Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
the kids played in the back yard.
it's great having the world to ourselves.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Monday, February 19, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Dear Dr. Science, How come the rain water that comes from my downspouts is always full of soap suds?
Dr. Science says: Squirrels are doing their laundry in your gutters. Check your laundry detergent levels. Probably you're missing a cup or two every time it rains. Squirrels keep at least two separate fur jumpsuits, one for warm weather and the other for cold. Gray squirrels are more fashion conscious than red or brown squirrels, and hate to appear in public with even a oil spot on their tail. The rare black squirrel is especially susceptible to the cold, and in winter will often wear three furs at once, each held in place by a tiny zipper. If those zippers gets stuck, then the squirrel may die from heatstroke come spring, so they carefully oil their zippers, usually with nut oil.
Saturday, February 03, 2007
it's still really cold outside [it IS iowa in february, after all], and in anticipation of tomorrow's super bowl, i'm having some difficulty focusing on singular thoughts. see?
so here's a sampling:
i've long admired madonna, not so much for her music, more because of it, and what it has allowed her to do: she has become a strong woman who has been able to do whatever she has wanted to do. when she has done this or that [imagine humorous links], the media has howled while her legion of fans has grown, and--more importantly--has imitated her. she is a mother now, and after having one of her own, she has done the morally correct thing and adopted a child from an orphanage in malawi, an extremely poor african country known by me to be the source of a wonderful coffee bean which, when roasted to a medium finish, results in a cup of coffee which rivals my kenya aa dark roast for flavor and mildness. madonna has changed her views on religion [as did i several years ago, to much less fanfare], and has begun writing and publishing children's books. [a note: i have written the outlines for a few, and the writing process is just a couple more inspirations away. interested illustrators should contact me with ideas] madonna has started a foundation to raise awareness of the plight of orphans in malawi, and more than that, she has poured a lot of her own money into trying to turn the tides of poverty and despare for these kids. this is good, and deserves the time it will take you to read about it.
texas women...not something i often realize that i am thinking about, but it turns out that i do. and some of my favorites have died lately. [by the way, i am really quite offended by the use of the term "passing" to refer to the fact that someone has died. "passing" is what i expect to see in tomorrow's game, along with "blocking" and "tackling." say what you mean, and stop wussing out on accepting the fact that someone has DIED. it's a fact of life.] molly ivins, ann richards, and nellie connally all represented the kind of woman that everyone has to admire and respect. strong and independent-minded, with a voice and a will to match. we are fortunate to have live in their times, and are better for them having lived. their deaths will not silence their voices. to me, this fact represents the notion of life after death--that the products of their lives continue to have an affect on someone else's life. there's not much more for which a person should hope for a life well-lived.
money continues to be the root of most evil, and will be the ruin of--what now?--youtube. they've killed kenny. you bastards.
the american criminal justice system, along with the second amendment [and its grant of a right of state militias to arm themselves], continues to be one of the most misunderstood pillars of the american experiment in democracy. oh, let me add the notion of the "separation of church and state" to my short list of greatly misunderstood pillars.
porn. it all its wonderful forms.
oh, and high school wrestling. go cubbies. [never EVER thought i'd utter that in any sort of public forum]
Friday, February 02, 2007
each and every part is thoroughly examined before it is accepted for use on any of my racing bikes
it is seeming more and more likely that i actually will be riding a new bike later this season--and the scene shown above will be replayed in my basement shop, as i attempt the always baffling assembly process. this trepidatious undertaking is made even more daunting by the several generations of improvements that have become obsolete since last i had a new bike. i joked last memorial day weekend about how my rear wheel must have been a piece of shit to self-destruct with less than 80,000 miles on it. hell, my 1974 campy high-flange hubs work just fine. [don't ask sterling about my mountain bike maintenance skills--cheap, top-of-the-line xtr stuff] if you see me at the side of the road, scratching my head, when i should be racing, don't worry: i've probably just learned something new that everyone else has known for years. and i'm probably amazed. no biggie.