February 2008

24. February, 2008 - A Quiet Weekend

I’d planned to spend this weekend heading up to Ironworld in Chisholm, MN to see the Requiem photo exhibit that’s there through April 20th (and to just check out the museum in general), but last Wednesday, during my day off, they were painting my office at work, which meant taking everything apart, and putting it back together on Thursday (moving the incredibly heavy Dell computer that’s my primary Windows machine). Anyway, I managed to tweak my back a little bit on Tuesday, and much worse again on Thursday. So I spent most of this weekend on the couch, pumping myself full of ibuprofen rather than driving 3½ hours north to look at some (probably) depressing photos.

Tailraces
Tailraces

Which ended up being okay, I guess. I managed to get a few things done around home. I cleaned off the back corner of my desk that accumulates various crap, discovering various things I’d though I’d lost (but not the thing I was looking for, of course). I re-filed a bunch of DVDs I’ve watched since Christmas. I posted a few more photos to flickr. And I rested my back, which almost feels normal again.

The one thing that sucks most about having been laid up this weekend is that apparently a couple friends of mine that I haven’t seen for quite a while were out at the local watering hole on Friday evening, and I didn’t get to see ’em. Drat! But I’m pretty sure spending a few hours perched on a barstool with no back support would not have been a good recovery regimen.

20. February, 2008 - day off

Took the day off from work today. The Army Corps of Engineers drew down the St. Anthony Pool in the Mississippi, and Friends of the Mississippi River had a tour. I went down and took a bunch of photos and got interviewed on KARE-11. It was below zero (Fahrenheit) the entire time I was out there, but I had dressed warmly enough that the only thing that got cold was my chin and the very tips of my earlobes. But when we stepped into the Mill City Museum to warm up, I couldn’t get un-bundled quickly enough and ended up sweaty. That convinced me to cut short part two of the tour and just head back across the river and home.

Low River Pano
Low River Pano

After returning home and defrosting, I headed out to drop off the film I had shot, grab some tasty lunch at United Noodle, and mail the bills I’d forgotten to mail earlier.

Then it was home for a nap. The morning’s walking around in the cold had worn me out, and what the heck, it was a day off from work, so I was going to enjoy it.

Woke up from the nap about 3:30, spent an hour putting everything together so my accountant can do my 2007 taxes. Then it was out to mail off the big envelope, pick up my film, and grab some dinner.

I’d finished scanning almost all the film when a few research engineers from Honda USA stopped by. I bought a Honda snowblower last fall, and the hardware store registered the warranty for me. So when Honda contacted me to see if they could come out and talk to me, I said Sure! Three engineers from North Carolina stopped by, asked a few questions, and then looked at the area I clear with the machine. Got a free Honda baseball cap outta the deal.

And I think that’s going to do it for today. It felt like a busy day, and I’m about ready for some more sleep. I’ll be posting more photos from today’s field-trip to the river in this set on flickr as I finish processing them.

15. February, 2008 - some linkage

Not a whole lot to say today, so how about some links?

3. February, 2008 - electile dysfunction

Got an email the other day mentioning that “electile dysfunction” was a new term for 2008. (being mentioned in connection with the super-Tuesday primaries which include Minnesota in a couple days). A quick search here shows that I’ve been using the term since 2000, and I’m pretty sure I stole it from somewhere else. Just in case you were wondering.

I hear there’s some sort of important American Football match later today. Huh! For me, the sports year of 2008 will begin in two weeks with the 50th running of the Daytona 500 [warning: annoying noise], but then there are those who say that I “just ain’t right.” Plus in ten days, pitchers and catchers report, which is also a possible marker for the start of the sporting year. I’m more excited about the rednecks turning left though, since spring training for the Saints won’t begin until late March (with the league-wide tryout camp down in Texas).

And that’s about it for today. I feel like I’ve been struggling through these updates lately, since I’m often short on links, and when I do go out looking for new and exciting crap to point you towards, I get depressed by the news and don’t feel like I can write anything about it without sounding glum.

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