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August 30, 2004

We're Not in Lake Wobegon Anymore

By Garrison Keillor

August 26, 2004

Something has gone seriously haywire with the Republican Party. Once,
it was the party of pragmatic Main Street businessmen in steel-rimmed
spectacles who decried profligacy and waste, were devoted to their
communities and supported the sort of prosperity that raises all
ships. They were good-hearted people who vanquished the gnarlier
elements of their party, the paranoid Roosevelt-haters, the flat
Earthers and Prohibitionists, the anti-papist anti-foreigner element.
The genial Eisenhower was their man, a genuine American hero of D-Day,
who made it OK for reasonable people to vote Republican. He brought
the Korean War to a stalemate, produced the Interstate Highway System,
declined to rescue the French colonial army in Vietnam, and gave us a
period of peace and prosperity, in which (oddly) American arts and
letters flourished and higher education burgeoned - and there was a
degree of plain decency in the country. Fifties Republicans were
giants compared to today's. Richard Nixon was the last Republican
leader to feel a Christian obligation toward the poor.

In the years between Nixon and Newt Gingrich, the party migrated
southward down the Twisting Trail of Rhetoric and sneered at the idea
of public service and became the Scourge of Liberalism, the Great
Crusade Against the Sixties, the Death Star of Government, a gang of
pirates that diverted and fascinated the media by their sheer
chutzpah, such as the misty-eyed flag-waving of Ronald Reagan who,
while George McGovern flew bombers in World War II, took a pass and
made training films in Long Beach. The Nixon moderate vanished like
the passenger pigeon, purged by a legion of angry white men who rose
to power on pure punk politics. "Bipartisanship is another term for
date rape," says Grover Norquist, the Sid Vicious of the GOP. "I don't
want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size
where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub."
The boy has Oedipal problems and government is his daddy.

The party of Lincoln and Liberty was transmogrified into the party of
hairy-backed swamp developers and corporate shills, faith-based
economists, fundamentalist bullies with Bibles, Christians of
convenience, freelance racists, misanthropic frat boys, shrieking
midgets of AM radio, tax cheats, nihilists in golf pants, brown-shirts
in pinstripes, sweatshop tycoons, hacks, fakirs, aggressive dorks,
Lamborghini libertarians, people who believe Neil Armstrong's moonwalk
was filmed in Roswell, New Mexico, little honkers out to diminish the
rest of us, Newt's evil spawn and their Etch-A-Sketch president, a
dull and rigid man suspicious of the free flow of information and of
secular institutions, whose philosophy is a jumble of badly sutured
body parts trying to walk. Republicans: The No.1 reason the rest of
the world thinks we're deaf, dumb and dangerous.

Rich ironies abound! Lies pop up like toadstools in the forest! Wild
swine crowd round the public trough! Outrageous gerrymandering! Pocket
lining on a massive scale! Paid lobbyists sit in committee rooms and
write legislation to alleviate the suffering of billionaires!
Hypocrisies shine like cat turds in the moonlight! O Mark Twain, where
art thou at this hour? Arise and behold the Gilded Age reincarnated
gaudier than ever, upholding great wealth as the sure sign of Divine

Here in 2004, George W. Bush is running for reelection on a platform
of tragedy - the single greatest failure of national defense in our
history, the attacks of 9/11 in which 19 men with box cutters put this
nation into a tailspin, a failure the details of which the White House
fought to keep secret even as it ran the country into hock up to the
hubcaps, thanks to generous tax cuts for the well-fixed, hoping to
lead us into a box canyon of debt that will render government
impotent, even as we engage in a war against a small country that was
undertaken for the president's personal satisfaction but sold to the
American public on the basis of brazen misinformation, a war whose
purpose is to distract us from an enormous transfer of wealth taking
place in this country, flowing upward, and the deception is working

The concentration of wealth and power in the hands of the few is the
death knell of democracy. No republic in the history of humanity has
survived this. The election of 2004 will say something about what
happens to ours. The omens are not good.

Our beloved land has been fogged with fear - fear, the greatest
political strategy ever. An ominous silence, distant sirens, a
drumbeat of whispered warnings and alarms to keep the public uneasy
and silence the opposition. And in a time of vague fear, you can
appoint bullet-brained judges, strip the bark off the Constitution,
eviscerate federal regulatory agencies, bring public education to a
standstill, stupefy the press, lavish gorgeous tax breaks on the rich.

