Oh darn

Even though the Yankees are going to the playoffs anyway, I’m really disappointed that they didn’t win the division title. And in the way they lost it today. Mariano Rivera, please tell me you’re not getting old. Red Sox fans, enjoy your little moral victory while it lasts.


I took the Valgomat test, the Aftenposten’s tool to help you decide which of the eight major Norwegian political parties you should belong to. You’ll have to rate your agreement with 25 statements, such as “The number of townships in Norway should be reduced.” I came out somewhere in the center-right of Norway’s political spectrum. […]

Little art snob

A five or six year old child was drawing on the ground with chalk. He was working on an abstract drawing that occupied the intersection of two sidewalks at the corner. I walked around it so as not to step on his artwork, but I did put one foot inside one of his lines. Without […]

The game

Iowa City has emptied out for “the game”, that is, the University of Iowa versus Iowa State University football game. The yahoos all went to Ames for this year’s contest. Where I’m from, “the game” is the New York Yankees versus Boston Red Sox baseball game, today at about 3 p.m. That’s what I will […]

Big Papi

I watched the Yankees beat Toronto tonight and win their sixth straight. Good stuff, Boston was losing to Tampa Bay 4-3, so when the Yanks were finished I switched over to the watch that. The Sox lose, the Yanks are 4 out with a series in Boston this weekend. But no. With a runner on […]

David Petraeus

Poor David Petraeus. He spends months preparing a report for Congress and now nobody’s listening to him. They’ve already made up their minds. I admire him for his ability to listen to insulting and pointed questions from sanctimonious, grandstanding politicians without making a face or losing his cool.

Remembering again

There seems to be a lot more “remembrance” of the September 11th terrorist attacks this year. I’m not sure why. Maybe I’m just noticing it more, but I find myself thinking about things I haven’t thought much about in a few years. When I moved away from New York, I didn’t have to think about […]

Last night’s dinner

Last night’s dinner: gnocchi in homemade sauce (tomatoes, onions, garlic, bell peppers, celery, and fresh basil) served with bruschetta and salad (spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, pecans, and kalamata olives).The toast for the bruschetta was slightly burnt but everything else was great. We added almost no salt to either the gnocchi or the sauce so we were […]

Iowa City living

It’s a nice weekend and I’m doing a little Iowa City living. Yesterday evening we went to the local high school football game. You actually have to pay $6.00 to watch this team play. And they were out of popcorn. People take high school sports way too seriously here. Today I rode my bike down […]