Dog Island

Filed under:General — eric @ 4:02 am

On the “Big Dog” Canine Island,
It’s a land that’s fair and bright,
The rabbits grow on bushes
And you sleep out every night.
The caves all are empty
And the sun shines every day
I’m bound to go
Where there ain’t no snow
Where the sleet don’t fall
And the winds don’t blow
On the “Big Dog” Canine Island.


Filed under:Photo Friday — eric @ 3:22 am


This week’s Photo Friday topic is glass.


Theater Press

Filed under:General — eric @ 9:26 am

The play opens tomorrow, so my directing work is nearly done. Here’s a writeup on it in our local paper.


Ran off and watched the Cirque

Filed under:General — eric @ 2:01 am

The play I was drafted into directing opens this Friday, so I spent both Saturday and Sunday at the final set calls making sure everything got finished. Still, Chris and I managed to sneak off Saturday night and watch Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai show now playing in Atlanta. This was our first Cirque show, and we were both awed by the performers, costumes, music, and everything else. Well, not so much the big post that partially obscured our view, but everything else, yes. My readers near Chicago might want to look into tickets, because it’s not to be missed.

Also, I managed to find enough time and drained soil to plant a whole mess of peas, carrots, and radishes. It might be too late for the peas, but it couldn’t be helped.


The water’s retreat

Filed under:General — eric @ 12:01 pm

I went down this morning to take pictures of the river where greenhouses ought to be, but it had receded some overnight. The high water mark was about a foot high inside the greenhouses, but everything inside survived just fine. The water wasn’t fast-moving there, so it merely rose up the legs of the tables.

At its highest, it was only a few vertical inches and less than ten horizontal feet from the 100-year flood line. Our well house was under a couple feet of water, but nothing there was damaged. Assuming we get no rain today (it would be our first rain-free day in the last thirteen — there’s only “a chance of thunderstorms” forecast), the waters damaged nothing of ours. And who knows, maybe they’ll deposit something interesting on our beach on the way out.

Blue Taskmaster

Filed under:Photo Friday — eric @ 9:00 am

“My Blue Taskmaster”

This week’s Photo Friday topic is blue.


Wading boots needed

Filed under:General — eric @ 11:18 am

That’ll teach me to criticize the weather. I just had to wade into the greenhouses…

How high’s the water, Mama?

Filed under:General — eric @ 10:38 am

Nine feet high and rising…


Quiet for a bit

Filed under:General — eric @ 5:21 am

I thought I’d break the silence here by saying things will be pretty quiet around here for a little while. I’ve had to take on the directorship of T&G’s production of The Rover, opening a week from Friday. Between that and real work and my struggle to get the spring seeds in the ground in time (weather and circumstances have not been cooperative), there’s little time for writing here. You’ll have to content yourself with the daily farm photo and the Friday Photo and perhaps a short comment here and there until I emerge out from under this in a couple weeks.


Congressional Record

Filed under:General — eric @ 2:03 am

In Congress, a member can (and almost always does) give a speech on the floor during a session, and then later on submit a written version that can go far beyond what was actually said. It is the written version that becomes the official Congressional Record. Almost always the congressman uses this technique merely to expand and clarify upon the speech, but it has been used by some to insert into the official record items that they intentionally wanted kept off the floor, the cameras, and out of the ears of any observers.

Pretty much this same situation has recently occured to me, and it’s turned out to bite me hard. I find no intent to evade on the part of the reportee, but my assumption that the oral and written versions were the same have culminated in a turn of events that has shaken a few dearly-held friendships to their very core and may have severely harmed my working relationship with an excellent community theater.

It has been a very hard, painful week. I see more farming in my future.



Filed under:Photo Friday — eric @ 11:45 am

“Girl Scout Cookie Season”

This week’s Photo Friday topic is garbage.


Very bad flu

Filed under:General — eric @ 2:43 am

When you come across a flu strain that is unidentified, very virulent, and extremely fatal, it’s time to issue a global health alert. Here’s hoping it peters itself out and never comes back.


SETI Progress

Filed under:General — eric @ 3:41 am

The work that myself and thousands of other people (well, our computers did all the work, really…) put into the SETI@home project has netter 150 high-quality suspect signals. Now, we put the big ear on the job by using the giant radio telescope at Arecibo, Puerto Rico to investigate further.


Stapler Face

Filed under:Photo Friday — eric @ 11:43 am

“Little Face on the Stapler”

This week’s Photo Friday topic is stapler.


Spring Peepers

Filed under:General — eric @ 12:36 pm

It’s that time of year again when the spring peepers begin emerging from wherever they hide during the winter. In a short while, they will be everywhere and loud enough to hear in the house with the stereo on, but right now just the early risers are singing. Here’s a recording in MP3 format taken on my back porch last night just before some big-time thunderstorms hit.


Back to the stone age

Filed under:General — eric @ 12:44 pm

If you’re worried that world events are leading us toward a catastrophe that will force us back to the stone age, then read up now at primitiveways.com, a website dedicated to Stone Age technology. Learn how to start a fire using an ice lens, which may be a useful skill in the depths of nuclear winter.


Stop Motion

Filed under:Photo Friday — eric @ 10:11 am

“Stop Motion”

This week’s Photo Friday topic is stop sign.