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Mon, Sep. 25th, 2006 07:44 pm

A few thoughts, and a long, long overdue post ...

1. I just found out that a house I used to live in, at 1205 New Jersey, Lawrence, Kan., caught fire last Sunday, killing five. Four children and their grandfather. Unbearably tragic. The mother was in another part of the state at a physical rehab center where she has been since getting shot in the head by someone trying to keep her from testifying in court. My heart goes out to the family.

2. My stepson is still dealing with the loss of his cousin. She was a beautiful girl, a senior at a small college in North Dakota, and was murdered earlier this month. Police are holding a suspect who was working as a jailer there. He had served time in federal prison a few years ago. He lived in her apartment building. She was one class away from getting her degree. It is still more than we can comprehend, and I cannot bear to imagine what her parents are going through.

3. I don't know if it's the headache that kept me awake until 5 a.m. this morning, or not sleeping until 5 a.m. that gave me the headache.

4. I just returned from a business trip to Albuquerque. I didn't know until I got back that two of my very best friends live close to where I was staying. I haven't seen Bob and Donna for several years, and I thought they were living in another part of New Mexico. Oh well.

5. I couldn't reach my good friend Ronnie, either. He and I were inseparable from the time we were toddlers until we were about 13, when his family moved away. Since then, I've seen him only a handful of times.

6. To karenleigh: Butterflies are reminders that everything is fleeting, and everything is beautiful.


Sat, Jun. 10th, 2006 11:23 am
Becky and I took Grant and his buddy to Thermopolis for the weekend for a dip in the hot springs. Sort of a celebration of the end of the school year.
The boys are 15, and are in the process of discovering the music I listened to when I was their age.
more old codger ramblings behind the cutCollapse )
Us old codgers have a responibility to show the young-uns the difference between good and bad, and that goes for music, too.


Sun, May. 7th, 2006 01:25 pm

I really don't know much about the energy commodity market, but it seems like when you create a system designed to thrive when things are most volatile and prices are at their highest, that's pretty much what you'll get.


Sun, May. 7th, 2006 04:35 am

a_provocateur has given me the G. Reply to this entry and I'll give you your letter.

  • God. You either do or you don't. I do. 'Nuff said.

  • Guthrie, Woody An unbeliveable life. If you haven't read Joe Klein's "Woody Guthrie, A Life" you should.

  • Guitars I've played for more than 20 years, but I'm still crappy.

  • G-string My sister, who's played guitar for a lot longer than me, once sent me into the guitar store to buy a g-string for her guitar. It wasn't until years later that I understood why she didn't want to ask the guys in the store for a g-string.

  • Grandpa Worked for some 40 years in the Studebaker factory. I used to go fishing with him in Florida after he retired. A wonderful, kind man. (Far right in this photo)

  • Grant He's almost 15. He gives me the "you're not my dad" bit, but he doesn't realize how proud he makes me.

  • Galveston My wife's family goes there almost every year. I love it because it's an unpretentious beach town with a cool sense of identity. I've always liked the less popular beach towns, even if they aren't as picture-perfect. I've loved Galveston since 1980, but some of those memories are only for me.

  • Gravitational constant It's more than just gravity, it's what binds us together.

  • Gambler's fallacy The theory that your odds will improve the more you lose. Don't fall for it. Always walk away from your losses and count your blessings.

  • Girls Thank heavens. The one I love is my very best friend. Everyone should be so lucky.


Sat, Apr. 29th, 2006 11:09 am

Shame upon Shame

A new report by the Government Accountability Office found that hundreds of battle-injured soldiers are struggling to pay debts to the military.

Among the case studies:

  • An Army Reserve staff sgt. who lost his right leg below the knee. Because of payroll and leave payment errors, this soldier "owed" the Army $2,231, for which it sought collection. From the GAO report: "Soldier spent 1-1/2 years on disputes and appeals after leaving the service before multiple debts, errors, and unreimbursed travel expense were resolved. Soldier said he deferred purchase of a house due to military debt included on his credit report. The Army debt was the only blot on the soldier’s credit report."

  • A staff sergeant in the Army National Guard suffered brain damage, was in a coma for 3 months, and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Facing a $12,662 debt due to pay and entitlement errors, including payment for unused leave, his family had no income while the debt was recouped. "According to a family member, the soldier’s utilities were turned off, and his young daughter was sent to live with relatives out of state." The soldier also was erroneously listed as AWOL while actually receiving treatment in a VA hospital.

  • A staff sergeant on active duty who was paralyzed from the waist down. He "owed" $14,959 due to pay and entitlement errors. "Soldier received reduced pay or no net pay over a 4-month period while he was at Walter Reed and his wife and four children were in Germany. The soldier separated from the Army in January 2005 and his debt was not resolved until February 2006. The soldier is still pursuing underpayment of hostile fire pay and combat zone tax exclusion and 'unreimbursed' travel expense.



Fri, Apr. 21st, 2006 08:46 pm

The scene: King Henry V with his men on the eve of the Battle of Agincourt. The king, wearing a borrowed cloak, mingles among the cold, wet, exhausted troops to gauge their hearts the night before battle.
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Wed, Apr. 12th, 2006 09:35 pm

Car shopping, and getting nostalgic about (some of) the cars of my past.

My vehicle history since age 16, in a nutshell:Collapse )


Wed, Apr. 12th, 2006 01:38 am
From the Arcata (Calif.) Eye, home of the nation's best police blotter:

1:51 p.m. A green-haired man who quotes the Bible a lot beat on his plastic drum outside City Hall, alleging everything from assault by teenage punkazoids to discourtesy by Ranger Bob.

4:08 p.m. A dog whose social life included terminating a recent cat, was reported attacking a goat in a field off Samoa Boulevard. “Officer searching for the goats... The goats were fine.”


Wed, Apr. 12th, 2006 01:24 am

Too few things in life are as hauntingly beautiful as these photographs.

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Tue, Apr. 11th, 2006 08:11 am

A few weeks back, we went to see "The Laramie Project." Someone asked me about it, so here's my response.