Archive for December, 2005

Never Saw That Before

Saturday, December 31st, 2005

For Christmas my son Dave gave me a pair of tickets to a hockey game at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul. Pat and I went to see the game, which featured the women’s national teams from the US and Canada. Most folks expect these two teams to meet in the gold medal game […]

Simply Unbelievable

Monday, December 26th, 2005

I recently went with my family to see King Kong. I am not saying this is the worst movie I’ve ever seen. What I am saying is that I am unable to recall having seen any movie that was worse. The sheer tonnage of computer animated action scenes (e.g., folks running along in the midst […]

Head Shot

Monday, December 19th, 2005

Going around the dial tonight, I caught a bit of the Wild’s victory over the Stars. At one point in the second period, someone from the Stars had the puck in the corner, behind the Wild’s goal line. The guy takes a high shot, hitting the Wild’s goalie in the side of the helmet, knocking […]

Rock Bottom

Sunday, December 18th, 2005

Today the Steelers came to town to play the Vikings. While the Vikes were riding a 6-game winning streak, I thought it likely that the Steelers would win. And, I was prepared for the Vikings to not play particularly well. I was not, however, prepared for the depths of incompetence they displayed in losing 18-3. […]

The Good Old Days

Sunday, December 18th, 2005

Yesterday there was a news report that the Kansas City Royals had signed Mark Grudzielanek and Doug Mientkiewicz. What happened to players like Ty Cobb and Mel Ott? Back in the old days, a sports writer had a chance of writing something meaningful and perhaps even poetic. Now, at least in Kansas City, sports writers […]

Holiday Spirit

Wednesday, December 14th, 2005

I saw a recent bit by Dave Barry concerning Christmas displays in Miami: “We have many home owners who cross the fine line, in terms of illumination, between ‘tasteful holiday yard display‘ and ‘municpal airport‘.”

The Old West

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

In this morning’s Wall Street Journal there is a review of Bill Yenne’s Indian Wars. The reviewer, Roger D. McGrath, as part of his review wrote the following: “The whites were in many ways underdogs when fighting the Indians. Even the U.S. Army, with its cavalry, infanty and artillery, was nearly always outnumbered and outhorsed […]

This Is the Best We’ve Got?

Sunday, December 11th, 2005

In this morning’s NY Times there was an article about Charles Krauthammer and a recent article he wrote justifying the use of torture. Part of the NY Times material talked about how Krauthammer provided a much more solid justification for the use of torture than the administration has ever offered. And they also talked about […]

Single Digits and Dropping

Monday, December 5th, 2005

Today I hiked twenty miles, on a day that did not get out of the single digits. Tomorrow promises to be below zero; it’s already zero as I’m getting ready for bed. Wouldn’t want to pass on getting in a hike on the first sub-zero day of the season.

If At First You Don’t Succeed

Sunday, December 4th, 2005

Recently there was a raffle in South Dakota to see who would push the button that would trigger the blast to brng down the Zip Feed Mill, the tallest structure in the state. Saturday was the big day, but the tower simply collapsed into the basement, where it got wedged, remaining standing at an angle […]