Bear Droppings
Sunday, December 29, 2002
Browns are going to the playoffs :-)
It's been a difficult year for JimmyT
First he gets set to prison. Next he loses his congressional seat. Then he loses his reelection bid.

Now, just in time to finish out the year the Government is trying to squeeze a $150k out of him.

Yes, I couldn't let the year end without one more Traficant post.
Thursday, December 26, 2002
Too funny for words. (Thanks Doc)
Review F'd Companies
I have been an avid reader of fuckedcompany site for a while, I enjoy Pud's cynical style. So I was really looking forward to this book, it's good in that it continues in the same voice that made his website famous. The problem with the book is it is exactly like his website, in fact if you have been reading his site with any regularity you will learn little new out of it. Yes the chapters have been alittle more organized and it is more than the usual quick blurb, it's about a page a company, but otherwise it's the same thing as the website. I am not really complaining, I like Pud's site and don't mind supporting it by getting the book especially when it's a holiday gift, but it would have been nice to have fresh material. If you like the site support Pud and buy the book it's a fun and quick read, if you don't like pud well that's your problem.
Poetry Thursday
I forgot to post my poem when I logged in last night, so it's a day late, but it's from Grrrrr: A Collection of poems About Bears.

In my dream
the Great Bear stands,
paws and head raised up in prayer-
then falls
while those who gather to witness
circle him in silence,
slowed by awe.

Who am I here-
watcher of watchers,
heart as blank as paper.
Isis would weep,
Inanna howl to heaven,
Ereshkigal gnash her teeth to tear.

I focus my film.
Have I ordered his death-
my Great Bear
with his fur like fire
over my frozen fingers,
over my icy heart?
- Mary H. Ber

Wednesday, December 25, 2002
Merry Christmas
All is well in for the folks around Bear Droppings, we had a fun day I hope yours was as well. I got a lot of housestarting gifts for the new place. I missed out on a White Christmas by not being in the Northland, but soon enough.

My father and I cooked the dinner, I made my orange glazed salmon, my father made a mushroom philodough appitizer and then an assortment of marinated peppers, mushrooms, olives, and other holiday goodies.

happy holidays all.
Sunday, December 22, 2002
RageBoy has another blog, damn, as if I didn't have too many on my blogroll anyways...check it out.
Snow in the Mountains
I drove up to Sedona again Friday with another load of stuff noting on the way that the Christmas season was truly here. How did I know? On the drive between Phoenix and Sedona there is a scrub evergreen tree between the North and South bound lanes, you can see it shortly after the climb up the mountain just after Sunset Point. For as long as I can remember the tree gets decorated as an Xmas just after Thanksgiving by some unknown local. It's a very neat gift to the travelers who pass by on the 17 freeway. The tree is better than 10 feet tall so it stands out, especially when you pass by at night, no lights, but there usually use enough reflective material that it lights up well enough as you drive by.

When I got to Sedona I was greeted by a nice dumpimg of snow and in typical fashion by the time we had finished with dinner the storm had blown through, it was enough to provide a nice scenic blanket, especially Saturday morning. The clouds even cleared out well enough by the end of the night so that you could make out easily the red rock mesas dipped in snow.
Thursday, December 19, 2002
"In your country club, your church and business, about 15 percent of the people are screwballs, lightweights and boobs - and you would not want those people un-represented in Congress." - Alan Simpson

My response, only 15%? (Thanks to Heard on the Hill)
Wednesday, December 18, 2002
Holiday Hints
In case there is the odd friend out there who has not found my Amazon list or would like to get me something different, you might get me a membership for the year to EFF, Electronic Freedom Foundation. I'd appreciate it and it's something I keep intending, but never get around to doing. Yeah trolling for gifts, not really just tossing out ideas
Poetry Wednesday

The Lockless Door
It went many years,
But at last came a knock,
And I thought of the door
With no lock to lock.

I blew out the light,
I tip-toed the floor,
And raised both hands
In prayer to the door.

But the knock came again
My window was wide;
I climbed on the sill
And descended outside.

Back over the sill
I bade a “Come in”
To whoever the knock
At the door may have been.

