Orange, Red, Purple & Blue

This morning was weird, because it was 63º at 5:30 a.m. Our normal high for November 18 is only 48º, so you'll forgive my disbelief. It can't possibly be that warm, I thought, so I bundled myself up in a thick hoodie and stepped onto the porch. Immediately came back inside and swapped that hoodie … Continue reading Orange, Red, Purple & Blue

Thank You, America

Today feels like it has lasted approximately 47 hours already, and it's barely 3:30. Probably because I got up at 5 a.m., dropped Tara off at the airport exactly one hour later, and then drove an hour+ to Spearfish for a 7.5-mile roundtrip hike to the top of Crow Peak and back. And then I … Continue reading Thank You, America


Lost in the shuffle of all this who's-our-next-president? uncertainty today (though it seems pretty clear to me) is the fact that South Dakota, which went to Trump with 59% of the vote, actually passed ballot measures legalizing both medical and recreational marijuana. Though I voted for both, I didn't really believe they would pass in … Continue reading 264

Put it in D

When I turned 18, I registered to vote as a Republican. Not because of any deeply ingrained political leanings; I knew very little about politics back then. My parents were Republicans, and so was Alex P. Keaton. That was good enough for me. I cast my first-ever vote for president for George H.W. Bush. Senior, … Continue reading Put it in D

Soft Kitty, Stoned Kitty

If you've followed me for any significant amount of time, you know how important music is to my life. Tara and I have seen so many concerts over the past six years, we've lost track of the number. We were trying to figure this out a few nights ago and gave up, declaring it an … Continue reading Soft Kitty, Stoned Kitty

Bad News: I Lost the Election

I am sad to report that my last-minute campaign during Washington's primary last week was unsuccessful. I lost my bid to become the Evergreen State's newest Commissioner of Public Lands. What's that? You had no idea I was running for public office? Neither did I, right up until the day of the election. My coworker, Kimberly, was … Continue reading Bad News: I Lost the Election