, gut it, and use the front panel and chassis (modified as needed) to house my own projects.

The first shipment just came in. Two old Fluke differential voltmeters (means you can dial in a voltage, and the meter will tell you the difference between the voltage you are measuring and the voltage you dialed in) from Fair Radio Sales in Lima, Ohio. These both run on vacuum tube electronics (dating probably from the late 1950s) which make them too big and heavy. But removing the tubes should make them much smaller and lighter.

I have two more such units coming in. And that should do it for the time being.

Though I got these units primarily for the all-aluminum rack-width front panels (which can cost almost as much new as these cost), this equipment has a nice look to it, don’t you think? It’s rendered in classic Navy Grey with the old fluted knobs (two set screws each!) and shiny chrome handles. A classic retro look.

Basic Staff Hat – OEC Volume 0

2 June 2013

The Organization Executive Course (OEC) was put together by LRH in 1969 as a way to train church executives in what he saw as the most successful ways to manage and expand the church.

Later (1971), a “Basic Staff Hat” was put together with the most basic articles (called Hubbard Communication Office (HCO) Policy Letters (HCOPLs) about organizations and being on staff in one book that anyone should be familiar with. I studied this entire volume in the year 2000.

It seems odd to me, now, that not every organization (such as my current employer) makes such a book (and course to go with it) available to all its staff. How else can you get management and workers “on the same page?”

This book gives us (in Scientology) a common language of management and the theory behind it, so that we can all communicate effectively with each other on questions of how the organizations are run.

There is a lot to running an organization successfully!

Here are the major topics covered by this 942-page volume:

  1. Introduction, Keeping Scientology Working and Keeping Admin Working; Scientology organizations and their purpose
  2. Basic organization and the organizing board
  3. Basic staff actions and duties
  4. Staff appearance and org image
  5. Communication
  6. Developed traffic (Dev-T: useless, unnecessary or destructive actions in an organization)
  7. Hats and Hatting (Hat: A collection of materials that outline the purposes, know-how and duties of a post.)
  8. Products and exchange
  9. Statistics
  10. Ethics, honesty and survival
  11. The conditions of existence from Non-Existence to Power
  12. Conditions below Non-Existence
  13. Condition Formulas application and remedies
  14. Basic principles of promotion
  15. Servicing the public
  16. Orders and compliance
  17. Staff performance, rules and regulations
  18. Organizational  ethics
  19. Staff member reports
  20. Use of conditions in organizations
  21. Administering justice
  22. Scientology Justice Codes
  23. Org programming and target attainment
  24. The Ideal Org
  25. Appendices include:
    • Thirteen different versions of organizing boards
    • List of types of issues and magazines

Any one of these topics could fill a book!

Yet these articles, all written by a professional writer, are very readable and outline for anyone who cares to study them the basics of running any activity anywhere to do anything; and of being a member of that activity. Some of them are church-specific, while most have very broad application.

Of all the things that working in the church gave me, these PLs are among the most missed. To have such a body of guidelines, all written down and organized, for all participants in the activity to learn, use and discuss, is a priceless gift.

OEC Vol 0

Organization Executive Course Volume 0, 1999 edition

This book was produced by Bridge Publications in 1999 and is a very nice piece of work. It is printed on high-grade paper, includes three ribbons for use as place markers and two thumb tabs for the Appendices and Index.

Grand Avenue – Spring overview

1 June 2013

I thought it was about time to take a ride down the main street in Pullman, Grand Avenue, and take some photos of what is there.

I actually took photos going down and coming back. But I have put them together into a single sequence.

I live near the north side of town, and this tour starts looking north from the bridge that takes cars over the creek (and railroad tracks) that come down from the north. To the north is the city of Spokane. Closer north is the city of Palouse.


The immediate area around the train tracks is a nature preserve with a walking/running/biking trail going through it. This trail goes downtown and then turns east towards Idaho. It follows a creek upstream all the way into Moscow, Idaho.


Grand Avenue has received a lot of civic attention recently, which has resulted in the running trail and in several mini-parks. The northern-most of these is the “SEL Wayside Garden.” I pass by it every day on my walk to work. Evidently, it was sponsored by SEL, my current employer.


Several entrances into the running trail show up along Grand Avenue. I will skip by the first for now (opposite Larry Street, where I live).


…And the second…


…which is across from the power substation (which has recently been upgraded with SEL protection devices).


Next we get to the first big cross street, which heads up into the north part of the WSU campus. Dominating this corner is Dissmore’s Market and its parking lot.


Just behind Dissmore’s is my favorite thrift store, Palouse Treasures.


And at the corner below the thrift store is another lovely little garden.


The next entrance to the running trail is at the “President’s Grove.”


…This time I will peak in for a closer look…


…To find a nice little rest area with some benches. There is also a little picnic area further up the trail.


The next improvement along Grand Avenue is the “Mayor’s Grove.”


It contains a bench, a plaque, and a lovely horse chestnut tree.


And now we arrive at the point were the train tracks turn east and west, and where the little creek running down from the north meets the bigger creek running downhill from the east.

Scouts’ Park


In this park, you can also see where another creek that runs down from the south comes out from under the sidewalk and joins up with that same creek running west.


Here we are at Main Street, downtown Pullman. The area is planted with lots trees (peppers?) which are just leafing out now and very light yellow-green. The creek running down from the south runs directly under this crosswalk.


Here is where the little creek submerges, a few blocks farther south.


Across from the Old European restaurant is Bill’s Welding, which includes a junk yard with this fence and planting in front of it.


…In back of the fence…


Also from this position can be glimpsed a vacant lot across the street full of blue-purple flowers.


Just a bit further down is a large old house in a very large yard. It is now Kimball’s Mortuary, but I’m sure it has a lot of history behind it.


Next, a more modern building, the Living Faith Fellowship church. Below it are the Post Office, a car dealer and other businesses of less notable architecture. Since I am more attracted to the flora and fauna, let’s next look at a roadside section of the little creek overgrown with willows currently full of “fuzz” from their flowers going to seed, and also filled with wild rose, dogwood, and cattails.


The wild rosebushes are in full flower right now. The cattails are from last summer.


And here we are at Bishop Boulevard, near the southern end of town and the southern end of Grand Avenue. A sign tells us that the Ford dealer up the street has sponsored the plantings in this area.


Some closeups of trees and flowers will appear in a follow-up article…