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Wednesday 1 January 2003
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Chris and I went to Nakiska and met up with his roommate from university, also named Chris, for an afternoon of skiing and boarding.  Chris' knee is still sore from Christmas, so we quit a bit early.

We stopped at the Ghost Dam on the way back and had a chance to examine a high performance iceboat up close.

We had supper at home, then the Orams left for Ponoka.

Today..A mix of sun and cloud. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h. High zero. Tonight..Mainly clear. Wind south 20. Low minus 3. Sunday..A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 6. High 4. Normals for the period..Low minus 16. High minus 4.

Thursday 2 January 2003
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I worked at the desk all day doing books and the ads for our upcoming  mailing to Alberta beekeepers. 

Bert came after supper and left around 11:30

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Today..A mix of sun and cloud. Wind southwest 20 km/h. High 5.  Tonight..Mainly clear. Wind west 30. Low plus 1.  . Normals for the period..Low minus 16. High minus 4.

Friday 3 January 2003
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Ellen and I spent the day preparing letters to mail to beekeepers advertising our remaining hives.  She's pretty serious about selling out.

I have a lot of things to do in the next two days.  Joe and I are going to Baton Rouge Monday morning.

There's lots of snow in the mountains now, and the weather is mild, but I have no time for snowboarding until after I get back.

Joe and Oene came for supper.

Today..A mix of sun and cloud. Wind increasing to west 40 gusting 60 km/h. High 6.  Tonight..Mainly clear. Wind west 20. Low plus 1.  Tuesday..A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 6. High plus 2. Normals for the period..Low minus 16. High minus 4.

Saturday 4 January 2003
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The new diary location at honeybeeworld.com is still acting up a bit, but honeybeeworld.com now completely mirrors the I n t e r n o d e site. In fact you may be reading from honeybeeworld now.

The main and only problem I am having with honeybeeworld is the duplication of included content on some diary pages.  That bug is a bit annoying -- or amusing -- depending on your perspective.

Eventually, honeybeeworld will replace I n t e r n o d e as my main site, so I hope people start using the http://www.honeybeeworld.com/ site -- and change bookmarks from I n t e r n o d e to http://www.honeybeeworld.com/

I slept poorly and awoke with a feeling in my throat that makes me hope that I'm not getting what Ellen had.  I thought that maybe I had already had t

his, but maybe not.  I had some flu in San Diego a few years back and had a few slow days at that ABF convention.  Since then, I have sometimes wondered what I'd do if I got ill just as I was about to leave on a trip.  I don't buy cancellation insurance, and besides, Joe and I are committed to go together and share expenses.  If I cancelled, that would leave him high and dry. I'll just take care of myself and hope...

Ellen took the car to town to get the slow leak fixed, the tires rotated and the oil changed.

I spent the day printing out fliers and writing copy.  Tomorrow I pack for the trip and do all the last minute things.  We fly out before dawn Monday.

Today..A mix of sun and cloud. Wind southwest 20 km/h. High 5. Tonight..Mainly cloudy. Clearing overnight. Wind northwest 20. Low zero.  Wednesday..60 percent chance of snow. Low minus 6. High minus 3. Normals for the period..Low minus 16. High minus 4.

Sunday 5 January 2003
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I definitely am not 100% today.  My throat is dry and my voice is a bit hoarse. I'm also tired.  I remember that Ellen slept a lot last week.  I'm hoping that rest and low stress will make it pass quickly.  Low stress?  I only have to pack and get all the last minute things done.

The AHPA (schedule) and ABF (schedule) convention details are available on the web, and here are the weather and the maps
[ Yahoo! Maps ]
Map of Baton Rouge, LA

Environment Canada - Baton Rouge

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Map of Kansas City, KS

Environment Canada - Kansas City

Today..Becoming sunny this morning. Wind northwest 20 km/h. High 8.
Tonight..Clear. Wind light. Low plus 1 this evening then temperature rising.
Tuesday..Sunny. Low plus 1. High 6.
Wednesday..A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 7. High minus 2.
Thursday..A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 11. High minus 2. Normals for the period..Low minus 16. High minus 4.

Monday 6 January 2003
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We got up at 3AM, had breakfast and drove to the airport. Ellen dropped us off, then Joe and I were off to Dallas in a M-80. At DFW, we caught a connector flight to Baton Rouge in a little SAAB turboprop. The hotel picked us up and by four we checked into the Richmond Suites. The digs were nice and breakfast and supper was included. We were both tired and called it a day.

Monday..Sunny. Wind west 20. High 11.

