Monthly Archives: May 2011

moan the lawn


i re-pulled my calf muscle climbing this mountain

For 8 awesome years we lived in a house with a flat lawn. It was even framed with a 6 inch concrete apron. Easy street all the way. I didn’t know how good I had it. Our new lawn is not flat. There’s a hill that i have to mow sideways. with both feet on the ground, one foot is about where my other knee is. and if i slip and fall, i will crash into a bunch of boulders. also, instead of that glorious apron, the edge of the yard is ohh, a bunch of rocks. One of those things is going to get hurled across the yard one of these days. or jam up the blade. I am living on the edge. I need an edger.

On a positive note, I made a great discovery. It is actually a good thing that weeds grow faster than grass. When the dandelions sprout up, those are the things that make the yard look bad. So yesterday I played dandelion golf with a 5 iron. Therapeutic, effective, environmentally sound… The only thing missing from the lawn are those pretty mow lines. But other than that, and the dandelion seeds that float into the neighbor’s yard, this might be a perfect solution to actually having to mow the lawn. I sure hope this works, because plan B is a goat.

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funky voodoo basketball


funky voodoo basketball

I just googled the title of this post, in quotes, and found that until right now NOTHING had been written containing the term “funky voodoo basketball.” incredible. “bachelor frog chips” has 8 listings, “crazy pineapple glue” has 4. “intoxicated pisces sandwich” has 2 listings and even “electric lemon paper” and “marshmallow rainbow people” show up on google. but type in funky voodoo basketball, and what do you get? nothing but the chirping of virtual crickets.

time to put an end to that nonsense…

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slow news day=quick news


i need a new camera

i just walked out front to see a robin pulling this massive worm out of the ground. what a lousy lunch. and what a lousy way to die. I don’t know what would be worse- death by robin, or having to eat worms for your whole life.

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lost in my own backyard


these are some pictures of the woods right outside my front door. i haven’t had much time to explore all the trails since we’ve moved up here, but yesterday i did. i went for a run to check out a new trail, pulled a calf muscle halfway into it, then got lost on the way back. i came out of the woods at 830pm, about 4 miles away from home, and uphill all the way back. i ended up hitching a ride from the most trusting lady in the universe. i hereby declare May 14 national pick up a hitch hiker at night day.

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early morning with conan o’brien



while eating my rice krispies i noticed this striking resemblance. maybe it’s just the hair, but man these guys look alike.

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Nerf Update


check it- Jay from Jay Thinks posted about my post about Nerf! (that’s the acronym for non expanding recreational foam). Maybe I should be paranoid, but i don’t mind sharing the spotlight. besides, look at his profile pic. he looks like a fine upstanding fellow. how malicious could he be?

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foam school


ok i admit it. i am totally geeking out on my blog traffic statistics. yeah, my numbers are pretty lame. and i haven’t had any new followers for awhile except for 2 of my buddies who subscribed out of pity. BUT! i’d like to give a big thanks to the visitor who came looking for information about non expanding recreational foam, which is the acronym for nerf. i was like whoaaa. could it be possible that i ranked high on the search engines for something? when i looked it up on Google, come to find that this here blog is the fifth site listed on the topic. I’m an expert baby! i am one of the best sources online for defining non expanding recreational foam. #5! Google you are blowin’ my mind. maybe if i keep writing non expanding recreational foam i’ll be movin’ on up to #1. i am such a nerf. i mean nerd.

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made in the shade


this pic is tiny. click on it for the big picture

Both my wife and I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for over 40 years. We’re used to clouds and rain for 9 months of the year. I’m not one to complain about the weather, but this year has been especially brutal. Yesterday we might not have even made it to 50 degrees fahrenheit (1o degrees celsius).

Fortunately, over the years I’ve found a way to trick myself into a state of denial. Every summer I take a perfect 5 day forecast and clip it from the newspaper or save it on my computer. Days like today are the perfect time to break it out. Just looking at it I can almost feel the warmth. Almost.

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Waffley Good


So long caramel apples. My new favorite food is waffle cookies. Their official name is stroopwafels and they were invented by a Dutch guy in the late 1700’s. I have no idea why it took me so long to find them. Last year in Prague there was a guy selling these things at the town square, and the aroma filled up the whole market. I’m thinking this could be the next Kettlecorn. For a while I was convinced it was my destiny to open up a waffle cookie stand and get on the county fair circuit or something. I finally bought a waffle cone maker a few weeks ago and after some experimentation settled on making the flat waffles with this recipe. Then I found a dutch recipe for the syrup here. It has lots of cinnamon and is super good. Technically these could even count as breakfast, since regular waffles and pancakes really aren’t any different.

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Spin Doctors


An epic battle between Leone and Earth Virgo!

It’s Beyblade mania at the Munson household. The theme song is the only music I have heard the past 2 days. I’ve sat with Zach and watched a half hour Beyblade cartoon. I have shopped for and purchased two more Beyblades, and battled last night in the Beyblade stadium, after bedtime, against a shouting (rock gasher! rock SMAAASH!), taunting (“oh yeah! oh yeah! i’m the best blader in the house!”) ruthless opponent. I had never even heard about these things until last month. Now it’s the only thing I hear about. Ahh the sacrifices we make as parents.

Beyblades are tops that you spin with a launcher and a rip cord. They battle each other and the last one spinning wins. Some are light, some have low centers of gravity, there’s even one that spins in the opposite direction of all the others… fascinating battles ensue. There are about 2 billion different Beyblades to choose from, and Zach has decided to collect them all. I give in every once in awhile to his sheer passion for the things. My humble stash of fun money is taking a direct hit.

But I love the bonding time I get with my boy. When he wins he gets a boost of self-confidence. And when I beat him I get to console him when he bursts into tears. When Suzanne comes back from vacation tonight, I’d like to have a good way to justify the indulgence. I am convincing myself that this is a great investment in science education. It’s applied physics, baby. The bigger rings spin longer,  the smaller ones are the best attackers and the heavier ones are more resilient to attacks.  Pure science! And don’t even get me started on the different tips, or that all the parts are interchangeable for almost infinite experimentation.

It’s so awesome! I love it. I mean it’s awesome and Zach loves it. I’m hoping he spends his next allowance on Dark Bull. That’ll be a tough one to beat.

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