Archive for July, 2005

Semi-Random Roundup

Saturday, July 30th, 2005

Viriler. That’s the word I used as the first play of our first game of Scrabble last night. (It was four-way Scrabble: Xy vs. me vs. MaPó vs. Martin, whom we had over for basil burgers.) Because it cleared my tray, it was worth 70-some points, and of course awed my opponents. A pretty good […]

Ella Dee

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

Just got word that Xy’s brother’s girlfriend has successfully given birth (via C-section) to a healthy baby girl: Ella Dee Paxson, six pounds and a few ounces. I thought it was odd that the girl got her father’s last name even though the parents aren’t married, but I guess that’s patriarchy for you. Anyway, cheers […]


Thursday, July 28th, 2005

After more than four months, a box of various equipment I requistioned finally arrived today. Included in this box was a 250 GB external firewire drive. I installed it at our video workstation, right on top of the 120 GB firewire drive which is currently chock-full of digital video files. First order of business: Format […]

Bird Poop in My Hair

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

I ride under a lot of tree branches every day. About half of my ten minute ride to work is under tree branches. These tree branches are filled with many birds, and these birds are pooping all day long. Which raises the question: After years of riding my bike to and from work every day, […]

Bad News

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

Just got a call from Jaylene in Indy, whom some of you know. She told me her mother has just died, rather unexpectedly and from unknown causes. Our sympathies are with her tonight.

A Dozen More for Good Measure

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

Remember when I said I was done posting pix from our vacation trip? I was wrong. I found a dozen more which I’d meant to post but forgot. The Devil’s Kitchen! Caveman BBQ! The DeVille Motor Inn! The Factory Bowl Outlet! How could I forget? I’ve added them to the set, which now stands at […]


Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

I’ve been wearing contact lenses for almost four months now. Mainly they’ve made me realize how much my glasses suck. But the contacts are far from perfect. They tend to get uncomfortable after a while — I get a bit of a headache. They’re blurry unless they’re sitting in exactly the right part of my […]

Vacation Pix

Monday, July 25th, 2005

It’s taken a couple weeks, but I’ve finally posted all the pix from our vacation. Well, not all the pix, but 87 of the best ones. To avoid click-fatigue, view them as a slideshow.

Bitch-Ass Hot

Saturday, July 23rd, 2005

How hot is it? It’s bitch-ass hot here in New Orleans. There’s just no other way to describe it. I asked Xy yesterday, “If you could use only one phrase to describe how hot it is, what would you say?” Her reply, of course: “It’s bitch-ass hot.” Exactly what I was thinking. Mind you, I […]

Gray State

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

Why does Indiana look so gray in the Google Maps satellite view? Thanks to Mr. Whybark for pointing this out.

Holiday or Vacation?

Tuesday, July 19th, 2005

I’d originally put in for last Monday as a vacation day. But I came back from our trip a few days early, and was ready to go in to work — only the University was closed because of Hurricane Dennis. My first thought was, “They’re going to screw me. I deserve to get that vacation […]

Shooting Blanks?

Monday, July 18th, 2005

All the fretting we’ve been doing lately — me for the last few years, Xy for the last few months — about whether or not to have a child — has an ironic aspect. We have good reason to suspect that one of us may be shooting blanks. Consider: We’ve been married and enjoying conjugal […]


Thursday, July 14th, 2005

The Xavier University Bookstore is selling copies of the new Harry Potter book — two days early. This could be trouble, like what happened in New York and the even more ridiculous goings-on in British Columbia. Disclaimer: I only know about this because our Administrative Assistant, Michelle, is a Harry Potter freak.

Crash Course

Wednesday, July 13th, 2005

Our friend’s sister is getting married in a hurry, because the groom has to ship off to Iraq. They had a videographer lined up, but because they had to change the date and fast-forward everything, that fell through. So they asked me. Yikes! I’ve videotaped two weddings, one of which qualified as a complete disaster. […]

Back to Work

Tuesday, July 12th, 2005

Back to work today, and it was quite comfortable to be back in my office doing what I do. Cozy, almost. All the familiar faces and routines. And the long list of equipment I requisitioned something like three months ago still isn’t here! Yet another snag — haven’t figured out what it is yet. As […]

Hurricane Holiday

Monday, July 11th, 2005

Life is pretty much back to normal in New Orleans, now that the threat of Hurricane Dennis has passed. We had some gusty winds yesterday and a sprinkling of rain. Today is beautiful and cloudless. All schools are back in session today — except Xavier and Dillard. That means I’ve got an extra day of […]

All About Chiggers

Saturday, July 9th, 2005

I’ve been reading about chiggers, and it’s fascinating stuff. I thought they were insects. I thought they burrowed into your skin. Wrong on both counts! But I can’t find any reference to the hot water treatment for chigger bites. In the past, when I’ve had poison ivy rash, I’ve found that bathing in extremely hot […]

Trip Metrics

Saturday, July 9th, 2005

We got home last night. This was the longest vacation Xy and I have been on together, ever. Days away: 16 Miles travelled: 2,506 Gas burned: Maybe $150 worth, but I kinda lost track. Money spent: No idea. Beds slept: 7 People visited: About 20? Flags burned: 1 (on International Flag Burning Day, of course) […]

Strange Transitions

Friday, July 1st, 2005

Last night we ate dinner in a cave. We woke up this morning in the DeVille Motel in Waynesville, Missouri, perhaps slightly hungover from the previous night’s bout of drinking at a local nightclub. Soon we were touring Onandaga Cave. Shortly thereafter we ate lunch at Homer’s BBQ, a little hole-in-the-wall in Sullivan, Missouri, where […]