Archive - Jun 2005

June 29th

The whole banana

Here is the entire text of Steven Jobs' speech to graduates of Stanford. It is a keeper.


Due to the rain, Cassio and Danilo spent the day moving my junk from town back to the nursery where most of it now sits in the greenhouse looking like a yard sale in a trailer court. They emptied the garage and hauled most of the furniture--of which I have very little.

Quote from Apple founder Steven Jobs:

"When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: 'If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right.' It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the answer has been 'No' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

June 28th

Baseball psychology

The recent struggles of the Twins have gotten me thinking about the crazy game of baseball. The difference between mediocrity and excellence is so razor thin in baseball--if you lose your edge at all, disaster hits. Witness the Yankees--they can't seem to get it together, despite their $200 million payroll.

When you're losing, you can't even beat the worst teams. The Yanks lost three straight to Kansas City a couple of weeks ago; now the Royals have lost seven straight to poor teams.


This frankensteinian (new word) vacuum contraption is used to hold the Corian countertop sections tightly together while the chemical which splices them hardens. By the end of the day, after some sanding, the splice wasn't visible.

What a day. Everybody seems to have gotten along. I guess it is my job as general contractor to make sure they do. I didn't have to play traffic cop--all of the people are pros and know that they have to accomodate the others on the job site.


Hosta are my favorite. Here are a couple of pictures which I hope will help you understand why. The leaves display such a wild variety of subtle textures, colors and shapes.


Nothing like a definite move-in date to get things moving on the house. However, today it looks like a county fair out there. I tried to get a picture of all the vehicles, but they wouldn't fit in one frame.

Bill the wood floor guy arrived early this morning. He's sanding the wood floor upstairs. That gives the whole house a good shaking and makes it impossible to hear. That's probably not all bad.

June 27th


My least favorite activity is storekeeping. Waiting for people to make up their mind. Hanging out at the till. Making small talk. It drives me absolutely nuts. I was storekeeper for part of Saturday, Sunday afternoon, and then this morning.

June 24th

Public affairs

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that a city can condemn an entire neighborhood, force its inhabitants to leave, and allow a large development corporation to bulldoze everything and put in a new development. The only justification necessary is that the new houses will pay more taxes than the older, lower middle class ones.

It used to be that the government could take property only for the public good--such as in the case of a new highway. Now, the public good is defined as the collection of more taxes.

June 23rd

Lowe's spending spree

Last evening, I went to my favorite store, Lowe's in Grand Forks, to pick out carpet, faucets, bathroom lighting, door knobs and a shower door. Got it all done in one hour. I had the carpet narrowed down to two, so that wasn't difficult. The rest was pretty cut and dry as well.