There is a stink drifting through this election year. It isn't the
Florida recount or the Supreme Court decision. No, it's 9/11 that we
keep coming back to. It wasn't the "end of innocence," or a turning
point in our history, or a cosmic occurrence, it was an event, a lapse
of security. And patriotism shouldn't prevent people from asking hard
questions of the man who was purportedly in charge of national
security at the time.

Whenever I think of those New Yorkers hurrying along Park Place or
getting off the No.1 Broadway local, hustling toward their office on
the 90th floor, the morning paper under their arms, I think of that
non-reader George W. Bush and how he hopes to exploit those people
with a little economic uptick, maybe the capture of Osama, cruise to
victory in November and proceed to get some serious nation-changing
done in his second term.

This year, as in the past, Republicans will portray us Democrats as
embittered academics, desiccated Unitarians, whacked-out hippies and
communards, people who talk to telephone poles, the party of the
Deadheads. They will wave enormous flags and wow over and over the
footage of firemen in the wreckage of the World Trade Center and
bodies being carried out and they will lie about their economic
policies with astonishing enthusiasm.

The Union is what needs defending this year. Government of Enron and
by Halliburton and for the Southern Baptists is not the same as what
Lincoln spoke of. This gang of Pithecanthropus Republicanii has
humbugged us to death on terrorism and tax cuts for the comfy and
school prayer and flag burning and claimed the right to know what
books we read and to dump their sewage upstream from the town and
clear-cut the forests and gut the IRS and mark up the constitution on
behalf of intolerance and promote the corporate takeover of the public
airwaves and to hell with anybody who opposes them.

This is a great country, and it wasn't made so by angry people. We
have a sacred duty to bequeath it to our grandchildren in better shape
than however we found it. We have a long way to go and we're not
getting any younger.

Dante said that the hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who in
time of crisis remain neutral, so I have spoken my piece, and thank
you, dear reader. It's a beautiful world, rain or shine, and there is
more to life than winning.


Garrison Keillor is the host and writer of A Prairie Home Companion,
now in its 25th year on the air. This adapted excerpted from Keillor's
new book, Homegrown Democrat (c 2004) is reprinted by arrangement with
Viking, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

back in the saddle

There is nothing like a summer cold to knock you down for a few days. If I were younger I wouldn't have noticed it. I have a load of voice mails to return. It is hard enough to get myself moving on a Monday morning, but I have been out of service since Wednesday night so it is a bit harder.

August 28, 2004

Amazon Sucks!

Now I am supposed "approve" a delay in shipping of one month!

August 27, 2004

Amazon update

Shipment #1: Not Yet Shipped

August 25, 2004

Must be nice!

Just got an e-mail from by cousin Jasper. He's got a summer intern gig with Saatchi & Saatchi in London! What a gig! I wouldn't mind being an intern there.

Midweek, mid-summer

My housekeeper returns from her vacation to Nashville today. Good to have her back, the place needs attention. Last night's rain came down hard and pounded some of my plants, but everything survived. That squirrel-ravaged pepper plant has really made a rebound. There are baby peppers and little white flowers all over that thing. Too bad I don't like peppers all that much, but I will find a use for them. The tomato has about a dozen or more green tomatoes on it that are full size, I am just waiting for them to ripen. The rain gage has just shy of two inches of water - all from one big downpour.

No word from Amazon yet.

August 23, 2004

Amazon rant

I ordered Julia Child's book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking - Vol 2 back on August 15. In order to get "free shipping" you had to let them think about it for two weeks (sometime between Aug 27-Aug 31) before they even make a move.

So a week went by and I thought I would rattle their cage a bit by sending them this:

08/21/04 17:05:57
NAME: Richard W Howell
COMMENTS: Come on, ship the bloody book! How much money are you
saving by making me wait?

Ok, a bit brusk and tactless, I know, but what have I got to lose? The reply I got from them basically said, go to hell, we'll do as we please and if you don't like it, you can cancel your order.

to wit:

Thank you for writing to us at Amazon.com.

Sometimes, unexpected fluctuations in supply can add time to our
original availability estimate. I have checked your order, and I can
confirm that we still expect to ship it in time for delivery by the
date listed in Your Account: August 27, 2004 - September 01, 2004.

