Thursday, September 25, 2008

Blogging for the sake of it

I hit these periods occasionally.

I just have nothing to say. Nothing to add to the global community of opinion. Not even a snarky input on pop culture.

Not to mention I was busy the past several nights and weekends pursuing professional-related activities. Glad that's over for now.

So, here is what is going through my noggin right now:

The MLB season is coming to an end (at least the regular season is). I won't be involved in the postseason gaggle of games. Why? Because the Astros and Diamondbacks aren't playing. Therefore I just don't care.

At least it's not 2004.

And what is it with University of Texas football standouts? First Ricky Williams. Then Cedric Benson. And now this.

I acknowledge Young has plenty of time to redeem himself. And he just might.

I do have a problem with that writer using the word "coddled" referring to quarterbacking the Longhorns. There is nothing about being a QB for the 'Horns that could be considered soft or easy. The pressure to win at that school, just as in every major college program, is immense. I would argue the football standouts earn every accolade they get. The Big 12 is a rough conference.

So maybe Young can bounce back. No reason to believe he can't.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Just so you know

Geogal's blog is now up!

Here's the link.

And summer's not even officially over yet

Yesterday morning was cool. Real cool. Nippy.

A little bit of frost on the top portion of the truck's windshield.

And so it starts....

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Quick hitters for Saturday

Wildlife watch: Seen in our (and then the neighbor's) backyard two mornings ago: around 15 wild turkeys.


There's no way I'm paying $30 to watch the New Mexico State-Nebraska game on TV. Better get my ears ready for radio's play-by-play.


I did so-so in last night's high school football picks. Hope my college choices are a little better. (I did get 7 games right last week. Got my name in the local newspaper, along with many of my co-workers. It's just a fun pigskin pick contest, no gambling involved.)


Almost have my rooftop antenna project ready to go. I just need to figure out how I will mount and anchor the thing. No small yagi, this. The one I'm buying is 14 feet long and 9 feet wide. (But according to the reviewers, it really picks up!)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A time to relax

After the last few evenings it's just nice to be idle.

For those of you not in the know, I work full-time at a career that has nothing to do with blogging or even writing in general. My chosen field requires that I engage in continuing education as a way of maintaining certain professional credentials. So for the past few nights I've been busy filling my noggin with new knowledge. Via home study. (A significant drawback to living in the boonies is that there are no professional workshops or conferences close by.)

But my task is nearly done and this is an evening that I can surf the net, bond with my satellite dish, or pursue several other meaningless but fulfilling activities. I also don't have to "batten down the hatches" as my kinfolk in Texas will no doubt be doing as Ike heads straight for them.


The Geofamily went to our first high school football game last Friday evening. It was everything I ever imagined, and more.

Before even arriving at the field, I hit the "seek" function on the FM tuner to find 92.5 airing the pre-game show for Phillipsburg High, 100.3 doing the same for Colby, 101.1, Oberlin, and 106.7, Norton High.

You almost have to pity the smaller burgs that don't have their own local station.

The game was good, the crowd was fun, and the home team won! The air also got quite crisp when the sun went down. Geogal came down with a cough, but some hot tea back at home did the trick.

Small-town life isn't nearly as dull and boring as some folks think.

Speaking of which, Saturday morning I saw a couple of four-footed animals chowing down on the vegetation behind the Geohouse (but off of my property). Thought I could capture the moment but alas, the poor light and window screen made for a shot that's not even worth posting on this blog.

Oh well. One needs to have goals in life.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

R.I.P Snowman

I'll miss him.

I will never forget one time, many years ago when I was driving a pickup truck loaded with one of my siblings personal belongings across New Mexico and Texas. Because of the load I couldn't do an overnight stay along the way. I was about three hours away from my destination of Austin and was suffering from fatigue and (probably) low blood sugar.

My remedy? Pop in my "Smokey and the Bandit" soundtrack cassette. In just a couple of minutes I was humming along with a very improved mood the words to "East Bound and Down." It was like mental adrenaline. After a few more minutes I was styling myself as a Walter Mitty-esque long-haul trucker. Much like Cledus "Snowman" Snow in the movie.