Archive - Jul 2007

July 15th



Went shooting time exposures with photographer friend Bruce on the midway last night. 

I have always wondered what people find fun about being tossed around on a midway ride.

July 13th


What to do: go to the Polk County Fair or watch Santana at home?

No real dilemma. I am going to watch Santana. Of course, by altering my plans to watch Santana, I probably will jinx him.

In fact, I did both. I ran into town to have a pork dinner at the Concordia Lutheran Church Ladies Aid stand. Excellent.

And then you run into people and the visiting starts. That's what the fair's all about.

July 12th

County Fair

For the past thirty years, the nursery has rented a log cabin on the fairgrounds during the fair. For the past seven years or so, gift shop manager Dot, with the help of nursery employee Laurel, has decorated the interior of the cabin in different themes. This year, it is a swamp.

July 11th

The prettiest thing in the world

July 10th

Speaking of ads...

Watching network television for an evening is sobering, if for no other reason than the advertisements. Now we have Flomax added to other drugs for various male urinary tract and sexual problems. It wouldn't be so bad if they didn't go listing all the side effects. In rapid fashion, the announcer rattles off a list of potential problems that about make a person want to wretch--and certainly never, ever take the drug.

Getting rich

As you can see, there are a few ads off to the left. With the web traffic coming to this site increasing a bit, I thought I might get rich if I put some ads in. As you can see, Google trolls my website and tries to come up with ads which are relevant to the content here. Sometimes they make odd choices: I think the ad for a co-joined twins support group was a innocent mistake made by a Google computer which saw all of my references to the Minnesota Twins.

All-Star game

For the first time in years, I have watched the entire All-Star game. As usual, I find it boring. It is a meaningless exhibition, made no less meaningless by the fact that the winning league gets the home field advantage in the World Series.

One fun part: Watching old Bruce Froemming umpire behind the plate. He is in the last year of a thirty-six year career. He is a good umpire. Late in the game, Froemming took two foul balls off the chest protector. FOX tuned into him uttering an expletive, then joking that he was going to leave the game.

Fulfilling a dream

This had to be a load of fun.

July 9th

Twins limp into break

After scoring 32 runs in a double-header sweep of the White Sox last Friday night, the Twins dropped the next two games of the series, blowing a chance to build a little momentum going into the All-Star break.

The Twins have had their troubles this year. First, they had to get Sidney Ponson and Ramon Ortiz out of the rotation. That took a couple of months and wasted a great deal of time. Now, they have a better crop of young pitchers who, admittedly, have been shaky, but who at least have potential to develop. The same couldn't be said for Ponson and Ortiz.