Archive for August, 2005

On His Watch

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

There are things that happen that can legitimately be blamed on the person at the top. Then, there are things that simply happened on that person’s watch. It may turn out that we have lost New Orleans. The estimates for the amount of time that will transpire before people can return to New Oleans appear […]

Dome to Dome

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

Folks who had sought refuge from Hurricane Katrina in the New Orleans Superdome are now going to be bused to the Astrodome in Houston. Nothing like having a backup dome, in case your main dome develops problems.

New Orleans in a Nutshell

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

Noticed a news story today that included a quote from a fellow who had gone to school in New Orleans and then continued to live there. His summarized the situation of the city’s being below the water level of the Mississippi and the reliance on levees: “The only thing keeping the water out was a […]

Safety, British Columbia Style

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

Recently we were at a community fair on one of the Southern Gulf Islands in British Columbia. We saw a sign that included the following: Sun, Sand and Surf Add Booze and a Boat And You’ve Got The Perfect Setting For a Funeral at Sea Likely to catch your attention when it is laid out […]

Hendrix, Pre and Post

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

The NY Times Book Review contains a review of the Jimi Hendrix biography written by Charles Cross, Room Full of Mirrors. The review contrasts the music scene after the debut of Jimi Hendrix (Led Zeppelin, the Who, heavy metal) with what had preceded him, which the reviewer summed up – “everything before him sounds like […]

Critter Sightings

Monday, August 22nd, 2005

On Saturday night, as we were driving home, we saw a large whitetail buck about 100 yards before turning into our driveway. On Sunday morning, as I was biking along, I saw a fox sitting by the side of the road. I figured that when I got closer, the fox would move away, but it […]

The Originals Are Still the Greatest

Monday, August 22nd, 2005

This morning my son Greg sent me a link to an interesting story about a handful of folks who are reviving the Hawaiian sport of lava sledding (he’e holua). Fifty seven courses on the Islands have been identified, but only a handful are in decent condition. Course conditions would seem to be important since lava […]

Moron on Somebody’s Team

Sunday, August 21st, 2005

In today’s NY Times magazine, there is an article by Peter Maass titled “The Breaking Point”, which focuses on the possibility of a serious imbalance between petroleum supplies and demand. Most “industry experts” do not expect this to happen, but the author focuses on a minority opinion, as put forward by Matthew Simmons, an expert […]

17 + 14 = Way Too Many

Saturday, August 20th, 2005

Last night the Vikings were flagged for 17 penalties. In their prior pre-season game, they had 14 penalties. This does not look good. The Vikes tried on on-side kick to start the second half, and were able to recover the kick. Unfortunately they were flagged for being offsides, so they had to kick again. They […]

Gimme Three

Friday, August 19th, 2005

Tonight Lew Ford hit a 3-run homer to break a tie with Seattle and put the Twins up 7-4. This was Lew’s fifth home run of the year, and each of them have been 3-run shots.