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This is an archive collection of entries from  my main personal blog, My Mundane Mid-Life.

This collection of entries is from August 2005.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Crimes of Opportunity

There is a certain mentality of an action that I cannot understand.

Now, let me preface this by saying that I just can't get my head around the amount and severity of the devastation from Katrina.

I can't imagine being without a home that was perfectly fine, intact, and holding all of your possessions from your entire life just hours before and now having NOTHING.

Add to that hardly anywhere to turn to for shelter. There is no electricity to power anything - air conditioning, radio & TV transmitters (not that you have anything left to receive the information), refrigeration for food - which also doesn't exist, water treatment plants for drinking water - which also doesn't exist.

I can't imagine.

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posted at 10:09 AM | Link | Current Events |

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

MovableType 3.2

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Well, I did it! A VERY SMOOTH transition to MovableType 3.2.

Nice tweaks with the interface. Hopefully, the backend is good as well.

posted at 11:41 AM | Link | Blogging | 1 comment |

Monday, August 29, 2005



been watching ABC News Now at my desk, watching the coverage (such as it is, considering 1) there's no power, 2) you can't keep the feeds active if your transmission mast keeps blowing around in hurricane gust winds).

I wonder what it's really going to be like when it's over - could be better or worse. It's such a "The Sky Is Falling" environment right now, without visual verification of some of the things being reported (like - how bad is that hole in the roof of the Superdome?) it's hard to discern good reports from invalid reports.

Heaven help them.

posted at 11:46 AM | Link | Current Events |

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Sunday Naps

Really digging staying at home on Sundays - when we don't have anywhere to go - just to "decompress" and take these wonderful, deep-sleeping naps...

...and let the whole day slip on by...

posted at 06:05 PM | Link | Mundane |

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Viewing the inner sanctum

I went somewhere today where men do not normally go.

I was afraid. What would I wittiness? What kind of "party games" would I be subject to?

I had a long drive ahead of me - I had to drive all the way into the city to pick-up my mom and then drive all the way out to Long Grove.

This was going to be a long day.

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posted at 07:07 PM | Link | Family |

Friday, August 26, 2005

Indy again

Carol and I stepped-out for a quick dinner at Barnaby's tonight.

When we came home, we found Indy on the bottom floor of the Bunny Condo, looking weird.

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posted at 07:55 PM | Link | Bunnies |

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Wait Wait-ing again

Back again at the Bank One Auditorium
Went back to the Bank One Auditorium tonight - this time with B & B - to see another taping of this week's Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!. Unfortunately, the host - Peter Sagal - was on vacation. Taking his place this week was Adam Felber. (I must say - the show was even "looser" tonight than with Peter at the helm!) Of course, Carl Kassel (NPR newsman and the show's Official Judge and Scorekeeper) was there along with panelists Mo Rocca, Paula Poundstone and Charlie Pierce. The show ran a lot longer than last time. There's got to be a lot of editing for this. It sounded like they were even changing the order of the show due to... well, the personalities of the callers. Tonight's special guest: Tim Zagat of the Zagat Survey. (Did you know that no restaurant gets a perfect 30 in Zagat?)

UPDATE: Listen to the show here.

posted at 10:36 PM | Link | Mundane |

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Time is just passing...

I just realized that I haven't been writing much here.

It's been a weird few weeks... I feel like nothing is going on. I mean, nothing. I feel myself sitting at home with nothing to do, knowing damn well there are things that can be done. In the middle of all this, nothing happens and I just can't anything to write about. I want to write, but there's nothing that I can somehow mash together for an entry.

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posted at 10:51 AM | Link | Mundane |

Sunday, August 21, 2005

White Sox 6 - Yankees 2

Chicago White Sox New York Yankees

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posted at 09:42 PM | Link | White Sox |

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Cheap Mexican

Since the ballgame was so early (thanks to Fox), we went over to B&B's house for the rest of the day. Plans called for us going over to El Tapatio for dinner. Normally we'd just walk over, but it was just too humid out (and Buff was a little fatigues from driving back and forth to Joliet - twice), so we drove. we really like the food there - very traditional, good prices. Our service today was a little... off. I think that Carol and I were the only ones that got exactly what we ordered, as opposed to wrong drinks and wrong meat selections on some of the platters. Odd. (The waiter did go and take some enchiladas off the bill though, for the mix-ups).

We had lots to talk about - family, health. Back at the house,we took-in a showing of Be Cool on On Demand. (funny movie - I think we need to see Get Shorty (which Carol & I have not seen). Had a desert of cupcakes from the Southport Grocery. Great sugar frosting.

Love spending the evening like this - friends, talk, drink, food, movie.

Gotta love it.

posted at 09:41 PM | Link | Friends |
White Sox 0 - Yankees 5

Chicago White Sox New York Yankees

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posted at 04:42 PM | Link | White Sox |

Friday, August 19, 2005

The not-so-crisis?

Carol just called - she was just leaving our vet with Indy.

