Fun plus Measurement

A fellow blogger has noted a correlation between enjoyment of exercise (or is it travel?) and the ability to measure it. I must admit that I have a hard time arranging to exercise, but I like to measure travel. I feel lost if my car’s clock or odometer are broken or somehow unreadable.

As for exercise, I find the most effective are swimming and downhill skiing: in both cases I put myself in a risky situation (drowning, falling down a steep hill) and I must exercise my way out of it!


Photos from the Block Party

We took a bunch of photos of the block party earlier this month. There are photos of neighbors, cooks, kids playing games, Mrs. Darsow in a top hat, and lots of people talking and eating.

If you go looking for these pictures some time in the future, just click on the “Photos” link to the left. That will take you to whatever photos we still have on-line.

What’s wrong with OUR town?

I admit I’ve been thinking a lot about what The Economist said about former Mayor Palin’s annual lobbying trips to Washington on the behalf of her vast metropolis of less than 9,000 people.

I was poised to write an ironic letter to the Hastings Star Gazette chiding our own mayor for his lackluster lobbying in comparison, until I ran into him in the grocery store. Continue reading What’s wrong with OUR town?

Wasilla and VP candidate Palin

A few of years ago, the parents of Kelsey’s high school boy friend invited us to stay in their lakefront cabin in Alaska. We drove through Wasilla on the way. That’s where VP candidate Sarah Palin learned public administration as mayor (a part-time position). That place is tiny. It makes Hastings look huge! Continue reading Wasilla and VP candidate Palin