Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
We started out at Richard and Allison's place, where we had a glass of fortified and fizzy cranberry apple cider while watching them get the first steps of dinner preparation underway.
Then we drove out Hill Road to my brother John's place for dinner #1. He's perfected his brining method, and along with some pumpkin gnocchi, two kinds of stuffing, steamed veggies, mashed potatoes, and the mandatory baker hat biscuits, this could have been his best holiday dinner yet.
At Sara's parents' house, we had some lovely wine from the Duoro valley as we stood around the kitchen island watching them go through the final prep for the meal, thickening gravy, carving the bird, filling glasses.
Then on to Chuck and Chris' place, where we spent our 5th Thanksgiving dinner with a dozen or so friends. Dueling turkeys were both fantastic, the gravy was divine, and the wine flowed freely. A great meal and a great time that lasted well into the night. So long, in fact, that Pong became a spectator sport.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I've taken a couple of these things, but none of them really had a depth of question that would suggest solid results. This one was a bit better than the others, and though I don't really know who this Alan Auguston person is, and I'd have hoped for a better ranking for Colbert, the rest of it seems pretty reasonable to me.
If I can't have the ideal, I'll take Barack. Link to the test below.
2008 President Selector http://selectsmart.com/president/2008.html
1. Theoretical Ideal Candidate (100 %)
2. Barack Obama (76 %)
3. Alan Augustson (campaign suspended) (76 %)
4. Dennis Kucinich (70 %)
5. Joseph Biden (67 %)
6. Christopher Dodd (67 %)
7. Hillary Clinton (67 %)
8. John Edwards (66 %)
9. Wesley Clark (not running, endorsed Clinton) (64 %)
10. Al Gore (not announced) (63 %)
11. Michael Bloomberg (says he will not run) (56 %)
12. Mike Gravel (55 %)
13. Bill Richardson (52 %)
14. Ron Paul (43 %)
15. Elaine Brown (36 %)
16. Kent McManigal (campaign suspended) (36 %)
17. Mike Huckabee (32 %)
18. Rudolph Giuliani (28 %)
19. John McCain (27 %)
20. Tommy Thompson (withdrawn, endorsed Giuliani) (23 %)
21. Mitt Romney (22 %)
22. Alan Keyes (20 %)
23. Fred Thompson (18 %)
24. Chuck Hagel (not running) (16 %)
25. Jim Gilmore (withdrawn) (16 %)
26. Sam Brownback (withdrawn, endorsed McCain) (15 %)
27. Tom Tancredo (15 %)
28. Newt Gingrich (says he will not run) (13 %)
29. Duncan Hunter (12 %)
30. Stephen Colbert (campaign ended) (6 %)
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Outside right now it's chilly and sunny, the leaves are carpeting the sidewalks and streets, and every sprinkle of rain brings the anticipation of snow. We've had a couple dustings so far, but nothing that's stuck.
This has been a weekend in slow motion, sort of, easing into it with a day working at home, then lingering over dinner Friday night after the ride. Yesterday was spent on errands and projects around the house, walking the dogs, hanging out. Today I got a ride in, a short windy road ride, I hung a cuckoo clock, I made breakfast. Now we sit in a coffee shop, reading and typing, drinking coffee and watching the sun drop and the shadows get long. It's 4:30 and I can already feel it sliding toward evening.
We're watching Woody, our friend James' yellow lab, for about a week or so. He's a great dog, as labby as lab could be, and it's a pleasure to have him around. But having a third dog around always reminds me that there is such a thing as too much dog. It's nice for a while, but I can't imagine living with more dog than we have already. Still and all, he's such a good dog it's fun to have him in the house.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
The long climb up was enjoyable until we hit the Bears themselves, and when David climbed away from me a bit I found myself alone in my little circle of light and remembered, too, that riding in the dark sometimes creeps me out a bit. The coyote whoops surrounding us didn't relieve that sense, but it was really cool to hear so close.
The descent, once I got used to going downhill with these lights on again, was fantastic, very focused, skimming the sandy surface and trying to keep my vision trained out ahead, not on that shadow of the front wheel, not on the big rocks and loose rubble that pop into the light and demand attention.
David took a tumble on the Buck Trail, soon after I took the lead, but it was a flatland affair and other than a scraped arm and being a bit shaken up there was no damage. It was a real kick descending for so long into the sea of lights in the city below us. Great views, and the perfect trails for it.
I'm gonna have to try to do this more often.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Howdy peeps. Tune in to Range Life on Friday for a whole mess of wonderful new music.
A recent trip to Other Music in NYC left me with some shit-hot tracks as well, and I'll keep spinning selections from a dynamite Morr Music comp, a collection of DFA remixes, and a crazy-ass electronic long-form composition by Nobekazu Takemura called Sign. Great stuff. And keep an ear out for a classic of classics in electronic jams from Underworld. Raise your arms, duff duff!
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Recently, though, I lost one of them, my Uncle Bob Hess, from the north side of Chicago. He was a great guy, and though I haven't been able to see him or my Aunt Dottie much since I bolted Illinois for Texas and now Idaho, I'm finding that I miss him.
Uncle Bob was my closest uncle growing up. We spent all major holidays together, as well as birthdays, family milestones religious and otherwise, and every single Christmas Eve I can remember during my childhood, switching off years between his place in Chicago and ours in the suburbs. I have vivid memories of falling asleep in the car on the way home, every single year, watching the city lights slide past through the blackness outside the car windows. His daughter, my cousin Kim, spent summers with us through middle school and high school. He was the oldest of four sons; my dad the youngest.
I find it frustrating to try and fail at remembering stories or specific profound events revolving around my Uncle Bob. But then, I have no shortage of images and memories involving him, and in fact most recollections of holidays or parties have him smiling in the background. He was a presence, a happy and calm being in the room who always called me and my brothers Butch or Tiger, and we loved it. His answer to any impatient kid question of When can we open presents? or When's dinner? or When can we have dessert? was a patient "After while." That says a lot about my Uncle Bob. Nothing was so important that it couldn't wait until after the football game or after one last cup of coffee or just to wait, to wait until the extended family unit was ready to move on to the next item on the day's unspoken schedule.
I flew to Chicago last weekend for my Uncle Bob's funeral. It was wonderful to see everyone, if a bit disorienting, to be transported back from my life in Boise to the midst of all these people who I hadn't seen for so long, to suddenly be in the middle of one of these gigantic family gatherings, surrounded by cousins and aunts and uncles and family friends and my Godfather (Bob's son), but to not have Uncle Bob there, the quiet patriarch at the center of it all. I'm glad I went, but I feel changed because of it. Older. And I feel more distinctly now being separated from family by miles.
My Uncle Bob was an anchor to my family and my past. He was a constant, a benevolent human being who was a truly good guy. And in a world lacking in good guys, his loss is that much more profound.
Uncle Bob, you are missed. I hope to see you again. After while.
Monday, November 05, 2007
Again I've been remiss in putting the things here that I want to put here. It's been a rough couple weeks, including a short-notice trip to Chicago last weekend for the funeral of my Uncle Bob. More on that later.
I'm working on finishing up the New York tale, and there's lots more to say beyond that. So check back. I'll get it together.