We will send you an e-mail to let you know when the order has been
shipped. Please feel free to contact us again using the following
link if you do not receive this e-mail by August August 28, 2004:


I have checked our website and found that the current availability of
this item is listed as "usually ships within 11 to 12 days." This
means that typically it take up to 11 to 12 days to obtain and
prepare this item for shipment, but can occasionally take longer. As
you may know, we have several fulfillment centers across the U.S.,
and the items in your order may sometimes be in stock at different
locations. When you place your order, we estimate your shipment date
based on the proximity of inventory to the delivery address, as well
as how quickly we can obtain and assemble items for shipment.

However, as this is not what you expected when you placed your order,
we would understand if you'd prefer to cancel it. You may cancel
unshipped items through the "Your Account" link at the top right of
our home page by clicking the link that says "Cancel items or
orders." After signing in with your e-mail address and password, you
will be able to view your order history and cancel your order for any
item that has not yet entered the shipping process.

Please accept my sincere apologies for the inconvenience this may
have caused. Thank you for shopping at Amazon.com.

Please let us know if this e-mail resolved your question:

If yes, click here:
If not, click here:

Please note: this e-mail was sent from an address that cannot accept
incoming e-mail. Please use the appropriate link above if you need
to contact us again about this matter.

Best regards,

I know if I paid the big $$$, that 11 to 12 days to obtain and
prepare this item for shipment
would be more like 11 to 12 hours!

Who's zoomin' who, Amazon!

Monday morning, argh!

Why is it so hard to get going on Monday morning? I didn't get drunk last Sunday night. The WX is beautiful, sunshine, temp is around 62. All my laundry is done. Dunno.

Finally heard from Squid this morning, after a long, long period of no e-mail. To be fair, we were together in the beginning of July for a leetle road trip. Also she was in Slovenia for the past two weeks - no computer there, but I bet there was a cyber cafe somewhere. Her hotmail was messed up, and we didn't do much about it when we were together, but good old Squid sat down, put her shoulder to the wheel, and got it sorted!
Better got downstairs and water my plants.

August 22, 2004

Sunday, day of rest.

Every day is one of rest if possible. Today I am being buzzed by the military - easy to tell just by the sound. There is an MOA just north of here and they usually stay up there, but every once in a while they get cocky and waste the taxpayer's $$$ over the city - just to let us all know we are "safe" and being watched over.
The carpet in my car is coming loose in the front. I think I shall go and find my spray adhesive and tack it down. Woo!

August 21, 2004

thanks to Reep

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August 20, 2004

thanks to MCBK

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FQ TOPIC: Culinary.

FQ1: In addition to the dearly departed Julia Child, who is your favorite food personality?
Probably Delia Smith, although I haven't seen all that many of her television programs. I did glance through, but don't own, a copy of one of her cookbooks.

FQ2: What meal would you have this culinary genius prepare for you if they asked?
Rack of lamb. So Continental!

FQ3: If they refused, and you could eat at any restaurant you wanted as a consolation, which one would you choose?
Romano's (although it's been gone for years!)

FQ KITCHEN: Share with us a favorite recipe or cooking tip.
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August 19, 2004

Can't believe it's Thursday already!

But it is. This week just flew by again.
School started today for the locals. Since I live one block away from Broad Ripple High School, there was the usual 7:00 AM jockeying for a parking space - the tune I wake up to on school days. It seemed a little quieter today, probably because it was "the first day back" and it is a half day so many have elected to blow it off. Honestly, going back August 19 seems a little early. I never had school until after Labor Day, ever!

August 18, 2004

Eyes Wide Shut (thank you, Deborah)

George W. Bush is out jogging one morning, notices a little boy on the corner with a box. Curious, he runs over to the child and says, "What's in the box kid?"

The little boy says, "Kittens. They're brand new kittens."

George W. laughs and says, "What kind of kittens are they?"

"Republicans," the child says.

"Oh that's cute," George W. says and he runs off.

A couple of days later George is running with his buddy Dick Cheney and he spies the same boy with his box just ahead. George W. says to Dick, "You gotta check this out" and they both jog over to the boy with the box. George W. says, "Look in the box Dick, isn't that cute? Look at those little kittens. Hey kid tell my friend Dick what kind of kittens they are."

The boy replies, "They're Democrats."

"Whoa!", George W. says, "I came by here the other day and you said they were Republicans. What's up?"

