Saturday, July 29, 2006

Cooling off

Dog, My Dad, and Me, cooling off on a ridiculously hot day.

Friday, July 28, 2006

No, Floyd, No

TdF Winner Accused of Doping

Not that cycling isn't one of the most obnoxiously doped-up sports around... but come one Floyd, you had us all thinking that cycling had a future in America, post-Lance.

Thursday, July 27, 2006


Wisconsin is officially the most average state in the Union.


The Most "Representative" State in the Union: Wisconsin

I guess it makes sense, if you think about it. Rural communities, a big-ish city, a bunch of smaller cities... A fairly education population, but not overly so, elections are usually pretty hotly contested because of the fairly diverse political views you'll find, etc, etc, etc...

If you're gonna be good at something, why not be good at being regular?

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Thursday, July 20, 2006


My iPod is broken.

It was sketchy from the start. Occasionally, it's screen would freeze and I would have to let the batteries run out, then power it up again.

But the little bastard's all the way broken now. Tried the oh-so-unhelpful help on the iPod support website, but no go. So while I wanted to take the dog for a walk with some background music, I have instead sat here trying to "reset, restart, rewhatever" this chunk of metal and plastic.

F--- technology. I'm gonna become a Luddite.

Wait, I didn't mean that. Hear me, gods of technology? I was only kidding. Come on, I was frustrated, I was angry... I didn't mean it, really.


Summer is winding down. I know it doesn't FEEL like summer is winding down, but it is.

For me, at least.

Soon, I'll be back to work. Well, new work. Or... the same work, in a different school, in the same district, with some of the same coworkers I worked with my first year of teaching.

I'm gonna miss summer... but when it comes right down to it, I don't LIKE sitting around, despite the fact that I seem to be quite gifted in around-sitting. I get stuck. Then I get lethargic and depressed, which makes me lazy. Then I get more stuck. It's a vicious cycle, really.

These next few weeks should be sufficiently harried and action-packed, so hopefully I'll be well broken out of my slump by the time I head back to Alaska.

Monday, July 17, 2006


My summer.

$10,000 reward for information leading to its return.

Where is the time going?

Monday, July 10, 2006

Oy Vey

Returned from five days at the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

Tired. Much fun was had... much sleep was not. May or may not be several shades darker than I was when I left. Wallet is also considerably lighter.

More later. Must sleep.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Shameless Product Review

The Gentle Leader

I love our dog. I really do. But up until a week ago, I did not love walking him. His general exuberance for life and desire to get to ANYWHERE as quickly as possible (combined with that pesky doggie desire to pull things) made walking 68 (he's grown some in the last month) pounds of canine muscle a little difficult.

I had blisters.

Enter Mr. Gentle Leader. Exit Loki's ability to pull.

Humane, easy-to-use (once you get it on them... it's kinda tricky the first few times), and effective.

My only beef with it (if you can even call it that) is that Loki REFUSES to have anything to do with it when he's not actively walking. It has to be the last step in our "getting ready to go for a walk" routine, or else he'll scrape his nose off trying to remove it. But that's a minor issue really... we've gone from short ten-minute walks that tested my upper arm strength, patience, and ability to keep him from jumping up on random people to 45-minute (more when it's not too hot for the dawg, although he's now mastered the art of drinking from a water bottle) enjoyable strolls around the neighborhood.

Now if only they made a "Gentle Leave that F-ing Cat Alone."