Tuesday 7 January 2003
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In the morning, my throat was a bit rough and I was tired. After a hot shower, I felt a bit better and we decided to look around a bit. The hotel shuttle took us to The Rural Life Museum and we spent a few hours there soaking up the local history.

A sugar house

The RLM is different from other such museums I've been to lately. There are plaques and tags on many of the items and the buildings, but for the most part, the buildings and artifacts are just sitting there open. Documents and implements are unprotected and can be touched and handled. Some items are protected by glass or  by structures, but the greater portion of it is unrestricted and unexplained beyond basic facts. The exhibits are not 'interpreted' or tarted up. I like this. The whole place is like a puzzle; the opinions and judgments of the curators don't intrude on the meditations of visitors. Some parts of the historic buildings are repaired and it is a bit odd to see modern nails and pressure treated wood in parts of a century-old building, but honest.

We returned to the hotel and rested up.  I had a chance to catch up on a few things.  Later, we had supper, went to the opening reception, then back to the hotel.  My own virus checker, AVG, hadn't shown anything lately and I had received a worrisome fw message from my daughter with a file, promodll.dll and a jpg attached, so I decided to try a few alternate virus scans and went to McAfee.com - FreeScan, Trend Micro - Free online virus Scan, and Freedom Online Virus Check, One gave me a clean bill of health, the next (McAfee) showed the JS/Noclose and the Freedom gave me this:

Scanning memory...        done
=======================
Disk80\Partition0 (MBR)        Disk80\Partition1 (WIN95 32-bit FAT)        done
=======================
C:\WINDOWS\...\JZGD8P2D\nitrous.exitfuel[1].htm
c:\WIND...rt0001:)->(part0001:white.bat) : Infected with Win32/Magistr.B@mm
c:\WIND...itio])->(part0002:Navidad.exe) : Infected with Win32/Navidad.A@mm
c:\WIND...O_?=])->(part0002:Navidad.exe) : Infected with Win32/Navidad.A@mm
c:\WIND...l])->(part0002:)->(SCRIPT0000) : Infected with VBS/Haptime@mm.gen*
c:\WIND....exitfuel[1].htm->(SCRIPT0001) : Suspicious with JS/Noclose*
c:\WIND... Re_ Bee-Pro.dat->(IFRAME0000) : Infected with HTML/IFrame_Exploit*
c:\WIND... Measurement.dat->(IFRAME0000) : Infected with HTML/IFrame_Exploit*

I set the scan on autoclean, then got this:

C:\WIND...itio])->(part0002:Navidad.exe) : Infected with Win32/Navidad.A@mm failed!
C:\WIND...O_?=])->(part0002:Navidad.exe) : Infected with Win32/Navidad.A@mm failed!
C:\WIND...l])->(part0002:)->(SCRIPT0000) : Infected with VBS/Haptime@mm.gen*  failed!
C:\WIND....exitfuel[1].htm->(SCRIPT0001) : Suspicious with JS/Noclose* failed!
C:\WIND... Re_ Bee-Pro.dat->(IFRAME0000) : Infected with HTML/IFrame_Exploit* failed!
C:\WIND... Measurement.dat->(IFRAME0000) : Infected with HTML/IFrame_Exploit* failed!
Scanned
=======================
Files: 14830    Directories: 433    Archives: 261    Size(Kb): 723005    Found
=======================
Infected files: 5        Viruses found: 3        Suspicious files: 1        Disinfected files: 2        Mail files: 5540

I don't know quite what to think of this seeing as I can't see the entire path and thus could not identify the files in question.  I suspect that they are just viruses that were quarantined by AVG.

Hope so.

