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March 31, 2005

RIP Terri Schiavo

RIP Terri Schiavo

March 30, 2005

That's more like it.

It is actually warm out today. The sun is up and shining. It was like this most of yesterday too. In fact, I opened my window last night before going to bed, but it turned out to be a mistake. Some horny birds were up all night. They woke me at 2:30 AM with their constant chirping. It got worse around 5:00 AM, but that's ok because it was actually starting to get light out in the distance. Tonight, if I need to, I will fire up the A/C and get a proper night's sleep.

March 27, 2005

Easter in Palestine

. . . well, New Palestine anyway. I had a lovely time with my friend, Jen, and her family at their home earlier today. It was a down-home Indiana Easter complete with copious amounts of homemade grub, a lively dog, good company and even a real live birthday-boy!
I was a bit lost this year because the pressures of work caused me to cancel my annual Easter trip to England, but on the other hand, I have found a new family willing to welcome me this Spring.

A complete photographic record can be found here. Enjoy! And, thank-you one and all.

such a cute little munchkin!

March 26, 2005

Someone's taking the puss

Take a look at this. I smell fraud.


Up with the birds

And there are plenty of them. I think they have migrated North to Indiana for the season. Copious chirping started about 45 minutes ago when the first glimmers of light appeared in the Eastern sky. It is bad enough now, but wait until the babies hatch.
I have found a cool site, the Geograph British Isles project which "aims to collect a geographically representative photograph for every square kilometre of the British Isles." I have submitted about ten photos from my trips to the UK. I will be submitting a few more - hooray for digital photography.

March 24, 2005

RIP Barney Martin

RIP Barney Martin

March 23, 2005


What is the deal with Blogpatrol? I notice it is back, but I had to copy new code for it into my template. It seems to have gone away for about four days. Did I miss anything? Does anybody out there have the "411" on Blogpatrol?


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I guess some others had problems with it as well.

March 20, 2005

Spring has (in fact, technically) sprung!

At 7:33 EST this morning, but although it is grey out and barely above freezing. I still managed to get outside and take a few quick "before" pictures. I didn't wear a coat so the whole endeavor was a hasty one.
I am ready to put plants out in pots again like I do every year. It doesn't take much effort, but the rewards are wonderful, and so are the challenges.

Last year, the basil plant gave it up early on in the season. I think Joy's speculation of some sort of plant disease was the problem. The year before, I had some kind of tomato rot because of insects. Every year it is something different, but I haven't died because of eating my own veggies . . . yet.

It is still very early, but the buds on the trees have begun to show up against the grey sky.

There is a sad little crocus next door waiting for it to get warm.

I planted tulips, oh, 10 years ago.

Fresh dirt keeps plants healthy!

March 19, 2005

A lovely Spring rain

It is only in the mid-forties out, but you get this sense of Spring now. There is way more bird song during the day, but it is too cold to sleep with the window open yet. I notice that there were croci blooming next door, and old, raggedy tulips poking up out front. I planted those bulbs ten years ago and never dug them up. I would be surprised if they actually bloomed again.

Spring rainThe snow is well to the North of here.

March 17, 2005

Basketball madness!

Being a non-sporting type fellow, I have a hard time getting my head around all the final four hype - but people are making the most of it and they are having a great time. Indianapolis is right in the middle of it all with games being played at the dome downtown. I am extra busy with clients order new equipment and changing their software as well. My days are full and productive!

March 15, 2005

A bit bummed.

Last year, around this time, I was getting ready to leave for England as I usually do for Easter Holiday. I am staying in the US this year, but my body is going through the changes it usually does prior to a transatlantic journey. I found myself checking for travel-size toothpaste and shaving cream in the supermarket the other day. I scanned the Travel section of last Sunday's New York Times looking for London events. I haven't gone to the American Airlines website, but I probably will before long - just to check.
Oh well. I will have to wait until October this year.

March 13, 2005

It is still so cold

Spring is on the way so they say. We have had snow every day last week. It didn't stick (or "settle") or stay around more than a couple of hours, but it still snowed sometime every day. It is 21° out this morning. The sun is due to rise in a couple of minutes so it is fairly bright out now. On the plus side, the days are longer now. It went from night to day very quickly, not the Winter time drawn-out affair due to the low sun angle, but it is bright out. I think I am going to look for that first robin and take his picture.
But I am still freezing!

Last of the snowThe last of the snow for this year!

