I was halfway through Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle before I had to return it. One of her points is that we urban folks can be pretty ignorant about food and where it comes from. I’m fortunate to live in a part of the country where a lot of people are skilled at preparing indigenous […]
They were well-behaved, smart, and asked excellent questions. One of them even stumped me with a question.
I may be approaching middle age because I just went to fax something last minute at a copy store and it was two bucks a page. I thought, “Two bucks a page! Outrageous!” I’ll know I’ve reached middle age when I give the young lady behind the counter a piece of my deteriorating mind.
My folks are in town and we’re taking it easy so far today.
The jury’s been out for a while, but I like last year’s Tommy Lasorda ads for the baseball playoffs better than this year’s Dane Cook ads. He’s got a funny stand-up act but he doesn’t get me excited about baseball. The only thing better about the new spots is that they show some baseball action.
A flock of grackles appeared this morning in the fruit tree that reaches up to my third floor window. They were after the little red and yellow berries, I thought. One bird was tugging at a stringy thing just below my window. It was part of an abandoned bird nest. I never noticed it. Next […]
I’m shook up. It looks like the Yankees are going to replace Joe Torre. They’re going to find someone better? I don’t know what kind of manager Don Mattingly would be, and I don’t think Tony La Russa or Bobby Valentine would be a good fit with The Boss. Joe Girardi, who was also mentioned […]
As one of my many job duties, I write our park’s news releases and then I send them to long list of local and state media.
God help me but no matter how hard I try and no matter how good they are I just cannot root for the Red Sox. Manny Ramirez is one reason. The guy is 35 years old but has shoulder-length dreadlocks and a durag and his pockets turned inside-out and runs around celebrating a solo home […]
God only know what I’m going to do with all that pumpkin.
The rain delayed the harvesting of the soybeans and corn, otherwise I might have gotten a ride on the combine.
The Yankees’ lifeless performance tonight deflated my dreams. For now. Can’t wait until next year! Good night.
We went up to Effigy Mounds for the annual Hawk Watch and explored around the Mississippi River on Saturday.
So I haven’t seen an actual playoff game yet, mostly because I don’t have cable. But Friday night we were driving up to McGregor. From a previous trip, I knew we could get a Cleveland station on AM radio, so I tuned in and listened through the static to the eleven-inning heart breaker at the […]
I’m at that age where I start to notice the youngness of other adults. For example, this summer I heard about rookie baseball player whose idol growing up was Derek Jeter. I thought, “Derek Jeter? He’s my age!” Ugh. But anyway, nothing made me feel so young like the seminar I attended on Friday on […]
I’m so clever. I biked downtown for a haircut and while I was there I remembered that the library was holding a book for me. Since I didn’t put my baskets or bag on my bike, how would I carry the book? Why, I took off my belt and strapped the book to the rack […]
I’ve mentioned before that Iowa takes amateur football way, way too seriously. Well this evening was the City High Homecoming Parade.
The playoffs are officially underway and I’ve got baseball on the brain. I see the Yankees are going without a lefty in their bullpen in favor of a couple of impressive rookies. That’s a gutsy move by Joe, but since middle relief is their weakness, he might be vindicated by leaving the dead weight off […]
October begins! The Colorado-San Diego game just ended: 13 innings and the Rockies scored the winning run against no less than Trevor Hoffman on a play at the plate. It now looks like Holliday never touched the plate, but the game’s over now. I’m going to be parking my fat ass in front of every […]