"Well," the kid says, "Their eyes are open now"

Spies in the night.

I spent the better part of yesterday evening getting rid of some advertising spy ware that installed itself on my computer. The trouble is that the stuff is aggressive and starts up processes just simply by "visiting" a site now. No separate agreement is needed, just the visit to the address is enough implied permission to start installing rogue software. This is wrong and must be stopped!
Getting rid of it is like treatment for AIDS - there is no one spy bot killer that can get it all. I have a cocktail of three or more spy bot killers that seem to do the trick. One thing the killers do not do well is clear out the "hosts" file. That I had to do manually, and I checked the "read only" box as well for all the good that will do. The last thing I notice is that a lot of spy ware comes under the disguise of being a spy ware or virus killer. This kind of "fox guarding the chickens" approach is very stupid - but many fall for it.
It is a very American process, the make a dollar at any cost approach. That's why you have to watch TV with TiVo because of all the bloody commercials!

RIP Wilson D. Webb,

RIP Wilson D. Webb, MD

August 16, 2004

Blast from the past

The Trio channel, know for some bizarre and delightful offerings, as part of their "canceled but brilliant" series just played an episode of the Ernie Kovacs Show. I haven't seen that since I was a wee lad in the suburbs of New Jersey. Truly brilliant.

Summer returns to the heartland

It is supposed to get hot this week, well, in the 80's anyway. It is also supposed to rain, which is good because the laws are starting to turn brown in spots - typical August in Indiana. The days are noticeably shorter now, and that sun has a bit more of an angle to it. Winter is on the way, but it is not here just yet.
Sue was here over the weekend and she thinks she has found a house to buy. A lot of details to work out before she moves though. It will happen.
Katie and I had dinner last Saturday, and then went to Marshalls for bargains. I bought two shirts, a wallet, and some hankies. I walked over to half-price books to see if they had a copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking - Vol. 2, by the late Julia Child, but no luck so I went to Amazon and ordered one. That was about it for a quiet weekend.

August 14, 2004

Garden end musing

The tomato plant is looking a bit scruffy these days, but I count a good dozen or more tomatoes yet to be harvested. The pepper plant has staged an amazing recovery after being ravaged by that bloody squirrel and is producing fruit again! I picked that red one to put in my spaghetti sauce. There is even one, lone cucumber hiding within the tomato plant's vegetation. Somehow it climbed up the tomato cage and latched on to ripen. I am amazed that I got any cucumbers at all, but so far three of them have made it into the salad, and that will be about it.

August 13, 2004


Sue is supposed to be here from JAX looking for a house to buy so I hear. She knows my mobile so maybe she will contact me when she gets to Broad Ripple.
I don't believe how un-Augustly nice the WX has been lately. Not so in FL, but Indiana is enjoying an abundance of cool WX with enough rain to keep things green. I am overrun with tomatoes now. I have more peppers growing for the squirrel to steal as well. Maybe I will take a few pictures tomorrow.
New Jersey seems to be getting the remains of Bonnie so I wonder if the folks have given up on the shore and returned to suburbia. You have to plan all your driving trips there because of the density of the population. What a waste of effort!

RIP Julia Child

RIP Julia Child

August 12, 2004

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I just walked a couple of blocks to the ATM to make a deposit and get some cash so I could buy lunch. On my way back to the City Market, I was just about to open the door when I heard my name being called out. I looked to my right, and there stood Kay. Hello Kay!

Took me right back to 1980, twenty-four years ago, when we "shared quarters" so to speak. A very significant other from the murky past - although murky it is not, spotty is a better word.

*SOD = Surprise of the day.

Aging relatives

For the benefit of the geriatric set vacationing on Long Beach Island, I have decided to increase the font size of my blog's content field. This is probably a temporary measure. Because they are forced to use a notebook while vacationing, the resolution on said notebook is excellent, but the screen is small. When you view the blog on a proper screen, believe me, the smaller font looks better and is easier to read. Well, *I* don't have a problem with it anyway.

I forgot I had this little video of Lydia and I having breakfast outside by the pool in the rain.

It is Thursday - chores day.

