Tuesday, December 04, 2007

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Hey, if theres a rainbow when the sun comes out while theres rain moisture in the air, how come theres no snowbow?  I thought of this yesterday as I looked out the window while the sun lit up the clouds and the snow kept falling.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Theres a pair of ducks who have taken up residence in my pond.  Its not the first time and Im guessing that the pond is a kind of highway motel on their way to whatever winter haven they travel.  But the weather has been so unnaturally warm off and on for the past few weeks, that I think theyre just waiting to see which way they should be heading.  If they follow the wing of geese that went over yesterday, theyll head southwest.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

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I wanted so much to like Carpoolers, the new sitcom on ABC Tuesday nights.  I mean, I am one.  A carpooler.  I spend at least 90 minutes a day (most days) with two other guys driving to and from work.  We talk about a lot of different things and its always amazed me how well we all get along given that our ages are each about 10 years apart (I get to be the old one).  A lot of what goes on in our carpool (which will stay in carpool), is thought provoking, funny and mostly entertaining Were at our best when were inventing things, and you can find a lot of our best ideas in Kreblog’s excellent blog.

First, I have to admit Ive only seen the first episode.  A vacation during the height of premiere weeks has given me a serious case of DVR backlog.  But I made it a point to watch the first episode as soon as I could and now Im thinking Id have been better off going to bed early.  The four characters were broadly drawn, with some classic sitcom personalities (the philandering divorced guy, the p-w family guy, the insecure guy and the young newlywed guy).  Done well, these personalities can lead to a successful run.  But the Carpoolers all seemed shallow; maybe its the fact that its only been 22 minutes of TV so far and you cant reveal much in the way of complexity, but I’m not holding my breath.

I think what disappointed me most was the scenes in the car.  While weve been known to break out into song together (it’s a little hard because of the age differences I cant remember any words to songs written after 1979), we dont cry.  Theres no crying in carpool.  And we dont get real explicit about our certain parts of our private lives (whos on top?  Ewwww!).  It also seems weird to me that these guys all work at different places and that there is special parking for carpoolers.  That must be a California thing.  Here in the east, we all work together and we park with the masses. It would be way cool, however, if the FE Everett turnpike would install a carpool lane.  Wed be pretty lonely, but wed shoot through.

What does work for me is the funny scenes of other carpoolers.  Old carpoolers not moving with their blinker on.  Rich carpoolers eating sushi.  Chuckle. Chuckle.  And the kid, Marmaduke, has his comedic moments, or maybe that should be moment.  Interviewing on-line without pants.  Nice.

I will give Carpoolers a few more rides before I kick them off my DVR list.  Theyd better develop some more creative plot lines and flesh out some interesting characters.  I have read that Rebecca Romijn will be making a guest appearance later in the season.  Wouldnt mind having her in the carpool.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

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Um, wait until next week.  The carpool hasnt left the ABC park and ride yet.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

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Hey. They stole our lives.  Watch "Carpoolers" on ABC tonight at 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

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Angry weatherman continues: Hey, why is it so friggin nice today when I have to be inside with all these damn computer models?  Or, Earthquake and a hurricane in Hawaii?  Cant the weather gods arrange it so they only get one at a time?  What the heck!

Monday, August 13, 2007

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Scattered showers today, like the thoughts in my brain.  One thought Im beginning to coalesce - we need angry weatherpeople. As in, I cant believe its going to rain today.  What the heck?  Havent we had enough rain?  Or, You know, if the temperatures are going down, somebody better ante up for my heating bill.

Monday, April 23, 2007

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I realize Ive been kind of a non-blogger for quite a while, but I didnt want to let April 15 get too far behind me before I declared it the official ice out day for 2007.  Yes, the ice on the pond is finally gone for good.  We had a lot of melting the week before April 15, but at night, the ice was reforming.  Finally, one morning, it wasnt there, but a mallard duck was.  So that was ice out.  Unfortunately, ice out was followed by water in.  We had worse flooding than last years Mothers Day floods.  This time the water completely covered the basement floor and was 3 inches deep in some places (yes, I used a ruler to measure).  The only good news is that I was more prepared this time with my own surface sump and almost everything up off the floor.  Two 100 year floods in two years.  Hmmm, how long does that mean Im covered for?

Monday, March 12, 2007

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With the hysteria dead from the Daylight Savings Time change, the real takeaway is how the sky changed during the morning dog walk.  I went from being able to actually see sun, to seeing the beginning of sunrise.  Today, strawberry sky with blueberry clouds.  Not unlike the fruit on my cereal.

Monday, February 12, 2007

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Im sure Im not the first to observe this, but email is like a never-ending snowfall.  If you dont keep shoveling it into the deleted” folder, it will bury you.  And if get behind, youre forced to use the electronic equivalent of a snow blower.the delete all button.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

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The birches bowed to the ground under the weight of yesterdays ice. As the wind began to blow, the clicking of the tree branches sounded like hundreds of broken wind chimes. The crunch of the frozen ground underfoot drowned out all other noise. Winter has arrived.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

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The ice is on the pond, again. Maybe this time it will last. This sure has been a weird winter so far. Riding my motorcycle in 70 degree weather in January doesn't just seem wrong, it is wrong. Wrong, but enjoyable.