The thoughts of a writer.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Virtual Boating!

What would virtual fishing (see previous post) be without a virtual boat ride? Just click on the video and enjoy cruising across the lake (from the driver's seat)!

Virtual Fishing

In case my previous post made you wish that you were fishing, here is a video so you can enjoy it from your computer.


Saturday, June 27, 2009

Ely Fishing Get-Away!

We spent a few days in Ely, MN. We rented a nice cabin with a boat and canoe, on White Iron Lake. We also spent some time looking out over Lake Superior, and visited the North American Bear Center. We had a great time. Here are a few photos.

Outside the cabin

Inside the cabin

White Iron Lake

A little bit small...

Ted, one of the Bears at the North American Bear Center

The Marina in Silver Bay

The Breaker in Two Harbors


Monday, June 15, 2009

Cutris Survives being Run Over by Tank!

Cutris Survives being Run Over by Tank!
UnAssociated Press
June 15, 2009

This photo emerged of Cutris being run over by a tank. Apparently Cutris was double-dog-dared to do it. Later a seemingly uninjured Cutris said that he survived the ordeal by wearing his new jeans, which were still stiff. These new pants apparently withstood the pressure of the tank and saved Cutris from serious injury.

Please don't try this at home!

Military Expo

We went to the Military Expo at the Fort Snelling Military Museum on Saturday.

Cutris with plane

Big Gun

Video of Tank Crushing Car

Friday, June 12, 2009

Digital vs Analog

At midnight tonight, television goes from analog to digital. Will it be better? Perhaps, though I am one of those musicians who still uses an old amplifier with vacuum tubes--because (I've had it "forever" and) the sound is better than the solid-state amps.

If you use an antenna, the problem of reception (still) exists, though bad reception won't be "fuzzy" anymore. Instead, the picture will "break up" and stop. If you have cable this shouldn't be a problem. Regardless, if things are running well, the resolution should be considerably better.

Just remember to dispose of the old set properly.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009


I want to get a dog, but right now is not a good time. To practice, I've just been walking around the block carrying a little plastic bag...

Monday, June 08, 2009

Historic Fort Snelling

We visited Historic Fort Snelling yesterday. This 1820's military outpost is now a historic site in Minneapolis, along the Mississippi River. Here are some pictures and a video of the cannon firing!

Friday, June 05, 2009

Cutris Escapes from Tiny People with Small Bananas

Cutris Escapes from Tiny People with Small Bananas
June 5, 2009
UnAssociated Press

This picture of Cutris shows him admiring the small bananas he said he took when he escaped from a land inhabited by "tiny people."

Cutris claims the people were afraid of his great size when he wandered into their land, and when he accepted their hospitality, they got him drunk and tied him up.

Cutris claims he broke loose from the "tiny ropes" and took the bananas for food as he escaped from his miniature captors.

Aside from the bananas, there is no other proof to substantiate Cutris' story.

Thursday, June 04, 2009


I found this moth on our house last night. I haven't identified it yet, though I did attempt to find it on the WWW. If you know what kind it is, let me know.

I used my hand in the second photo to show the size. The coloration was gray and patterned so it would have been virtually invisible if it was on a tree trunk.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Push Butt To Call For Assistance...

Does this really work???