It’s a little soon for another new look, but the banana yellow, magenta, and royal blue scheme was starting to grate on me. Enjoy the new, smoother Gulf Coast beach theme.
I often don’t care for old movies, let alone silent old movies, but this was pretty good.
Today is the seventh day of the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Race Across Iowa (RAGBRAI).This year they happen to be going through Iowa City and West Branch.
As I write, my mysterious romance interest is on her way from Argentina to Las Vegas, where she will work for several months. I will visit her next month, finally. We haven’t seen each other in two and half years.
Iowa weather can be hot and stifling. It doesn’t get as humid as the Gulf, but I still don’t like the heat any more. It is, in fact, the main advantage to being in the office all the time.
I have to return Kafka: the complete stories to the library soon. I only read a couple of them, including “The metamorphosis” and “In the penal colony”. Both seemed to be about the futility of believing in anything because things don’t work out the way you want them to. In “The metamorphosis”, when Gregor Samsa […]
The landlady stopped by today. She said the clean-up has begun upstairs. “The body fluids have been cleaned up,” as she put it. They’re using solvents and some sort of ozone machine to cleanse the apartment. She told me to tell her if I had any problems with the ceiling. That’s good because I was […]
I played Hooverball today. It’s like volleyball played with a six-pound medicine ball and scored like tennis.
I’ve been in touch by e-mail with a man in Iran who wants to translate some of my poems into Farsi. He finds my poetry style “interesting”. Is that nuts or what? Viva la Web!
So I’ve been away for most of a week. In between Colorado and Missouri, I stopped at home for about 15 minutes on Monday. In the hallway of the building it smelled like someone hadn’t thrown out garbage in a while. I checked to make sure there wasn’t any garbage in my apartment. But when […]
I’m back in town after a couple of short trips. I spent the weekend in Colorado with my family, then came back to Iowa and drove to Springfield, Mo. for a workshop. My flight out of Colorado was cancelled Sunday night, making Monday a near-sleepless marathon of travel from Denver to Dallas to Cedar Rapids […]
My dad, brother, uncle, and I went for a horseback ride yesterday evening. It was my first time on a horse.
I’ve been listening to the president and his buddies talk about what a great job they’ve done of reducing the budget deficit. They created the deficit! There wasn’t a deficit when the got there. They can’t take credit for creating a smaller one! That’s like burning down someone’s house and then taking credit for saving […]
I’ve been smashing ass at work, working on the website there. The entire park system is undergoing a major web site overhaul. The new system is supposed to go public in August; the first deadline for the individual park webmasters is at the end of this month, so I’ve been making some headway the last […]
I’ve been working pretty hard on this website. I’ve been learning new software and it doesn’t always go very well. Sort of taking the joy out of the whole thing.
I watched “A Capital Fourth”, the celebration on the National Mall broadcast on PBS. It featured the odd spectacle of Jason Alexander singing a gospel song. Vanessa Williams was there, and Michael Bolton too. Didn’t Vanessa Williams pose nude for Playboy once? Jason Alexander made a comment about the War of Independence; something to the […]
A friend and I checked out the Iowa City Jazz Fest–“10th in the nation” according to one of the boosters. The band on the main stage was called “Immediate Left”. They were pretty good, but I think you’d have to really love jazz to like them more than I did.