Archive for August, 2001


Friday, August 31st, 2001

Lovely – this site is fantastic. Fasten your seatbelt and put on your anorak.

Today is Friday, and we have a long weekend as Monday is Labor Day. No particular plans for the weekend apart from a meeting tonight and a housewarming on Sunday which I’m very much looking forward to. I think the weather’s going to be good, so we’ll try to go a-biking and a-picnicing. Next week’s going to be busy as I have a meeting on Tuesday for the Cathedral’s Search Committee (searching for a new Dean) then choir starts up on Wednesday, and another Search Committee meeting Thursday and possibly even Friday. Ugh. Oh, plus work too. I just had to fill out a form saying when I would be on vacation for the next six months – a grand total of almost nothing…

what more could you need?

Wednesday, August 29th, 2001

Make vacuuming fun with the Oreck xl radio vacuum cleaner. And click on the Attachments (emotional) tab. Have you ever been moved to write a love letter to your vacuum cleaner manufacturer?

And in politics, here is some more info on the scary Jesse Helms. But maybe this is what he’s really going to be up to. Finally, not to harp on about local (that is, US) news, but if you’re interested in a job, this might be an interesting place to look.

new photos

Monday, August 27th, 2001

By the way, there are a few new photos on my MSN photo site if you’d like to take a look. You can use the Photos link on the left, or click here

state fair

Monday, August 27th, 2001

Minnesota State Fair

Went to the State Fair on Saturday morning! It’s a bit of a tradition here – I gather it started up as an agricultural fair, and now along with the livestock and tractor stalls it features food, funfair rides, food, bands, food, arts and crafts and food. The big thing is food on a stick – there’s everything from pork chops on a stick through corn dogs (hot dogs in dough, on a stick), pizza on a stick and this year for the first time deep fried candy bars on a stick. Of course in Scotland we’ve been doing the last one for a while, just not on a stick.

Anyway, we made the most of our day, seeing the animals – sheep, goats, pigs (including really cute piglets and the biggest damn pig I’ve ever seen – it was 1200 pounds), some beautiful horses and lots of cows. There was one judged event where girls had made their costumes from wool, and wore these costumes while also showing off their sheep. We thought the extension would be to turn up with your three-legged pig and a bacon sandwich.

We also saw lots of people, some arts and crafts and some fairly nice “fine” art, some of which was in fact pretty good. The atmosphere was fun, everyone along for a good time. We even managed to eat quite healthily – in amongst the hot dog and deep fried cheese curds stalls I found a place selling organic veggie wraps – yum yum.

We were there for about 6 hours, it was pretty exhausting what with the heat and the crowds, but worth going. I crashed out completely when we got home, then went out to get a couple of videos (State and Main and The Mexican which we’ve still to watch), plus a Powerball ticket (didn’t win – darn) and a couple of steaks which I cooked up with some mashed potato and greens. Looking at all those cows must have put me in the mood for steak. Yum yum (again).


Friday, August 24th, 2001

Almost a nice surprise on my way to work this morning – after running the gauntlet of squirrel attacks in Loring Park, I bumped into a bloke who looked alarmingly like my British chum Robin! Not as handsome, of course, but he was wearing the same kind of clothes, carrying the same kind of bag, and even had the same caterpillar beard. However, it was not to be as the real Robin is in London, too far away.

aaagh – the ‘burbs!

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2001

OK, so this is exactly why I’m very happy to be living in downtown. It may make me an anti-suburban snob, but that’s my right, what are you going to do about it?

goodbye to a scary man

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2001

One of the most right-wing members of the US Senate, Jesse Helms of North Carolina, announced yesterday that he won’t be seeking re-election. Which in my opinion is an excellent thing, and good riddance to the insane old coot. But as you can see from his website and the photo at the bottom of this page, he obviously seems to like kids. Does he look terrifying or what?

For completeness, here’s a good review of Helms and the other bastion of Carolinian right-wing anti-everything-good madness, Strom Thurmond.


Monday, August 20th, 2001

A very nice weekend, kind of the usual but good. Friday night was some drinking at Lyle’s. As I described before, it’s not a fancy place, but it was fun to see Richard, Mark and Hans who I hadn’t been in touch with for ages. Plus the jukebox was good.

On Saturday we had a very quick trip to Target to get a birthday present for Claire, then to the Wedge Co-op for some supplies, including a yummy free-range chicken, which I roasted up for dinner with polenta, green beans and beets – very colorful!

Sunday afternoon we went for a bit of a bike ride along Cedar Lake Trail, which is just out the back of our place. The weather was beautiful, very sunny without being too hot, and it was fantastic to zip along through the greenery and the noise of chirping bugs. Although I think it’s time for my bike to be serviced as it was a bit sluggish.

Rather strange TV on Sunday night – mostly rubbish apart from some good lines in the Simpsons (“The Statue of Liberty? Where on earth are we??”) but one thing we came across was C-Span showing the Scottish Parliament – very odd to see it here, if for nothing else than the accents which with the shouting made them sound like my old school teachers. Another channel was showing pictures and interviews from the International Space Station which I thought was really cool.

This is how we spend our weekends.

fun with html

Friday, August 17th, 2001

I believe I’ve finally managed to debug the errors which were plaguing this page, so you should now have a clean and pure experience while reading. Let me know if there are any more problems.

Tonight should be good – it’s a lovely evening. I’m about to go and get my hair cut, then a bunch of us are going to the pub. Lyle’s is an odd place about 5 minutes’ walk from our house. Em and I were kind of scared of it at first as it looks really seedy, and has no windows (as you’ll see from the link). But inside it’s really cool, no pretension, just a good place to hang out and drink cheap drinks. Only problem is that it’s really smoky, but you’re only young once…


Thursday, August 16th, 2001


San Francisco: The Daily Telegraph spoke to Jay Fullmer, 38, who became the first American to get to grips with the concept of irony yesterday.

“It was weird,” Fullmer said, “I was in London and, like, talking to this guy and it was raining and stuff and he said, like, great weather, or something like that”.

“And I thought-wait a minute, it’s like, no way is it great weather.” Said Fullmer.

Fullmer soon realized that the other man’s ‘mistake’ was deliberate. “This guy was pretty cool about it,” Fullmer said.

Fullmer, who is 39 next month and married with two children, aged 8 and 3, said he planned to use irony frequently in future.

“I’m using it all the time,” he said. “Like last weekend, I was like grilling steaks and I like burned them to shit and I said, ‘Great weather.’”