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This Lunch Brought to You By the Letter Mmm

October 31, 2005 at 9:15pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Is there any finer sandwich than a delicious peanut butter and baloney sandwich? I think not.


It’s Over

October 31, 2005 at 8:54pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

That’s it, my work day is ruined. There’s no way in hell I’m going to be even the least bit productive now that DHL called to tell me that my new Canon PowerShot A620 has arrived. It’s a good thing I already finished all my important tasks for the day.

An Outsider Says: “Play Him!”

October 31, 2005 at 3:26pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Matt Hayes of the Sporting News wants Harrison Beck to play.

Rotten Apples

October 30, 2005 at 7:55pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Whose idea was it to make a dog shampoo that smells like apples? Who in the world wants to eat apples that have a distinct wet dog undertone? I’m not sure which is worse, a dog that needs a bath, or a bathed dog that smells like rotten apples. It’s a tough call.

Place Yer Bets!

October 28, 2005 at 7:24pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Dell has given my order over to DHL for shipping, so I should get my new camera and accessories sometime next week. Maybe more than once, in fact. Why’s that? Well, I ordered four items: a camera, a camera bag, batteries and charger, and a memory card. Dell decided to ship those four items in four separate shipments from three opposite corners of the country. So I’ll be getting one package from California, one from Texas, and two from New Jersey. Anybody want to take a guess on which package arrives first? Place your bets in the comments.

Manhattan Smells…Good!

October 28, 2005 at 6:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Wouldn’t it be cool of New York City’s mysterious odor turned out to be some sort of art project?

Two Thousand

October 27, 2005 at 2:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I haven’t commented yet on the death of the 2,000th American soldier in Iraq. In fact, I haven’t written much at all about the Iraq War. I’m not going to say much now, except: am I the only one who found it a little macabre how so many anti-war (and anti-this war) types awaited the 2,000th death with giddy anticipation? It seemed that many individuals—you know the type—were thinking “C’mon and die already so we can have our protests and pick on Bushitler!” Ugh.

Then there’s the folks on the flip side. The folks who say things like “Hey, it’s only 2,000 dead. We figured there’d be a lot more than that by now. So really, 2,000 is good!” Double ugh.

School Anxiety

October 27, 2005 at 2:24pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I’m not a student any more, dagnabbit. I shouldn’t be having these stupid dreams!

And yet I had one of my school-related dreams last night. I used to get them all of the time. Typically they involve procrastinating too long before beginning a project, sleeping in on the day of the final exam, or similar anxiety-invoking disasters. Last night’s dream involved me not being able to figure out my class schedule. I was never sure if I was in the correct classroom; most of the time I was not.

For some reason these dreams always take place in a completely fictional school. Whether it’s a dream about high school or college (last night’s dream put me back in high school), the classrooms and buildings are unlike any classrooms or buildings I’ve ever gone to school in.

I hate those stupid dreams. Back when I was a student they made sense. They usually reflected some sort of school-related anxiety I was already feeling. But now, all these years later, they serve only to stress me out and rob me of restful sleep. Oh well, I suppose I can’t complain too much. I haven’t had a true nightmare in years, so if that is as bad as my dreams get, I count myself lucky.

Party Like It’s 1994?

October 25, 2005 at 7:26pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I’m beginning to notice more and more chatter comparing the 2006 elections to the 1994 elections. One distinction I notice right off the bat is that in 1994 Republicans had a mission—smaller government. (Stop that snickering! Stop it!) Do today’s Democrats have a similar unifying theme? Let me rephrase that: What the hell do Democrats stand for these days? Do they have any big names carrying the Democrat banner? There’s Barack Obama, I suppose, but so far the Democrats have done a terrible job marketing him (“He’s young, he’s black, and he’s not nearly as annoying as our other black guys like Jackson and Sharpton!”). The Republicans are practically begging the Democrats to take over Congress in 2006. Are the Democrats going to screw up again, like they have the past three elections?

