Archive - Oct 17, 2006

Fall colors



Time for some color on this weblog. Things are getting a little blah. The last time the sun was out, I took this picture of pumpkins on my front porch.



The flowering crab berries are putting on their display of color right now. The berries look like little Christmas ornaments.


Local man missing

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Charlie Gustafson of Beltrami is still missing in the wilds of southeastern Wyoming. He was elk hunting with relatives.

Cubs hire Piniella

The Chicago Cubs hired one of my all-time favorite baseball people, Lou Piniella, in an attempt to end their perpetual losing ways. The fiery Pineilla is from the Billy Martin mold. He'll throw things, scream at umpires, kick dirt, all that good entertaining stuff.

Election of 1800

Lectured today on the election of 1800, which I still don't understand myself. Jefferson and Adams were the two presidential candidates. Neither got a majority in the Electoral College, so the election was thrown into the House of Representatives.

The system in place at the time dictated that the second place finisher in the vote in the House would become Vice President. Jefferson was tied with his running mate Aaron Burr for many ballots. Finally, one state threw the election to Jefferson, who entered office without much of a mandate.