Bocce tonight. I’m in a bit of a slump and couldn’t bowl worth a damn tonight. The good news is I’ll sign a new lease tomorrow. I should be moved in by next Monday at the latest.
I completed my pack test (to recertify for wildland firefighting) in 43 minutes, 38 seconds, a respectable time. Of course it’s strictly pass-fail: you have to walk three miles in 45 minutes carrying 45 pounds on your back. When I took it last January in Kentucky, I think I finished in just over 44 minutes. […]
We spent the night in Decorah, Iowa, known for its Norwegian heritage.
We were talking about “The Mosquito Coast”–movie and book–at work the other day, so I picked up the book by Paul Theroux at the library.
What I remember from history classes about the late Roman Empire a.k.a. the Byzantine Empire, was that it was just a footnote to Rome’s glorious history.
Susan and I were having dinner at a restaurant when the tornado sirens went off again. In the process I noticed that there’s a siren right by the apartment I’ll be moving into later this month. I’ll have to make a note of those next time. Word on the street is that the siren-sounders are […]
Yesterday we had another tornado warning, though I don’t believe a tornado actually materialized. The sirens went off (a bizarre undulating sound that makes me think of UFOs) and the TV advised us to seek shelter. I was at Susan’s so we went down into the basement for a short while. They’re old hands at […]
Our landlady is having the parking lot behind the building fixed (the retaining wall is falling apart), so we have to park out on the street, where there is alternate-side parking. I am very, very rusty at parallel parking.
I took a day trip up to Effigy Mounds National Monument with some co-workers. We saw most of the major mounds groups. They’re a totally mystery and always will be. The bluffs over the river give the area a “someplace other than Iowa” feel, if you feel that Iowa is all flat land and corn […]
It’s a lot of academic hair-splitting over whether the A-bomb was “special” and used for “shock”.
So after work I joined Susan and her kids at her friend’s mother’s for a barbecue and to watch the fireworks. This house is right on the river across from the park where the fireworks were. Great vantage point. The fireworks were pretty good, except that they kept getting interrupted by technical difficulties. They’d stop […]
I biked down to Lone Tree, stopping in Hills, for a total of about 35 miles round trip. This is easily the farthest I’ve biked so far. The roads are pretty quiet in southern Johnson County, though the stretch on State Highway 22 going toward Lone Tree was a little uncomfortable. A truck carrying cord […]