During the month of August, and particularly August 14-16, U-Haul and other trucking rental companies unleash thousands of trucks on the streets of Madison, Wisconsin--driven by people without licenses to be truck drivers. Yes, it's Madison Moving Day. Does chaos result? Yes and no. In many ways its an annual rite of passage, and … Continue reading madison moving day madness magnifies mucked-up mid-town milieu
A tale of two views of the same street--a year apart: This time last year, we had May weather in March, including some 80°F days. This year, still a lot of snow on the ground, with our most recent snowfall on Sunday. So this means global warming's over, right? (Ba-bump, crash). Yeah, easy for some … Continue reading what a difference a year makes–or does it?
I don't know what it is about this fall's "Indian Summer" but there's something about it that seems, well...strange. Brief spells of summer-like weather in October or even November aren't unusual. Perhaps it's because this year's Indian Summer is so cloudy as to be gloomy. Might it be that the fall colors peaked early and … Continue reading funny, i don’t remember “indian summer” being this creepy
I snapped this photo of an early morning sunrise over Green Lake as I found myself up early on a Saturday morning with nothing to do but reflect. There has been a lot for me to reflect on and think about as I've made efforts to toss aside what has been unhealthy for me or … Continue reading a fire but no owie at the baha’i conference
There are no more than three degrees of separation in this picture. 😉 It's almost become cliché to say that Madison combines the best of a big city and small town. I'm not sure I have a real perspective of that, given that the smallest metropolitan area that I ever lived in still had over … Continue reading o little town of madison, first in a series…
I'm sitting on a bench in Tenney Park in Madison as I look out over Lake Mendota and hammer this post out on my Android phone. My phone said 54 degrees Fahrenheit as I walked out the door for my morning walk. Perfect weather for me as I walk outside without a jacket, living up … Continue reading the ides of august
With Wisconsin's historic recall election concluding less than 36 hours ago, what else would I write about? People are going to spin Gov. Walker's 53% to 46% victory over Tom Barrett in any number of ways. I remember when President Reagan swept 49 states in the 1984 election, a look at the blue-colored map (Republicans … Continue reading two days after the historic recall election, what did you expect me to talk about–the weather?
Years ago I read a short story by Robert Heinlein called "The Year of the Jackpot." It was written in 1952 and the story takes place in 1962. It is about a statistician who makes notes of trends and plots them on a graph. He has been making notes of strange things occurring and keeps … Continue reading is this now silly season?
Early this morning marked Daylight Savings time. With daylight going an hour later on our clocks, you could see more children playing outside, more people walking through the neighborhood and more bicyclists out on the street. It was a sunny day, with the temperature reaching 64 degrees. In the morning I walked out side with … Continue reading it’s all fun until the polar icecaps melt