So at a knock
I emptied my cage
To hide in the world
And alter with age.
- Robert Frost

Dr. Phil
As regular readers may have noticed I am at my folk's house through the holidays until my cabin in the mountains is ready. Naturally I don't watch all the same shows they would choose to watch, Fear Factor is a good example. Anyways in the afternoons I notice my mother watches Dr. Phil, everytime I see the man I can't help but think of this, enjoy.
Nothing cute or interesting to report alot of time spent either in the details of the move, looks like I'll be moved in Sedona for New Years which will be a great way to start off the New Year. New Years will mean our traditional trip up the mountain to Flagstaff for dropping of the pinecone which is great fun.

Otherwise I am trying to get work done I have a webcast announcement or two to get out this week and some other work on a database, trying to ensure that my employer is not wasting their money on this telecommuting thing, actually according to studies over work is not an uncommon issue for telecommuters, because they want to ensure their effort is real, but I am not a workacholic yet, well no worse than I ever have been.

It snowed (correction: is snowing) up in the mountains and since I would like to take another load up there before Christmas it looks like I'll get to play in the snow. Arizona snow is different that DC snow, it dumps the snow very quickly and then moves on, you dig yourself out. A day or two later the roads have completely cleared and you are left with the snow as a nice decoration, but little hassle. As some friends noted this weekend it can suck if you life in a house and have to shovel the walk, but having lived in dorms or apartments up in Flagstaff it wasn't much of an issue, Sedona will get the occasional dusting, but even then the most I'll likely shovel is the steps and that will melt quick enough.
Monday, December 16, 2002
PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.50
1. So, what do you want for Christmas this year that you probably won't
Win the lottery...I have already gotten everything I really needed for the year. A car to travel between Sedona and friends and family and a safe trip from DC.

2. What do you know you will be receiving for Christmas this year? Nope, I don't really worry about it, I'll find out soon enough.

3. If you had the means to do so, what presents would you get some of your fellow bloggers? Be specific, it's more fun that way! For Tom Cheng, a fully deployable bike airbag to protect him while on his mad feral journeys. For a certain Libertarian Indy Rock Chick one of AZ best indy bands on CD, in fact I was looking at an album of a band I listen to in college regularly while in Flagstaff the other day. For Lex, a membership to the Lambics of the month club. For Da Rapmaster season NBA tickets, private box or court side, depending on his taste. To Robert, a bit o' land along the forest line. To Aaron, Adobe Photoshop 7.0, not for any particular reason, it's just the most expensive thing on his Amazon list. For Matt and Abbie, a Playboy bunny and a chew toy, you can sort who gets what for yourselves. To everyone else I missed the Amazon item of your choice, and no don't bother to send me the bill for the item, it's a dream gift and you think I am paying you are dreaming...

4. Do you support any organizations that provide for the less fortunate during the holidays? Or do any volunteer work? I used to volunteer for American History Museum and ByteBack a DC area charity, once I am settled in Sedona I'll find a couple more...

5. Each year about this time, I notice Church attendance seems to spike, then drops off sharply after Christmas. It tickles me that these folks think they are pulling a fast one on the Big Guy. What is the most recent thing guilt has motivated you to do? It doesn't.

6. According to the commercials, the only way to truly tell someone you love them on Christmas day is to let them "Unwrap a Jaguar" automobile. Are there any examples of excessive commercialism and/or blatant disregard for the "Christmas Spirit" that really get under your skin? Setting up Xmas displays an earlier than the week of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving week I'll forgive, but any earlier annoys the hell out of me...

7. I remember a song where the singers wished they could teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony. What would you like to teach the world? To get out to the middle sit out and look up at the stars, you can't believe how amazing it was to do it again.

BONUS: Do they know it's Christmas time at all? Time exists of human understanding and construct, it really doesn't mean anything, so it should be Christmas everyday, now we just need to work to it. Peace!

Friday, December 13, 2002
Nice to be home
It's been good to be home since yesterday afternoon. I have eaten at a few of my favorite places, had a beer at my favorite pub or two. It's fun to walk into a place and here the bartender exclaim Oh My God It's You. To which the owner looked up said "Hi, Tom" and went back to what he was doing.

I have been taking a few pictures of the cabin and surronding area so DC folks and others will get to see what my new place looks like. I will be moving in in early January, which is better than previously I was expecting to move in at the end of the month. It will be good to get settled in, off to lunch. Take Care All.
Wednesday, December 11, 2002
Poetry Wednesday

Distant clouds highlight the fading sun
pink, orange, yellow hues stream across the sky
steady stream of tailights lead down the highway towards the setting sun,
the valley lays out before me leading to the White Tanks on the horizon.
Strange the places that we have known,
To see them a new
Not quite home,
But close enough to taste it.

