Thursday, November 27, 2008

Squirrel patrol

I come from a long line of squirrel haters. If a scientific study were to come out tomorrow that global warming is making squirrels extinct, most everyone in my family, I think, would start every car they own, turn up the thermostat (after changing the heating system from fuel oil to coal... good, dirty coal), light a fire in the fireplace and break into the refrigerator's compressor long enough to release the freon into the atmosphere.

My Dad spent a large chunk of his retirement catching squirrels in the backyard and then hauling them over to Crow Hill to release them. They either found their way back, or there were plenty of ready replacements. He's dead now. The squirrels are still there.

They had a dog, Sam, who loved to run after the squirrels. She, too, is dead.

My mother is still very much alive and chasing squirrels, too, who are also -- it should be pointed out, still very much alive.

Somewhere along the line, there is a genetic disorientation in the Collins clan, because I recently moved the bird feeder in the front yard over to just in front of the window in the family room, so I could watch birds and squirrels. The birds don't seem to mind the squirrels, and neither do I.

I have to go. I have to let the dog out. He wants to chase some squirrels. He thinks they're rabbits that climb trees. Stupid dog.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Dining recommendations

Carolie and I don't dine out a great deal but I'd still have to say the Bayport Cookery, along the St. Croix River just south of Stillwater, is certainly one of our favorites.

So when Carolie's folks, Don and Oralie Thurston, were in town this week, we made sure to make it a stop tonight. Patrick and Sean joined us for a very lovely evening.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Don to the Hall of Fame

Carolie's Dad, Don Thurston, was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He's in bigger "halls" -- the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, for example -- but it's nice tribute anyway.

A story is on the North Adams Transcript Web site.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Fall flight

My 90-day currency was going to expire in the next few weeks, it was a nice day out, and I wanted to get away from the ridiculous campaign nonsense on all sides. The only way to go is up. I rented a Warrior and flew around the southern edges of the Minneapolis St. Paul Class B, landing over at Fleming Field to check in on the RV project and do a few touch and gos. Here's some images.