March 11, 2005

RIP Diana Blake-Bigelow

RIP Diana Blake-Bigelow

March 10, 2005

Gasoline roulette . . . today I won!

On my way to my first client of the day, with my tank at a little below half, I noticed that gasoline prices took a whopping great jump from $1.91 yesterday to $2.15 today! WTF?
Well, it's Thursday. My theory says that they almost always hike the price around Thursday to get ready for the upcoming weekend. They usually start to fall back down again on Monday. I think there is a special, secret gasoline-grapevine out there because all the stations jump in the same proportion, all at the same time. Tell me it is not coordinated!

Well, the good news is that sometimes the word does not quite get around to everybody at the same time. Or maybe sometimes when the word does get there, the hired help is on the john, or is taking a smoke-break somewhere.
To my disbelief, another filling station about a half-mile north of the $2.15 station was still at $1.91! Stunned with incredulousness, illegal or not, I did a smart U-turn right in the middle of College Avenue and filled that sucker up to the brim!
And it's a good thing I did, because about an hour later when I was returning from my visit, you can guess what happened - they raised their price to $2.15 - bastards!

March 08, 2005

International Women's Day

...and a new moon all rolled into one day! I felt very queer when the day started. Drivers were crazy. It was bloody cold. It seemed like it was trying to snow again. I had stuff to do and was going to be busy. I am hungry now. Time to either cook myself some dinner or *phone rings* go somewhere with Katie (who just called).
Bon appetit!

Gates (Indy style)

Ever striving to stay in touch with the real world, I receive copies of the New York Times every weekend. Recently, there have been many articles on the Gates in Central Park, an artistic piece by Christo and Jeanne Claude. There have also been alternatives to this project by folks like the investment banker from Somerville MA.
And then there is this gem, tossed into the ring by my friend Carey, somewhat bored on a Monday morning by the lack of action in the local real estate scene.

Be afraid . . . be very afraid.

North College Gates

March 06, 2005

ripped from reep

1.Favorite band? uh, um Chicago Symphony Orchestra
2.A band you just can't stand? Tears for Fears (but there's worse out there)
3.Who are you listening to right now? server fans, 30 kt gusts outside
4.What song? neighbor's windchime
5.How many cds do you own? about 150 i guess
6.Do you have any band shirts? nope
7.Do you own any band hoodies? nope
8.What pop singer can you just not stand? Celine Dion and Beyonce and that Spears chick
9.Have you ever been high while listening to music? who hasn't?
10.Do you dance while listening to music? rarely
11.Do you fall asleep listening to music? sure, i can fall asleep standing up
12.What do you listen to more of? the classics (literally)
13.Do you shop/like hottopic? shop like who?
14.Do you cut? what, class? bait? hair?
15.What kinda shoes do you own? comfortable ones like rockport
16.Do you think you're cool? i am old
17.Did you used to like any of the other bands you like now? always, even when i was, um, young.
18.Name some lyrics you enjoy from a band you like: Ich folge dir gleichfalls mit freudigen Schritten, that type of thing (Bach: St. John Passion)
19.Play any instruments? i wish, but i would never be good enough so i wouldn't try
20.Does your best friend like the same music as you? not really, i'm a loner, an outcast in a musical sense.

March 05, 2005

What a big mistake!

Last night, Katie and I went to a place called Fazoli's for dinner. I had one of their "signature" dishes, the roasted garlic whatever. It tasted, well, artificial. As I was walking to the car, I felt my stomach blow up like a balloon. Then, fifteen minutes later, I had to sit down because I was feeling dizzy. I thought I was going to pass out!
While we were out, I took some antiacid tablets and that seemed to help the bloated feeling. I am OK this morning. I am never going back there again!

March 02, 2005

Meme from Anna Banana

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

Be afraid, very afraid...

Gently smooth the surface, easing out the air bubbles, and press around the edges to seal in the filling. If you have rolled even, round beads, they will not need trimming, but if there is too much overlap on top or bottom, simply cut off the excess with a sharp knife. As you assemble the breads, put them on wax-paper-lined cookie sheets without letting them touch, or they will be impossible to separate.

It is a recipe for Aloo Paratha, and Indian fried bread. Yum! (Meeta)

Hump day (again)

Not really today. Yesterday I humped to help a client get their yearly progress stats together by a five o'clock deadline. We made it with minutes to spare! Today I am gonna take it easy, but it is only 14° F out and I am freezing! Where is Spring? I had to re-breakout the down jacket.