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Thursday, August 26


During my blogging hiatus, I did, among other things, some backpacking in Wyoming with a few of my friends from college.

Here's me:
Me, looking extremely manly

My friends:
L to R: Eric, Paul, Torry, Don

We only hiked a few miles before discovering a fantastic campsite by Divide Lake. The hammock trees were abundant, and we came equipped to take advantage. The lake was cold, the days mild, the firewood plenty, and the naps frequent. In the three days we spent at that spot, we couldn't have seen more than eight other people. It was fantastic!

Good taste prevents me from showing a picture of the exceptionally luxurious latrine we constructed. But here is a picture of the view from sitting on the john:

The soothing imagery makes just makes every movement that much nicer.

Camping makes you feel much tougher. It's good to make nature your bitch for a while.

And that feeling was needed. En route to the wilderness, we stopped in Rock Springs for a final meal that wouldn't require rehydration. Rock Springs doesn't exactly have a lot of good restaurants, so we settled on Applebee's.

We managed to get a table next to some mean looking bikers who were devouring lots of chicken wings and beer. Wanting something fresh before beginning the beef jerky and granola diet, we decided on salads. The waitress took my friends' orders: light quesadilla, Asian chicken salad, Caesar salad, half size Caesar. Then it came to me. She stared at me, saying with her eyes, "So, are you a salad eating, too, punk?" I gulped. "A chicken salad," I mumbled. "Do you want me to see if we have bottled water guys?" she asked, taunting.

We had been completely emasculated by the waitress (and by Eric's constant text messaging of his girlfriend in the car).

Wednesday, August 25

Return to Normal

Well, good things must come to an end, and the summer has now done so, too. School began again today. I wish I had a humorous anecdote to share about Day One, but I don't.

Wednesday, August 11

Lull in Publication

I am in Utah on vacation and will be camping in Wyoming for the next several days. Thus, blogging will be light for a while.

Wednesday, August 4

Of Change and Breakfast

As is my wont, I exited the elevator from the garage and turned left, away from work, to pick up some Kolaches before heading to my office. In a bit of a rut, I decided to mix things up: instead of two sausage and cheese kolaches, I got one Polish and one sausage.

Well, let me tell you that change is not always good. The Polish is just too damn heavy for breakfast. It was akin to eating a brick, albeit a delicious brick. And the sausage, well, I missed the cheese.

And let me tell you about the other kind of change. Breakfast this morning was $3.11, and I handed the cashier a $10. It pisses me off when people slow up the breakfast line to put $1.63 on a credit card. Anyway, I've got $6.89 coming my way. And, in a move that could only be made worse by a bag of pennies, the clerk gives me six $1 bills and then 8 dimes, a nickel and four pennies. Who does that?

The only silver lining in my otherwise dark cloud was that the nickel was the Louisiana Purchase nickel, from the mint's Westward Journey series. Be on the lookout for it and its forthcoming companion, Lewis and Clark.

They probably spat on their hands first.

Monday, August 2


Today I received an offer for a permanent job. I'm blessed far beyond what I deserve.