Busy and yet calm, weird contradictions in my life, tomorrow I'll finally make it to Sedona and Flagstaff for a few days to take a load of my things, see friends and have a few meetings. In some ways I am very much back in Phoenix for all it means, for example I went to the gym with a buddy yesterday and drove 40 miles one way to get there. (Just wish it hadn't been rush hour)

It's been nice to see family and friends, but it doesn't feel right or completely normal, but I figure that will truely hit me one day when I am driving in Sedona watching a sunset or looking at the red rocks while going to the bank and realize, hey I really live here now. Not that I am complaining in the least this is a nice rest stop on the way, just isn't really my final destination on this trip.
Monday, December 09, 2002
XP crashes and when it does, it goes hard, so much for the last hour of work *sigh*
Saturday, December 07, 2002
Missy has pictures from the snow I missed in DC, typical I leave town and it snows, at least I didn't get it on the drive cross country which would have majorly sucked.

Yes, I am online on the weekend, please surpress your shock regular readers, the joys of telecommuting, I have a project due Monday first thing, so I sit next to a window looking out on warm temps and blue skies, oh well. One thing for sure wireless will be manditory once I am in Sedona.

I haven't posted a recipe in a while so here is something from Food TV, I made for lunch very tasty and if you don't have parsley it won't impact the dish that bad, I did substitute alittle cilantro since we had it around.

Eggs in Sauce: Uova in Brodetto

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, coarsely chopped
1 whole sprig parsley, plus 1 sprig, chopped
1 clove garlic, smashed
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 (16-ounce) can tomatoes, chopped
3 leaves basil, finely chopped
6 eggs
In a 10-inch skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, 1 sprig parsley, and the garlic. Cook, stirring, until the onion softens, about 5 minutes. Add the vinegar and let it completely evaporate.

Add the tomatoes and their juices. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook until slightly reduced, about 10 minutes. Remove the garlic and parsley.

Add the chopped herbs to the sauce and stir in. Break the eggs into the sauce, cover, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat, let sit 5 minutes, then serve, 1 egg per person.

Besides cilantro I did a few other things, for one thing left unmentioned above was I toasted bread under the broiler and served it as a base that the eggs and sauce went on it goes perfect, just the right crunchy change of texture from the eggs and sauce to show off the meal. The other change is I don't know about you but I don't like runny eggs, so I kept the lid on a few more minutes to cook them a bit more and they turned out perfect with no impact on the sauce.

Friday, December 06, 2002
Sometimes, fate has a sense of humor, albiet with a bit of help :-)
All of my things made it safely to AZ, well except for the granted little damaged thing or two, but it happens with every move. It's nice to have everything together again. Next week I'll start hauling it up to the mountains.
You ever have a great dream, with lots of cool things happening and you keep thinking to yourself, Wow these are great ideas for blog entries, I'll have to post them and then you realise it's a nightmare, because you have no paper, no pen, no computer, no way to record the events or your thoughts on them?

Oh, er ummmm me neither...*chuckle*
Wednesday, December 04, 2002
Poetry Wednesday
I made it under the wire, I spent a large chunk of the day checking email and working on a spreadsheet so today's was kinda nice at the end of the day to take the edge off, enjoy.

Valley Song
The Sunset swept
To the valley’s west, you remember.

The frost was on.
A star burnt blue.
We were warm, you remember,
And counted the rings on a moon.

The sunset swept
To the valley’s west
And was gone in a big dark door of stars.
- Carl Sandburg

Finally got all my network issues resolved so I have spent the morning checking email and catching up on the current status of projects, fun no?

Your right, it's not really oh well. Tomorrow the moving truck arrives with all my stuff and I get to start all that fun unpacking...well at least moving from one storage form to another.
Tuesday, December 03, 2002
Back to work today, well just as soon as I have my dailin information and ensure the computer is configured...

What you thought I was retiring?
Monday, December 02, 2002
Why I Love Arizona

(a humble response)

1. Family
2. Friends
3. Mexican food
4. Fast backcountry roads with no traffic
5. Sedona and Flagstaff
6. Sunset

'noff said.

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