7.17.2003

Cool site found via Cold Fury --> Geeks Blog

(nit picking - on the new BloggerPro interface, when I want to insert a link, it appends it to the end of the post - the old BloggerPro inserted the link where the cursor was. Also, when I want something italicized, the little auto-italicize button plugs in an emphasis notation. I know, I know, it is easy enough to fix in the post, but why isn't it fixed on the BloggerPro interface? Yes, I still need to move to MT)
Has been very cool here that past couple of nights. It was down to 50 or so last night before I went to bed and it was cool enough to see my breath. I actually had to throw an extra blanket on the bed because it was chilly! I feel sorry for the folks living in the areas where it is hitting 110 degrees during the day, I just couldn't handle it.

Olympia's lake Fair has started up again. Carnival rides and lots of really, really good food that is really, really bad for you! There are concerts in the evenings and a really great parade on Saturday. One of the most interesting things about the parade is that people put lawn chairs out and rope off areas along the parade route days ahead of the actual parade, calling "dibs" on their favorite spots.

I remember my first year in Olympia when Lake Fair rolled around. I was working on a project for one of the state agencies and had to work that Saturday to get something done and I remember watching the parade from the windows of the office, thinking how funny it was that people put their chairs out days ahead of the parade.

Many of the locals here call Lake Fair "Lake Scare" but I have always really enjoyed it. A few years ago, I went to a BBQ at a friends house who lived fairly close to the Capitol building so after the BBQ we walked across the street and watched the fireworks from the steps of the Capitol. Folks had laid out blankets and had coolers and there were tons of kids running around and when the fireworks started, there were lots of "oooohs" and "ahhhhhhs". Good stuff.

Well, the lawn is mowed, it looks fantastic although I still need to put down some weed and feed and get the sprinkler going. I am going to have a ton of apples this year and the blueberries are coming in too. Not enough for a pie but more than enough for a few good handfuls. The area around the damnable bamboo looks like a Japanese Salad Bar. That damn tree/bush/whatever it is has spread out about 15 feet in all directions and has sent up shoots 1 - 2 feet high. Sage doesn't even like walking down there and I don't blame her. After I mow around that damned bamboo bush. The whole area is like a poor-mans Vietnam Tiger Trap with tiny little sharpened bamboo shoots everywhere.

Sage is off on her dog bed sawing little logs, it is just about the cutest damn sound I have ever heard.

Just finished reading Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash for the third time and I finished William Gibson's Idoru right before that, so my head is full of cyber-fiction. It is amazing to read through those books and realize that many things that these two dreamt of years ago are now part of our daily lives. Now I am going to dig into a Jim Harrison book - talk about a shift in genres.

Listening to Michael Medved on internet radio right now - he is interviewing Scott Ritter and I can barely stand it. The only reason is that the Hugh Hewitt show is coming on soon and after reading Lileks today and for the past year, I need to see what the hub-bub is about. If Lileks listens, I am gonna listen because it is part of my "Be Like Lileks" life plan. The schedule is here and the "listen" link is to the left and towards the top.

7.15.2003

I need to start reading some of the local Olympia blogs.

A good one is Olympia Newsboy who covers a ton of the rigamarole regarding local politics, Evergreen, local radio and TV and other topics that I need to pay more attention to. He had the moonbat/Greener/Cop Killer story nailed down last week.
Cool.

Tony Pierce linked to me on his site along with about 5 or 6 other blogging Jasons. I don't always agree with his politics and I am sure the reverse is true too but I have always really enjoyed his writing - he is one of the top creative writers on the internet in my opinion and I can't believe those bastards in LA won't hire him. In fact, I am a proud owner of not one, but TWO of his books. One of these days I will be able to auction one of those on Ebay for a ka-zillion bucks.


Just heard that a meteorite has hit somewhere around western Washington. Excellent.

Ok, back to the All-Star game.

7.14.2003

Got some catching up to do!

Working backwards.....let's see........

Over the weekend the local Evergreen Sportsman Club hosted the Washington State Trapshooting Championships. I live close enough that I could hear the pop-pop-pop-pop-pop for the past few days and it was a wonderful sound. The local rag - The Olympian - barely covered this story, giving it a few small lines in the Friday edition and they earned a coveted "Non Sequitur Of The Day" award from the Opinion Journal's Best of the Web today for this wonderful, all-encompassing, Olympia-in-a-freaking-nutshell line:

"Shooters Practice Safety, Civility: Despite presence of guns, friendliness abounds at state championships" (emphasis mine)

Well, no shit, Sherlock. Are you implying that if everyone had guns, that we would be more polite to each other? And what about all of those "children" with guns? No one got upset or had their feelings hurt and took it out on the crowd? Huh. Imagine that. Dipshit.

I had seen the article in the paper on Friday and had noticed that wonderul little tidbit leading that story and it pissed me off then and then today, I got an email from my mom letting me know that my wonderful community paper had made the OJ BOTW. Great. Just great. She added in her email - "Where were the protestors? Were they sleeping in?" LOL.

I think the best part is that right below the story on the Olympian's web site is a link to Evergreen State College, home to Rachel Corrie, home to the Class of 1999 who requested Mumia Abu Jamal (convicted cop killer) give the class speech and... oh, it gets even better...

...because I was doing a little reading yesterday and spent some time on the LGF site reading the comments left on the Human Shield turned Cop Killer entry in regards to Aaron's article that connected the dots on the Evergreen State College student - slash - cop killer - slash - human shield - slash - moonbat:

At 1:30 am on November 19, 2002, Officer Dave Mobilio of the Red Bluff, California Police Department was refueling his patrol car when he was shot twice by a gunman who was waiting in ambush. The gunmen then walked up on Officer Mobilio and shot him a third time, at point blank range, in the back of the head.

The gunman was quickly identified as Andrew McCrae (born Andrew Mickel). His identification and arrest was due in no small part to the fact that after the murder he bragged about it to family, and friends, and in a statement he posted on IndyMedia.


I just love Olympia.

Ok, on to more pleasant things.....

Went to the Mariner's game on Saturday. A friend had tickets and another friend of hers backed out and couldn't make it so I got to go. These were the best seats I have ever sat in - about 12 rows off the field, looking straight down the 1st base line. Sweet Lou was in town with his Devil Rays and even though the M's lost Saturday, they won Friday and Sunday to take the series. The people in Seattle still love Lou and every time he showed his face, the stadium was filled with cries of "Loooooouuuuuuuu, Looooooouuuuuuu". It was a great game - the M's were down by three runs and in the bottom half of the 9th inning, Boone hit a solo home run, knocking the lead down to 2, then Edgar popped a monster smash down the first base line and the M's were only down by 1 run with three outs left!!! Well, the rest is history and we lost by one run but damn it was exciting. Every person in that stadium was on their feet yelling at the top of their lungs, hoping and praying that the M's could get just one more run to take it to extra innings. It was a ton of fun and I even got a little Dixie's BBQ, yum.

Ok, enough of that. Talk to you all later.