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posted at 09:43 AM | Link | Bunnies |
The Bunny Crisis

It's a long story, but Carol & I just got back from the emergency vet.

Indy had a sudden problem overnight and we left her with the emergency vet until later this morning when carol is going to pick her up and bring her to our normal vet

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posted at 04:21 AM | Link | Bunnies |

Thursday, August 18, 2005


Gas jumped almost 20 cents at our gas station(s) in the last week. This is crazy.

And Premium gas just jumped over that magic number, and is now $3.04.

It's worse in the city.


posted at 12:40 PM | Link | Current Events |

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Invoice - $995

I came home from work today and there it was in my mailbox.

An invoice.

For Post Season tickets.

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posted at 04:37 PM | Link | White Sox |
CBS announces the cast of The Amazing Race: Family Edition

Because of rumblings that I've been hearing, I'm very leery about the next "special" season of The Amazing Race, which is Season 8 but is being called The Amazing Race: Family Edition.

Cool thing - there are 2 families from the northwest suburbs of Chicago - one from Park Ridge and the other from Des Plaines!

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posted at 11:38 AM | Link | Amazing Race |

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Lost weekend

This was the first weekend that we've had in a very long time where we had NOTHING planned. No places to go, no people to see. What did we do?


In fact, I just got up about an hour and a half ago. I got up after 7am, went downstairs, started to watch CBS Sunday Morning, fell asleep, Carol woke me up to yell at me about having a battery from my digital camera in my pants pocket that she just washed and dried, fell asleep, Carol went to get lunch at - of all places - Arby's. Had lunch, fell asleep.

Weird. My body must be telling me something - though it must not be talking very loud, 'cause it's not keeping me awake...

posted at 06:38 PM | Link | Mundane |

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Tweaking the garden

Hmmm... it's taller than the hostas... I think I need to weed...
I've paid attention to watering the lawn and garden.

Best looking lawn on the block.

I need to pay attention to one other things, though.

I happened to look over at the hostas that Diane had planted along the garage...

They blended in so well that I hadn't paid attention to them... they were leafy and, well, looked like they belonged...

damn weeds are taller than the plants. Gotta do something about that.

posted at 04:42 PM | Link | Mundane |

Friday, August 12, 2005

Foreign Sounds

It's been raining on and off for almost a day now. The rain has been really steady and I can't express how badly we've needed this rain in this area. We are many inches away from the average rainfall and this rain, being strong and steady (and not very breezy at all) has been a nice soaker.

Overnight we even had a line of thunderstorms move through. The thunder, coupled with the high rains and a bit of wind (that - in our bedroom - sounds like we're inside a dishwasher as the rain hits the aluminum siding) actually woke us up a little (just for a while - faded back to sleep after a while).

Carol this morning said that the sound of the rain and the thunder was actually "foreign" to her - it wasn't a sound the was easily recognizable - it's been so long since we've heard it.

posted at 08:31 AM | Link | Mundane | 1 comment |

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Ted Radcliffe - 1902-2005

Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe is wheeled-out by Harold Baines to throw out the first pitch on his 100th birthday! July 7, 2002 102-year-old Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe watching the game
Baseball lost it's oldest player today (103!). I used to see him around the park - he loved going to White Sox games (his retirement center was only a half mile from the park).

Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe was an old Negro League player who got his nickname (from Damon Runyan) from playing a double-header - catching the first game of the double-header and pitching the second game!

A little bit of history is gone from the park. I hope he enjoyed watching this season. I wished he would have seen the whole season this year - including what just may happen this fall.

posted at 03:00 PM | Link | Baseball |
SURVIVOR: GUATEMALA -- The Maya Empire cast announced

CBS announced the cast for the next Survivor series: SURVIVOR: GUATEMALA -- The Maya Empire.

Would you believe Gary Hogeboom? You know, former NFL quarterback from the '80's?

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posted at 01:18 PM | Link | Survivor | 1 comment |

Wednesday, August 10, 2005


Visiting the Des Plaines Oasis on the Northwest Tollway
Guess what we did for dinner? I took Carol out to a grand opening!

...of the Des Plaines Oasis over the Northwest Tollway.

We've been waiting for this thing to get rehabbed for years and now it's finally open. So we had dinner at Panda Express.

I know - I really know how to show a girl a good time...

posted at 07:06 PM | Link | Mundane |
A year of Chip

It was one year ago today that we were at the Wisconsin State Fair and returning home with a brand new boy baby bunny that we eventually named Chip.

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posted at 08:42 AM | Link | Bunnies |

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Stupid Yankee Fan

A fan sits suspended in the netting behind the plate as he reportedly fell into the netting from the upper deck in the 8th inning as the Chicago White Sox played the NY Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (Newsday photo/ Paul J. Bereswill)
Carol and I were watching the Sox game tonight when something really bizarre happened.

It was the bottom of the eighth - the Sox were winning against the Yankees in New York.

