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Monday, August 24th, 2009
10:32 pm
The dog and I are in a fight.

It started last night, when I came home after dark, and she was scratching to go outside. So with my hands full, I opened the door to let her out. Wherein she grabbed my shoe sitting on the steps and ran off, returning eventually with a bewildered happy look. Sans shoe.

I'm housesitting alone in the woods. Normally this would not bother me the slightest (I'm only freaked out by, y'know, by empty isolated _haunted_ houses.) The dog has been antsy and nervous all day, and the distant gunshots in the past couple of hours have amped this up considerably. I'd been ignoring it--she's not the brightest crayon in the box, and I wasn't too happy with her anyway.

Earlier I got as freaked out as I ever have been housesitting. A crashing noise alerted me out of headphones, and I ended up taking my phone, with 911 dialed and my thumb on call button to explore through the catacombs of the basement. I didn't find anything, and it wasn't until the dog repeated her attack on the washing machine that i realized the source of the noise.

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Thursday, March 26th, 2009
3:54 pm
Saw many alligators and several crocodiles without getting attacked by any. More later.

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2009
9:07 pm
There's a mayfly that seems quite enamored with my computer. (I'm sitting outside the closed visitor's center for the state park where I'm staying.)

I visited Charleston today, and loved it. So I guess I'm not scared of the South anymore, because I faced everything it has to offer: strangers saying hello, a Subway with sweet tea on tap, accents I can't understand, Confederate flags in a cemetary, and Spanish moss dripping from every branch. That sentence sounded better in my head as I was driving, but I think the helicopter that was close to beaming me up distracted me. (I'm deliberately being a little silly here--don't fret.)

Starting location: Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Ending Locations:
Day 1: Morristown, NJ
Day 2: DC-area Virginia
Day 3: Durham, North Carolina (Duke University)
Day 4: Congaree National Park (South Carolina)
Day 5: Skidaway State Park (near Savannah, Georgia)

Day 6 (Tomorrow): visit Savannah and stay at Blue Spring State Park, Florida

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Friday, March 13th, 2009
4:10 pm
I'm leaving. Goodbye my home for over a year, and goodbye to the area where my heart lies for 2 1/2 years. And that isn't what I'm nervous about. It's a major road trip: from Massachusetts to Washington State, via Florida.

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Thursday, February 19th, 2009
1:01 pm - !
Griffey is returning to the Mariner's! This actually make me punch the air. In the library. And I never watch baseball. Just, y'know, hometown pride.

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
12:08 pm
And this is all I needed for my birthday. Yes, I watched the inauguration online. I am very grateful to MSNBC, which worked when the WA Post website, already stuttering, stopped during the John Williams theme.


There was a cute article recently in the NY Times, consisting of some sleected letters from a book of letters kids wrote to President Obama.

Dear Obama,

If I were president I would have fun, because I could run fast.

— Kenja Zelaya, age 6, Los Angeles

I think you should try to change the world by building shelters for the people who live in the streets. It’s the beginning of January, and it’s cold. Good luck being the president.

— Pamela Mejia, age 11, Boston

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Friday, January 9th, 2009
10:30 am
Washington Post headline for an article regarding security measures for the inaugeration:
"Virginians See Bridge Closings As Dose of Northern Hospitality"

Shouldn't that be hostility?

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Wednesday, November 19th, 2008
1:08 pm
It started snowing last night. Just a touch on the ground currently, but I'm comfy sitting inside next to roaring fire. At the library. If only there was an electric kettle here for my tea, and then I'd never leave.

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Friday, November 14th, 2008
10:28 am - R.I.P.
Sadness: Seattle's tuba busker died.


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Wednesday, November 12th, 2008
6:10 pm
A saccharine article about three presidents:
"I said `Bill, I'm getting ready to meet with the new president and I remember how gracious you were to me,'" Bush said. "'I hope I can be as gracious to President-elect Obama as you were to me.'"

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Thursday, November 6th, 2008
11:07 am - also...
Dude, CNN had a hologram! I don't even remember who it was anymore, but I told everyone who came within earshort of me: "Look, it's a hologram!" Not many people seemed to understand the fascination.

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
7:33 pm - 9.4.08
Actually feeling patriotic is odd.