When they fixed Arabella a few weeks ago, they broke a small grommet that goes in the door where the lock button is. I noticed it yesterday when I was retrieving some stuff I needed - otherwise I never look at the passenger side door hardly at all. So believe me, I will spend a good deal of the AM at the car dealer special ordering this bloody grommet (if it's available), and it will be absurdly expensive, and have to be shipped all the way from Korea!
I adjusted my family's new blogs so that the font is a size larger. I am trying to get everybody to blog, but so far only my 10-year old grand niece, Lauren, has taken to it with any gusto. Yay! Go Lauren!
There was something else I had to do today, but I didn't write it down anywhere. I just hope I think of it.
I got a new Lands End catalog in yesterday's mail and immediately spent $200. It was their "overstocks" edition and I cannot resist a proper discount. I like their luggage so I bought a set for my trips to England. And, as an afterthought, a new pair of loafers. I already have a few luggage items, but the wheely is just a tad too small, and the carry-on I have a tad too large. This set seemed to have the correct proportions.

August 11, 2004

Alex hits England

I hear what's left of Hurricane Alex visited the British Isles and dumped a load of rain up there. I checked the satellite photos and it seems to have moved on toward Finland now. I haven't heard from my Brit cousins, but they are in Slovenia this week on their Summer holiday. I sent them a few text messages, but no answer.
The State Fair balloon race got off at about 6:10 this morning. The wind was blowing due East, and I live North-northwest of the launch point so I didn't see a thing except on television. It also seems like the wind is a little strong, about 10 kts, which indicates that the high pressure hasn't quite moved in yet. I notice the tree outside my window is dancing a bit as well. I am glad I am on the ground, not up in a balloon. They only function well in near dead calm.

August 10, 2004

Colder still!

I wouldn't be surprised if old WX pixie has a scarf on in the AM! Brrr! I was outside earlier going for a walk and I needed a jacket. It is down to 59° out now - not like August 10 at all!
The State Fair always starts off with a hot air balloon race in the AM of the first day (tomorrow) and it looks like they are going to get some excellent conditions for it. The maps hows that the cold front has passed today, and high pressure is moving in tonight. The air ought to be very stable and very cold by the morning - ideal! I may even get up early to see if I can catch a glimpse of it live, although if there is any wind, it will be from the North or Northeast which will blow them away from Broad Ripple.

Getting a little chilly out there

This whole week is going to be like October instead of August. Not bad, actually, unless you like hot and humid. I usually spend the entire Summer in the AC because I don't, so I am thrilled! The lawn is usually dead now from lack of water. Not so! Lush, verdant, growing wonderfully without watering. Very un-Indiana like.
The State Fair starts tomorrow. I think I will give it a miss this year. I went last year only because I went to a Garrison Keillor concert and it was held at the fairground so we got to sample a little of the fair before the show began. The sheep barn was excellent! I enjoyed going through the horse barn as well.

August 09, 2004

OK, let's get with it.

Monday again. Haircut day this afternoon. I haven't had one since sometime in June, so I am overdue.
The family has started their second of two weeks at the shore house on LBI. I understand that my niece is there all the way from Rochester MN, a true pain of a journey I know. Ashley and family are enjoying their first of two weeks in Slovenia. I tried to text them over the weekend, but I never got an answer. I suppose it is good to ditch the mobile when you want to relax.
Sue is supposed to arrive this weekend to buy a house in the area. It will be nice to have her back around again, and now she won't have a husband tagging along!
I have got to get going. It is so hard on Monday morning.

August 08, 2004

A little shopping

Katie and I decided to get a little lunch. I picked her up at 12:00 and we rode around a bit trying to decide where to nosh. We headed toward Glendale Mall and the food court where we could have a little variety. We both ended up with bourbon chicken and rice, which was so-so, but filling. Katie got up at 4:30 to the sounds of Karen getting ready for that early (6:30 AM) Boston flight. I have taken that same flight to see Lydia last year, but at 5:30 when we are on the same time in the Winter. Argh!
After a look around Old Navy and the bookstore, we gave up Glendale and went about a mile north to Wal-Mart. I bought a new iron, the handle on mine is cracked, for $9.44 - cheap! Katie decided to try Yoo-hoo, the chocolate drink. She gave me one so I could conjure up childhood memories. After running our usual route through Wal-Mart, we schlepped our stuff back to Poot, and called it a day. It was after 3:00 and I was ready for a nap.

FRIDAY Q TOPIC: Childhood. (yeah, I am two days late, meh!)

