Tales Grow Taller On Down the Line

Funny story: I went online a few days ago to buy tickets for the Gin Blossoms at the Deadwood Grand Casino in October but ended up with REO Speedwagon tix for a December show instead. I wasn’t entirely sure I was going to get the Gin Blossoms tickets anyway. Tara isn’t much of a fan … Continue reading Tales Grow Taller On Down the Line

Spot 68: Pretty Great

Today is overcast and cool. It's early afternoon and barely 60 degrees! Summer isn't over yet - it'll be back in the 80s tomorrow - but this is one sure sign that it won't last forever. Living someplace with honest-to-god seasons is going to be a novelty, too. In the PNW, our temperatures would cool … Continue reading Spot 68: Pretty Great

Upgrade to a King

The weather has taken a definite turn the past couple of days and given us an early taste of fall. It's going to be short-lived, but is still a nice reminder that "summer's lease hath all too short a date." (Sonnet 18 is the only Shakespeare work I can quote. I'm pretty sure I memorized … Continue reading Upgrade to a King

Rally the Troops

When the Sturgis Rally came to town, we did our best to avoid it. Spent all last weekend cooped up indoors, watching movies and laying low. The constant rumble of motorcycle engines was trying, and the attendant traffic issues - all those bikers clogging the roads in and around the Black Hills - felt like … Continue reading Rally the Troops

Blast from the Past Part II

Last week I took a stroll down Memory Lane. Needing a mental break from two full days of work, on Wednesday I drove out to Ellsworth AFB, my home from 1983-86. Civilians aren't generally allowed on military installations, but the South Dakota Air & Space Museum just outside the main gate offers a $10 bus … Continue reading Blast from the Past Part II

Blast from the Past

First things first: I need a good oatmeal recipe. I'm used to buying Trader Joe's frozen steel cut oatmeal. Looks like an oversized hockey puck, but it's surprisingly delicious and simple to make: two minutes in the microwave, stir, another minute and twenty seconds, and dig in. However, there is no Trader Joe's in South … Continue reading Blast from the Past

And then all hail broke loose…

I've said it before, though never using a fruit analogy: the weather here is bananas. Take Tuesday, for instance. Our day started out quietly enough; we decided to go for a hike along the Sunday Gulch Trail in Custer State Park. Can I just say how different the trails are out here? No ferns or … Continue reading And then all hail broke loose…

It’s a Wild, Wildlife

Lots of irons in the proverbial fire out here, folks. I don't want to go into specifics so as not to jinx anything, but all the pieces seem to be falling into place. Or at least stacking up like they're going to. For both of us. Vague enough for you? Not to worry: all will … Continue reading It’s a Wild, Wildlife