Soundtrack in my head: The Primitives, "Really Stupid" hpgruesen / Pixabay 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. … Continue reading madison moving day madness magnifies mucked-up mid-town milieu
A tale of two views of the same street, but different weather, 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). … Continue reading what a difference a year makes with the weather–or does it?
Soundtrack in my head: Beat Happening, "Indian Summer" 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 … Continue reading funny, i don’t remember “Indian Summer” being this creepy
Soundtrack in my head: Liz Phair, "Supernova" I snapped this photo of an early morning sunrise over Green Lake as I found myself up early on a Saturday morning at the Baha'i Conference with nothing to do but reflect. There has been a lot for me to reflect on and think about as I've made … Continue reading a fire but no owie at the Baha’i conference
Soundtrack in my head: Saint Etienne, "Mario's Cafe" It's almost become cliché to say that the little town of 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 200,000 … 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. Cold for an August morning but perfect weather for me as I walk … Continue reading the ides of August
Soundtrack: The Clash, "I Fought the Law" 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% recall election victory over Tom Barrett in any number of ways. I remember when President Reagan swept 49 states in the … Continue reading two days after the historic recall election, what did you expect me to talk about–the weather?
Soundtrack in my head: Tommy Roe, "Dizzy" 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, which he refers to … 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 outside with a … Continue reading it’s all fun until the polar icecaps melt