This evening I finished reading “Eats, Shoots and Leaves.” It is a book about proper punctuation. Very droll and very British. I am thinking about becoming a stickler. (Shouldn’t it be “Eat, Shoots, and Leaves?”- or should I type: shouldn’t it be “Eats, Shoots, and Leaves”? Aargh…). Going kayaking tomorrow morning. No punctuation out on […]
The long awaited Fort Massachusetts clean-up was delayed by our “Critical Incident Stress Debriefing,” which was in fact very useful as we got some hard news about our Florida district. At least one of our rangers had his home destroyed by Ivan, but nobody was hurt. Most folks are ready to go back to work, […]
I come home this evening after a hard day of work to find the Yankees got cremed by Boston again. Prediction: the Yankees will win the division, but lose in the playoffs due to poor pitching. They don’t even have a decent left-handed relief pitcher. Mike Stanton where are you? Steinbrenner’s gonna get a letter […]
The Davis Bayou area of my park is finally reopened. For some reason, the hurricane shutters were still on the windows of the visitor center this morning. What the hell? We spent the last seven days removing every frigging branch and twig from the ground, but not the hurricane shutters from the building. Grr. Which […]
The Ocean Springs Film Fest had a screening of the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” underground amateur adaptation.
Today I ran some errands. “Fast Food Nation” is returned to the library and now “Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation!” is under my stewardship. I didn’t get a chance to clean out the aquarium pump, which is getting very noisy, goddammit. I saw “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow,” […]
Continued cleaning up the park today. I am more bruised, lacerated, dirty, sore, and tired than I have been at work in a long time. In fact, the last time I worked this hard was on fire detail last September. Yikes. I need to hit the gym more often. My coworker put a song into […]
Lots of clean-up at work. It doesn’t seem like a lot of branches until you put them in a pile.
Finally got out to the island today. The fort is a mess. Lots of mud. There are fish living in there now. Some of last week’s plantings survived. Anyone who’s curious about how the park is dealing with the hurricane can check the NPS Morning Report. Watched “Sylvia” on DVD. Not too bad, very slow, […]
We started cleaning up the park today. We’ll start reopening in a couple of days. On the mainland there’s a lot of debris on the trails. On the island, the boat dock is damaged and Fort Massachusetts has three feet of water in it, so it won’t be open for a while. Our Florida district […]
The hurricane struck further east than expected, and unloaded it’s energy on the Alabama and Florida panhandle coasts.
It took me 10 hours to get to Vicksburg. It is normally a three and a half hour drive from home.
Hurrican Ivan is about to enter the Gulf of Mexico as of this evening. Today, we started “Hurricane Preparedness” at the park; which for me means I went to the island, packed up, covered, or elevated everything in the fort, then returned to the mainland to help do the same at our district headquarters. Even […]
As I was very busy yesterday, I managed to pass yesterday without thinking too much about the terrorist attacks. It also helps to be on an island in the Gulf of Mexico, surrounded by people who aren’t New Yorkers. A year ago, I was just returned from a fire detail and spent most of the […]
Yesterday I planted sea oats, grasses that grow on beach dunes and hold barrier islands together. I organized the project with our biologist and about 18 volunteers showed up. We planted over 1,000 plants (including seaside panic-grass and beach blue-stem). Woo-ha! The downside is: I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck. I’m exhausted, […]
I totally conked out after I ate dinner. A 15-minute nap turned into 8 hours of sleep. I must have been very tired. Now its 3 AM and I’m trying to figure out what to do.
I received my birthday gift from my brother and sister in-law: the book “Still More George W. Bushisms.” Apparently the book has a couple of predecessors, which shouldn’t surprise me (recently W. said that terrorists “want to behead us so they can break our spirits”), but does. His father was good for only one book.
Been abusing my blood pressure this week by watching the RNC. How does Zell Miller speak without moving his arms?
On a similar but entomologically unrelated note, I called my estranged girlfriend this evening after not hearing from her for a couple of weeks. It was always an impossible relationship, and it doesn’t look good.
On the island where I work, the love bugs are back. They’re really in the marchfly family (you care, you just don’t know it yet) and they pair up and just kind of buzz around. There’s thousands of them, though. They get into everything. One child held a pair in his palm and said to […]