Thursday, December 29, 2005

Whiskeytown Lake

Now HERE'S a crappy post. A webcam feed of a beautiful lake I'll probably never visit again. Gotta go where the work is...

This, by the way, is Whiskeytown Lake--a beautiful reservoir made for the specific purpose of recreation. Crappy, crappy crappy.

Welcome to the 90s

new phone
Originally uploaded by Senor Velasco.
I just stepped into the 90s with my first mobile phone. Oh, the technology! It's very bare-bones, but what do you expect--2 phones for $10 after promotion and rebates. I'm just waiting for those crappy phone bills to start coming in. All I can say is that it had better save my life someday!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Brokeback Mountain II

My movie poster
Originally uploaded by Senor Velasco.
I thought an action-packed sequel to Brokeback Mountain might be fun. It would pretty much involve lots of chasing of terrified horses. I can have a script ready in about 2 days.

Friday, December 02, 2005

More Snow - Bring Out Your Dread

Sioux Falls needs more snow like Paris Hilton's face needs another apparent stroke. Or like Nancy Pelosi needs another trip to Fantasyland.

Obviously, mankind hasn't perfected need-based snowfall yet. So I must resign myself to more suffering in the cold.

Just thought I'd share.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

The Weather Outside Gives New Meaning to "Frightful"

Originally uploaded by Senor Velasco.
Yes, it's snowing again. Pretty hard. Just as hard as I'm going to have to work to shovel that crap off my driveway.

I don't own a snowblower, but I do own a leafblower. Someone told me if the snow is dry enough, it will work pretty well. We'll see. If it's any better than blowing 16 massive bags of leaves this fall, I just may avoid trying to escape the agony through massive ingestion of cough syrup.

If manmade greenhouse gasses really are accelerating global warming, PLEASE repeal all CO2 emission regulations immediately!

Monday, November 28, 2005


Originally uploaded by Senor Velasco.
The Drudge Report notes, "Blizzards Wreak Havoc Across Plains..."

Lucky me. I live in said "Plains." So my wife and I get to go to work in wind, snow and ice.

Worse, we had to haul the kids with us.

Luckily, we just bought some ice picks and other arctic expeditionary equipment--just in case we decide to vacation in Antarctica this coming July. Instead, we're using them to get to work.

(We had to leave our two little ones in a makeshift igloo with a couple handwarmers, some french fries and some diaper rash ointment. Hopefully we can dig them out on the way back home from work.)

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Winter's First Snow

view from my office window
Originally uploaded by Senor Velasco.
Okay, it's not winter yet. So that in itself is quite crappy. I don't live in what I would call a pretty town, but in the winter, it's downright homely. Talk about a lack of contrast. Gray skies, gray snow, and gray, dried street muck sticking to the side of your car. It's enough to make Afghanistan look like a painter's paradise.

What good are big office windows when there's nothing worthwhile to see out them?

Friday, October 28, 2005

Bye Bye, Winston

05-10-09--006Today's subject involves an evil neighbor lady who leaves the door to her house wide open at all hours of the day.

Ok, that's fine. Maybe she's crazy. I don't care.

Unfortunately, sometimes my (former) cat Winston darts out the front door. He's a very friendly cat. Likes people, feels at home wherever he is, etc. So he naturally wanders into evil neighbor lady's front door for a visit.

What does evil neighbor lady do? Call the police, of course. Here I am, watching my toddler, and this cop pounds on my door. He says that I'll get a warning this time, but if it happens again I'll get fined like $150.

I can't afford that. And my wife and I can't simply drop toddler and 2-month-old to go chasing after the cat. So we got rid of him.

I sent a nice letter to evil neighbor lady explaining our solution. It had its intended effect. She came over saying she felt bad, and apologized. I didn't really accept it. I'd rather she live with the guilt for a while.

Either way, that was definitely a crappy day. I hope evil neighbor lady's day is, too.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Cool Fishbowl

I think I'm ready for a fish. Good for the kids, low maintenance, blah blah blah. What's cool about this one (the BiOrb) is that it holds 8 gallons of water, and is maintenance-free for 8 weeks at a time. What's crappy is that it costs more than I want to pay.