You know you’re a redneck when…

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 […]


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. […]


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.

New home for my blog

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.

Sunday in slow motion

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 […]