September 2008

27. September, 2008 - Busy Weekend

Lots to do this weekend, but there’s a bonus: I got part of yesterday and Monday morning off from work.

Upriver from Water Power Park
Upriver from Water Power Park

We had a team lunch yesterday at Fogo de Chão. Knowing that I’d probably eat too much, I didn’t drive downtown, and planned on walking home afterwards to work off some of the food-coma. So after the meat-orgy had concluded, I caught a ride with one of my cow-orkers across the river, and then walked along the river.

St. Anthony Falls
St. Anthony Falls

My first stop was Water Power Park. I feel a little bad that I haven’t been there before now, given how hard I worked for the neighborhood association to see that it happened, but I walked out to the east end of St. Anthony Falls, and sure enough, the views were as nice as I’d hoped. The two panoramas you see here are the result. They’re not great, since I only had my iPhone and not a real camera, but they’re better than nothing.

Deer in Father Hennepin Park
Deer in Father Hennepin Park

After leaving the park and continuing to walk downriver, I noticed a deer in Father Hennepin Park. According to a gal who was out walking her dog, the deer has been hanging out in the park for the past two weeks. It seemed pretty calm, in spite of all the people around.

That was about it for the nice part of the walk. The weather had turned steamy, and there really isn’t much more scenery on the way home from there. When I got home, I was hot and tired, and still feeling like a snake that had swallowed a bowling ball. After a couple hours, I just called it a day and went to bed to sleep it all off.

All in all, it turned out to be a pretty excellent day. I need more like that.

26. September, 2008 - Fall
Mountains in Shadow
Mountains in Shadow

Still haven’t driven across the new 35W bridge, but I think I probably will tomorrow. Wasn’t really a conscious decision, it just worked out that way.

Another photo from the airplane ride home from San Jose a couple weeks back. This one was right around sunrise, looking west just after takeoff, when the mountains weren’t fully lit by the sun yet. I like it.

On a less pleasant note, there’s been all this talk about needing to bail out the banks and investment houses that screwed up and bought securities based on bad mortgages. As I see it, Paulson’s argument that we need to act immediately has already been disproven by the fact that the market didn’t freak out yesterday when Congress failed (again) to act. Makes me think that maybe a few more months of doing nothing would be just fine… Then again, I almost always think that things would be better if Congress did nothing, so my view may be biased.

18. September, 2008 - Bridge Reopens

This was the morning. I’d forgotten about it until I got woken up by the sound of multiple helicopters circling my neighborhood. That immediately brought back memories of the day the bridge fell down, since things have been pretty quiet around here since then.

But now I won’t be getting on and off the freeway at the second-to-last entrance and exit anymore. I expect that’ll add a bit to my commute hassles, especially since there are going to be the usual people out there who react to any change in the road with confusion and brake-lights. But hey, at least it won’t be such a hassle getting to and from the airport anymore.

15. September, 2008 - back home again
Wyoming Rockies
Wyoming Rockies

Last week I was out in California for a week of training. I don’t especially enjoy these trips back and forth, but it was nice to talk to a few folks in person in between classes. And while I really dislike the process of flying back and forth, I did manage to get a few photos out the window of the airplane. Considering it had been almost a month since I’d pointed my camera at anything interesting, getting some photos I liked was a nice benefit of the trip.

I also found a few more roundups of RNC stuff, and was busy enough that I didn’t get a lot of other links for you, so I guess this is what you get. I’ll have something else next time around, honest!

6. September, 2008 - RNC wrap-up

I thought I was done with linkage about last week’s festivities here in town, but it turns out the best part is happening now, as folks look back on what went down. So there’s today’s collection of post-mortems.

I’ve also built a page containing all the stuff I linked to during and after the RNC: The Republican National Convention in the Twin Cities, which in nicely self-referential form, will include this. I keep thinking of moving the blog here to some other system, and then I find that there are things I can do with my homebrew version that just don’t work as smoothly in any other system.

5. September, 2008 - Let’s never do that again

So the convention is over, and all that remains are the tear-gas cannisters and the “out-of-town protesters” (some from exotic locations like Loring Park) swept up indiscriminately by police. Who knows when they’ll all be released.

But anyway, it’s passed. Good riddance.

4. September, 2008 - The Right To Be Here

Yesterday was a good day for me. Woke up, and puttered around the house longer than usual. I took the morning off from work, and went up to meet Don (NSFW photo) near St. Cloud and made a bunch of noise. I got up to Del-Tone/Luth Gun Club before they had opened for the day and checked in. Was on the range by 11, which was their official opening time (and it’s a pretty darned nice outdoor range). Don was running a bit late, and got there about noon. We talked about guns, photography, life and politics, and punched holes in paper until about 2:30 when it was time to go get a little chow and something wet for our dry throats. I ended up getting in to work for the day about 4:30. Thankfully no crises had appeared on my plate, so I was outta there by 6. Yeah, it was a pretty short day, but I figure it makes up for one of those Saturdays I had to work last month.

Locally, things continue to be interesting. The protests moved into Minneapolis with the Rage Against the Machine concert last night. But to me, the important thing is that in spite of some “touching” displays from the Sheriff, the police have not been entirely respectful of people’s rights. Sometimes by mistake, but in too many cases, they’re just rounding up everyone and letting the jails sort them out. That just ain’t right.

3. September, 2008 - in continuing news

Still plenty of activity over in St. Paul. And it’s starting to make the national news. Plus channel 9 had a reporter get tear-gassed. Unfortunately, she’s the one who made the statement that three homemade bombs had gone off, and it’s still on their website, in spite of an on-air correction just minutes later. Police said that the noises they’d heard were the 40mm rifles launching tear-gas and smoke cannisters, or concussion grenades launched by the police.

One of the questions I’ve been pondering is whether the police presence and raids before the convention have made things more secure around here or not. At the moment, I think it’s more likely that the pre-convention arrests have radicalized people who might otherwise have kept their heads in their protests, and the cops are making plenty of mistakes, prompted by a few assholes and a possible disinformation campaign. In any case, behavior on both sides has been disappointing.

1. September, 2008 - relatively calm

Things have been relatively calm around my house. I stayed in most of yesterday, ignoring the news from St. Paul.

I should make it clear that I don’t agree with some of the tactics used by the protesters, and this would be an immense pain in the ass if I lived closer to downtown St. Paul, but I strongly support their right to gather peacefully. And it worries me that police have been arresting people who haven’t (yet) committed any crimes, charging them with “conspiracy.” And let’s be clear here, while there are almost certainly some who were planning to commit crimes, I thought that the rule was still that you were innocent until proven guilty in this country. As Gary Schiff said: This country is better than that. And why the police decided to steal a bus that’s been in town for almost a month completely baffles me.

I also want to be clear that this isn’t limited to the Twin Cities or the Republicans. The same sort of thing went on in Denver last week when the Democrats were there. Neither is getting a ton of national press. As is probably right, Hurrican Gustav is getting a lot of coverage.

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