Zucchini can survive the apocalypse, so what’s a little hail?

I had a woman travel all the way from Nevada just to meet me this morning. The funny thing is, this isn’t the first time in my life that has happened. Hello, wife o’ mine! But it is the first time somebody has done so for professional reasons. And I may be playing fast and … Continue reading Zucchini can survive the apocalypse, so what’s a little hail?

Bring Your Betsy to Work Day

A few months ago, Betsy Kerekes—a/k/a Parenting Is Funny—was eliciting suggestions for a new blog name. Sure, parenting is funny, but these days, she writes more about Jiu-Jitsu. I get a real kick out of that. / martial arts humor. In any case, my suggestion got the most votes, so I "won" the "contest." I … Continue reading Bring Your Betsy to Work Day

If You Don’t Hear From Me, Check in with the Tin Man or Scarecrow

Have I mentioned the weather around here is nuts? OK, fine. But this is the first time I've mentioned it this week. One day it's summer, the next day it's winter. Case in point: Thursday, it was 85º and we had the A/C on. Friday afternoon the thermometer was stuck on 43º and we had … Continue reading If You Don’t Hear From Me, Check in with the Tin Man or Scarecrow

Sunny, My Ass!

I always find it interesting how everything feels like such a novelty for a few days after you’ve returned home. Even the most ordinary and mundane—the stuff you take for granted 99% of the time. Sunday, I found myself gazing so intently at the remote control in my hand you’d think I’d just unearthed some … Continue reading Sunny, My Ass!

Ventriloquist Cricket

Have you ever seen the Breaking Bad episode titled "Fly"? If so, you have a pretty good idea how my day went at work on Monday. To summarize briefly, "Fly" involves Walt White's failed attempt to catch a fly that is buzzing around the superlab. I should set the record straight and let you know … Continue reading Ventriloquist Cricket

Capturing Lightning

Tropical Storm Cristobal will make landfall today, and I don't know how to feel about that. I'm not referring to the high storm surge and possible destruction it will cause throughout the Gulf states. Of course those are bad; thanks again for yet another bitch slap, 2020. I'm on the fence about that name more … Continue reading Capturing Lightning

This Old Sardine Can

I hope you're enjoying your three-day weekend! Unless you're reading this in a country that doesn't celebrate Memorial Day. In which case...happy just-Monday. It's been a busy few days. Knowing we were tackling a major project, I wanted to ease into the weekend, so I settled in Friday night with a movie: Das Boot. Contrary … Continue reading This Old Sardine Can

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…

I Don’t Give a Damn for the Same Old Played Out Scenes

I'm sitting in our apartment on a rainy, cool Saturday afternoon in Rapid City, listening to records and enjoying a Fernson tart ale. Our friend Heidi commented that it's funny we had to move to South Dakota in order to experience rain. No kidding! It's been a very wet month here, with over 6.00" of … Continue reading I Don’t Give a Damn for the Same Old Played Out Scenes

Getting My Griswold On – Day 5: Badlands

Miles traveled today: 178.8 Total miles traveled: 1726.0 Flash. Crash. Repeat. Have I mentioned the crazy weather we're having out here? For the third day in a row, I encountered thunderstorms. And not just any old thunderstorms - big, dangerous ones. With lots of lightning and thunder and - worst of all - hail. As … Continue reading Getting My Griswold On – Day 5: Badlands