Sunday, September 30, 2007

Save the cheerleader

Ok... ok. So they saved the cheerleader... LAST season. I'm finally catching up on LAST seasons episodes of Heroes, so that I can start watching my TiVo'd episodes from THIS season of Heroes. I must say that watching TV from DVD is really a great way to go. No commercials, so clean and clear, and you have them all at once. You're just 6 months to a year behind everyone else. I know James will be happy that he can finally talk to me about this season (once I've seen them), and he has been really good about not offering spoilers.
Even DaWife is enjoying the show, and we can't wait to finish up the last two discs of episodes (only 9 more shows - ok so there is 1 epsiode on a third disc). WIthout having finished season 1, I'm beginning to form some additional theories on Linderman, but we'll see what the finale has in store. Hopefully I'll have it all finished by the end of the weekend.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Better late

... then never!
Ok so I procrastinated a bit with some video editing, and that held Da Wife's bloggin up quite a bit. (Yowch - June! Sorry honey!!) So now that I finished the video you can check it out on her June post. Before you get too excited, it is of course another dog video (about 2:06) so if you're not a crazy dog person like me, you may want to skip it.

In other news....
I am scheduled to watch the next couple of episodes of Dungeons & Dragons over lunch on Friday. Not the movie, this is the "old school" cartoon version. So "Fear not, ranger, barbarian, magician, thief, cavalier, and acrobat." Ok, I was never a dungeon master, but I did watch the show and play the game. Though... I never did "attack the darkness". Man, I hope we were never THAT bad. ;-)


Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Stones and Ivy

Have some images that I had meant to blog about, but never got around to it. Well... I can't say never anymore I suppose.

Back at the beginning of August, some of da wife's family came to town, and we took a day to go out to Arlington National Cemetery. It was a VERY hot day, but we all had a good time despite the heat. (I was just happy to get sushi for lunch at the old post office down town!) While we toured the cemetery I did snap a few shots, I'm only going to share 1 though. (I'm not JamesF for heaven's sake!)

We did manage to make it to the tomb of the unknown soldier in time to catch the last bit of the changing of the guards. Maybe it's just my years in military school, but I've always been VERY impressed with the discipline of those soldiers. NOT and easy job by any stretch of the imagination. All in all, a good time was had by all.

On a completely unrelated note....
While da wife was mowing the grass she came across a suspicious vine. I believe it may be of a poisonous variety, and since she reacts I forbade her from touching it. (Of course that didn't stop her from taking a picture of it, or running into it with the wheels of the mower...) Any of you botany types wanna have a butcher's at it?

To me it certainly has the hallmarks of poison ivy
(a variant) or perhaps Virginia Creeper? I dunno. I'm the
computer/security guy for a reason...


Sunday, September 09, 2007

Just a walk in the park

It was a nice enough day, that we decided to head out to the park nearby and have some pack time. I even brought the camera this time to try my hand at some of the macro shots that JamesF (and others) have done. I don't fool myself into thinking I'm in remotely the same category, but I like these two.

After swinging around the back side of the park, we came across an answer to a question I had earlier for da wife.

What's that sign on the ground you say? Well I lifted it up, and to my disappointment saw the following:

I don't know whether they ran out of funding, or it's hung up on some other motion, measure, legislation, or whatever, but it has certainly stalled. About a year ago we were excited to see that they were adding a dog park, but no joy. At least they haven't used the space for something else yet.

We then came across another sign to cause dismay.

Now... I don't blame them for closing down the baseball fields to dogs. I don't like it, but I can't blame them. As with most other places where k9 access becomes limited it's due to a few "bad humans". Owners that for whatever reason (I suspect self-entitlement or simple laziness) refuse to pick up the refuse. Doggie dirt, puppy landmines, the poop, the logs, and anything else you wanna call that crap. To me it is inexcusable. If you wanna leave it in your own yard, that's one thing, but if you take your dog ANYWHERE public, it is your responsibility. Period. Fine or no fine. So because of a few scofflaws, my dog doesn't get to run free and happy (near the home).
She's still a happy dog, but this kind of behavior is just so common now across all topics, you would think, at some point, I would become immune. Nope! I'm too stubborn to ever just accept rude, selfish, self-entitled, and lazy behavior as "OK". I got over my frustration there, and returned to play with my pack. Of course that didn't stop our little one from enjoying the park. Indeed when she'd had enough of the heat and sunshine, she made a beeline for the only spot of shade she could find nearby.
And no room for me or da wife!!

We finished up our tour, and headed back to the dogmobile to go home. It's easily identifiable by its tags:

And that tells you which votes won the plate contest of Spring.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Seeing Red

Just a short sharing/question from musings on my way home today. I noticed two separate drivers today, both were redheaded and driving red cars. One male in red convertible and one female in a red Jeep Wrangler. This is not the first time I've seen this phenomenon, though perhaps the first two sightings so close together. Why do I seem to see a disproportionate amount of redheads with red and/or orange cars? Come to think of it, most of the ones I know also wear alot of red and orange. I mean... you don't see blond people all driving yellow cars, or black haired folks in black cars (well... ok you do, but statistically I think it is within the norms), or brown haired folks in brown cars. It just strikes me as odd. I wonder, perhaps due to the uncommon color of their hair, they wind up tying some of their identity into the color itself, and are thusly drawn to it. Then again, perhaps it is just idle wanderings on a somewhat boring drive home. Of course, I'll take boring to "accident riddled" in my commute ANY day.