So C-c-c-c-cold

October 23, 2005 at 3:28pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

There is good soccer weather, and there is bad soccer weather. Yesterday’s weather definitely fell into the latter category.

Yesterday I reffed two soccer games up at Midland, in Fremont. Our friendly, ever-so-competent weather dudes here in Nebraska promised me a tiny chance of light showers in the morning and late afternoon. They didn’t mention anything about a steady rain all stinking day. One game in the cold rain would have been bad, but tolerable. Two games—over four hours worth, because of overtime in the women’s match—was a bit much.

On the plus side, I managed not to wipe out in the mud even once. Both the men’s and women’s matches were relatively interesting. And a mere ten minutes after the games we got pelted with sleet while changing into dry clothes; at least the sleet held off until after the game.

Overall, the weather goes into my top-five list for worst weather I’ve ever refereed in. But it wasn’t #1 on that list. Not even close. It was too “warm” (40 degrees) and not nearly windy enough to make it to #1.

Now, please excuse me while I try to do something about the sore throat I seem to have developed.

Was That an Insult?

October 21, 2005 at 4:09am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Student: Mrs. Wilson, do you wear a bag of gold around your neck?
Other Students: Oooooooooh! [Translation: “We can’t believe he just asked that!”]
Mrs. Wilson: ???

That exchange happened today in The Missus’ classroom. The student didn’t offer any further explanation. She’s baffled, and Google isn’t helping. Can any of you help us out? Was Mrs. Wilson insulted? Is she unhip to the latest teenager slang? What the heck happened?

Snap(shot) Decision

October 20, 2005 at 7:35pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I’m going to buy a digital camera this week. I’ve narrowed my decision down to two, unless somebody convinces me that I should add other options:

Right now I’m leaning toward the Canon. Any thoughts?

The Ethics of Blog Panhandling

October 20, 2005 at 7:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

What ethics rules, if any, govern the solicitation of funds for oneself via one’s blog? I ask not because I plan to do it myself, but because many bloggers have done it before, and many will do it in the future. Blog panhandling has never directly affected me, however, until today. A blogger I read regularly is soliciting money to help pay his bills. Not blog-related bills, but household bills: rent, car payment, utilities, and so on. He has been unemployed for quite a while, picking up the occasional scrap of work here and there.

When I read his request, my first thought was “How tacky!” It struck me as “wrong” somehow. Now, though, I’m not really sure what’s so wrong about it. In the loosest sense he is coming into my house and asking for money. But by reading his blog I invited him in and allowed him to say whatever he wanted.

So what are the ethics of begging for bill money via one’s blog? Is it ever ok? Is it always ok? Is it fair for a blogger to put that kind of pressure on his loyal readers? How many requests are too many? If it is ok, where does blog begging fall in the begging hierarchy (parents, family, friends, strangers, etc.)?

Flock Me

October 20, 2005 at 2:31pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I’ve been Flocked. Envy me.

Update: Hmm. Well, Flock browses just fine. It should, since it’s based on Firefox. But darned if I can get it to do any of the stuff that’s supposed to make it unique, like in-browser WYSIWYG blogging. Oh well. At least it’s perttier than Firefox.

Oh What a Beautiful Morning!

October 20, 2005 at 2:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Ahh, autumn rain. Not quite as nice as spring showers, but as dry as it has been around here these past two months, how can anybody complain? Besides, a nice steady shower like this means I don’t have to water all that grass seed I’ve put down.

The only bad thing about this morning’s rain was that Daisy still made me go for a walk. Usually she hates rain. If I try to take her out in the rain she’ll run back to the front door. I have to drag her under a tree, yell at her until she squats, and then run back inside. This morning, though, she took off on our normal route as though nothing were wrong. She finally got a little tired of the rain with about three blocks to go. She didn’t start running, but she was definitely doing the doggy equivalent of power walking.

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