The thoughts of a writer.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Cutris seen with a Member of the Stick Community

Cutris seen with a Member of the Stick Community
October 29, 2010
UnAssociated Press

After his fight with Stickman, and the subsequent discrimination lawsuit--including that unfortunate choice of Halloween costume that Cutris made last year, one might conclude that Cutris would "steer clear" of members of the Stick community--even though he was cleared of all charges.

Never one to be predictable, however, Cutris was recently spotted with a Stick friend in a very peaceful scene. When Cutris was asked about the photo, he said that he has friends of all races, including Stick people. He also told us to "mind our own business."

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Variable Speeds (on the freeway)

I like my cruise control. Whenever possible, I set the cruise, and I don't have to worry about my speed. That said, other drivers on the road seem to fluctuate their speed continuously! Some drive incredibly slow, until they hangup the cell phone and then they re-find the center of their lane and punch the accelerator.

My "favorite" is when I come up behind someone driving slower than I am and I move over a lane to pass. Nine out of ten times that person will speed up to try to keep me from passing. If I decide to go back behind them, Nine out of ten times they will slow down again. With some people, you have to significantly speed up to pass them! Is this similar to that driver Psyche that won't allow another car to merge in front of them (only behind)? Why are people so competitive about driving?

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Racoon in the Sewer

I've seen racoons and rats coming out of the storm sewers before, but this is the first time I got pictures of it. Sunday morning I walked to the newspaper box at 6:45 AM (in the dark) and saw this racoon. it hissed at me when I took its picture. This animal looked fluffy and dry, even though we had quite a rain storm just a few hours earlier.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Gooseberry Falls

Yesterday we visited Gooseberry Falls. It was really crowded and the water was not nearly as high as the last time we were there.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


My wife and I took a little trip to Duluth today. The first thing we did was go to Canal Park. We stayed at The Edge. We had a great room overlooking Lake Superior. Being The Edge is a waterpark, it was crowded and crazy! Still, the view of the lake, the moon and sunrise was fantastic! We did some shopping--including at Fitgers. We had a wonderful dinner at Valentini's.

3 pictures from Canal Park

Moon over Lake Superior


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Central Wilkie After Flooding

I went hiking in Central Wilkie today. There has been nearly no rain for almost a month; but the rains before that flooded the bottomland and as my photos show, it must have been pretty bad.

Monday, October 18, 2010


I've been busy doing home maintenance...

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Coffee Candidate

"The candidates running for office are bad. You shouldn’t vote for them. They do bad things. They aren’t good people. I’m a cup of coffee. You should vote for me.
I’m a cup of coffee and I approve of this message."

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Message in a Bottle II

Dear G,
I'm sad now.
Maybe you can't hear me, but I always thought you could.
Maybe I was wrong, but I've tried to do what's right.
She deserves it even if I don't.
I wander on through life,

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

North Korea's Heir Apparent

North Korea's Heir Apparent
UnAssociated Press
October 12, 2010

It appears that the recent public appearances of heir apparent, Kim Jong-un, are foreshadowing his succession to power--replacing his father, North Korean dictator and madman, Kim Jong-il.

We at the UnAssociated Press, regret that we have only run two other stories about Kim Jong-il. One was about a missile test, and the other was about his "nuclear capabilities." As he is such an intelligent and visually stunning man, it is truly a shame there isn't much more about him.

Thankfully, even though Kim Jong-un has yet to speak in public, we are confident that he can live up to the "greatness" of his father, and grandfather, Kim Il-sung--who ruled before him. As long as they "keep it in the family," the bar remains pretty low...

Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-il

Friday, October 08, 2010

Cutris Thought to be Back in USA

Cutris Thought to be Back in USA
UnAssociated Press
October 8, 2010

This photo, taken by a Japanese fishing vessel, shows Cutris allegedly surfing home from Iran.

Little more is known at this time, but it is widely speculated that Cutris is back in the United States.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

A Word About the Vikings & Randy Moss

The Vikings took a chance by drafting Randy Moss in 1998. He is a super talented receiver, with a huge "chip on his shoulder." Eventually the Vikings traded him to the Raiders in 2005, who traded him to the Patriots in 2007. Now in 2010, the Patriots are tired of him and the Vikings have taken him back. It's kind of like remarrying your Psycho ex-wife/husband because you're desperate. Now the Vikings have a should-be-retired quarterback (Brett Favre) and a talented wide receiver who has a really bad attitude. Sounds like a winning combination!

Cutris Seen Speeding Away on Camel!

Cutris Seen Speeding Away on Camel!
UnAssociated Press
October 7, 2010

A new picture surfaced today, of Cutris speeding away from authorities on a camel!

He is possibly with an unknown accomplice (in the picture) speeding across the desert in some remote part of the Middle East. No further information is available at this time.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Cutris Escapes from Iran!

Cutris Escapes from Iran!
UnAssociated Press
October 6, 2010

This photo arrived on the news-wire just minutes ago! Cutris appears to have escaped from Iran!

When contacted by the UnAssociated Press, Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "knew nothing of this matter." The official response from the Iranian military is that Cutris was "released." This photo obtained by the UnAssociated Press showing the bars of the prison cell bent apart and broken, tells another story... a more "Cutrisesque" tale. How or when exactly Cutris managed to escape is unknown at this time. Cutris' whereabouts are also unknown. It appears that he is likely "on the run;" though whether he has fled the country of Iran is still unknown.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Cutris may be Jailed in Iran

Cutris may be Jailed in Iran
UnAssociated Press
October 5, 2010

News and a photo have given rise to the belief that Cutris may have wandered accidentally into Iran while hiking.

Apparently Cutris had been hiking in the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, when he inadvertently wandered across the border into Iran. He was arrested near the border by the Iranian military. His release is questionable at this time.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Caponi Art Park

We've spent part of the last two weekends visiting Caponi Art Park.

Here are a couple of pictures I took...

Friday, October 01, 2010

Middle America Party

Middle America Party
UnAssociated Press
October 1, 2010

Among the 47 great things that Cutris has already done just this morning, he announced the creation of the Middle America Party.

Cutris, most noted for his exploits while running for President in 2008, explained that there is way too much fighting between Democrats and Republicans. Cutris is urging all voters to cast their votes for third-party candidates to "teach those two-party idiots to put the country first!"

"Eventually," Cutris said, "there will actually be Middle America Party candidates. But until then, voters should select suitable third-party candidates."

Asked if he would once again run for political office, Cutris just smiled and then ran away.