FQ1: Where did you live out your childhood years?

In the quintessentially suburban Borough of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, only a stone's throw from a major State highway which provided countless hours of entertainment sliding/sledding/rolling down its embankments.

FQ2: As a child, what was your favorite toy, book, television show, and cartoon character?

I had many Tonka toy trucks (which my Mom still retains) and played "cars" a lot. As for books, my Grandmother sent me them from England, various Encyclopedias and English books with cartoon drawings in them. My all time favorite TV show was "Superman" with George Reeves. This was back in the BW days of TV, now. Superman also captured the favorite comic book award as well. I remember when comic books went from 10 to 12 cents - inflation!

FQ3: Charm us with a favorite childhood memory...

I can remember being woken up when it was still dark outside, very early in the morning, when we were leaving on a road trip from NJ to Florida. I can remember snippets from the trip, like the Blue Ridge Mountains at night and being afraid of the full moon (it was BIG). I also remember being fascinated by glass-bottomed tourist boats and a a glass-topped coffee table. There are other trips too. I went to England for the first time when I was five. That involved my first train journey and my first ocean voyage.

FQ PHOTO-OP: Show us a photo of just how adorable you were as a child.

This was taken on that road trip to Florida.

August 07, 2004

Off to the races

Every year Indianapolis hosts the "Brickyard 400" in August. This year that race takes place tomorrow. Basically, the West side of town, where the speedway is located, is "off limits" to rational people who like to go from "A" to "B".
I am going to get domestic today. I can't seem to find a pair of glasses. There are growing piles of random stuff everywhere. I say this every weekend, but usually let myself be seduced by the computer or TV or something. The WX is absolutely beautiful today, though. Just check the WX Pixie, he's wearing a jacket. It's like Autumn in August!

August 06, 2004

Car fixed!

And it only cost a meer $67 to get it working again.

Sick car!

Arabella is in the hospital again - she was running warm-hot these last few days. I found out her fan is not working. Remember the good old days when they just bolted that thing on the front of the engine and used a fanbelt to make it turn! Now it's electric and gets switched on and off by computer. I suppose it is more efficient this way, but when it doesn't work, it is much more costly to get repaired.

August 05, 2004

This and That

My cousin Ashley, his wife and two kids are on their way to Slovenia for a two week vacation, or "holiday" as they call it. They go every year and from what they have told me, it sounds lovely! Last year, though, the whole continent was plagued by a heat wave. Not so bad this year though.
The Midwest's WX has been ideal this year. Not as dry as usual, plenty of moisture so the crops are loving it! Even my lawn is a lush green. I am harvesting tomatoes every day now, great big beefsteak tomatoes. The plant is so big, and the fruits so heavy, one of my support stakes snapped in two! Film at 11.

The fruits of labour. Believe me thay have some real taste!

August 04, 2004

Hump Day

I woke up to claps of thunder outside my window. We have been having a bit of a heat wave these past few days, maybe this should break it. Chances are there is a cold front coming down from Canada so the temps will be in the 60's and 70's instead of the 80's and 90's after it passes. The family on the East coast is OK, Alex has hightailed it out to sea and is no threat to Long Beach Island New Jersey.
I better get started. Today is Rachel's day to clean up this place so I want to get out of her way.

August 03, 2004

Aww, C'mon!

Now TIGGER's in trouble!


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Pixie's back!

But he is on probation and he has earned a place at the bottom of the sidebar. If he behaves, he can move up!

At the Shore

Most of my family is on Long Beach Island in New Jersey for a holiday. They own a home on the island. I hear there is bad WX brewing, a hurricane is coming up the East coast of the US. Hmmm. I wonder if they are going to stay put, or get the bloody hell out of there!?!

August 02, 2004

Time to make the doughnuts

I had to work on Saturday so I am slacking a bit today. But I need some coffee, my usual tall cup of "Choo-choo-brew" from The Monon. I don't believe in flavored coffee either. My new neighbors must work because it is totally quiet over there and their cars are gone. Good. I don't think they could afford to stay here otherwise.
Ron will be back from his do in SoCal today. I might just be able to talk him into going with me to the car deler so I can test drive a new Golf this afternoon. It looks like a nice car so if I fit in it I might just buy one.

August 01, 2004

What is it with Weatherpixie?

I am going to ditch the code for that thing if they don't get it working again very soon!