A Sporting Afternoon

Today was dreary, cloudy, and damp, ideal hunting weather. Unfortunately, with recent “wintry mix” followed by rain, and freezing/thawing cycles, riding conditions were far from ideal. It’s hard to find footing much more treacherous than a thin layer of greasy mud over frozen ground. But, with more slop predicted for the weekend, today looked like as good as it’s going to be for a while. So when my brother and I heard that hounds were going out, we knew we had to be there with them. So we knocked a little bit of the mud off the horses and loaded up.

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Wintry Mix

Sounds almost appetizing, doesn’t it?
That’s the weather forecast for tonight-tomorrow. What it really means is slop.
Something cold and wet is going to fall out of the sky, and they’re not sure just
exactly what combination of rain, freezing rain, snow and sleet to expect.
I assume that means I’ll be working instead of hunting tomorrow.
I wonder if it will bring out as many loonies as last week’s snowfall.
The police log from last week is full of amusing incidents.
A few reports of “suspicious cars” doing doughnuts in parking lots.
I’m not sure what’s suspicious about that, during the season’s first real snowfall.
Then there’s the “suspicious person” skiing down the middle of Rose Street. I thought the administration wanted to encourage alternative transportation to reduce vehicular traffic on campus.
I do have to wonder about one that might not be weather-related: “Suspicious car .. 9:15 PM, vehicle pulling couch with person strapped to it”. If he’s not doing doughnuts, he’s not on skis, and he has his seatbelt fastened, what’s the problem?

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Medical Advice?

This is one of those things that gets forwarded endlessly around the ‘net.
I don’t pass these things along as much as I used to, unless there’s something unique about them.
I thought maybe I should pay attention to this one, because the person who forwarded it to me is
actually a physician (although not my primary care physician).
I suppose I should consider her valuable free advice.

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Sad but True

For some more thought-provoking political humor, a friend sent me this cartoon about the exploitaition of the 9/11/2001 tragedy to accomplish all kinds of political goals.
It’s amazing what kinds of stuff has been railroaded through in packages like the USA Patriot Act and the Homeland Security Bill.
Combined with the plans to privatize much of the federal government, this adds up to a huge financial windfall for the corporate donors to the GOP who will now be richly rewarded, at great cost to the rest of us.

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‘Tis the Season

I just got some wonderful email from AT&T, which is apparently still my long-distance provider. I’d actually forgotten that.
I haven’t made an interstate phone call in so long that I don’t remember getting a bill from anybody.
They offer an interesting way to show people I care about them this holiday season:

With the holiday season upon us, it’s time to get back in touch with the people you care about most. With holiday e-cards from AT&T, it’s easy. Plus, every time you send a card, the recipient can receive up to 90 minutes of free AT&T residential long distance calling when they sign up for AT&T Online Billing

The old days of encouraging me to “reach out and touch” via long distance was a little corny, but this is beyond corny.
Instead of calling, I should send them an “e-card” which apparently contains an advertisement to sign up for AT&T service,
and probably gets their email address on an AT&T list for more spam. I can’t think of a better way to say “I love you.” I wonder if Hallmark feels threatened.

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