My dad characterized it as one of those moments that will stick with you, like 9-11 or JFK's assasignation. I can't think of a happy corollary either, but the key part of this statement remains: We will remember this election night.

I was glued to the tv, while others were distracted by beer pong. I was doing my job, by yelling he got Viriginia. When the room's attention turned to the tv, there was CNN's graphic: "Barack Obama Elected President." And the room erupted in cheers.

And I got to add, McCain's speech bolstered this feeling quite a bit. Not simply for his shushing for those booing.

In a contest as long and difficult as this campaign has been, his success alone commands my respect for his ability and perseverance. But that he managed to do so by inspiring the hopes of so many millions of Americans who had once wrongly believed that they had little at stake or little influence in the election of an American president is something I deeply admire and commend him for achieving.


I urge all Americans -- (applause) -- I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together, to find the necessary compromises, to bridge our differences, and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited.

As Dave toasted: "Here's to America not being as stupid as we thought."

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Thursday, September 25th, 2008
3:43 pm
The most popular person in an elementary school is the one carrying a rabbit.

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Friday, July 18th, 2008
12:16 pm
I'm sitting in the college library, next to pole with graffiti along the lines of "If you are single I am too..." and "For a good time call...", wo which someone replied "Eharmoney people." It made me laugh anyway.

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Thursday, July 10th, 2008
8:13 pm - "Only in Nigeria."
A song dedicated to internet fraud:

Also, in Nigeria, you can go to college to be a hacker.

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Wednesday, June 18th, 2008
9:46 pm - thank God for small favors
If Hulu.com was online then, I may never have managed to graduate college.

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Saturday, June 14th, 2008
4:07 pm - courtesy suggestions
Honking, especially the extended sort, while driving by a high school graduation ceremony could be very distracting. Especially to those attempting to pay attention to the ceremony, but neighbors might also be annoyed. What exactly were these folks expressing?

A person reading a library book probably doesn't want to suddenly find themselves in range of a sprinkler. Similarly, placing a sprinkler adjacent to a car with rolled down windows is unlikely to be appreciated.

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Friday, June 6th, 2008
7:17 pm
Yesterday I saw a pair of swans in mourning. They had already lost the rest of their brood, but for over a week, they had one cygnet. And regularly hissed menacingly at anyone (namely me), who came too close. But something since yesterday killed the gray ball of fluff.

Of course, in the natural cycle of things, this is a good thing, because mute swans are not native. But swans mate for life, and this pair hasn't managed to raise any of their young to adulthood for awhile.

As soon as I saw one swan, squwaking (they normally were as silent as their name, besides the hissing), and looking so lonely, I figured the little one was gone. They actually acted different--still preening and feeding, but looking for something.

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Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
5:18 pm
The book I'm reading (Sharing the Joy of Nature) quotes one of my faves:

"Long before the sun came, they were making ready for flight. When the drafts were complete, there came a faint tone of excitement into their speech. They began moving their heads from side to side in jerks. And then, turning into the wind, suddenly they would all be in teh air together, fourteen or forty at a time, with wide wings scooping the blackness and a cry of triumph in their throats. They would wheel round, climbing rapidly, and be gone from sight. Arthur began to feel an uneasiness in himself. He became restless....He wanted t join in, and to enjoy the exercise of morning flight, which was so evidently a pleasure. They had a comradeship, free discipline and joie de vivre. When the goose next to him spread her wings and leaped, he did so automatically."
-T. H. White, The Once and Future King

And, speaking of soaring...

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Saturday, May 17th, 2008
4:27 pm - heh
So, I'm working, and out of that hole. Still at a loss for figuring out the rest of my life, but it is a relief to have an answer to the question everyone can't help but ask.

My job, technically, is to teach kids about nature/ecology, but due to a the 'herb festival' (read plant sale?) this weekend, I was on parking duty. Yesterday, this consisted primarily attempting to convince old ladies to park close together, and that parking down the road and being shuttled to the site wasn't really that horrid of an option. I got to wear a lovely outfit: my favorite green pants, purple rain jacket, and bright orange vest. One of the volunteers decided I was fourteen years old, and joked about it repeatedly.

Today the weather cleared up, it was much less crowded, and a police officer tried to convince me to join the Coast Guard.

Random link of the week:
A scientific survey of buttercups! Well, basically.

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