Archive for September, 2005

Bald Eagle

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

This morning, while Tippy and I were hiking around Pleasant Lake, we saw a bald eagle flying low over the water.

Suitable Replacement

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

The last two seasons the University of Minnesota alternated a pair of running backs – Marion Barber III and Lawrence Maroney. Each of those seasons, each runner gained over 1000 yards rushing, the first time that had happened in NCAA history. This year, with Barber having elected to move to the NFL, Maroney has become […]

Local Weather Idiocy

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

One of the local weatherman is Paul Douglas. He does the weather for one of the TV stations, and writes the weather column for the Star Tribune. This morning’s column was about variability in autumn temperatures, and Paul suggested that “only in Minnesota is it possible to go from low 80’s to frost in less […]

Desperate Housewives, Start of 2nd Season

Monday, September 26th, 2005

Last night Pat and I watched this season’s opening episode of Desperate Housewives. At the very tail end of last season, a black family moved into the neighborhood. Last night, it became clear the family consisted of a mother and a son, perhaps 18 years old. For a good part of the hour, they looked […]

Lewis & Clark, revisited

Sunday, September 25th, 2005

I’ve always said to myself that one day I really need to fully understand the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Now that I am retired, I should act on that notion. I get the general idea – with courage and a great deal of luck, they made it to the Pacific and back. In the process, […]

Horse Tooth Floaters

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

There was an article in this morning’s Star Tribune about the increasing tendency for states to require licenses to work in various occupations. The article noted that the Minnesota legislature this summer enacted a law that specifies the licensure of “horse tooth floaters“. You now have to be a veterinarian to “float” the teeth of […]

Attention Grabber

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

This morning I noticed an article at NewScientist.com (LINK). What caught my eye was the headline: Tiny microscope peers into mice brains Gotta like a headline like that 😉

Business Opportunity

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

As you watch hurricane coverage on TV, it becomes clear that there are a number of people who stay in the path of a hurricane just to see what it is like. Some of these people clearly have multiple screws loose, but others seem like pretty reasonable folks who, just once, want to see what […]

Canadian Rodent Shortage

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

There was an article in the Star Tribune this morning about 4 Minnesota men convicted of shooting owls. The owls were part of an unusual migration of owls into Minnesota last winter, thought to have been caused by a “rodent shortage in Canada”. Who would have thought that Canada might ever be short of rodents?

Wild Turkeys

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

This morning I rode the Cannon Falls Trail from Cannon Falls over to Red Wing, and back. During the course of the ride, I saw wild turkeys at 4 places along the trail, seeing a total of 19 birds.