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The WMD diaries – Day 2

Dear Diary, Uh-oh. I think I’ve made a terrible mistake. I didn’t mean to upset Him so, but apparently I jumped onto the bed and landed on Him one time too many. The alarm went off (too early, I might add) on Saturday morning. I jumped on Him. And He left. Really. He got in the car and left. I think I heard Her talking on the phone to Him yesterday morning. I...

Guitar strings

Changing the strings

Last night, I changed the strings on my guitar. A fresh set of strings does a lot for a guitar… Its tone becomes a little more lively. Its strings move a little easier. Its like a whole new life beneath your fingers. Or there are times you try some new strings that just don’t pair well with a guitar. It’s tone becomes dull or harsh. The strings grab your fingers or buzz...

The WMD Diaries – Day 1

Dear Diary: He nearly caught me today. I didn’t quite get the latch redone on my kennel, and he looked at it funny when he was “letting me out.” I’m still unable to open the door to escape the bedroom and gain access to the computers, but I found a Nokia n700 under one of the bedroom cabinets. It’s primitive, but it does have WiFi and I was able to connect to the access point....

The best part of a run with the WMD

9.5 Weeks

It’s been a while since I tied on my running shoes. October 24th, to be exact, for the 5k at the Austin LiveSTRONG Challenge. Then, I rode the bike 64 miles on Sunday. For two weeks after that event I was “on break” and then, following my return to the bicycle on November 7th and 8th, I was wiped out by a truck while riding to work on my motorcycle. In the...

Things that go flush in the night

So those of you who know me may have picked up on the fact that I am a master procrastinator. I tend to think of it as being very patient most of the time, but deep down I know that I’m just putting things off. For example, we’ve had one and a half toilets downstairs for some time now. Not one and a half baths (well… that, too) but one fully functional...

AnthroPC Standoff

No… Really… I *must* have an AnthroPC™

Like I said… I really need an AnthroPC™… Click here to find out why I really dig this comic. It’ll be a sad day when I get caught up on the back-story and don’t have any more “extras” to read… I guess, as usual, that’ll just mean I need to find a new favorite comic… In case it’s not painfully clear, Pintsize is my favorite character. The funniest part here is that...

Selle Anatomica Top

Tales of love and war with the Selle Anatomica Titanico LD

There are things in life you love. There are things in life you hate. There are things in life you really don’t care one way or the other. The most frustrating things, though, are the ones that you love so much, you keep using them even though you hate them. This saddle is one of those things. When I first rode it, I was in love. It was so amazingly comfortable. Roadies...

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Ode to a good hot shower

I don’t suppose when Thomas Wolfe wrote You Can’t Go Home Again there’s even the remotest chance he was talking about the shower in my folks’ house. But, as far as showers go… it’s reason enough. To be honest, I can be certain he wasn’t talking about that shower since the house wasn’t constructed for another decade after he wrote the book… And I’m pretty sure it was yet another decade...

The only black people in Sylva?

Vanilla

I suppose it’s inevitable that you see your own back yard far differently than anyone else could possibly see it. I suspect we all have criteria we use to judge the world and our surroundings. I also suspect we either expect or want those around us to use the same criteria we do. And maybe that’s the root of all conflict in the world. One of the biggest laughs I had all...