All of a sudden, you hear the fans get riled-up. The TV crew takes to a shot of - some fan that fell out of the upper deck and is now laying in the net attached to the backstop! Holy crap!

Update: There are reports that the kid jumped. 18-year-old Scott Harper of Armonk, N.Y. told three friends he was sitting with that he was going to test whether the net would hold his weight -- and then he jumped, police said.

Harper was arrested and police expect to charge him with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.


I do like these comments, though:

"I've never seen anything like that before," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I think that's New York, you know, anything can happen."

"That was the only exciting thing that happened today," Yankees owner George Steinbrenner said.

posted at 08:55 PM | Link | White Sox |

The Infiniti turned over 100,000 miles
Well, there it goes...

On the way home from work tonight, I had to pull over to take a picture of my odometer - my Infiniti turned over 100,000 miles.

posted at 04:45 PM | Link | Mundane | 1 comment |
Home Safe

Discovery made it home just fine this morning - though they landed at Edwards instead on Florida. All-in-all, a very uneventful entry and landing.

Wonder how long it will be until we see another shuttle launch?


posted at 07:27 AM | Link | Space |

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Peter Jennings 1938-2005

Carol & I were watching TV before going to sleep when, as we were scanning the channels to find something to watch late on a Sunday night, I skimmed past CNN and saw the shocking graphic before Carol saw it...

When something was breaking somewhere in the world, this was the man we always turned to. If he covered something, he was the voice we wanted to hear, he was to perspective that we wanted. What a great reporter and presenter.

posted at 11:58 PM | Link | Current Events |
White Sox 3 - Mariners 1

Chicago White Sox Seattle Mariners

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posted at 09:51 PM | Link | White Sox |

Saturday, August 06, 2005

White Sox 4 - Mariners 2

Chicago White Sox Seattle Mariners

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posted at 10:19 PM | Link | White Sox |
Go Karts and the lakefront

I decided to take a drive down to "The Cell" this morning. I'm going to the game tonight, but today the White Sox are holding their First Annual Go Kart Grand Prix and I wanted to see what was going on.

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posted at 04:25 PM | Link | Mundane |

Friday, August 05, 2005

White Sox 2 - Mariners 4

Chicago White Sox Seattle Mariners

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posted at 11:46 PM | Link | White Sox |

Yeah! Carol left this morning to spend a weekend "with the girls" up at Diane's in Michigan...

...leaving me all alone for the weekend! YES!

Well, I've got 3 baseball games this weekend, so that'll keep a big chunk of time occupied, plus I want to go down to Comiskey (I STILL can't call it U. S. Cellular Field...) during the day tomorrow to see the First Annual White Sox Go Kart Grand Prix that's going on from like 10 to 4 in one of the parking lots, and then on Sunday the Sox are unveiling a statue to Carlton Fisk, so I need to get there early for a good spot for pictures, not to mention Elvis Night tonight at the park...

posted at 08:04 AM | Link | Mundane |

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Hacking the elevator

I've been upset at my daily elevator rides lately, but then I stumbled onto this link on Boing Boing that talked about putting an elevator into "Express" mode.

Hmmm... an elevator hack? So, I tried it. It worked. Did it two more times - it worked? Is this a good sample? No. I need to do this as often as possible, since there doesn't seem to be any "feedback" that you're in Express mode - other than the fact the elevator didn't stop on any other floor than your destination.

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posted at 08:05 AM | Link | Mundane |

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Schaumburg Flyers

Every year, Carol's company has an outing to see a Schaumburg Flyers baseball game. Today, it was another one of those days that we've been having - 90's, high humidity. Not conducive to watching a baseball game (an Independence League baseball game at that). Just as Carol was stepping out of the shower to get dressed tonight (she's still on "vacation") a thunderstorm moved through and the heavens opened-up. It was obvious it was one of those localized storms, or it could have been a remnant of a front that - what seems to be a daily occurrence - pushes through the region but as soon as it hits the Chicago area, it just breaks apart - never producing any lasting rain. I wanted to meet some of her new coworkers, so, admittedly, I coerced Carol into going tonight.

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posted at 09:18 PM | Link | Baseball |

Tuesday, August 02, 2005


Don't you love coming back to the office after a long vacation only to find your email inbox overflowing and several new high-priority projects that are due on the day you return?

What a slap in the face to start your day! Such a nice way of saying "Welcome Back! Hope you enjoyed that time off!"

posted at 07:05 PM | Link | Work | 1 comment |

Monday, August 01, 2005

Long way home

Well, we're home. The vacation is over. Well, at least mine is - Carol is still on vacation for another week which includes a trip back to Michigan for the weekend (leaving me alone for the weekend! Whooohoooo!)

posted at 05:11 PM | Link | Mundane |
*nose wiggle* x 2

"Rabbit, Rabbit!"

Crap... it's a "Tibbar, Tibbar!" day for me! Totally slipped my mind that it was the first of the month!

posted at 06:08 AM | Link | Memes |


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