A basket full of goodness on the highway to hell.

I brought my lunch to work yesterday and was eating in my office, but I made a beeline for the break room sink once I got to my peach. One bite and I knew my desk would have been a sticky mess had I stayed. There’s something about a ripe peach that is sublime. It’s … Continue reading A basket full of goodness on the highway to hell.

London, Retroactively

Nearly 11 months after landing a job at CenturyCo, I asked my boss if I could retroactively change the answer to one of my interview questions. Who does this...? (Rhetorical question. I do.) Granted, it wasn’t necessary. Some might even call it tempting fate. Obviously, they liked my original answer just fine, because they hired … Continue reading London, Retroactively

Like 700,000 Angry Bees

It’s that time of year again, when the Black Hills are filled with an incessant, angry rumbling. Distant thunder? Nope: the constant drone of thousands of two-cylinder four-stroke piston engines. The streets are clogged with motorcyclists from near and far, who have descended upon our fair land for the 81st Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Rally is … Continue reading Like 700,000 Angry Bees

Dirty Work, But…

So, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is officially on. I'm not sure how to feel about that. Initially, I was opposed; the last thing we need is 500,000 bikers descending upon the Black Hills, because you know they're the last people in the world to bother with face masks and socially distancing themselves. But the issue … Continue reading Dirty Work, But…

What’s the Latest Buzz?

Mosquitoes, that's what. They have been relentless this summer, no doubt because of all the rain we have had. And they seem to be impervious to mosquito repellant. I sprayed myself with Off® one morning before my walk and still managed to come back with half a dozen new bites on my arms. Little bastards. … Continue reading What’s the Latest Buzz?

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