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There are five shopping days ’til Christmas

Posted by lex, on December 19, 2006

And I’m a total fricken’ wreck.

I was ahead of the shopping game for exactly two people in my life: The Biscuit wanted a replacement digital camera for the one she’d treated rather shabbily last summer, to put not too fine a point on it, all regardless of the fact that she seemed to take such great pleasure in the having of the original. That came early in the mail, and there was the school formal coming up, and it wouldn’t really have happened – the formal that is – unless it was preserved in perpetuity via the application of digital amber. So I deeded it over early, like, with stern remonstrations that this was in fact The Patriarchal Christmas Gift, and no fair thinking otherwise comes the actual. Knowing full well – as herself no doubt did too – that it was all bluff and thunder.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by lex, on November 23, 2006

Thanksgiving is, I think, my favorite holiday. It is just enough time off work to seem sufficient without seeming excessive – there’s only so much can pile up over two days. There is always a log on the fire and usually football on TV. I also have what are only memories now, living on this coast, of the brittle snap of fall in the air, the whisper of winter to come, the smell of the harvest, the sound of the frosted long grass crunching under my boots with the weight of a side-by-side on my shoulder and a dog ranging out ahead, questing with her nose, looking for the birds.

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Meet the blogger

Posted by lex, on January 9th, 2008

Buy the blogger beer.

Your humble scribe will meet an occasional reader (and blogger in his own right) tomorrow afternoon at Shakespeare’s Pub in Mission Hills at 1630, the better to quaff adult beverages and share sea stories. If any other Sandy Eggans are interested in joining the meet up, you’d be very welcome as well so long as you don’t bear any ill will to we few, we happy few, we band of bloggers. For the P-3 guys, no per diem will be provided and for the USAF types, government quarters are directed. I don’t write the rules.

Gomen.

And if the question burning on your lips is whether it would be appropriate to offer your narrator a pint of Guinness for his efforts to inform and entertain over the years, then let me take a stab at answering that for you: Yes. Yes it would.

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No more heroes?

Posted by lex on October 6, 2007

It’s getting hard to root for our heroes any more. At least for the sporting type. Barry Bonds breaks a treasured record in baseball and, seeing his freakishly overstuffed muscles, scarcely anyone seems to care. Every time the Tour de France comes up the unspoken question of “who’s doping?” remains on everyone’s lips until the first contestant dons the Yellow Jersey – then we say, “Oh. He is.” Ben Johnson’s had to give his Gold Medal back and now Marion Jones tearfully stands admitted of cheating. You could almost feel sorry for her, she’s ruined her life. The fastest woman in the world is now just another footnote.

Everyone is doing it the cynics say. It’s a victimless crime. Why should any of us care?

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Sunday Morning

Posted by lex, on September 30, 2007

And everyone is still asleep.

I’m wondering: Whip up a Sunrise Quesadilla? (I use two eggs and forgo the hash browns, myself )

2 thick slices bacon, halved
1 large egg
1-1/4 cups grated Cheddar or Jack, about 5 ounces
Vegetable oil for pan-frying
4 flour tortillas, about 5 inches across
1 cup favorite salsa
1 cup hash browns
Diced tomato or avocado, optional

Or bop on over to Nico’s for a breakfast burrito (hold the ‘taters).

I make a wicked quesadilla, but it does make a bit of a mess. And Nico’s has such good salsa.

Decisions, decisions…

Update: Nico’s, as it turns out. The salsa was a tie-breaker. Well, that and it turned out we didn’t have any tortillas.

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PSA on “Strawberry Quick”

Posted by lex, in May 14th, 2007

This will probably be regarded as intemperate, but as a parent myself I tend to think that people who sell drugs to children ought to spend the rest of their lives in jail. I furthermore believe that people who manufacture drugs explicitly targeted at children should too, but that the time from conviction to cold carry-out ought to be rather short.

I have no strong opinions on whether the vehicle for such sentence recommendations should be a hangman’s noose, the gas chamber or the electric chair. Any of them will do.

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Product endorsements

Posted by lex, on April 23, 2007

Not usually my type of thing, but I can tell you that if your electrical engineering student turns 21, you can’t go very far wrong by getting him a pair of remote control, laser tag shocking tanks.

In fact, the only real surprise is that he wants to play the game on the “high shock” setting, which chalk that up to the kind of confidence that comes with two decades worth of video gaming experience.

I’m a bit chagrined however, to report that the wooden model trebuchet was not quite the hit that I’d hoped for, itself being laid aside for “the summer, maybe,” even as the laser shock tanks made their eager way back to the dorm. Like anyone else on his floor had a fully functional, scale model trebuchet. That wanted one.

And while we’re on topic of “stuff you might buy”, if you’ve already got a Thule bike rack atop your daily ride and wonder if whether the optional wind fairing is a  good decision, I can provide you an enthusiastic pair of thumbs up. The reduction in wind noise is truly remarkable, and it is fondly hoped that gas mileage will improve as well.

Which, with hi-test going for $3.45 to the gallon on base, the thing could well be paying for itself.

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Bleg

Posted by Lex, on February 1, 2007

Anybody out there know of a sound method of selecting a math tutor for this guy I know? He’s got a… son, yeah that’s it. A son who could use a bit of tutoring in Algebra II. In the house, like.

Seriously though, there a couple of institutions out there that seem to run this as a business, but how do you know who has the chops?

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Been wondering about that myself

Posted by lex, on June 10, 2006

 

Went to the range today (a lot of weekend entries seem to start that way, these days) – I shot the H&K .45 ACP again, while SNO went with his old stand-by. We had time and scratch left over for some riflery, and pulled down a CAR-15, just for the accuracy that was in it.

Couldn’t help noticing how small a 5.56mm round is, sitting in your hand. Nor how small the holes were in the target, no matter how tightly grouped. Especially as contrasted with the .45 rounds we’d only just been putting down range, or the 7.62mm rounds we’d fired through an M-14 two weeks ago. I’m only a sailor, so the fine points of the velocity/mass equation vs. how many rounds you can fit in your backpack are beyond me, perhaps.

But then the Salamander noted much the same thing as did your humble scribe.

Sort of makes you go, “hmm.”

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Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by lex, on October 11, 2005

Had a great bike ride Sunday, up the coast and through the hills. Took the big climbs with a little less stress than before, which I attributed to the fact that I’ve been raising the intensity of my running workouts (while reducing the frequency and duration) in preparation for this fall’s physical fitness assessment (PFA). You want to run faster? Run faster. Except that, ah…

I could barely walk this morning.

Guess I’ll be swimming the PFA this year.

Ouch.

This growing old thing? It’s not for sissies.

 

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