Wednesday 8 January 2003
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8:00 a.m. Commercial Exhibits Open
9:00 a.m. Call to Order -Mr. Hubert Tubbs, AHPA Vice President
9:05 a.m. Welcome: Mr. Billy Hummer, President, Louisiana State Beekeepers Association
9:30 a.m. Update on Antidumping and New Shipper Review- Mr. Mike Coursey, Attorney, Collier, Shannon, Scott Washington, D.C.
10:00 a.m. BREAK
10:30 a.m. Update of Assessments and Duties- Mr. Joseph A. Spetrini, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Import Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
11:00 a.m. Presidentís Address: Mr. Lyle Johnston
11:30 a.m. Keynote Address: Mr. Bob Odum, Commissioner of Agriculture, State of Louisiana
12:00 p.m. LUNCH
1:00 p.m. Cooperation between Weslaco Bee Lab and other Federal and StateAgencies- Dr. Patty Elzen, Weslaco Bee Research Center, USDA-ARS, Weslaco,Texas
1:30 p.m. Molecular Biology- A New Tool To Study Infectious Diseases of the Honey Bee, Dr. Kate Aaronstein, Weslaco Bee Research Center, USDA-ARS, Weslaco, Texas
2:00 p.m. Basics of Bee Diseases and Pests- Dr. Bob Cox, Weslaco Bee Research Center, USDA-ARS, Weslaco, Texas
2:30 p.m. The Effect of Fungicide Sprays on Both Honey Bees an Almonds in California- Dr. Frank Eischen, Weslaco Bee Research Center, USDA-ARS, Weslaco, Texas
3:00 p.m. BREAK
3:30 p.m. Update on Research at the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center- Dr. Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman, Carl Hayden Bee Research Lab, USDA-ARS, Tucson, Arizona
4:00 p.m. Current Research on Varroa- Dr. Diana Sammataro, Carl Hayden Bee Research Lab, USDA-ARS, Tucson, Arizona
4:30 p.m. Honey Bee Diet-A New Approach to an Old Problem- Dr. Gordon Wardell, Carl Hayden Bee Research L:ab, USDA-ARS, Tucson, Arizona
5:00 p.m. Recess for the Evening
7:00 p.m. AHPA Committee Meetings

Today..A mix of sun and cloud. Wind northwest 20 km/h. High 9 then temperature falling in the afternoon. Tonight..Mainly clear. Wind northwest 20. Low minus 13. Sunday..A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 12. High minus 4. Normals for the period..Low minus 16. High minus 4.

Thursday 9 January 2003
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8:00 a.m. Preservation of Honey Bee Semen- Dr. Anita Collins, Beltsville Bee Research Lab, USDA-ARE, Beltsville, Maryland
8:30 a.m. Techniques for Determining Residues in Honey and Wax- Dr. Mark Feldlaufer, Research Leader, Beltsville Bee Research Lab, USDA-ARS, Beltsville, Maryland
9:00 a.m. Honey Bee Genomics and Honey Bee Health- Dr. Jay Evans, Beltsville Bee Research Lab, USDA-ARE, Beltsville, Maryland
9:30 a.m. Effect of Coumaphos on Queen Development- Dr. Jeffery Pettis, Beltsville Bee Research Lab, USDA-ARS, Beltsville, Maryland
10:00 a.m. Check Mite Strips Now and into the Future- Mr. Richard Hack, Bayer Corporation, Merrian, Kansas
10:30 a.m. Insurance Needs After 9-11- Mr. Roger Starks, Howalt-Dowell Insurance, Sioux Falls, SD
11:00 a.m. What is a Good Queen Bee?- Dr. Clarence Collison, Professor of Entomology and Head of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS
1130 a.m. History of Louisiana Beekeeping- Mr. Jimmy Dunkley, Louisiana State Apiary Inspector
12:00 p.m. LUNCH
1:00 p.m. Research in Support of Crop Pollination- Dr. Bob Danka, Honey Bee Breeding Genetics and Physiology Lab, USDA-ARS, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
1:30 p.m. Mechanisms of Resistance to Varroa Mites by Russian Honeybee- Dr. Lilia de Guzman, Honey Bee Breeding Genetics and Physiology Lab, USDA-ARS, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

2:00 p.m. Non-destructive DNA Sampling in Honeybee Queens, A.Mellifera- Dr.Pamela Gregory, Honey Bee Breeding Genetics and Physiology Lab, USDA-ARS, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
2:30 p.m. Breeding SMR Honeybees and Screen Bottom Boards -Dr. John Harbo, Honey Bee Breeding Genetics and Physiology Lab, USDA-ARS, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
3:00 p.m. Russian Honeybees-Importations, Quarantines and Hybrids- Dr. Jeffery Harris, Honey Bee Breeding Genetics and Physiology Lab, USDA-ARS, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
3:30 p.m. DNA Identification of Russian Honeybees and its Uses- Dr. Allen Sylvester, Honey Bee Breeding Genetics and Physiology Lab, USDA-ARS, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
4:00 p.m. The Russian Honeybee Breeding Program- Dr. Tom Rinderer, Honey Bee Breeding Genetics and Physiology Lab, USDA-ARS, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
4:30 p.m. New Development for Mite Control at Wellmark International- Mr. Oscar Coindreau, Coppell, Texas
5:00 p.m. Recess for the Evening

Today..Sunny. Wind northwest 20 km/h. High minus 6. Tonight..Clear. Wind light. Low minus 16.

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