Red Rocks

Red Rocks

Thursday, December 27, 2007

It's been so long since I posted I had trouble remembering how to get in. Ah, well.

I played fantasy football this year in R@fink's "crummyrummy" league and actually did pretty well (#4 of 12 going in to the playoffs) but thereafter got spanked and finished 4th. L'il Petey won on the back of LaDanian Tomlinson, and Toddy came up just a little bit short.

Off to Grand Forks this weekend to watch the Sioux play New Hampshire in NCAA hockey. It was a gift to the oldest boy, who will be decked out head to toe in his Sioux clothing. Toddy and his lovely wife are in Orlando doing the family Christmas thing, so we'll have to spend our free time at Cabela's.

Work is work, and I don't know if we'll be able to squeeze in a snowboarding trip this year. So far our snowfall is crappy, and I don't know about Montana....

I shot a good sized doe this fall, and we had a great time hunting snow geese that weekend as well. I'll post a non-PETA approved photo when I find one. There are 10 or so days left in the pheasant season, I'll try to get out once more. And then there's always ice fishing.

I can't get too fired up over many of the current candidates for President, maybe somebody will step it up as the field narrows. Hope you all are doing well.

Friday, May 18, 2007

So Jerry Falwell actually goes to heaven... but imagine his surprise when God introduces herself as "Allah!"

Just a thought for the true believers.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Vacation. At least that's what I'll tell the people at work.

But the truth is, taking three boys to the slopes is very hard work, (not to mention not cheap), and the weather has actually been too nice. We boarded at Bridger Bowl on Friday and it was a tad slushy by midafternoon. The green runs worked pretty well for the little guys, and the big dog and I rode to the top and came down some (truly) double black diamond moguls, albeit some parts of it on my ass. We ran into some people we know from Home (600 miles but you stand in line with your old neighbors) and had a pretty good day.

Saturday was even warmer so we skipped the slopes and drove through Paradise Valley in search of a Jimmy Buffett quality cheeseburger, and ended up going into Yellowstone for a few hours. The highlight, not counting Will's Gastrointestinal problems, was a stop at the Boiling River. The Mom and a couple of boys hiked to a site where a hot spring dumps into the Gardiner River, and there enjoyed an hour of swim/splashing in the river on March 10th. We're talking The Montana/Wyoming border at 6000 ft. on March 10th. Bragging rights guaranteed.

Needless to say, the wildlife was plentiful- Elk and Bison by the herd, some Pronghorn, and a fair number of Mule deer along the way. We found some great places we'd like to camp in the summer, and on the way back to Livingston (Saturday Night) we stopped at the Chico Hot Springs for a nice long hot soak in the mineral waters and a "beverage" or two.

Sunday- no real choice but to drive the hour to Big Sky. The higher elevation and cooler temps made for much better quality snow conditions. The little guys rode the gondola and boarded down a long green run (Mr. K?) for those who've been there. I'm pretty sure they made 5-6 runs, including two trips in the afternoon by themselves. BIG HEADS. Meanwhile, the big dog takes yours truly as high as you can go short of the tram to the summit, and I board down another double black diamond set'o'moguls (yes, some parts on my ass) and then all the way to the bottom of the hill. Burn, baby, burn.

When I ran out to get some fast food, Luke came with me and announced "This has been a really great vacation, but there's one thing I don't like about Livingston. They have too many of those old cowboy buildings."

Which pretty much sums it up.

Long drive home tomorrow, then work Tuesday. When's my next day off???

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Who you calling Shorty?

And one more thing...

I don't really know where to start.

The Dems are using their collective power to make some early statements about who runs the country and who owns the country and which guy should stop issuing signing statements in order to circumvent the rule of law and thereby drive a stake into the heart of the U.S. Constitution. I am distressed by how few people even give a shit about those "little things" like the Geneva Conventions (which we embraced when we were pretty sure we were the good guys), the Writ of Habeas Corpus (when "freedom" referred to something besides the freedom of mass consumption), and the system of Checks and Balances.

As the hastily erected cheap movie sets hiding the true engines of the "War on Terror" crumble, it is slowly dawning on us all that the world is big (but not big enough) and resources are getting scarcer (especially if we have to share with the Chinese and the Indians and every other emerging market) and that science may actually explain all the stuff the Bible doesn't mention, and that our best hope is to ... what?

Personally, I have been a mess of late.

Those of you who know my Old Dad probably know he had (successful) surgery for colon cancer last Fall, celebrated his 80th birthday with a great party, but then spent the rest of the year in the hospital, and even though he's back home he is m-o-o-o-v-i-n-g s-l-o-w-l-y. Mom has handled it all pretty well, and they are (as all of northern European descent can attest) doing "good."

Also this Fall, I failed a sleep apnea test, had my first MRI of my head, (which revealed a very small pituitary adenoma which will be rechecked in six months since all the bloodwork and functional testing was normal) followed recently by an incredible lower back spasm that had me thinking "Kidney Stone" but turned out to be a good old fashioned- lower back spasm. Today I was able to stand up straight with only a deep dull ache for the first time in eight days.

My clinical work is challenging. Thankfully, it is still interesting and rewarding despite the repetitive nature of what I do. Administrating is a mixed bag of "things I like to do" and "things I don't like to do." The optical shop is slowly evolving and may one day be rewarding, too.

I did not reveal much hunting prowess this year (as in I shot one pheasant rooster and exactly no deer) and I'm planning a couple of ice fishing excursions but certainly won't hold my breath waiting for a fresh "catch of the day."

The guys are wonderful and fascinating and bright and extremely aggravating pretty much simultaneously. We've managed one snowboarding trip but awaiting more snow as the winter continues.

My lovely wife and I are struggling to be a better "Us" rather than just "Me and You." We don't make enough time to be together that isn't work. Haul the kids to school, help with practices, make sure the homework gets done, oversee the projects, supervise the ... all you parents know that of which I speak.

Did I mention I have Golf Fever? Snow on the ground and I'm thinking about strolling around a course searching for my (lost?) ball. I think I will organize a "Grew up in Minot with you guys" kind of golf outing this year.

So that's my update. I swear that I actually feel pretty good, and may just start posting a tad more regularly. I've got all kinds of crap I've been ruminating about. Hope to talk to you all soon.