you walk on the street despite the sidewalk, something I’ve found myself doing here. The apartment search is stagnating. I’m waiting to hear back from one of the landlords. Met a couple of nice people in town last night. They just walked up to me and started talking. At first I thought they wanted me […]
I am spending this fine weekend immersed in the drudgery of finding a place to live. I want to live in Iowa City, somewhere conveniently between work and downtown. Iowa City is a University town and a lot of the rentals are sort of junky. There are some nice condos and apartments, but not in […]
I have arrived in Iowa.
I am getting out of here much later than I wanted to.
I am not inclined to consider my departure from the Mississippi Gulf Coast as a sad thing.
Every once in a while I get calls from parks interested in picking me up off the transfer I requested. Of course, I’m committed to going to Iowa. Glen Canyon called a few weeks ago. Today it was Yellowstone. There’s a tremendous opportunity I am passing up. But I don’t feel very regretful. I amÂ […]
When I accepted the position in Iowa two months ago, I resisted strongly the short-timer syndrome. Despite the very low visitor attendance, there was plenty to do at work: plan for Park Day, get the fort ready for visitors, work on the boats, and so forth. But this week all of my willpower deserted me; […]
Steve and Lois had me over for dinner: barbecued bratwurst. Being from Minnesota and the Dakotas, they know their bratwursts and told me I’d be able to get some good Wisconsin brats in Iowa. Steve’s island-themed yard looked as good as ever; every day he’s on the island he combs the beach for the unusual. […]
Today is a day of organizing, preparing to move, and laundry. It is not fun. The weather is heating up too, and as usual the air conditioning is on the fritz.
Tonight I cooked up some leftover polenta. I bought Italian sausages at the Cajun butcher and put them into the marinara, added some pignolia and topped with romano. Green beans with almonds and olives on the side. All I needed was some red wine, but I’ll wait until I move to buy a new bottle.
We had some good volunteers for our Reach for the Beach Clean-up. Some of them came to the fort for an afternoon tour and were a very good audience. I also did some more painting and baiting for fire ants. I saw a northern waterthrush, a magnificent frigatebird, a flock of dunlins, the nesting pair […]
Tonight was my going away dinner with folks from work. We ate at Aunt Jenny’s, a good catfish place.
Well it took me half a day yesterday to get this set up here. LiveJournal doesn’t let you export the whole blog at once; you have to do it month by month. My short term goal here is to have the journal ready for when I move to Iowa; I should be able to update […]
I paid my last rent check at the office. I see that rents have gone up 25% but the manager said I wouldn’t have had to sign a new lease until around September had I stayed.
Since I don’t have to go to work until 10:30 on Sundays, I decided to go to yoga this morning. Sunday mornings are the full Ashtanga series, something I’ve never done before. It was brutal, especially because I didn’t eat anything until after class. I was beat all day. The ferry was cancelled again because […]